Monthly Archives: December 2012

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QPR’s First Continental Tour in 1912: Part One – Paris

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Following their defeat in the Kinnaird Shield match against Blackburn Rovers on 4th May 1912, Rangers set off immediately after the game to Charing Cross to embark on the first stage of the Club’s first Continental tour. They travelled overnight to Calais and after a gruelling train journey they arrived at their hotel in Paris at 7am. After a breakfast of rolls and coffee the players rested until midday. Later, they left the Hotel St. Petersburg and the 1912/13 Club … Continue reading

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QPR v West Bromwich Albion – Festive Cheer in Short Supply on Boxing Day

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Rangers slumped to their second defeat on the spin losing 1-2 to a visiting West Bromwich side delayed by the closure of the A40 Greenford flyover. The game was delayed by 15 minutes and took place through festive driving rain and howling wind. Harry Redknapp ordered two changes from the team which meekly surrendered at St. James Park on Saturday. Armand Traore came in for Ryan Nelsen (out with flu) and Shaun Wright-Phillips was given the nod over Esteban Granero. … Continue reading

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Newcastle United v QPR

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Team: Green, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Hill, Fabio, Mackie, Mbia, Faurlin (Derry), Granero (Wright-Phillips), Taarabt, Cisse (Hoilett) Subs Not Used: Murphy, Diakite, Traore, Onuoha Attendance: 50,180 (including 922 R’s fans) Shola Ameobi came on to the pitch to the sound of boos and left to a standing ovation after his magnificent, curling shot secured a victory that felt like it was worth far more to Newcastle United than just the three points on offer.¬† It condemned Queen’s Park Rangers to their first … Continue reading

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Christmas Greetings from the Indy R’s

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We would like to ‘officially’ welcome Steve Sayce to the Indy R’s and to thank him for his immediate input. Also, our thanks to Martin Percival and to everyone else that has contributed to the website over the past 12 months, It was another dramatic year for the R’s which pretty much started with the sacking of Neil Warnock on 8th January and then the appointment of Mark Hughes a few days later. Who will ever forget those final home … Continue reading

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In Memory of Cornelius Riordan

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I wrote about Neil’s sad passing in 2002 and now ten years on this is in his memory: We had heard the very sad news in December 2002 that Neil Riordan had died at his home on the Queen’s Park Estate in North Paddington. Neil was born on 12th May 1947 in Warwick Crescent in Little Venice and was a life-long R’s fan. He later lived in Kilravock Street in Queen’s Park and when his mother died he moved to … Continue reading

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A QPR Christmas Miracle – Starring Adel Taarabt

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Having spent the last four months rightly panning Queen’s Park Rangers for making the worst ever start to a Premier League season, pundits were forced to eat their words on Saturday. The fear was that, having entirely outplayed Fulham, but conceded late on, the R’s’ 2-1 win would appear scrappy, hard-thought, battling and all the other adjectives journalists love to insert at random into stories. It was none of these. The Cottagers were destroyed at Loftus Road, and it was … Continue reading

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The Detours Did Find their Way to Fame

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On a recent trip to the Hammersmith archive, the following pre-Who article was uncovered whilst Colin, Bernard and I were researching various newspapers on micro-film for future QPR articles. There, within a local Gazette dated 21st November 1963, was the headline: ‘The Detours are Finding Their Way to Fame’. Wonderful article and the rest, as they say, is history: ‘Are you getting fed-up with the Beatles ? Then try screaming for a home grown group: The Detours. I’m sure they … Continue reading

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QPR v Fulham – Adel Taarabt Weaves his Magic and the R’s Finally Have Lift Off

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Team: Green, Traore, Nelsen, Hill, Onuoha, Mbia, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips (Fabio), Mackie, Taarabt, Cisse (Ferdinand) Subs Not Used: Cesar, Diakite, Derry, Granero, Hoilett Attendance: 18,233 I think that most of us over the years have said that once Adel plays with his head in the right place he is virtually unplayable, and he is. He cut Fulham to bits with his craft and vision. There is one side of his game that no one talks about and what was clear on … Continue reading

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In Memory of Ivor Powell: 5th July 1916 – 5th November 2012

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Ivor Verdun Powell was born in Bargoed in South Wales on 5th July 1916. He was the seventh son in a family of ten. He worked down the coal mines with his father and brothers until a QPR scout spotted him playing for his local side. Ivor arrived as an amateur, but didn’t initially make it into the R’s first team and had a short spell at non-league Barnet before returning to Shepherd’s Bush in September 1937 when he signed … Continue reading

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Hammersmith Bridge 2006 – West London is R’s

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It was six years ago when Mo Fitzgerald came up with the idea of displaying Rangers flags across Hammersmith Bridge as part of a fundraising initiative. So we decided to meet up outside the Rutland Arms pub, on I think, a Friday evening ? A group of us then set off to unfurl a number of flags across the bridge to be photographed. In a way it was also a sort of declaration and the result was impressive, but unfortunately … Continue reading

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