Monthly Archives: February 2017

QPR U23 (2) – Cardiff City U23 (0)

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U23 Professional Development League Team: Dieng, Petrasso, Robinson, Finney, Wallen (Chair), Paul, Bowler (Clarke), Rowe, Oteh, Eze, Hamalainen (Williams) Sub Not Used: Herdman The first batch of team sheets included the Charlton Athletic line-up for some reason, but the correct player’s details were distributed soon after. Captain for the day was No.4 Josh Wallen, and it was good to see that Jack Robinson was in the starting line-up. No Reece Grego-Cox unfortunately, but in his place at centre-forward was a … Continue reading

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On this Day in 1968: A 1-1 Draw at Bolton, which included a Half-Time Punch-Up!

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Team: Springett (R), Clement, Harris, Keen, Keetch, Hazell, Morgan (I), Sanderson, Clarke, Marsh, Morgan (R) Attendance: 14,733 The quality of football during this encounter could best be described as run of the mill, but the point that the R’s gained in this 1-1 draw was of vital importance for their promotion hopes. True the standard from both sides was certainly mundane, however, this fixture was marked out by a couple of really bizarre incidents. When Bolton took an early lead … Continue reading

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Just the ticket for Rangers fans?

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So we’ve just had another ‘big reveal’ from the club regarding season ticket prices for next season. And in all fairness for existing holders renewing before 31 May it’s pretty good news. In summary: • Renewal prices frozen • Interest-free direct debit installments • ‘Bounty’ of £20 QPR Cash when you ‘refer a friend’ who buys a new ticket. Announcements such as this from the club are often greeted with much gnashing of teeth with concerns over increases. In the … Continue reading

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11th March 1972: Birmingham City (0) – QPR (0)

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Team: Parkes, Clement, Gillard, Busby, Evans, Hazell, Francis, McCulloch, O’Rourke (Leach), Ferguson, Salvage Attendance: 35,557 Ahead of Saturday’s trip to St. Andrews, I’m featuring the game played there on 11th March 1972. Tom Duckworth wrote the following comprehensive match report for a local newspaper: ‘Blues found goals hard to come by against Queen’s Park Rangers at St. Andrews. The Londoners provided spirited opposition and never allowed Blues to settle down to their usual fluent game. Blues found chances hard to … Continue reading

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Are plans for a new stadium at Old Oak Scrubbed?

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Last week QPR responded to newspaper speculation that the club would be turning its attentions away from a planned new stadium and wider complex at Old Oak. Instead it confirmed it was looking at “…a potential partnership with an athletics club such as Thames Valley Harriers to create a new community stadium” at the Linford Christie Stadium adjacent to Wormwood Scrubs. When this news broke, the response across social media felt quite muted. It was almost like a collective shrugging … Continue reading

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From February 1962: Southend United Reserves (2) – QPR Reserves (0)

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Football Combination Team: Slack, Baker, Morgan (P), Selkirk, Taylor, Angell, Barber, Cockell, Pattison, Grace, Hobbs Earlier in the season the R’s had beaten Southend 1-0 at Loftus Road. This return reserve match was played at Roots Hall on Wednesday, 7th February 1962. The Southend line-up included former Rangers player, Pat Kerrins at No.6. The following match report comes from a local newspaper: ‘That teenage goal-scoring machine, Ray Smith, fired home two of the finest goals seen at Roots Hall this … Continue reading

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QPR U23 (2) – Charlton Athletic U23 (2) – Two More for Reece…

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U23 Professional Development League Team: Dieng, Barzey (Springer-Downes), Williams (Rowe), Wallen, Arthur, Paul, Crichlow, Morrison, Grego-Cox (Clarke), Eze, Petrasso Sub Not Used: Herdman The visitors were awarded a penalty after something like ten seconds whilst I was still preparing my notes! I was informed that Mr Buonassisi had pointed to the spot seemingly because one of our defenders had run across a Charlton player (who didn’t go down) in the box! The Addicks captain, Mikhail Kennedy, made no mistake giving … Continue reading

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QPR (3) – Birmingham City (1) – Another Night to Remember as Rangers Reach Wembley!

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Football League Cup Semi-Final (2nd Leg) Team: Springett, Hazell, Langley, Keen, Hunt, Sibley, Lazarus, Sanderson, Allen, Marsh, Morgan (R) Attendance: 24,604 Willesden & Brent Chronicle journalist Sean Kilfeather completed his article in the souvenir match programme with the following: ‘Thus we have arrived at a night which is likely to be historic for the club and will set the tongues wagging as the older supporters remember other Trojan clashes. They will remember, of course, the year Rangers were promoted 48-49 … Continue reading

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The 1904 Cartoon of QPR Club Secretary John Bowman

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Ernest Batchelor of 84, Chaplin Road, Willesden, was awarded one guinea for winning a weekly newspaper competition in 1904. The announcement was made in the Athletic News on 11th April 1904: Last week’s competition, which brought a shoal of drawings, has resulted in the prize of one guinea being awarded to: Ernest Batchelor, 84, Chaplin Road, Willesden, London, NW, for a cartoon showing Bowman, the match secretary of the Queen’s Park Rangers, leaving his nest at Kensal Rise for Park … Continue reading

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QPR (1) – Burton Albion (2) – ‘Easy to Dig Out the Players, but for me, Ollie Cost us the Game’

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Team: Smithies, Bidwell (Mackie), Onuoha, Lynch, Furlong, Hall (Washington), Wszolek, Doughty (Manning), Luongo, LuaLua, Sylla Subs Not Used: Ingram, Perch, Shodipo, Eze Attendance: 12,116 (including 212 Burton fans) Sylla’s attitude stunk on Saturday. No movement, zilch hold-up play and when he won any headers they went straight to the opposition! How can he go from being superb at Reading, to poor against Fulham and then dreadful on Saturday??? I think Ollie’s selection was wrong before kick-off and it didn’t improve … Continue reading

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