Monthly Archives: July 2009

Interview With Mark Lazarus – Part Two

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SR: Did the team know at the start of the 66-67 season that it would be a ‘special’ one, were the players aware that we would be the team to beat ? ML: I can honestly say that yes, we knew it would be special because of the previous season, when we had finished third. Without sounding big headed, we knew that we were more than good enough for the Third Division. We played some good football, we were a … Continue reading

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QPR Screen References: No. 14 – ‘Bottom’ ‚Äì Episode: ‘Hole’

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This episode opens with the sound of all the fun of the Fair and Eddie and Richie situated on top of the tallest Ferris Wheel in Western Europe. Eventually they realise that they are the only ones on it. They try to attract the attention of the operator which results in a barrage of bricks, bottles and coconuts. They continue to get on each other’s nerves and it dawns on them that the Fair has closed down for the night. … Continue reading

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Introducing Master Jake Huckridge

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Man about Northolt, Mel Huckridge, has been in touch regarding the birth of his son last month. ‘Jake was born at 9.45am on 8th June in Middlesex (Proper London). His mum Bea was fine and he’s Rangers whether he likes it or not !’ Mel occasionally runs coaches from ‘The Greenwood’ in Northolt, sits in the Upper Loft and captained the Indy R’s team that competed in the fans tournament at Loftus Road a few months ago. Once again, best … Continue reading

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Forest Green Rovers

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My first visit to Forest Green in deepest Gloucestershire began with the 12.15 from Paddington to Swindon. The next stage of the journey was via the one track branch line to Stroud followed by a bus ride to Nailsworth. I then took up ‘Bradleyog’s’ recommendation by visiting ‘The Village Inn’ for a pint. The final leg was another bus ride, 1.5 up-hill miles to the hamlet of Forest Green. Plans were put forward in 2002 to move just 400 meters … Continue reading

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In Memory Of Keith Cassidy

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Keith Cassidy was only in his early 40’s when he died tragically last week following a fall at work. Keith was from Limavady in Northern Ireland and his funeral was last Sunday. On Friday 24th July, Stephen Cross will run the Cookstown Half‚ÄìMarathon in his memory. Stephen also informs me that if anyone would like to make a donation, all proceeds will go to the ‘QPR Centre of Excellence.’ Donations can be made in the following ways:- Cheques to … Continue reading

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Interview With Mark Lazarus – Part One

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We recently spent an afternoon at the home of Mark Lazarus. He spoke openly and honestly about his football career and his time with QPR. The interview lasted around six hours and will be split into two parts. The Independent R’s would like to thank both Mark and his wife Fay, for their warm welcome and hospitality. SR: Mark, I understand that your first club was Fulham. ML: Yes, I played for Fulham when I was 14/15 years old. It … Continue reading

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Patrick Maguire’s Exhibition At The Kingsgate Gallery, London, NW6

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Pat is a season ticket holder in the Lower Loft and his first ever exhibition is being presented at the Kingsgate Gallery, NW6. The Press release details are as follows:- Preview: 8th July, 6pm ‚Äì 9pm 9th July ‚Äì 26th July 2009 Thursdays to Sundays only: 12pm ‚Äì 6pm Kingsgate Gallery is proud to present the first ever exhibition of works by Patrick Maguire. On 3rd December 1974, Patrick and six of his family were arrested. They were to become … Continue reading

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When The Referee Threatened To Abandon The Game !

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The match against Southend on 7th February 1959 was a lively affair by all accounts and not only did it end in a 1-3 defeat for the R’s but also evoked some crowd trouble. At the end of January, Rangers were in 18th position and the visitors were lying third. January had been a poor month for the R’s, losing the last home game against Bournemouth 0-4 and the previous match at Norwich, 1-5. Pat Welton had been doubtful after … Continue reading

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