Friday, 23 December 2011

Queens Park Rangers - Loftus Road




Queens Park Rangers FC
Loftus Road Stadium
South Africa Road
London
W12 7PA


020 8743 0262
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Ground Number: 8
Wednesday 24th March 1993
Queens Park Rangers 0-3 Blackburn Rovers
Premier League






TEN FACTS ABOUT QPR

1:  The club was formed in 1886 when two local teams - Christchurch Rangers and St Judes Institute merged. They took their name from their initial base which was Queens Park in Brent.

2:  QPR has had a massive 15 different grounds, the most notable being Wormwood Scrubs (alongside the prison) and the White City Stadium (a 1966 World Cup finals venue for the game between Uruguay and France). They first moved to current home Loftus Road in 1817 and aside from a couple of short spells at the White City stadium, have remained there ever since.

3:  Prior to joining the Football League in 1920, the club played in various non-league competitions including the London League, Western League & Southern League. They've played in the top 3 divisions of the football league, the highest finish coming in 1976 when they finished as runners-up by a single point to eventual champions Liverpool. Low points came during the 1920's when they twice finished bottom of Division 3 South.

4:  In the FA Cup, Queens Park Rangers reached the 1982 final, losing 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur. A less dignified exit came in 2002 with them going out on penalties at home to non-league Vauxhall Motors in the 1st Round.

5:  QPR won the League Cup in 1967, beating West Bromwich Albion 3-2. Incredibly they were a third division side at the time and came back from a two-goal deficit to bring home the trophy.

6:  There have been a couple of adventures in Europe. Their best run came when they beat Brann Bergen, Slovan Bratislava & 1 FC Koln. This saw them paired with Greek side AEK Athens in the UEFA Cup Quarter Final. Despite winning the first leg 3-0, they conspired to lose the second leg by the same scoreline, eventually going out on penalties.

7:  Queens Park Rangers were the first club in England to have an artificial surface. The brainchild of then manager Terry Venables, the Astroturf at Loftus Road lasted from 1981 - 1988 before they reverted to grass.

8:  The club's record win of 13-0 came in a friendly against Tavistock in 2011. Competitively, they beat Tranmere Rovers 9-2 in a 1960 Division 3 game. The record defeat came against Manchester United in 1969 as they lost 8-1 at Old Trafford.

9:  Cristopher Samba is both the record incoming and outgoing transfer record fee for the club. He cost £12.5m when he signed from Anzhi Makhachkala in January 2013, only to leave for £12m in the July of that year.


10: Famous QPR fans include actors Martin Clunes, Shane Ritchie & Adrian Edmondson, pop stars Pete Doherty and Andrew Ridgeley and footballer Liam Ridgewell.



MY PREVIOUS VISITS

My first visit to Loftus Road came in March 1993 for a Premier League game against Blackburn Rovers. My school got free tickets and I was lucky enough to be able to go to the evening kick-off. Goals from Stuart Ripley, Kevin Moran and Mark Atkins saw big-spending Blackburn ease through at the expense of QPR. My next 3 visits came with Wycombe Wycombe in 2001, 2002 and 2003. The latter two visits yielded close games with a 2-1 defeat and a goalless draw. However, my most memorable visit was the 2001 one on a December afternoon. My Dad pulled out of going very late on, but luckily he gave me a lift over to West London before I got the coach home. The players served up an epic 4-3 game, with QPR taking the points. However, referee Phil Prosser's performance was dire. On the stroke of half-time, there was a scuffle after a penalty was awarded for a foul on Kevin Gallen. No problem with that decision, but unbelievably, despite the guilty party being Danny Senda, he sent off Jermaine McSporran who was completely innocent. To cap it all, he then booked Chris Vinnicombe for pointing out his error, then sent off Danny Senda anyway. With Wycombe later going 3-1 down and with a two-man disadvantage, we did incredibly well to pull it back to 4-3 in one of the best games I've ever seen. Later the following year, Wycombe would get their revenge, thumping QPR 4-1 in the home game, with both sides being reduced to nine men this time.




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