Jeremy’s send-off like a Who’s Who

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JEREMY Biggs’ funeral was held at Peter­bor­ough Cre­ma­to­rium and, as ex­pected, was ex­tremely well at­tended by his many friends and fam­ily. Af­ter a short read­ing, those present showed their re­spects by ap­plaud­ing Jeremy for one minute.

The wake, held at Stam­ford’s Borderville fa­cil­ity, was like a Who’s Who of lo­cal foot­ball with friends from many leagues, county FA’s and his life was cel­e­brated in a man­ner in which he would have been proud of.

Stam­ford FC have kindly do­nated a plaque which is af­fixed to their wall of re­mem­brance, a timely trib­ute to a great man.

Jeremy was happiest with pen and pa­per but even­tu­ally en­joyed new tech­nol­ogy in the form of an iPad and his faith­ful Nokia mobile gave way to an iPhone.

When things didn’t go as he wished and per­haps a web­site was too slow I would joke that steam pres­sure was low at Essendine that day!

We would of­ten talk sev­eral times a day dis­cussing news and views and cur­rent league pol­icy and the fu­ture. I could eas­ily write a book on his hu­mour and knowl­edge but it would need a re­stricted cir­cu­la­tion as those that knew him well would un­der­stand.

I will cher­ish for­ever our hours spent on the phone, at matches and at meet­ings with foot­ball the com­mon thread.

He al­ways had the best in­ter­ests of clubs at heart and was very pro­tec­tive of both them and the league with a keen sense of tra­di­tion and his­tory.

In later years, he in­creas­ingly took time out to look af­ter Ray, his fa­ther, who sur­vives him. He al­ways en­sured a neigh­bour would pop in whilst he was away at matches etc. to en­sure all was well in his ab­sence.

His un­timely demise has cre­ated a void that will never be filled but for those of us priv­i­leged to have known him he will al­ways be re­mem­bered.

Per­haps the en­dur­ing mem­ory etched on many of us will be the sight of Jeremy clutch­ing a plas­tic bag go­ing to a match and wear­ing his blue and yel­low scarf and blue tea cosy hat – the colours of his beloved Stam­ford’s 1980 FA Vasewin­ning side.

He will never be for­got­ten and his mem­ory will be per­pet­u­ated by his pub­li­ca­tions, he en­riched the lives of all those who came to know him. I count my­self as lucky to be one of those who can claim him as a very spe­cial friend. JOHN WEEKS, UCL Chair­man

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