The team picture shown below was taken from the cover of that popular national football weekly, ‘Soccer Star’. Dated 14th September 1957, the caption reads:
‘Last season, Queen’s Park Rangers enjoyed one of their most successful post-war campaigns and this season, they have started at a cracking pace. Pride of place on our cover this week is the whole of the Queen’s Park Rangers playing staff. They read, left to right: (Back row): A. Allum, K. Rutter, T. Newcombe, J. Crabb and W. Temby.
(Middle row): J. Eggleton (assistant trainer), A. Andrews, P. Kerrins, D. Baker, M. Powell, R. Springett, P. Lay, T. Standley, E. Smith, A. Farmer (trainer).
(Front row): W. Finney, T. Peacock, A. Longbottom, A. Ingham, J. Taylor (manager), A. Dawson, R. Cameron, P. Angell and P. Woods.
Rangers are out to do big things this year. “We are not just content to remain in the Third, we are after Second Division status next season,” manager J. Taylor told us. Rangers fans are keeping their fingers crossed.’
However, looking at that list I noticed that there are a number of mistakes. For example, they have omitted the names of two players from the back row. Also, Jimmy Eggleton and Alec Farmer are named as being in the middle row, but clearly not shown ? I wonder if they apologised for these errors the following week ?
There is a reference to the recent behaviour of some R’s fans on Page 4 in Graham Payne’s ‘Last Weekend’ section:
‘Queen’s Park Rangers fans seem to have taken a leaf out of Everton fans’ books. Everton fans, you will recall have earned themselves a bad name with bottle-throwing and fights – last Saturday, one of the ten thousand fans who turned up at “The Bush” aimed a nasty blow at a Brighton player as the teams were leaving the field.
Referee G. W. Pullin of Bristol, was also involved in a scuffle in his dressing-room, and police were called. Come off it – a few of you will give the majority of Rangers’ supporters a name that smells.’
A name that smells ? QPR finished the 1957/58 season in exactly the same position as they had done the previous one….10th.