Supporting role: A QPR fan discusses his highs and lows

Jordan Foster has been following the Rs for nearly 20 years.

Jordan Foster has been following the Rs for nearly 20 years. - Credit: Archant

In the latest of a series of features casting the spotlight on local football fans, lifelong QPR fan Jordan Foster reveals his favourite player, his most memorable match and the worst moment he has experienced following the Rs.

FIRST GAME: It was in January 1997, an FA Cup third round tie against Huddersfield, it was a 1-1 draw according to Google and according to my dad I fell asleep. Set me up nicely for a lifetime in following QPR, I reckon.

FAVOURITE PLAYER: Marc Bircham is up there, as is Kevin Gallen. Always was a toss up between the two, but I was never really a goalscorer and around the time they both played I could fit into the long sleeved replica tops in the club shop – so probably leaned more towards Bircham. Lee Cook is another favourite of mine, because we both had a left foot that could open a can of beans, while Adel Taarabt was just different class.

FAVOURITE GAME: That would be Sheffield Wednesday in May 2004, which only pips Wembley because we played so well (at least my 10-year-old self thought we did). The semi-final at home to Oldham is definitely up there as well.

WORST MEMORY: Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium in May 2003. The first and last time I have ever cried at football. To this day I still can’t get why Dan Shittu doesn’t bring him [Andy Campbell] down or why Tommy Williams doesn’t pass to Paul Furlong.

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FAVOURITE MANAGER: That would be Ian Holloway because, when you’re young and you’re winning, life is good. Looking back it would be nice to have some aspects of his team today, but I’m not sure that is possible in modern football.

BEST MOMENT: When it was announced there would be no points deduction before the Leeds game in May 2011 – I would actually get to see QPR in the Premier League!

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I was standing outside the Queen Adelaide with a few friends and everyone’s phone started going off – quite a surreal moment. Come August when we were getting trounced 4-0 by a poor Bolton side I realised that sometimes fantasy is a lot better than reality!

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