QPR BLACKPOOL 8 AUGUST MATCH REPORT HERE
This is my first week of a 'staycation' - although in my case its because I travel so much through work, when you get a holiday its quite nice to just be in London! Its only day two and I've already taken in two tourist attractions with the kids.
Tomorrow will be spent at Loftus Road at the club's last big shin-dig before the season kicks off with the visit of Ian Holloway's Blackpool on August 8th. We're promised face painting, a bouncy castle, meetings with the modestly described "stars" and much much more. The blurb from QPR's press office is here, and as ever I will post a write up on here after the event. Come along if you're around and staycationing like me.
WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Well, er, I think the main thing is they tried! It was a bit like a school fair really, with the added attraction of a massive queue to have the priveledge of meeting the "stars" who could sign things for you. The bouncy castle was a very small affair that kept deflating and the 'football skills training' was a plastic kids goal which you could kick a ball into from 2 metres with no goalie. And you got to see the empty stands, which was useful to get some shots of but apart from that..!
Its really easy to just be critical of things when someone else has made all the effort so its also worth saying that it was well attended, what looked like at least most of the first team were there dutifully signing things and even chairman Gianni made an appearance (see photos below).
So on balance full marks for reaching out to the local community - the atmosphere was good, and frankly the kids were all happy just to have balloons and face painting. So well done QPR. Now go and get promoted.