Monthly Archives: January 2011

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To Hull And Back…Well Not Really, As I Live There.

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Team: Kenny, Orr, Hill, Gorkss, Connolly, Derry, Taarabt, Faurlin (Vaagan Moen), Routledge, Smith (Hulse), Miller (Ephraim). Subs Not Used: Cerny, Hall, Chimbonda, Shittu. Attendance: 20,601 I woke up with a feeling that we were gonna run riot at the KC Stadium, funny how halfway through the game that changed and the uproar was of a different nature. Well as I now live in Hull (don’t ask), it only took me 15 minutes to get to the ground with my best … Continue reading

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John Brooks – Mid 1960’s Youth Team Goalkeeper – Part Two.

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Part 1 of this interview with John Brooks, a member of the highly successful Rangers Youth Team of the mid 1960’s, was run on 15th January 2011 and this is the second and concluding instalment. After running Part One, Colin Parker and Alan Davies, who were also members of that team, posted some very interesting comments and have now got back in contact with John who they have not seen for many years. A broken leg for any player is … Continue reading

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QPR v Coventry City – Back To Winning Ways (Steve Claridge Must Be Gutted)

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Rangers extended their lead to 5 points at the top of the Championship as they came from behind to beat Coventry. Goals by Adel Taarabt and new loanee Wayne Routledge saw us win our first game of 2011 to complete a league double over Coventry, a mere 26 days after the away fixture. Routledge was handed his second debut in place of Petter Vaagan Moen while Heidar Helguson returned in place of Rob Hulse from the starting X1 against Burnley. … Continue reading

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Johnny Brennan – Irish R & Stand-Up Comedian.

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John used to be a season ticket holder in the Lower Loft, but is now based back in Dublin. Over the last ten years or so, he has been taking comedy much more seriously and last year he won the ‘Stand Up Ireland’s National Nothin But Funny Competition’ in the Laughter Lounge, Dublin. When he was asked what it was like to win such a prestigious competition, John said: ‚ÄúIt’s about time, it’s my moment, I hadn’t got many left … Continue reading

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Burnley v QPR

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Team: Kenny, Orr, Hill, Gorkss, Connolly, Derry, Taarabt (Hall), Faurlin (Clarke), Vaagan Moen, Smith, Hulse (Helguson). Subs Not Used: Cerny, Borrowdale, Cook, German. Attendance: 14,819 After my trip to Blackburn last week, I thought I would take the train for my journey to Burnley, how I would regret that later ! Arrived in Burnley to rain coming down at an angle and walked the 15 minutes to the ground, well to the cricket club next door to catch up with … Continue reading

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John Brooks – Mid 1960’S Youth Team Goalkeeper – Part One.

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Alec Stock was appointed QPR manager in the summer of 1959 as the successor to Jack Taylor. Many people at the time felt that his appointment would signal the start of a new and more successful era for the club. Stock won favour immediately by restoring the blue and white hoop shirts that had been abandoned a few years before in the early 1950’s. It had been a relatively uneventful decade for the club after the excitement of the immediate … Continue reading

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QPR U18 (1) – Northampton Town U18 (0)

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Team: Deane, Brown (Ben), Sanderson, Walker, Parmenter, O’Donnell, Bewick, Sutherland, Gibbons, Henry-Francis, Sharif. The match was switched to Harlington because the Northampton pitches were water-logged. That said, there had also been plenty of rain locally overnight and for the previous few days too and I half-expected the game to be cancelled when I arrived. There were a few forced changes as we’d heard that Michael Doughty, Bruno Andrade and Michael Harriman had travelled up to Blackburn with the 1st team … Continue reading

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Blackburn Rovers v QPR

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FA Cup 3rd Round. On this occasion I’m a lucky Ranger as it only took me two hours along the M62 and a road that looked like something out of ‘American Werewolf In London’ (the moors part) and I was at the Fernhurst Pub near Ewood Park at 1pm, where a fair few QPR fans had already made the journey north and were watching the Arsenal v Leeds game on TV. Plastic glasses all round and they weren’t serving food … Continue reading

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‘To Help Not Hinder’ – The Early Days Of The QPR Supporters Club & The 1936-37 Badge

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Some time ago, I managed to pick up the 1936-37 Supporters Club badge. It must be quite rare now and¬† it seems that it was also the very first one that they issued. In the 1936-37 handbook, the ‘Club Chatter’ pages refer to the formation of the Supporters Club the previous season:- ‘A year ago we had not the pleasure of making mention of this worthy body because it did not exist, but now we chronicle its achievements over the … Continue reading

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QPR v Bristol City

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Team: Kenny, Orr, Walker, Hill, Gorkss, Derry, Taarabt (Vaagen Moen), Faurlin, Mackie, Smith, Hulse. Subs Not Used: Cerny, Borrowdale, Rowlands, Clarke, Agyemang, German. Attendance: 15,618 I’m obviously frustrated and disappointed like everyone else that we didn’t take the 3 points on offer. There was a slight re-shuffle at the back following Connolly’s red card at Norwich. The visitors missed a sitter and although we were controlling the game, a defensive error by Clint Hill allowed Bristol City to take the … Continue reading

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