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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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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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Christmas Greetings from the Indy R’s

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As always, we would like to thank everyone that has contributed over the last 12 months to the Indy R’s website, the Facebook page and our match day Vox Pop videos. At the beginning of the month, Alan Hayes reported for ‘Get West London’ that tragically 19-year-old R’s fan Alice Brooks had died after collapsing in the intu Uxbridge car park: ‘The QPR fan received a tribute from striker Charlie Austin on Saturday, as he dedicated his winning goal to … 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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