Monthly Archives: July 2010

Tooting & Mitcham United (0) – QPR U18 (1)

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Team: Deane, Harriman, Sanderson, Doughty, O’Donnell, Olley, Sutherland, Bewick, Andrade, Francis, Knott. Subs: White, Gibbons, Sharif, McDonnell, Brown, Henry-Francis. Steve Gallen’s U18’s side won 1-0 last night at Tooting & Mitcham United. Marcel Henry-Francis scored our goal after 86 minutes. Rangers had previously come close on 70 minutes when Frankie Sutherland’s free kick hit the crossbar. There were around 250 people watching the game at Tooting’s very nice, modern ground. Apparently AFC Wimbledon have had their eyes on it but … Continue reading

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Hayes & Yeading United (1) – QPR X1 (1)

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Team: Putnins, Harriman, Stewart, Fitzsimmons, Brown, Ehmer, Oastler, Hibbert, Vine, Agyemang, Rose. Subs: Bulmer, Waters, Doughty plus Sean Johnson,Mo Sharif and Nick McKoy or McCoy ? We played them two years ago on the eve of my departure for Scotland. Bulmer, Oastler and Brown turned out that night as did, Barker, Myers, Ford, Nanetti, O’Brien, Flood, German and Arthur. There was a larger crowd of 504 and surprisingly David Rouse didn’t use any of our subs ? Christian Nanetti scored … Continue reading

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Bodmin Town

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This was my first ever visit to Bodmin but the R’s had previously played there in 1989 to kick off their Centenary year. I don’t have the line-up but Gordon Macey informed me that before a good crowd of 2,119, Rangers won 2-1 with goals from Gray and Wright. I took the 12.06 from Paddington and spent most of the journey talking to an ex-referee from Cornwall. The journey from Exeter and along the seawall through Dawlish and Teignmouth is … Continue reading

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20th July, 1975, Borussia Monchengladbach (1) – QPR (4)

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Today marks the anniversary of the friendly in Marburg, Germany on 20th July, 1975, the pre-season result that was the prelude to Rangers’ serious push on the 1976/76 Championship. ‘Bild’- the German market leading newspaper, the biggest selling daily paper in Europe in 1975 (and still is today in 2010) wrote:- ‘In front of 7,500 astonished spectators, the British team from London were more athletic and had more bite than their opponents. After Jensen’s opening goal (10th minute) and Bowles’s … Continue reading

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Interview With Stephen Lynch

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SR: I didn’t realise that you were such a big R’s fan, how did that come about ? SL: I became an R’s fan in October 1985 when I first went to Loftus Road on trial and then a month later as young 15-year-old, I signed schoolboy forms along with Kevin Kingsmore. I remember that season well, the build up to the Milk Cup Final and how proud I felt when we defeated Liverpool in the semi-final. SR: I read … Continue reading

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Tavistock (And Back)

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Team: Kenny, Hill, Leigertwood, Hall, Gorkss, Derry, Buzsaky, Faurlin, Mackie, Clarke, Helguson. Subs: Cerny, Ramage, Borrowdale, Stewart, Connolly, Parker, Ephraim, German. Kicking off our pre-season campaign this summer was the trip to Tavistock in deepest Devon. I would of loved to have spent more time there but with no operational train station in the vicinity, I was relieved when Roger Stokes phoned me to confirm that he was going to drive there. ‘The Lambs’ were founded in 1888 and this … Continue reading

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In Praise of the Local Shopkeeper Or Life Before the Shopping Centres (Part of Growing Up in the Bush Saga)

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Whilst having a coffee break during our regular visit to Lakeside Shopping Centre, I found myself reflecting on the way life has changed since the 50’s and 60’s. In the 50’s, there were no shopping Centres such as Westfield, Lakeside and Bluewater with a multitude of shops located under one roof. No large DIY chains such as B & Q or IKEA type one stop retailers (most of these were not created until the late 60’s and later) and the … Continue reading

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The Foyle Cup – Good Luck to Marc Bircham & the QPR U16’s

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I was pleased to hear that Marc Bircham will be taking our U16 squad to Northern Ireland to compete in this year’s Foyle Cup which is held annually in Derry and the surrounding areas. The six-day tournament commences on 19th July and our first match will be against Glentoran on the following day. The other teams in Group H are Ballymoney United and Donegal Colts. The competition started in 1992 when just eight teams entered. Niall Quinn launched proceedings in … Continue reading

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Chelsea (0) – QPR (3) – 28th December, 1974 & Our First League Victory At Stamford Bridge

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Team: Parkes, Clement, Gillard, Masson, McLintock, Webb, Thomas, Francis, Beck, Bowles, Givens. Sub: Shanks Attendance: 38,917 John Hollins captained the opposition and Ray Wilkins also played. Ken Jones’s match report appeared in the Sunday Mirror the following day: ‘Dave Sexton was delighted, but he wouldn’t let it show. Gloating is not his style. ‚ÄúI was nervous,‚Äù he admitted, as though embarrassed by the completeness of his comeback. Sacked by Chelsea three months ago, his return to Stamford Bridge as manager … Continue reading

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