South Devon R alerted me to a surprising QPR reference in a recent episode of ‘EastEnders’ on BBC One. So I then watched (part) of my first ever episode on BBC iPlayer and sure enough nine or so minutes in, Terry Alderton (who plays a cab driver) says to a stallholder in Albert Square: “Do you know, I feel about as welcome as a Chelsea fan at Loftus Road at Bianca’s at the minute”.
Actor, comedian and presenter, ESSEXURs forwarded me some further background details from Terry Alderton’s own webpage: “After leaving school I wanted to play football as I had been playing for Southend as a youth player. Although I had offers from QPR and others, I wanted to stay on at the Shrimper’s which I did.”
His reference to the R’s must of resulted in some kind of response as the following day he tweeted this explanation: ‘Ok last time, in EE I’m playing a character! I am & will always be a Southend United fan! My character is a QPR fan! Not me!