Monthly Archives: January 2008

Growing Up In The Bush – Part Three

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This part contains, in no chronological order, some reflections on the life and times of being an R’s supporter in the 50’s and 60’s. One aspect of Loftus Road which today is alien to supporters not so long in the tooth as yours truly and a certain Kerrins (!), is the condition of the pitch. For those of us who cut these soon to be long teeth in the 50’s and 60’s, the speed with which the pitch turned from … Continue reading

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QPR Screen References: No.8 ‚Äì ‘Minder’

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Episode: ‘Don’t Tell Them That Willie Boy Was Here’ This is the eighth in the series and the second so far to feature ‘Minder’. This Episode was the fourth in Series 2 and was first transmitted on 9th October 1980, Paul Barber plays Willie Reynolds, a boxer known as ‘The Mersey Mouth’ who retired as the unbeaten champion from the ring and moved to Jamaica. Having got into debt, he’s making a comeback against Jack Straw and worth ¬£50,000 in … Continue reading

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We Shouldn’t Lose Sight Of Who We Are (A Fan’s View Of The Club’s Move Into Billionaire’s Row)

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Rangers fan Paul Finney, who runs the independent supporters website: talks to Gazette Sports editor Yann Tear about the need for the club to retain its valued traditions. Our sudden change in financial status is both exciting and bewildering. Things like this don’t really happen to QPR. With us it’s one extreme to the other. One minute we’re close to folding and the next we’re the richest club in the world and I think it’s going to take a … Continue reading

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The Latest Independent R’s Badge

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Despite the denials of a fourth badge for 2007, the final one arrived in time to still commemorate the Tour of Iceland sixty years ago. The idea was to ‘twin’ the crest of one of the R’s opponents with something based on the QPR badge that was issued as a souvenir at the time. This original badge is very rare indeed and the only reference I had was a fairly rough photo-copy. I also omitted the lettering from the original … Continue reading

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QPR U18’s (2) – Northampton Town U18’s (1)

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Team: Goodchild, Coyne, Brown, O’Brien, Ford, Harris, Parker, Davenport, German, Rose, Arthur Subs Used: Lawrence for Harris, Trialist for Davenport and Morgan-Cummings for German. Subs Not Used: Wright and Vanterpool This was the first 18’s match for three weeks and the R’s started the game very slowly and almost paid the price after 8 minutes when Josh Ford lost the ball and the Northampton forward raced clear only to be denied by Chris Goodchild. Thankfully, the follow-up was then cleared … Continue reading

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My 50 Years Of Support For QPR FC (7th September 1957 to 7th September 2007) Final Part

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Forward to 1980‚Ķ‚ĶMrs Thatcher was Prime Minister and some months earlier had made that famous speech on the steps 10 Downing Street‚Ķ‚ĶWhere there is Chelsea may there be Rangers. Where there is Fulham may there be QPR. Where there is Brentford may there be the R’s. I am sure it went something like that !!! Yes folks, all West London rivals together with British Manufacturing were in decline but our status was still high. Jim Gregory was Chairman and Terry … Continue reading

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Roma (Alec Stock’s Italian Adventure) Final Part

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There were other complications too. I had little idea of the form and background of my own players, and I knew next to nothing about our opposition. I could not go out and take a look at them either, because football was played only on Sundays in Rome and our next opposition was always playing when we were. But I made sure I got one message clearly through to the players. ‘I can’t speak Italian’, I told them with the … Continue reading

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Family Links To Loftus Road

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A copy of my book, Loftus Road Legacy ‚Äì The History Of Shepherd’s Bush Football Club, came up for auction recently at Graham Budd Auctions in association with Sotheby’s. The price guide was ¬£300-400. But if you do have a copy, don’t turn your house upside down to find it. The book accompanied a 1914 advertising poster in that sale. The match was the West London Junior Charity Cup Final, featuring Simmaries against Star United at the Loftus Road Ground, … Continue reading

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