Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

When Boro Took 15,000 Fans to an Away Game; Teesside's Former Top Referee Jeff Winter Recalls His Memories of Trips to QPR

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

When Boro Took 15,000 Fans to an Away Game; Teesside's Former Top Referee Jeff Winter Recalls His Memories of Trips to QPR

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MY memories of Loftus Road aren't the best. My first visit there was in my teens to watch Boro under the caretaker management of Harold Shepherdson following the departure of Stan Anderson.

It was the arduous midnight bus from the bus exchange on Newport Road getting into Victoria bus station about 6.30am. I recall to kill time we went to watch Close Encounters at Leicester Square, but worn out after the journey I slept through most of it!

As a supporter I recall a torrid few days in Robbo's promotion season when after an Andy Dibble disaster day on the Sunday at Forest it got even worse on the Wednesday night when QPR gubbed us 5-1 and Andy D'urso red carded Andy Townsend.

My refereeing experiences with QPR are limited and are both in cup ties, the first in 1974 when they visited Brunton Park to play Carlisle United in the Coca Cola Cup 2nd Round first leg. They won 1-0 though Carlisle had former Boro player, Thornaby lad David "Kid" Currie yellow carded.

I next came across them in February 1997 when they took an amazing 15,000 fans to an away game at Selhurst Park against Wimbledon in the FA Cup. They lost 2-1 that day and I managed to keep my book in my pocket.

While never reffing the Super Hoops at Loftus Road I did offi-ciate there when Fulham were their tenants in the Premier League. It's an old-fashioned ground where the supporters are very close to the pitch and it can get very intimidating. Rarely more so than on a Sunday afternoon in November 2002. I had only been there a month earlier when they beat Charlton Athletic 1-0 in a fairly nondescript game. The next time was a bit more lively, it was a live TV game against London rivals Arsenal. Fulham set about them and in front of the "home end" they had two massive penalty appeals in the opening twenty minutes. On both occasions Luis Boa Morte went down under challenges from Sol Campbell. …

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