Jeremy’s send-off like a Who’s Who
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