1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
The first away game I ever attended many years ago
was in the league away at Loftus Road (a dismal
defeat as I recall) so was looking forward to the
opportunity of revisiting the ground and hopefully
banishing those memories and booking a place in
the third round of the league cup.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
As usual took the train – up to Clapham Junction,
then the overground to Shepherd’s Bush, only a few
minutes walk from the ground. All without a hitch,
one of the easier grounds to get to. Shepherd’s
Bush is also well served by the tube system for
those who needed it.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Checked out the local O’Neills pub on Shepherds
Bush Green and had a good chat with one of the
doormen about previous encounters – the area has a
great selection of pubs and eateries and there
seemed to be a good atmosphere all round. No
trouble from the locals as we walked en masse to
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
It had been a long time since I’d been to Loftus
Road, and given their increased fortunes of late,
I thought some improvements may have been made to
the ground. However, they do seem limited in what
can be done with the site. Perfectly functional,
and enclosed on all sides, the best thing about
the stadium is how close you are to the action and
the atmosphere that can be generated. Concourse
not exactly spacious but more so than some grounds
I’ve been to and perfectly adequate.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
There was a large away following and the stewards
were out in force, moving people to their
designated seats and away from the front couple of
rows. However all were perfectly courteous and we
were largely left alone once everyone was directed
to where they were supposed to be.
The game itself – far better than I ever would’ve
expected. The atmosphere from the home fans was
fairly subdued, and I got the impression that the
home team had bigger fish to fry than this
competition. That said it certainly wasn’t an easy
encounter and we were under pressure throughout.
However the visitors held that off admirably and
got an unexpected goal through Nile Ranger a few
minutes before half time. We were in with a
The second half as expected we were under pressure
again, and I was convinced once QPR got an
eventual equaliser they would go on to win the
game. Wave after wave of attack from the home side
proved fruitless however, and at the end of a full
seven minutes of added time, a loose pass allowed
Swindon’s Alex Pritchard in on goal, and a
clinical finish put the game beyond doubt. Queue
delirium from the visiting faithful.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Many elected to stay in the ground for a few
minutes singing, applauding the players off the
pitch and generally revelling in the experience of
a cup scalp, and by the time I’d left the streets
were still packed with Swindon supporters. A
fifteen minute walk back to Westfield and I was on
the train home.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Great day, a fairly unique stadium (certainly at
this level) and a fantastic result which was to
see us drawn against Chelsea in the next round.
Would definitely return to Loftus Road should we
cross paths again.