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The PL League Boss
Apr 28, 2006
PL Headquarters Hullbridge
Today is my 50th .........50 years since my first away match.

Monday 24th August 1964
Queens Park Rangers 2-0 Southend United.

I didn’t have the luxury of going to football with my dad (he had stopped going years previously) so I had to finance and go under my own steem. I was 12 years old but had saved my pocket money and me and a mate booked the Eastern National coach which left from Pier Hill (roughly where the Royals entrance is that looks out to sea). These days no way would Wino or the Trust allow let two 12 years to travel without an adult, but in those days it was not a problem.

I told my parents I would be back by 10.00 pm a little ambitious perhaps for a 7.30 kick-off. QPR played at Loftus Road, but then it only had cover on two sides, one end and one side were open. The Southend fans gathered on the open side and the odd chant of the timeless classic “Southend clap clap clap” were heard, but it was a disappointing defeat for naive youngsters. Needless to say after stopping at a pub on the way home and walking from Pier Hill to Southchurch it was well past Midnight when I got home, and no phones to let them know I would be late. Mum can I go to Reading next Saturday I asked? “NO” was the firm answer.

Frankly QPR seemed a bit tin-pot compared to us at the time, we had three stands they had only two, the attendance at QPR was 6,709 while at Roots Hall it was 10,862 a week later (also midweek). If this is so where have we gone wrong in the last 50 years not to progress in the same way that tin pot QPR have?