Queens Park Rangers v
Milton Keynes Dons
FA Cup 4th Round
January 26th 2013, 3pm
By David Drysdale (MK Dons fan)
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
I was looking forward to visiting Loftus Road as I
had heard the stadium was unique in that it was
very compact and close to the pitch and was one of
the few real 'old school' stadiums still left in
top flight football. I was however a bit
apprehensive as our away ('School') end tickets
were sold as 'restricted view' and we didn't know
exactly what that would involve.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Getting to the ground was easy as I lived nearby
in Paddington so a quick journey on the Circle
line to White City. The ground was a five minute
walk away and was easy to find from the tube
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
We didn't have time to enjoy any of the local pubs
however there are quite a few. The pub nearest the
ground which is almost part of the stadium (I
forget it's name) is home fans only. A lot of
fellow away supporters headed to the Walkabout
nearby. Instead we had a couple of beers inside
the stadium in the away end.
The home fans were very friendly and helpful and
even pointed us in the right direction when we
missed the turning for the School End road.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
The ground itself isn't anything special and
pretty standard fare. It's probably not quite good
enough to be a Premiership ground. The restricted
view we found was fine and was not restricted at
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game itself was superb as an MK Dons fan. We
were clinical and were definately the better team
on the day outclassing a poor QPR side and were
0-4 up with over 10 minutes left. They pulled two
back late on but it was too late. The home support
was TERRIBLE, genuinely the worst home support
I've witnessed at a game. There must have been
twice as many home supporters. We brought over
3,000 and outsung them the whole game.
The food and beers were standard football fare and
reasonably priced. The toilets were clean however
there were no sinks in the away ones we visited.
The stewards were friendly and unobtrusive.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Getting away from the ground was smooth and there
were no real hold ups. There was a bit of trouble
between QPR fans but it seemed to be in house and
the police dealt with it swiftly.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
All in all, it was a very enjoyable outing (partly
due to the result). A friendly ground and a group
of fans. The stadium is unique and you are close
to the action. I would like to return but with a
bit more of an atmosphere from the home