Everyone has their own special place.Whether it’s a famous beauty spot or a panoramic view from the top of a Welsh mountain.
For Chris Brunt it must surely be west London, not far from Shepherds Bush and within free-kick range of the BBC’s soon-to-be-demolished home.
Brunt, whether he likes it or not, will always have a special bond with the place.
And yet the only blue and white he’s worn have been the stripes of West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield Wednesday – never Queens Park Rangers.
The Baggies winger has scored on each of his last three visits to the stadium – twice for Albion, once with the Owls.
He is looking forward to returning to a stadium where, three-and-a-half-years ago, he scored one of the goals in a 2-0 win which earned Albion their first title (the Championship) for 88 years.
“I’ve been there twice with West Brom and the results were very different,” said Brunt, who scored in a 3-1 defeat two seasons ago and a 1-1 draw for Sheffield five terms ago.
“I managed to get on the scoresheet both times, which is pleasing. I also scored there the time before that with Wednesday.
“I’ve got a couple of grounds like that in my career – I’ve scored a few goals at Coventry as well. It’s always nice to score but the result is the main thing.
“They’ve started the season well after adding a lot of new faces in the summer. We know it’s not going to be easy.
“It’s always a difficult place to go being a tight ground and the atmosphere is always pretty hot. It will be a tough game but one we’re equipped to deal with.”
Taking on a newly-promoted club will be a tough ask for the Baggies.
This Saturday’s game is followed by a home game against Wigan and a trip to Blackburn.
The onus, and pressure, will be on Roy Hodgson’s men to take points.
Brunt accepts this.
“We saw last season how well teams coming up from the Championship can do,” added the Northern Ireland internatonal.
“You come up and play without fear and just get on with it. That seems to be the way to go.
“We did it last season, as did Newcastle and Blackpool – and two of the three promoted teams stayed up.
“There is no reason the same thing won’t happen again. An important part for us against Spurs is that we continued our performance from the Bolton win, so we can take some confidence from that.
“Loftus Road is never an easy place to go to.
“But we’re playing well so we need to go there and keep doing the things we’ve done in the last two games – and hopefully it will click for us again. We’ve got a few games coming up now where we can get a few points.
“But I’m sure all the other teams we’re playing will be saying the same thing.
“It’s also going to be a difficult spell, around Christmas always is.
“Last season showed that when we were very poor and didn’t pick up any points.
“It’s important this year we do, otherwise we’ll go into the New Year looking over our shoulders, rather than looking upwards,” he said.