The Comic Connection – No.15 – Roy of the Rovers – 21st March 1981

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The R’s were featured numerous times in ‘Roy of the Rovers’ and on the 21st March 1981, Simon Stainrod was included as their ‘Star Portrait’. ‘Mighty Mouse!’ is first up – Kevin Mouse, known as ‘Mighty’ Mouse on the football field, was a student at St Victor’s Hospital and a part-timer with Tottenford Rovers in the First Division. Mouse was also in charge of the St Victor’s soccer team and he arranged for them to play their last match of … Continue reading

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Keith Friend’s 1977 Interview with Peter Eastoe for the ‘Superhoop’

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Issue No.7 of the Supporters Club magazine, ‘The Superhoop’ included an interview with Peter Eastoe. Keith Friend recorded the interview at Rangers Stadium on the afternoon of the League Cup Semi-Final on 1st February 1977: KF: Right, Peter, would you like to outline your career so far. PE: Yes, well I was spotted by a Wolves scout while I was playing in my home town of Tamworth on a Saturday afternoon. He asked me to train two nights a week … Continue reading

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Promising QPR Display succumbs to Chester Pain

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Despite an overall impressive display, QPR were given a timely reminder of how unforgiving a place in the Premier League can be. A defensive error, involving new signing Rio Ferdinand and a missed penalty from Charlie Austin insured Hull City left Loftus Road with 3 points for the first time since 1963. In a game where Rangers can boast of having 19 shots on goal, it was the visitors who took one of only 2 clear chances to snatch a … Continue reading

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Athlone Town v QPR

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I had been staying with JJ and his good lady in beautiful Co. Mayo for a few days before setting off in good time for the pre-match gathering in the Bounty Bar in Athlone. Paul Finney had flown over to Dublin earlier in the day and had been picked up by Eamonn Kenny. Also in attendance were Pat and Tom, Martin Botwright, Tony Ryan, Qprmeath, Amanda, whose dad used to run the Cowshed in Ladbroke Grove, and many others. A … Continue reading

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The QPR Open Training Day at their Carton House Base in Co. Kildare

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Finglasqpr and Geo picked me up in the morning at around 10, and we travelled the 8km to Carton House in Maynooth, Co. Kildare for the R’s training session. It was a beautiful sunny morning and we arrived around half an hour later. I estimate that there were around 500 Rangers fans in attendance, a fantastic turnout.   The players came out from the gym shortly afterwards, followed by ’Arry in his chauffeur driven golf car. Loic Remy was present, … Continue reading

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QPR on Tour – Not a Bad Day in Dublin

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I arrived at Lotts Bar in Liffey Street on Saturday morning, late as usual. The bar was covered outside and inside with QPR flags; very impressive. Everywhere blue and white hooped jerseys were to be seen, fantastic turnout, many familiar faces and others that I hadn’t met before. The first person I met outside was the one and only Mr Russell, who had travelled over with JJ and had made their way down to Dublin from Mayo. I only had … Continue reading

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“Friends and Associates” by Irish Jack

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As arranged, I met Martin Gaish and his brother Lee, who was also a Mod, at Hammersmith tube station. It was the very first Tuesday night of the Marquee residency, and the rain was pissing out of the November heavens. It was November 24th, 1964 to be precise. I’d walked down King Street from Dalling Road and by the time I’d reached the tube station I was soaked through to the skin. Gaish, and his younger brother had turned up … Continue reading

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QPR on Tour – The Day we went to Dublin

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Early start for me at Belfast Central for the 6.50 train to Connolly Station and an uneventful trip down listening to loud Americans telling stories of their holidaying in the Emerald Isle. Upon arrival in Dublin I wandered about in the pouring rain for a while, getting my bearings and scouting for the Lotts Bar. Around 10.30 it was stout time and some beautifully poured pints in the Lotts Snug. Just into my second pint and I was pleased to … Continue reading

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