Monthly Archives: May 2011

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Amit Bhatia’s QPR Offer ‘Insultingly Low’ Say Bernie Ecclestone & Flavio Briatore

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As the war of words intensifies, Andy Sims wrote the following article in the Independent following the joint statement put out by Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore: Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore have hit out at Amit Bhatia’s ‚Äúinsultingly low‚Äù offer to buy QPR outright. Bhatia, the son-in-law of Rangers’ billionaire co-owner Lakshmi Mittal, on Wednesday resigned as the club’s vice-chairman after revealing attempts to buy out Ecclestone and Briatore’s 67% shareholding at Loftus Road had failed. Bhatia also condemned … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Rangers Fans as Amit Bhatia Resigns

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Yesterday’s season ticket news caused uproar within the R’s Community. The Board made a futile attempt to justify these outrageous price increases with the following statement:¬†¬† ‚ÄúThe Board are keen to stress that the prices are in line with other London-based clubs, and are encouraged by early sales figures following the release of season ticket prices earlier today.‚Äù No doubt those sales were unprecedented !!! If that wasn’t bad enough, during the afternoon the devastating news then broke that Amit … Continue reading

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R’s Fan Margaret Bunday from Godolphin Road, London, W12

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R’s fan Margaret Bunday was featured on 7th November 1953 in the popular football weekly and to give it its full title, ‘Raich Carter’s Soccer Star.’ ‘A familiar sight at Queen’s Park Rangers football ground is pretty Rangers’ supporter Margaret Bunday who lives at Godolphin Road, London W12. Dressed in her blue skirt embroidered with the names and figures of the team, she runs round the pitch ringing in ‚Äúgood luck‚Äù to the Rangers. Margaret who is 16-years-old, has been … Continue reading

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The South East Counties League Cup Final 1st Leg at West Ham in 1994

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The following article appeared in issue 4 of ‘The Ranger’ in the summer of 1994: ‘Youth Development Officer Chris Gieler invited ‘The Ranger’ to join the youth team for their South East Counties League Cup Final First Leg at West Ham. 4pm: The Youth team players start to board the executive coach. They’ve already had a light training session, a five-a-side and a pre-match meal. The lads are resplendent in their Yves St Laurent suits. 4.15pm: The players are joined … Continue reading

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The Long Wait to Get Our Hands on the Championship Trophy – 1975/76 Revisited

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The 2010/11 run proved to be a stressful one, with the results of the FA investigation into the Alejandro Faurlin transfer announced barely 90 minutes before the kick off of the final match of the season at home to Leeds United on 7th May. This year also saw the 35th anniversary of the tensest end of the season that I, and most other R’s fans over the age of 40, can recall before now – the final 2 weeks of … Continue reading

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David Samuel – The QPR Player That Was Lucky To Survive a Shooting Accident in 1949.

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On 30th December 1949, the Willesden Chronicle reported that a young QPR amateur had been seriously injured in a gun accident in South Wales: ‘David Samuel, 16-year-old Queen’s Park Rangers amateur left-half was seriously injured in a gun accident near his home at Swansea on Tuesday. Samuel was apparently out shooting when he tripped and accidently let off his shotgun. He received serious chest injuries and was taken to Swansea hospital. He is a former Welsh International schoolboy footballer and … Continue reading

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QPR v Leeds United

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Carlsberg don’t do Saturdays, but If they did I hope they’d allow us to win ! QPR celebrated promotion to the Premier League on a day of high drama and sparked off parties all over Shepherds Bush, Hammersmith and Notting Hill, during and after the game. In years to come, QPR fans will be able to recollect exactly where they were when ‘the news’ came through that we had been waiting for these past seven weeks or so. Personally, I … Continue reading

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We Are QPR – A Visual Record of Flag Day in the Bush

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The threat of a points deduction by the FA was still a real possibility as Rangers fans flocked to the Bush in the morning, but this didn’t deter the celebrations or the abundance of flags. This for me was one of the many features of what later proved to be an even more memorable and dramatic day. The club also got involved, so well done to them for organising the distribution of thousands of flags around the ground. Martin Percival … Continue reading

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He was in the Cafe in the Uxbridge Road When, ‘it Went Quiet & Someone Read Out the Announcement’

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In the aftermath of the wild celebrations at Watford the previous Saturday, we once again had to come to terms with the fact that the FA was due to announce their decision on the eve of our final game of the season. As the week progressed, the tension was becoming more and more unbearable. Then we learnt that the verdict would be delayed and there were conflicting rumours regarding the trophy presentation. The Football League issued the following statement on … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Steve Gallen & the U18’s Squad on Winning the Title

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A 0-0 draw at Harlington last Saturday was enough to secure the Football League Youth Alliance League Championship. Rangers were up against second place Millwall who themselves had needed a victory by a big margin do deny us the title. There was a good turnout from the Saturday Morning Crew which included Alan Barnes, Robbie Bennett, Roger Stokes, Big Paul, Sean, Joe English and Gordon Macey. Team: Deane, Harriman, Sanderson, Walker, Parmenter, O’Donnell, Bewick, Gibbons, Sharif, Henry-Francis, Andrade The R’s … Continue reading

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