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User avatarJoined: Tue Feb 06, 2007 9:10 pmPosts: 11191Location: W12 now South Harrow
Alec Stock was born in Peasedown St. John, Somerset, on 30th March 1917.

As a player, Alec had previously played for Tottenham Hotspur and Charlton Athletic before joining the R’s in February 1938.

Later that month he made his debut against Reading at Loftus Road and scored one of the goals in the 3-0 win. Alec made a total of 47 appearances, scoring 16 goals, before the outbreak of war halted his career.

He was drafted into the Army and served as a tank officer. After the war Alec joined Yeovil Town as player/manager and achieved great success.

Alec later managed Leyton Orient and then briefly, Arsenal and A.S. Roma.
In August 1959, he arrived at Loftus Road after Jack Taylor had moved on to manage Leeds United.

In the 1959/60 Club Handbook the QPR President, The Earl of Cottenham, wrote: ‘The Rangers have taken stock. I am sure all you loyal supporters will give Mr Alec Stock and the players your wholehearted encouragement, so that the stock of this old Club rises to its rightful place in the football world.’

Ian Holloway would most certainly concur with the title of Alec’s short article on page 8: ‘The Key Word is Enthusiasm” writes Alec Stock – “Preen not your feathers today with the glories of the past for you are apt to tarnish, not gild, neither dwell on your past misfortunes or errors except to put them to good use as stepping stones to future success.”

‘The above is cribbed from an old programme, and, in my opinion, is an apt appreciation of the Club at the moment.

To everyone I say this – there is nothing wrong with Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club that sheer enthusiasm can’t put right.

So the key word for season 1959/60 is – ENTHUSIASM – coupled with a plea that you, our staunchest of supporters, will play your part.

Enthusiasm on the part of all – officials, players and supporters – will lead the Rangers during season 1959/60, back to the standards of success formerly achieved by the Club.’

Rangers finished the season in 8th place and we know what he went on to achieve for our Club.

Thanks Alec….

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 5:20 pm Reply with quote
User avatarJoined: Tue Feb 06, 2007 9:10 pmPosts: 11191Location: W12 now South Harrow
Brian Dolan from our Facebook group....

The best thing Leeds United ever done for QPR was taking manager Jack Taylor off our hands. It allowed the formidable Alec Stock to take over and instil an enthusiastic and positive feel to the club after the doom and gloom of the Taylor years.

I remember the announcement of Stock taking over with a film clip on the TV news of Stock leading his players around the Hayes & Harlington running track high stepping with their arms out like a drill sargeant. I'd never ever heard QPR mentioned on the TV before except in the classified results, never mind a film clip.

The man became a legend and was shabbily treated by Chairman Gregory. It was our loss because he went on to success with Luton where he produced a nugget in Malcolm McDonald and Fulham taking them to the Cup Final where he marshalled the talent of Best Marsh and Moore into a rejunervated Fulham team.

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