SATURDAY was a special day at Loftus Road, and not just because the R’s recorded a derby day victory over Brentford.
It was also the day when QPR fans Nils Guy and John Wild finally got to meet – 49 years after they first made contact with each other.
In 1969, Guy was called up for military service after moving to the States and sent to Vietnam. He placed an article in the club’s matchday programme asking if anyone could keep him up-to-date with how his beloved R’s were getting on while he was on active service.
John Wild, aged 11, answered his call, sending programmes to the frontline for the 22-year-old soldier.
After the war ended, Guy remained in America and the pair lost contact, never getting to meet.
While they recently rediscovered each other online, the pair had never had the opportunity to catch up.
QPR chairman Amit Bhatia heard about their story and flew Nils over to London to attend our fixture against the Bees as his guest, along with John and his wife Sharon.
It led to an emotional meeting and a special day together for two special QPR supporters.