QUEENS PARK RANGERS VS STOKE CITY
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 20th March 2013
Kick Off 3.00pm
QUEENS PARK RANGERS, who were formed in 1887 but were known as St Jude’s for two years prior to that, moved into Loftus Road for the first time in 1917.
It proved to be the first of three spells at the Shepherd’s Bush venue for Rangers as they twice switched to nearby White City Stadium only for the moves to prove unsuccessful.
A compact stadium which is totally enclosed with all four stands exactly the same height, Loftus Road boasts a capacity of 18,200 in total.
The stadium was shared between QPR and Fulham for a short period of time whilst Craven Cottage was closed for reconstruction.
Away fans are allocated the upper tier of the School End stand (1,800) with the lower tier often given to home supporters if the demand is not high enough.
The remaining three stands are the Loftus Road End, the Ellerslie Road Stand and the South Africa Road Stand.
The stadium’s record attendance stands at 35,353 for a First Division game against Leeds United in April 1974.
ON LEAVING the Britannia Stadium head North West and exit the roundabout to the A50.
At the roundabout, take the first exit onto the A500.
At the next roundabout, take the second exit onto the M6 (South) ramp to Birmingham.
Continue forward on the M6 to join the M1 (South).
At the end of the M1, take the second exit at the roundabout onto the A406.
Continue straight onto the A406.
At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Western Avenue.
Turn right onto Old Oak Road.
Turn left onto Uxbridge Road/A4020.
Turn left onto Bloemfontein Road.
Take the third right onto South Africa Road and Loftus Road Stadium will be on your right.
ON STREET parking only, although visiting fans are warned that there are a few restricted parking zones so please read signs before parking.
158. Journey time - 2 hours 45 minutes.
THERE are two Shepherd’s Bush tube stations, one on the Central Line and the other on the Hammersmith & City line.
The latter is nearer to the stadium and is approximately a 10-minute walk to the ground. White City tube station is also on the Central Line, situated along Wood Lane it is nearer to the ground and less people seem to use it on match day.
Check with National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 for train times and information.
BBC Radio Five Live and BBC London 94.9 cover the majority of QPR home and away matches.
STOKE CITY suffered late heartache when they last visited Loftus Road as their hopes of a top half finish in the Barclays Premier League were dented.
Djibril Cisse grabbed the only goal of the game in May last year with just two minutes left on the clock and, in the process, boosted QPR’s hopes of preserving their top-flight status for another season.
An unmarked Cisse converted Anton Ferdinand's near-post flick from Adel Taarabt's corner to claim maximum points.
The Potters were left to rue missed chance earlier in their penultimate game of the season, most notably when Cameron Jerome was through on goal in the third minute but lifted his shot over the bar, while Ricardo Fuller also went close on two occasions.
Boss Tony Pulis said: “I'm massively frustrated because we didn't deserve to lose.
“The disappointing thing is we had opportunities and chances today but again we've not scored. That's been a problem all season if you look at our goals tally.
“We switched off from a set play and they've scored.”