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Friday, October 25, 2013

On This (St. Crispen's) Day: England-France Encounter - The Battle of Agincourt...A Football Version

       We few, we happy few, we band of brothers

- Agincourt Match report Courtesy of Bushman (Possessor of Amazing QPR Photo Archives: From the 1880s to the 21st Century - Just a Part of it on QPR Report)_

October 25, 1415 The Battle of Agincourt

France v England

Torrential rain the night before had made the pitch heavy underfoot.

The pitch


A few final words by the skipper Henry before kick-off




England get stuck in early on in the first half with Henry leading from the front.


Second half England are all over them.


Game is over with a resounding win for England

Henry V's St Crispen Day Speech


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

QPR Fans - Football Aid: Play at Loftus Road for Charity

From Football Aid...

Football Aid 2014 – Play at Loftus Road!

       View QPR 1.jpg in slide show

How would you like to Live Your Dream of running out at Loftus Road alongside a R’s Legend before taking part in a 90 minute match on the hallowed turf?

Well now's your chance as Queens Park Rangers FC have once again joined forces with Football Aid - www.footballaid.com - to give fans the opportunity to play at Loftus Road in 2014 and raise valuable funds for charity at the same time.

Football Aid offers Queens Park Rangers fans the unique opportunity to experience a matchday in the same way the likes of Shaun Wright-Phillips, Clint Hill, Jermaine Jenas and co do every other week. Players will gain exclusive access to the pitch and tunnel areas, pull on their own personalised shirt in the official changing rooms, walk down the tunnel to the sound of a cheering crowd and step out on the pitch and represent The R’s in a never to be forgotten 90 minutes of football!

To add to that, the matches at Loftus Road have also been supported by a host of fantastic R’s legends in recent years, with the likes of Clive Wilson, Football Aid Ambassador Marc Bircham, Danny Maddix, Stan Bowles (and many more) all lending their extra special support by playing alongside or managing the fans on their big day.

Securing your position couldn’t be easier, just visit www.footballaid.com and choose the Queens Park Rangers games and then you’ll have two Fixed Price options: Option 1: Buy Now - Book your place with a one off payment, or Option 2: Sponsored to Play - Pay a non-refundable £100 deposit for your place, then pay the remaining balance anytime before the 31st Jan 2014.

QPR fan Joe Paradiso came all the way from Canada to take part in 2013 and told Football Aid about his experience after last year’s event:

“Thank you once again for organizing another great Football Aid event at QPR's Loftus Road Stadium. The match was certainly exciting for the fans and many of the guys are looking forward to playing again next season. Keep up the good work!”

So if you're keen to secure a place on your Field of Dreams this season, why not visit www.footballaid.com and sign up today! Alternatively if you’d like any additional information, you can call Football Aid on tel: 0131 220 5999, e-mail: info@footballaid.com, post on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/footballaid or send a tweet to @FootballAid.

Since forming in 2001 Football Aid have allowed over 14,000 football fans the chance to Live the Dream in 535 charity matches all over the UK. The unique concept was the brainchild of businessman and Football Aid Chairman Craig Paterson and funds raised from this year's events will benefit the work of a charitable project nominated by QPR Community Trust, as well as projects nominated by Football Aid’s parent charity Field of Dreams.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Referee for Saturday's Millwall vs QPR Game Announced


Michael Dean is the Referee for Saturday's Millwall vs QPR game
Football League

Assuming Same Ref: His Interesting Wikipedia Profile

Mike Dean Refereeing Stats

Video Celebrating?

The Thoughts and Sayings of Chairman Chris Wright: QPR, Chrysalis and WASPS and QPR Flashbacks


- QPR Report Messageboard

- Shoutout for QPR's Chairman Tony Fernandes from US Secretary of State, John Kerry

- Birthdays Today: Clarke Carlisle and Zesh Rehman

- Two Years ago today: Alessandro Pellicori Released by QPR


- 10 Years ago Today: QPR Played (and Beat) Kidderminster Harriers

- Who was at QPR 13 Years ago: Youth and Staff


From The Publishers/Amazon - Chris Wright - One Way or Another: My Life in Music, Sport & Entertainment Hardcover – October 14, 2013

One Way Or Another is multi-millionaire rock, media and sport mogul Chris Wright's explosive autobiography. In it, Wright lifts the veil on the wheeling and dealing that propelled his company Chrysalis to the forefront of the pop industry - and how the fortune he made from rock enabled him to buy Queens Park Rangers FC, Wasps Rugby Club and a fistful of radio stations and TV production companies. Chris Wright signed bands like Jethro Tull and Ten Years After who were at the forefront of the British rock invasion of America that took place in the late sixties and early seventies, then went on to embrace punk with Blondie and Billy Idol, New Romantics with Ultravox and Spandau Ballet, 2-Tone stars The Specials and many more.

In a life story that reads like a Who's Who of the rock business, Wright spares no blushes in telling tales of sex, drugs and financial blowouts that made some rich and left others by the wayside. Ever the entrepreneur, Wright remained at the heart of the unfolding story that has become the contemporary entertainment industry, subsequently taking the Chrysalis brand into TV and radio. But his story goes beyond success in media and entertainment. In later years, Wright went on to own premiership football club Queens Park Rangers and rugby giants Wasps. Interwoven with a personal narrative that has all the twists and turns of a best-selling novel, One Way Or Another is a remarkable, truly gripping story of life at the top. Amazon

- Flashback: Chris Wright and QPR

- Two Years ago, QPRNet had a fascinating INterview with the former QPR Chairman

QPR Official Site - March 2001


In response to todays press speculation the board of Loftus Road makes the following statement:

"It is true that we are in very early stage discussions with Wimbledon Football Club about a possible merger. It is not helpful that the news has leaked as we were intent on exploring the opportunity in a sensible and controlled manner which included sending a letter to all season ticket holders, club members, and shareholders asking them of their opinion and whether the proposal is worth pursuing. Should these discussions continue the questionnaires will be distributed in the near future and we welcome honest and constructive feedback. The talks with Wimbledon will only continue if there is general approval from our supporter base.

Our initial view is that in the current financial environment for football outside the Premier League the idea could have merit and maybe worth exploring further but we must emphasise it is still very early days and no firm agreement whatsoever has been reached. Any merger will clearly be subject to the approval of the Football League, however the nature of the talks have included the possibility of the new Club playing in Division One at Loftus Rd, with the name and colours reflecting elements of both Clubs.

At this time there is little more that can be said until the views of our supporters have been canvassed and a decision is made as to whether to take discussions further or not"

QPR Official Site - April 2, 2001


The Board of Loftus Road PLC regrets to inform shareholders and supporters that after consultation with its advisors it has decided that the best course of action to help ensure the Group's longer term survival, is to put the holding company, Loftus Road PLC, and its wholly owned subsidiary The Queens Park Rangers Football and Athletic Club Ltd (QPR), into administration.

This decision has not been taken lightly and is a direct result of the losses incurred by the Group, currently running at £570,000 per month, over a sustained period of time.

The main objective of the Board is not only to ensure the continued operation of QPR and Wasps as professional sports teams in the short term, but to maximise their opportunity for a more prosperous future.

Chris Wright will be honouring his prior commitment to the Group and providing whatever financial support is necessary to ensure the continued running of the Clubs until a long term successor can be found or, initially, until at least the end of October 2001.

Chris Wright said :"It is a very sad day for everyone involved in Loftus Road. The last six months have been a real struggle financially and although my intention was to secure a sale to the right buyer before having to take this decision, it has not been forthcoming. I will continue to fund the day to day running of the Group until the end of the season and help to find a purchaser for QPR and Wasps.

Hopefully the day to day impact on the operation of QPR and Wasps as professional sports teams will be negligible, at least in the short term, and will in fact make the longer term more viable. My support for both Clubs remains undiminished and my greatest wish would be for the right individual with ready funds, energy and ideas to step in and secure their future as soon as possible."

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Four QPR Birthdays Today: Alan McDonald (RIP) Would have been 50...Flashback 45 Years: Two Wins in a Row in Division One...QPR Fans Forum of 2006


- QPR Report Messageboard

Yesterday: Rodney Marsh Turns 69: His QPR Career in Photos

 Ex-QPR (three times!)Mark Lazarus Attend Exhibit at Jewish Museum Football Exhibit where he's featured!

- QPR Top Social Media League for Championship Clubs


Ex-Manager, Don Howe Turns 78

- Born October 12, 1935...Great coach at Arsenal. Took over as manager of QPR after Trevor Francis left. Was in charge of QPR for a year and a half before being replaced by Gerry Francis. Signed Wilkins and Wegerle. Gave Ferdinand his chance. Guided QPR to their amazing 3-1 win at Anfield.

Alan McDonald [would have been...50

- Born October 12, 1963, For over a decade, McDonald was QPR and Ireland's Center half. QPR's most-capped international. Was assistant manager of QPR under Gary Waddock. He's now manager of Glentoran. Even after he was axed by QPR, continued to say very nice things about the club.
- See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_McDonald_(Northern_Irish_footballer)
See Also: QPRNet Interview with McDonald

Paul Goddard Turns 54

- Born October 12, 1959. In 1979/1980, QPR had a teenage striking duo of Paul Goddard and Clive Allen.In the Summer of 1980, this duo. Goddard was sold to West Ham by Tommy Docherty/Jim Gregory in August 1980 for around million pounds (and Clive Allen, of course joined Arsenal for a million +). Both went on to play for England Goddard See Also: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Goddard

Chris Plummer Turns 37

Born October 12, 1976...Capped by England U-21 before making his QPR debut in the Summer after QPR were relegated. Often injured, so his career didn't take off as hoped.

- Flashback: RIP: Alan McDonald

45 Years ago:

First we beat Ipswich: After 13 games, our first-ever win in Division One.

A few days later, we beat Sheffield Wednesday...

We can do it....!

(Unfortunately only won two more games all season. (But we WERE unlucky!)

From Bushman... Photos from QPR vs Sheffield Wednesday


Bushman's Archives for 1968/69..


QPR Fan Forum from Seven years ago


There was talk of finances, transfers and even tears at Thursday evening's Fans Forum.

Hosted by BBC London's Tom Watt, Chairman Gianni Paladini and gaffer John Gregory answered a series of questions in front of an audience of 100 QPR fans.

Here's a selection of what they said...

JG on his group of players: I really couldn't have asked anything more from them. They've worn the shirt with pride and they've done themselves and the Club very proud indeed so far. Without wanting to get carried away, I'd say they've been first class.

GP on the John Gregory appointment: We were in a desperate situation after the defeat to Port Vale. I was looking for a reaction from the players at Vale Park but there was nothing, so we needed to make a change. I've known John for years and I'm convinced it's a fantastic appointment for the Club and for him. The two results since he arrived have been fantastic and the morale within the whole Club has lifted.

GP on the gaffers tears: I walked into his office an hour or so after the Hull victory and he was sitting in his office in pitch dark with a bottle of beer. There were tears rolling down his face and that's when I realised just how much this Club meant to him.

JG on his tears: That afternoon was a two finger salute to the rest of the footballing world bar QPR. It was me saying 'go and do one the lot of you.' It was a huge day for me and things have gone from strength to strength ever since.

JG on the future: I honestly believe that the 24 Club's in this division are fighting a relegation battle. I spent the day with Dave Jones (Cardiff manager) on Wednesday and even though they're riding high at the top of the table, he's still focused on getting to the magical 52 point barrier. No Club can afford to go down - the financial implications are just too great. There's no reason why can't dream of a return to the Premiership, but it's just a question of time. With the right kind of infrastructure we can achieve our goals.

GP on finances: Since this board took over here last September we've paid £14m of bills, creditors and loans to the club. The directors, they will take no interest back on this until the club can afford it. If things go badly then we lose our money. When we first took over last September we paid £4.9m to creditors straight away - we county courts, winding up orders and creditors that I didn't know about left right and centre. Without the directors we'd have gone into administration right then. This summer we've got some money from Danny shiteeetu and another £600k coming from that in August next year. We got £750k from Danny to spend on £500k on Blackstock, £200k on Rehman, Stewart and Nicky Ward. Then we paid £250k to Charlton as part of their, you know, and 5% to the Football League and the rest went straight to the tax man. The problem is, if you say to people we desperately need this money they won't give you a million, they won't even give you half a million. We're £1.2m down on season tickets which hasn't helped cash-flow, but I'm not worried. If we can be successful under John people will come back and the cash-flow will increase.

JG three weeks in: The last three weeks have been a dream. I've lad to pinch myself at times. All the staff are pulling together in the right direction, yet despite two wins on the spin, we need to keep our feet on the ground.

JG on transfers: I've looked at the squad and we've got 35 players, which is far, far too many. It's not there fault but we need to make some drastic changes. The playing staff needs to be reduced as soon as is possible and we need to improve the strength in depth in terms of our overall quality. Maybe if we can get one or two out on loan - to join the three already of course - then we can do a few deals in January. There are 16 or 17 lads here that are more than good enough to not only keep us in this league but to push on and finish in the top half of it. Keeping them fit isn't easy of course - we've got eight games in 30 days coming up. We may have a little money to spend in the transfer window and we are targeting Premiership clubs in the vicinity for loans

GP on AKUTR'S: I didn't take this man to court. People think I take people to court because the coffee is too cold. There was nothing in the Evening Standard about our win at Southampton, not one line, but there was a big report on the police. We took action against them last season and won and they don't like us because we beat them. The magazine, I never said I would take them to court, I wanted a chance to respond to serious things that were said about me in that magazine, he never had the decency to get in touch with me for a discussion and my side, I'm talking about the journalist here not the man who edits the magazine. If you don't do anything about this, you're guilty. The allegations he made against me are wrong. If they are true then I shouldn't be the chairman. If they are right I'd resign tomorrow.


Friday, October 11, 2013

Birthday for QPR's Greastest-Ever Player: Rodney Marsh - Also Fulham and Manchester City

- 69th Birthday for Rodney Marsh


- Also Birthdays Today: Danny Maddix (46) and Vic Mobley (70)

- Bosingwa Responds to Redknapp's Claims

- Joey Barton: Ferguson Can't Coach

Marsh's QPR Record
1965-66 -16 league games -8 goals
1966-67 - 41 league games - 30 goals
1967-68 - 25 league games - 14 goals
1968-69 - 22 league games - 4 goals
1969-70 - 38 league games- 12 goals
1970-71 - 39 league games - 21 goals
1971-72 - 30 league games- 17 goals

Rodney Marsh joined QPR from Fulham in March 1966.
Then March 19, 1966: Marsh made his debut away to Peterborough. Drew 1-1 and didn't score. The team for Marsh's debut: Peter Springett -Langley, Hunt Sibley Watson - Lazarus, Keen, Roger Morgan, Allen, Collins Marsh.
(The following week, Marsh made his home debut and scored twice in a 6-1 win over Millwall. Other scorers: Collins, Les Allen, Mark Lazaru & Roger Morgan)

- Marsh's last game for QPR: March 4, 1972 away to Bristol City. QPR lost 0-2
Parkes - Clement Hazell Mancini Gillard - Francis Busby Hunt - Marsh O'Rourke Mcculloch Sub Leach (Note 7 "home growns" in the 12 - and Clement, Hazell, Hunt and Leach along with Watson were playing for QPR when Marsh joined)
In all, Marsh scored 106 goals in 211 League Games for QPR. In the 1966/67 season, Marsh was the country's top goalscorer with 44 goals (30 League goals. 11 Legue cup goals. 3 FA cup goals.)

- Rodney Marsh in Photos 1

- Rodney Marsh in Photos II

-  Photos from the Bushman QPR Photo Archives
and other places.

 - VIDEO: Marsh Hatrick

Marsh Penalty

Playing for Fulham vs Manchester United 1964:


- Rodney Marsh Remembers

- TELEGRAPH: 'Lord Triesman admits that anti-Semitism existed within Fifa during his time as Football Association chairman. Former FA chairman Lord Triesman reveals that he has experienced anti-Semitism and witnessed racism within the walls of Fifa

- Year Flashback: QPR and Twitter Usage/Links

- Steven Caulker: Ex-QPR Youth?

MIRROR/Tom McTague - Football Hooliganism
Football hooliganism is back on the rise: See how your club performs in the league of shame
Football Hooliganism - Complete Table


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Flashback: QPR Man Scores Five in a Game (Never Done before or since by a QPR Player)

-  Photos from the Bushman QPR Photo Archives

- TELEGRAPH: 'Lord Triesman admits that anti-Semitism existed within Fifa during his time as Football Association chairman. Former FA chairman Lord Triesman reveals that he has experienced anti-Semitism and witnessed racism within the walls of Fifa

- Tony Fernandes Thanks QPR Fans

- Year Flashback: QPR and Twitter Usage/Links

- Steven Caulker: Ex-QPR Youth?

- Five Year Flashback: Tommasi Arrives at Loftus Road

- 13 Years ago: George Ndah Signing Falls Through

- Kevin Gallen's New Column on Charlie Austin and Wanting to Coach

- Redknapp: Kevin Gallen Belongs at QPR

MIRROR/Tom McTague - Football Hooliganism
Football hooliganism is back on the rise: See how your club performs in the league of shame

Football arrests by club supported 2013/13
Queens Park Rangers 20
Total number of banning orders against risk supporters of each club

Queens Park Rangers, 19
Football Hooliganism - Complete Table

Alan Wilks Details
Alan Wilks just turned 67. Born October 5, 1946
Wilks was known as Rodney Marsh's "understudy" which was a big burden to bear. Signed from Chelsea on a free in May 1965. Joined Gillingham in July 1971. Played his most QPR games in 1967/68 and 1968/69. Wilks played in QPR's first ever game in the First Division (home to Leicester). That season, played 17+3 games, scoring 5 goals (including one at Highbury, coming on as a sub and scoring with his fi

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Birthday for QPR's England Defender Ian Gillard...Other QPR Snippets


- Photos from the Bushman Photo Archives

- Harry Redknapp on last season at QPR (The Horror!) Daily Mail Excerpts

- Tony Fernandes on the New QPR

- Kevin Gallen's New Column: Number 1

- Three Year Banning Order for QPR Fan   -- Further story re Banned QPR Fan

                        Ian Gillard Turns 63

Born October 9, 1950, Fullback Gillard made his debut in QPR's 1968/69 Relegation season. (Tommy Dochery gave him his debut at home to Nottingham Forest in November 1968.)

QPR won 2-1 (Marsh and Hazell) Team: Kelly Clement Watson Hazell Gillard - Morgan Sibley McGovern Morgan - Bridges Marsh

It took Gillard several seasons before he made the #3 Shirt his own - Initially competing with Ian Watson and Tony Hazell for that position. For several years, QPR was blessed to have as its full backs: Dave Clement and Ian Gillard. Not so sure that people watching Gillard in his early years thought "future England International." But he improved and improved.

Gillard also played three times times for England in 1975, making his England debut at Wembley vs West Germany in March 1975
Gillard played 400+ Games for QPR. Gillard's last game was in the FA Cup Replay against Spurs before joining Aldershot as player coach.

Give his debut by Tommy Docherty in our 1968/69 Relegation season vs Nottingham Forest. QPR won 2-1...(Docherty's one win)

400+ Games for QPR

England caps...

[Football Sporting Heroes]
1968-1969 Played 6 Scored 0 goals (Division 1)
1969-1970 Played 15 Scored 1 goals (Division 2)
1970-1971 Played 17 Scored 0 goals (Division 2)
1971-1972 Played 24 Scored 0 goals (Division 2)
1972-1973 Played 8 Scored 0 goals (Division 2)
1973-1974 Played 23 Scored 0 goals (Division 1)
1974-1975 Played 42 Scored 2 goals (Division 1)
1975-1976 Played 41 Scored 0 goals (Division 1)
1976-1977 Played 41 Scored 1 goal (Division 1)
1977-1978 Played 38 Scored 0 goals (Division 1)
1978-1979 Played 38 Scored 3 goals (Division 1)
1979-1980 Played 38 Scored 1 goal (Division 2)
1980-1981 Played 42 Scored 0 goals (Division 2)
1981-1982 Played 35 Scored 1 goal (Division 2


See Wikedia-


QPR Official Site


Posted on: Thu 24 Jan 2008
In our latest instalment of exclusive past player interviews on www.qpr.co.uk, Ian Gillard comes under the spotlight.

Ian Gillard (1968-1982)

When Ian Gillard retired from playing football, he went to work in the Mars Bar factory and he put on so much weight that his former R's team mates thought he was eating up all the chocolate he was making!

"Yes I piled on a few stone," said Gilly.

Article continues
"It was a different sort of living altogether for me. Football had been in my blood and then all of a sudden things changed and I was out in the big wide world.

"Some guys are quite lucky in that they can stay involved in sport and keep themselves in trim. But I took one look at my FA Cup Final shirts and my England shirts and thought 'how the hell did I ever fit into them?'"

Joking apart, Gillard was an accomplished left-back who joined Rangers as an apprentice in 1968 and went on to make nearly 500 appearances for the first team. He loved his time at Loftus Road.

He said: "It was a big part of my life. I had my ups and downs like most professional footballers, but I really enjoyed it at QPR. It was a good Club and very well run.

"We had a super Chairman in Jim Gregory. He knew exactly what he was doing business-wise. He was a bit of a devil when you tried to negotiate with him, but he understood how to rule a Football Club."

Gillard was an integral part of the great R's side that challenged for the League Championship in 1975/76 - and he still regrets missing out on a title medal.

"I felt that we deserved to win it. We were an attacking side that played lovely flowing football, but it wasn't to be. Liverpool pipped us by a point and it was a real disappointment for us.

"That was the best team I ever played in. They were good times and we had a host of quality players. There was an excellent balance throughout the squad.

"Dave Sexton was the finest Coach I ever worked with. He was top notch. Dave was a very private and quiet man, but all the players had so much respect for him."

Gilly's excellent form for the Super Hoops led to three full England appearances in the mid-1970's. He takes massive satisfaction when looking back on his international caps.

"I was very proud obviously. I was lucky as a few regulars in the squad like Kevin Beattie and Alan Kennedy got injured. So I got my chance and I was really chuffed to play for my country.

"It was just nice to be part of the set-up and be in the England squad as there were a lot of good players involved in those days. I was very honoured."

Snappy in the tackle and lethal on the overlap, Gillard was a formidable defender. He only scored 11 times for the Hoops, but one particular strike sticks in his mind.

"It was at home to Manchester United in September 1978. I still talk about it to this day as it was quite funny!

"Paddy Roche was in goal for United and I put the ball between his legs at the School End. It wasn't meant to be that way but I miss-hit my shot and it just happened!

"I didn't notch many goals in my career so to get one against Manchester United was quite a privilege really."

After completing 14 years with Rangers, Gillard bowed out at the very top. His last games for the Club were at Wembley Stadium in the 1982 FA Cup Final and Replay.

"We had two bites of the cherry against Spurs. We played on the Saturday and then the Replay was on the Thursday night. I knew that I was about to move on from QPR so it was a really good way for me to bow out.

"Tottenham dominated the first match and if wasn't for our keeper Peter Hucker, then we could have lost by two or three goals. But we got over that and Terry Fenwick headed the equaliser towards the end to make it 1-1.

"Then in the Replay, I thought we really did well. We had a good Manager in Terry Venables and he knew what was required to damage Spurs. The plan worked but unfortunately we didn't score, so it was a sad occasion to lose 1-0."

Gilly has had a varied life since leaving Rangers - both in football and in his existence beyond.

"I went to Aldershot as Player-Coach in July 1982. I retired from playing four years later but I stayed on the coaching staff at the Recreation Ground until 1990. We won promotion to the Third Division during my time there.

"But when you have played at the top, it is very hard to go down to the lower levels and I could see a contrast in the players' attitudes. It was so different that it really hit me, to be honest.

"After my time at Aldershot, I worked for Mars before I set up a cleaning company with my wife. It was just the two of us involved and it was very successful actually. But you get a little bit older and we decided to call it a day. So I have jacked that in and I am semi-retired."

Ian Gillard is now 57 years-old and lives in Surrey. He remains a firm follower of our beloved R's and wishes the Club every success.

"It is the first result I look for every week. QPR have always been close to my heart and I pop up to Loftus Road occasionally to watch games with my son or my wife.

"I don't want to see the team where they are at the moment in the lower half of the Championship. They have come through so many difficult years and I am hoping for an exciting future ahead under the new owners."


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

On This Day: QPR Finally Get Their First-Ever Division One Win...Flashback: CEO Talking New Stadium

RIP Hinckley United


- Out Next Week: Ex-QPR Chairman Chris Wright's Autobiography

- Birthday Today for QPR Defender Armand Traore

-Banning order for QPR Fan

- Two Year Flashback: Reported QPR Interest in Zamora and Johnson

Forty-Five years ago Today: October 8, 1968 - QPR, FINALLY, WIN In Division One...

QPR - after two months and twelve games without a win (five draws and seven losses) in what was then known as the First Division (including a humiliating 0-4 home defeat against Chelsea)..newly-promoted QPR finally won their first-ever Division One game.

- In a midweek game at Loftus Road (at a time, when QPR always played their midweek games on Tuesdays), QPR beat Ipswich 2-1. Barry Bridges and Roger Morgan scoring for QPR.

QPR's team against Ipswich:

Mike Kelly:
Alan Harris - Tony Hazell- Bobby Keetch - Ian Watson
Mike Keen - Roger Morgan - Les Allen
Mick Leach - Barry Bridges - Alan Wilks

[Three days later, QPR defeated Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 at Loftus Road, with Wilks, Bridges and Leach scoring, and QPR seemed to be surging. (Unfortuantely QPR lost their next 3 games 3-2 at Newcastle 3-2 at home to Man United and 3-4 at West Ham...and in fact won only two other games the rest of the season as they were relegated with a then record-lowest number of points in the First Division: 18 points!)


Edit; Six Years Ago: October 8, 2007


Queens Park Rangers Football Club have completed the three month loan signing of highly-rated Portsmouth defender Martin Cranie.
The England Under-21 international has put pen to paper on a deal up to, and including, January 1st 2008.
Twenty-one year-old Cranie will go straight into the R's squad for Monday's Sky Sports showdown against Norwich City at Loftus Road.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk earlier today, Caretaker Manager Mick Harford expressed his delight at the arrival of the former Southampton defender.
"He's a good signing for this Football Club," said Harford.
"I've looked at him for a very long while and I'm just delighted we've been able to get him here for three months.
"He's played at the highest level already this season and he's an England Under-21 international, so he's got great pedigree.
"He's versatile, but he prefers to play at centre half and that's where we'll use him.
"It gives me a decision or two to make in that department, but we needed to freshen it up to improve on all aspects of our defending."
Cranie joined Portsmouth from South Coast rivals Southampton for an undisclosed compensation fee in the summer.
He made his Pompey debut against Manchester United in mid-August, but has since failed to hold down a regular starting role, making just three appearances in all competitions so far this season. QPR

October 8, 2007: Mick Harford's first win vs Norwich

Team: Camp, Barker, Stewart, Bolder, Ainsworth, Rowlands, Sahar, Ephraim, Vine, Leigertwood, Cranie
Subs: Cole, Bignot, Timoska, Jarrett, Moore.


Martin Rowlands' second half spot-kick ensured QPR headed into the international break on a high with a first victory of the campaign, in front of the live Sky Sports cameras.
Rowlands bagged the only goal of a one-sided contest midway through the second period, when referee Peter Walton pointed to the spot following Ian Murray's foul on home debutant Rowan Vine.
Victory was no less than the R's deserved, after their most creative performance of the season.
Rowlands was denied by the woodwork and Vine saw his thunderous volley tipped to safety by the overworked David Marshall, as the R's produced a much-improved display in front of a star-studded Loftus Road Director's Box.
Still reeling from the R's 4-2 defeat against Colchester United a few days earlier, Caretaker Manager Mick Harford made three changes to the QPR side.
Portsmouth loanee Martin Cranie replaced Danny Cullip at the heart of the R's defence, while Damion Stewart was restored to the Rangers back four, with Mikele Leigertwood returning to his usual central midfield berth, at the expense of Jason Jarrett.
Chelsea loan star Ben Sahar replaced Dexter Blackstock in attack, alongside home debutant Vine.
Norwich were minus the services of former R's front-man Jamie Cureton, who missed out with a foot injury, but Jason Shackell returned from suspension to skipper the Canaries.
On a balmy October evening in West London, the game started at a nice tempo and it was Rangers who made most of the early running.
Vine's seventh minute pull-back from the by-line fell perfectly into the path of the roaming Leigertwood, whose driven 18-yard effort shaved the outside of David Marshall's right hand post.
It was Vine's strike partner Sahar who spurned the next opportunity, firing into the midriff of Dion Dublin after he homed in on goal from a position on the left flank.
Rowlands' resultant corner kick was only half cleared at the back post and Ainsworth lashed a first-time volley into the arms of Marshall.
Sahar's pace and strength was causing Dublin and Shackell constant problems and when the Israeli front-man bore down on goal on the half hour, the latter did just enough to prevent him from letting fly.
Replays suggested Sahar was dragged back by the Norwich skipper, but referee Peter Walton was not forthcoming with the decision.
Norwich fans were made to wait until the 32nd minute to see their side create an opportunity.
Jon Ostemobor broke from deep, but having left two in his wake, his finish lacked the sufficient power to test Camp.
Rangers continued to pepper the Norwich goal and moments later, the lively Ephraim brought the best out of Marshall, who dived full stretch to beat the left sided midfielder's 25-yard effort to safety.
Norwich created the final chance of the half on the stroke of half-time, when Dublin headed over Darren Huckerby's corner kick.
That proved to be Dublin's final act of the match, with Ian Murray replacing the veteran defender on the resumption.
Rangers were soon back in the groove at the start of the second half, with the unlucky Rowlands denied by the woodwork in the 47th minute.
Playing in an unorthodox right-back position, Rowlands broke from just inside his own half before unleashing a venomous 25-yard drive, which Marshall could only watch onto the foot of his post.
If the R's first half penalty shout was optimistic, their second half appeal in the 50th minute was anything but.
Vine robbed Shackell yet again out wide and when he cut inside the penalty box, the Norwich centre-half was extremely fortunate not to give away a spot-kick, as he grabbed a large chunk of his shirt and dragged the R's loanee to ground.
Yet despite vocal appeals from the entire R's squad and the partisan supporters in the Loft, referee Walton was unmoved.
Rowlands was leading the R's crusade, firing an ambitious 30-yard free-kick on target, which Marshall dealt with, albeit at the second attempt.
It was third time lucky for the R's in the 66th minute, when Vine nipped in front of Murray, nudged the ball forward with his knee and was sent tumbling to ground by Murray.
Walton had no hesitation this time, pointing straight to the spot and Rowlands did the rest, thrashing a powerful right foot drive in to the bottom left hand corner to hand Rangers a thoroughly deserved opening goal.
Buoyed by their goal, the R's created a further two chances in as many minutes.
Ainsworth's thunderous 30-yard volley was deflected wide via the head of Adam Drury and from the resultant corner kick, the impressive Stewart saw his stooping header acrobatically tipped over by Marshall.
The purple patch continued, with Vine seeing his splendid 71st minute volley on the turn tipped to safety by the Scottish custodian.
Norwich threatened briefly when Darel Russell fired a speculative shot straight at Camp, but the reaction of the City faithful said it all, as they mimicked their sides' efforts with a jovial round of applause.
Ephraim was denied the goal his virtuoso display undoubtedly deserved when his low, close-range strike was blocked by Marshall at his near post, but it mattered little, as the R's held on to bag all three points, for the first time this season.
QPR: Camp, Barker, Stewart, Bolder, Ainsworth (Jarrett 86), Rowlands, Sahar (Moore 68), Ephraim (Timoska 90), Vine, Leigertwood, Cranie.
Attendance: 10, 514 QPR

QPR: Camp, Barker, Stewart, Bolder, Ainsworth (Jarrett 85), Rowlands, Sahar (Moore 69), Ephraim, Vine, Leigertwood, Cranie
SUBS NOT USED: Cole (GK), Bignot, Timoska

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

#QPR On This Day: 40 Years -Chelsea...Birthday for Record Goals-in-a Game Scorer.. Alan Wilks...QPR"s Previous 7 Game No-Goals-Conceded Runs

                              - Forty Years ago Today...!

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(PHOTOS ABOVE AND BELOW FROM QPR History in Photos: From the 1880s to the 21st Century - The Bushman QPR Photo Archives_

- ALAN WILKS Turns 67...(Steve Slade Turns 38)

This will hopefully be QPR's Eight Promotion Season! (Need around 80 + Points for Automatic Promotion)

-QPR's Previous seven game no goals Runs: 946/47 and 1966/67

- 20+ Photos from QPR vs Barnsley

- Hogan Ephraim NOT Going to Wolves

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Played Goal Difference Points
1 Burnley 11 14 26
2 QPR 10 10 26
3 Leicester 11 6 23
4 Nottm Forest 11 8 22
5 Watford 11 11 21
6 Blackpool 11 4 20
7 Reading 11 5 19
8 Bournemouth 11 -6 16
9 Blackburn 10 5 15
10 Derby 11 3 15
11 Ipswich 11 3 15
12 Huddersfield 11 3 14
13 Leeds 11 -3 14
14 Brighton 11 -1 13
15 Middlesbrough 11 -1 12
16 Doncaster 10 -2 12
17 Wigan 8 3 11
18 Millwall 11 -11 11
19 Birmingham 11 -2 10
20 Bolton 11 -9 8
21 Charlton 10 -6 7
22 Sheff Wed 10 -6 6
23 Yeovil 11 -12 5
24 Barnsley 11 -16 5