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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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Newcastle United v QPR – “We looked Solid without being Creative” said Redknapp

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Team: Green, Onuoha, Dunne, Caulker, Suk-Young, Barton, Sandro (Kranjcar), Henry (Hoilett), Fer, Zamora, Austin. Subs Not Used: McCarthy, Isla, Traore, Phillips, Mutch. Attendance: 51,915 (including 1,600 R’s fans) Harry Redknapp has long admired Moussa Sissoko, but he could have done without the France midfielder illuminating the Tyneside dusk by scoring Newcastle United’s winning goal, on a day that left Queen’s Park Rangers bottom of the Premier League. A couple of months ago, Alan Pardew found himself in a similarly worrying … Continue reading

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From 1917 – Caring for the Wounded at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Shepherd’s Bush

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The images shown below are taken from the Illustrated War News, dated 17th January, 1917. It’s titled: ‘A Royal Nurse and some of her Patients’ and the caption reads: ‘Queen Augusta Victoria of Portugal, who, with the young King and his mother, Queen Amelia, has displayed the most anxious care and sympathetic consideration for the wounded during the war, has now taken up duties in the Orthopaedic Hospital, Shepherd’s Bush, and, like so many other royal and noble ladies, is … Continue reading

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We Will Remember Them

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The following servicemen had at some time in their careers played for Queen’s Park Rangers and all tragically lost their lives serving their country: Corporal Albert ‘Ben’ Butler – Apart from playing for QPR, he was also the first professional footballer in the ranks of the 17th Middlesex to be killed in action. Albert Bonass – He joined the R’s in 1939 and later became a reserve policeman before joining the RAF. Between 1940 and 1945 he guested for a … Continue reading

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5th September 1967: QPR v Aston Villa – Slow Motion Win for Rangers

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Team: Springett, Clement, Harris, Keen, Hunt, Hazell, Lazarus, Morgan (I), Sanderson, Leach, Morgan (R) Attendance: 21,438 Sub: Langley I had witnessed the 3-1 win at Rotherham a few days earlier and this was soon followed by a superb win under lights against Aston Villa. A bumper crowd of over 20,000 turned out and generated a great atmosphere which continued up the South Africa Road after the game. Brian James wrote the following match report: ‘Aston Villa, the most honoured club … Continue reading

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Match Preview Q&A With ‘The Liverpool Way’ Fanzine

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This week I spoke to Liverpool fan Dave Usher from The Liverpool Way fanzine and website ( to answer a few questions ahead of Sunday’s match… – The Reds have had a number of high-profile players moving in and out of Anfield over the summer. How do you rate Liverpool’s business in the transfer market? Hit and miss so far. Alberto Moreno and Adam Lallana have definitely added something, Dejan Lovren and Mario Balotelli haven’t had the greatest of starts, … Continue reading

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QPR Welcome back (Sir) Les Ferdinand as Head of Football Operations

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Speculation was fuelled around ten days ago when Greg Adams of the Star questioned Les Ferdinand about a possible return as head of the QPR Academy. Les was quoted as saying: “The club is in my blood and will always have a special place in my heart. If there’s an opportunity to go back at some stage then I’m sure I would.” And then last Sunday Les was at Upton Park seated next to Tony Fernandes and his return to … Continue reading

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The Ninth Taddy & Co. QPR Cigarette Card – Charlie Shaw

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Taddy & Co. produced three sets of cards in their Prominent Footballer series. This is now the ninth QPR card that I have featured from the first series in 1907. On the reverse side of this original card it reads: ‘Imperial Tobacco – A ripe, full flavoured pipe tobacco, fine cut. In a good well-seasoned briar or a well-coloured meerschaum it will be found an admirable tobacco.’ Their second set was issued the following year and a number of these … Continue reading

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