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Loftus Road Stadium
Queens Park Rangers v Milton Keynes Dons
FA Cup 4th Round
Saturday, 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 may be):

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 ground/car parking?

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 station.

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 ground?

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 all.

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 the game:

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 supporters.


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