Monthly Archives: June 2011

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A Female Super Hoops Fan – From the Beginning

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Well, where do I begin ? I was 7 years old when I first got into football, having Scottish parents meant that it was mainly Partick Thistle and Glasgow Rangers to begin with. But my best friend’s Dad was a QPR fan and used to talk animatedly to me about the ground/games/players etc, so a romance was born. I used to spend all my school holidays at said best friend’s Nan’s in East Acton, so I would wander through the … Continue reading

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Arthur Longbottom, the 1959 Team Barber & the ‘Crazy Gang’ at Loftus Road

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The following article was written by Nixon Farr and appeared in the popular football weekly magazine, ‘Soccer Star’ on 28th November 1959. ‘It was laughs all the way when we ran into QPR’s star forward, Arthur Longbottom and three of his player pals. Phew, they have a reputation for taking their soccer seriously, but off duty they could be likened to the Crazy Gang. Arthur, who joined Queen’s Park Rangers from Methley United in 1954, is wisely looking to the … Continue reading

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Stop Press News – Picked for International Trial – Article Written By Tom Cheetham in 1936

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Thanks to Colin Woodley for sending me this superb newspaper article that appeared in ‘Football Weekly’ on 14th November 1936, as part of a series, ‘From Soldier to Soccer Star.’ The R’s had been knocked out of the FA Cup by Margate though, but I love the account of how he had found out that he’d been selected to play in an international trial match. The picture is not of the best quality, but what a wonderful period image it … Continue reading

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A Charity Appeal to QPR Fans Far & Wide

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Not another one I hear you say ? Following the excellent fundraising in aid of Grace Murphy, the Tiger Cubs and Lorna’s recent breast cancer appeal, I’m making my appeal to you. As I’ve mentioned in the past, on Sunday 26th June 2011, I will be taking part in the London Bikeathon with about ten work colleagues from London Underground. The Bikeathon is to raise money for charity and all proceeds from the Bikeathon will go to the Leukaemia and … Continue reading

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‘Man on the Run’ – Running in Memory of Neil Roberts

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Last Sunday, over 400 runners took part in this year’s ‘Man on the Run Race for Life’ at Hampton, Herne Bay. Amongst them were a number of R’s fans who were competing in memory of our own Neil Roberts who sadly died a few months ago. The Rangers contingent included Dave Robinson, Justin Stone, Multi Sports Manager, and Joe Hylton. Poignantly, Neil’s young son, Charlie, started the race which provoked a loud cheer of ‘You R’s’. After the run, many … Continue reading

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An Everyday Tale That Goes Beyond Rivalry & Banter

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Man about Wokingham, George Evans, told me about an interesting encounter a mate of his had with a Chelsea fan in deepest Essex some years ago. R’s fan Geoff Wallace lives in Colchester and one day he pulled up outside a village shop in Yeldham looking for a place to park his van. He then noticed that directly outside the shop was a car with a number plate that read, ‚ÄúCFC 123‚Äù !!! This was like a red rag to … Continue reading

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Queen’s Park Rangers 1975/76: DVD Review

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I know we’ve had a lot on our mind recently, but it may have escaped your attention that a new DVD went on sale in the club shop at 10.30am on the morning of the Leeds game. I decided to go and buy a copy the following Monday, but then spent the next three days watching the recording of the Leeds game before I thought that it was time to watch this new DVD instead ! The title should give … Continue reading

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Flavio & Bernie Couldn’t Care Less About QPR Fans

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This personal view from Ben Kosky appeared recently in the Kilburn Times and I would think that many other R’s fans would share his anger and frustration: There can’t be many neutral football fans who felt anything but delight when AFC Wimbledon won promotion to the Football League. It was a triumph for Dons supporters, who refused to roll over when their club was commandeered by money men and literally snatched away from them. Instead, the proud guardians of their … Continue reading

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The Comic Connection – No.4 – ‘Bullet’ – 14th August, 1976

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‘Bullet’ was another 70’s comic from the D.C. Thomson publishing stable. It was first published on 14th February, 1976 and available for 7p. The comic eventually merged with ‘Warlord’ in December 1978. The main character was…’Is it a Bird ? Is it a Plane ? Is it Tarzan ? No – It’s Fireball.’ Apparently he was modelled on the actor Peter Wyngarde, although only in looks I would think ! Other stories in No. 27 included: The Mice of Tobruk … Continue reading

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Why QPR Were Fined Rather Than Deducted Points

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The following article was written by David Conn and appeared recently in the Guardian: Details of the Alejandro Faurlin ruling show how lucrative life can be as a football agent. The 86-page document in which the FA-appointed regulatory commission has explained why it did not deduct points from Queen’s Park Rangers over the Alejandro Faurlin affair is, as is often in these cases, most¬† interesting for the detail it illuminates than for the ins and outs of the disciplinary charges. … Continue reading

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