Beloved Club Legend John Higgs Passes Away at Age 72

It is with deep regret that the Club announces the passing of John Higgs on Monday 1st April, aged 72, following a period of illness. John Higgs played 34 games for our Men’s First Team over a period from 1966 to 1980, and was a well-respected member of the club as a supporter in more recent years. As our reserve goalkeeper, he was always known to be a reliable and quality last line of defense.

Lilywhites Patron and fellow teammate Paul Rennell recalls: “John was a great team member and well-liked by all; whenever he wanted an extra training run, I was always the one he called on for help. I will never forget his character. After retaining the Chatham Cup in 1969, John was given the task of looking after the Cup. When we were all assembled in the foyer to leave for the airport, where was John? He was found in bed clutching the cup and simply said, ‘Stan told me, don’t let it out of your sight, so I didn’t.'”

A stalwart Suburbs supporter, John attended many men’s and women’s first team fixtures over the years and could always be found at his table on the deck of the clubrooms enjoying a glass or two with his mates. He will be sadly missed. At John’s request, there will be a private ceremony in the coming week. There will be a minute’s silence ahead of our next game in his memory, and the Club sends best wishes of support to his family and friends.

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