QPR (2) – Rochdale (1)

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EFL Cup 2nd Round Team: Ingram, Bidwell, Onuoha, Hall, Perch, Kakay (Polter), Borysiuk (Luongo), Sandro, El Khayati (Chery), Shodipo, Washington Subs Not Used: Smithies, Comley, Paul, Grego-Cox Attendance: 3,928 (including 211 Rochdale fans) We won despite Hasselbaink’s team selection, not because of it. He was forced into making an early change as El Khayati came off injured and Chery was introduced on 40 minutes. Almost immediately Sandro was on the end of a decent corner from Chery and side-footed home … Continue reading

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QPR U23 (3) – Crewe Alexandra U23 (3)

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U23 Professional Development League Team: Brzozowski, Akinola, Hamalainen, Comley, Arthur, Kpekawa, Prohouly, Manning, Darbyshire, Eze, Adams On a hot, humid and overcast afternoon, the Harlington Crew also included; Clive Kingham, ChrisPTenner, Ray Marno (who had travelled up from Eastbourne), Roger Stokes and Sammy. Brandon Comley put a good ball into the box from the left to Danny Darbyshire, which led to Axel Prohouly scuffing his shot wide. At the other end, the Railwaymen looked to open the scoring but a … Continue reading

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QPR (0) – Preston North End (2) – ‘It was Obvious from the Word Go that it wasn’t going to Work!’

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Team: Smithies, Bidwell, Onuoha, Caulker, Perch, Cousins, Henry (Washington), Luongo, Ngbakoto (Khayati), Chery, Polter Subs Not Used: Ingram, Kakay, Paul, Shodipo, Grego-Cox. Attendance: 13,307 (including 835 Preston fans) It was an unbelievable pedestrian performance that shocked me. Second best in every tackle (the second goal summed it up), no quality and reduced to pumping pointless long balls to an isolated Sebastian Polter (100% effort but ineffective) from the very start! Cousins looked like a schoolboy hiding in a men’s match. … Continue reading

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London’s Smallest Houses in 1926 were situated in Notting Hill and off the Bayswater Road

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The following article appeared in an issue of ‘Wonderful London’ magazine in 1926. ‘At No.10, Hyde Park Place, a street off the Bayswater Road near Lancaster Gate Tube Station, the quaint dwelling seen in the upper photograph is to be found. No one seems to know how it got there. Tradition says it was built specially for a dwarf. On the other hand, being so near Kensington Gardens, where – according to Sir James Barrie – strange things live, No.10 … Continue reading

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QPR U18 (2) – Bolton Wanderers U18 (2)

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U18 Professional Development League 2 Team: Brzozowski, Springer-Downes (Ribeiro), Barzey, Klass, Eales, Dupray, Goather-Braithwaite (Bettache), Folkes, Platt, Akinola, Cardoso (Martin) Sub Not Used: Harvey White (GK) This 10.30am fixture was switched to Heston because the first team was training at Harlington, ahead of the match at Cardiff the following day. Within the first minute, the ball was swung over from the left wing, which was met by Darnell Goather-Braithwaite, but his volley flew over the bar. This was followed by … Continue reading

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“I’d love Polter in a North End shirt” – PNE next at Loftus Road

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This week I spoke to Preston North End fan Stephanie Lambert to get her insight on Saturday’s game at Loftus Road. Stephanie runs the PNEFansForum Twitter and Facebook accounts, and gave me an honest assessment of her hopes for the game… Q. Former Leeds player and manager Simon Grayson has been in the hotseat at Deepdale for 3½ years, making him one of the longer-serving managers of the 92. How do you view his time at the club? How popular … Continue reading

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The Topical Times 100 Football Stars of 1930 Album (issued in 4 parts), featuring George Goddard

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In 1930, the Topical Times issued a four-booklet illustrated collection of the top 100 footballers of the day. The legendary R’s player, George Goddard, was featured on page 11 in Part 2 alongside; H. McLenahan of Manchester United, G. Reed of Leeds United and M. McGregor of Falkirk. The players were displayed on one side of the booklet and their individual pen-pictures were shown on the opposite page. ‘G. Goddard: Queen’s Park Rangers – Centre forward. Height, 5ft 9 and … Continue reading

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QPR (2) – Swindon Town (2) aet – Historic Penalty Shoot-Out Success for the R’s

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EFL Cup 1st Round Team: Ingram, Furlong, Lynch (Polter), Onuoha, Perch, Shodipo (Chery), Henry, Cousins, Ngbakoto (Kpekawa), El Khayati, Washington Subs Not Used: Smithies, Hall, Kakay, Gladwin Attendance: 5,440 (including 866 Swindon fans) Championship QPR beat League One side Swindon Town 4-2 on penalties to avoid a shock EFL Cup first-round exit. After 120 minutes, R’s keeper Matt Ingram saved Anton Rodgers and Bradley Barry’s penalties to allow Nasser El Khayati to hit the winning spot-kick. Earlier, QPR debutant Yeni … Continue reading

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QPR (3) – Leeds United (0) – An Impressive Start for the R’s

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Team: Smithies, Bidwell, Hall, Caulker, Onuoha, Gladwin (Cousins), Luongo, Henry, Shodipo (Khayati), Chery (Perch), Polter Subs Not Used: Ingram, Lynch, Kpekawa, Washington Attendance: 16,764 (including 3,213 Leeds fans) A good way to start the season, plenty to enjoy and be optimistic about, albeit, against a Leeds side that were poor and hardly threatened. Gladwin didn’t impress and I was surprised that JFH let him start the second-half, seemed to be a red card waiting to happen! A few around me … Continue reading

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QPR (2) – Watford (0) – Seb Polter was Magnificent & Conor Washington gets off the Mark

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Team: Smithies, Bidwell (Petrasso), Hall (Lynch), Caulker, Onuoha, Cousins (Henry), Gladwin (Perch), Luongo, Chery, Shodipo (El Khayati), Polter (Washington) Subs Not Used: Ingram, Kpekawa, Doughty Attendance: 4,926 (including 1,310 away fans) Polter was superb, (Bill Elkins said that I could see something in him!). Perhaps the thought that we are looking at other options upfront is spurring him on? He was out on his feet when he was subbed. By solely due to the fact that he had done 90 … Continue reading

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