I’ve played on the hallowed turf at Loftus Road in a 5 a side tournament between fans groups. Dave Thomas roped me in to play for the Kick Up the Rs team. I think he must’ve been desperate! I think we lost every game. One of the other teams had Richard Pacquette playing for them! He was a fairly established first team player for us at the time. At one point we were both running for the ball and Pacquette was clearly going to get there before me. I tried giving him a little shove in the back and he jabbed me in the ribs with his elbow. I can still feel it now!
I’ve also played in a 5 a side tournament at Stamford Bridge. We got to use the home dressing room where I deliberately pissed all over the floor to show my distaste.
Also played at Aldershot’s ground a couple of times as a kid.
Gerry Francis. I was at my grandad's house & I saw him score twice against Scotland back in the days when England v Scotland was just about the biggest match of the year.
Asked my grandad "which team does he play for?" and decided there and then to support them. Gerry's got a lot to answer for really. Never saw him play for QPR live though. I first started going to Loftus Road in the promotion season of 1982-1983 and I used to play in goal back then so Peter Hucker was my hero (see my username for proof). Also really like Clive Allen, John Gregory and especially Simon Stainrod back then.
Don't remind me, I can still remember the thrill of seeing that in the Standard. I'm still gutted that it never happened. We nearly signed another Italian midfielder around then. I saw Massimo Mauro play a pre-season friendly away at Brentford and he looked class. We were desperate for a replacement for the aging Super Ray Wilkins at the time and Mauro looked very much like he could fill that role. But his club (Napoli I think?) wanted too much money for him and we didn't sign him. I think we got Steve Hodge instead who didn't turn out to be much cop.
Baguio such an under-rated player. Destined to be remembered mainly for missing that penalty sadly but he should be remembered as the real star of Italia 90. Amongst all the heartbreak about Gazza’s tears and Pearce / Waddle’s missed pens people forget about the other semi final which also had a very disappointing outcome. A skilful quick-passing Italian side knocked out on pens by a dirty cynical Argentina with Diego a long long way off his majestic standard of Mexico 86. Baggio came on as sub in that match and got kicked all over the park. Probably wouldn’t look that bad by today’s standards but I remember thinking that the Argentinian team took fouling and harassing the ref to a new level in that tournament (soon to be adopted by Fergie’s United) They had a man sent off and I think half the team booked back in the days when you had to REALLY foul someone to get a yellow.
Should’ve been Italy in the final that year, possibly against England too, who knows how that might’ve turned out.
Bit unfair. There were plenty on here criticising the strategy of signing older players with the supposedly all-important "Premier League experience" . That went on during Redknapp's and Hughes' time and even in that August when Warnock was still here. Off top of my head I remember people being negative about us signing both Anton and especially Rio Ferdinand as well as old & injury prone Richard Dunne, old & injury prone Kieron Dyer, old & injury prone Bobby Zamora, old & injury prone Ryan Nelson, old & injury prone Andy Johnson etc etc etc. I remember many of us contributing to a long thread about Now that we've finally got some money, which up-and-coming youngsters players from the Championship / League 1 should we be signing instead of the older signings. The thread was basically repeated mentions of Jordan Rhodes and the Leeds attack / midfield from those days Gradel Howson Snodgrass. And that lad who signed for Middlesbrough who is a QPR fan (Adama?) I also remember pub conversations with other QPR fans around that time saying that priority should be properly scouting for young players, sorting out training ground / academy. Specifically I remember a conversation about Junior Hoilett when we signed him with us all saying if Liverpool were in for him, why on earth has he turned down playing alongside Luis Suarez (he looks like a rat) to come to QPR? We must be playing people ridiculous wages for him to choose to do that.
Presumably the book you're reading is the Dylan Jones one. I've just finished it. Very good innit.
Saw Glen Campbell at The Lowry, Salford on his farewell tour. He was starting to get ill with dementia at that time which is why it was his final tour. He had a few of his kids in his band, they were doing most of the chat between songs. He had someone doubling up with him on some of the big lead guitar moments too. But when he let loose on a solo he was amazing. And the voice was as big and bright as it ever was. One of his daughters Ashley is an amazing banjo player too.
First time I met Chris was in a pub near Crewe's ground. We won 3-2 that day, Trevor Sinclair scored one. I remember Chris telling me then he'd been to about 500 consecutive games home and away. Proper dedication that is. Well done to him.
I remember that match so well. I was annoyed about the replay date because I couldn't go. I'd already bought tickets to see The Wedding Present at Brighton Top Rank on the night of the replay. It was a brilliant gig though. Went in the kebab shop on West Street afterwards and they had those highlights on. Went proper mental in there when we scored those 2 goals.
He was also brilliant in The Comic Strip’s finest work “Mr Jolly Lives Next Door” where Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson got to play their usual characters but turned up to 11 with Peter Cook as the demented assassin Mr Jolly. Nicholas bloody Parsons played himself and was fantastic. You didn’t see presenters sending themselves up like that back then. These days with Keith Lemon / Ricky Gervais Extras etc it happens all the time. It’s available to watch for free on the Channel 4 player.
Having grown up near Petersfield (where he lives) I've had conversations in pubs with John many times and sorry to tell you all this but he's alright. He's an intelligent bloke, pretty funny and he really knows his football. He's a bit eccentric but I'd rather that than a boring person any day. I'm sure that any of you would also enjoy a pint with him.
He can still stick that fukcing bell up his ar5e though.