Queens Park Rangers v
West Bromwich Albion Premier League Wednesday,
2012, 3.15pm Jack
Tomlinson (West Bromwich
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
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
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.