Les Ferdinand on his Role at the Club, Harry Redknapp, Richard Langley…

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The following wide-ranging interview with Les Ferdinand was conducted by Steve Stammers and appeared in the Mirror recently: Les Ferdinand pauses, takes a sip of coffee and then offers the name of the Queen’s Park Rangers player who has proved to be irreplaceable. “Richard Langley,” said the man whose task now is to re-shape Rangers back into the kind of club where he made his name – along with the likes of Gerry Francis, Dave Clement, Ian Gillard and the … Continue reading

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QPR v Everton – The Performance is Irrelevant Compared to the Result

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Team: Green, Isla, Onuoha, Caulker, Suk-Young, Phillips, Barton, Sandro (Henry), Hoilett (Vargas), Zamora (Taarabt), Austin Subs Not Used: McCarthy, Hill, Ferdinand, Kranjcar Attendance: 17,706 (including 1,809 Everton fans) If not now for Queen’s Park Rangers, then when? This ought to have been the perfect opportunity for Rangers to turn their season around, to spark their push for Premier League survival, even now in late March, with just eight games left after the international break. Rangers welcomed an Everton side who … Continue reading

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QPR U18 (3) – Swansea City U18 (2)

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Concorde Club, Cranford U18 Professional Development League 2 Team: Hudnott, Springer-Downes, Williams (J), Hamalainen, Garnett, Arthur, Komodikis, Donnellan, Alfa, Bowler, Shodipo. Paul Furlong’s side had gone down 4-2 at Ipswich the previous Saturday and as for the latest opponents, Swansea had run out 7-2 winners in November. The match kicked off shortly after 11.30am as the Saturday Morning Crew faced a strong, biting wind. Within eight minutes, the R’s took the lead following Leo Donnellan’s in-swinging corner. The Swans keeper … Continue reading

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The Queen’s Head, 13 Brook Green, London W6

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Following some research at Hammersmith Library recently, Bernard, Colin and I headed round the corner for the short walk to ‘The Queen’s Head’. And who should be leaving as we headed to the bar, but Terry Venables, who we were told, used to live locally. I proceeded to order a steak sandwich and a pint of Fullers Front Row, described by the brewery as: ‘a balanced, refreshing Ale’ and I certainly wouldn’t disagree with that. This popular Fullers pub was … Continue reading

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Born on this Day in 1940 – Mike Keen

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QPR stalwart Mike Keen was born in High Wycombe on this day in 1940. He made his 1st team debut, aged 19, against York City and went on to make over 400 appearances for the R’s. Titled ‘Ten Years Later’, Sean Kilfeather paid tribute to him in 1968 in the March/April edition of the supporters’ magazine ‘Rangers Roar’: Mike Keen has been at Loftus Road for so long now that people have been known to mistake him for one of … Continue reading

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Charlie Ferris – White City Legend

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As a child growing up on the White City Estate in the 1960’s, life had a familiar rhythm: football matches on the back lawns against neighbouring blocks on Sundays, which would last all day long and were played in deadly earnest, with kids taking turns to go up and have their dinner before re-joining the battle with the enemy; occasional trips to ‘the pictures’ – Shepherds Bush Odeon and the adjoining ‘Bughole’ (we never called it ‘The Essoldo’) – with … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace v QPR – ‘Teams threatened with Relegation are supposed to give every last drop of sweat. QPR barely gave their first’

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Team: Green, Furlong (Hill), Onuoha, Caulker, Suk Young, Wright-Phillips (Grego-Cox), Henry, Sandro (Kranjcar), Phillips, Taarabt, Austin Subs Not Used: McCarthy, Hoilett, Vargas, Zamora Attendance: 24,886 (including 2,650 R’s fans) Are Queen’s Park Rangers doomed? Ask their fans. “We’re going down,” they sang as they slid to defeat here, and amid the gallows humour there was a real dismay there too. Teams threatened with relegation are supposed to give every last drop of sweat. QPR barely gave their first. Crystal Palace … Continue reading

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The 11th Taddy & Co. QPR Cigarette Card – Samuel Downing

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Taddy & Co. produced three sets of cards in their Prominent Footballer series. This latest one is the 11th QPR card that I have featured from the first series issued in 1907. On the reverse side of this original card it reads: ‘A delightfully cool Pipe Tobacco, combining the sweetness & fragrance of the better class Virginia Tobaccos with the rich flavour of Latakia. Rather a full-flavoured but an eminently pleasant mixture.’ Samuel Downing was born in Willesden on 19th … Continue reading

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Opposition Q&A: Crystal Palace – ” I won’t be counting any chickens until the fat lady sings at the end of the day”

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This week we spoke to comedian and Palace Fan Kevin Day (@kevinhunterday) for his thoughts about the crunch clash at Selhurst Park this Saturday… Q. Crystal Palace are currently lying twelfth in the Premier League table. Are you pinching yourself? Do you think Palace can make it any higher in the final ten games of the season? A. No, we’ll settle for 12th. Let’s be honest, we’ll settle for 17th. Our late burst last season left us higher up the … Continue reading

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QPR (1) – Tottenham Hotspur (2)

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Team: Green, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Caulker, Suk-Young, Isla (Hoilett), Henry (Grego-Cox), Sandro (Wright-Phillips), Phillips, Zamora, Austin Subs Not Used: McCarthy, Hill, Comley, Kranjcar, Attendance: 17,992 (including 1,744 away fans) At the end of the match Mauricio Pochettino took out his phone and photographed the celebrating away fans. Every picture tells a story and the Tottenham manager spoke of his club’s joy at staying in contention for Champion’s League qualification. He might want to put that shot in an album alongside a … Continue reading

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