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Never Felt More Like Singin The Blues!





I never felt more like singing the blues, when Rangers win and Chelsea lose in the same game I think this is a more relevant way to sing this particular song now after yesterday`s incredible game!

And incredible it was, wasn`t it?! Let`s be honest - it could not have been written more perfectly if we had employed William Shakespeare himself to pen the script! There were villains a-plenty, heroes abounding, a real blood and guts-"do or die" performance and a final score line that makes for very pretty - but let`s be honest, unexpected - reading!

And I watched it all on the bed in my Hotel bedroom here in Montreal along with Amy. When the fixture-list threw up this long-awaited West London derby for the weekend of 22nd October 2011, I already knew that I was going to be in Montreal on a flying visit to be with my girl who I wouldn`t have seen since the summer. But I didn`t care - if there is one person in the world I wanted to be with to watch the QPR v Chelsea match, it was Amy - and thanks to the internet, I was able to do so.

She came to our room after breakfast, dressed in her Hoops (as was I) ready for action - remember we are 5 hours behind London so, for us, this was an 11 a.m. kick-off. We huddled up against the head-board, fluffed up the pillows and made ourselves comfortable. She found the best streaming online and then we waited for kick-off, comparing shaking hands and stomach-twisting butterflies, to pass the time!

We cheered and sang, from the comfort of the nice big bed, for the opening minutes, happily watching us contain the Blues but wondering when we were going to get out of our half, when suddenly David Luiz pops up to play the part of pantomime villain, and unceremoniously shoves Heidar Helguson off the ball inside the penalty area. Amy and I looked at each other as referee Chris Foy pointed to the penalty spot from his vantage point just outside the penalty area - and we went ballistic. Our hysterical screeches were of delight at the thought that we had a penalty against Chelsea - and a chance to score and, even better, go ahead in the game. We were delirious!

So my hubbie jumped up, set his I-Phone to record, and trained the lens on the two of us as we glared fixedly at the computer. The hysteria when Heidar scored sent the decibels soaring and, for a while afterwards, we all jumped every time we heard footsteps outside our room in the corridor for fear that a security guard would come barging in thinking that some crime had been committed. We went mental, laughing, crying, hugging - nearly falling off the bed - probably just like everyone actually at Loftus Road did! You can actually view this mental hysteria on YouTube if you`d like a good laugh - just type in "Sandy celebrating QPR 1 Chelsea 0"!! I then spent about 5 minutes after this texting, WhatsApp-ing, BBM-ing all my mates actually at the game, to share in theirs and our joy!

When Bosingwa walked (he was clearly the last man and, personally, I thought he didn`t give Foy any option), I was happy! But when Drogba walked, I actually cracked up - I think Amy thought I had finally lost the plot! I was laughing so much, so hard, so loud - because I thought it was beautiful! Poetic justice (I just can`t stand Drogba - never have, never will)! Again, I nearly fell off the bed!!

During half-time, Amy and I retrenched. A Coke helped calm the nerves a little - yes, we were still nervous! I had observed via text to my friend Sara sitting enjoying life at Loftus Road how, like a wounded tiger, Chelsea would be very dangerous in the 2nd half. They wouldn`t have taken too kindly to the shenanigans of the 1st half - even though all those shenanigans were of their own making! They would do anything to get back into the game - even, I thought, by trying to get one (or more) of our own players sent off to "even" things up! I wouldn`t have put it past them!

Then - disaster struck! Amy decided to refresh the stream we had been happily watching the game on - and lost the stream altogether. Panic set in! Fear we would miss the 2nd half! The look of horror on both our faces was equal only to the hysterical delirium we were in remembering we were 1-0 up against 9-man Chelsea! Phew! Amy was able to find a different stream - and we were off.

The 2nd half proved me correct - Chelsea were very dangerous and I felt that we put ourselves under pressure because we didn`t really know how to play against 9 men! Let`s be honest - can anyone here tell me when we last played against 9 men?! But we defended magnificently, Ale Faurlin was superb in midfield - keeping his head coolly whilst all around him were losing theirs (7 yellow cards, Chelsea, really?!) - and whilst we didn`t create too many chances, we did have opportunities which, with a slightly cooler head or more accurate finishing, could have gone a long way to redress the recent drubbing we took at the hands of fellow West Londoners, Fulham!

We cheered and sang constantly (did you hear us?!) We jumped in anticipation of a 2nd Rangers goal in the few attacks we did have. We shrieked in fear a few times - particularly when Nicolas Anelka had that free header towards the end of the game, which he thankfully placed squarely in the hands of our reliable stopper, Paddy Kenny! We laughed a lot - as Foy waved yellow card after yellow card at the ill-disciplined, bad-tempered Chelsea players! We questioned how David Luiz - a remarkable cheat - had not become Chelsea`s 3rd player to depart for an early showed (even Ray Wilkins wondered that point at one stage - commenting that it would probably have been difficult for Chris Foy to send off a 3rd player however much he deserved a 2nd yellow on more than one occasion!)

And then, when the final whistle blew, we looked at each, hugging and screaming with delight - and my tears started flowing! We had tamed the wounded beast! We had mounted it`s head as a trophy on our Loftus Road wall - and by the looks of the tweets, posts and other internet comments I have been reading since, the Chelsea fans are really very bitter about our victory! Talk about sore losers! Amy, Mike and I went into the Hotel`s dining room for a spot of post-match lunch - Amy and I still sporting our colours - when a young Canadian man bowled up to our table, glared at us and said, pointing at the QPR badge: "I hate you! I`m the biggest Chelsea fan in the world - and I hate you!" Really? He`s here in Montreal and he`s "the biggest Chelsea fan"?!!!

See - Chelsea fans may have pretended they weren`t interested in the game - that we "no longer mattered" - but they are, they were, and we do! And we won this round - and how! And I - like the rest of you - shall dine out on this for days & days and weeks & weeks. And the best way to do so - is sit back and watch those Chelsea fans destroy themselves with their own bile as their team did yesterday against ours! Glorious stuff!!

But the best bit? That Amy and I were together as we beat Chelsea in the league for the first time since 1995. Like I said - the only person I would want to be with on this great day! And I was - and it was - and life right now seems simply perfect!! So - altogether now - I never felt more like singing the blues, when Rangers win and Chelsea lose in the same game!!!

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Writer: sandydl Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 24 2011

Time: 2:02PM

Your Comments

I am a Chelsea fan and I am proud to be and there aint no beef in me cos you beat us, there isn't any reason to be bitter because this is the game, you win some and some you lose but ask yourselves, had all those decisions you guys won yesterday been taken against you how would you feel? And labelling David Luiz a cheat is very low, he is better than almost all your players (no offence intended). I just hope you lot enjoy the victory while it will last, you earn it but don't expect to be lucky at the bridge.
Lesbleu_vanz
I am a Chelsea fan and I am proud to be and there aint no beef in me cos you beat us, there isn't any reason to be bitter because this is the game, you win some and some you lose but ask yourselves, had all those decisions you guys won yesterday been taken against you how would you feel? And labelling David Luiz a cheat is very low, he is better than almost all your players (no offence intended). I just hope you lot enjoy the victory while it will last, you earn it but don't expect to be lucky at the bridge.
Lesbleu_vanz
Sorry for the double post
Lesbleu_vanz
Didier Drogba deserved the red card though but I think Bosingwa's should have been a yellow.
Lesbleu_vanz
I think this will be all you can dine out on for a few weeks if you get dominated by 9 men. Furthermore, this article started quite well but then descended into the very bile you have accused us of spouting. To suggest David Luiz is a cheat is ridiculous. He was naive but not a cheat. The one yellow was right. From a Chelsea perspective I think AVB should take some players to task for ill discipline but the second half performance was unbelievable. Well done lads and good portence for the future.
tjay
hmmm smart on QPR editorial team part with these articles,at least they will be GURANTEED to get some hits now on their VQ page :)
kishaloy_nag_blue
Liuz should have been sent off on numerous occasions , cfc are so up their own A**e its unreal you get lucky decisions week in week out. Its their own fault they had 9 men and all they do is moan. JT and AC complete w**kers god i cant stand CFC
Marshbowl
Don't forget that fine role model Joey Barton. Still can't see where Luiz should have been sent off but hayho what's done is done. I think you shoulsd calm down though Marshbowl. Remember you did win.
tjay
Its gonna be a massacre of u *****ing QPR thugs at Stamford Bridge on 28th of april! And that time that son of a bitch chris mf foy wont be able to rescue you
FORCA BLUES!!!!!
QPR will be relegated by April.
foreign_viewer
Ever so angry - if you can't keep your temper how do you expect your players to? Deary, deary me.
boxer
Marshbowl - how do you manage to type with your arms in a strait jacket?
merlin
And please change your poll - it's like you lot - old hat :-)
merlin
Sorry mate, spending most of my days moderating here... ;-)
boxer
The bit of the game that made we realise we support a much better team than the scum was when kenny kicked the ball out into touch for derry to receive treatment and Cashley took the throw in. Bad enough that they cannot lose with grace but trying to keep posession like that was pathetic. Who would have thought a team led by Barton would show more grace on the pitch?
LeeCookFan
This did not descend into bile - it stated a fact. - Luiz was a cheat and lucky to still Ben the pitch at the final whistle. The Sky commentators recognised this truth but I wouldn't expect Chelsea fans to. As for your ridiculous threats of what we'll face come April 28th at the Bridge - how childish are you all? I would expect to find a hostile reception waiting for us both on & off the pitch coz you lot have woken up to the fact - another one - that Rangers are back! As for relegation - wow! I'm shaking in my boots about that - NOT! You really think THAT is a threat? Lol. Jog on kids!
Sandydl
Whose childish? I will say it again Luiz is not a cheat. He's young and needs more experience. Compare David Luiz now and Joey Barton a couple of years ago. I think we know who the more mature and fairer footballer is. On saying that Barton is handling himself better now which is good for him and most footballers who play against him. Anyway, well done for your victory and I look forward to an equally competitive game at the bridge with a more favourable result for us.
tjay
Tjay, on the night David Luiz did attempt to cheat. We can talk about the history of every player and probably completely agree that most of them have had their scummy moments. But this article is based on what was seen on the night and surely you see Sandy's point. On a side note nice to see a Chelsea fan come on here and conduct themselves without swearing. Good luck at the bridge.
LeeCookFan
Tray I think that, on the basis of what I saw on Sunday, we' ll have to agree to disagree about David Luiz! However, I do agree with you about be thing - that we should all look forward to the return match in April when, I hope, you have achieved whatever success you are hoping for and we have achieved ours - of staying up! It is just great that battle has re-commenced after such a long time between two old rivals - and long may it continue!
Sandydl
Such a hateful club. QPR going down is a must now.
foreign_viewer
I think maybe cheating is a bit strong in that he wasn't particularly aggressive but I get your point.
tjay
Okey dokey, then TJay ;-)
sandydl
 

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