Monthly Archives: March 2012

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Dave Clement – The Complete Player

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31st March 2012, is the 30th anniversary of Dave Clement’s sad and untimely death. For many younger Rangers fans his name is associated with the never to be forgotten 1975-76 team that came so agonizingly close to winning the League Championship but, for those of us old enough to have seen Dave play regularly, he was without any shadow of a doubt one of the all-time Rangers greats – a superb all-round player who could always be relied upon to … Continue reading

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Recent Youth Team News

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Two weeks ago the U18’s took on Crawley Town at Harlington and lined up as follows:- Trani, McDonnell, Walker, Champion, Downes, Sendles-White, Sutherland, Comley, Andrade, Monthe, Webb With Gareth Deane still unavailable, it was an opportunity for Tommaso Trani to finally make his debut, all six foot seven inches of him. Although Crawley had lost 3-4 to Peterborough the previous week, but they were soon to reveal what a good side they were. However, the R’s made a decent start … Continue reading

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Sunderland v QPR

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Team: Kenny, Young, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Taiwo, Derry, Taarabt (Wright-Phillips), Mackie, Diakite (Buzsaky), Cisse, Zamora (Bothroyd) Subs Not Used: Cerny, Hill, Gabbidon, Barton Attendance: 37,128 I travelled in style to Newcastle, due to the vagaries of rail ticketing, first class was cheaper than second ! Had to queue 45 minutes for a ticket, but at least there was a good atmosphere in the away end. I was also happy with the eleven who started. We were a tad negative, but still … Continue reading

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QPR v Liverpool – Steve McQueen is Revving up the Motorbike

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QPR pulled off their own version of ‘The Great Escape’¬† on Wednesday night as they came back from two goals down with 13 minutes remaining to snatch the three points in injury time. Jamie Mackie played the role of Virgil Hilts at the death as he slotted the ball past a bemused Pepe Reina to set off scenes of pandemonium in the home Stands as well as the home bench as all the staff ran onto the pitch to celebrate … Continue reading

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Turkish Acrobatics Were a Delight – QPR v Galatasaray in 1950

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The R’s had toured Turkey twice just after the War and had played Galatasaray on both occasions. There was the 1-1 draw in May 1948 when Cyril Hatton converted a penalty and this was followed in June 1949 with a 4-2 victory. The scorers were Duggan, Addinall, Muir and Pointon. In 1950 it was the turn of the top Turkish side to tour England and news of the forthcoming encounter appeared in the previous home programme:- ‘On Thursday, September 14th, … Continue reading

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Where Do I Begin ?

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I was chuffed to be asked to write for ‘Independent R’s’ although, of late, I haven’t felt very inspired. Unsurprisingly, it has been very hard to find anything positive or upbeat to say about my beloved QPR. It is no easier now as, having returned from the Bolton game, I have come to accept what seems to be inevitable: that QPR are going to be relegated this season. So I do hope this article is not too depressing for you … Continue reading

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Bolton Wanderers v QPR: “I Am Not in a Sporting Humour Now”

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So wrote William Shakespeare in his play, ‘The Comedy of Errors’. Not sure if he had the game at the Reebok in mind when thinking of a title for his farce, but there are a lot of similarities. Why, football is even mentioned in the play at one stage when Dromio of Ephesus says to his namesake of Syracuse: ‚ÄúAm I so round with you as you with me, That like a football you do spurn me thus? You spurn … Continue reading

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QPR U18 (5) – Gillingham U18 (1)

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Team: Lumley, McDonnell, Walker, Champion, Brown, Sendles-White, Sutherland, Comley, Gibbons, Monthe, Webb. Frankie Sutherland was back after playing for the Irish U19’s against Turkey. Bruno Andrade was apparently unwell and Gareth Deane, Marcel Henry-Francis and Bradley Simmonds were still nursing injuries. Prior to kick-off we watched the start of the U16’s game against AFC Wimbledon before taking up our usual positions adjacent to the corner flag. The R’s took the lead within 15 minutes after a lovely ball fed Frankie … Continue reading

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QPR v Everton

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Team: Kenny, Hill, Onuaha, Ferdinand, Derry, Taarabt (Mackie), Traore, Buzsaky, Barton, Wright-Phillips, Zamora Subs Not Used: Cerny, Gabbidon, Young, Taiwo, Smith, Bothroyd Attendance: 18,033 (including 1,660 Everton fans) Much better, Clint Hill again played extremely well. We did look far more like a team, unlike the shambolic performance against Fulham. We may just get out of this as the other four teams down the bottom are poor. Any other season and I would suspect that we’d be cast adrift by … Continue reading

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The Planned Development of the Old BBC Woodlands Site on the Corner of Wood Lane and the Westway

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Margaret Tyler is a local history tutor who I plan to meet soon. She passed on the following details of further plans to develop yet another area of West London. Apart from giving your support, Margaret would also like to hear from anyone that lives in the area and may be affected by this development. Steve Russell Voreda Capital LLP and Imperial College have formed a partnership to develop the old BBC Woodlands site on the corner of Wood Lane … Continue reading

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