The following article from January/February 1984, appeared in issue 5 of the Club newspaper, ‘Ranger’:
‘QPR Supporters Club – welcomed throughout the league as a good-natured band – were up in arms last month over what they claimed was shabby treatment from soccer organisers.
The fans, travelling by train to Sunderland, had got as far as York when purely by chance they discovered the game had been cancelled almost an hour earlier. The train had been held up briefly because of a minor mechanical fault and thus gave fans the opportunity to ask a station police officer to radio in and check that all was well at Roker Park.
The news came back that the game was cancelled at 11.45 and the local police stood down extra match day officers at 12-noon. The correct and courteous procedure once the decision was made, should have been to signal the train so that the fans could turn back to London – without further waste of time.
It seems likely however that if the supporters hadn’t discovered the bad news for themselves they would have been allowed to plough blindly on to Sunderland.
One traveller was doubly underwhelmed, having forked out twenty pounds in cab fares that morning in order to get to Kings Cross by the departure time of 9am. Angry Supporters Club member, Peter Kingham, felt so strongly he organised a petition – signed by all those on board – and will protest to the FA, the PFA and the Football League.
Terry Venables has made a call for common sense to be applied in the future and for decisions of this kind to be taken earlier. Sunderland too have joined the protest and will be making a formal complaint to the Football League over the belated actions of referee Mark Scott.
Rangers’ players told us that they were in the Roker Park dressing rooms with kit laid out and going through a pre-match briefing session when the news of the cancellation was broken to them.
The team has a special affection for its small but dedicated band of away followers and greatly appreciates the extra boost they give the side’.
According to the match programme, dated 21st January 1984, the R’s line-up was printed as follows:
Hucker, Neill, Dawes, Waddock, Wicks, Fenwick, Fillery, Stewart, Charles, Stainrod, Gregory
I think that the match was also postponed the following month but it was eventually played on the 7th March with Rangers losing 1-0.