The Pirates (1) – QPR Supporters’ Club (2) – 29th April 1967

Team: Paradise (?), B. Martin, G. Temple, B. Miller, P. Dale, D. McKenna, B. Steel, D. Samuels, G. Wiles, K. Davies, P. Jackson

Prior to the QPR league game at Eastville on 29th April 1967, the Rangers Supporters’ Club side took on the Bristol Rovers Supporters’ Club team, known as ‘The Pirates’, at the King George V playing fields in Downend.

The match kicked-off at 11am and a souvenir programme was produced, price 6d, which included the following introduction to the R’s team:

‘We welcome to Bristol this morning the football team of Queen’s Park Rangers’ Supporters Club and, in doing so, would like to extend to the QPR first team our hearty congratulations upon winning the Football League Cup and the Third Division Championship – a very impressive ‘double’. Rangers’ Supporters’ team have also had some exhilarating times recently.

Formed in season 1956/57, the highlight of their history was a tour to Holland during Easter 1966, when they twice appeared before crowds of 35,000 spectators!

Like the Pirates, their first taste of competitive soccer was in a local Sunday League. Then they became founder members of the National Federation of Supporters Clubs Sunday League in 1961.

In 1962/63 their first team reached the final of the Lewis Cup, but lost 2-1 to Manchester United.

Last season was QPR Supporters’ most successful to date, their first X1 being league runners-up, and their second string marching off with the Falkland Cup by beating Charlton Athletic 1-0 in the final.

Our two supporters’ teams met earlier this season prior to the QPR v Rovers league match on 3rd December last. The Pirates won that match – played on a pitch next to Wormwood Scrubs Prison – by 3-1.’

Rangers won the match 2-1 with goals from Geoff Wiles and the team captain, Dennis Samuels (Sammy).

Later that day, in front of 17,600, the QPR first team went down 2-1, Mick Leach was the Rangers scorer.

Steve Russell

(My thanks to Sammy for supplying me with a copy of the programme)

4 thoughts on “The Pirates (1) – QPR Supporters’ Club (2) – 29th April 1967

  1. That’s quite a stylish looking programme cover, much better than what was being producing for the first team!

  2. Good read. I know Graham Temple. He was at Sulgrave Boys Club with me and we played in the same junior Football team circa 1964.

    He was an Ex Clement Dane lad.

    I understand after the 2-2 draw at Ipswich in that famous promotion clash of April 1968 he had his QPR banner destroyed by opposition supporters.

    Anyone out there got anymore up to date info about him?

  3. The Rovers team for the first team fixture on 29th April 1967 was:
    Larry Taylor, Doug Hillard, John Petts, Stuart Taylor, Ray Mabbutt, Harold Jarman, John Brown, Alfie Biggs, Alex Munro, John Williams and Wayne Jones.
    Ray Mabbut was the father of Gary Mabbutt.
    Alfie Biggs scored both Rovers’ goals

  4. Looking at the QPR line-up I believe that to be Dennis Samuels at #6. I remember our statistics chap Derek Buxton telling me that he sold his QPR football programme collection to Dennis back in the 1970’s so that he could buy a colour TV set!

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