I know we’ve had a lot on our mind recently, but it may have escaped your attention that a new DVD went on sale in the club shop at 10.30am on the morning of the Leeds game. I decided to go and buy a copy the following Monday, but then spent the next three days watching the recording of the Leeds game before I thought that it was time to watch this new DVD instead !
The title should give you a clue as to what it’s all about and fair play to the Commercial Dept. for getting this project off the ground in the first place. At three hours and thirty minutes in length, spread over two DVD’s, it shows the 75/76 season in chronological order. But it actually starts with the highlights of the pre-season friendly away to Borussia Monchengladbach where the German champions were taught a lesson, when having taken the lead, we then dismantled them with a brace apiece for Stan Bowles and David Webb. Then the league campaign starts in earnest with Gerry Francis scoring the BBC’s Goal of the Season in a 2-0 win over Liverpool at Loftus Road then saying in an interview that: “there’s no reason we can’t finish in the top three.”
There are various highlights of 22 games taken from either the BBC or ITV archives as we seemed to feature on Match of the Day quite regularly. What I really like is that they also show the post-match interviews with players who had made the headlines and there are great ones to look out for including Manchester United’s Alex Stepney with his unfeasibly large wing collars plus an interview with Phil Nutt who scored our goal in the ‘top of the table clash’ with Derby County at Loftus Road. I recall one of his relatives posted on this website a couple of years ago asking if anyone had the footage of his only goal for QPR, so I think the Nutt family will be very happy with this DVD, as will a lot of QPR fans of a certain age or should that be vintage ?
There are also in-depth interviews with Phil Parkes, Frank McLintock, Stan Bowles and Gerry Francis recorded recently. Not only does this DVD show what a really great team we had back then, but this release also proves that football back then was totally different to what we see today as it seemed that you had to murder someone to get sent off or even a booking (yellow and red cards were unheard of back then). For instance, see both of Stan and Gerry’s altercations with Tottenham’s Willie Young and the Norwich player who poleaxes Stan with a right hook and the referees’ didn’t even book them !
Some of the quality of the footage leaves a lot to be desired though as it appears the archivist at the BBC didn’t look after the football footage it seems. Two of the games are even in black and white and then changes to colour for a few seconds before reverting back to monochrome. In one game our goal has even gone ‘missing’ !!! These anomalies are pointed out on the inside cover though, but I do have one gripe and that is that we don’t actually want to watch the Wolves v Liverpool game at the end as even though its 35 years since we were robbed by the Scousers (no stereotyping). I do not need reminding of it thank you very much. I can even remember that night as if it was yesterday as I was 12-years-old and was at a mate’s house and as we listened to Radio 2 (the BBC’s Sports Channel back in the day), I distinctly recall crying as the last 13 minutes were played out !
I’m glad that its out on DVD though as although I already had a lot of the footage, that I received from the makers of the Michael Nyman documentary, ‘The Final Score’ (‘A Symphony for Football’), made in the early 90’s, but as its on VHS I doubt that it’s in good nick and to be honest I’ve no idea where the tape is anyway !)
It ends with a really good interview with Gerry Francis who explains that even though Liverpool were given 10 days off at the end of the season before they played their decider at Molineux, no one at QPR complained at the time which also shows how football has changed these past 35 years.
¬£13.99 from the club shop and no doubt also available online
(Thanks to Martin Percival for the above scans)