Why I hope the Hoops can repeat my QPR side's Old Trafford win from '92

After so many years playing then managing at Loftus Road I've got a soft spot for Queen's Park Rangers and I really hope Mark Hughes can keep them up.

When they run out at Manchester United today I won't be able to help myself from turning the clock back 20 years to the famous day when Dennis Bailey's hat-trick gave Rangers a 4-1 win at Old Trafford.

It was New Year's Day in 1992 and I still wonder now if it was real or if I dreamt it all. It was the first time I'd ever played there, and I think we were 2-0 up before I'd even touched the ball.

On the night Dennis was almost unplayable, everything he tried came off. It was a surreal evening, we shocked the crowd - but the thing I'll never forget is that we got a round of applause from the United fans as we went off because we played so well.

Mark will be hoping that Adel Taarabt can have the same sort of afternoon today. His first goal last week was long overdue because he is a very talented boy, but it takes a while to find your feet in the Premier League.

It isn't easy for somebody like him who relies so much on his talent and unpredictability. Sometimes that type of talent can blow very hot or very cold - I don't think anyone knows what he's going to do, and I'm not sure sometimes that he does either.

But I fear QPR will find a very different United team these days. I watched them win at Blackburn on Monday and if you are interested in the psychology of sport, then they were an object lesson in the collective focus of a team to all keep doing their jobs to achieve an objective.


As a boy in Bristol I grew up seeing football through blue and white quarters, and when I was lucky enough to manage my club Rovers I was still so anti-Bristol City that I tried to have the fire extinguishers at the training ground painted blue instead of red.

So maybe it is because I've lived away from my home for ten years now, and can see it with a bit of perspective - but I actually find myself wishing the two clubs could share one purpose built stadium: Anything that would drag Bristol's sport into the 21st Century.

The latest project to build a new ground has been put back because a judge sees some sympathy with people who think the proposed site should be designated a village green. Crikey, when I have seen pictures, it is covered in brambles and rubbish.

My Blackpool team played at Ashton Gate recently and with all respects the place looks tired. Meanwhile at Rovers there have been different projects as long as I can remember, and the planners have always seemed to have got in the way.

I feel so sad for Bristol City's owner Stephen Lansdown who has been trying to build the facility that such a big and vibrant centre deserves.

Over the Severn Bridge they've built two magnificent stadiums, with Cardiff City's ground just down the road from the Millenium. Meanwhile Bristol has stood still, and I just wish somebody could knock everybody's heads together and get the place moving.

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