Published: v Leeds - 18th January 2020
Published in mid-January, as well as still not quite believing the start made by QPR to the new year, Issue 357 included:
Cos Ataliotis - VAR Cough
It’s fair to say that Cos is not a fan of VAR - and is in no hurry to see it introduced into The Championship. In fact, he’d be happier to see it scrapped altogether - and thinks that, as fans, we could all take a novel approach to letting the authorities know exactly what they can do with their precious (if inaccurate) technology.
Ray Eaton - Hat-trick Heroes
Wouldn’t you just know it! In the middle of writing his article on the dearth of hat-tricks by QPR players since the prolific days of the 1960s, Nahki Wells grabs the first one since Charlie Austin. Not that Ray was lamenting having to edit his piece accordingly. In fact, he was delighted and hopes there’s more to come.
Supporters Trust - The View From The Away End
Have you ever wondered what it’s like watching a game from The School End? Well, wonder no more. Jeremy Gardner, vice-chair of the QPR Supporters Trust, reveals the findings of a recent FSF survey on the subject of the experience of away fans, cherry-picking the feedback from those who have visited Loftus Road, as was. As well as the ticket cost, sadly they found plenty to complain about.
Vox Pop - Good Friday?
The decision to switch the Sheffield Wednesday fourth round FA Cup tie to the Friday evening was not exactly greeted with wholesale approval by QPR fans in general. So we asked individuals what they thought of the switch - and of the lack of regard shown by clubs for the long-standing competition.
Perspectives - The Colander Boys
Get it? Colander Boys. Like the Calendar Girls but more sieve-like? Please yourself then! Anyway, Dave Thomas reflects on a the ups and downs of five games in between editions - from losing at Reading, at home to Hull and, as usual, away at Brentford, to the two fixtures in the middle when QPR suddenly turned into Barcelona and demolished both Cardiff and Swansea in turn, racking up no less than 11 goals into the process. Plus there is the usual round-up of stats, ratings and comments on all five of those fixtures.
Peter Tajasque - The Late Show
Before the new year brought a change of fortune, Rangers had been getting into the uncomfortable (and costly) habit of conceding late goals. Peter was as frustrated as anyone else in the ground, of a Hoops persuasion, but perhaps a tad more philosophical than most.
Down Memory Lane - Hammer Time
Ray Eaton looks back on a memorable night under the Loftus Road floodlights when a high-flying Middlesbrough side arrived with high hopes of cementing their promotion push - but instead were on the wrong end of a 5-0 hammering, with one loan player writing himself into QPR folklore that night.
And Finally - Puzzles & Quizzes
Well, not quite finally, but as ever we pose a selection of brainteasers to keep you occupied for a little while. And we even give you the answers elsewhere!
Blast From The Past - Remembering 1947/48
Not many of us do, to be honest. But we should know a bit more about 1947/48, as it was a season that saw QPR promoted to Division Two... for the first time ever.
And as always, much more besides...
All this and lots more besides!
If you haven't heard much about this and other reports on VAR inaccuracy, then that's a question you should be aiming at TV stations, radio stations, newspaper and pundits. The conspiracy of silence is deafening. And we haven't even talked about the numerous and lengthy stoppages for almost every goal and other VAR incidents, curtailing the flow and sucking the oxygen out of the game.