Queens Park Rangers – the team
QPR were another one of those sides with a chairman with more money than sense. Tony Fernandes gave Harry Redknapp a blank cheque book to go out and sign all his favourite players on big money contracts when they were in the Premier League, which is rather like handing Kim Jong Un a file on how to make a nuclear warhead. The Air Asia boss seems to have learnt his lesson however since their relegation in 2015 and has become far more prudent these days. Ian Holloway was appointed manager for his second spell just before Christmas and what looked like a relegation battle has turned into a saunter into a lower mid table finish.
Queens Park – the place
QPR are named after Queens Park where they were originally founded and played. They lived a nomadic existence in their early days – MK Dons eat your hearts out, they’ve had 13 home grounds across North and West London – before settling down in 1920 in the Shepherds Bush area of London, where they have since played at Loftus Road and a couple of brief spells at the White City Stadium which was used originally for the 1908 summer Olympics. Comedies have a strong connection with Shepherds Bush with Steptoe and Son being set there and the Only Fools and Horses theme tune talking about a mush from Shepherds Bush. Bush bush bush bush bush bush bush…
Queens Park – the place
QPR have had some ridiculously entertaining owners down the years with Fernandes being preceded by the flamboyant Formula One pair of Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore. Famous supporters include King of Spain Ashley Giles, Fearne Cotton, Bill Bailey and Howard Anthony, the vastly underrated actor who played Alan Jackson, one of Bianca’s many husbands in EastEnders.
A good WeAreBrighton.com memory of QPR away
We’ve not won away at Loftus Road since 1957, a 1-0 win in Division Three South. Frankly, it is a horrible ground for away supporters as there is a 90% chance that you will be unable to see at least some of the pitch, and from some seats this includes the pretty essential area of the goal. There was great excitement on our first trip there on Boxing Day 2001 with it being the first football ground we ever came across that sold pizzas inside. This has of course since been eclipsed by Exeter City who have an actual Dominos in their away end.
A bad WeAreBrighton.com memory of QPR away
If the pizzas are good then the pies were horrible. On New Years Day 2005 we were actually sold a frozen steak and kidney pie. It was eaten anyway which needless to say led to all manner of digesetive issues later in the day.
Kazenga LuaLua is having a great time on loan at QPR, retweeting every little bit of praise he gets from Rangers fans and blocking anyone who dares to question or criticise him. He is unable to play against us but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any familiar faces on show given that QPR are gathering a nice collection of ex-Brighton defenders with Joel Lynch and Grant Hall both at the club.
Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith has parked his TARDIS up at Loftus Road having signed from Fulham in January. He has three goals in 10 games but is a real handful to play against. Alex Smithies in goal remains one of the best keepers in the division and has had plenty of interest from Premier League clubs.
Everytime we visit QPR it seems to end in a draw. The last two performances against Blackburn and Birmingham haven’t exactly been impressive and so we’re backing the spoils to be shared again at a best priced 5/2.
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