QPR (5) – Rotherham United (1) – “Let’s Hope we can get a Group of Players who believe they can Win on a Regular Basis”

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Team: Smithies, Bidwell, Onuoha, Lynch, Furlong, Hall, Freeman (Morrison), Luongo (Goss), Ngbakoto, Smith (Washington), Sylla Subs Not Used: Ingram, Manning, Wszolek, Mackie Attendance: 13,383 (including 262 Rotherham fans) Rotherham moved a step closer to Championship relegation as QPR inflicted a 12th straight away defeat. The Millers are now 24 points adrift of safety – the exact number left to play for – but a goal difference of -54 has all but sealed their fate. Matt Smith lashed in after 5 … Continue reading

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24th February 1906: QPR (0) – Norwich City (0)

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Team: Kingsley, White, Newlands, Yenson, Hitch, Ryder, Thompson, Sugden, Bevan, Fletcher, Roberts Attendance: 12,000 On 17th February 1906, Rangers had drawn the derby match at Brentford 2-2 and the following week took on Norwich City at the Agricultural Showground in Park Royal. The Sporting Life reported on the game two days later: ‘There was a decidedly Rangers-cum-Luton element about the Norwich City team which visited Park Royal on Saturday, under the guardianship of Mr John Bowman, the former secretary of … Continue reading

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Weston’s Cider House – 339 Harrow Road, London W9

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My father told me a few tales about ‘Weston’s Cider House’, cheap “Lunatic Soup” cider, served by men in white coats! There was sawdust on the floor and sometimes you’d need a boat to get to the WC as most of the piss was on the floor. Not a place to bring a first date! Walshy Next door to the ‘Cider House’ there used to be the National Cash Register building/factory. My late mum’s eldest brother, Uncle Ern, was known … Continue reading

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You Raise Me Up – QPR Fans Forum 16 March 2017

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The latest instalment of the QPR fans forum gave us “The Hoos and Holloway Show”, a rib-tickling side-splitting cornucopia of family entertainment that would put Morecambe & Wise to shame. Okay, maybe not… but this was perhaps the most convincing fans forum event staged under the current set of owners. Not only are Lee Hoos and Ian Holloway strong and credible assets on top of their game, but the club is actually getting quite good at holding these events. It … Continue reading

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The Pirates (1) – QPR Supporters’ Club (2) – 29th April 1967

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Team: Paradise (?), B. Martin, G. Temple, B. Miller, P. Dale, D. McKenna, B. Steel, D. Samuels, G. Wiles, K. Davies, P. Jackson Prior to the QPR league game at Eastville on 29th April 1967, the Rangers Supporters’ Club side took on the Bristol Rovers Supporters’ Club team, known as ‘The Pirates’, at the King George V playing fields in Downend. The match kicked-off at 11am and a souvenir programme was produced, price 6d, which included the following introduction to … Continue reading

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QPR (2) – Barnsley (1) – ‘Nice One Sylla, Nice One Son, Nice One Sylla, Let’s Have Another One’

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Team: Smithies, Bidwell, Onuoha, Hall, Perch (Furlong), Freeman, Luongo, Manning, Wszolek (Washington), Ngbakoto (Morrison), Sylla Subs Not Used: Ingram, Goss, Doughty, Smith Attendance: 11,635 (including 526 Barnsley fans) Queen’s Park Rangers made it four wins in five Championship games with a clinical victory over Barnsley. QPR’s top scorer Idrissa Sylla gave the hosts the lead early on, touching in Yeni Ngbakoto’s cross. James Perch struck the crossbar, but Barnsley went close through Adam Armstrong and Marley Watkins. Barnsley’s Angus MacDonald … Continue reading

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QPR (2) – Cardiff City (1) – Rangers fight back from 1-0 down on the 50th Anniversary of Winning the League Cup

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Team: Smithies, Bidwell, Onuoha, Lynch, Perch, Hall, Luongo (Morrison), Goss (Ngbakoto), Mackie (Wszolek), Smith, Washington Subs Not Used: Ingram, Furlong, Manning, Sylla Attendance: 15,103 (including 1,852 visitors) Substitute Yeni Ngbakoto created one goal and scored another as QPR came from behind to beat Cardiff City and ruin Bluebirds manager Neil Warnock’s return to Loftus Road. Sol Bamba’s header just before the interval put the Welsh side ahead. But Rangers levelled when Ngbakoto smashed the ball in after a fine team … Continue reading

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50 Years Ago Today: ‘Roaring Rangers! – Wonder Men Wipe out Albion Goals’

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What a wonderful headline that is! The following match report was written by Reg Drury and appeared in the ‘News of the World’ the day after our historic win at Wembley in 1967: ‘Queen’s Park Rangers made a mockery of their Third Division status with a magnificent fighting comeback to win Wembley’s first League Cup final after being two goals down – both scored by their former outside-left Clive Clark. Only in the delirium that followed England’s World Cup triumph … Continue reading

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“I’m not too Small for England” – Paul Parker

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The following article appeared in a football periodical in 1987: ‘Paul Parker believes he faces a tall order to convince Bobby Robson that he fits the bill as an England centre-half. Parker, a diminutive five foot seven inches in height, has earned rave reviews for his central defensive performances since joining Queen’s Park Rangers for £250,000 from Third Division neighbours Fulham in the close season. Yet while his one-time England Under-21 partner Tony Adams has broken into the full international … Continue reading

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QPR (2) – Wigan Athletic (1) – “We got an Ugly Win but the Character has come & you can see that the Lads are Growing”

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Team: Smithies, Bidwell, Onuoha, Lynch, Furlong, Hall (LuaLua), Wszolek, Manning, Freeman, Washington (Ngbakoto), Smith (Sylla) Subs Not Used: Ingram, Perch, Luongo, Mackie Attendance: 12,101 (including 326 Wigan fans) I felt we at last have a team that will build and work as one. The fact that Conor Washington and Matt Smith are scoring puts to bed the whole issue of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and getting more time. It was as I said, then and now, the right thing to do. … Continue reading

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