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Monday, May 05, 2008

Quite a Finish...

QPR 0-2 West Brom

Rangers last game of the season ended in defeat as West Brom clinched the title at Loftus Road, in a game that turned sour following yet another poor refereeing decision.


Firstly, an apology for the report being so late on arrival, but after the game, the gang descended on the Champagne Suite, Novotel, Hammersmith for the QPR Player of the Year Dinner and Dance. A great time was had by all, but a 4.30am finish has meant today was spent mainly recovering. More on this later...

Back to the game and it was very much seen as a celebration of a new era at Loftus Road and despite various ridiculous rumours prior to the game, the club's new badge/crest/logo was displayed to the fans beforehand by Flavio Briatore, who was joined by former R's legends - Les Ferdinand, Stan Bowles, Gerry Francis and Paul Parker.


With QPR and West Brom, you get two sides that like to play good football and the Baggies had earned a deserved promotion for a great season. With chances for both sides, there was a cracking game of football on display, until the 37th minute when the referee decided to put a stop to it with a quite scandalous decision to send off R's Captain, Martin Rowlands for a foul on Johnathan Greening.


Yes, it was a foul, but was no more than a slightly mis timed tackle which surely a stern telling off and a yellow card would have been common sense. But no, out came the red card and Rangers had to take on the league leaders with 10 men. The fact that Greening, a player that I 'once' admired, rolled around as though he had been shot didn't help matters and the midfielder was deservedly booed by the R's faithful for the remainder of the game.

Rangers continued to work hard but after Kim put Albion ahead on 52 minutes with a close range header, it was always going to be a tall order for the R's and the Baggies began to get well on top. Chris Brunt scored a delightful free kick on 77 minutes to clinch the 3 points and indeed, the title for West Bromwich Albion and our congratulations go to them.

QPR: Camp, Delaney, Mahon, Mancienne, Blackstock, Ainsworth, Rowlands, Connolly, Ephraim (Rose 80), Rehman, Balanta (Leigertwood 38). Subs: Cole, Barker, Lee.

Lofty's Man of the Match - Gareth Ainsworth - At the heart of everything good that QPR did. Very unlucky to be on the losing side

It was actually pleasing to see that the Championship Trophy was presented to Albion after the game and Rangers fans also showed their appreciation for the new and much deserved, Champions. But it was a great shame that what was, a great game of football was spoiled by a poor refereeing decision.

As mentioned, from the game it was onto the Novotel, Hammersmith for the Player of the Year do and despite a slightly disappointing meal, a good night was had by all.

Roll of Honour:

Supporters' Player of the Year - Martin Rowlands


Supporters' Young Player of the Year - Michael Mancienne

Ray Jones Players' Player of the Year - Martin Rowlands

Kiyan Prince Goal of the Season - Akos Buzsaky

Community Commitment Award - Zesh Rehman

After the awards and a well deserved honour for Martin Rowlands, there was chance to mingle with the players for photos etc and all in all, I was more than pleased with the ones I managed to get, including one of myself and R's boss, Luigi De Canio. Sadly, I let Corp take the photo...


May I just say, that it was retaken successfully :o)

Finally, one of the highlights of the evening for me, was a great speech from Club Captain, Gareth Ainsworth about the late Ray Jones, followed by a video of Ray's goals and various other footage. Ray's Mother also said a few words before presenting the players player award that has been dedicated to him.


Ray Jones 1988 - 2007

'those we have held close to our hearts, will be there forever.' - Lofty

Rest In Peace


  • At 7:37 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    great article. certainly not a day to forget too quickly. shame about the loss. but had a great day thanks to the R's!

  • At 7:47 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    great report Lofty a lovely end with the Ray Jones tribute. Nicely done.

    Fully agree with the Greening thing. After Rowly walked, he made an instant recovery, it was a miracle!

    Good to see you at the POY last night too!


  • At 8:30 pm, Blogger deebee said…

    word from a Baggie STH at the game yesterday ... First total respect and thanks for QPR, you gave us full credit, the atmsophere was superb, you made us feel worth the title and you know how to party. I have a feeling we will play you in the Prem 2009/2010and that will be a GREAT day for football, especially if it's May 2010 - get DRESSED UP. Don't let the ref spoil the party. DeeBee

  • At 9:45 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    a great comment DeeBee and thank you! Congrats on your season, has been well deserved and I am happy you had a great day yesterday.QPR fans gave you the credit and respect because you deserved it.

    Shame about the ref, he did ruin what was a cracking game! VERY, VERY disappointed in Greening though, a player I have always liked and thought he was better than that.

    Good Luck Next Season!!

  • At 7:36 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great report, Lofty.
    At least you can have a few weeks off from the blog,
    Sorry about pic was that really down to me? Opps “David Who” oh mate so sorry what a great night,
    The game was going to be a cracker and that’s how it started, both team’s stared well However WBA looked on edge as they know we have played well against the top side this year. “Thanks to our new manager”.
    Couple of good points came from the game for me.
    1) Zesh Reainman had Phillips in his pocket all game. Must have stuck in some peoples throats.
    2) Gazz was back to his best, 150% .

    I would like to say big big THANK YOU for this season on your site reports and picking me up and driving me around the country on away games text messages when I cant make the games.

    And the same goes out to PK who also drives me to home games when not house hunting..

    And next year Rodney next year oh we are…

    You RRRRrrrrrs


  • At 2:59 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    hahaha, thanks Corp

    And thankfully, the second pic was much more successful!! Well done!

    and, your VERY welcome!!

    Great night on Saturday wasn't it?

  • At 4:03 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yep Most "Bill & Ted"


  • At 4:08 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    gonna try and organise a jolly boys outing on July 19th, away at Oxford... put in your diary ;o)

  • At 2:36 am, Blogger bobo said…

    Hey Lofty,

    The last few games were not the best way to end the season but I can hardly wait until the Rs kickoff again. From the brink of administration and mysterious loans to agreements with Real Madrid, amazing.

    This was a great season with so many amazing stories. I can't thank you enough for sharing your weekly adventures about every bad call, dropped pie, and injury time goal. I have two boys that look forward to your blog every weekend and they can't help but love QPR.

    Congrats deebee and all the WBA and Stoke fans, hope to see you soon. Poor Ollie, give us a wave!

    Thanks again,


  • At 9:50 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Lofty
    I should just like to thank you for all your hard work, time and dedication during the season. I read all your reports and enjoy doing so, as it is difficult for me to get up to Loftus Road regularly.
    Interesting chin you have, but what about showing us all the full facial of Lofty? Or do you wish to be a mystery? Or are you too embarrassed?
    Seriously though enjoy the summer break and lets hope Rangers make some good signings, especially for up front as the goal tally for our strikers has not been that impressive over the season (except Agyemang's good start).
    Best regards, South Coast Ranger

  • At 2:29 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    thanks SCR and your very welcome, glad you enjoy it!

    As for the chin, that is that of Luigi De Canio... and FYI, there is no embarrasment, but wish to remain as anonymous as poss, and is why we are all referred to under nicknames :o)

    Thanks again

  • At 3:45 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I thought you lot looked very smart at the POYD (as evidenced by the "cropped" [lol] photo) and I will (eventually) buy that drink I owe! ;-)

  • At 4:22 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thank you :o) But the photo wasn't cropped, it was Corp's photographic skills!!! Honestly!!

    It was retaken tho :o)

    As for the drink, well, thanks, but leave your name next time and I will come looking for it ;o)


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