Part 2 of the KLM/QPR Years, 1987 to 1990 – An Interview with Barry Evans

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In part one of this interview, Barry Evans the Deputy General Manager – UK and Ireland for KLM during the 1980s and 1990s, went into the details of how the Dutch national airline came to be involved in sponsoring football initially with Brentford and later with QPR before continuing to talk about his love of the club, his trips to three World Cup Finals and his views on Jim Gregory as an owner and Chairman. In this concluding part, Barry … Continue reading

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Football League Jubilee Fund – 19th August 1939: QPR v Northampton Town

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Team: Allen, McColgan, Jefferson, Lowe, Barr, March, McEwan, Mallett, Mangnall, Fitzgerald, Bonass Attendance: 5,000 At the start of the 1938/39 season Rangers had been involved in two Football League Jubilee Fund matches against Northampton Town. A year later, the R’s played them again in a one-off at Loftus Road. The Marylebone Mercury reported on the match the following week: ‘Despite hot weather Rangers and Northampton served up interesting fare in the Jubilee Fund match at Loftus Road on Saturday. Rangers … Continue reading

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The KLM/QPR Years, 1987 to 1990 – An Interview with Barry Evans

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Rangers’ club sponsors from 1987 to 1990 were the Dutch national airline KLM, in conjunction with the Netherlands Board of Tourism. It was a period where the club developed strong squads via the traditionally successful formula for Rangers from the 1960s through to the 1990s – a mixture of players developed via the youth system (Gavin Peacock, Tony Roberts etc), promising signings from the lower divisions (Paul Parker, David Seaman, Andy Sinton, David Bardsley and co.) and some carefully picked … Continue reading

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Keith Friend’s 1976 Interview with Stan Bowles for the ‘Superhoop’

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Issue No. 6 of the Supporters Club magazine: ‘The Superhoop’: included an in-depth interview with Stan Bowles at the Rangers Stadium on Thursday, 28th October 1976: KF: How did you meet Don Shanks, Stan? SB: I first met Don Shanks in the Robin Hood Restaurant in Hammersmith. I was introduced to him by Gerry Francis. That was four days after I moved down from Carlisle. KF: You did not know him before? SB: I knew him through football, but that … Continue reading

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A 1908 Taddy & Co. QPR Cigarette Card from Series 2 – Samuel Morris

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Taddy & Co. produced three sets of cards in their Prominent Footballer series: 1907, 1908 and finally 1913. The first series has already been featured and 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’. Samuel Morris was born in Handsworth on 23rd October 1886 and his first club was Aston Villa. He signed for QPR in 1908 and made his debut … Continue reading

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QPR’s 1971 Pre-Season Friendly at Enfield

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Team: Parkes, Clement, Gillard, Venables, Evans, Hazell, Morgan (I), Leach, McCulloch, Marsh, Salvage Subs: Hunt, Ferguson, McGovern On 3rd August 1971, the R’s were set to take on Leicester City at Loftus Road but the match was postponed. This led to a stronger QPR side being selected to take on Enfield. There were possibly ten changes made according to the programme line-up, which incidentally, was listed as follows: Spratley, Delve, Seary, Sibley, Watson, McGovern, Everest, Mayes, Abbott, Morgan (I), Ferguson. … Continue reading

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The Hammersmith Palace, Temple or Theatre of Varieties

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The Hammersmith Palace, Temple or Theatre of Varieties in King Street, was another example of a Music Hall evolving from a public house. According to ‘The Stage’ weekly newspaper, in 1884 Acton Phillips purchased the Town Hall Tavern, the Theatre of Varieties, which stood behind it, and also some of the adjacent land, which then evolved into the Palace of Varieties. It became a stronghold of variety and most of the top Music Hall stars appeared there. When she was … Continue reading

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The 1975 Revolutionary QPR Silk Scarf

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I met up with Clive Roberts recently and amongst the items he kindly passed on, was an unusual mid-70’s QPR silk scarf. In the 1970’s, many R’s fans used to tie their silk scarves to their wrists. This particular scarf was described in the Supporters Club section of a November 1975 home programme as the: “Revolutionary Silk Scarf” – indestructible image, team and players heads in full colour, and priced at £1.25. The scarf is doubled-sided with one side featuring … Continue reading

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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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