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Queens Park Rangers
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Full nameQueens Park Rangers
Football Club
Nickname(s) Hoops, R's
Founded 1882
Ground Loftus Road (Rangers Stadium)
Shepherd's Bush
Capacity 19,148
Chairman Image:Flag of Italy.svg Gianni Paladini
Manager Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg John Gregory
League The Championship
2005-06 Championship, 21st
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Home colours
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Away colours

Queens Park Rangers Football Club are an English football team, from Loftus Road, Shepherd's Bush in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The team currently play in the Football League Championship, having finished as Division Two runners-up at the close of the 2003-2004 season.

The team are also referred to as "QPR" (or often just "Rangers") and nicknamed the Hoops (or the Superhoops), due to the team's kit of blue and white hooped shirts, or the Rs. Their home stadium is Loftus Road, which has a capacity of 19,148. QPR consider both Chelsea and Fulham as rivals because all 3 clubs play in the same borough. QPR also have a historical rivalry with another west London club, Brentford.


[edit] History

QPR was formed in 1882, when a team known as St Jude's merged with Christchurch Rangers. The resulting team was called Queen's Park Rangers, because most of the players came from the Queens Park area which is part of the London suburb of North Kensington. QPR became a professional team in 1889 and played their home games in 14 different stadiums, a league record, before permanently settling in Loftus Road in 1917 (although the team briefly played at White City during the 1962-63 season in the hope of attracting larger crowds).

Prior to the start of the 1959-60 season saw the arrival of arguably the club's greatest ever manager, Alec Stock. The 1960-61 season saw QPR achieve their biggest win to date - 9-2 vs Tranmere Rovers in a Division 3 match. In time, Stock, with the advent as Chairman in the mid-60's of Jim Gregory helped to totally transform the club as well as its surroundings.

In 1966-67, QPR won the Division Three championship and became the first Third Division club to win the League Cup on Saturday, March 4, 1967, beating West Bromwich Albion 3-2, (coming back from a two goal deficit). This is the only time QPR have won a cup competition. The final was also the first League Cup Final to be held at Wembley Stadium.

In 1975-76 Dave Sexton led them to the runners-up spot in the First Division, missing out on the Championship by 1 point. After completing their 42 game season QPR sat at the top of the league 1 point ahead of Liverpool. Liverpool had to win their final game of the season, at Wolverhampton Wanderers to clinch the title. Because of Liverpool appearing in the then two-legged UEFA Cup Final, the game was held over for ten days. Despite Wolves taking the lead and holding it until the 77th minute, Liverpool scored 3 times to win 3-1 and win the League Championship. The squad contained 5 England internationals and internationals from the home nations and Morocco. QPR were unable to recreate their wonderful league form in 1976-77 but the cup competitions saw some success. The side reached the semi-finals of the League Cup but lost in a replay to Aston Villa and in their first entry into European football reached the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup losing to AEK Athens on penalties. In 1977 Sexton moved to Manchester United and two years later QPR slipped into the Second Division.

The 1980-81 season saw Terry Venables take over as manager.In 1981, the club installed a 'plastic pitch'. The technology was premature and this unpopular measure was reversed in April 1988. The first game on plastic was against Luton Town who won the game 2-1 and later became the second side to install an artificial pitch. That same season QPR reached the FA Cup Final for the only time in the club's history, facing holders and London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. The first game ended 1-1 after extra time and so for the second year running the Final was to be decided by a replay. Tottenham won the replay 1-0 with the only goal coming from a Glenn Hoddle penalty in the 6th minute.The cup exploits probably accounted for QPR missing out on promotion that season.From looking good bets to go up,they finished 5th. They had to play their last 5 games in the final 14 days of the season.They lost 2 out of their last 3 matches and missed out by two points. The following season however, 1982-83 QPR went on to win the Second Division championship quite comfortably thus returning to English football's top division. After a respectable fifth place finish, and UEFA Cup qualification, the following year, Venables departed to become manager of Barcelona in Spain.

Over the next seven years, various managers came and went from Loftus Road, including Don Howe, Frank Sibley and Trevor Francis. The club spent many seasons finishing mid table but avoided relegation. The most successful season during this period was the 1987-88 in which QPR finished fifth, but missed out on a UEFA Cup campaign due to the ban on English clubs in European competition which arose from the Heysel Stadium disaster. They were also runners up in the 1986 League Cup, losing to Oxford United.

Gerry Francis, a key player in the 1970s QPR side who had proved himself as a successful manager with Bristol Rovers, was appointed QPR manager in the summer of 1991. In the 1991-92 First Division campaign they finished mid-table in the league and were founder members of the new Premier League which began in 1992. They finished that season in fifth place, and in the following season Francis guided them to a ninth place finish. Midway through the 1994-95 season Francis departed to become manager of Tottenham Hotspur and Ray Wilkins was installed as player-manager. Wilkins led QPR to an eighth place finish in the Premiership. In July 1995 the club's top goalscorer, Les Ferdinand, was sold for a club record fee of £6 million to Newcastle United. The inability to replace Ferdinand was an important factor in QPR's relegation at the end of the 1995-96 season.

Wilkins was sacked after 3 games into the 1996-97 season and replaced by former Arsenal coach Stewart Houston. He lasted a little over 18 months before being sacked himself; his successor, Ray Harford, kept QPR clear of relegation but was himself dismissed after less than a year in charge, following the club's bad start to the 1998-99 season. Gerry Francis returned to become manager for the second time and, in 1999-2000, guided QPR to a tenth place finish.

At that point, however, financial problems set in and took their toll on the playing side. Francis was sacked in February 2001 with the side struggling near the foot of Division One. Ian Holloway, a former QPR midfielder, returned to Loftus Road as manager but was unable to save the club from relegation to Division Two, which put the club in English football's third tier for the first time in more than 30 years. QPR spent the 2001-02 season in financial administration which meant a ban from the transfer market, but Holloway consolidated the playing side and the club finished eighth in Division Two, just missing out on the playoffs. A year later, QPR qualified for the playoffs but lost 1-0 to Cardiff City in extra time of the final game. In 2003-04 they won promotion as Division Two runners-up and in 2004-05 consolidated their promotion by finishing 11th.

On 6 February 2006 Holloway was suspended as Queens Park Rangers manager. The ostensible reason given by the board was that the continual rumours linking Holloway to the vacant manager's job at Leicester City were causing disruption to the playing staff. He was replaced by Gary Waddock as caretaker manager (with former club captain Alan McDonald as his assistant).

In recent years QPR have been dogged with reports of potential administration, and are rumoured to be somewhere in the region of £18 million in debt. QPR had a difficult time in 2005-06 but managed to achieve survival by finishing 21st in the Championship. The club was also dogged by scandal during the 2005-2006 season involving the directors, shareholders and other interested parties in the club including allegations of blackmail and threats of violence against Gianni Paladini (who was allegedly held hostage at gunpoint during a match at Loftus Road). [1].

[edit] Current Season

Gary Waddock brought in several new players in preparation for the 2006-2007 season, signing Jamaican international centre-back Damion Stewart from Bradford City and Cameroon midfielder Armel Tchakounte from Carshalton Athletic. On the 28th of June 2006, Gary Waddock was appointed full-time manager after Ian Holloway left to become manager of Plymouth Argyle. Nick Ward was also captured on the same day from A-League team Perth Glory.

In August 2006 Queens Park Rangers completed two high profile transfers. First to arrive was Fulham defender Zesh Rehman, who moved to Loftus Road for an undisclosed fee. Rehman was signed as a replacement for Danny Shittu, who had just moved to the newly promoted Watford for £1.6 million. To bolster QPR's attacking options, Dexter Blackstock was signed from Southampton for £500,000.

The new look side got off to a poor start to the season, culminating in a loss to League One side Port Vale F.C. in the Carling Cup in mid-September. As a result, Gary Waddock was demoted to first-team coach, with former QPR player and Aston Villa manager John Gregory replacing him.

Off the field, the pre-season contained glimpses of last season: Chairman Paladini was reported to be under threat and wearing a bullet-proof vest[2] The Chairman also launched a strong attack against some critics who he claimed were seeking to destroy the club. [3]

On 19th October 2006 it was Gary Waddock was to left the club, and Richard Hill was now Gregory's right hand man.

In the FA Cup, they were drawn against Luton in the 3rd round.

[edit] Honours

[edit] Records

For more details on this topic, see QPR records.

[edit] Past Managers

Name Nat From To Games Won Drawn Lost
James Cowan Image:Flag of Scotland.svg August 1907 May 1913
James Howie Image:Flag of Scotland.svg August 1913 April 1920
Ned Liddell Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg April 1920 May 1925 177 71 42 64
Robert Hewison Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg August 1925 May 1931 219 80 53 86
Archie Mitchell Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg November 1931 May 1933 79 32 18 29
Mick O'Brien Image:Flag of Ireland (bordered).svg May 1933 April 1935 84 40 16 28
Billy Birrell Image:Flag of Scotland.svg April 1935 May 1939 184 85 42 57
Ted Vizard Image:Flag of Wales (bordered).svg May 1939 April 1944
Dave Mangnall Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg April 1944 May 1952 280 112 74 94
Jack Taylor Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg June 1952 May 1959 341 118 89 134
Alec Stock Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg August 1959 June 1968 439 206 104 129
Bill Dodgin Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg June 1968 November 1968 16 2 5 9
Tommy Docherty Image:Flag of Scotland.svg November 1968 November 1968 4 1 0 3
Les Allen Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg December 1968 January 1971
Gordon Jago Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg January 1971 October 1974 161 71 55 35
Dave Sexton Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg October 1974 July 1977 130 57 32 41
Frank Sibley Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg July 1977 July 1978 45 9 17 19
Steve Burtenshaw Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg July 1978 May 1979 41 6 13 22
Tommy Docherty Image:Flag of Scotland.svg May 1979 October 1980 51 20 16 15
Terry Venables Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg October 1980 May 1984 166 84 33 49
Alan Mullery Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg June 1984 December 1984 26 11 8 7
Frank Sibley (Caretaker) Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg December 1984 June 1985 28 8 6 14
Jim Smith Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg June 1985 December 1988 167 67 38 62
Trevor Francis Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg December 1988 November 1989 93 31 30 32
Don Howe Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg November 1989 May 1991 75 27 21 27
Gerry Francis Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg May 1991 November 1994 158 59 47 52
Ray Wilkins Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg November 1994 September 1996 80 31 13 36
Stewart Houston Image:Flag of Scotland.svg September 1996 November 1997 63 25 15 23
John Hollins (Caretaker) Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg November 1997 December 1997 4 1 2 1
Ray Harford Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg December 1997 September 1998 41 5 18 18
Iain Dowie (Caretaker) Image:Flag of Northern Ireland (bordered).svg September 1998 October 1998 2 1 0 1
Gerry Francis Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg October 1998 February 2001 125 36 42 47
Ian Holloway Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg February 2001 February 2006 252 100 71 81
Gary Waddock Image:Flag of Ireland (bordered).svg February 2006 September 2006 23 4 8 11
John Gregory Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg September 2006

[edit] Past Players

Emboldened players have represented their respective countries at full international level

[edit] Current Squad

No. Position Player
1 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg GK Simon Royce
2 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg DF Marcus Bignot
3 Image:Flag of Italy.svg DF Mauro Milanese
4 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg DF Ian Evatt (on loan to Blackpool)
5 Image:Flag of Pakistan.svg DF Zesh Rehman
6 Image:Flag of Northern Ireland (bordered).svg MF Tommy Doherty (on loan to Wycombe Wanderers)
7 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg DF Matthew Rose
8 Image:Flag of Canada.svg MF Marc Bircham
9 Image:Flag of Australia.svg MF Nick Ward
10 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg FW Kevin Gallen (captain)
11 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg MF Gareth Ainsworth
12 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg GK Jake Cole
14 Image:Flag of Ireland (bordered).svg MF Martin Rowlands
15 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg DF Dominic Shimmin
16 Image:Flag of Northern Ireland (bordered).svg MF Steve Lomas
17 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg MF Lee Cook
18 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg FW Stefan Moore
19 Image:Flag of Cameroon.svg MF Armel Tchankounte
No. Position Player
20 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg MF Scott Donnelly
21 Image:Flag of Wales (bordered).svg GK Paul Jones
22 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg FW Shabazz Baidoo
23 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg MF Stefan Bailey
24 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg DF Pat Kanyuka
25 Image:Flag of Jamaica.svg DF Damion Stewart
26 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg GK Sean Thomas
27 Image:Flag of Nigeria.svg MF Egutu Oliseh
28 Image:Flag of Poland (bordered).svg FW Adam Czerkas (on loan from Korona Kielce)
29 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg FW Paul Furlong
30 Image:Flag of Denmark.svg FW Marc Nygaard
31 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg FW Ray Jones
32 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg FW Dexter Blackstock
33 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg DF Andrew Howell
34 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg DF Matthew Hislop
35 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg DF Jonathan Munday
37 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg MF Jimmy Smith (on loan from Chelsea)
38 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg DF Michael Mancienne (on loan from Chelsea)
40 Image:Flag of Nigeria.svg DF Ugo Ukah

[edit] Supporter's clubs

QPR has an extensive network of loyal supporters associations. The primary LSA can be contacted through the QPR-LSA website. QPR-LSA groups exist throughout the UK, and in numerous countries including USA, New Zealand, Serbia, and many others. The team is occasionally mistaken for Queen's Park Football Club of the Scottish Third Division.

[edit] External links

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