QPR are set to celebrate their 100th anniversary of playing at Loftus Road as they prepare to host Ipswich Town on Saturday.
As part of a special series, we've caught up with a number of former-Hoops to find out what Loftus Road means to them.
First up we have former player and club ambassador Andy Sinton.
What do you remember about your Loftus Road debut?
I remember it as if it was yesterday. It was against Aston Villa, I’d just been signed from Brentford and it was actually my home debut because we’d played at home against Sheffield Wednesday on the Saturday and won 2-0, and went back to Loftus Road on the Monday.
Aston Villa were a side who were doing quite well. I think when Trevor (Francis) signed me, and Peter Reid and Nigel Spackman we were hovering just above relegated, so it was quite a big game.Former QPR star Andy Sinton shares his Loftus Road memories, including scoring a hat-trick against Everton and beating Leeds, Tottenham and Manchester City ar from the league's top teams as attention turns to Saturday's clash with Ipswich Town
It wasn’t the greatest of games, but in the 71st minute the corner came in from the right at the Loft end and it came towards me and I struck it in the bottom corner for what was the winner. Any player making their home debut wants to get off to a good start and that couldn’t have gone any better for me. The crowd were great and on the day it was an important three points.
How would you describe the feeling of scoring at Loftus Road?
Having stepped out to make my debut, play quite well and score the winning goal in front of the Loft, as you can imagine it was a feeling of pure elation, pride and it was just wonderful. It got me off to a good start in front of the Rangers faithful.
What is your favourite Loftus Road memory?
There’s so many. My debut goal from a selfish point of view, scoring my only career hat-trick against Everton at Loftus Road and from a club point of view beating the likes of Manchester City 4-0 on a Saturday, and then going to beat Leeds who went on to win the league.
Beating Chelsea, beating Arsenal in the cup, beating Tottenham, playing Liverpool in the quarter final of the cup; the atmosphere was red hot; there’s just loads and loads of memories, I couldn’t nail it down to just the one, but finishing as the top London club was a fantastic achievement, and probably won’t be done again. You’re never going to finish above the likes Tottenham, Arsenal or Chelsea. It was25 years ago but it seems like the blink of an eye.
What does Loftus Road mean to you?
It’s a typical home stadium. The atmosphere at Loftus Road, particularly playing against one of the big teams or playing under the floodlights, I think it’s quite special. It seemed to be that if their was 18,000 there was 38,000, and because we were doing well it was a wonderful place to play. You used to sit and look around the dressing room and think “we’ll win tonight because we’ve got him, and him and him”. The crowd were really central to it and played their part in the successes that we had.
How big an occasion will Saturday’s 100th Anniversary celebration be against Ipswich on Saturday?
To celebrate 100 years at one venue is an achievement in itself. It’s going to be a nice celebration.
Anyone who has represented the club; fans, coaches, managers all have their own special memories on Loftus Road. Fans from years gone by will remember certain games and certain players, players like myself will remember certain games, certain goals, certain saves, certain team-mates and ups and downs that they’ve gone through so it’s a big part of history. We’ve been part of the history and the club will celebrate that all together, because it’s a family club. It’s a day for the fans to celebrate what Loftus Road means to them. We have a lot of ex players coming back which will be nice, some we tried to get back but couldn’t for various reasons and you’ve got to respect that, but it should be a really nice occasion and a good game.
Ipswich are going well so hopefully there’ll be a good crowd and hopefully for the present day we can get a result or the three points that we want.