When news broke in 1987 of the proposed merger with Fulham, R’s fans quickly organised themselves. A number of meetings took place upstairs at McQueens (now the Springbok) and prior to the home game on 28th February against Manchester City plans were made to invade the pitch later that day. It was also decided to distribute campaign leaflets in the vicinity ahead of the game.
Parked across the road from the pub was a Council truck and shown in the pic below are, from left to right: Joe Hylton, myself, Tim Upton, Trevor Kingham and Dave Thomas.
Hopping off the back of the truck to hand out leaflets, we made our way through the Bush to Hammersmith and then eventually to Craven Cottage. When we arrived outside Fulham’s ground I have to say that there wasn’t exactly a sense of solidarity with their fans!
We headed back to the Bush and by this time many fans were arriving for the match. The next stage of the campaign was to stop the game kicking off !
(My thanks to Joe English for lending me the above pic)