Monthly Archives: October 2008

Ghostly Tales Of The Hanwell Community Centre

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Big Dave told me about some ghostly experiences he had at the Hanwell Community Centre many years ago and whilst researching its history, I came across a very brief mention of another paranormal occurrence there on a website that recorded: ‘The phantom sounds of youngsters laughing and crying can be heard from time to time, but only by other children.’ -Thanks to Dave for sending me the following account Steve Russell When I was a kid growing up on the … Continue reading

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QPR U18 (2) – Wycombe Wanderers U18 (1)

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Team: Bulmer, Cox, ilesanmi, Smith, Harris, Wright, Parker, Davenport, German, Brittain, Jerson Dos Santos (trialist) Subs: Bailey, Waters, Perrin, Molloy, Nanetti. It was a bright and sunny morning at Harlington but it became increasingly colder as the wind began to bite. Christian Nanetti made way for a trialist who was later identified as Jerson Dos Santos. The game kicked off four minutes late and the R’s got off to a lively start and although not many chances were being created, … Continue reading

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That Open Letter From Amit Bhatia, The Club Statement That Followed Plus ‘The Guardian’ Article

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The open letter from Amit Bhatia to the fans was in itself surprising but very welcome. The tone plus the plain language used was also interesting and although it only addressed one contentious issue, it did come across to me as positive, conciliatory and a major step in the right direction. We can only wait and see if this continues in the future and the Board becomes more sensitive to emotive issues. A short Club statement followed on to the … Continue reading

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

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Team: Bulmer, Cox, ilesanmi, Smith, Harris, Wright, Parker, Davenport, German, Brittain, Nanetti.¬† Subs: Bailey, Ehmer, Perring, Waters, Fernandez. Looking at the players before the kick-off, I didn’t recognise Christian Nanetti who now has his hair cropped very short. It was good to see Iain Dowie in attendance and Steve Gallen was involved with the U16’s on the adjacent pitch. The game kicked off a couple of minutes late which is not unusual but surely unnecessary. Receiving a wonderful 30 yard … Continue reading

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The Sixth Independent R’s Badge

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My latest badge has been available for a few weeks and is the sixth produced for the Independent R’s so far. It commemorates promotion at Villa Park in 1968 and the idea was to depict the supporter who stood in front of thousands of R’s fans situated in the Holte End forty years ago. It is limited to just 100 and to date nearly half the stock has been sold. Also currently available are very limited numbers of the Hammersmith … Continue reading

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Charlie Chaplin And The Hanwell Community Centre

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One of the most interesting connections with the Hanwell Community Centre is that Charlie Chaplin resided there for a period when it was a school. On a brief visit there last year with Big Dave, I was saddened to see that his statute had been vandalised. However, the good news was that after a lengthy campaign, the historic Centre was eventually saved from demolition. I wanted to know more of course and after some research, came across Peter Higginbotham ‘s … Continue reading

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The First Floodlit Match At Loftus Road

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On 5th October 1953, QPR’s President, The Earl Of Cottenham, wrote the following foreword in the souvenir programme: ‘With great pride I write the Foreword for the first game to be played by Floodlight¬† on this ground ‚Äì truly an historic occasion because Queen’s Park Rangers are the first football club in West London to install floodlighting. This honour is well merited because QPR staged the first floodlit match twenty years ago at the White City. I am proud, too, … Continue reading

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The Little Ones At 93 Feet East, Brick Lane, Shoreditch

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Many R’s fans may have seen ‘The Little Ones’ on Soccer AM the other week when they were presented with a signed QPR shirt by Helen Chamberlain. I wasn’t one of them, I don’t have Sky. If I did, I still wouldn’t have seen it as I can’t stand the programme, but that’s by the by. I wasn’t intending seeing them live either until there was a post on the Indy R’s message board offering some free tickets. I had … Continue reading

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Hertfordshire R’s Coach Travel

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Perry Weston wants to hear from anyone that might be interested in coach travel from the mid/north Hertfordshire area. He is looking to organising coaches to travel to northern away matches. He says that he might struggle to do anything before Christmas but the Cup tie at Manchester United in November could now be a possibility. Otherwise he was thinking of Derby on 17th January and then perhaps Nottingham Forest a month later. Perry has run coaches before, namely to … Continue reading

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