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24th February 1906: QPR (0) – Norwich City (0)

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Team: Kingsley, White, Newlands, Yenson, Hitch, Ryder, Thompson, Sugden, Bevan, Fletcher, Roberts Attendance: 12,000 On 17th February 1906, Rangers had drawn the derby match at Brentford 2-2 and the following week took on Norwich City at the Agricultural Showground in Park Royal. The Sporting Life reported on the game two days later: ‘There was a decidedly Rangers-cum-Luton element about the Norwich City team which visited Park Royal on Saturday, under the guardianship of Mr John Bowman, the former secretary of … Continue reading

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The Pirates (1) – QPR Supporters’ Club (2) – 29th April 1967

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Team: Paradise (?), B. Martin, G. Temple, B. Miller, P. Dale, D. McKenna, B. Steel, D. Samuels, G. Wiles, K. Davies, P. Jackson Prior to the QPR league game at Eastville on 29th April 1967, the Rangers Supporters’ Club side took on the Bristol Rovers Supporters’ Club team, known as ‘The Pirates’, at the King George V playing fields in Downend. The match kicked-off at 11am and a souvenir programme was produced, price 6d, which included the following introduction to … Continue reading

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50 Years Ago Today: ‘Roaring Rangers! – Wonder Men Wipe out Albion Goals’

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What a wonderful headline that is! The following match report was written by Reg Drury and appeared in the ‘News of the World’ the day after our historic win at Wembley in 1967: ‘Queen’s Park Rangers made a mockery of their Third Division status with a magnificent fighting comeback to win Wembley’s first League Cup final after being two goals down – both scored by their former outside-left Clive Clark. Only in the delirium that followed England’s World Cup triumph … Continue reading

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“I’m not too Small for England” – Paul Parker

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The following article appeared in a football periodical in 1987: ‘Paul Parker believes he faces a tall order to convince Bobby Robson that he fits the bill as an England centre-half. Parker, a diminutive five foot seven inches in height, has earned rave reviews for his central defensive performances since joining Queen’s Park Rangers for £250,000 from Third Division neighbours Fulham in the close season. Yet while his one-time England Under-21 partner Tony Adams has broken into the full international … 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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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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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 (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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Was this a Foul on Arthur Longbottom? Or was it just an Accident?

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I managed to pick up a couple of loose pages a while ago that had been extracted from a 1950’s football book, titled: ‘A Foul, Mr Howell? Or, is this just an Accident? The caption reads: ‘Should Mr Denis Howell, the referee, give a free kick against Sam Burton, the Swindon Town goalkeeper? Arthur Longbottom, the Queen’s Park Rangers’ inside-right, appeals for a foul. Judge for yourself from the picture, but we can tell you that there was no whistle … Continue reading

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