Daphne died eight years ago today and, on hearing the sad news, I wrote the following short tribute to her:-
‘It was with great sadness when we heard that Daphne had died in hospital on Sunday morning. A great servant of the club for longer than anyone can remember. She, and her husband before her, had been on the old Supporters Club Committee and more recently, she could always be seen in the Box Office lending a hand. On a personal note, I will always remember as a kid travelling away on the coaches in the 60’s, her kindness and her dedication. She lived for the club and must of had blue and white blood flowing through her veins. Daphne is a true legend of our club, Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club.’ God Bless You Daff.
My first memories of supporting QPR are the mesmeric skills of Stan Bowles. However, Daphne was the person whom left the biggest impression on me. In my youthful days, following Rangers away from home, it was always Daphne who would stamp my away travel card. Her passion for the club, and the warmth she would show in dealing with us supporters was genuine and what made our club special. When I was lucky enough to work for the club, I had the pleasure of working alongside Daphne, and although she had a good few years on her clock, she retained the passion for the club and a great sense of humour right up until we sadly lost her. She was, and always will be, a true QPR legend.
My first recollections of Daphne Biggs were in the late 1950’s in the Supporters Club Office underneath the centre of the old wooden Ellerslie Road Stand. She was often there, either enrolling Supporters Club membership or selling the extremely limited range of club merchandise such as bobble hats, scarves and black and white photos of players such as Leslie Locke, George Petchey and Arthur Longbottom etc. Even during that long ago era, Daphne always had the persona of the kindly matronly figure. She was forever tolerant of us young excitable schoolboys who swarmed into that cramped and confined premises on match days to see (though not always to buy) what was on offer.
During the period from 1967 to 1970, as I progressed from late teenage years to early adulthood, I sometimes travelled on the Supporters Club coaches to away games. Daphne was the chief steward and usually had everything well organised. Often she used to turn a blind eye to some boisterous behaviour, but out of sheer respect we knew not to take liberties. Once, at an away game at Huddersfield Town in November, 1967 (R’s lost 0-1), one of the coaches broke down and it was Daphne who persuaded her driver to squeeze on board the stranded supporters for the remainder of the short journey to the ground.
Following my change of residence to the Manchester area in the 1970’s, I did not have any further personal contact with Daphne, but I was always aware right up to the end of her life, of the continued devoted work and loyal support for Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club, whatever regime was at the¬† helm in the Loftus Road Boardroom.
Bernard Lambert (Kerrins)