Monthly Archives: June 2013

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Armed Forces Day and QPR Fan Ruairidh (Rory) Burton of the Royal Highland Fusiliers

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Today is ‘Armed Forces Day’ (formerly Veterans Day until 2009) and as a QPR connection to this commemoration, we profile R’s fan Ruairidh (Rory) Burton from Perth in Scotland. He joined the Royal Highland Fusiliers which comes under the banner of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and his proud dad Richard forwarded me the pic of Rory shown below. Richard tells me that Rory took a year to complete his training due to a broken foot. Despite this he continued … Continue reading

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Canadian R’s Vox Populi

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Earlier this year, Martin Percival conducted a two-part Vox Populi with a number of German R’s. Next up are four Canadian R’s fans who have kindly answered the following questions: Name: Nicole Wilkins Q: Why Queen’s Park Rangers ? A: I moved here nearly five years ago and originally chose to support Arsenal because some friends did and I didn’t know any better. Shortly afterwards though, I met my now-husband, whose family are West London born and bred. I started … Continue reading

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A 1907 Taddy & Co. Cigarette Card Featuring QPR Centre-Forward Arthur Walker

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Taddy & Co. produced three sets of cigarette cards in their Prominent Footballer series. This is the second card to be featured from the first series in 1907. No details of Arthur Walker on the reverse side of the card, it reads: ‘Imperial Tobacco’ – A ripe, full flavoured pipe tobacco, fine cut. In a good well-seasoned briar or a well-coloured meerschaum it will be found an admirable tobacco.’ Arthur Walker was born in Ripley in August 1888. He was … Continue reading

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Alan McDonald – In Memory of a True QPR Legend

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One year ago today we learnt that QPR legend Alan McDonald had passed away in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. On Friday, 11th May 1990, there was a Testimonial game for Macca at Loftus Road against a Chelsea X1. Michael Wale paid tribute to him in the match programme: ‘Someone asked me the other day: ‚ÄúAlan McDonald’s Testimonial ? He can’t be that old ?‚Äù Indeed, he is not but although only 26, he has been at the club since he was … Continue reading

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Detailed Minutes from Fan Sites Meeting with QPR, Tuesday 18 June

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Representatives from the club’s unofficial websites and members of the club’s media team met at Loftus Road on Tuesday night to discuss all aspects of the club’s media strategy. In attendance: From the club’s media team ‚Äì Ian Taylor (IT) and Paul Morrissey (PM) From the sites ‚Äì Matthew Woolf MW (WATRBS), Ian Gamber IG (QPR Report), David Fraser DF (Open All R’s Podcast), Simon Dorset SD (Not 606), Clive Whittingham CW (LoftforWords), Steve Sayce SS (Indy Rs) Apologies ‚Äì … Continue reading

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Queen’s Park Rangers 2012/13 Season Review

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‚ÄúIt started badly, it tailed off a little in the middle and the less said about the end, the better, but apart from that it was excellent.‚Äù The famous words of Edmund Blackadder sum up perfectly the cacophony of misery that last season has been. Characterised by a slow, inevitable disintegration of morale at the club, it was truly awful. Opened with a confidence eviscerating 0-5 defeat to Swansea City, Queen’s Park Rangers were doomed from the moment they took … Continue reading

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QPR v Ipswich Town – 16th March 1957: Referee Attacked and then Bombarded with Apples

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Team: Springett, Woods, Ingham, Petchey, Rutter, Andrews, Hellawell, Longbottom, Balogun, Cameron, Kerrins Attendance: 12,303 The following match report appeared in the Willesden Chronicle on 22nd March 1957: ‘It took 5 policemen to lead an irate fan off the pitch at Loftus Road on Saturday after he had hit referee Mr B. A. Buckle of Peterborough in the back. The man leapt the barrier and raced on to the field seven minutes from the end when Mr Buckle was taking the … Continue reading

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Danny Maddix Did Like to be Beside the Seaside

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The following article must be from 1988 and I think, appeared in ‘Shoot’ magazine: ‘To paraphrase the song, Danny Maddix, the 21-year-old Queen’s Park Rangers central defender, did like to be beside the seaside. The player who Tottenham did not want reckons his few weeks by the sea with Southend United two years ago were just the tonic his career needed. ‚ÄúI was only on loan to Southend for a month,‚Äù he says, ‚Äúbut in that time I made my … Continue reading

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Hammersmith Ram: 81 King Street, London W6

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The pub was first known as the ‘Great Angell’ and may date back to before 1786 when it was a booking house for stage coaches. An admission of 1846 refers to the pub as the ‘Angel Inn’ with its stables, outbuildings, workshops and also a garden. The site was at one time part of Pingsworth Field, which adjoined another field called ‘Browns’. Other former names include, ‘The Builders’ and the ‘Angel Hotel’. The pub’s association with the name ‘Angel’¬† came … Continue reading

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Supporters are ‘Life Blood’ of Football – Letter to the Acton Gazette in December 1963

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The following letter was written by Neil Gunner of Summerlands Avenue in Acton and appeared in the Acton Gazette in December 1963: ‘As an ardent follower of Queen’s Park Rangers for many years, and in the light of the recent stormy annual general meeting, I , in common with a great many supporters of the club, would like to express in no uncertain manner, my profound condemnation of the policy of the management over the last few years. In my … Continue reading

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