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Black History Month & QPR – Video

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The Independent R’s are proud to support QPR and QPR in the Community Trust in the club’s celebration of Black History Month. QPR in the Community Trust have commissioned two short films in partnership with Jason Nwansi, who is a professional poet and film-maker. Gianni Critchlow Source: QPR FC This piece below is titled ‘My Badge is My Culture’ and features a specially penned poem, read out by Jason against a backdrop of classic QPR footage and Academy product, Gianni … Continue reading

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Bright Future must not overlook the Lessons of History

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My thanks to Garry Coady for alerting me to this superb newsletter written by Dion Fanning for the Irish Sunday Independent: ‘QPR are a club that believes that some good will come from everything. There is very little beauty at Loftus Road yet it is currently the ground I most enjoy visiting. This is not because it is the football ground closest to my house, although maybe that adds to my affection. It isn’t necessarily because the floodlights light up … Continue reading

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Arsenal v QPR – A Little Bit of History Repeating

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It was with a mixture of pride, anger and frustration that the 3,000 R’s trudged away from the Emirates on Saturday afternoon; Pride at the Tiger Cubs walk which encapsulates so much that is special about QPR; Pride at the battling display that this team had put up against the predictions of the pundits for 80 minutes; Anger and frustration at the way a point was carelessly tossed away in a moment’s indiscipline. This wasn’t the match report I was … Continue reading

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History in the Making – The Unveiling of the Plaque at St. Jude’s Hall

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I knew that Droop Street School was still there (now known as Queen’s Park Primary) and I knew that St Jude’s Church was no longer in Lancefield Street, but it came as a big surprise to me when some years ago, Joe English informed me that the old Mission Hall was still in existence. Then a few years ago, on a pilgrimage to the area, Jimmy Murray parked up near the hall and I stood outside in amazement. Last year, … Continue reading

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The Blue Plaque in Hammersmith that commemorates the planning of the D-Day Landings

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Following our latest trip to the Hammersmith archive, Bernard Lambert, Colin Woodley and I headed up the Hammersmith Road to ‘Latymers’ for some lunch. Whilst taking a photograph of the pub, Colin noticed an interesting building situated through the trees. A closer inspection revealed a blue plaque on the outside wall that commemorated the planning of the D-Day landings in 1944. Dan Hodges wrote an interesting article on the subject for the local newspaper in 2009 following the unveiling: ‘It … Continue reading

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When the Largest European Film Studios were located in Shepherd’s Bush

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The following article from 1933 was written by Ellis Coughter and appeared in the Meccano magazine. It provides a wonderful insight into British film production during that period. An extract follows: ‘One of the most interesting features of the cinematograph world since the War, has been the steady development of the British film industry. During the War the American film industry made enormous strides, both technically and commercially, whereas all British activity of this kind was at a complete standstill. … Continue reading

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An Emotional but Happy Return for Michael Doughty

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The following interview with Michael Doughty appeared in the Forest match day programme last month: ‘The year 2012 heralded perhaps the saddest news in our long history – that our owner and lifelong supporter Nigel Doughty had died aged 54. Doughty’s passing hit everyone hard – none more so than members of his family, who had shared in the inevitable ups and downs associated with owning a football club. For son Michael, he had lost a father who inspired him … Continue reading

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From 1960: Chelmsford City (4) – QPR X1 (3)

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Team: Spence, Newcombe, Colgan, Keen, Whitfield, Brown, Barber, Pearson, Keeble, Baten, Kerrins (Turner) Attendance: 1,560 A QPR X1 played Chelmsford City on 2nd January 1960 in a hastily arranged friendly after their game against Barry Town was postponed because of their involvement in a Welsh Cup tie. J. C. Chaplin wrote the following match report for the local Chronicle: ‘The rain-drenched match on the squelching New Writtle Street pitch was no ordinary friendly in the generally accepted sense. It had … Continue reading

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The George IV, 185 High Road, Chiswick, London W4

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The George IV is just a short walk from Turnham Green Underground Station and recently I met up there with Bill Burnett from Aberdeen, who had stayed over in London following the Fulham away game. Originally known as the ‘Lord Boston’s Arms’, the pub is said to have been licensed from at least 1771. This name was shortened to the ‘Boston Arms’ in 1790 until around 1820 when George IV came to the throne. Lord Boston’s son, the second Baron, … Continue reading

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Fulham (4) – QPR (0)

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Team: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Angella, Konchesky, Henry, Faurlin, Phillips, Luongo, Chery (Mackie, Fer), Austin (Tozser) Subs Not Used: Smithies, Hall, Doughty, Gladwin Attendance: 19,784 (including 4,062+ R’s fans) Chris Ramsey walked across the pitch at half-time to: “You Don’t Know What You’re Doing!” There were no leaders out there and the home side passed and moved with ease whilst nearly everything we did was laboured and poor! Fulham should have scored more. Normally I would have condemned what Tjaronn Chery … Continue reading

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