ON the tenth anniversary of our Championship winning campaign of 2010/11, we have decided to break down every month of the historic season and look back on how the R’s sealed their return to the top flight.
Following on from last month’s edition, which saw Rangers clinch the league title courtesy of an unforgettable afternoon in Hertfordshire. With attentions now switching to May 2011, in unusual circumstances a return to the Premier League for the R’s was still in the balance, with off the field matters seemingly muting the West London celebrations.
Despite those memorable celebrations at Watford, R’s fans, players and staff all knew that a return to the Premier League had to be rubber stamped by an FA inquiry into the transfer of Alejandro Faurlin in 2009.
Throughout the week anyone connected to QPR was glued to numerous sports outlets, all in desperate search of that answer ‘No Points Deduction’
Shots of Gianni Paladini walking in and out of Wembley Stadium will be etched into the minds of many, as our Premier League future was in the hands of FA Executives.
However, as many Rangers fans squeezed into a packed Loftus Road ahead of what should’ve been our promotion party against Leeds United, the news which everyone destined for finally broke.
No points would be deducted and QPR could finally shout from the rooftops that they were the deserved Football League Champions.
For those still outside the ground, an all of a sudden jubilant South Africa Road signalled the news we had wanted had broken and as the voice of QPR, Paul Morrissey broke the news over the PA, a hesitant W12 quickly turned into a frenzy.
“Dare we celebrate….
“Can we celebrate….
“YES WE CAN!”
Neil Warnock and his Queens Park Rangers side had done it, they would be playing Premier League football next season.
A sea of Blue and White welcomed Rangers to the field as the R’s were clapped on by opponents Leeds United.
And things just got better for the Champions, an instant goal from Heidar Helguson saw an outpouring of emotion around W12. Tommy Smith’s effort was palmed into the direction of Helguson and the famous old ground was shacking from pillar to post.
However, the game in truth was somewhat irrelevant, with goals from Max Gradel and Ross McCormack either side of half time, ensured Leeds left the Capital with the victory, but as the full-time whistle blew the QPR party had only just begun.
As famous season drew to a close there was only one thing left for Rangers to do and that was to finally be crowned Champions.
With each player receiving their deserved guard of honour, with a Moroccan flag draped round his neck, up stepped captain Adel Taarabt for a crowning moment and as the famous Football League trophy got lifted above the play markers shoulders, that was that.
QUEENS PARK RANGERS ARE IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE, AS CHAMPIONS!!!!