1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
As a Yeovil fan, the QPR away fixture was always
the one to look out for. It’s arguable to say that
Yeovil were and still are one of the favourites to
be relegated from the Championship this season, so
these types of games don’t and probably won’t come
around too often. It’s fantastic to think that
Yeovil were a team competing in the Conference 10
years ago and now they’re playing in matches with
QPR who were only in the Premier League last
season. Also, despite coming from near
Yeovil, me and my family moved to North West
London 2 years ago, and Loftus Road is the closest
stadium to my house, so this match was very easy
to travel to.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
We used the tube to travel to the match. We got
off at White City station which is on the Central
Line of the underground. Even though I found out
how to get to the stadium from the station
beforehand, the ground was still signposted from
the station exit. Also, there were many QPR fans
getting off the tube at White City, so it was easy
just to follow them.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Once at the ground, we stood outside for a little
while and then headed straight for the entrances.
However I noticed that there was one pub adjacent
to the ground, however, it only hosted QPR fans.
It didn’t look as though there were many pubs open
to away fans in short proximity.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
The ground is quite small for the size of the club
(capacity around 18,000) and the South Africa Road
end is where most of both sets of fans
congregated. Getting into the away end was
slightly awkward as our seats were closer to the
South Africa Road end; however we had to walk all
the way round to the Ellerslie Road end to enter.
I’m not sure why they wouldn’t let us get through
the entrance next to the South Africa Road end,
but it would’ve made sense for the entrance to be
opened to the people for whom it was convenient
for. The stewards were hot on the security checks.
We found at the entrance lines of security
stewards who scanned people and searched bags.
Once admitted into the stadium, we were shown some
steps to the concourse which was very narrow to
say the least. Greeted by many Yeovil fans, it was
difficult to get through the crowd of supporters
due to the shortage of room in the concourse. Our
tickets were then checked for the third time (yes,
third time!) as we made our way to our seats.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
To be fair, taking away the positive optimism
amongst the fans, we knew that this would be a
very tough fixture, taking into account the league
positions of the two teams. Despite QPR’s recent
blip in form, this would be a fixture that they
would be hoping to win if they were serious about
their promotion ambitions. The game was fairly
even really, but QPR took their chances when they
came, hence the 3-0 score-line. I think Yeovil
started the game the better side and made the
Hoops and their fans nervous but we lacked that
cutting edge. Once QPR got their first goal,
thanks to a Ravel Morrison brace, we always knew
it would be an uphill battle. We did hit the post
early in the second half – and gave ourselves hope
of getting back in the game – but a header from
substitute Bobby Zamora and another strike from
Ravel Morrison got QPR home and dry, the score
probably flattered the hosts. The atmosphere was
pretty poor if I must say. We Yeovil fans were
fantastic and made noise throughout the game, even
when we were 3-0 down! You could have heard a pin
drop, the Rangers fans weren’t up for singing at
all; you only heard them when they scored. One
comical man sat in the South Africa Road end, was
in full spirit making noises with instruments, and
to be honest, Yeovil fans hurled banter-intended
abuse in his direction! But once again, he was the
only QPR fan making noise and took it on the chin.
Even though there were many security checks, the
stewards were very friendly and humorous, which is
what you want when going to an away game. Food
prices were quite costly at £2.20 per bottle of
Coke – which is what you expect at football
matches these days – and chocolate bars were
£1.20! To be honest I didn’t pay much attention to
the prices of other foods, but I heard from other
fans that they weren’t too cheap.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
The return of that narrow concourse was daunting.
Trying to squeeze nearly 2,000 fans through it,
into one exit was always going to be difficult. I
suppose this was due to slowing down the flow of
away fans on the street. The road towards White
City station was closed which was good because it
allowed more rooms for fans to walk, as the
pavements were quite congested. Due to the famous
Westfield Shopping Centre on the doorstep of the
ground, we decided to pop in there for a look
around, to avoid the rush of fans getting on the
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I thought that despite not getting the result that
we quite wanted, the day was very good and a fun
experience! As I said, it was a fixture I was very
much looking forward to when the fixture list came
out in June last year. The day did not disappoint,
and the view from our seats was very clear. I
shouldn’t think these teams will meet next season,
as QPR have Premier League ambitions and Yeovil
could possibly face relegation to League One.
However, if Yeovil and QPR cross paths again, I
will certainly make sure that we make it a day out