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David Lloyd

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Alex Ferguson
a real Fulham legend

It wouldn’t be TOOFIF if there was not a space dedicated to Alex, quite possibly the most-travelled football follower there has been – and a staunch supporter of the fanzine over many years before his untimely demise.

He was the only Fulham fan I knew who could recount in detail a game played on August 6 1968 between Ramsgate Athletic and a FFC Xl in the same sentence as a 1973 match between the Thames Casuals against The Fulham All Stars. This was because he made it his business to attend all games such as these, often at very short notice, in addition to England games home and abroad.

He wrote in a certain style, of course, often leaving the account of the match to the barest of details save for a highly detailed stats box. His phrases were legendary: for example, it was never a ‘lob’, no, the ball ‘arced in a lazy parabola’. And to some of his Thamesbank mates his articles in TOOFIF should have come with “dotted lines so we can cut it out and throw it away”! But that was Alex, always sure of doing things his own way, and in his own style. And he loved the attention either way!

Alex is sadly missed but has left a rich and abiding inheritance in his TOOFIF articles as well as his highly individual 'Pandora' books. An obsessively keen England supporter, he was also featured in the official World Cup 1966 Movie cavorting in the Trafalgar Square fountains following England’s success in the 1966 World Cup Final, resplendent in a parkha bearing a large Union Flag on the back and Fulham FC writ large. Priceless!

Even as his illness started to take hold, Alex could be relied upon to traipse to the Cottage – he was as delighted as anyone at our return to our revamped spiritual home following the two-year exile at Loftus Road – to watch his beloved football team and to lend a hand with the TOOFIF sales. He’d often refer to TOOFIF as ‘One F’, well Alex was a genuine ‘One Off’ and the fanzine set-up is much the worse for his passing. Cheers, mate.


 
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Alex in full flow, at Ken Coton’s Photo Exhibition in November 2003, chatting with Pete Grinham (left) and Peter Hyams; surprise, surprise, it appears to be The Trav’s round!

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