Inside Loftus Road

Friday 14 December 2012 11:30

Queens Park Rangers fan Trevor Richards has been a Season Ticket Holder for 10 years and a supporter for 44 years. He spoke to to give us the lowdown on his club.

Obviously your season hasn’t gone as you would have liked so far with that first win still proving elusive. What have you made of your campaign to date? 

You won’t be surprised to hear that QPR fans, and pundits too, were anticipating a successful campaign in our second year back in the Barclays Premier League. When you consider, in particular, the terrific backing from our Chairman Tony Fernandes then you’d expect things to have gone a little better for us. We’ve made some impressive big-name signings but, unfortunately, we just haven’t seen a return yet.

Harry Redknapp is unbeaten in his three games as Rangers boss to date – were you happy with his appointment? 

I can’t think of a better choice than Harry Redknapp as Manager and I think every QPR fan will agree. Sometimes it’s just a case of having the right DNA and Harry has got that, especially as he has the same DNA as another well-known Harry; Houdini! His appointment - along with a sound financial base, strong youth policy, and an awful lot of luck - will ensure QPR remain a force to be reckoned with in the future.

Local derbies against yourselves and Chelsea are always matches that Fulham fans look forward to. Presumably that’s the same for you? 

Local derbies are always a bit special and Fulham probably present a slightly more attractive home fixture than Chelsea for a number of reasons. Let’s not forget we shared the same ground for a few seasons and have a number of ex-Fulham players in our ranks too. But, yes, these matches are always tasty and it’s one we look forward to.

Are you confident that you’ll avoid relegation? 

Of course we still believe that we can avoid relegation. We must keep the faith until it’s mathematically impossible!

QPR will obviously want revenge after Fulham did the double over Rangers last season. Does that still hurt? 

Last season’s double over us was a bitter pill to swallow. Revenge would be sweet, particularly as it would also be our first win of the 2012/13 campaign and could quite easily kick-start the rest of the season off for us. So, obviously, three points on Saturday would be incredible for a number of reasons.

What have you made of Fulham’s season to date? 

I’ve only seen highlights of Fulham’s games on television but I must admit that I have been really impressed with your attacking play; you have a lot of enviable options in those offensive positions. I’m also a fan of the man in charge; Martin Jol is a top-class manager!

Which Fulham players are you not looking forward to playing against? 

Dimitar Berbatov and Damien Duff are the duo we have to watch, in my opinion. They are always dangerous, as was evident in the win over Newcastle United on Monday.

And, likewise, which Rangers boys are going to cause Fulham problems? 

Djibril Cisse and Adel Taraabt are always a handful and are world-class players who can turn any game. They’ve both got goals in them so you’ll need to keep them quiet if you’re to leave Loftus Road with a result at the weekend.

Is there a song that we’re almost certain to hear on Saturday? 

I have a sneaking suspicion that the Fulham fans may well have a few chants about a certain 6-0 result last season! From us, though, ‘We are QPR, say we are QPR’ is a regular one at home games.

For visiting fans, what’s the best and worst thing about a trip to Loftus Road? 

The best thing is the atmosphere within Loftus Road. Probably the best in the league, although you might say I was biased! I guess the worst thing is the walk back to Shepherd’s Bush station, especially if you’ve just lost.

Where’s a good place for away fans to get a pint before the match? 

I always think it’s best to drink closer to home on a London derby day. Failing that, the Princess Victoria on the Uxbridge Road is a great pub with good food too. There’s also the Walkabout in Shepherd’s Bush which is very popular with away fans on a matchday.

What’s your score prediction for Saturday? 

It’s my birthday on Saturday and the perfect present would be 6-0 to the Superhoops! I’ve a feeling that may be a tad optimistic but you never know in football! Let’s just hope for an entertaining game.