Monthly Archives: May 2010

Ivor Powell’s Wartime Account Of Football In India

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The news this week that Ivor Powell had finally decided to retire as probably the world’s oldest football coach at the tender age of 93, reminded me of an article that he wrote for the Rangers 1946-47 handbook. He joined the R’s in September, 1937 and later enlisted into the R.A.F. and served as a physical training instructor. He was posted to India in 1943 and joined the forces’ football team which also included fellow team-mate, Billy McEwan:- ‘Many famous … Continue reading

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I Was QPR’s 250,000th Supporter

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Back in 1967, I was going through the turnstiles at the Loft End and saw Ron Phillips standing by the wall. He then waved to me and I pointed to myself. That’s how I came to be the 250,000th spectator as reported in the Shepherds Bush Gazette:- ‘Colin Vine had a pleasant surprise waiting for him when he passed through the Queen’s Park Rangers turnstile on Saturday for their match with Portsmouth. Waiting inside the ground was Rangers’ Secretary, Ron … Continue reading

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In Memory Of Kiyan Josiah Prince: 25th November 1990 – 18th May 2006

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It was four years ago today that we heard the terrible news about 15-year-old Kiyan Prince. I wrote the following article after attending his funeral in North London:- The Service for Kiyan was held last Thursday at the 7th Day Adventist Church in the Holloway Road.¬†¬†¬† I arrived quite early and the Church Hall began to fill up very quickly. Soon, it was standing room only and the later arrivals stood outside. All in all, there must of been around … Continue reading

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A Giant Step Or Just A Nudge Towards Academy Status ?

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Well, only time will tell, but let’s hope that our recent Cup victory will help the Board sit up and take notice. Ben Kosky’s article in ‘The Kilburn Times’ follows on – Steve Russell Elated Steve Gallen is confident that his team’s stirring victory in the Youth Alliance League Cup Final can be the launch pad to regaining Academy status. Gallen’s under-18’s side, who finished runners-up in the league, fought back from 3-1 down to beat Stockport County 4-3 at … Continue reading

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Anthony Ingham R.I.P.

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Tony Ingham’s funeral took place on Friday 7th May. The funeral cortege was set to depart at 11.40am for the Requiem Mass at the Catholic Church of Our Lady and St. Thomas of Canterbury on Harrow-on-the-Hill. The opening Hymn was ‘Abide With Me’ and closed with ‘Jerusalem’. He died on 21st April, aged 85 and we heard the sad news via the Official Website:- ‘It is with great sadness that Queens Park Rangers Football Club has learned of the passing … Continue reading

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QPR U18 (4) – Stockport County U18 (3)

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Youth Alliance National League Cup Final Team: Butler, Harriman, Waters, Ehmer, Fitzsimons, Sutherland, Parmenter, Doughty, Andrade, Fernandez, Nanetti. Subs: Bailey, Bewick, Graham, Henry-Francis, Cox. After the disappointment of losing to Grimsby Town in the previous year’s final, again, we knew very little about our opponents. We knew that they had defeated Colchester United in the 2007 Final and this season, beaten Macclesfield Town in the Area Final and finished 4th in the North West Conference. Although he wasn’t fully fit, … Continue reading

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QPR v Newcastle United

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Team: Cerny, Tosic, Ramage, Gorkss, Leigertwood, Cook (Parker), Faurlin, Buzsaky, Ephraim (Rose), Simpson, Priskin. Subs Not Used: Putnins, Brown, Oastler, Balanta, German. Attendance: 16,819 A wet day in West London, and the match was subject to a pitch inspection beforehand. Fortunately, it got the go-ahead, and we lined up against a Newcastle side that were already champions, chasing 100 points, containing a ¬£10m Argentinean, two ex-England internationals, arguably our player of the first half of the season and two strikers … Continue reading

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The Second Indy R’s Cheque Presentation To Andy Evans

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In March, the Independent R’s¬† were pleased to make a further donation of ¬£500.00 to ‘QPR in the Community Trust’. Representing the Indy R’s was Sam Phillipps who made the presentation to Andy Evans during the very wet interval of the Derby County match. Also featured below is Matteo Alberti. Thanks to him for stepping out into the pouring rain. I would also like to place on record my thanks to Jimmy Murray for all the generous support he has … Continue reading

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‘The Man Confident That A Land Of Hoop & Glory Awaits QPR’

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The following article was written by James Olley and appeared recently in the London Evening Standard ‚Äì Steve Russell The Championship season may be drawing to a close but at Loftus Road there’s a sense of a new dawn. Queens Park Rangers have represented something of a calamity to those who assumed the arrival of Flavio Briatore and the super-rich Mittal family in late 2007 would automatically awaken a sleeping giant. Instead, confusion reigned as six permanent Managers failed to … Continue reading

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