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Loftus Road Stadium
Queens Park Rangers v
Swansea City
Premier League
   Saturday, August 18th 2012, 3pm

Joshua Kazim

(Swansea City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking forward to visiting Loftus Road mainly because it was my first visit to the stadium and its one of the older stadiums in the league.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I travelled with official club travel. It was a fairly simple journey down the M4 which took just over three hours, it took a while to find the ground after getting into London and it wasn't easy to spot as it is hidden between rows of housing and flats.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

The coach dropped all the Swansea fans outside the away friendly pubs, such as ĎThe Walkaboutí which is about 10 minutes walk from the ground. Before the game there was no trouble with the home fans and they seemed friendly.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Although being small, I was quite impressed by the outside of Loftus Road as I was not expecting much after seeing photos of the ground, although then being situated in the upper tier we had to walk around the stadium to get to our turnstile. The inside of the ground is not the most impressive, or to tell the truth probably the least of the grounds Iíve visited although even from the upper tier you are very close to the pitch which leads to a very good atmosphere.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

With Swansea being a changed team from last year, I was not sure what to expect, although the first half was even we took an early lead. We then hit the bar twice before going in 1-0 up at half time. In the second half QPR came at us, and we scored a further 4 goals to win the match 5-0. The atmosphere was good from the home fans and 2,400 travelling Jacks at the start, but the QPR fans seemed to die down after we went 1-0 up. The stewards were very friendly and had no problem with us standing. In the ground was slightly overpriced, but what football stadium isnít? With Loftus road being an old ground the facilities were not great, but there was nothing majorly bad. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game, well having lost 5-0 some of the the QPR fans had left early. There were some unpleasant exchanges between supporters outside the Springbok pub, as the Swansea fans made their way back to the waiting coaches and for a short while the police seemed to struggle to handle the situation. But we managed to get back okay.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Altogether a very enjoyable day out and it is a must if you are a fan of older stadiums.

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