Samuel's journalism career began on VE Day and continued, in that wonderfully relaxed and fulfilling freelance, semi-retired sort of way, well into his 80s, writing motoring, skiing, golf and travel features. Indeed, Samuel was writing right up until his death earlier this month.
It was his time at The Guardian, which spanned three decades, for which Samuel is best remembered, where he cultivated, recruited and developed some of the finest sports journalism talent ever assembled on a single newspaper.
In his near 20 years in charge of the sports desk on Farringdon Road, Samuel worked with and recruited some fine talents, including David Lacey, Frank Keating, Dai Davies, Matthew Engel, Paddy Barclay and Ian Ridley… There are many others, too.
Thing was, Samuel's patrician style of sports editing will probably never be seen again. Much of his best work was done in absentia, when Samuel would leave the page drawing and running of the desk to his able deputies, such as Charlie Burgess or Roger Alton. And whatever became of them?
A marvellously affectionate tribute to Samuel has been posted on the interweb by someone who knew him for less than three months – his masseur.It is well worth a read, and can be found by clicking here.