Chasing rainbows, learning lessons, rewriting history

Queen’s Park Rangers co-chairman Tony Fernandes has given an interview to North American-based website Vice Sports in which he talks about the club and the near six years of ownership by him and his Malaysian business partners. https://sports.vice.com/en_uk/article/ive-learnt-the-hard-way-tony-fernandes-on-football-fandom-and-attempting-to-build-the-new-qpr It’s a wide-ranging, if unchallenging, piece where Fernandes talks about lessons learned, his passion for the club Continue reading

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In August 1905, the Kensal Rise Athletic Ground came into the possession of Mr W. Ecclestone (aka ‘Jolly Jumbo)’

The following article appeared in the Kilburn Times on 19th August 1905: ‘The Kensal Rise Athletic Ground, until last year the home of the Queen’s Park Rangers, has now changed hands again, and since it has come into the possession of that well-known promoter of sports meetings, Mr W. Ecclestone, of the “Coach and Horses,” Continue reading

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A 6-0 Win for the Rangers over Brighton United in 1899, but the result was later expunged!

Team: Clutterbuck, Knowles, McConnell, Crawford (capt), Tennant, Keech, Smith (T), Haywood, Bedingfield, Turnbull, Cowie Attendance: 4,000 QPR’s eagerly awaited opening match in the Southern League (Division 1) took place against Brighton United at Kensal Rise on 2nd September 1899. The Kilburn Times reported on the game the following week: ‘Last Saturday’s match between Queen’s Park Continue reading

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Booked! The Gospel According to our Football Heroes – Dan Trelfer & John Smith

A couple of years ago, my friend John Smith tweeted out a passage from Kevin Drinkell’s autobiography (you remember him: Norwich, Cov, Rangers…Grimsby). He made a point that Drinks book was not a riveting page-turner – but there was this one bit that made his mouth drop open. In the passage, Drinks describes a fancy Continue reading

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