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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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QPR’s first ever Match at the White City Stadium

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Team: Shaw, McDonald, Pullen, Ovens, Mitchell, Wake, Revill, Tosswill, McKie, Thornton, Barnes Attendance: 26,000 Rangers’ home game scheduled for the 5th April 1912 against Southampton had to be switched from Park Royal due to the consequences of sympathy action for the miners by Willesden railwaymen. This Good Friday fixture was the first time that QPR played at the White City. The following match report appeared in the local press: ‘Owing to the inability of the Great Western Railway to run … Continue reading

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The Queen’s Head, 13 Brook Green, London W6

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Following some research at Hammersmith Library recently, Bernard, Colin and I headed round the corner for the short walk to ‘The Queen’s Head’. And who should be leaving as we headed to the bar, but Terry Venables, who we were told, used to live locally. I proceeded to order a steak sandwich and a pint of Fullers Front Row, described by the brewery as: ‘a balanced, refreshing Ale’ and I certainly wouldn’t disagree with that. This popular Fullers pub was … Continue reading

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Charlie Ferris – White City Legend

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As a child growing up on the White City Estate in the 1960’s, life had a familiar rhythm: football matches on the back lawns against neighbouring blocks on Sundays, which would last all day long and were played in deadly earnest, with kids taking turns to go up and have their dinner before re-joining the battle with the enemy; occasional trips to ‘the pictures’ – Shepherds Bush Odeon and the adjoining ‘Bughole’ (we never called it ‘The Essoldo’) – with … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace v QPR – ‘Teams threatened with Relegation are supposed to give every last drop of sweat. QPR barely gave their first’

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Team: Green, Furlong (Hill), Onuoha, Caulker, Suk Young, Wright-Phillips (Grego-Cox), Henry, Sandro (Kranjcar), Phillips, Taarabt, Austin Subs Not Used: McCarthy, Hoilett, Vargas, Zamora Attendance: 24,886 (including 2,650 R’s fans) Are Queen’s Park Rangers doomed? Ask their fans. “We’re going down,” they sang as they slid to defeat here, and amid the gallows humour there was a real dismay there too. Teams threatened with relegation are supposed to give every last drop of sweat. QPR barely gave their first. Crystal Palace … Continue reading

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In Memory of John “gramps” Clifford

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The very sad news came through last month that John had passed away. The obituary in the Southampton match programme was as follows: ‘John Clifford was a wonderful, caring and thoughtful husband, father and grandfather. The most-selfless person you could ever meet. Even until his last days his thoughts were for others. He loved his family so much and would do anything for them. He ran the talking newspaper for the blind, and the hospital radio, because he didn’t want … Continue reading

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Stoke City v QPR – When you defend like Schoolboys you end up Chasing the Game!

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Team: Green, Isla, Dunne, Onuoha, Hill (Suk-Young), Henry (Zamora), Vargas, Barton, Fer, Kranjcar (Hoilett), Austin Subs Not Used: McCarthy, Caulker, Phillips, Zarate Attendance: 27,512 (including 1,258 R’s fans) A poor start that got worse, improvement in the second-half, but it was all too little and too late, with the game effectively over after 34 minutes. When you defend like schoolboys, that’s what happens, you end up chasing the game, leave yourself open, concede a third which really flattered a poor … Continue reading

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The Tenth Taddy & Co. QPR Cigarette card – Sidney Sugden

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Taddy & Co. produced three sets of cards in their Prominent Footballer series. This is now the tenth QPR card that I have featured from the first series issued in 1907. On the reverse side of this original card it reads: ‘Grapnel Mixture – A delightfully cool pipe tobacco, combining the sweetness and fragrance of the better class Virginia Tobaccos with the rich flavour of Latakia. Rather a full-flavoured but an eminently pleasant mixture.’ Their second set was issued the … Continue reading

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