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Loftus Road Stadium
Queens Park Rangers v
West Bromwich Albion
Premier League
  Wednesday, December 26th 2012, 3.15pm
Jack Tomlinson
(West Bromwich Albion fan)

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

I was a bit a apprehensive on visiting Loftus Road as the only tickets I could get hold of were Restricted View but from reading other reviews, I was looking forward to being close to the action at this supposedly intimate ground.

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

What a nightmare! Travelling from East to West London on Boxing Day when there is a tube strike is something that I’ll never do again. It took 2 Hours 15 mins on multiple crowded buses to reach Shepherds Bush from Kings Cross St Pancras. I can imagine that the journey would be a lot easier on any other day. On arrival at Shepherds Bush, the ground is only a 10 minute walk away. It’s all sign-posted and easy to find

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

Despite taking so long to get across London, we still had over an hour to kill and were delighted to come across the many pubs/bars/fast food restaurants on Uxbridge road. After a couple of pints with both Albion and QPR fans (seemed a friendly bunch) we continued on to Loftus Road

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

Small, compact and very close to the match. The restricted view seats we had in the Upper Tier of the School End (Section Y5) were excellent. I can only imagine that they’re deemed restricted view because if you were to sit down, you’d be unable see the nearest corner flag to our right…but like most away days, we stood the entire game which the stewards were entirely relaxed about. The rest of the stadium is pretty compact. I’ve been to no other ground similar.

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

The atmosphere was a little subdued. The game was a sell-out on both clubs websites and in the press but I noticed a few empty seats around the ground including the Albion end. I imagine this is largely due to the travel chaos in and around London on Boxing Day. The atmosphere really lifted once a few big challenges were made and West Brom scored two goals. Loftus Road was unusually quiet even after QPR scored. The home fans only really made any noise in the final 10mins of the game when they were pushing for an equaliser.

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

Very prompt and we weren’t escorted away…not that we needed to be. Boxing Day football is very much a family occasion.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

FINALLY, the Albion win in London! A Great day out in the Capital and our Restricted View seats were terrific. Don’t be put off.

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