I suppose it gets baked into ones genetic code. My Dad was a QPR fan and my sister. Although she did have a spell when she liked West Ham. For me it was so easy to get to the grounds. Funny, yestrerday when I put up the Fulham winners, I typed in Craven Park and had to delete it. I lived right near Craven Park where the bus lines to Edgware and Sudbury split up.
Now I watch the Premier fixtures and see Sheffield United playing Man U. Norwich not looking bad, Bournemouth looking well placed as well as Brighton. Watford looking weak. All our opponents in our 2nd division. I call it that because the word Championship seems inappropriate. Nothing champion about us. A sinking ship is more like it.
I have family and friends who are Arsenal and Spurs fans, still I stick with this lot that cant find a decent goalkeeper, fullbacks and center backs sort of semi skilled and somewhat unreliable.
Memories of our 3 seasons in Prem when we embarrassed and set records for winning no away games. One of my cousins calls us Quite Poor Really and another Quarter of a pound of Rubbish. But I stick with them, wearing my QPR scarf proudly and doing the Prediction League. Now Im going in to watch Seffield United, now called as having a wonderful history and remembering when one two of their fans set on me on the Central Line going to White City for a match. I fought them off and took their bullying.
Would enjoy hearing from other fans on their dedication. London.
I had no choice. My family were QPR through and through. My dad took me from about the age of 6. So over 60 years of QPR. I was born on the Queens Park Estate (not in a hospital, born at home). We moved around Queens Park a few times, but I was 24 before I lived anywhere other than Queens Park. I went to Queens Park Junior School and then Queens Park Middle School. The great friends that I sit with in R Block even today, also followed the same path. We grew up playing out in the street - usually playing football at either the "Queens Park Flats (Queens Park Court) or the longer walk to the actual park - 'Queens Park'. All of us have moved a long way from W10 to the Home Counties, but we all still meet up and now have our children and even grand children in attendance. Other non-school friends have been introduced to the hoops along the way. including two amazing friends who both joined the group more recently - about 40 years ago! Their son (Bow) had a season ticket just as soon as he was of a height to see! Bow sits directly next to me and my son sits on the other side of me. In the early days Bow would stand up for most of the game shouting - pretty much like now really! But Londonranger, growing up in Queens Park, there really was no choice although for legal reasons I should state that other football clubs are available to view.
Why do I remain a QPR Fan? I am addicted......................there is no hope for me.
Honestly, I don't know. It was my choice to support QPR and I have never EVER regretted it. Its far more pain than pleasure but I guess all of the pain makes the highs that much sweeter. I love the fact that no matter where I am in the world and I bump into another fan it's like bumping to in to an old friend. I truly love our club.
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I'm a QPR fan because of how Ricky so eloquently summed it up. I was in the ground every other week before I knew anything about football and 30 years later I still am, knowing very little more.
I was coming into primary school on a few hours kip because I couldn't sleep, too excited after watching Dichio crack one in from 30 odd yards at Molineux in the cold, with my mum and dad making me a bed on the back seat of the car back to London.
The core stuff has not really changed, except now it's work instead of school, with the addition of hangovers.
Why I remain I don't really know, not because I haven't got any good reasons, it's just what you do. You don't change club, because it's yours and always will be. The only reason I could ever think of giving it all up would be if the club got involved in something so horrendous and unethical that I felt they weren't mine anymore and never could be. And even then, I couldn't be certain.
On the plus sides, it's the people I go to games with. Seeing Ricky, his son and the rest of our crew who go to home games together. The chance to catch up and see my mum and dad who still travel 2 hours there and 2 hours back to watch us through thick and thin. The group of people I go to away games with, often with little footballing reward but plenty of stupid stories and hastily caught trains and hazy memories.
More than anything, it's the sense of knowing that all of those plastic United n Toon n Arsenal n Chelsea fans who never knew despair, never saw their teams play, who always took the piss - they'll never feel what we did when we lifted the cup at Wembley or won the title under Warnock or Hillsborough away or Oldham under the lights. We're often crap but we are very, very special.
Similar thoughts to marshbowles - born in the glow of the floodlights (the old single pole things), first game at age 4, ever present supporter, home and away, for many seasons and watched us play at more than 100 away grounds.
More than 60 years supporting the R's even though I can no longer get to games. Enjoyed the high points, which are more than many believe if you are not over demanding, suffered through the bad times but have never regretted a moment.
True fans stick with their club for life. I hate to think how Bury fans feel.
Came on a working holiday in the late 80ies and ended up living on Abdale Road in the shadow of the lights of Loftus Road. Went to a few games and that was me a QPR fan. Back in OZ before the advent of the internet and smart phones kept up with QPR from the results in the paper.
Once the internet came in I could follow live and watch games on pay TV and of course correspond with like minded individuals through this message board.
Never thought about following another club and proud to say QPR when someone in OZ asks who I support in English football expecting me to say one of the 'big' clubs!
Hoping for the best and preparing for a relegation battle!