Kickoff of a football game at Loftus Road Stadium, home of QPR

Club Profile

Queens Park Rangers

For the London soccer tourist, a game at QPR is a great option: not as sketchy as Millwall, not as posh as Fulham, not as hard to get into as the big Premier League clubs, and in a cool part of town.

LOCATION: Shepherd’s Bush in West London

CONTACT: qpr.co.uk, 020 8743 0262, #QPR

NICKNAMES: QPR, the Rs, the Hoops (for their shirts)

History

Rangers have been around since the 1880s and played at Loftus Road since 1920, but they never made it to the top (then First) division until the ’60s. They expanded the ground then, and they memorably won the League Cup from Division Three in 1967. The final was 3-2 over West Brom at Wembley, after QPR trailed 2-0 at halftime, with the winner…

Rivalries

Their most bitter foe is Fulham, just three miles away. Brentford is also high on the hated list; any game between two of those three is a West London derby but, with the others in the Premier League this season, we’ll need a Cup draw for those matchups to happen. QPR also hate Chelsea, but they don’t play often, and it hasn’t been competitive…

Women's Team

Queens Park Rangers FC Women play home games at Heston Sports Ground in the London suburb of Hounslow. They are in the Women’s National League Division 1 South East, tier

Songs

Their traditional theme is a very cool drum-and-horn thing called “Papa’s Got a Brand New Pigbag.” It’s by an early ’80s post-punk/funk rock/dance-punk band called Pigbag. It sounds like something an impossibly cool marching band might play. QPR fans sing a version of it as well, throwing in “Hoops!” along the way. By the way, Middlesbrough…

Stadium

Loftus Road, known as the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium since 2019 (in honor of the former QPR youth team member Kiyan Prince who was fatally stabbed in 2006), will probably seem absolutely tiny when you walk in. It holds 18,439 people in a two-tiered rectangle packed so close to the pitch that you could probably throw a pie from the back row…

Going to a Game at QPR

GETTING THERE: The quickest trip is to aim for the White City Underground station on the Central line or Wood Lane on the Hammersmith and City line. From either of those stations, turn right onto Wood Lane, walk up to South Africa Road, and turn left. You can’t miss it from there. It’s about five minutes’ walk from White City and seven from Wood…

QPR Tickets

As long as they are in the Championship, tickets are not that hard to come by. If it’s a derby, or if they are having a good season, it could be tough just because it is a small place. If they draw a Premier League club in a Cup, it might be hard as well—but you’ll want to be there. The most recent prices we saw were from £25 to £34. Groundhopper Guides also has seats and hospitality available.

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