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Friday, September 6, 2013

QPR On This Day: 55 Years Ago Clive Clark Debut...Colchester's Lua Lua Humiliates...Birthdays for Rioch & Kelly...Just Passed: Half Century Since Frank Sibley Debut



 Above and below Photos Plus addition QPR History in Photos: From the 1880s to the 21st Century - The Bushman QPR Photo Archives

- Couple days ago marked FIFTY Years since Frank Sibley made his QPR debut as a 15 Year Old (Half a century later, Sibley still holds the record of youngest QPR Player)

Fifty-Five years ago today...

QPR Winger, Clive Clark, made his QPR debut: September 6, 1958 against Bournemouth, away. QPR losing 0-2.

(Also playing that day, Drinkwater and Ingham).

Sold to WBA by Alec Stock, reportedly to prevent him from being kicked around by Third Division defenders. At WBA, he spent a decade (including scoring twice against QPR at Wembley).

Clark briefly returned to QPR in 1969, in a part-exchange for the brilliant Alan Glover, before moving on to Preston.

See also Clark Stats.

44 years ago today (September 6, 1969) - QPR were 1-0, 2-1 down and then scored twice in last ten minutes to beat Ian Greaves Promotion Team Huddersfield 4-2.

Scorers for QPR: Marsh, Ian Morgan, Barry Bridges, Terry Venables penalty (Crowd 18,746)

Kelly - Clement Hunt Hazell Watson
Sibley Venables Morgan
Bridges Marsh Clarke
Back in those days, Marsh was reportedly the highest paid player in the Division, at a hundred pounds a week  :D

Post by Macmoish on Sep 6, 2010 at 4:53am

(Of course)

6 September, 2000, QPR 1-4 Colchester (agg: 2-4)

Second Division Colchester United provided one of the shocks of the Worthington Cup First Round as they hammered QPR 4-1 at Loftus Road.

Colchester's 19-year-old striker Lomana Lua Lua was the hero as he grabbed a brilliant hat-trick and also set up Steve McGavin for another superb goal.

Lua Lua, who has been interesting some Premiership clubs this season, took just 10 minutes to strike against injury-hit Rangers.

He took full advantage of a mix-up between Matthew Rose and Lee Harper to steal in, round the keeper and slip the ball into the net.

Seven minutes later he struck again, this time netting from a Karl Duguid cross to make it 2-0.

The two goals rocked Rangers and they struggled to get back into the match against a solid United defence.

The home side then threw themselves a life-line in first-half injury time when Kim Breacker crossed from the right for Sammy Koejoe, who headed back for Chris Kiwomya to nod in.

On 55 minutes though Colchester restored their aggregate lead as McGavin powered a low drive into the corner to settle the match.

Lua Lua completed a brilliant hat-trick though five minutes from the end, to make his mark on the night.

Breacker could only deflect a Langley pass into Lua Lua's path and he took his time, beat the keeper and thumped the ball home to round off a memorable night.
Queens Park Rangers: Harper, Breacker, Darlington, Perry, Morrow, Rose, Carlisle, Langley, Connolly, Koejoe, Kiwomya. Subs: Miklosko, Plummer, Rowland, Crouch, Bruce.

Colchester: Brown, Gregory, G. Johnson, White, Skelton, Clark, Stockwell, Dozzell, McGavin, Duguid, Lua-Lua. Subs: Walker, Lock, Tanner, Keith, Keeble.

Referee: D Gallagher (Banbury).

QPR Official Site September 2000 - GERRY FURIOUS AFTER DEFEAT

MANAGER Gerry Francis was fuming after the 4-1 home defeat against Colchester United in the Worthington Cup.

Gerry said: "We haven't concede four goals at all since I returned to the club. We only lost two games at home last year in the league.

"So to lose four goals at home to a team in a lower division is very disappointing and embarrassing from my point of view. But I have to say Lua Lua was absolutely outstanding. We could not handle him at all. He murdered us.

"OK, we had more chances than them. We didn't put them away so a lot of it is down to us. Also, their keeper made some outstanding saves.

"But I have to say there were periods in the game where we lacked a bit of passion and fight. I'm really disappointed with that. I hate losing at the best of times. I'm not happy. The players have let themselves down, they've let me down, they've let the fans down and they've let the club down. I feel very sorry for the fans.

"There were too many players who we all know could do a lot better than they did on the night. On top of that, you had Lua Lua who was excellent for Colchester. I've seen him in action a few times and that is the best I've seen him play by a long, long way.

"We're out of the cup again and that is a real disappointment to us. We would like a cup run here because it has been years since it happened here. Also, financially it would help us. So all round it was a very, very disappointing night for us.

"We did have 11 players unavailable against Colchester, but I do not want to use that as an excuse. We lost Christer Warren and Stewart Wardley before the game with a virus. Clarke Carlisle got off his sick bed to play as did Karl Connolly.

"But having said that, you still have to perform and do the right things. Over two legs we ought to be able to go on and beat Colchester, but we haven't.

Birthday - Ex-QPR Assistant manager, Bruce Rioch Turns Sixty-Six

QPR's Loan Defender, Stephen Kelly Turns 30- September 6, 1983.
Kelly played only seven games for QPR...including the playoff final loss in Cardiff! (One of a number of a great signings made in the Holloway/Jackett/Mel Johnson era!



QPR Official Site - November 10, 1997 - BOARD RELEASE HOUSTON AND RIOCH

BOSS Stewart Houston and Assistant Manager Bruce Rioch have parted company with Queens Park Rangers, after a board meeting at Loftus Road on Monday night.
A statement issued by the club read:
"Following a meeting of the Board of QPR, at which Stuart Houston was present, the club has reluctantly decided to release both Stuart Houston and Bruce Rioch.
A caretaker manager will be appointed in the interim period."
Chairman Chris Wright will issue a full statement following the AGM of Loftus Road plc tomorrow afternoon. The excusive interview will be available on this site from around 6pm GMT.

QPR Official Site - November 11, 1997 - THE WRIGHT WAY FORWARD

CHRIS WRIGHT revealed today that fan power had necessitated the removal of Stewart Houston and Bruce Rioch as the managerial team at Loftus Road
As John Hollins was installed as caretaker boss, the chairman insisted he would not be rushed into finding immediate replacements.
" I did feel it was important that Stewart carried the body of the fans with him, we had taken six points from 24 and the feeling was we were not moving in the right direction."
" I know that Stewart never really endeared himself to the fans, he didn't see that as part of his job and I felt Stewart was struggling to carry support with him."
" I wanted to give him until the end of the year, but I felt it was better to make a clean break."
Turning his attention to the fuure and the installation of the new man at the helm, Wright revealed.
" I don't want to lurch from one manager to another. I want to go into this feeling, this is the best man, rather than getting in someone tomorrow afternoon."
" It could be days, weeks, months or even the end of the season."
" Twelve months ago we felt we were a Premiership Club who would be promoted. We gave players contracts thinking we would be back in 12 months time. The reality is now we are a Division One club. To get out of this division is now a priority and we're looking for a manager capable of getting us well equipped to survive and then getting us out of the division."
" We want someone who knows about the Nationwide League and its players, who will bring the best ones to QPR to get us into the Premier League."
As the Rangers supremo laid out his plans, he apologised to Bruce Rioch over the way he had found out about his dismissal, on Ceefax rather than having been informed directly.
" Stewart was to inform Bruce. I don't know why Stewart took a little longer than we anticipated to contact him. I'm genuinely sorry Bruce found out the way he did."
Having aligned himself with popular opinion in making the managerial change, Chris made a personal plea to R's supporters to get back and stand full square behind John Hollins and the team saying.
" This is your club. It's up to you to get behind your team. You've been quiet at home, now show everybody how much you feel for the club. I know your opinions, we've acted on them, now get behind us again."



After all, everybody has a Ceefax story to tell. Bruce Rioch certainly does – it was there that he found out that he had been sacked as assistant manager of QPR in 1997.

“I was at home watching the Louise Woodward case on television when I turned on Ceefax and read that I had been sacked,” he said.

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