11th March 1972: Birmingham City (0) – QPR (0)

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Team: Parkes, Clement, Gillard, Busby, Evans, Hazell, Francis, McCulloch, O’Rourke (Leach), Ferguson, Salvage Attendance: 35,557 Ahead of Saturday’s trip to St. Andrews, I’m featuring the game played there on 11th March 1972. Tom Duckworth wrote the following comprehensive match report for a local newspaper: ‘Blues found goals hard to come by against Queen’s Park Rangers at St. Andrews. The Londoners provided spirited opposition and never allowed Blues to settle down to their usual fluent game. Blues found chances hard to … Continue reading

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Are plans for a new stadium at Old Oak Scrubbed?

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Last week QPR responded to newspaper speculation that the club would be turning its attentions away from a planned new stadium and wider complex at Old Oak. Instead it confirmed it was looking at “…a potential partnership with an athletics club such as Thames Valley Harriers to create a new community stadium” at the Linford Christie Stadium adjacent to Wormwood Scrubs. When this news broke, the response across social media felt quite muted. It was almost like a collective shrugging … Continue reading

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From February 1962: Southend United Reserves (2) – QPR Reserves (0)

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Football Combination Team: Slack, Baker, Morgan (P), Selkirk, Taylor, Angell, Barber, Cockell, Pattison, Grace, Hobbs Earlier in the season the R’s had beaten Southend 1-0 at Loftus Road. This return reserve match was played at Roots Hall on Wednesday, 7th February 1962. The Southend line-up included former Rangers player, Pat Kerrins at No.6. The following match report comes from a local newspaper: ‘That teenage goal-scoring machine, Ray Smith, fired home two of the finest goals seen at Roots Hall this … Continue reading

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QPR (3) – Birmingham City (1) – Another Night to Remember as Rangers Reach Wembley!

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Football League Cup Semi-Final (2nd Leg) Team: Springett, Hazell, Langley, Keen, Hunt, Sibley, Lazarus, Sanderson, Allen, Marsh, Morgan (R) Attendance: 24,604 Willesden & Brent Chronicle journalist Sean Kilfeather completed his article in the souvenir match programme with the following: ‘Thus we have arrived at a night which is likely to be historic for the club and will set the tongues wagging as the older supporters remember other Trojan clashes. They will remember, of course, the year Rangers were promoted 48-49 … Continue reading

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The 1904 Cartoon of QPR Club Secretary John Bowman

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Ernest Batchelor of 84, Chaplin Road, Willesden, was awarded one guinea for winning a weekly newspaper competition in 1904. The announcement was made in the Athletic News on 11th April 1904: Last week’s competition, which brought a shoal of drawings, has resulted in the prize of one guinea being awarded to: Ernest Batchelor, 84, Chaplin Road, Willesden, London, NW, for a cartoon showing Bowman, the match secretary of the Queen’s Park Rangers, leaving his nest at Kensal Rise for Park … Continue reading

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QPR (1) – Burton Albion (2) – ‘Easy to Dig Out the Players, but for me, Ollie Cost us the Game’

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Team: Smithies, Bidwell (Mackie), Onuoha, Lynch, Furlong, Hall (Washington), Wszolek, Doughty (Manning), Luongo, LuaLua, Sylla Subs Not Used: Ingram, Perch, Shodipo, Eze Attendance: 12,116 (including 212 Burton fans) Sylla’s attitude stunk on Saturday. No movement, zilch hold-up play and when he won any headers they went straight to the opposition! How can he go from being superb at Reading, to poor against Fulham and then dreadful on Saturday??? I think Ollie’s selection was wrong before kick-off and it didn’t improve … Continue reading

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Was this a Foul on Arthur Longbottom? Or was it just an Accident?

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I managed to pick up a couple of loose pages a while ago that had been extracted from a 1950’s football book, titled: ‘A Foul, Mr Howell? Or, is this just an Accident? The caption reads: ‘Should Mr Denis Howell, the referee, give a free kick against Sam Burton, the Swindon Town goalkeeper? Arthur Longbottom, the Queen’s Park Rangers’ inside-right, appeals for a foul. Judge for yourself from the picture, but we can tell you that there was no whistle … Continue reading

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QPR (1) – Fulham (1) – First Senior Goal for Ryan Manning & Alex Smithies saves another Penalty

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Team: Smithies, Bidwell, Onuoha, Lynch, Furlong, Hall (Perch), Manning, Luongo, Wszolek, Mackie (LuaLua), Sylla (Washington) Subs Not Used: Ingram, Doughty, Shodipo, Ngbakoto Attendance: 17,025 (including 2,814 away fans) Chris Martin atoned for a saved penalty to rescue a point for Fulham in their West London derby at QPR. Derby loanee Martin had been denied from the spot by a fine fingertip save by goalkeeper Alex Smithies early on before Ryan Manning put QPR ahead. Manning seized on a loose pass … Continue reading

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The 1967 Lawrence Sports Advert Featuring a QPR Team Group

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What turned into a bit of a series (honest!), so far I’ve included a 1980’s Hoover advert featuring Alan McDonald, and then there was Phil Parkes’ endorsement of Cossack Hairspray. Also Dave Thomas and Don Givens were used in a campaign by Gola in the 70’s. This latest one, which appeared in September 1967 for Lawrence Sports, featured a Rangers team group alongside Enfield FC, with the headline: ‘Winners All the Way’. Apart from the R’s, there were other notable … Continue reading

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The 1915 FA Cup 3rd Round Tie at Stamford Bridge: QPR (1) – Everton (2)

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Team: McLeod, Millington, Pullen, Broster, Mitchell, Whyman, Thompson, Birch, Miller, Simons, Donald Attendance: 33,000 The 1914/15 FA Cup campaign got underway with a 2-1 home victory over Glossop. In Round Two, Rangers defeated Leeds City 1-0, also at Park Royal, and were then handed another home tie against Everton. The game was switched to Stamford Bridge and was played on 20th February. The following report appeared in Sports Argus later that day: ‘Owing to Park Royal being required for military … Continue reading

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