Monthly Archives: September 2014

Southampton v QPR

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Team: Green, Isla, Ferdinand, Caulker, Traore, Phillips (Hoilett), Sandro (Henry), Fer, Kranjcar, Vargas (Zamora), Austin. Subs Not Used: McCarthy, Hill, Onuoha, Dunne. Attendance: 30,504 (including 2,847 Rangers fans) On a day when I would have taken a point before the game‚Ķwe almost did just that. We weathered the early storm in the first-half, rode our luck, slow, sluggish and almost void of ideas going forward and the loss of Sandro didn’t help. Somewhat better in the second-half and we came … Continue reading

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‘What a Start‚ĶI Broke a Leg!’ – Ray Drinkwater

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The following article was written by Ray Drinkwater and appeared in Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly in July 1962: ‘I haven’t always been a goalkeeper. I was an outside-left when I went to Northmead School in Guildford, Surrey. If I had stayed in that position I don’t suppose I would have got into League football. I took a fancy to goalkeeping in Sunday morning ‘kickabouts’ in a field in Guildford. Then came my first real match‚Ķfor a local club named Westway. … Continue reading

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The Ninth Taddy & Co. QPR Cigarette Card – Charlie Shaw

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Taddy & Co. produced three sets of cards in their Prominent Footballer series. This is now the ninth QPR card that I have featured from the first series in 1907. On the reverse side of this original 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.’ Their second set was issued the following year and a number of these … Continue reading

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QPR v Stoke City

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Team: Green, Traore, Caulker, Isla, Ferdinand, Kranjcar, Barton (Phillips), Fer, Mutch (Henry), Vargas (Zamora), Austin. Subs Not Used: McCarthy, Onuoha, Dunne, Hoilett. Attendance: 16,163 (including 1,028 Stoke fans) Stoke’s two goals were yet again down to our bad play as opposed to their good play. The first goal was down to two Rangers players allowing the cross and then yet another bad refereeing decision to allow Rodney to climb all over Rio Ferdinand! The second was down to Isla not … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Growth of Queen’s Park Rangers FC. and Loftus Road in 1920.

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The following gem was plucked from the archives recently by Colin (ESSEXURs) and Bernard (Kerrins). The article appeared in the West London Observer on 20th August 1920 and provides such fascinating and interesting detail: The wonderful growth of Queen’s Park Rangers FC was illustrated on Tuesday when the new grandstand – which is able to accommodate between 3,000 and 4,000 persons, and which has been erected at a cost of ¬£22,000 – was opened. The Rangers now have one of … Continue reading

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Manchester United v QPR

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Team: Green, Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Hill (Traore), Sandro (Henry), Phillips, Fer, Kranjcar, Hoilett, Austin (Vargas). Subs Not Used: McCarthy, Onuoha, Taarabt, Zamora. Attendance: 75,355 (including 1,418 R’s fans) There is no mistaking the gentle hum of a satisfied full-house at Old Trafford, a noise that acknowledges victory is assured, the universe is in its proper order and the only quandary for the locals is whether to nip to the car early and risk missing the last goal in a rout. … Continue reading

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QPR U18 (1) – Brentford U18 (0)

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U18 Professional Development League 2 Team: Gogic, Arthur, Kakay, Williams, Garnett, Matthews, Komodikis, O’Sullivan, Mitford, Corkery, Darbyshire. Subs: Adams, Todd, Donnellan, Crichlow, Springer-Downes. Following the disappointing home defeat to Charlton Athletic, Paul Furlong’s side then bounced back with a superb 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday. Tyrell Mitford’s 2nd half goal was enough to give his U18’s team their first win of the season. George Butler was nursing an injury, Reece Grego-Cox was on international duty and Aleksander Gogic made his … Continue reading

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67 Lancaster Road, Notting Hill – Making Toys for British Nurseries in 1915

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This picture, shown below, appeared in the Daily Graphic on 16th March 1915 with the following caption: ‘The first great British Toy Fair and Market opens at the Agricultural Hall, Islington, today, when the public will have an opportunity of seeing for itself how far against the enemy’s toy trade has progressed.   The picture gives some idea of what will be seen there. The girls who are learning toy-making in a garden work-room at 67, Lancaster Road, W., are … Continue reading

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The 16th Independent R’s Badge – Latest News

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The 16th Indy R’s badge commemorates our magnificent victory at Wembley in the play-off final in May. Of the 102 badges that were produced, currently just ten remain. Also available are the final two of the famous QPR pub, the Crown & Sceptre, and very limited numbers of some of my previous badges. These badges are priced at ¬£3.00 each and to place an order please email me at: I’m always happy to do mail order for anyone interested. … Continue reading

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QPR v Sunderland – A Change of Formation and a Vital Three Points

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Team: Green, Caulker, Hill, Isla, Ferdinand, Phillips, Mutch, Hoilett (Traore), Barton, Fer (Taarabt), Austin (Zamora). Subs Not Used: Murphy, Onuoha, Dunne, Henry. Attendance: 17,930 (including 1,772 Sunderland fans) Harry and Hoddle changed the shape on Saturday and for the first time we looked organised both with and without the ball. All players were 7/8 out of 10 for me and Joey Barton was the star performer, a real leader in the middle of the park. W12boy Jordon Mutch was my … Continue reading

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