Queens Park Rangers have had some memorable years in the Championship but the standout season for many will be when the club won the title in 2011.
Inspired by the classy Adel Taarabt, Neil Warnock’s side secured promotion with a 2-0 win at Watford in the penultimate game of the season. And, former player Jamie Mackie, who scored nine goals in 25 games in the campaign, has revealed that the team celebrated in style after the victory at Vicarage Road.
Speaking to the club’s social media, the 34-year-old revealed that Amit Bhatia joined the players and staff for the night out but the night was cut short for Mackie due to his excessive celebrations.
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“Amit took us out that night, he’s a top man and he stayed there the whole night. It was brilliant, all the staff were there, all the players. We were all getting on it having a great time.
“I passed out on his table, straight over it. I got far to giddy and was put in the back room to try and sleep it off. Paul Roberts, a member of staff, he put me in the back of a cab and I just remember waking up in the spare room the next morning. I had a terrible sore head but it was proper worth it.”
Even though the R’s could not be caught at that time, there was the threat of a points deduction hanging over the club going into the final day of the season against Leeds. However, just before kick-off it was confirmed that the club would not be docked points, although they would be fined. And, Mackie revealed that the news prompted another major celebration for those at the club after the game, which the R’s actually lost.
The versatile attacker would then go on to play a key role as the Londoners survived in the Premier League 12 months later, as he scored seven goals, with QPR’s safety only confirmed on what was a remarkable final day.