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|Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City Your Report added at 13:11:13|
John - It's a long running bug bear of mine, loads of QPR fans on here pull me up about it as well. I hate the new grounds that were all bunged up around the same time at Boro, Derby, Leicester, Southampton, Coventry etc. I hate them because by and large they're in the middle of nowhere (because the land is cheap), they have dreadful parking and train links and they have no atmosphere whatsoever because by and large they're 8000 seats or so too big for the team they house and the stands are all miles from the pitch which results in vast open spaces of silence.
Most of all though they all look the bloody same - the only difference between southampton and leicester is the colour of the seats, likewise boro and derby. It's just so depressing. Your football club is your identity and every football club should be unique. Thanks to the ground moves Derby, leicester and coventry all sort of blend into one midlands blancmange of mediocrity.
Examples of grounds I like - Portman Road, Carrow Road, Bramall Lane. Successfull modernised without compromising their individuality or moving out of the town centre where all the pubs and restaurants are. And yes, Loftus Road. Looking its age and increasingly not fit for purpose but it's got 100 pubs or eateries within 15 minutes walk, five tube stations on two different lines, one overground station, one motorway and a host of bus routes all within walking distance. And it's different, there's no other ground like it.
New grounds used to be unique too - huddersfield, bolton, millwall. But somewhere along the line some boring accountant got hold of this one size fits all design that means about a dozen teams in this country now play in identical grounds in the middle of retail parks or old gas works. I'd be gutted if QPR ever ended up with one of them.
And it does wobble under your feet, very noticeably.
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