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PUBLISHED: 14:58 24 March 2010 | UPDATED: 14:58 24 August 2010

By Daniel Harrod FORGET that old footballing cliché it s a game of two halves – Queen s Park Rangers campaign has been a season of four halves. Or is it four quarters? Evidently, I m no mathematician. In any case, forget the tedium of Stamford Bridge,

By Daniel Harrod

FORGET that old footballing cliché 'it's a game of two halves' - Queen's Park Rangers' campaign has been a season of four halves. Or is it four quarters? Evidently, I'm no mathematician.

In any case, forget the tedium of Stamford Bridge, where the closest thing you'll find to excitement is their captain offering a handshake and getting promptly rejected, and look no further than Loftus Road for the closest competition to 'Avatar' for all-round excitement. The season has embroiled drama that only Harchester United, of 'Dream Team', could have wished for.

We start off in August, with optimists, pessimists and media all predicting play-off contention - surely, in hindsight, a mentality that could only rival that of those eternally deluded Spurs fans.

Usain Bolt on crutches would have got out the blocks quicker than the Rs' start to the season. Four stalemates in five games and disappointing results against the likes of Plymouth and Peterborough soon got the critics questioning the appointment of Jim Magilton. Roll on the second quarter.

After the resilient 1-0 defeat by Chelsea, fresh impetus was instilled into the Rangers players and sure enough a 5-2 drubbing of Barnsley followed in the next game. Then followed that 'Barcelona' period - well, all three games of it.

Preston, Reading and Derby were swept aside like Cheryl Cole banishing poor Ashley to the doldrums of a single life as a footballer. However, that soon started to falter and QPR's season began to dissipate into nothing but horrendous drama.

The third quarter started on that night. Beaten 3-1 by the distinctly average so called 'Golden Boys', reports came flying out of W12 that Jim had head-butted Akos Buzsaky. The swift departure of Magilton and hurried appointment of Paul Hart soon had the fans fearing the worst.

After throwing on eight, or was it nine defenders at home to Bristol City, Hart soon packed up his personality - reminiscent of a fish - and the Rs entered their freefall down the league. Despite the best efforts of a humble Mick Harford, QPR endured a run of one win in eight attempts and League One beckoned.

We currently find ourselves in the fourth quarter. Neil Warnock at the helm, a new-found battling spirit, and points starting to be won - things are looking up. By no means are the Rs safe, but a fresh confidence surrounding Loftus Road has got fans believing again.

QPR's rollercoaster season has undergone far more than described above - on the pitch, anyway. So next time a Man Utd or Arsenal fan complains they only won 1-0, just relay the story of QPR's season and tell them to politely 'go away'.

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