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No self-respecting Queens Park Rangers fan should be without this, the ultimate ‘travel companion’ to QPR’s away day fixtures. With over 40 years of following his beloved QPR up and down the country, Simon Ingram has created the ultimate fan’s-eye history of the club. Designed to be read by supporters on their way to their next match, QPR – Away Day Travels includes several quizzes, classic photos and an extensive list of the team’s most memorable games – both good and bad. Written with humour and a positive outlook for the club he adores, QPR – Away Day Travels will delight any follower of the Super Hoops, young or old.
Another fantastic book from Simon. After reading his other two books, QPR Away Day Travels seemed the perfect logical next “must read”. Firstly, I have to say that the presentation of the book is superb; a hard back cover with great cover design. Secondly, the great content followed suit. Once again, the author blends an excellent mix of humour, with intriguing information and great “years gone by” story telling. There’s also the odd “test your knowledge” quiz in the book to keep you on your toes. I would recommend this book to any football fan. For me it brought back some memories of the 90’s and 2000’s, not just of QPR players, but also of other players too. The infamous Eric Cantano bringing back some nostalgia. Whether you’re looking for a book to read at home whilst chilling out on the sofa, or something to keep you company whilst on a long journey, look no further, QPR Away Day Travels will keep you well entertained for many weeks to come. Thanks again, Shane.
Well I guess I had better own up straight from the off and say I'm not a QPR fan, but what a read this was - most enjoyable
The author Simon Ingram really knows how to put in writing the ups and downs of being a QPR fan, and you certainly are able to feel the 'pain & ecstasy 'Simon and his friends had on occasions following their club, and to me Simon is able to describe it in such a way that it could be any football fan and their club as they follow their team up and down the country.
As I read it I really felt as if I was in the back of the car on occasions with his friends on many of their journeys, starting off the journey full of optimism, looking out for the best place to eat en- route, only to then, on the way back, question why we follow our clubs, knowing full well that come two weeks time we will do it all again.
To me it is full of humour and warmth throughout that Simon describes so well
I would recommend it as a good read for any football fan
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this insight into Simon's life and how fantastic it is to share his experiences with family and friends - Joshua's path is going to be clear ! I'm only a casual QPR follower as it's my best chum's footie team, but I've been to enough QPR games over the years to know many of the references Simon draws us into - I was even there on that sweltering August day for the 5-0 thrashing of Blackpool. Loved all the nostalgia Simon brought back for me with his wonderfully fluid writing, those battles between Hughes and McDonald, the plastic pitch and a pint in the Springbok. I shall be buying a copy for my chum for sure as I know he'll use it as inspiration for his son.
This is a very entertaining and well written book for fans of Queen's Park Rangers and the game in general. All fans of the game can relate to the stories that feature in Simon's book. The majority of us have done something crazy such as leaving your honeymoon early to go to an away game ( as Simon did in August 1992), I was at that game it was worth it, as we went to the top of the newly formed Premier League.
Simon hits the nail on the head with regard to what draws us to the game as a child ( as it did to him as a 9 year old), once you are "hooked" to a club that passion and love never leaves you.
The author writes of the friends that you make while making the away trips he describes in this book, this is certainly true, especially for us supporters of Queen's Park Rangers, who have always been a tight knit bunch of fans.
This book isn't just a series of anecdotes of trips the length and breadth of the country, it is also interspersed with Simon's favourite R's players of each of the decades that he has followed the club, there is also a quiz to test your knowledge of the club and it's players over the years.
Many fans can relate to the timeline of Simon's story, from falling in love with the game as a child to then passing the baton on to his son, to carry on their support of the club for the next generation is something a lot of us can relate to.
Overall this a very well written , humorous and informative book on what it means to be a fan of the club, Simon sums it up with his following quote from the book "I have loved the successful times at Loftus Road although they are few and far between. For those of us 'in the know' there's so much more to Q.P.R. than simply winning"
After meeting Simon for the first time me and my partner Sonia both looked at each other and said what a lovely man Simon is. But who would have thought that a picture of Stan Bowles would have me reading a book about QPR away days. But when a very generous offer came from Simon asking if I would like to read his book one condition only if you sign it for me to which he obliged. After leaving Simons home I was eager to start reading his book because only after meeting Simon for a while I just knew the book was going to be very good reading. Not for his knowledge of QPR but his all knowledge of football. Settling down at home I got reading and not far in I was chuckling to the banter he has with great friends on away day travels. Now I have finished the book and wow what a great book. The only criticism I could give to the book and Simon is that it wasn't longer. Hopefully there's more in the tank for another great book.
Lovely man , lovely family ,great book
Felt I had to write a review just 30 pages in. Admittedly I’m not a QPR fan but being a fan of football it is a great read. It has been written from the heart and fills you with warmth. Whether you are an Rs fan or not, read it, I just wish someone would write a book like this about my club. I wish I was talented enough for it to be me. Great work Simon Ingram - thoroughly recommended
As the author says, you don't have to be a QPR fan to appreciate this book. I'm a Spurs fan but I have a bit of a soft spot for QPR as they were my late grandfather's local team. It's a true football fan book as he covers the highs and lows of supporting his club and the idiosyncracies of different grounds and the friends with whom he travels to matches. He is not afraid to give an opinion on the modern game in particular, and his opinions are well thought out. A very enjoyable read
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