The 1961 Charity Match at Loftus Road between a Showbiz side & a Jockeys X1

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On Tuesday 21st February 1961, a Showbiz side took on a Jockeys X1 at Loftus Road in aid of charity. A match report appeared in the Acton Gazette and Post the following week: ‘Tommy Steele struggled to get his muddy boot laces tied and Dave King stretched and pushed trying to slip a rather ill-fitting football shirt over his tousled head. Three or four other notable Showbiz men charged round looking for socks, shirts, shorts and other essential items, which … Continue reading

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The Blue Plaque in Hammersmith that commemorates the planning of the D-Day Landings

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Following our latest trip to the Hammersmith archive, Bernard Lambert, Colin Woodley and I headed up the Hammersmith Road to ‘Latymers’ for some lunch. Whilst taking a photograph of the pub, Colin noticed an interesting building situated through the trees. A closer inspection revealed a blue plaque on the outside wall that commemorated the planning of the D-Day landings in 1944. Dan Hodges wrote an interesting article on the subject for the local newspaper in 2009 following the unveiling: ‘It … Continue reading

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QPR v ‘The Army’ at Highbury on 10th February 1951

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On the 10th February 1951 the R’s were involved in a Football Combination Cup tie against Arsenal at Loftus Road. Whilst at Highbury the Rangers 1st team were taking on an Army X1 in a friendly match. The programme notes explained the reason for the game: ‘As our First team were without a league game today the Board agreed to play a match against the British Army Representative side at Highbury this afternoon and we express our thanks to Arsenal … Continue reading

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From 1939: ‘Is this Rangers’ Promotion Year?

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On 19th August, ahead of the start of the 1939/40 season local newspaper the Marylebone Mercury & West London, posed the following question: ‘Is this Rangers’ Promotion Year?’ ‘Manager Ted Vizard, Queen’s Park Rangers’ most important close-season “capture” believes he has abundant talent from which to mould a promotion winning side at Loftus Road this coming season. Rangers held their first public trial on Saturday and there was evidence that Mr Vizard had spent a busy three months, along with … Continue reading

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On this Day: The QPR Promotion Parade in 2004

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On 8th May 2004, the R’s clinched promotion from Division Two with a memorable 3-1 win at Hillsborough. The BBC then reported that: ‘Thousands of QPR fans are expected to turn out for an open-top bus parade through Shepherd’s Bush and Hammersmith to mark the club’s promotion. Wednesday’s parade will start on Uxbridge Road and the buses will make their way to Hammersmith Town Hall. Rangers’ manager Ian Holloway will be among those addressing the crowd outside the Town Hall … Continue reading

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A 1908 Taddy & Co. QPR Cigarette Card from Series 2 – Percy Skilton

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A 1908 Taddy & Co. QPR Cigarette Card from Series 2 – P. G. Skilton Taddy & Co. produced three sets of cards in their Prominent Footballer series; 1907, 1908 and finally 1913. This particular card is from the second series that was issued in 1908. Once again the series included two different back designs, ‘Imperial Tobacco’ and ‘Grapnel Mixture’. Percy Skilton was born in Harrow in 1883 but little is known of him. Apparently he was a railway clerk … Continue reading

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When the Largest European Film Studios were located in Shepherd’s Bush

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The following article from 1933 was written by Ellis Coughter and appeared in the Meccano magazine. It provides a wonderful insight into British film production during that period. An extract follows: ‘One of the most interesting features of the cinematograph world since the War, has been the steady development of the British film industry. During the War the American film industry made enormous strides, both technically and commercially, whereas all British activity of this kind was at a complete standstill. … Continue reading

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QPR (1) – Bristol City (0)

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Team: Ingram, Onuoha, Hall, Hill, Kpekawa, Henry, Faurlin, Gladwin (Petrasso), Chery (Hoilett), El Khayati, Washington (Polter) Subs Not Used: Lumley, Perch, Prohouly, Grego-Cox Attendance: 16,679 (including 1,699 City fans) There were several changes for our final game of the season. Conor Washington was in from the start, playing alone upfront. Nasser El Khayati and Tjaronn Chery played just behind him, with Henry, Faurlin and Gladwin making up the rest of the midfield. Clint Hill partnered Hall at the back alongside … Continue reading

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The Indy R’s Fundraising Presentation to Stan Bowles

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My limited edition 18th Indy R‘s badge was produced in order to raise some funds towards Stan’s on-going care. It quickly sold out of course and I would like to thank everyone who purchased one (or more in some cases). Some (of around 80 people) even contributed more than the £5 asking price, which nudged the fundraising total towards £600. I recently contacted Andy Evans for his help with regards to passing on the cheque to Stan’s family. Andy informed … Continue reading

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The 19th Independent R’s Badge

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My latest badge has been selling steadily from day one. Taking into account sales and firm orders, at the time of writing, I have 26 available. The badge was limited to 100 and is based on the Swedish R’s flag. The design was sanctioned with their approval of course. They are priced at £3 each and I’m always happy to do mail order. I also have a limited number of a few of my previous badges. For further information please … Continue reading

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