Date:Monday August 18 2008
I have asked fans of clubs who we are visiting this season to a low down to things we can do and don't whilst visiting their club.
I have caught up with Vital QPR Editor Boxer ahead of this Saturday`s trip to Loftus Road.
Which Pubs would you recommend for Rovers fans to visit?
There are a lot of pubs down the Uxbridge Road, and most are welcoming for away supporters. Towards Shepherds Bush Green there are several chain pubs such as O'Neills, Weatherspoons and Walkabout that should all be welcoming to travelling supporters. We're a light hearted bunch really!
Which pubs would you tell Rovers fans to stay well clear of?
There are a couple of pubs that are designated as home fans only pubs. Up until recently the Springbok on South Africa Road was the destination of choice for the away fans pre-match, however it is now the QPR Loyal Supporters Association's base of operations, henceforth home fans only.
A couple of pubs down the Uxbridge Road are also designated as home only, however there are so many places to go you're spoilt for choice.
Best places to get food from?
Once again there is a lot to choose from. There is a popular Fish and Chip Shop on South Africa Road next to the Springbok. Other than that the Uxbridge Road caters for all your culinary needs. Whether you want fast food in McDonalds or KFC not to mention a whole host of local outlets the Uxbridge Road caters for every taste. Evidently however, we'd like you to buy food in the ground!
Can you get a drink inside the ground?
You can, but like many ground nowadays, you're treated like a baby and given plastic bottles of Carlsberg and pay through the nose for the pleasure.
How good is the away end, for viewing, space and facilities?
I have never ventured into the away end so I'm not sure how the space compares to the rest of the ground. However as I sit in the Loft (Opposite), I can tell you it is quite cramped out back, and getting served at half time is a bit of a pickle. However get into the ground in plenty of time and you won't have a problem getting food and drink.
The view can be decent or awful depending on where you sit, they had to move the pitch a few years ago because people at the back couldn't see the goal-line. Now I am reliably informed it is significantly improved and visibility is better. Just don't expect leg room for your troubles!
*I can tell any Rovers fans who are going if you are in the front few Rows of the upper tier it is a restricted view- dazza71*
How easy is the ground to find?
The ground is relatively easy to find by road or rail. From the North it's M40, A40, then right at the Savoy Circus to find street parking. Some people prefer to park further out and get the tube in to avoid traffic, but evidently there is no congestion charge.
By rail, if you're coming from Doncaster, get into London Kings Cross before taking the Hammersmith and City Line to Shepherds Bush, it's really that simple.
Best place for away fans to park?
There is plenty of street parking in and around Loftus Road if you arrive at 1:30-2ish, beyond 2:30 it does tend to start filling up. Be careful to stick to the main roads as some side streets are residents parking only. There are a couple of designated car parks, but that need not concern you if you arrive early enough.
How much you charge for away fans admission?
I bear horrible news on this subject. Adults will be charged the princely sum of £30, Juniors (Under 16), Young Adults (16-21), Seniors (60+) are all charged at £20. Disabled supporters will be charged £10.
Come on somebody has to foot the bill for our stadium regeneration, you want to think of us paying those sort of prices every fortnight.
How do you think you will fair this season?
It's a matter of whether you lead with your heart or with your head. I really want to think our side will blossom into promotion candidates, but I cannot see that happening whilst our defence and attack remains as depleted as it is.
My head says a top eight finish is a decent result for the club, as 'free spending QPR' haven't spent as much as sloppy journalism would lead you to believe, in fact I would say we're in the bottom half in terms of spending.
Who is your key player?
We have several key players that will ultimately decide our fate in this division. Daniel Parejo is the one who stands out, the Spanish starlet on loan from Real Madrid has proven already in his cameo roles how useful he will be in the course of the season.
Emmanuel Ledesma is making himself a cult hero with the fans with some scintillating displays. Nicknamed 'The Eel' by his current club Genoa, he has shown he is adept on either flank causing full backs untold misery. Other than that Akos Buzsaky and Rowan Vine will be a force once they return from injury.
How do you think Rovers will do in our first season in the Championship?
Without sounding pessimistic on your part, I think you will find it very tough as the season wears on. The Championship is a tough league this year, and if you can pick up as many points as you can early doors you will improve your chances.
Darren Byfield seemed an excellent signing on the face of it, but none of the remaining faces you have brought it stated to me that you were equipped to stay up. However that is not to say I don't want you to stay up, Doncaster play football the right way and it would be a testament to manager Sean O'Driscoll if you can stay up playing some good football.
One word of warning however, if you do stay up, even if you are comfortably safe, beware of the second season syndrome. Colchester along with several other sides in this league fell foul of that rule!
Finally who do you think will win the Championship this season?
Love to say QPR, but I think it will be Birmingham City. The Blues have one of the best managers in the league at their disposal, as well as a squad equipped to stay up in the Premier League.
I think they have strengthened since leaving the top flight with Kevin Phillips and Marcus Bent proven goal scorers at this level. There will be several other teams in the mix and expect a few surprises as this league never ceases to amaze me!
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Date:Monday August 18 2008
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