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Queens Park Rangers: Ipswich Town game to mark 100 years since Loftus Road move

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 September 2017

Queens Park Rangers fans invade the Loftus Road pitch to celebrate winning the Championship in 2011 (pic: Anthony Devlin/PA)

Queens Park Rangers fans invade the Loftus Road pitch to celebrate winning the Championship in 2011 (pic: Anthony Devlin/PA)

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QPR first played at their current home in 1917 and there have been plenty of memories since then

Jamie Mackie celebrates scoring a stoppage-time winner for Queens Park Rangers against Liverpool at Loftus Road in March 2012 (pic: Nick Potts/PA)Jamie Mackie celebrates scoring a stoppage-time winner for Queens Park Rangers against Liverpool at Loftus Road in March 2012 (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

Queens Park Rangers will mark 100 years since they first called Loftus Road their home on Saturday when they host Ipswich Town in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Rs moved to the site in 1917 when their previous ground at Park Royal was commandeered by the Army.

Over the past century, the west Londoners had two separate spells away from Loftus Road at the White City Stadium, but on both occasions soon returned to W12.

There have been plenty of iconic moments down the years for QPR fans to celebrate at Loftus Road, from playing on the plastic pitch to hosting the #Game4Grenfell last weekend.

One man who has been involved in some of the most famous moments in recent years is current QPR forward Jamie Mackie.

The Scottish international was part of the Rs squad that lifted the Championship trophy on the final day of the 2010/11 season, and he says it is a moment he will never forget.

“I got injured during the latter stages of that season, but being on that pitch with that group of players celebrating was so special, and it will live in my memory,” the 31-year-old told the club website.

“My brothers were there, they all ran on the pitch, it was a great day. It’s one of the fondest moments of my career.”

With QPR back in the Premier League, Mackie was then involved in one of Loftus Road’s greatest games in March 2012.

The Rs were trailing 2-0 at home to Liverpool with 13 minutes, but produced an epic comeback to triumph.

Goals from Shaun Derry and Djibril Cisse drew the hosts level, before Mackie struck a stoppage-time winner to send the home faithful into raptures.

And even now, five years later, it is a game that the fan favourite is only too happy to look back on.

“To stay up in that first season, and that being one of the catalysts, it’s obviously very special,” he added.

“The fact it was under the lights as well just helped make it even more incredible, and people often talk to me about it.

“For me, career highlights are all about team achievements, but if I had to isolate one game then certainly that Liverpool one would have to rank as one of the highlights of my career.”

With the century brought up, QPR and Mackie will hope for more memories this season.

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