October 1952: An Outbreak of Malicious Damage at Loftus Road & the QPR v Newport County Match

Team: Brown, Poppitt, Ingham, Clayton, Spence, Farrow, Gilberg, Smith, Addinall, Quinn, Shepherd

Attendance: 14,800

‘Behind the Scenes’ -The Editor begins his programme notes with not one, but two stern warnings:

‘A WARNING – The amount of malicious damage being done at this ground has reached such proportions that drastic steps have to be taken to ensure that it stops. Therefore WE NOW GIVE WARNING THAT OBSERVATION WILL BE KEPT AND ANY OFFENDERS, WHATEVER THEIR AGE, WILL BE PROSECUTED.

It is known that young hooligans living near the ground are the culprits. Huts have been broken open and cups smashed. Ball valves have been wrenched from the lavatory waster cisterns and an attempt was even made to set a Supporters’ Club hut on fire, so the Club have decided to make an example by prosecuting anyone caught, and parents are warned that the age of any offender will not cause any leniency. This destruction has got to be stopped and the only way is via the police court.’

‘A FURTHER WARNING – This further warning is also directed mainly against youngsters, those occupying the Boys’ Enclosure on match days. Several reports of throwing things at the opposing players have been made and this can only lead to one end – THE CLOSING OF OUR GROUND. This and the practice of cat-calling when a kick is being taken, have also got to stop. Any offenders will be turned out of the ground.’

‘SIX FREE PASSES – The Club would very much like to have about six persons spaced out in the children’s enclosure to curb the throwing and rowdyism mentioned above. Any persons willing to help the Club in this way are asked to get in touch with the Secretary.’

John Poppitt was featured on the front cover and it was announced that the Butlin Young Ladies would be performing a demonstration of physical culture to music again at the end of November. The penny-on-the-ball winner for the 4th October was Mr E. Thorp of 377, Latimer Road, W10 and the Supporters Club Headquarters was moving from the Carlton Ballroom in the Uxbridge Road to the Bush Hotel in the Goldhawk Road.

Tucked inside the programme were these three newspaper match reports:

1. ‘New Boy Quinn Starred For QPR’ was Steve Kersten’s headline – ‘It’s hard to believe, but the same men who had been turning in such feeble displays were in Q.P.R.’s line-up – except for a youngster named Quinn at inside-left. It was this twenty-years-old ex-Greenford amateur who made all the difference to the Rangers. Body swerves, excellent ball control plus a calm temperament, make him one of the brightest stars on the Third Division horizon.

Newport right-half Newall tried all he knew to keep him quiet, but time and again Quinn set his forwards moving with beautifully controlled passes. This was no one-sided game, however. Newport never once stopped trying, and their left-wing of Shergold and Moore gave the Rangers’ defence many anxious moments.

Early in the second half Beattie and Parker found gaps and brought the crowd to their toes with spectacular goals. Rangers had previously scored twice through worthy efforts by Shepherd, and made sure of the spoils with well taken goals by Quinn and Addinall.’

2. ‘QPR Goal in First Minute – Queen’s Park Rangers were a goal up in the first minute of their home match against Newport County at Loftus Road. Quinn, making his first appearance for QPR in a home game, made ground before slipping the ball to Farrow, whose perfect pass was easily netted by Shepherd from close range.

QPR increased their lead after 32 minutes. From a well-placed corner kick taken by Gilberg, Addinall headed the ball to Shepherd, who coolly placed his shot well out of the goalkeeper’s reach. Clever combination between Addinall and Shepherd almost brought another goal for QPR, but Fearnley leaped to save from the winger at full length. Half-time: QPR 2, Newport County 0.

A good move started by Shepherd looked dangerous for Newport. Haines rushed up to clear from Gilberg at the expense of a corner. Newport reduced the arrears after 59 minutes. A harmless looking centre was well taken by Beattie, who, after tricking Ingham, netted with a fast ground shot. QPR were soon back on the attack, and the visitors’ goal had a lucky escape when a drive by Shepherd beat Fearnley and hit a post before rebounding to the goalkeeper.

Parker equalised for Newport. Quinn restored the lead for QPR and Addinall added a fourth. Result: QPR 4, Newport 2.’

3. ‘Queen’s Park Rangers soon went ahead in their home game with Newport. Newcomer Quinn helped towards Shepherd’s goal. George Mountford, of Stoke did not play at outside-right, as had been hoped. He will take a few days to decide whether he will agree to join the London club.

Quinn eluded the defence, slipped the ball to Farrow, who passed it on to Shepherd for the winger to net from a sharp angle. Rangers added to their lead in the 32nd minute. Addinall headed the ball down to Shepherd’s feet for the winger to score his second goal. Clayton was injured and had to leave the field. Half-time: QPR 2, Newport 0.

Rangers resumed play with Clayton back and nearly repeated their first-half quick-scoring feat. Smith’s shot went just wide. Newport came back and Rangers, for a spell, were defending. Beattie managed to get two quick shots in at goal, but Brown was able to deal effectively with them.

Newport scored in the 60th minute when Moore pushed the ball to Beattie and the inside-right shot past the diving Brown. Shepherd had hard lines after this to complete his hat-trick. From a free-kick he ran through and put the ball across the goal past Fearnley, but the ball rebounded off the far upright.

Parker scored Newport’s second in the 69th minute. Quinn got his first goal for Rangers to give them the lead in the 17th minute. Addinall scored the 4th for Rangers in the 80th minute,’

Gordon Quinn was born in Shepherd’s Bush and made a total of 23 1st team appearances, scoring just the one goal. He later moved on to Plymouth Argyle in 1956.

(The above newspaper pic shows Fearnley, the Newport County goalkeeper who: ‘leaps to save a shot during a Queen’s Park Rangers attack at Shepherd’s Bush this afternoon.’)

Steve Russell

(Thanks to Gordon Macey for some of the statistics)

4 thoughts on “October 1952: An Outbreak of Malicious Damage at Loftus Road & the QPR v Newport County Match

  1. When I first started going to LR in the late 1950’s Newport County was a regular fixture. I think the last time we played them was in 1962 in an FA cup tie at the white City..we won 3-2 after being 2-0 down. Cant see us meeting again in a league fixture any time soon. Lets hope not!

    Looks like matters relaxed later in 1958..when peanut shells were allowed to be thrown at the opposition keeper from the Boys Enclosure LOL!

  2. “This and the practice of cat-calling when a kick is being taken, have also got to stop”. I imagine the opposition will get a good reception on Saturday then !!

  3. Great article. Kerrins,were you with me down the School End for one match which had the visiting keeper having a great game to keep us out. He received much stick from the crowd behind the goal and at the end he thanked us by dropping his shorts and treating us to the site of his bare bum! It was priceless. (The event not his bum!)

  4. Yes Colin. QPR V Watford Feb 1962.R’s lost the match 2-1 The Watford goalkeeper was Dave Underwood but it was at the Loftus Rd end of the ground.

    Ex QPR he played a blinder stopped everything as we swarmed all over them for most of the game. A large section of the crowd got very frustrated and really gave him stick.

    At the final whistle his obvious reaction was…Bum to you lot! lol

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