Monthly Archives: February 2014

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QPR Fans Anti-Merger Pitch Demonstration on 28th February 1987

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The next stage of the ‘No Merger’ campaign was to demonstrate on the pitch and stop the home game against Manchester City from kicking-off. The signal to go on was to be triggered by the appearance of the referee, linesmen and the two teams. I normally stood in the Loft, but I and many others decided to buy tickets for the Ellerslie Road Stand. As soon as the referee was sighted, hundreds of Rangers fans clambered on to the pitch. … Continue reading

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From 1934: Coventry City Pushed out of Second Place

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Team: Mason, Barrie, Ashman, March, Goodier, Blake, Emmerson, Eaton, Blackman, Langford, Brown. Attendance: 9,701 On 18th January 1934, the R’s travelled to Coventry in a top of the table encounter. The following match report was written by ‚ÄúFieldsman‚Äù and appeared in the Midlands press the next day: ‘Coventry City lost a great opportunity of greatly strengthening their position in the promotion race as a result of their home match with Queen’s Park Rangers yesterday. But they let it slip, for … Continue reading

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Charlton Athletic v QPR

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Team: Green, Hughes, Dunne, Hill, Onuoha, Traore, Carroll (Benayoun), Jenas, Hoilett (Keane), Morrison, Doyle (Maiga). Subs Not Used: Murphy, Suk-Young, Henry, O’Neil Attendance: 17,333 (including 3,267 R’s fans) Not just another poor performance, but nothing to suggest this will get any better. Another game, another punt from Harry, another bucket load spent, but still not even close and gone on for too long. No real vision, no youth, no legs, no hunger, just a punt, pass the ball all day … Continue reading

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Dave Thomas on Sir Tom Finney and the 1974 Radio Times Cover Story

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MP: What was the story behind you being on the front cover of the Radio Times Dave in August 1974 with Tom Finney? DT: Well it was when Don Revie had left Leeds United to become the new England manager, after Sir Alf Ramsey. The BBC wanted to run an article and I was contacted. I had not made my England debut yet, but I had played for the England schoolboys, Youth and the Under-23’S. The photo was taken and … Continue reading

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Kid Jensen – Once a Ranger (Not) Always a Ranger ?

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The following article must have appeared in ‘Shoot’ magazine sometime in 1979: ‚ÄúHey, that was really something,‚Äù smiled top Radio One disc jockey Kid Jensen. ‚ÄúI’ll remember this morning for a long time to come.‚Äù Kid had accepted an invitation to train with his QPR heroes – and had the time of his life! David McCreery, Gordon Hill, Bob Hazell and Tony Currie had all given him expert advice. And when the really hard work started, Kid came through the … Continue reading

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QPR v Reading

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Team: Green, Hughes, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto (Benayoun), Traore, Barton, Kranjcar, Hoilett, Doyle, Keane (Zamora). Subs Not Used: Murphy, Onuoha, Henry, Jenas, Maiga. Attendance: 16,522 (including 1,279 away fans) Queen’s Park Rangers’ aspirations of automatic promotion suffered another setback as they lost despite their fellow Premier League hopefuls Reading playing the last 20 minutes with ten men. It was Rangers’ second defeat in a week and has left them ‚Äúhugely disappointed‚Äù according to assistant manager Kevin Bond. ‚ÄúThere were two goals … Continue reading

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The Sixth Taddy & Co. QPR Cigarette Card – William Barnes

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Taddy & Co. produced three sets of cards in their Prominent Footballer series. This is the sixth QPR card that I have featured from the first series in 1907. These cards were issued with ‘Myrtle Grove’ cigarettes and on the reverse side of the card it reads: ‘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.’ William Edwin Barnes was born in West Ham on … Continue reading

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Derby County v QPR

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Team: Green, Hughes, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto, O’Neil (Hoilett), Carroll (Jenas), Barton, Kranjcar, Johnson (Maiga), Doyle. Subs Not Used: Murphy, Traore, Onuoha, Henry. Attendance: 23,495 (including 541 R’s fans) The Derby manager, Steve McClaren, said his jubilant players had only enough energy left to muster a satisfied smile of success, such were their exertions in victory against QPR. McClaren’s side were ‘out on their feet’ in the dressing room after John Eustace’s first-half header gave them a 1-0 win over their … Continue reading

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Interview With Nils Guy

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SR: Nils, I’ve never forgotten opening up the match programme before the Leicester City game on 22nd November 1969 and reading your letter in which you signed off as: ‘Yours truly, the only QPR supporter in Vietnam’. Can you take us back and tell us where you grew up in England and how you became a Rangers fan? NG: I grew up in Hersham, Surrey. I was always a QPR fan as well as Fulham and I emigrated to the … Continue reading

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The First Day of Irish Spring in West London

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The first of February is, as every school child in Ireland knows, St. Brigid’s Day, the first day of spring and almost every infant school class will have kids making St. Brigid’s crosses from rushes or straw over the past week. This time around those good people in Ryanair chipped in with a e40 (¬£35) return fare for Dublin-London that coincided with the Burnley game, so a strong contingent of Irish R’s travelled over for the game. As I blogged … Continue reading

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