The Best Trip to QPR – Joe Waters’ Debut

Whatever happens at Loftus Road tonight it is unlikely to top Saturday March 9th 1974…

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Young Irishman Joe Waters woke up on Sunday morning to find photographers from the national newspapers beating a path to his door. The previous day the Limerick-born twenty year old had been thrown into City’s first team for the first time as a late replacement for the injured Alan Birchenall.
Not just for any old game, but the FA Cup Quater-final against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
Joe took this opportunity by the scruff of its neck and scored both goals in a 2-0 win in front of the Match of the Day cameras and was made famous overnight.
The photographers took some unseemly photos of Joe, complete with seventies hairy chest rug, sitting up in bed tucking into a fried breakfast surrounded by the papers, with his name in every headline.

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  1. PETE HOLYOAK

    WHAT A GREAT DAY I WAS THERE, IT WAS SNOWING IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY. COULD NOT WAIT TO GET HOME AND WATCH IT AGAIN ON MATCH OF THE DAY!

  2. Stood in the Sth Africa Rd Terrace, Never seen so many Leicester banners in my life, The place was rammed with City fans. Made it back on the train to Nuneaton in time to see MOTD, I remember Sammels puting a pork pie hat on Joe’s head during the post match interview.

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