QPR’s alternative plan for a new ground is not the first time they’ve tried for the Linford Christie Stadium.

Back in 1999, there was a hope they could join forces with UK Athletics and build a structure there, first for the 2001 World Athletics Championships, and later for use by Rangers.

The hope was strangled at birth.

UK Athletics quickly changed tack when beset with the problems of converting the Du Cane Road complex proved insurmountable, and tried instead for a site in Picketts Lock in north London that equally foundered with all hands.

Former QPR chief executive: Simon Crane

The World Championships will finally take place in London this summer at the former 2012 Olympic stadium, but Rangers are no closer to a new ground.

The club also feels that work on the proposed Old Oak site to the north of LCS is slow enough to warrant a second go for the stadium next to Wormwood Scrubs prison.

The CEO who dipped his toe into the water nearly 28 years ago, reckons the club has it all to do.

Simon Crane remembers discovering what is called a Section 106 government document that precludes building work on protected sites.

Sunset: Loftus Road

Fulham met the same problem when they tried to develop Craven Cottage.

That, and the Scrubs has protective clauses on its land dating back hundreds of years that will also hem in any new redevelopment.

"We looked at it fleetingly," remembered Crane, "and it wasn't viable.

"However, with the help of the authority and a will on behalf of all parties, maybe the times have-a-changed. Because for sure, QPR need a new ground.

"Space is so tight at Loftus Road, and it's not fit for purpose in modern football.

"But it's a great club. My son was a three-four year-old when I was at the club. He's now a 26-year-old season ticket holder.

"That's how QPR can get under your skin."

Rangers at home to Huddersfield tomorrow. The attached video is the view from the Terriers camp as they prepare to make the trip to Loftus Road.

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