Commitment to Queen’s Park Rangers may seem like a daunting prospect but I think we have found what epitomises loyalty to a Club. Badges throughout the ages have been iconic in football and will remain that way for years to come. But when we say we have found someone with over 270 different badges all on one coat, you may not believe it. The owner of such a coat is Chris Dillon who has been adding to his collection for over seven years and will continue to do so for as long as he lives.
At only seventeen and a Season Ticket holder for eleven seasons now, such a feat is hard to achieve but the waistcoat (pictured) has been worn to every home game and as many away as possible. After starting the collection on a hat in 1999, the amount of badges grew and grew until finally, it became painful to wear. At just over 100 badges on one hat, it became obvious that something would need to be done. Chris went out and bought a waistcoat, sewed on the QPR badge and added all the newly acquired badges to create the beginning of, ‘the waistcoat’ Currently sporting in total 273 badges, most of which are QPR and about fifteen are England ones, but all are different. Chris aims to have every badge that he can get his hands on.
The Club Shop is out of new badges as are the stalls in and around the Stadium so it’s getting harder to find ones that he hasn’t got. The two new Independent R’s badges are proudly displayed on the waistcoat alongside a 1960-61 Supporters Club one with numerous others from the 70’s/80’s/90’s plus new limited edition items and some issued by the LSA. The sight is amazing and the achievement is likewise. On match days, the waistcoat is located in the Upper P Block and will continue going to all home games and as many reachable away in the future. If you have any new badges to sell, ideas or general comments to make, Chris is happy to take them by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Dillon, badgemanQPR