The 1977 7’’ Single: ‘Queens Park Rangers’ b/w ‘Drive Me Down to QPR’

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In 1977, Gama Records Ltd of 153 Percy Road, Shepherd’s Bush, released the 7” single: ‘Queens Park Rangers’. The press release read as follows: ‘The Loftus Road Runners Kick Off… Mention football records and the most likely reaction is a groan – not surprisingly, because since ‘Back Home’ helped us lose the World Cup in 1970, their form has been worse than England’s. But ‘Queens Park Rangers’/’Drive Me Down to QPR’ is as refreshing to hear as Rangers football is … Continue reading

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Statement: New QPR CEO Lee Hoos

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The Independent R’s wish to welcome Lee Hoos as the new chief executive officer of Queen’s Park Rangers. We are encouraged that the club has chosen a CEO with considerable experience in football. View image | gettyimages.com With the second relegation from the Premier League in three seasons now confirmed, our club stands at a pivotal time in its history. As such Mr Hoos faces a number of challenges in his new role as the club rebuilds for the future. … Continue reading

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The Comic Connection – No. 18 – Rover and Wizard – 23rd November 1968

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Published by D. C. Thomson, ‘The Wizard’ was launched as long ago as the 22nd September 1922. Then in September 1963, it merged with ‘The Rover’. This particular issue is dated 23rd November 1968 and qualifies for this series because among the footballers featured on the front cover was R’s goalkeeper, Ron Springett. Whilst inside, the stories included: ‘Braddock – Master of the Air’ – Sergeant Matt Braddock, V.C., was one of the RAF’s greatest pilots. Sergeant George Bourne, who … Continue reading

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QPR (2) – Newcastle United (1)

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Team: Green (McCarthy), Onuoha, Dunne, Caulker (Suk-Young), Hill, Phillips, Barton, Henry, Hoilett (Grego-Cox), Fer, Austin Subs Not Used: Furlong, Wright-Phillips, Comley, Doughty Attendance: 17,608 (including 1,845 away fans) The dullard’s derby duly lived down to reputation, since Newcastle neglected to accept Queen’s Park Rangers’ generous offer of a free pass for another season of lucrative mediocrity. Yet underserved survival somehow remains in their hands. They will stay up if they equal or better Hull City’s result against Manchester United when … Continue reading

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Kiyan Prince: 25th November 1990 – 18th May 2006

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On this day in 2006, Kiyan Prince tragically lost his life. Alan Barnes wrote this tribute to him at the time: ‘I personally have only watched Kiyan play for the last couple of years. Firstly, at the Acton Training Ground on Sunday mornings in the U13/U14 age group and then last season when possible, on Saturday mornings with the U16’s. With the younger group, the first thing I noticed about him was that he had a great name for a … Continue reading

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QPR Podcast Live – At the Good Ship Kilburn 26 May 2015

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The world’s most popular QPR Podcast will be holding its traditional end-of-season party in front of a live audience at a not-to-be-missed event on May 26th The podcast regulars will also be joined on stage by Lee Cook and Kevin Gallen who’ll be on hand to give their take on the season and answer questions from the audience. A not-to-be-missed event which promises to be a fun night. Doors 6pm, 730pm start. The Good Ship, 289 Kilburn High Road, NW6 … Continue reading

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David Macintyre writes… “A decade, not just four years, of papering over the cracks”

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Reproduced with permission from Dave’s blog. Follow Dave on Twitter at @davidmcintyre76. My first blog in ages. Mercifully for you, I rarely have the time. Down but probably not out I’ve never been one for doomsday scenarios when it comes to QPR. By that I mean that over the course of the 16 years I’ve covered the club, I’ve encountered people at various stages who would have you believe the end is nigh. There have been difficult times during those … Continue reading

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Manchester City v QPR – Relegated in such a Desperately Pitiful Way!

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Team: Green, Caulker, Dunne, Hill, Phillips, Henry, Barton, Suk-Young (Wright-Phillips), Fer (Kranjcar), Austin, Zamora (Hoilett) Subs Not Used: McCarthy, Furlong, Comley, Grego-Cox Attendance: 44,564 (including 810 R’s fans) It was near the end, when Shaun Wright-Phillips arrived from the substitutes’ bench, that the full sense of all that had befallen Queen’s Park Rangers was laid bare. The Manchester City fans delighted in the sight of a player who used to be a hero, yet from the small enclave of 500 … Continue reading

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VE Day – Tuesday 8th May 1945

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Today marks the 70th anniversary of ‘Victory in Europe Day’. This momentous occasion will be commemorated with events all across the UK. The following account is from the diary that Stella Freeman kept throughout the war years and was later reproduced in a booklet by members of the Shepherd’s Bush Local History Society, titled: ‘Around the Bush – The War Years’: ‘No school today as this lousy war with the Germans has ended at last. Went out with Dad and … Continue reading

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Liverpool (2) – QPR (1)

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Team: Green, Onuoha, Dunne, Caulker (Suk-Young), Hill, Phillips, Barton, Sandro, Henry (Zamora), Fer, Austin Subs Not Used: McCarthy, Wright-Phillips, Kranjcar, Hoilett, Grego-Cox Attendance: 44,707 A plane circled Anfield before kick-off carrying a banner that read: “Rodgers Out Rafa In” but it was Queen’s Park Rangers who were directed towards the exit by the end. Steven Gerrard dug Liverpool out of a hole, just for old times’ sake, with an 87th minute winner on his penultimate home appearance. One man’s fairy … Continue reading

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