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On this Day in 1968: That Dramatic 2-2 Draw at Ipswich

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Team: Kelly, Finch, Harris, Keen, Keetch, Hazell, Morgan (I), Leach, Clarke, Marsh, Morgan (R) Sub: Allen Attendance: 28,000+ This was the start of the final run-in of the 1967/68 Division 2 campaign. What a nail biter! With Ipswich, QPR and Blackpool all battling it out for the two promotion places to the top flight with just three fixtures to go. The game at Portman Road was not surprisingly an all-ticket 28,000 sell out. I had travelled up on a packed … Continue reading

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Tony Ingham: A New Suite should fit Mr Rangers!

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Tony Ingham sadly passed away seven years ago today. Dennis Signy wrote the following tribute to the QPR legend for issue 13 of the Club newspaper, ‘Bush Ranger’ in 1989: ‘When Tony Ingham joined Leeds United in 1947, he was earning the princely sum of £6 a week. And the original contract for the Yorkshireman is on display in the re-named Rangers restaurant – the Tony Ingham Suite – along with pictures of his record 514 league appearances for the … Continue reading

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50 Years Ago Today: Third Division Champions – Oldham Athletic (0) – QPR (1)

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Team: Springett, Hazell, Langley, Keen, Hunt, Sibley, Morgan (I), Sanderson, Allen, Wilks, Morgan (R) Sub: Watson Attendance: 14,359 The R’s were confirmed as the Third Division Champions after the 1-0 win at Oldham on 15th April 1967. The following match report appeared in the ‘Green Final’, the Sports edition of the Oldham Evening Chronicle: ‘Queen’s Park Rangers had enough chances in the first-half at Boundary Park this afternoon to have ensured their promotion. Fortunately for Athletic they missed them all…..until … Continue reading

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‘Our Policy should be a Youth Policy’ – QPR Manager Jack Taylor

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The following article was No. 7 in the series, ‘Soccer Sketch Presents Your Team’, and appeared on the 16th October 1954: ‘Like Frank, my brother, who’s now managing Stoke City, I’m a Buckley Boy. Like Frank, I’m proud of it. Both of us were lucky enough to work as players under one of the greatest managers in football, Major Frank Buckley, of Wolves and now of Walsall. I’ve forgotten few of the priceless things Major Buckley used to tell us … Continue reading

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Born on this Day in 1917 – QPR Legend, Alec Stock

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Alec Stock was born in Peasedown St. John, Somerset, on 30th March 1917. As a player, Alec had previously played for Tottenham Hotspur and Charlton Athletic before joining the R’s in February 1938. Later that month he made his debut against Reading at Loftus Road and scored one of the goals in the 3-0 win. Alec made a total of 47 appearances, scoring 16 goals, before the outbreak of war halted his career. He was drafted into the Army and … Continue reading

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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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