A Duns man who has supported a London football club for over 50 years met one of his heroes in Sunderland last week.
Pete Hardie met up with Les Ferdinand, who recently took up the role of Director of Football at Pete’s favourite football club, Queen’s Park Rangers.
Pete and his son, Peter, were at the Stadium of Light for the QPR match against Sunderland.
And his trip was rewarded as the Hoops won the match 2-0.
Pete’s attendance was obviously the good luck charm the Londoners needed, as he was witness to his team’s first away win at the twelfth attempt from Loftus Road.
Peter spoke to Les (ex-QPR, Spurs and England) saying that QPR had a good chance to win.
He based this on the fact that he was also at the last match that Queens Park Rangers won away from Loftus Road.
“He was a great chap for speaking to you, not like some footballers who aren’t interested,” said Peter.
“I told him I might be a good luck charm after being at the team’s last win on the road, and we laughed, before he went in to watch the game.”
That last away win came in May as they clinched promotion from the Championship to the Premier League with a win against Barnsley.
And Peter was even interviewed live on Sky Sports News about his feelings on Queens Park rangers’ chances of avoiding relegation and the slip back down into the Championship.
Peter has supported QPR since the late 1950s, and his first match watching them was also against the Black Cats, as they took on Sunderland at the old Roker Park stadium in the 1960s.
He said that his hero from his time watching the London club was Stan Bowles, well known for embodying the virtues and vices of a bygone era - and quite different to ‘Sir’ Les!
Bowles was known for liking a drink, a cigarette, and a flutter on the horses.
“I had favourite teams in all the leagues,” said ex-Duns inside-right Pete, on how he came to be a fan, “and in Division 3 South there was the name QPR, and I just thought that’s the one for me.”
It also led to a family connection, as his son Peter was a mascot for QPR in the 1980s.