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By David Emery Lillian. A biography of the great Olympic Athlete (First Edition)

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The game recognised his ‘great contribution to rugby union journalism’ at the UK Rugby Writers’ Club annual lunch at The Oval late last month. As his younger son Sam collected the award to an ovation from the great and the good, nobody knew that his father had only ten days to live following a stroke on the eve of England-Wales 15 months ago. Malcolm Folley, one of the finest sportswriters of his generation and a serial award winner to boot, describes Emery as “one of the most significant journalists of his generation through his empathy, knowledge and human decency. No one who encountered him on his remarkable journey through life ever had a dull moment in his company.’’ The man was a joy to work with as a journalist because you never wanted to let him down. Peter Tozer

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Snooker now joins a list of sports which mourn the loss of their bright, young stars, The Daily Telegraph, 13 October 2006 Somebody may have been trying to tell him something, that a bigger, better plan had been mapped out for him, a scheme so grandiose that it guaranteed him a ringside seat at major events across the world, at someone else’s expense. Best of all, he would be paid to be there. As we slowly begin to come to terms with the sudden and untimely death of Jim Lawton, his former sports editor at the Daily Express, DAVID EMERY, reveals how he persuaded him to become chief sports writer.

An hour later, certainly no more than 70 minutes, Lawton provided the most powerful and coruscating dispatch of his life. A Dylan Thomas-style polemic against the dying of the light, the end of innocence for sport. You could fill a noisy bar with the journalists past and present queuing to buy David Emery a thank you drink. And, with a bit of pushing and shoving, I like to think I would be somewhere near the front. IOPC Acting Director General Tom Whiting said: “We must never forget that at the heart of this case is a man who lost his life and our thoughts remain with Jermaine’s family and everyone affected.

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Nothing before or since was as enjoyable or memorable as that Camelot decade on the Express with David. And it wasn’t just working at close quarters with such an accomplished journalist, he was just as lively at play as well. Spring was in the air in Fleet Street in 1987, when David Emery quit as chief sports writer of the Daily Express to become sports editor. I remember the day David told me was becoming sports editor at the Express. I must admit I was a little disappointed because I viewed him as an exceptional writer. But he proved me wrong by becoming a great leader of men who engendered a team spirit second to none.There were those lunches in that Chinese restaurant across the road from the Express, for which we span the wheel to see who would pay the bill. Play hard, work hard was the motto that was never said, simply understood from his example. He was a newspaperman. You knew he had done it all, digging, getting in, writing superbly under pressure. He loved a challenge and expected those working with him to be as impromptu, as inventive, to care about the words. When Jim (above) was preparing his latest mini-masterpieces it was not to the sports desk, nor the colleagues next to him in the Press box, he would turn to with his perennial question: “Do you think this works?” It was the mother of his three daughters at home, first in Surrey and more latterly in a little village near Chester.

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