Hendon v QPR U21’s – Gary McCann’s Testimonial Match

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Venue: Harrow Borough’s Earlsmead Stadium Team: Henly. Kakay, Haran, Hamalainen, Manning, Mitchell, Comley, Petrasso, Corkery, Prohouly, Grego-Cox Substitutes: Todd, Blackwood, Pattie, Butler, O’Sullivan, Shodipo, Komodikis The previous encounter between the two sides was played a few years ago at Wembley’s Vale Farm ground. The R’s lost that one I remember and Joe English informed me that Hendon were also the victors prior to that in 1974. There was no set admission charge but you were invited to make a donation … Continue reading

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Interview With Bill Williams

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SR: Bill, you grew up in Esher and had trials with Arsenal and West Ham but it was Portsmouth that you signed for in April 1958. BW: That’s correct – they were then a very big club, sprinkled with a lot of international players. SR: And whilst you were there you won eight caps for the England U18’s. BW: Yes, and the team included a number of players who went on to become household names; Martin Peters, Terry Venables, David … Continue reading

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When George Smith Coached at St. Joseph’s College

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  This rare press pic from my collection is dated 17th September 1947 and the text on the reverse side reads as follows: ‘The schoolboys of St. Joseph’s College near London, are fortunate – they pride themselves in their soccer prowess – and rightly so, for they are coached by a first-class instructor, in the form of George Smith, the Queen’s Park Rangers and England footballer.’ ‘The photo shows: George Smith seen as he demonstrates heading a football to the … Continue reading

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The Aftermath of Masonry Falling in Lancaster Road, Notting Hill in 1915

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The Portsmouth Evening News reported on 19th March 1915 that: ‘This morning a serious accident, resulting in the death of one woman and serious injury to another, occurred in Lancaster Road, North Kensington. It appears that a large portion of the coping attached to the fronts of No’s 56, 58 and 60, Lancaster-road suddenly collapsed, and fell upon a Mrs Stone who was killed, and a passer by named Miss Storey who was injured.’ The Dundee Evening Telegraph also reported … Continue reading

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The 14th Taddy & Co. QPR Cigarette Card – John MacDonald (McDonald)

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Taddy & Co. produced three sets of cards in their Prominent Footballer series. This latest one is the 14th QPR card that I have featured from the first series issued in 1907. On the reverse side of this original card it reads: ‘A ripe, full flavoured Pipe Tobacco, fine cut. In a good well-seasoned briar or a well-coloured meerschaum it will be found an admirable tobacco.’ According to the cigarette card the surname is spelt as ‘MacDonald’ whereas the player … Continue reading

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‘The QPR Advertiser’

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There have been a number of periodicals issued by the Club/Supporters Club since the 1940’s. The first one I featured in this series was ‘The Superhoop’ from the 1970’s, which was followed by the ‘Bush Ranger’ and ‘The News-Letter’ respectively. Life expectancy was usually just a few years and it’s doubtful whether ‘The QPR Advertiser’ lasted for more than a season. ‘The QPR Advertiser’ was launched on 26th August 1978 to coincide with the second home game of the season. … Continue reading

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The Billy Hamilton/Alan McDonald Sports Trophy Shop

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On a recent short holiday break in Northern Ireland, I took the opportunity to pay a visit to Billy Hamilton’s Sports Trophy shop. The premises are situated right in the heart of Bangor town centre, located at 4 Bingham Mall, Off Main Street. It’s a specialist trophy and engraving establishment, and quite impressive in my opinion. Upon arrival at the shop and after introducing myself as a QPR fan and a member of the Independent R’s, I was warmly greeted … Continue reading

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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 (www.not606.com) • Ian Gamber (Bushman) – QPR Report (www.qprreport.com) • Simon Dorset (Roller) – Not 606 (www.not606.com) • … 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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