Keith Friend’s 1975 Interview with Dave Thomas for the ‘Superhoop’

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Issue No.2 of the Supporters Club magazine, ‘The Superhoop’ included an in-depth interview with the legendary Dave Thomas. Editor Keith Friend conducted his interview at the Rangers Training ground on Thursday, 23rd October 1975: KF: Right Dave, tell us a little bit about yourself and your family. DT: Well, my wife’s name is Brenda and I have a little daughter, called Helen who is 15 months old. We have no pets and I drive a Lancia car. KF: I see … Continue reading

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From 1904 – Park Royal from a Football Aspect (Its Possibilities as regards the Future)

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The following fascinating article was written by J.V.A. Kelly and appeared in the Great Western Railway magazine in 1904: ‘Park Royal sprang into prominence like a streak of lightning as the permanent head-quarters of the Royal Agricultural Society and with equal suddenness it seemed likely to disappear from notoriety when in June last that society’s annual show for a second time proved a financial failure. At that time, however, the directors of the Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club were at … Continue reading

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David McCallan – My Perfect Cousin

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David McCallan is one of the most prolific goal scorers in Irish League history, he is also my cousin. During a career spanning the 1980’s and 90’s, David’s goals clinched several important trophies for the many teams he has served with great distinction. He also has a special place in the history of Bangor FC where, in several spells as a player, he is the club’s all-time record goal scorer. I can remember many Saturday afternoons watching the local sports … Continue reading

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Memories of QPR winning the Championship Play-Off Final: Part Three – Belgrade to Wembley

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For Easter holiday, Rangers played away in Leicester and at home to Watford. Injury to Charlie Austin and run of bad results took Rangers out of automatic promotion spots, so these two games were just some kind of warm-up for play-offs. I went to Leicester alone, by train. Due to rail maintenance, I travelled only to Bedford and after that by bus to Leicester. Over four hours in one way and then four hours back. Due to early kick-off, I … Continue reading

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A New Era of Luxury for the Fans as QPR Move into London’s White City

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In November 1962, QPR manager Alec Stock was the guest writer in Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly: ‘Now it has happened and we are on our way. Right now I should say that the switch from Loftus Road to the fabulous White City Stadium for the rest of the season’s games is just about the most interesting happening in football this season. I could start by citing our brochure which details the covered accommodation, the bars and restaurants and the spacious … Continue reading

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The 1979 QPR Open Day at the West London Sports Stadium, Du Cane Road, W12

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The 1979 Open Day was held at the West London Sports Stadium, Du Cane Road, W12 and admission was by programme (50p). The Secretary of the Supporters Club, Daphne Biggs, welcomed Rangers fans to this summer event: ‘This afternoon you will be able to meet the players, watch them train, ask for their autographs, even take their photographs. There will be sideshows, stalls and other attractions. I would like to thank all concerned with the six-a-side football competition and all … Continue reading

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Introduction and Part One of – “Let’s have Dinner” by Irish Jack

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Just over eight years ago on Monday 22nd May 2006, I sat down in front of a camera on the floor of the Goldhawk Social Club, to an inch of the very spot I had sweated through my Mod clothes high on energy tablets and danced ‘The Dog’ to the Who’s rendition of ‘Heatwave’. Behind the camera and asking the questions was my inquisitor James D. Cooper, director of the recently released and widely acclaimed film documentary ‘Lambert & Stamp’. … Continue reading

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The Formation of Queen’s Park Old Boys by ‘Old Johnny’ Wrightson and his naming of the “Rangers”

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Gordon Macey and Peter Lupson are among those that have uncovered fascinating information on the origins of our club; Christ Church Rangers, Droop Street School, St Jude’s Institute and also the likes of the Rev. Sidney Bott and the Rev. Charles Gordon Young. Whilst re-reading through my 1973/74 home programmes recently another name jumped out at me from one of the ‘Ranger To Ranger’ letters page. Former Droop Street School pupil, C. J. Young of North Wembley, wrote the following … Continue reading

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Veberods AIF v QPR – 31st July 1982

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Rangers embarked on a Swedish tour in the summer of 1982 which commenced with a match against IS Halmia on 25th July. The R’s won the game 3-2 with goals from Simon Stainrod, Terry Fenwick and Steve Wicks. Two days later the opponents were Myresjo IF, Clive Allen scored the only goal of the game. The R’s were then defeated 0-1 by Kalmar FF the following day. Three days later, QPR ran out 5-0 winners against Veberods AIf with two … Continue reading

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The Comic Connection – No. 14 – Scorcher and Score – 26th January 1974

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I have featured Scorcher and Score before and this edition dates back to 26th January 1974. The R’s were featured on the front cover and for the uninitiated all readers had to do was solve some of the clues and.…SPOT THE TEAM! As for some of the contents inside, ‘The Boy in the Velvet Mask’ is first up – Alan Hemmings, son of an ex-England goalkeeper who had been paralysed after an accident on the field, had been forbidden by … Continue reading

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