Further to our adventures at Luton in 85 on the plastic, astroturf or omniturf or whatever other name the surface has we made the short trip across town to Loftus Rd the home of the R’s or Hoops of QPR at the backend of the 85/86 season .
It was a typical Spurs season 70+ goals scored in the league and nearly 60 conceaded and back to the mid table familiarity of the late 70s .
After the high profile events at the end of the previous season Heysel,Bradford , Birmingham and Luton crowds had dropped to an all time low . Spurs top gate was 33,000 for the visit of West ham on boxing day and crowds of 10,000 and 9,500 at home to Birmingham held no problems for the casual supporter getting in. To top it all only 16,000 turned up to see Spurs play Liverpool the eventual double winners on a snowy sunday afternoon in march.
Been banished from Europe was’nt helping either and Spurs instead of competing in the Uefa cup had to go through the motions of the screen sport super cup to with attendances more akin to reserve team Football.
I went to every home and away game this season part of a run of 10 years without missing a home game and 5 of them i did’nt miss an awayday.
Playing on the astro at QPR would’nt have held much fear for Tottenham as good teams who played the ball around found success on the foreign surface . Those longball teams like Wimbledon , watford etc struggled with the bounce . Loftus Rd has a great atmosphere when a decent crowd was in the stadium has been compared with a subbuteo stadium for its neatness and the BBC had a season ticket there due to the close proximity to the BBC centre at White City.
Apart from a usefull side which once consisted of our golden boot Clive Allen they also had a decent firm on their day down at QPR. We’d come across them during of all places the Evening standard five a sides at Wembley Arena. The chant of west west west London had gone up that night and Spurs had a few good lads in and we steamed across the seats towards em , only a few old bill were on duty and it kicked off albeit a little embarrasing as many families had braved the 5 a sides instead of a saturday afternoon to try and avoid the troubles at football . They were also tooled up a trick they’d learnt from one of our lads who also ran with the R’s a short geezer some of our older lads would know with a scottish name . Following this meeting we turned up at white city with a good mob and moved down South Africa Rd without an escort , a small scuffle occured outside the Springbok boozer which is right outside the ground . we carried on to a Boozer the name i cant remember but it was on the edge of a dodgy estate near the ground with all the names of the roads a commonwealth country . the yids were milling around on Australia rd with pints in hand before getting a dodgy hotdog on Blomfontein rd and then heading down to the ground. We were in the end the previous season as mentioned in plastic man part 1 we overfilled and ended up around the pitch. No crush this time but we had an entertaining day as always as Spurs turned on a stunning performance Hoddle pulling the strings spraying it around the plastic as if he played on it every week and we romped to a 5-2 win with Allen and Falco getting a brace each and Hoddle wrapping it up.
The fun and games happened after , we had really good numbers as we mobbed up and walked the terraced streets towards Sheperds Bush rd .
I was probably 4 rows from the front as we heard the ominous roar of come on then . Im embarrased to say i’ve never seen so many runners as the yids fled past me and left about a dozen of us to take on Rangers mob. I met head on with a 7ft Black geezer and ended up on the deck looking up to see a police horse over the top of me and the hoof caught me stomach next to me ribs , lucky i had a jumper on as the hoof cut throught that and me polo top. I was pulled up by me mate Tony who had held a few of them off with a small cs cannister . The Yids were livid we were left for fucking dead by so many runners , i’ve seen us run before but not on mass like that we’ve normally been well outnumbered and we have a good rep for standing no matter what . We were escorted down to Sheperds bush station probably for our own good . as we reached the platform some of the runners were spotted , The Milford lot steamed into em and i was told to get stuck in . No point in steaming in now it was too late we were turned over by one of the lesser known mobs but from reading other accounts from mobs around the country they too have come unstuck against the R’s.
We went on to finish the last 2 games in style at the lane in front of crowds under 15,000 , we beat the saints 5-3 and Villa 4-2 . Thats entertainment
A non persistant riot control agent. Makes your eyes sting and your nose run. Throat don’t feel too good either. Washes off with cool water and a decent breeze. Used by the British Army to train Personnel in Chemical and Biological protection drills. Had my fill thanks.
QPR are on our manor next week
Bris yid do the honours and return the favour
No worries Gudge. If you haven’t heard, I’ve taken over our firm. A lot of chelski still run with the hoops, should be a right old tear up.
I’m sure we would have made the papers back home by now???
Still the number one firm in London…….and England, mind you.
Jesus, I love these stories. Would have loved to see Gudgeon in his prime like a real life Elmer Fudd, stumbling into a dust up. Funny as all fuck I reckon. On ya gudge, way to represent. ✊✊