From 1973: QPR (2) – Birmingham City (2) – ‘Rangers Ace Blows up after Goal Taunt’

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Team: Parkes, Clement, Hazell, Venables, Mancini, McLintock, Thomas, Francis, Leach (Abbott), Bowles, Givens Attendance: 18,701 The following newspaper report was written by Terry McNeill: ‘Stan Bowles, controversial Rangers star, was involved in a brawl with Birmingham’s Tony Want in the tunnel at the finish of this messy four-goal match. Bowles was then dragged away to the dressing room by team mate Dave Clement before any more damage was done to the former Spurs back. Bowles’s rage ended a row between … Continue reading

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QPR (1) – Sunderland (2)

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EFL Cup 3rd Round Team: Ingram, Kakay, Lynch, Caulker, Hamalainen, Cousins (Chery), Sandro, Wszolek, El Khayati, Washington (Luongo), Sylla (Polter) Subs Not Used: Smithies, Onuoha, Paul, Borysiuk Attendance: 14,301 (including 2,214 away fans) Watching fairly high up in R Block, I had a good view of all the goalmouth action (our goalmouth!) in the first-half; that Sunderland didn’t score goes a long way to explaining why they’re doing so badly in the Premier. Second-half I thought we played much better, … Continue reading

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QPR U23 (1) – Sheffield United U23 (4)

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U23 Professional Development League Team: Lumley, Barzey, Williams, Manning (Bowler), Arthur, Frost (Fox), Prohouly (Alfa), Folkes, Adams, Eze, Darbyshire Sub Not Used: Dieng The first chance of the afternoon fell to the visitors inside 5 minutes when Caolan Lavery spun in the box and forced Joe Lumley down to smother the ball. The R’s custodian then stood his ground and clutched the ball following a corner, despite the attempt to knock him off balance. A. J. Folkes’ superb pass found … Continue reading

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Huddersfield Town (2) – QPR (1) – Rangers are Second Best

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Team: Smithies, Onuoha, Caulker, Hall, Bidwell, Henry (Borysiuk), Luongo, Cousins, Chery, Shodipo (Sylla), Washington (Polter) Subs Not Used: Ingram, Lynch, Wszolek, El Khayati Attendance: 20,595 (including 732 R’s fans) Do not let the close score line fool you. For well over the first three quarters of this encounter we were virtually hardly ever in the match. Punch-less, sterile, blunt, you name it! In the opening 45 minutes the highlight of our feeble forays was a half-baked shot and there was … Continue reading

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QPR (0) – Newcastle United (6) – A Record Home League Defeat for the R’s!

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Team: Smithies, Onuoha, Caulker (Lynch), Hall, Bidwell, Perch (Wszolek), Cousins, Henry, Ngbakoto (Sylla), Chery, Washington Subs Not Used: Ingram, Borysiuk, El Khayati, Shodipo Attendance: 17,404 (including 3,005 Newcastle fans) Jonjo Shelvey scored twice as second-placed Newcastle pummelled QPR to earn a fifth consecutive Championship win. Shelvey’s deflected shot rewarded early Magpies dominance and, with the tone set, Ayoze Perez made it 2-0 with a low strike at the second attempt. A brilliant third goal arrived courtesy of Shelvey’s stunning 25-yard … Continue reading

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Bolton Wanderers U23 (6) – QPR U23 (1)

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U23 Professional Development League Team: Dieng, Campbell-Young, Barzey, Paul, Hamalainen, Arthur, Darbyshire, Akinola, Adams, Eze, Alfa Subs: Springer-Downes, Voss, Klass, Bowler, Folkes Perhaps the 1-6 score-line was slightly harsh, but nevertheless we were well and truly turned over by a group of Bolton U23 players, some of which held first team experience. Tim Seny Dieng made a very good save on 6 minutes after the ball had been shot across the goal area. Three minutes later, Alex Perry fired the … Continue reading

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QPR Ladies (2) – Norwich City Ladies (3)

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FA Women’s Premier League Cup 1st Round Team: Caldwell, Lopes. Hennessey, Thompson, Hester, Searle (Smith), Critchley, Anu, Godden, Peck, Engels Upon arrival, Ron Hill informed us that, unfortunately, no match programme had been issued. We realised that Lauren Peck wasn’t going to make the starting line-up as she was limping in the pre-match warm-up. Also, there was no sign or news of Elly Maggs? There was a minute’s applause before kick-off in memory of Zoe Tynan, the 19-year-old Fylde Ladies … Continue reading

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QPR (1) – Blackburn Rovers (1) – “I thought the Performance was Really Good” – Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

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Team: Smithies, Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Bidwell, Cousins, Henry, Shodipo, Chery, El Khayati (Sylla), Polter (Washington) Subs Not Used: Ingram, Caulker, Kakay, Paul, Borysiuk Attendance: 13,210 (including 598 Rovers fans) Sam Gallagher’s header earned Blackburn just their second Championship point of the season as they salvaged a draw against Queen’s Park Rangers. Tjaronn Chery’s sublime 25-yard free kick had given the hosts the lead just past the hour mark at Loftus Road. But Gallagher met Corry Evans’ cross and sent the … Continue reading

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‘They said I was too Small’ – Ron Springett’s Tough Climb to the Top

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Former Rangers and England goalkeeper, Ron Springett, sadly passed away one year ago today, aged 80 years old. The following article appeared in a football periodical in 1965: ‘The last England cap I won was against Switzerland, at Basle, in 1963. We beat the Swiss 8-1. It was the last match of a very successful England tour, with the Czechs and the East Germans as our previous victims. That one against the Swiss was my 30th cap – a record … Continue reading

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In Memory of John O’Rourke: 1945 – 2016

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It was very sad to hear the recent news that the one-time QPR FC forward of the early 1970’s, John O’Rourke had passed away at the age of 71. John O’Rourke throughout his career at his clubs including; Luton, Middlesbrough, Ipswich, Coventry and QPR, was a high ratio goal scorer. His finishing was sharp and he was the archetype 1960’s/1970’s ‘Johnny on the spot’. Rangers signed John from Coventry City in October 1971 for a fee of £60,000 and he … Continue reading

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