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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 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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The Comic Connection – No.15 – Roy of the Rovers – 21st March 1981

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The R’s were featured numerous times in ‘Roy of the Rovers’ and on the 21st March 1981, Simon Stainrod was included as their ‘Star Portrait’. ‘Mighty Mouse!’ is first up – Kevin Mouse, known as ‘Mighty’ Mouse on the football field, was a student at St Victor’s Hospital and a part-timer with Tottenford Rovers in the First Division. Mouse was also in charge of the St Victor’s soccer team and he arranged for them to play their last match of … Continue reading

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“You Will Score Goals said ‘Psychiatrist’ Alec Stock – and I Did!” – Brian Bedford

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I came across the following article written by Brian Bedford, in a copy of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly from March 1962: ‘Change you club…change your luck! That’s what they say in soccer and that’s the way it has gone for me. A little over two years ago I was unwanted, had been transferred for the third time after service with Reading, Southampton and Bournemouth. I thought my football future was over. I had been in Bournemouth’s FA Cup “giant-killing” side … Continue reading

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Bray Wanderers v QPR U21’s

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Team: Aaron Lennox, Darnell Furlong, Osman Kakay, Brad Spencer, Harly Wise, Cole Kpekawa, Brandon Comley, Josh Hunt-Laurent (captain), Olamide Shodipo, Reece Grego-Cox, Shpat Ismaji. Subs: Aaron Mitchell, David Raise, James Harran, George Butler, Ben Pattie. A day out by the sea they said. A day in the sunshine they said. After all, the country’s been awash with sunshine all week hasn’t it. So as referee Paula Brady signalled for kick-off in the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, Co. Wicklow, at 2.20pm, … Continue reading

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From 1904 – Park Royal from a Football Aspect (Its Possibilities as regards the Future)

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The following fascinating article was written by J.V.A. Kelly and appeared in the Great Western Railway magazine in 1904: ‘Park Royal sprang into prominence like a streak of lightning as the permanent head-quarters of the Royal Agricultural Society and with equal suddenness it seemed likely to disappear from notoriety when in June last that society’s annual show for a second time proved a financial failure. At that time, however, the directors of the Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club were at … Continue reading

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David McCallan – My Perfect Cousin

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David McCallan is one of the most prolific goal scorers in Irish League history, he is also my cousin. During a career spanning the 1980’s and 90’s, David’s goals clinched several important trophies for the many teams he has served with great distinction. He also has a special place in the history of Bangor FC where, in several spells as a player, he is the club’s all-time record goal scorer. I can remember many Saturday afternoons watching the local sports … Continue reading

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Memories of QPR winning the Championship Play-Off Final: Part Three – Belgrade to Wembley

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For Easter holiday, Rangers played away in Leicester and at home to Watford. Injury to Charlie Austin and run of bad results took Rangers out of automatic promotion spots, so these two games were just some kind of warm-up for play-offs. I went to Leicester alone, by train. Due to rail maintenance, I travelled only to Bedford and after that by bus to Leicester. Over four hours in one way and then four hours back. Due to early kick-off, I … Continue reading

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A New Era of Luxury for the Fans as QPR Move into London’s White City

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In November 1962, QPR manager Alec Stock was the guest writer in Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly: ‘Now it has happened and we are on our way. Right now I should say that the switch from Loftus Road to the fabulous White City Stadium for the rest of the season’s games is just about the most interesting happening in football this season. I could start by citing our brochure which details the covered accommodation, the bars and restaurants and the spacious … Continue reading

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