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Well as you may or may not have noticed I am a huge Arsenal fan, but my beloved boyfriend is mad about Queens Park Rangers, so I thought it only fair that I write an op about them.
There are many football debates in our household, but as I keep explaining to Lee (my other half) there really is no point talking football with me when he supports a second division team. (bless)
In the last 5 years we have been together I have seen more matches at Loftus Road (QPR Stadium) than I have at Highbury, so I have a fair idea of the goings on at the loft.
Here is a brief history of our local team – QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Queens Park Rangers or QPR were formed in 1882 by the old boys of droop street board school, the boys were member of the St Judes institute and the used this as the club headquarters.
All the team owned at this time were four posts and two lengths of tape for the cross bar, they began playing friendly matches against teams such as Tottenham and Fulham.
In 1892 they joined the West London league.
Between 1892 and 1917 QPR moved a total of 14 times, due to lack of funds, poor pitches and the first work war, until eventually settling in Loftus Road where they still play to this day.
QPR then played in the third division until 1947-48 when they were promoted to the second division
But unfortunately in 1952 they were relegated again to division three.
In 1966/67 QPR won the third division again and were promoted back to division two where they remained for 1 year before being promoted again to division one.
In 1971, Stanley Bowles became the first six figure signing for QPR
Between 1971-1981 many signing were made, they finished one point behind Liverpool to come second in the first division and things were looking good.
In 1981, QPR were the first team to replace their grass with an artifical playing surface. Also in this year, QPR reached the FA Cup final against Tottenham which they unfortunately lost.
In 1983-84 the stadium was fully complete with all four stands.
Between 1984-1991 QPR continued playing well thus securing themselves a place in the all new premier league.
During 1991-1996 things were moving along nicely until the 1995-96 season when QPR failed to keep their place in the premier league and were relegated to the first division.
They battled hard in division one but could not manage to get back up to the premier league and in 2000-2001 season they were relegated again to the second division where they remain at the moment.
In 2001-2002 QPR were placed into Administration, whilst their finances were sorted out, luckily this did not last very long, and with selling playing and cutting wages they managed to get back on the straight and narrow.
In 2002/2003 QPR reached the play-off final in Cardiff but unfortunately lost 1-0 in the 88th minute.
QPR currently have a first team squad of 29 players, two of which were on loan but look set to return to their original clubs.
The team is currently headed by Ian Holloway, who has worked closely with Gerry Francis (former QPR Manager) Ian is very passionate towards the club and is keen on pushing them onwards and upwards.
The team has several nicknames – including Super Hoops (as the playing in blue and white hoops), the R’s (short for rangers), Rangers and of course QPR.
The Team song for the hoops is pig bag (also used by Middlesborough)
And the team mascot is Jude the cat.
I do enjoy watching QPR play, they seem to have a good team now despite having to make do with the money or lack of as the case may be as I wish them every success in the forthcoming season.
I've supported QPR since I was 5years old and love going to see them.
smnhicks 20.08.2003 18:13
Good op Zoe ... one glaring omission though ... 1967 and third division QPR beat West Brom to win the league cup ... last proper piece of silverware. Also, the highlight of any QPR game is the round th pole game at half-time, that's worth the entrance fee alone!!!