Opposition Q&A – Aston Villa

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This week I spoke with Aston Villa fan and writer Crippy Cooke (@Crippy4Villa) to get his thoughts ahead of our Monday night clash at Loftus Road…   How pleased are you with Villa’s decent start this term? I was happy prior to our meeting against Arsenal, but playing against opposition boasting significant possession has sent us crashing back down to earth. Nevertheless, I still consider our start to be impressive, considering how difficult the fixture list has been. We’ve been … Continue reading

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QPR v Liverpool

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Team: McCarthy, Onuoha (Phillips), Dunne, Caulker, Suk-Young, Isla, Henry, Sandro (Traore), Fer, Zamora (Vargas), Austin. Subs Not Used: Murphy, Ferdinand, Kranjcar, Hoilett. Attendance: 18,069 The players showed fight, passion and commitment…… what a shame it wasn’t evident from day one! The writing was on the wall when we never took our chances in the first-half, having had the vast majority of possession…crucial. Against a side who were relatively potent upfront, the risk of counter-attack was always there. Some great performances, … Continue reading

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Keith Friend’s 1976 Interview with Dave Clement for the ‘Superhoop’

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Issue No.4 of the Supporters Club magazine: ‘The Superhoop’, included extracts of an interview with Dave Clement. Keith Friend recorded the interview on Friday 26th March 1976: KF: How did your career begin Dave? DC: Well, I was still at Battersea County School at the time, and I was playing for Surrey Schoolboys, when Derek Healy, the Rangers Chief Scout, spotted me and invited me along for trials. He was impressed with me at the trials and I signed for … Continue reading

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QPR U18 (0) – Crewe Alexandra U18 (3)

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U18 Professional Development League 2 Team: Hudnott, Springer-Downes, Hamalainen, Butler, Garnett, Matthews, Komodikis, Donnellan, Mitford, Corkery, Shodipo. Subs: Herdman, Williams, Crichlow, Darbyshire, Adams. As we awaited the kick-off, Alan Barnes pointed out to us that Paul Furlong had in fact used six goalkeepers already this season. The match got underway slightly later than the scheduled 12 o’clock kick-off and within a minute or so the visitors missed a very good opportunity from close range. The R’s were living dangerously as … Continue reading

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Match Preview Q&A With ‘The Liverpool Way’ Fanzine

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This week I spoke to Liverpool fan Dave Usher from The Liverpool Way fanzine and website (www.liverpoolway.co.uk) to answer a few questions ahead of Sunday’s match… – The Reds have had a number of high-profile players moving in and out of Anfield over the summer. How do you rate Liverpool’s business in the transfer market? Hit and miss so far. Alberto Moreno and Adam Lallana have definitely added something, Dejan Lovren and Mario Balotelli haven’t had the greatest of starts, … Continue reading

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Major Access Problems to the Lower Loft

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It would appear that at some point between May 2013 (the end of the 2012/13 Season and August 2014, the start of the 2014/15 Season), the Club changed their Season Ticket terms and conditions, making it compulsory for any adult Season Ticket holder in the Lower Loft to enter with either an under-8, an under-16 or an under-21. It would also appear that no consultation with the fans was undertaken before being implemented and that also many R’s fans were … Continue reading

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QPR’s final Southern League Match, 1920

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Team: Merrick, Blackman, Watts, Cain, Mitchell, Baldock, Pidgeon, Birch, Smith (J.W.), Gregory, Donald. Attendance: 12,000 QPR played their final Southern League match on 30th April 1920. John (Jack) Gregory scored the only goal of the game in the 1-0 win over Norwich City. The following match report appeared in the West London Observer on 7th May: ‘Queen’s Park Rangers completed their Southern League programme in fitting fashion on Saturday, at Loftus Road, Shepherd’s Bush, by a victory over Norwich City … Continue reading

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QPR Welcome back (Sir) Les Ferdinand as Head of Football Operations

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Speculation was fuelled around ten days ago when Greg Adams of the Star questioned Les Ferdinand about a possible return as head of the QPR Academy. Les was quoted as saying: “The club is in my blood and will always have a special place in my heart. If there’s an opportunity to go back at some stage then I’m sure I would.” And then last Sunday Les was at Upton Park seated next to Tony Fernandes and his return to … Continue reading

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West Ham United v QPR – “It wasn’t great”, said Redknapp Afterwards

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Team: Green, Onuoha, Caulker, Ferdinand, Traore, Hoilett (Zamora), Henry, Fer, Sandro (Taarabt), Kranjcar (Mutch), Austin. Subs Not Used: McCarthy, Isla, Dunne, Vargas. Attendance: 34,907 Harry Redknapp’s autumnal trip down memory lane has proved a dead-end street for his Queen’s Park Rangers side. With defeats already suffered at his old haunts of Southampton and Tottenham, West Ham United completed the hat-trick thanks to Nedum Onuoha’s early own-goal and Diafra Sakho’s second-half header. “It wasn’t great,” said Redknapp afterwards. That was an … Continue reading

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West Ham Vs QPR: Preview Q & A

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We were asked by Sean Whetstone of WestHamTillIDie.com to answer some questions ahead of Sunday’s clash… What do Hoops fans make of former Hammer Harry Redknapp as your manager? Does his past bother you? Can he keep you up this season? I’m not sure if the Rangers support has ever truly warmed to Harry. He did a terrific job clearing out and pulling together a poisonous dressing room after our last relegation. Yet the football has been turgid throughout the … Continue reading

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