Tony Ingham, QPR legend, loyal club servant, first-class left back, captain and one of the true gentlemen of football. This is no hype I can assure you.
Following his transfer from Leeds United, Tony played a record 514 league games for the R’s over the period from June 1950 to May 1963 and scored 3 goals. One of which I had the pleasure to witness at Loftus Road in a Division South fixture against Watford on 30th November, 1957. Rangers won 3-0 and I was glad I was there to see that rare goal from Tony.
In my childhood days of supporting the R’s from 1957 through to the early 1960’s, Tony seemed an eternal figure, well established as Captain in the No.3 left-back slot, just as natural as the rising of the sun each morning. He was a talented defender and without doubt, could have played his football at a higher level than the Third Division, but he remained loyal to QPR FC and stuck with the club until the finish of his playing days.
Thereafter, he did much sterling work for the QPR FC Secretarial/Admin and Commercial departments. I recall one occasion during the 1967/68 season when he called round to our house in person to try and persuade my Father, a Fulham supporter, to subscribe to the QPR Pools !
Rest in Peace Tony Ingham. They don’t make ’em like you anymore.
Bernard Lambert (Kerrins)
About ten years ago, I was on my way home when I saw Tony Ingham come out of the local butchers shop (opposite where the Oldfield Tavern used to be in North Greenford). He walked about ten yards in front of me as we turned the corner into Horsenden Lane. As he was getting into his car, I drew up level with him. I then said to him: “I bought a photo of you the other day” and he replied: “You must be a QPR fan.” So we chatted briefly and he then said: “Are you going to the game today ?” I told him that I was so he said: “Jump in, I’ll give you a lift.” So there I was being chauffeured to a home game by none other than QPR’s former player and still the holder of the most appearances for our club.
It turned out that he was very close friends with the butchers, who had turned the shop into a QPR shrine with photos of all the greats and plenty of course of Tony. The shop is no more, it closed down about 6-7 years ago. Alas, neither is Tony. I never had the pleasure of seeing him play, but I will always treasure that 30 minutes I spent with him that day.
Rest in Peace.