Monthly Archives: July 2008

Saturday 11th May 1968 – Fourth Account

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So the scene was set. Rangers had won the final home game against Birmingham 2-0 and we led Blackpool by the smallest of goal differences for second place in the table. The final match against Villa was seven days away and the week dragged by. Sleeping was a problem as anticipation increased with each day. For anyone who doesn’t follow a football team, these anxieties must be very strange. Grown men losing sleep over a simple game but as we … Continue reading

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Paul Gooch R.I.P.

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Chris Hewitt alerted us with the very sad news that there was an Obituary in the Ealing Gazette. This was 23rd May and we were told that Paul had died nearly three weeks earlier seemingly after the West Brom game. I saw Paul after the game, it’s that time when you wish others a good summer and tell them: ‚ÄúSee you next season.‚Äù He came over to me and we spoke briefly, I can’t remember what was said, it was … Continue reading

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The Watford & London International Festival Of Football

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The tournament will be held again this year at Parmiters School & Sports Centre, High Elms Lane, Garston, Watford. QPR will have five teams competing, U9’s, U10’s, U11’s, U12’s and the U13’s. Teams for each age level are split into two groups, A & B and all the Rangers sides will play in Group A. There are then a series of play-off matches between the two groups involving most teams. The U9’s Group also includes Tottenham Hotspur, Oxford, Swansea, Coventry, … Continue reading

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In Memory Of Paul Gooch

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Paul Gooch was part of my childhood. It’s as simple as that. We grew up together in 1950’s Shepherds Bush and attended the same primary school, Victoria Junior Boys in Becklow Road. Although I have not spoken to Paul since January 1976 (Euston Station for the 2-0 defeat of Villa) it does not diminish the twinge of grief I feel at his sad and premature death. We played football in the original ‘jumpers for goalposts’ format at Ravenscourt and Southfields … Continue reading

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Hoops Fans Raise Thousands For Charity

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Barbara Davidson is the sales and website co-ordinator for Football Aid which is a charity organisation that helps bring fans closer to their club by allowing them to play a 90 minute game on the hallowed turf of their favourite team. ‘Legends’ also participate in the matches and this year she ¬†informs me that Danny Maddix, Clive Wilson and club coach Dave Robinson were on hand to give encouragement to the teams. They are a non-profit business and all their … Continue reading

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Why Thousands Of Rangers Fans Were At Griffin Park Supporting Brentford !

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Yes folks (I kid you not) much gloom and doom from the multitude of QPR supporters at Griffin Park during the end of the 1961/62 season when Brentford lost a midweek fixture 2-0 to Grimsby Town. Strange but certainly true and here is an explanation of events seen through the eyes of a devout 13 year old schoolboy Rangers fan‚ĶI still get a twinge of sadness thinking about it forty six years later. This was the second season running when … Continue reading

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Iain Dowie And The Kit Sponsorship Deal

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Yan Tear’s article in this week’s local Gazette is titled, ‘Dowie Job Not Tied To Gaining Promotion’ and also covers the announcement on Thursday of a major three-year kit sponsorship deal with Gulf Air ‚Äì Steve Russell Flavio Briatore has stressed that elevated expectations of success at Rangers next season do not mean Iain Dowie must get promotion to keep his job. But he has also revealed that he is happy to ‘win ugly’ if it means seeing the club … Continue reading

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Living The Dream – Part Two

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I enjoyed an excellent relationship with the CEO, David Davies, whom I found to be a very good man manager. It didn’t mean we agreed on everything, but at least I could air my opinion without fear. My first role at Rangers allowed me to get involved with most aspects of the club, except stadium operations and players contracts. I was grateful to David for allowing me to widen the role in that way. When, out of the blue, I … Continue reading

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