I have just got off the phone with Julie who sells AKTUR'S outside the Loft and she informed me that Dave AKA Frodders passed away recently. He was very well known on Ben's old .org site so there will be a number of people on here who also knew well. He was a loyal QPR fan and could be seen at most games home and away. He was also quite active on the fan forums too which was why I thought to post this. R.I.P. Dave
Given the propensity for threads in this group on just about all sports played professionally it is a bit surprising to see that there hasn't been any mention in a week of a British driver breaking the record for most GP's won and likely to be heading for a record seventh World Championship this season. I know that there are some who are vociferously against Formula 1 but this is a proper achievement and built upon consistency every season since 2007. I was watching a show about his greatest races during this period and one thing that comes sharply into focus is that luck played a very small part in that sequence with bad luck, mechanical failures, opponents crashing into him etc. playing a bigger part. Well done Lewis Hamilton and I really hope you put those records beyond the reach of any drivers to come, you have been a joy to watch during those years. The GOAT.
I just read a thread about him joining B'ham today on a Championship group I am in. A lot of Leeds fans were chirping in about how good he used to be but got stretchered off at half time with breathing difficulties in a game against 'boro and was never the same again afterwards. This was during a period where there were rumours it was a result of over indulging in power drinks (Red Bull/ Monster types?) This might go a long way to explaining why he rarely got a game whilst on loan to us from Spuds. He looked the perfect type of player for MW and you could see odd flashes in the games he did play but if he has an underlying breathing issue then it could explain why he was sent back. If true, I hope there is something that can be done for him going forward. He definitely had some potential.
I was chatting on the phone tonight with Dave Thomas and we spent a long time discussing what lay ahead for us both. We are both now in the seniors category so and fans likely to be allowed back in the ground wouldn't include us, and most of the friends we have both made in many, many years whilst we have been going to W12 and around the country. This would mean the end of our regular seats in the Upper Loft through no fault of our own and the thought of buying a season ticket whilst not being allowed in the stadium doesn't sound in the least bit attractive on a fixed income. Sitting in a stadium with just a few thousand fans who are not allowed to sing or cheer doesn't set the body tingling either and the whole issue of entry and egress, coupled with toilet breaks means it is going to be fairly unworkable. Having had a lifelong viewpoint of don't just keep coming up with problems, come up with solutions I had a think. Foremost in my thinking is... *The club need money to survive and season tickets form an integral part of that each season. *I don't want to pay for something I am not going to be able to use for the foreseeable future. *I don't want to give up my seat in the Upper Loft. * I am not interested in swapping out my matchday ticket for a stream. What I came up with was to permit the club to take out the direct debit as normal once they are ready to do so and offer a number of options as to what fans want to do with that season ticket. Redeem it with a stream for home and away matches until such a time as fans are allowed back into the stadium in a reduced and managed capacity. Redeem it with a stream for home and away matches until such a time as fans are allowed back into the stadium in the normal fashion. Neither of the above but, for the duration of the period before normal service is resumed, each match ticket not used is credited towards the following seasons season ticket on a one for one basis. This would allow fans who sit together to retain their group of seats and still allow the club to get much needed funding. Thoughts?