Novelist and Arsenal fanatic Hornby once described the perfect football match as having as many goals as possible, a noisy crowd and a punch-up.
The HA Ball managed to net three goals: awarding the companies and individuals that have done most to support it in the past year, giving guests a great night out and raising a magnificent £100.000. Certainly, the crowd was good-naturedly raucous. And yes, there was even a fight - two dinner-jacketed alpha males squared up to one another towards the end of the evening, giving a whole new meaning to Hospitality Action.
Well done to the GM of the Dorchester Hotel, Chris Cowdray, who managed to pull the men apart with the deft decisiveness of a Govan landlord at kicking-out time.
Well done, too, to Penny Moore and all at HA for a great evening.