The Story of QPR Project interviewed well over 50 fans, experts, and local people. We gathered hundreds of stories and anecdotes that reveal personal insights and viewpoints and offer a window in to the past of both the club and the area. Here, we present a selection of these, demonstrating a range of perspectives and experiences.
Ariel discusses supporting the club from childhood, the changes in the game, and the parallels between football and religion (from her perspective as a rabbi!).
Doreen, a long time W12 resident and QPR fan recalls her years supporting the club.
‘Sir’ Les reflects on the experience of becoming a legend for his local team.
David recalls the match day experience of the 1980s and 1990s, the impact of hooliganism, the importance of a family ethos at QPR and the social changes in the local area.
Andy remembers his west London childhood; Carnival, culture and, of course, QPR.
Frances, former resident of W12 discusses her childhood of the 1940s; advances in housing, and the impact of WW2 on the White City Estate.
Glen, QPR fan, west London local and bassist in the Sex Pistols discusses the London of his youth, and the conditions that led to the emergence of punk.
Harry reflects on the changes in the game during his career.
Joey gives his personal insight and perspective on QPR’s play-off victory at Wembley in 2014, and provides his thoughts on the power of football.
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Peter, a lifelong resident of W12, describes growing up in the area, and his memories of QPR players lodging in the family home.
The Gallen family describe the history of their affiliation with QPR, as fans, players and coaches.
Robert recounts his memories of being a QPR fan and west London local.
Sarah, daughter of legendary QPR manager Alec Stock, describes her father’s love of the game, and her own memories of Loftus Road.
Carol tells us about life as a QPR fan and ladies team player in the 1960s and 70s
Sheila and Pat recall their memories of the late, great Daphne Biggs and the lasting legacy she left at QPR.
Garfield, a lifelong QPR fan from east London, discusses the players that captured his imagination as a child, and how following the game has changed.