“He is genuinely touched, and clearly proud, to have been honoured by both the council and the football club. For him and his family to be able to see and know just how highly regarded he continues to be will hopefully bring some cheer at a difficult time.”
During his first spell at Vicarage Road, Watford FC’s Head Of Communications & Media Relations Richard Walker saw Oli’s final years of covering the club.
“For me, he has always been a great man to deal with; full of insight and a love for his writing – not to mention a sharp wit and knowing smile,” said Richard.
“Long before I first joined the club in 1999, Oli really fuelled my love of writing about sport when I was lucky enough to spend two summers helping cover holidays on the sports desk in the early 1990s.
“Typical of his great memory for just about everything, when I then joined the club some years later, he remembered me and my summer stints – and that really helped us form an excellent working relationship.
“On behalf of the club, it’s our privilege to be able to honour a journalist in Oli who’s done far more in one life-time’s reporting on the club and its history than anyone ever has or, I suspect, ever will.”