Monthly Archives: June 2008

The Alan Barnes Youth Team Report

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We won the Youth Alliance League for the second year running but we ended up making hard work of it. To be fair to Steve Brown the Manager, I did say that if we didn’t win it this year after being Champions last season, would it be a failure ? So job well done ! For him and Keith Ryan, it was difficult coming to a new club, especially being Champions and taking on a different set of players, but … Continue reading

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The Hammersmith Ghost

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This famous old tale was taken from a Christopher Wren School Historical Society booklet produced in 1965 and titled: ‘Memories of Old Hammersmith.’ The preface states that the story is based on facts taken from ‘The Public Spirit of Francis Smith’ by Marjory Allingham.¬† I recently visited ‘The Black Lion’ and a separate article will go up in due course ‚Äì Steve Russell The autumn of that year of Grace 1803 saw England locked in deadly conflict with a France … Continue reading

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QPR Screen References: No.10 ‚Äì ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’

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‘Football Pools’ This was another classic series written by Galton and Simpson. ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’ started life on the radio in 1954 and then moved on to our television screens. It originally included other British Comedy stars such as Kenneth Williams, Sid James and Hattie Jacques but by the time it was introduced to television, only Sid was left and he too eventually departed. This episode is from 1959 and finds Hancock at the peak of his popularity. The opening … Continue reading

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Living The Dream – Part One

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I grew up living in Pennard Mansions on the Goldhawk Road (close to the Market) for nearly twenty years. The first football match I ever attended was (says in hushed whisper) Chelsea v Manchester United in 1969. Why my Dad, who was a Rangers fan, took me to Stamford Bridge, I don’t quite know, but there, I’ve admitted it and no longer do I need to consider a trip to an Institution in order to cleanse my soul !!! When … Continue reading

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The Golden Goal Prospect In 1946

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The 1945-46 Season saw the re-introduction of the FA Cup competition. It was agreed that every Round up to and including the Quarter Finals, would be played over two legs. The campaign commenced with a 6-2 victory at Barnet and was then followed by a 2-1 win at Loftus Road. In Round Two, the R’s beat Ipswich Town convincingly 4-0 at home and 2-0 at Portman Road. Rangers were then drawn against Crystal Palace in the 3rd Round. A crowd … Continue reading

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Michael Nyman’s Concerts For Victims Of Knife Crime

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Award winning composer Michael Nyman, is to dedicate a series of concerts to recent victims of knife crime. He has also produced a new arrangement of a work previously written for murdered Queen’s Park Rangers youth player Kiyan Prince, for a special performance on Friday. ‚ÄúWhen Kiyan was knifed to death, my mind and motions were focused on what a tragic, pointless loss of yet another young life it was‚Äù, Nyman said. ‚ÄúThis was made even more poignant by the … Continue reading

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My Father’s Watch

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Pat is a lifelong R’s fan and sits near me in the Lower Loft. His sons are also regulars as is his brother. Pat was imprisoned at the age of 14 for four years and later in his report, Sir John May described the ‘Maguire 7’ case as the worst miscarriage of justice he had ever seen. He sent me the following introduction to his book which is now available ‚Äì Steve Russell On the night of December 3rd 1974, … Continue reading

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Owners Blasted Over ‘Contemptuous’ Hikes

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This week Yann Tear writes about the ‘furious reactions to massive rise in QPR season ticket prices’ in the local Gazette ‚Äì Steve Russell Season ticket holders who are faced with forking out 50% more to watch QPR from next August have accused the club of taking their loyalty for granted. One supporters’ group website has branded the move ‚Äúan absolute disgrace,‚Äù saying that ordinary fans were now going to be priced out of renewing tickets. At a time when … Continue reading

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