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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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The 1915 FA Cup 3rd Round Tie at Stamford Bridge: QPR (1) – Everton (2)

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Team: McLeod, Millington, Pullen, Broster, Mitchell, Whyman, Thompson, Birch, Miller, Simons, Donald Attendance: 33,000 The 1914/15 FA Cup campaign got underway with a 2-1 home victory over Glossop. In Round Two, Rangers defeated Leeds City 1-0, also at Park Royal, and were then handed another home tie against Everton. The game was switched to Stamford Bridge and was played on 20th February. The following report appeared in Sports Argus later that day: ‘Owing to Park Royal being required for military … Continue reading

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Birmingham City (1) – QPR (4) – ‘Their Four-Goal Second-Half Super-Show was Courageous & Unforgettable!’

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Football League Cup Semi-Final (1st Leg) Team: Springett, Watson, Langley, Keen, Hunt, Sibley, Lazarus, Sanderson, Allen, Marsh, Morgan (R) Sub: Morgan (I) Attendance: 34,295 The following match report was written by Alan Williams and appeared in the Daily Express the following morning: ‘Queen’s Park Rangers are within 90 minutes of becoming the first visitors to Wembley from the Third Division. They were roaring runaway winners last night over Birmingham’s Second Division promotion raiders. So Rangers face only the formality (well, … Continue reading

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The 1975 London Five-a-Side Football Championship

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Twelve teams competed in the 1975 London Five-a-Side Championship. The tournament took place at the Empire Pool, Wembley, on 30th April. Sponsored by the Evening Standard, Rangers had won the ‘Fives’ title three times in the previous four years so, not surprisingly, were considered to be one of the favourites. The Rangers squad consisted of; Phil Parkes, Dave Clement, Don Masson, Gerry Francis, Stan Bowles and Don Shanks. Ernie Howe turned out for Fulham whilst Millwall included Tony Hazell and … Continue reading

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50 Years Ago Today: ‘Marsh (plus the Roar) puts QPR in League Cup Semi-Final’

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Football League Cup 5th Round Team: Springett, Watson, Langley, Keen, Hunt, Sibley, Lazarus, Sanderson, Allen, Marsh, Morgan (R) Attendance: 19,146 I remember this match as being a very tense encounter indeed. That said, I can still see in my mind’s eye Mark Lazarus bombing down the wing without his shorts after the elastic had broken! In the ‘Supporters Corner’ of the programme it read: ‘We have appealed on many occasions in this section of the programme for increased support from … Continue reading

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24th October 1903: Fulham (2) – QPR (2)

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Team: Collins, Lyon, White, Bowman, Hitch, Bull, Hamilton, McCairns, Murphy, McGowan, Wilson Attendance: 16,000 Rangers travelled to Craven Cottage on 24th October 1903 to take on Fulham in a Southern League fixture. The following match report appeared the following week in the ‘Illustrated Police News: ‘The Southern League fixture between Fulham and Queen’s Park Rangers on Saturday at Craven Cottage was very interesting, seeing that these same teams will again meet on Saturday next to contest which side shall have … Continue reading

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