LABOUR councillor Georgia Gould was allowed a night off from election canvassing (and the colour red) yesterday for the special allowance of watching her beloved QPR beat Wigan Athletic in the Championship play-offs. A victory means her team goes to Wembley to play for a place in the Premiership. The excitement of this, however, was clearly all too much, and Georgia was among the fans who could be seen invading the Loftus Road turf at the final whistle.
Georgia, who the lie of the land suggests is unlikely to have much trouble defending her seat in Kentish Town next week, is a genuine superfan, who can still recall the time in her late teens when the club was really down on his uppers and fans were chipping in to help buy players. She asked for no birthday presents that year, asking instead for friends and family to make donations to the fund that brought Danny Shittu (…non-football fans, that’s his real name) from Charlton Athletic. Before politics got in the way, she was a home and away season ticket holder. It’s a crazy devotion, a glory supporter she is not.