I read the sad news in Friday’s Gazette that Bill Dolan had died. We used to have a few words after the match by the bus stop outside Northolt Station. He used to travel to most away games with the Supporters Club until he was too poorly to do so. As his health began to deteriate, he started to use a walking stick and then eventually he was confined to a wheelchair which had been paid for with donations from local residents. This didn’t deter him from attending home games and his helper also had to assist him up and down the stairs at Northolt and White City Stations. The article read as follows:-
Friends of the late Bill Dolan have paid tribute with a shrine for the much-loved QPR fan. Bill, 67, who died from cancer, was a devoted regular at matches and went to see the Hoops play arch-rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last year. A feast of Rangers memorabilia is on display in his honour at the Greenwood in Northolt where Bill was a regular.
Lifelong R’s fan, Billy Dolan, sadly passed away on Monday 29th December aged 67. Billy first attended QPR matches in 1946. In the remaining 62 years, he only missed two home fixtures. In his younger days, he went to the majority of the R’s away fixtures, until he was unfortunately wheelchair bound.
God Bless Bill…Rest In Peace
(Many thanks to Zute at the Gazette for sending me the above pics and giving permission to use them)