Bill Dolan – Rest In Peace

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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:-

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Friends Set Up Pub Shrine For QPR Fan:-

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.

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There was also an obituary in Saturday’s programme:-

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

Steve Russell

(Many thanks to Zute at the Gazette for sending me the above pics and giving permission to use them)



8 Responses to Bill Dolan – Rest In Peace

  1. Irish R says:

    Sad to hear of another fellow Hoop passing away. Sympathies to his family & friends at this difficult time. The shrine set up at the Greenwood in his memory was a lovely tribute, and i’m sure is appreciated by Billy in the celestial seats upstairs.

  2. jj says:

    It’s always sad to lose one of our own and one so loyal.
    No doubt he was much loved by his friends at the Greenwood who gave him a fitting tribute.
    Rest In Peace

  3. finney says:

    RIP Bill.

  4. Michael Whelan says:

    I knew Bill very well from travelling with me on the Supporters club coach,he always had his 2ltr bottles of pepsi.
    Great story i have of Bill was we were playing Tranmere away and he had a fall in their Club Shop,after helping him up along with shop staff they offered to buy him a programme,Bill said he needed more so shop staff said sure,how many would you like?…..9 said Bill,i cracked up.

    RIP Bill you’ll be missed by the QPR family.

  5. Kerrins says:

    I did not know Bill on a personal basis..but I knew of his name and his dedicated R’s support way back in the 1960′s

    RIP Bill

  6. Stephen says:

    That is a lovely tribute and great to see fans of different clubs together in the photo. God bless Bill on your journey.

  7. barry says:

    so sad, my daughter will be very sad,we help him at watford game a few seasons ago, just before the weelchair, two sticks what loyalty my daughter said to me, hoops in this heart, we lost too manny like him in the last few years, R.I.P. bill.

  8. Steve Zico says:

    Condolences to his family, may he rest in peace.


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