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Friday, May 31, 2013

Season Review - Where Did It Go Wrong???

The final article of the season is a review which has been written by an anonomus member of the gang as they do not wish to take any credit for their good work.

Please enjoy the season review, a very honest and truthful piece of writing -

Where did it all go so wrong for the R’s?

After undoubtedly being part of the most dramatic last day of the season in Premier League history and retaining our place in the league, albeit by the skin of our teeth, everyone was optimistic ahead of the new season.
Hughes was given funds by Mr Fernandes and brought in many players over the summer. Fans favourite Samba Diakite who impressed on loan was signed permanently, along with the highly sought after Junior Hoilett. These names were joined by the talents of Julio Cesar, Park Ji Sung, Jose Bosingwa, Stephane Mbia and Estaban Granero. To add to the list of new recruits Andy Johnson, Ryan Nelsen and Rob Green all joined on free transfers. The latter raised a few eyebrows, but the high profile names added to the team were enough to make all Rangers fans very excited about the season ahead. Unfortunately however, this meant many players who made significant contributions last season, and to our promotion the season before were pushed out of the exit. Buzsaky, Smith, Kenny and Helguson among those allowed to leave.

The beginning of the season couldn’t come quickly enough for everyone involved and connected with the club. Swansea City, at home, a game we looked at and conceived would could quite easily be our first win of the season to get the ball rolling. Debuts for newly appointed captain Park, highly debated as to whether this was a commercial move, and exciting signing Hoilett. Plus last season’s in form striker Djibril Cisse leading the line, we all were relishing the thought of what he could do in a full season for us. However 7 minutes in the only debutant we had to worry about was in fact Michu, opening his account with the quickest opening day Premier League goal and stunning a packed Loftus Road. The rest can be easily forgotten about and we cemented our place at the bottom of the table. A point against Norwich followed later in the month, and not even a convincing win against Walsall in the League Cup was enough to smokescreen what had been a worrying start to the campaign.

Rangers began September in search of their first win, daunting away days to Man City and Tottenham, despite good battling performances, ended in inevitable defeat. Chelsea were also visitors to Loftus Road, fuelled by the on-going John Terry and Anton Ferdinand saga, this was a match everyone hoped would be a repeat of the season before. Despite a lively crowd the game fizzled out into a 0-0, losing Andy Johnson to a season ending injury after his promising start to the season. No one could say R’s fans wouldn’t have taken a point before the game though! September was topped off by our short lived as ever cup run coming to an end at the hands of Reading, who won the game 3-2.

A loss at the beginning of October to West Ham was extremely concerning to all, a rather unsurprising red card awarded to Diakite and with poor performances all round, a Taarabt wonder substitute appearance wasn’t enough to get anything from the game. Finding ourselves losing to West Brom, drawing at home with Everton and losing albeit rather unfortunately to Arsenal, the winless run needed to end soon.
With us and Reading occupying the bottom two positions in the league come November, a win against them at home was crucial. Former R’s hero Kaspars Gorkss came back to haunt his former club and lacklustre performances from both sides meant the spoils were shared, another point on the board. Losses to Stoke and and Southampton followed and questions were beginning to be asked of the players, and of the manager. The excuses continued to flow from Hughes, but fan pressure eventually appeared to pay off as he was sacked shortly after the Southampton defeat. Most people’s choice Harry Redknapp was placed in charge to try and head the R’s on going relegation battle. Losses to Man United and a hard earned point against Sunderland followed. 
Harry was well chuffed with his new job. 

Rangers then entered the busy festive period, a real chance for the R’s to gather some momentum and put some points on the board. Single points against relegation candidates Wigan and Aston Villa meant we were record breakers, but for all the wrong reasons as we set the longest winless record ever in a Premier League season. Finally though, at the 17th time of asking we gained our first win of the season against West London rivals Fulham, Taarabt stealing the show, despite limited chances in the team, the Moroccan proved unplayable, scoring two great goals to seal the victory. The feeling was that our luck had changed, that this win would finally give the team some confidence to put a run of results together. Games against Newcastle, West Brom and Liverpool were games Rangers needed to get some points from to keep the momentum going. Instead we decided to go and lose them all. Back to the drawing board it seemed.

January emerged and despite the poor start to the season every faith was placed in Redknapp to sign some players and get us out of the mess we found ourselves in. It was clear some players were simply not pulling their weight thus far. Players like Granero, Park, Bosingwa and Mbia all in particular not impressing Rangers fans with their somewhat lack of effort and commitment to the cause. Redknapp brought in free recruits in former England international Jermaine Jenas and Tal Ben Haim, with a late swoop for Spurs youngster Andros Townsend. Despite doubts over the signings Rangers fans were particularly thrilled about the high profile, big money signings of Chris Samba and Loic Remy. Questions everyone was asking was would they live up to their reputations, or just be more to add to the list of underperforming, unpassionate flops we had seen so far this season. Faurlin, Ferdinand and Cisse were all shipped out on loan after their poor starts to the season and it was clear Redknapp had in his mind exactly who he believed would keep us in the division.

2013 had started with a bang as Rangers recorded their second win, at the unlikely venue of Stamford Bridge, ex Chelsea ‘footballer’ Shaun Wright Phillips scoring the winner late on. As if the Wright Phillips goal wasn’t shocking enough, Rangers held on to claim the win. The rest of the month continued winless, despite a miraculous FA cup win at West Brom, we were brought back down to earth with an embarrassing defeat at the hands of MK Dons. The league was the focus though, we had to try and pull some results out of the bag before those in front proved uncatchable. Remy and Townsend were both proving to be inspired signings thus far.
February brought a home test against Norwich City, a game R’s fans saw as a pivotal must win game. A 55th minute penalty save from Bunn to deny Adel Taarabt was a massive blow and so typical of the season so far and for many fans, cast massive doubts as to whether we had enough to stay in the division. A heavy defeat at the hands of Swansea, once again, and an expected defeat to Manchester United kept Rangers well and truly in the thick of it.
March and April were months that despite the rubbish we’d witnessed this season, the Rangers faithful still harboured hopes of survival on, with a number of ‘on paper’ winnable games. Unfortunately for us, the game isn’t played on paper, it’s played on grass, and we aren’t very good on that. What we needed was two or three wins on the bounce to turn things around, something which had seemed unable to do since our return the top flight. Thankfully this soon changed as back to back wins against Sunderland and Southampton reignited hope. Aston Villa were our next opponents, a team also struggling at the bottom of the league, a win would have taken Rangers to within a point of their rivals. With the hard work already done in winning back to back games, the one thing we needed to do was not to lose this game. Which we did. Having reduced the gap from safety, we were then back to square one.
April brought important, and winnable fixtures against Fulham, Reading, Stoke, Everton and Wigan. From the possible 15 points available, R’s fans earmarking 9 points as a realistic return, we managed only two, Wigan breaking R’s hearts in the last minute at Loftus Road. For even the most optimistic QPR fan, this was indeed the final nail in the coffin. Everton away followed in what I can say was probably the most uninspiring performance I’ve ever witnessed from a QPR side. No pride, no passion, no desire, and once again, no points. A disappointing result at home to struggling Stoke City was not enough to entice many to the Madjeski Stadium, a match that only a draw would send both teams down. Even a win would have only prolonged the misery for either side, both of which had had woeful campaigns. It was no surprise to see the game end 0-0, two poor sides who fully deserve their positions in the league, and their status as a Championship team next season.

The last three games finished as expected, in defeat, the season finally over for the suffering Rangers fans. I, for one, have never been so happy for a season to end. Relegation hurts for any club, but for the R's fans I don't believe it was the relegation that hurt, but the manner in which the team went about it. The lack of effort shown by certain individuals, especially those who arrived in the summer was disgusting. Throughout the season it became more and more clear that some players were only at the club for the money, not even a ridiculous pay packet every week appeared enough for some to pull on a shirt and pretend to try. It became more evident as the season went on that far too much money was thrown around, with very little to show for it, and this began to continuously frustrate the Rangers fans. Exemplified when Jose Bosingwa was booed at every touch of the ball against Newcastle. After his antics refusing to sit on the bench, his sniggering after our relegation and overall lack of commitment everyone had finally had enough. I never usually agree with the booing of one player, but even if you're not the most gifted of players, if you give 100% (Jamie Mackie), fans will love you, but strolling around like you don't give a $h!t earning 65k a week, fans are going to be less forgiving. It's difficult to pin point exactly where everything went wrong, it's easy to make Hughes the scapegoat, but when the likes of Granero, Park, Hoilett, Mbia and Cesar walked through the door nobody was complaining. Redknapp however seems to have been a saint throughout, and continued to tell the press  every week about the lack of quality in the team, however he wasn't forced to play the players that he did. A fully fit Fabio, Derry and Bothroyd not getting chances, whilst Zamora, despite being touted as the key to our survival was totally ineffective especially towards the latter part of the season. The blame has to be shared amongst everyone at the club, the owners, who put their total faith in both managers, very naively it appears, and backed them financially, had their pants well and truly pulled down. The players did themselves no favours either, highlights were few and far between and it's a sad reflection that the most notable performers were either loan players (Townsend), and players in the twilight of their careers like Derry, Hill and Nelsen, who many percieved to not be good enough for the Premier League. The summer will be an interesting one, with many as expected eager to leave, as they feel they're too good for the Championship, fact is if they were, they wouldn't be championship players. We finished exactly where we deserved to be.

I hope lessons are learnt, and that next season we have a team we can be proud to watch in the Hoops, hopefully seeing plenty of wins along the way. We must try to build a TEAM who want to wear the shirt and play for the club. I remember growing up and enjoying watching the likes of Gallen, Ainsworth and Bircham all running around giving their all. If we can offload the mercenaries, get in some hungry players and push on then I can't see it being too long before we return to the Premier League, and I hope when we do, we'll do it the right way!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The 2013 Lofty Heights Awards...

It's that time again as LH brings down the curtain on the season with the Lofty Heights Awards for the season. I don't have to remind you of the season that has just passed and unfortunately, the awards have been a bit of a struggle to put together as you could imagine. But the gang and I have managed to collate a few bits and pieces and the awards are as follows;

LH Player of the Year - Ryan Nelsen with Andros Townsend a close second

LH Young Player of the Year - Michael Harriman

LH Worst Player of the Season - Jose Bosingwa

Goal of the Season - Remy v Wigan

Best Home Game - Sunderland 3-1

Worst Home Game - Swansea 0-5

Best Away Game - Chelsea 1-0

Worst Away Game - Everton 0-2

Signing of the Season - Remy/Townsend

Biggest Celebrations of the Season - has to be Chelsea away, the goal AND the final whistle!!

Best Awayday - Southampton

Awayday Pie of the Season - West Ham

Biggest Flop of the Season - Junior Hoilett, closely followed by Granero, Mbia, Bosingwa and Park

Biggest Wanker of the Season - Mark Hughes

LH Supporter of the Year  - Lee, who I must say was quite happy to split it with myself as there was one game between us, Sunderland away. Although it wasn't for the want of trying, I got caught on the M25 for 4 hours and didn't make it, a miss is a miss... well done mate!!

Stay Away Supporter of the Year - California Hoop

Corporate Supporter of the Year - normally a gimme for Corp Gordon, but myself and Jenson have stolen the title with corporate ventures and plenty of prawn sandwiches at home to Walsall and WBA

Part Time Supporter of the Year - PK

Fund Raisers of the Season - Lorna and Sam

Driver of the Year - Jenson, the Sunderland away drive was impressive with just about every obstacle, including pigs in the road, put in front of him...

The Red Bull Award for Staying Awake - Luke

Strongest Bladder of the Season - Jess - Wigan away, 1st half, a massive 5 toilet visits clinched it

The She Said No Award - Loic Remy

Most Seats Used in a Match - Wigan, where the driving rain forced us to move seats 5 times!!

Celeb Spotter of the Season - Has to go to Luke for spotting Kylie Minogue at the services on route to Wigan

Predictor of the Season -  Lofty

the Adel Taarabt, I know nothing Award based on Predictions - PK

Fantasy Football Award - Jess - Weak Bladder FC

Viagogo Fan of the Year - Lorna

Worst Atmosphere - Reading away

Most Parking Tickets in a Season - Jenson, I think with 4, maybe 5. Unfortunately, on his appeal against the one against Chelsea away, bigging up the result wasn't the best idea

Sideburns of the Season - PK - Man United away

That concludes this years awards, hope you have enjoyed them...

Have a FANTASTIC Summer all, see you all again soon!!!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Away Day Pie of the Year - West Ham United

WEST HAM UNITED are this years winners of the Lofty Heights Away Day Pie Rating. Our expert analysis gave their efforts a massive 9.88/10, an almost perfect score. So much so, it was spotted by the Club themselves and we got our own little mention in their Official Matchday Programme...

Congratulations West Ham!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Glad it's all Over...

Liverpool 1-0 QPR

The final whistle on Sunday afternoon was music to QPR fans ears as we ended the season as we started, in defeat as the curtain came down on an absolute PIG of a season!! The game also brought down the curtain of the career of Jamie Carragher. A rarity these days, but another one club man racked up an amazing 737 appearances for Liverpool. An amazing achievement!!

I would at this point, write about the myself and the gangs trip and pre match antics and of course, the game. BUT, on this occasion, NONE of the LH gang made the trip. We all either cancelled or sold on our tickets as after a season of loyal support and little in return, we all refused to spend up to another 100 or so pounds to travel and watch this current crop of players, toss away another game with little care or love for our Great club. I am not going to spend the rest of this article slagging off individuals and I think we all know the players I am referring too. But in a relegation battle, 2 points in the last nine games meant that the R's went with no more than a whimper and I am sad to say, bottom of the league is where we deserved to be...

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 03 Traore
  • 06 Hill
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 27 Harryman
  • 04 Derry 
  • 07 Park Ji-sung (Hoilett - 80' )
  • 29 Townsend
  • 40 M'bia
  • 18 Remy (Granero - 46' )
  • 25 Zamora (Mackie - 72' )


  • 26 Murphy
  • 20 Fabio
  • 14 Granero
  • 23 Hoilett
  • 28 Ehmer
  • 12 Mackie
  • 37 Bothroyd
Awayday Pie Rating

I am very pleased to say, that my friend Bob kindly sampled a pie for us to bring the season to a close.

Bob gave expert analysis on a Meat and Potato and commented - Nothing spectacular - 7/10

So, this years LH AwayDay Pie of the Year, which also got us mentioned in their Official Match Programme, goes to - West Ham United!!

- it's a shame we won't be back to sample them again next season...

So, we go back to the Championship and now enter what is a very important Summer for QPR. I expect it will be full of incident as always as being a QPR fan is never dull. The Club have made decent strides in their pricing of the Season Tickets which has gone a long way to getting the fans back on board for what hopefully, will be another rollercoaster ride back to the Premier League.

And finally, a THANK YOU from me!!

Lofty Heights is more popular than ever and your feedback and kind words mean the world to myself and Lee. The viewing figures are amazing and we have found our work being recognised by others as we have done work for fans websites from Spurs, Everton and Southampton this season. We just hope our ramblings will continue to entertain you next season...

Come on You R'ssssssssssssss!!!

Monday, May 13, 2013


The R's entertained Newcastle in the final home game of this disappointing seasonin a game that the Geordies needed to win to keep their hopes of retaining their Premier League statuses well and truly in tact.

Jess and myself met Lofty and Jenson just outside the Upper Loft entrance just after 2pm with our attention on the Championship play off Semi Final at Vicarage Road to see which club we could potentially not be visiting next year. The game today really wasn't something that any of the gang were concerned about as we would probably do what we have done for the past twelve months and more, struggle to make an impact and see simple errors cost us a game.

That being said, when the teams were released we were all baffled with the selections of Bosingwa and Mbia after their behavior over the past weeks as it is very clear that those two are not committed to our club, as are a few others within the club I'm sure.

Before the game Clint Hill was awarded the Player of the Year award, fully deserved and only Ryan Nelson could have been the other contender for the title.
The Players Player of the Year was rightly awarded to the Fans, a nice gesture but I wonder how much of that input come from the owners.

Rangers' started brightly and were awarded a penalty in the eleventh minute when Hoilett was fouled by Debuchy. In the stands it looked to be a clear penalty, however on second viewing last night it definitely appears to be a soft one that was awarded to the R's.
Prior to the spot kick being taken I reminded the gang that this year we have seen all of our previous penalties being missed, so to expect another surely would not of been a surprise.
Loic Remy stepped up and scored, sending Rob Elliot the wrong way and giving us a little something to cheer for a few minutes.
When the ball did hit the back of the net none of us left our seats to celebrate and remained sat in our chairs and gave a mild applause, we may as well had a prawn sandwich in our hands as it felt like a minor consolation for all the rubbish we have seen this year.
Eight minutes later and Newcastle were awarded a penalty of their own when Bosingwa stupidly conceded the penalty for grabbing a maintaining a hold of Ben Arfa's shirt when he was in the penalty area. It was a very soft one to give, however by the letter of the law it was the correct decision to give by Lee Probert.
Ben Arfa duly stepped up and hit his kick high into the top corner past Rob Green's outstretched arm.
Minutes later Newcastle had the ball in the back of the net again as Papiss Cisse headed home a Ben Arfa cross into the top corner, however offside was given and I cannot be sure that it was the right decision without looking at it once again.
By now Newcastle were taking control and were handed a second goal ten minutes before half time.
Green decided to go short and pass to Bosingwa, who in turn passed back to Green but sold the return way short of the R's keeper. Green done superbly well to beat Gutierrez to the ball, however his clearance fell to the feet of Gouffran, who tapped home into an empty net from 30 yards and the boos that rung out every time Bosingwa touched the ball after that were deafening. It's clear that Bosingwa doesn't care for the club and was even laughing the boos off for the remaining minutes of the first half.

At half time the R's fans were treated to something rare, seeing a team of winners parade the pitch at half time as the QPR 1982/83 League Champions took to the pitch to savior some appreciation from the R's support.
All this happened as Lofty, PK and myself stood downstairs in disbelief as to what we just saw and we were joined by Corinne as we tried to cheer each other up ahead of the final 45 minutes that we would see this season (apart from Corinne who is braving Liverpool next weekend, unlucky!)

The second half really did not have any excitement at all, the main talking point was the sending off of Rob Elliot for two bookings. The first for kicking the ball away and the second for handling outside the area. I've not yet seen the replays so can only comment on what I saw and that was that he had both feet outside the area but I did not see the ball leave the 18 yard box, seemed harsh at the time so I'd like to see it again.
Despite having ten men for the final ten minutes Newcastle hung on to claim three precious points and in all fairness they deserved them.

Queens Park Rangers Newcastle United: match report

When the final whistle was blown there was about 200 R's fans that invaded the pitch to, for some reason, celebrate the end of the season and then a handful of them decided to give it large to the Newcastle fans. Uncalled for and they got the abuse they deserved, it's not as if the club have been embarrassed enough by what we've seen this year but they just had to make it even worse for us all, idiots!

Well that's that for another season and now we can look forward to the mass summer clear out for the over paid crap that we saw Mark Hughes bring in and here is who I would expect to leave -

Cesar, Cisse, Mbia, Bosingwa, Park, Granero, Hoilett and Zamora (I hope!!!!!!!) just to name a few.

Only a few votes received for Man of the Match today, so with two votes the winner is Shaun Derry. I personally have to highlight Loic Remy who is the best striker I've seen at Loftus Road since Les Ferdnand and I am sad to see him go (when he does go). Andros Townsend was great once again and he is destined for great things, it would be brilliant to see him in a Rangers' shirt again however I feel he will want to stay in the Premier League. Finally Nedum Onuoha had another solid game and could easily become a pivotal part of our defence next year.

Next season is going to be a tough one but if Harry invests well and the new additions to the squad bed in well, then we will hopefully see us win a few more games than we have over the last two years, it would be nice to see us reach the play offs as a minimum and anything else would be a bonus.

Lofty will return next week with a round up of the highlights, or low lights of the Liverpool game before we round off the season with the annual Lofty Heights awards.

I would finally like to say thank you all very much for all your continued support and kind comments this year as Lofty Heights continues to go from strength to strength.
I look forward to returning next year with a few more winning reports and hopefully a few more entertaining pieces as well as my rants and raves.

Have a great summer!!

U R'SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Sunday, May 05, 2013

How To Lose A Game In 20 Seconds.....

Rangers' played their first home game since being relegated against Reading last weekend. The opponents were Champions League chasing Arsenal.

Myself, Jess, Lofty and Jenson all arrived and parked in the same street just after 4pm before heading our separate ways as Jess and myself treated ourselves to a pre-match Nandos to lift the spirits ahead of a game that we were dreading against an in form Arsenal side and with the lack of effort seen in recent weeks we were fearing a cricket score.

Harry Redknapp made  changes to the side that drew at Reading last week. Tal Ben Haim, 'John' Si Park, Andros Townsend and Bobby Zamora all returned to the starting eleven to hopefully give the R's the touch of quality that they were missing in the last few weeks.

The game could not of got off to a worse start as Arsenal carved the R's defence apart after 20 seconds as Theo Walcott finished a good passing move from the visitors. In the Upper Loft we were shouting for offside but no-one seemed to have many complaints and the fear of a cricket score were coming true!
Arsenal dominated for the opening 25 minutes as the R's struggled to get a foothold on the game and being totally outnumbered in midfield.
Rangers' slowly got back into the game and finally managed to create a few chances with Ben Haim shooting over after a driving run and then 'John' Si Park fired over from close range after the sun got in his eyes and blinded him as he swung his leg at the ball.

The half time interval consisted of the gang making the most of the good weather down in the Lower Loft and just wishing the game and the rest of the season away so we can come back next season and enjoy watching a team that have an ounce of pride and actually earn their money.

Shaun Derry came on for Mbia at the start of the second half and the complexion of the R's midfield looked totally different as the old enforcer took control and it looked like we finally had a leader in the middle of the park and ensuring that the team did not go down with a whimper.
The R's made several great chances in the second half and forced Szczesny into two good saves.
Arsenal also created a few good chances themselves, however on more than one occasion they found Rob Green too good for them and the game ended as a 1-0 defeat from the early Walcott strike.

Well what can I say? It was a contrasting performance from the R's and they looked a lot better in the second 45 minutes with Shaun Derry really proving to make a difference and bringing some much needed leadership to the middle of the park.
One rant I do have is about Bobby Zamora! This 6ft 4inch lump is supposed to be a player that is vital to this team and will provide the team with the goals that are needed to win football matches, well that is according to Mr Redknapp. What I see is a lump up front that cannot jump and win a header, cannot control a ball and could not hit a cows arse with a banjo. Does he understand the offside rule?? How many times has he been caught offside in games? He is useless and offers nothing to our frontline! At least when Jay Bothroyd has played for us he's scored the winner at Southampton and last week had the two best chances for us as well as working his socks off for the team. Lofty said it after the game and Jess has said it recently, he will be a big player for us next year in the Championship. Offload Zamora if you can and I will personally drive the useless git to whoever will pay his wages.

Man of the Match is a close affair this week with the gang torn on the voting and there is a two way tie. There were two votes for Clint Hill and Tal Ben Haim. The other votes went to Andros Townsend and Shaun Derry.

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 03 Traore (Fabio - 90' )
  • 06 Hill
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 21 Ben-Haim
  • 07 Park Ji-sung (Taarabt - 79' )
  • 16 Jenas Booked
  • 29 Townsend
  • 40 M'bia (Derry - 46' Booked )
  • 18 Remy
  • 25 Zamora


  • 26 Murphy
  • 20 Fabio
  • 04 Derry
  • 10 Taarabt
  • 14 Granero
  • 12 Mackie
  • 37 Bothroyd


  • 01 Szczesny
  • 03 Sagna
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 17 Monreal Booked
  • 07 Rosicky (Vermaelen - 90' )
  • 08 Arteta
  • 14 Walcott
  • 16 Ramsey
  • 19 Cazorla (Wilshere - 89' )
  • 09 Podolski (Oxlade-Chamberlain - 85' )


  • 24 Mannone
  • 05 Vermaelen
  • 25 Jenkinson
  • 10 Wilshere
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 22 Coquelin
  • 27 Gervinho

As we returned to the cars after the game, Lofty noticed his boot protector in his car had fallen and had exposed his laptop as we were in the ground. Much to our surprise his laptop was still in the car unscathed, such a surprise not to see it stolen in Shepherds Bush!!

I will return next week with the report from the final home game of the season against Newcastle.