Vital Football

Latest QPR News

The Dawn of a New Era?

The Dawn of a New Era?

Flavio Briatore yesterday unveiled what was dubbed the dawn of a new era for Queens Park Rangers, but were the best laid plans ruined by a malfunctioning sound system?

Yesterday at Loftus Road marked The Dawn of a New Era infront of a season record crowd of 18,309. An occasion shrouded in mystery with rumours of a certain Zinedine Zidane set to be unveiled and the excitement building around Loftus Road was palpable.

Two vast box structures were erected on the pitch infront of the tunnel, with all the pyrotechnics set up on the other side of the pitch next to the Ellersie Road stand. Signs with Queens Park Rangers covering up sections of sponsorship banners, had Rangers fans discussing what this new potential sponsor could be.

The Blue carpet was then rolled out to the centre circle, and ground announcer Billy Rice, continued to build up the excitement of a Dawn of a New Era. Coupling this, then, with the pre-match comments made by Gareth Ainsworth, "Sunday promises to be a day every QPR fan, old and young, remembers for the rest of their lives", only served to whet the appetite of the Loftus Road crowd.

Rangers legends Stan Bowles, Les Ferdinand, Gerry Francis and Paul Parker took the field along with Rangers co-owners Flavio Briatore and Lakshmi Mittal, the latter a scarcely seen figure at Loftus Road. No sign of Bernie Ecclestone despite the F1 magnate being spotted outside the ground.

With that a new club crest was officially announced, with Pigbag ringing out at Loftus Road, the box structures secreted blazes of fire, and the blue and white pyrotechnics were in full flow. The aforementioned sponsorship banners revealed the new club crest, with the only sponsorship news being of the conclusion of deals with Le Coq Sportif, Sellotape and CarGiant.

Subsequently we couldn`t enter a new era without dragging the frailties of the old, as it seemed the biggest announcement of the day was Flavio Briatore`s Norman Collier impression, as an ageing Rangers sound system could live up to the occasion, and the celebrations were henceforth cut short.

The Dawn of a New Era turned into somewhat of a damp squib with words of excitement pre-match, and for a day which Rangers fans were to remember for the rest of their lives, it seemed a bit mild for the occasion and build up that preceded it.

This leads the cynic amongst us to believe that there was indeed ulterior motives for the build up, with something else due to be announced not quite making the billing for one reason or another. Was a faulty sound system at fault for keeping another potential announcement quiet? The cynic amongst us would say a badge that has been readily viewed by the masses scarcely constitutes as secretive news for The Dawn of a New Era.

With Rangers losing the game 2-0 infront of a bumper attendance at Loftus Road, and West Bromwich Albion lifting the Football League Trophy, the R`s can look to next season and hope to emulate the achievement of their opponents. That will truly be the dawn of the new era.

What do you think of The Dawn of the New Era? We want to know YOUR thoughts!

To have your say you can comment in the space provided below, or chat about it on the forum.

VITAL QPR IS 100% UNOFFICIAL - FOR THE FANS, BY THE FANS



Share article via email
Writer:Boxer
Date:Monday May 5 2008
Time: 11:18AM

Login to post a comment

Best of Euro Vital

Best of Vital Network

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

Championship Cost Per Goal So Far In 2016/17

The end of the Championship campaign of 2016/17 is only a month and a bit away from fans across the country but as we go in to the remaining weeks of the campaign...

EFL Goal Of 2016 Contenders Named

Ten EFL professional footballers find themselves nominated for the treasured Goal Of The Year gong for 2016.

More Reliable Than A Championship Octopus? (21/3/17)

Time for the new special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final Championship positions for 2016/17.

Ngbakoto In Team Of The Week (21/3/17)

Queens Park Rangers are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.

Vital QPR Social Media

Archived Vital QPR Articles

Vital QPR articles from

Have Your Say

Suggest an article
Suggest a poll
As featured on NewsNow:Queens Park Rangers newsQueens Park RangersNews 24/7

Site Journalists

Boxer
Editor email
Profile
sandydl
no email
Profile
Superhoop50
no email
Profile
danielqpr
no email
Profile
JackSupple
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v Rotherham
Suggested By:
Smithies1%
Furlong0%
Onuoha0%
Hall6%
Lynch3%
Bidwell0%
Freeman9%
Luongo9%
Ngbakoto69%
Sylla0%
Smith3%
Washington0%
Goss0%
Morrison0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 38 24 6 8 78 38
2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
5 Reading 38 20 7 11 67 2
6 Sheff Wed 38 18 8 12 62 9
7 Fulham 38 16 13 9 61 19
8 Norwich 38 16 9 13 57 9
9 Preston 38 15 12 11 57 6
10 Derby County 38 14 11 13 53 3
11 Barnsley 38 14 9 15 51 0
12 Aston Villa 38 13 12 13 51 0
13 Cardiff 38 14 9 15 51 -1
14 Brentford 38 14 8 16 50 3
15 Q.P.R. 38 14 8 16 50 -5
16 Wolves 37 12 9 16 45 -2
17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
19 Bristol City 38 11 8 19 41 -3
20 Forest 38 11 8 19 41 -11
21 Burton 38 10 11 17 41 -14
22 Blackburn 38 9 13 16 40 -11
23 Wigan 38 8 10 20 34 -13
24 Rotherham 38 4 5 29 17 -54
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Queens Park Rangers Results (view all)

Queens Park Rangers Fixtures (view all)

Mar 31 2017 7:45PM : Derby County (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Aston Villa (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 7 2017 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 14 2017 3:00PM : Bristol City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Brentford (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Breaking League News

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Uncredibale Hulk33
2.QPR4Me14
3.dustman3
4.Bunyip2
5.ImSitiv1
Write for Vital Football