I wanted to go to a football match when I was about 10 but none of my family ever went to any matches or supported anybody,so my mum asked a woman at work if her husband could take me to a game.He happened to have a season ticket in the seats in South Africa Rd ,and the rest is history. He left me outside the paddocks while he sat upstairs, and we met up again after the games. I don’t remember anything about the early games,or who we played and couldn’t afford the 7d for a programme.I remember seeing Rodney,Frank Saul And Tony Hazell,and I think it was about October 1970 when I first set foot inside Loftus Rd. Just seen a programme on eBay from the Portsmouth game on the 24th October and the price was 1s or 1s3d if you wanted the football league review in it.That might’ve been my first game.
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Why are you a QPR supporter? on 09:46 - Apr 10 with 2287 views
Fell asleep on the tube and woke up at White City. As I’d missed the district line connection at Notting Hill Gate to Fulham Broadway and it was now 14:40hrs, this copper suggested if I wanted to see a game, then there was a club playing nearby.
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Nous sommes L’occitane Rs!
Why are you a QPR supporter? on 09:53 - Apr 10 with 2270 views
Dad used to take me to many of the London clubs but QPR were the nearest and I could walk to the ground from about 8/9 years old. Under the walls of the Scrubs but it was scarier going through White City Estate.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the Earth all one’s lifetime. (Mark Twain)
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Why are you a QPR supporter? on 10:17 - Apr 10 with 2221 views
My Dad and his mates were all season ticket holders. My older brother was brought down there when he was born and I was brought to my first game when I was a baby, not even a year old. A baptism, I suppose. We won 4-0, Rodney scored two and that was me.
My brother changed clubs a few times as a kid. He's Arsenal now. But thankfully I never did.
"The opposite of love, after all, is not hate, but indifference."
21 august 1974. My eldest brother had a glamorous girlfriend. She came back with him, and asked me and my older brother what team they supported. My brother, a 12 yr old who supported whoever had the hardest fans, said leeds. QPR had just beaten them, so 7 year old me said QPR to piss him off. He hit me. It worked. So I stayed loyal (Not to my family, obviously).
Why are you a QPR supporter? on 10:36 - Apr 10 with 2195 views
We lived in Kilburn, and both my parents called themselves Spurs fans but never went. Used to go to the R’s after one of them took me to a swimming session at the (old) Janet Adegoke centre purely because it was local. This was in the 92’ season where we were too dogs in London so I latched on as a glory hunter which turned out to be a big mistake.
If one of my parents couldn’t go I’d go with a Irish family who were mad for the R’s as I was best mates with one of them at school.
My family have a massive connection to Charlton as half of them have worked for the club funnily enough so there was a lot of pressure from them growing up that I resisted.
Why are you a QPR supporter? on 10:51 - Apr 10 with 2159 views
Why are you a QPR supporter? on 11:11 - Apr 10 by peejaybee
Born in Aclam Road,most of the neighbours were Rsss and we all walked to LR 1948.
Moved to sunny Ruislip when I was 7 in early 70’s. Other kids at school supported variety on London clubs including some who I disliked who supported Chel****. QPR were local side and obvious choice to be different. Got to my first game 5 years later, hooked fully ever since. Went regularly until my early 20’s when work took me overseas. My attendance fell away, but still usually got to HQ few times a season (including long weekend from China one year). Family circumstances have limited me for past couple of years, but hopefully should be back for next season.
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Why are you a QPR supporter? on 11:56 - Apr 10 with 2072 views
I was born & brought up as a supporter of Chesham United with my "league club" changing on a regular basis.
Aston Villa & Bolton only lasted a season (FA Cup winners), but the Norwich giant killing team of 1959 remained for six years with Terry Bly & then Terry Alcock my hero. I saw them a few times play at Luton & was once taken to Carrow Road for a match against Southampton. I lost any affection for them though when Ron Saunders & Duncan Forbes were there!
I then glory hunted for a short period following Liverpool. I do not forgive myself for being at Anfield for the first game of the season instead of being at LR for our first game in the top division!
In the League Cup winning season, my brother started going to Rangers & I eventually joined him, with home to Norwich in August 1967 as my first visit too The Bush. This co-incided with my first season of playing adult football (as a 15 year old) & Chesham reaching Wembley in the FA Amateur Cup final, so I shared my footballing options three ways! Villa Park in May 1968 still remains my favourite away day though & possibly still my favourite Rangers moment!
Into the top division but Rangers still were not "my team". I think the change from follower to supporter came with two defeats close to the start of 1969. At home to Leeds & away to Tottenham we were brilliant & I felt so gutted at the injustice of losing those games. I was now hooked!
Back in the second division & I decided to only play on Sundays that season so that I could watch Rangers home & away. I moved to Ipswich in 1974 & my trips to Rangers reduced year on year until the Holloway promotion season & for 2004/05 I bacame a ST holder for the first time along with my eldest son.
I did learn that you don't have to be a regular to be a supporter & the pain of defeat was just as great when I wasn't there!
Why are you a QPR supporter? on 11:56 - Apr 10 with 2069 views
Born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital, me big brother took me to LR as an 8 year old in 1958, in the Loft corner by the Ellersie Road there was a tea stall and on the counter there was the biggest tea pot I had ever seen which fascinated me more than the game, during the second half I looked around at the tea stall and a crowd had gathered and then decided to have a free for all punch up, me brother grabbed me arm and quickly got me out of there and we went home on the trolley bus, I told my Dad about the punch up and he bollocked me Brother I'm sure we were playing Orient.
I've supported the useless bastards ever since.
My Father had a profound influence on me, he was a lunatic.
Why are you a QPR supporter? on 13:05 - Apr 10 with 1941 views
I was born (1954) and raised in Liverpool. I supported Liverpool as a youngster, I’d go to every home game and stand in the Anfield Road end. It was so boring. They won every time. If the opposition got even so much as a corner, people were carried out of The Kop on stretchers, having fainted.
I’d seen the name of this odd football team on the Saturday football results on TV. QPR? What’s all that about……In 1967, the semi final 1st leg of the League Cup, away to Birmingham, was on Sportsnight. I watched the highlights. 1st half, we got battered, how we were only 1 – 0 down at half time, I do not know. 2nd half…..we scored 4 goals, winning 4 – 1. That was it for me, I had to follow this team.
I was 12 at the time, so thought it was ok to support both Liverpool and Rangers – after all, they were in different divisions. But then Rangers won two successive promotions, and ended up, one sunny Autumn day, playing at Anfield. I duly turned up in the Anfield Road to watch. We were battered 2 – 0. Ron Springett played an absolute blinder. My mind was immediately made up. Liverpool didn’t need my support, but QPR did!
After that, there was only one team for me. It’s now 50 years since that life changing decision, and I don’t regret it for one minute.
Biggest high – sitting in the Main Stand at Anfield with my Liverpool supporting brother in law for the 2nd leg of the Milk Cup Semi Final in 1986. For those of you who don’t know, we drew 2 – 2 on the night, thanks to two Liverpool own goals (comedy magic), and went to Wembley 3 – 2 on aggregate (we don’t talk about the final of course….)
Biggest low – Norwich. I was there. I still bear the scars.