• Alfie Biggs

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    It is with deep regret that we have to report the sad passing away of former Preston North End striker, Alfie Biggs. Alfred George Biggs died at home in Poole, Dorset at the back end of April. He was aged 76.

  • When PNE were trying to bolster their goalscoring potential following the Club's relegation from the top flight in 1961, they turned to the prolific Bristol-born striker, Alfie Biggs. Tall and courageously strong, he was a master in the aerial battles and could shoot with either foot. A real firm favourite with the Bristol Rovers fans, Alfie was to cost North End an 18,000 transfer fee, after an earlier bid of 16,000 had been rejected.

  • He made his North End league debut on the opening day of the 1961-1962 season, away at Luton Town. It turned out to be a very disappointing afternoon for the new inside-forward, as not only did Preston lose 1-4, Alfie had two 'goals' disallowed. To further bolster the attack, (Alfie had only bagged four goals), North End then signed the 'Black Prince', Alex Dawson, from Manchester United. In Alfie's next eight games he scored nine goals, including a fine hat trick against Scunthorpe United. The new attacking partnership was working well. Blond-haired Alfie finished the season as leading goalscorer with 22 league and cup goals. Early the following season, the 'homesick' six-footer was surprisingly transferred back to Bristol Rovers for 16,500(according to PNE Minute books) or 12,000 according to media reports in Bristol! The season was just ten games old.

    He instantly settled back home and went on to play over 400 games for his beloved Rovers. He still holds the Club's goalscoring record with 37 goals in the 1963-1964 season, the season North End reached Wembley and narrowly missed promotion. Would we have been successful on both accounts if he had stayed alongside Dawson? We will never know. He later played for Walsall, Swansea Town and Taunton Town before hanging up his boots.

  • Our condolences go out to his family.

  • Words by Ian Rigby.