Meeting with Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey, Loftus Road 11 June 2015

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Ian Taylor from the QPR media department facilitated a meeting between the Fans Sites and Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey on June 11th in the W12 Suite at Loftus Road In attendance • Ian Taylor (Head of Media & Communications) • Paul Morrissey (Press Manager) • Les Ferdinand (Director of Football) • Chris Ramsey (Head Coach) • Richard Hennessy – Not 606 ( • Ian Gamber (Bushman) – QPR Report ( • Simon Dorset (Roller) – Not 606 ( • … Continue reading

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QPR New Kit Launch – Overview & Thoughts

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Some familiar old faces & a couple of familiar looking shirts appeared up at Google UK HQ on Tuesday 30 June. There was definitely a feel of ‘our’ QPR coming back but, much like the blue panel on the back of the new home shirt which has since sparked debate on social media, there may be a few other things on the horizon not to our taste before the club’s fortunes take a turn for the better. First of all, … Continue reading

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Spurs Discard Venables gets a new Lease of Life (at QPR)

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The following article was written by Ray Bradley and appeared in ‘Goal’ magazine in 1969: ‘On top of the world again, that’s Terry Venables, the Tottenham discard, now the driving force behind Second Division pace-setters Queen’s Park Rangers. Rangers and Venables have much in common. Both endured agony and frustration last season in the First Division, now the pressure is off and both have taken on a new lease of life after what may only prove a temporary drop in … Continue reading

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Gerry Francis: Young Rugby Ace becomes England Soccer Star

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The following article was written by Gerry Francis and appeared sometime in the mid-1970’s: I suppose I’m unusual in the way I started off on the wrong foot because I nearly became a rugby star. It happened like this: ‘I played soccer at junior school in Chiswick in West London. Then I went to a secondary school, which had only rugby as an organised sport. I had to play it – and I can’t have been all that bad because … Continue reading

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The Tribute to Rik Mayall’s ‘Bottom’ in Hammersmith Broadway

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The following article was written last June by Alix Culbertson and appeared in the local newspaper: ‘Hammersmith and Fulham Council said it is interested in honouring a petition by Rik Mayall fans asking for a bench to be placed in Hammersmith in memory of the TV comic. The online petition, signed by nearly 2,500 people as we go to press, says a “permanent memorial bench for the late and great Rik Mayall should be placed as close to the location … Continue reading

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In Memory of Alan McDonald who passed away three years ago today

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Macca sadly passed away three years ago today and to commemorate him I’ve reproduced another one of Big Dave Evett’s personal memories: ‘A friend of mine asked me if I would get him two tickets for the Manchester United game. The only thing was that my request was in the same week as the match, which was all sold out. My mate’s wife was a fan but had never been to a match. Heather was in her late 40’s and … Continue reading

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The Trials and Tribulations of a QPR Scout

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The following snippet comes from an article titled, ‘Keeping a Sharp Look-Out’, by “Ranger”, which appeared in a 1950 home programme: ‘The trials and tribulations of a scout are often not appreciated by the average supporter who is inclined to think in terms of the talent the scout produces. It is very rarely that a “tip” is not followed up however little known the source because you never can be sure whether or not you’re passing over a future international, … Continue reading

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Remembering Leslie Locke

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Leslie Locke was a Queen’s Park Rangers footballer of the 50’s that perhaps has slipped below the memory radar of a lot of older R’s supporters. Born in Perth, Scotland, in 1934, he joined QPR as an amateur in 1956, turning pro in 1958 and scored 29 goals in 82 games during his spell at Loftus Rad. He mostly played in the inside-left position (wearing the symbolic R’s No.10 shirt) but on occasions turned out at outside-left or centre-forward. The … Continue reading

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The 13th Taddy & Co. QPR Cigarette Card – William Yenson

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Taddy & Co. produced three sets of cards in their Prominent Footballer series. This latest one is the 13th 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 and fragrance of the better class Virginia Tobaccos with the rich flavour of Latakia. Rather a full-flavoured, but an eminently pleasant mixture.’ I previously featured William Yenson in this series … Continue reading

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‘I Came 4,000 Miles to Score the Greatest Goal of My Life’ – Tesi Balogun

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The following article appeared in ‘Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly’ in April 1957: ‘It’s a long way from Lagos, Nigeria, to Shepherd’s Bush, London – approximately 4,080 miles – but I’m more than glad I made the journey. Not that my route was direct. Before I was given my big chance with Queen’s Park Rangers, I played first for Peterborough, and then Skegness. But first I want to tell you of my early football life back home in Nigeria. I was … Continue reading

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