Some memorable moments from 2017

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2017 has been a pretty poor one football wise. The Rs managed to stay up by a single point last campaign and have again found themselves in a relegation battle with only 10 points currently separating the bottom 10 clubs. With the Rs struggling to find the net, 2018 is looking like another fight to stay in the Championship unless we can somehow convince a decent striker to join the club in the January window. Whilst 2017 has had many lows there were also some memorable moments that should be remembered.

2-0 win vs Nottingham Forest:

The final home fixture of the 2016-17 season, Rangers knew that only a win would do if we were to decide our own fate.

After a goalless first 45 two second half goals from Conor Washington and Joel Lynch won us the game and secured our Championship survival by a single point. A bitter sweet moment in which Rangers fans breathed a sigh of relief!

Stan Bowles benefit game:

The Rs welcomed Bournemouth for a pre-season fixture honouring perhaps our greatest ever player Stanley Bowles, who is unfortunately suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Jordon Ibe’s goal saw Bournemouth claim victory. However, the result was never going to be important considering the circumstances. Incredibly over £100,000 was raised to support Stan and his family, as well as raise awareness for Alzheimer’s. Seeing Stan take to the Loftus Road turf perhaps for the final time was an emotional moment for all in attendance.

Even though the weather was awful it did not dampen the mood on what was a fantastic occasion.

To continue supporting Stan you can still donate at the following website:

http://www.justforstan.com/

Game4Grenfell:

After the tragic fire at Grenfell tower last June, QPR hosted what would be my personal highlight of 2017, the #Game4Grenfell.

It was a great day in which the community really came together. Also, it was a welcome relief for survivors, family members of the departed, firefighters, care workers and hospital staff who no doubt have and continue to suffer from the tragedy.

Current and former professional footballers, comedians, actors, musicians, sportsmen and even pantomime villain Jose Mourinho were in attendance. The match went to a penalty shootout at the Loft End, with Team Ferdinand just edging it.

On what was another emotional occasion it was one that made everyone extremely proud to be a QPR fan.

To donate you can visit the following:

https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/grenfell#/

#LoftusRoad100:

Our 2-1 win vs Ipswich Town in September marked our 100 year anniversary at Loftus Road.

Although the Rs are still going through a difficult transition period, Loftus Road is a second home for most Rangers fans where so many incredible memories have been made.

Although I have only been going to Loftus Road consistently for around eight/nine years I could reel off  countless memories such as:

Winning promotion under Neil Warnock, beating Chelsea 1-0, Charlie Austin’s brace in the playoff semi final, that comeback vs Liverpool under the lights, beating Arsenal and Tottenham, the last minute winner from Cisse vs Stoke to keep us up, amongst countless other moments and memories.

That comeback vs Brentford:

A poor first 80 minutes or so saw Rangers trailing to neighbours Brentford after a brace from Lasse Vibe.

With the ground half empty 2 goals in roughly 120 seconds from Matt Smith and Luke Freeman marked an incredible comeback ensuring that the Rs gained a point from the West London derby.

Holloway’s outburst at the fans:

After the frantic final few minutes of the Brentford game Holloway was clearly moved. In his post match interview he decided to let off some steam and criticise almost half of the fans who left the ground early.

It very much divided opinion, as paying supporters feel that they are entitled to leave when they want to. Although, whether you are Holloway in or out, seeing a manager that equally shares our passion is refreshing.

After the dust settled the Rs manager later apologised, although his post match comments made for quite a bizarre but memorable moment.

Jack Robinson’s brace:

The Rs travelled to Birmingham in mid December in desperate need of our first away win of the season. Last season the hoops ran out 4-1 winners at St. Andrews. This season it looked as though the travelling fans could be in for another good away day as Jack Robinson scored the first ever goal of his professional career.

However, in the second half Sam Gallagher equalised for the Blues, as their fans found their voices you could forgive the Rs fans for fearing the worst. Although, with just seven minutes remaining up steps Jack Robinson who expertly found the bottom right hand corner from 25 yards out and secured the Rs first away win in 18 games. Not only was it great for the Rs but also for Robinson who scored the first two goals of his professional career, well deserved after such bad luck with injuries.

With the Rs struggling to score on the road Jack Robinson was an unlikely match winner. A great day for the player, who has probably been our best since he started playing at centre-half. More of the same please Jack!

2018?

Let’s hope that 2018 will see the Rs stay up. Considering we stayed up by one point last season staying up will not represent much progress. Hopefully if we stay up this season we can push on next summer, continue to clear out the deadwood and trim down what is the Championship’s largest squad. Hopefully then we would have some money available to strengthen at both ends of the pitch, as both our defence and attack need investment.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2018, hopefully we can get off to good start tomorrow with the return of Warnock’s Cardiff City to Loftus Road.

Thank you for reading.

Happy new year!

By Jack da Silva.

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