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18.02.2017… Birm v QPR…

Birmingham City 1 Queens Park Rangers 4qpr

St. Andrew’s… Saturday February 18th… 3pm

Attendance: 20,265

Ticket: £25 – Programme: £3

An awful afternoon for Birmingham City, outclassed from start to finish…

Worrying times, starting to look over their shoulders…

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First Half Action: QPR Lead 1-0…

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90 Minutes: QPR Lead 4-0…

Birmingham City; Kuszczak, Dacres-Cogley (Frei 45), Shotton, Grounds, Nsue, Kieftenbeld, Stewart, Tesche (Storer 82), Keita (Robinson 31), Adams, Sinclair

Not Used; Legzdins, Gleeson, O’Keeffe, Bielik

Goals; Nsue (90+3)

Queens Park Rangers; Smithies, Furlong, Onuoha, Hall, Lynch, Bidwell, Wszolek (Lualua 85), Manning, Freeman, Washington (Ngbakoto 85), Smith (Sylla 85)

Not Used; Ingram, Mackie, Luongo, Perch

Goals; Smith (18), Washington (47), Sylla (84), N’Gbakoto (88)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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16.05.2015… QPR (a)…

Queens Park Rangers 2 Newcastle United 1

Loftus Road… Saturday May 16th… 3pm

Attendance: 17,608

Ticket: £38 (Restricted View) – Programme: £3

Another Saturday, a first trip to Loftus Road since 1995, another defeat; to be honest, why do any of us still bother?

The long journeys, the expense, the soulless grounds, the over officious stewards, and the desperate football. If we had a decent side the appeal  would be hard enough to explain, with the rubbish currently on offer it’s bordering on masochistic…

I’d much rather not talk about the game but I guess that is the point, so…

A reasonable first half performance should probably have brought more than a single goal lead, but it didn’t. When the half-time whistle blew, the only thing we had to show for our dominance was Emmanuel Riviere’s first, lucky, and probably only goal for Newcastle United…

The half-time interval brought an appearance on the pitch from Darren Peacock (and Trevor Sinclair), a reminder of a time when we used to look up rather than down, a time when there wasn’t a very strict set of limitations enforced upon our expectations. The man with the hardest job in mid-nineties football got a great reception from our end, even if the announcer preferred to focus solely upon his time at QPR. The mention of Les Ferdinand’s name brought back some memories and a few chants too…

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Before the Match: Some Idiots…

Then it all went downhill rather rapidly…

Chris Ramsey, rather sensibly considering the pattern of the first-half,  made a couple of changes at half-time. John Carver, having learnt most of what he knows from the Alan Pardew ‘No Plan B’ school of football soon found his side 2-1 down. As usual, two sloppy, entirely preventable goals. I haven’t said that much recently…

The game then meandered towards its conclusion; as usual, no measurable response from our lot, anyone would think that they couldn’t give a toss…

Then the final whistle blew and the pitch invasion began…

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After the Match: More Idiots…

Not to worry though, as the BBC reliably informed us in their match report, the pitch invasion was ‘good natured’, so that’s alright then. Bollocks, along with every other pitch invasion I’ve ever witnessed it wasn’t ‘good natured’ and ended up with a group of bored locals, not quite sure what to do next, deciding that their best course of action would be to taunt the visiting support. Again, as is always the case, the police and private security decided that it was best not to get involved, that may involve actually doing some work, and possible confrontation. I mean, it’s not as if that’s what they were actually being paid for, I assume that their wages account for some portion of the exorbitant ticket price…

Just to clear it up, anyone who invades a football pitch is committing a criminal offence and, more importantly, anyone invading a football pitch is also a massive bellend…

Whatever happens next Sunday, stay off the pitch…

Queens Park Rangers; Green (McCarthy 34), Onuoha, Dunne, Caulker (Yun Suk-young 45 (YC)), Hill, Phillips, Barton (YC), Henry, Hoilett (Grego-Cox 45), Fer, Austin

Not Used; Wright-Phillips, Doughty, Furlong, Comley

Goals; Phillips (54), Fer (61)

Newcastle United; Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Dummett, Gutiérrez, Taylor.R (Aarons 64), Colback, Pérez, Sissoko, Cabella (Ameobi 73), Rivière (Cissé 63 )

Not Used; Anita, Gouffran, Abeid, Woodman

Goals; Rivière (24)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…