Vital Football

Latest QPR News

The M25 Football Experience - Staines Town

The M25 Football Experience - Staines Town


Toboboly reviews his latest trip to Staines Town, where a few ex-R's were in attendance.

To visit The M25 Football Experience website: Click Here >>>

To take a look at the Facebook page: Click Here >>>

To make a donation to the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research Click Here >>>

Review - Game 17: Staines Town 1-0 Newport County

Once again a club exceeded all my expectations and were more than happy for me to come along, meet a player and get my t-shirt signed. I also got a mention and a photo in the Staines Town program! A big thank you to all at Staines, especially Angie and Leroy who made it possible.

All almost didn`t go to plan however after my driver for the day was kidnapped by Somalian pirates or abducted by aliens. Either way he didn`t materialise and I persuaded my father to burn rubber and somehow we managed to get to the ground early enough to meet Angie and Leroy Griffiths. Firstly though, Wheatsheaf Park is a curious place. As you approach it it is a modern gym whilst round the side you enter through a small turnstile and see that the back of the gym building has been made into a stand with plenty of seating. As I strode in I met Angie and she asked whether I would like a PA announcement as I walked onto the pitch, I quickly declined as I am sure I would have gotten some strange looks back amongst the crowd. We walked onto the pitch and met Leroy Griffiths who used to play for QPR in the early Noughties. He seemed surprised and happy that I knew this and gladly signed my shirt and posed for a photo, a really nice guy.

After this I bid farewell to Angie and met Mac who had arrived yet again to offer staunch support. We settled down into the stand where I noticed that ex-QPR player Marcus Bignot was in attendance, before I could try and nab him for a photo opportunity he had wandered off and looking in the program it appeared he was here to watch on his brother who plays for Newport. There was a fairly large Welsh contingent in the crowd, and unsurprisingly they were very vocal during the first half. Newport, managed by Dean Holdsworth(!), got off to a blistering start. Finesse, pace, accurate passing and with skill in abundance I was worried that Staines may be on the end of a pasting but to their credit they managed to scramble and deflect every Newport attack. Staines` keeper Louis Wells was acrobatic and kept out a pile-driving volley from thirty odd yards, pushing it over the bar, as well as denying Newport`s number 10, Sam Foley. Staines then cleared an effort from a corner off the line and it was easy to see how Newport were unbeaten in the league this season.

Gradually as the first half wore on Staines became more prominent participants, although the referee was helping neither side, giving out yellow cards like Halloween chocolates and getting many decisions wrong. At half time though Staines hadn`t tested Newport keeper Glyn Thompson half as much as they would have liked I`m sure they were more than happy to go in at nil nil considering the amount of pressure and opportunities Newport had created for themselves.

For the second half we wandered round to the opposite side of the ground, taking in the impressive gym-come-football club. Staines continued where they had finished the second half with solid play and a grinding out a win mentality. Thompson was called on to make a few goal saving saves and tackles and Newport had started looking very shaky, the inevitable goal for Staines came near the hour mark. Striker Ali Chaaban followed up a shot that was only pushed away by Thompson and stuck in the rebound, it was a well deserved goal as Staines had weathered the storm and had been building up pressure on their beleaguered visitors.

As Newport looked to get back into the game the referee was busy dishing out yellow cards to anyone who made eye contact. Me and Mac meanwhile had started chatting to one of the Newport substitutes, goalkeeper Kieron Blackburn. A veritable motor-mouth we all had a discussion on whether Carragher was lucky to escape with a yellow in the previous Liverpool/Man Utd match. We disagreed but he seemed keen to chat so we carried on. Back on the pitch and County were getting closer to an equaliser, one chance missing by a matter of centimetres. The drama played out right until the end when a terrible tackle by Staines defender Marien Ifura took out a County attacker. Somehow Ifura avoided a red and County were left with ten men after using all three substitutions. From the resulting free kick Newport keeper, Glyn Thompson, rose majestically, but his powerful header hit the base of the post and Newport`s unbeaten league run came to an end.

Newport will be disappointed they didn`t capitalise on their early dominance but look to have a good team who play good football and are still probably favourites for the title. Staines will be happy that they have weathered a storm and come out with all three points. Despite this being their first year in the Conference South they will have no trouble staying up and will give League Two Shrewsbury Town a run for their money in the Fa Cup first round in November.

Att. 621

To visit The M25 Football Experience website: Click Here >>>

To take a look at the Facebook page: Click Here >>>

To make a donation to the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research Click Here >>>




Have your say on The Forum

Follow us on Twitter

Become a fan on Facebook - Become a fan of Vital QPR

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:Boxer
Date:Thursday October 29 2009
Time: 10:55AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
Marien Ifura - another ex-QPR defender. A stallwart in the reserves during our promotion season, and was on the second of the two promotion parade buses along with the likes of Wes Daly etc. Was subsequently released though.
Boxer
29/10/2009 10:56:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

QPR - FL Dates 2016/17 (23/5/16)

The Football League have released the key dates for the coming 2016/17 season.

Who Will QPR Face In 2016/17 (22/5/16)

With no matches remaining in the regular 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

Wholescale League Changes For QPR?

The Football League have confirmed that Queens Park Rangers have received a 'discussion document' that details proposed major changes to the make up of the game in this country.

A New Season - New Rules For QPR

With the curtain almost drawn on the 2015/16 campaign, with a handful of Play Off games to go and most looking towards the European Championships in France...

Archived Vital QPR Articles

Vital QPR articles from
As featured on NewsNow: Real Madrid news
Real Madrid News 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 Bristol City
Suggested By:
Ingram14%
Onuoha1%
Hall0%
Hill11%
Kpekawa1%
Gladwin0%
Henry14%
Faurlin57%
El-Khayati0%
Chery1%
Washington1%
Hoilett0%
Petrasso0%
Polter0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Queens Park Rangers Results (view all)

Queens Park Rangers Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.QPR4Me16
2.Superhoop506
3.dustman4
4.DMD_QPR4
5.jezza993
6.jdqpr18823
7.silvertrowel2
8.rodneeranger2
9.Clarets R Mad2
10.cartouche2