Author Archives: Martin Percival

Live Music Review – The Cold Blooded Hearts – Uxbridge Crown & Treaty – 17th December 2016

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Gareth Ainsworth always played football with something of a rock ‘n’ roll like swagger. Those fans lucky enough to have been at the QPR away game at Rushden & Diamonds in August 2003 will recall his guitar twanging goal celebration after both of his two superb long range efforts that day – look them up on YouTube if you’ve never seen them. If you have then look at them again – we all need cheering up a bit at present! … Continue reading

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Part 2 of the KLM/QPR Years, 1987 to 1990 – An Interview with Barry Evans

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In part one of this interview, Barry Evans the Deputy General Manager – UK and Ireland for KLM during the 1980s and 1990s, went into the details of how the Dutch national airline came to be involved in sponsoring football initially with Brentford and later with QPR before continuing to talk about his love of the club, his trips to three World Cup Finals and his views on Jim Gregory as an owner and Chairman. In this concluding part, Barry … Continue reading

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The KLM/QPR Years, 1987 to 1990 – An Interview with Barry Evans

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Rangers’ club sponsors from 1987 to 1990 were the Dutch national airline KLM, in conjunction with the Netherlands Board of Tourism. It was a period where the club developed strong squads via the traditionally successful formula for Rangers from the 1960s through to the 1990s – a mixture of players developed via the youth system (Gavin Peacock, Tony Roberts etc), promising signings from the lower divisions (Paul Parker, David Seaman, Andy Sinton, David Bardsley and co.) and some carefully picked … Continue reading

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‘Hi Ho Silver Lining’ – The QPR Connection

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Last Saturday at Wembley, when they played Jeff Beck’s ‘Hi Ho Silver Lining’ at the end of the game, it reminded me of Daphne Biggs, the long-standing QPR Supporters Club secretary and away travel organiser. I thought to myself ‚ÄúI’m sure there’s a lot of Ranges fans here today who don’t know the significance of why the song is played after home games when we win – let alone today‚Äù and so I contacted long-standing R’s fan Pat Harrison for … Continue reading

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28 Years Later … the Milk Cup nightmare lives on

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The film ’28 Days Later’ and the follow up ’28 Weeks Later’ depicted a desolated, post apocalyptic London with a handful of human survivors feeling totally lost whilst they wandered amongst the devastation. For many Rangers fans that was precisely how we felt on 20th April 1986, after the 3-0 Milk Cup Final defeat versus Oxford United. For the past 28 years many of us have wondered why Rangers were so awful that day, against what was a fairly unremarkable … Continue reading

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