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at 12:36 7 May 2019
Another request to the well travelled LFW community.
Spending a few days in Krakow at the end of May with Mrs York. Booked in for a tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau, but interested in views of other places to see and where to eat and drink
|Middlesbrough Preview - note to Clive|
at 13:13 21 Feb 2019
Surely given our miserable run and how low everyone is feeling, it is worth a reprint of the excellent Awaydays report from the promotion season.
How did it end now...? something like they counted us out and they counted us back in, Queens Park Rangers we're top of the League.
|QPR - A proper football team|
at 08:16 19 Feb 2019
Nice piece from Giles Coren in The Times today - will resonate with many...
I took my five-year-old son Sam to Loftus Road on Friday night to watch Queens Park Rangers play Watford in the fifth round of the FA Cup. To keep him real.
Sam is a football nut and an Arsenal fan, a situation I engineered because after 45 years of heartache, boredom and irrelevance supporting QPR, I felt I owed him the chance to follow a team that has lots of other supporters, a handful of famous players, a massive modern stadium and occasionally wins things.
But when Rangers beat Portsmouth to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in 22 years, making it pretty much our biggest game for a quarter of a century, I thought Sam might as well get a glimpse of his dad’s ropey old first love, from poky folding seats where even he would struggle for leg room, in a rusty old sardine tin of a ground, just to get a bit of perspective.
On the way, I explained that, no, we have never won a major trophy. Except a League Cup once upon a time, when dinosaurs walked the Earth. This year, in the league, we haven’t even won a match. On the night, in typical fashion, we played better than Watford but went a goal down just before half time to their first attack of the match and were knocked out of the cup. Season over.
One detail I’d forgotten about Loftus Road was the terrible sightlines created by the stanchions holding up the roof. From where we sat, one goal was completely obscured so that as play moved, the crowd around us swayed from side to side, like the front row on Top of the Pops, trying to get a better view. Next to me was an old season-ticket holder who has watched QPR from the same spot for the past 43 years.
“But it’s a terrible seat,” I said. “You can’t see a thing. Why have you never moved?”
“Can’t move,” he replied. “It’s my lucky seat.”
“Lucky?” I laughed. “We’ve had the worst 43 years of any club in world football!”
“That’s not my fault,” he replied glumly. “It’s all these other bleeders sitting in the unlucky seats.”
at 13:11 15 Feb 2019
Nice interview in The Times today. Hereferences grown men kissing his Dad after the Oldham game. He said "it was all I'd ever know so it was not weird, I was unbelievably proud"...
|Bristol City Away|
at 15:01 4 Feb 2019
Just seen something from the club confirming they will refund lost rail fares as a result of the short notice change of fixture date
at 23:12 25 Sep 2018
Struggling to find the words to describe that performance tonight. It truly was abysmal and I just cant fathom why McLaren thought he could just throw 11 players together and they would get into a cohesive unit.
There was no evidence of a game plan, our passing was poor and our attacking strategy consisted of long balls to Smith which he either didn't win or we then didn't win the second ball.
I actually felt sorry for some of the younger players thrown into that shambles. Some of the senior players need to look in the mirror. Not sure what is going on with Scowen but he was racing around making foul after foul, got a yellow card after the 3rd and then lost a 50:50 which he could easily have been booked again for. He was subbed quickly afterwards (rightly in my view) and stormed off.
Cousins then raises his hands and pushes a player when already on a yellow and gets sent off. Both of them werebraindead.
Worst if all for me though was the complete disrespect shown to the travelling support. I was prepared for a few changes but never expected that starting 11. You then look at the bench for a game changer and there are no options.
McLaren said afterwards we weren't prepared for the physical challenge yet the size of their team was plain to see and we start with the likes of Scowen and Chair who are tiny by comparison.
I can't remember feeling this disappointed for a long time. Perhaps we would never win this cup but a winnable the to enter the last 16 and perhaps get a big draw and we never even tried.
Gutted on so many levels....
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