Monthly Archives: June 2015

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Gerry Francis: Young Rugby Ace becomes England Soccer Star

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The following article was written by Gerry Francis and appeared sometime in the mid-1970’s: I suppose I’m unusual in the way I started off on the wrong foot because I nearly became a rugby star. It happened like this: ‘I played soccer at junior school in Chiswick in West London. Then I went to a secondary school, which had only rugby as an organised sport. I had to play it – and I can’t have been all that bad because … Continue reading

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The Tribute to Rik Mayall’s ‘Bottom’ in Hammersmith Broadway

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The following article was written last June by Alix Culbertson and appeared in the local newspaper: ‘Hammersmith and Fulham Council said it is interested in honouring a petition by Rik Mayall fans asking for a bench to be placed in Hammersmith in memory of the TV comic. The online petition, signed by nearly 2,500 people as we go to press, says a ‚Äúpermanent memorial bench for the late and great Rik Mayall should be placed as close to the location … Continue reading

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In Memory of Alan McDonald who passed away three years ago today

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Macca sadly passed away three years ago today and to commemorate him I’ve reproduced another one of Big Dave Evett’s personal memories: ‘A friend of mine asked me if I would get him two tickets for the Manchester United game. The only thing was that my request was in the same week as the match, which was all sold out. My mate’s wife was a fan but had never been to a match. Heather was in her late 40’s and … Continue reading

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The Trials and Tribulations of a QPR Scout

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The following snippet comes from an article titled, ‘Keeping a Sharp Look-Out’, by ‚ÄúRanger‚Äù, which appeared in a 1950 home programme: ‘The trials and tribulations of a scout are often not appreciated by the average supporter who is inclined to think in terms of the talent the scout produces. It is very rarely that a ‚Äútip‚Äù is not followed up however little known the source because you never can be sure whether or not you’re passing over a future international, … Continue reading

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Remembering Leslie Locke

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Leslie Locke was a Queen’s Park Rangers footballer of the 50’s that perhaps has slipped below the memory radar of a lot of older R’s supporters. Born in Perth, Scotland, in 1934, he joined QPR as an amateur in 1956, turning pro in 1958 and scored 29 goals in 82 games during his spell at Loftus Rad. He mostly played in the inside-left position (wearing the symbolic R’s No.10 shirt) but on occasions turned out at outside-left or centre-forward. The … Continue reading

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The 13th Taddy & Co. QPR Cigarette Card – William Yenson

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Taddy & Co. produced three sets of cards in their Prominent Footballer series. This latest one is the 13th QPR card that I have featured from the first series issued in 1907. On the reverse side of this original card it reads: ‘A delightfully cool pipe tobacco, combining the sweetness and fragrance of the better class Virginia Tobaccos with the rich flavour of Latakia. Rather a full-flavoured, but an eminently pleasant mixture.’ I previously featured William Yenson in this series … Continue reading

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‘I Came 4,000 Miles to Score the Greatest Goal of My Life’ – Tesi Balogun

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The following article appeared in ‘Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly’ in April 1957: ‘It’s a long way from Lagos, Nigeria, to Shepherd’s Bush, London – approximately 4,080 miles – but I’m more than glad I made the journey. Not that my route was direct. Before I was given my big chance with Queen’s Park Rangers, I played first for Peterborough, and then Skegness. But first I want to tell you of my early football life back home in Nigeria. I was … Continue reading

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Keith Friend’s 1977 Interview with Frank Sibley for the ‘Superhoop’

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Issue No. 9 of the Supporters Club magazine: ‘The Superhoop’, included an in-depth interview with Frank Sibley at the ‘Rangers Stadium’ on Tuesday 13th September 1977: KF: Frank, were you surprised when you were offered the Manager’s job? FS: Yes, my first reaction was surprise. I’d always hoped that at some stage I might get the chance of the Manager’s job here. Especially having been here for so long, coming through as Youth Team Manager, Reserve Team Manager, Assistant Manager, … Continue reading

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The 1969 London Five-a-Side Football Championship

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Twelve teams competed in the 1969 London Five-a-Side Championship on 23rd April at the Empire Pool in Wembley. Rangers went out at the very first hurdle after Tottenham defeated the R’s 1-0 in the 1st Round. The programme lists the QPR line-up as follows; Spratley, Watson, Glover, Hunt, Clarke (F) and Mick Leach was named as the substitute. Included amongst the other 11 sides were: Bobby Ross for Brentford, Dave Webb for Chelsea, Terry Mancini for Orient plus also Alan … Continue reading

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‘Peeping Tom’ – Behind the Scenes with Queen’s Park Rangers in 1921

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Previously known as ‘The Football Favourite’ until the 30th April 1921, ‘The Football and Sports Favourite’ was a weekly newspaper, costing 2d. ‘Peeping Tom’ went behind the scenes with QPR and this fascinating article appeared on 14th May 1921: ‘Although there was no intimation to ‚Äúknock and walk in,‚Äù that is what I did on reaching the dressing-room at the Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club. On entering, I noticed several players, one of whom smartly dressed and with coloured socks … Continue reading

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