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Monday, December 17, 2007

Flashback - FIve Years ago: Holloway's QPR Winless After 12 Games...Ten Years Ago: Kulscar's Debut and Harford's Victory

Five years ago, today, QPR manager Ian Holloway was talking about QPR - 11 games without a win, set to play Brentford. (Unfortunately, a few days later,QPR drew 1-1 against Brentford, but won the next game 2-1 vs Wycombe):
Ten years ago this week: Ray Harford's first signing for QPR, George Kulscar, made his debut at home to Bradford (the club he had just left). QPR won before a crowd of less than 9,000 (one of four victories under Harford).

Tuesday, December 17, 2002 -Holloway hopes for derby tonic
QPR manager Ian Holloway has demanded a derby revival against Brentford at Loftus Road on Saturday to end his side's alarming slump.
Rangers are without a win in 11 matches, but Holloway feels the clubs' rivalry will help spark his team back to life.
He said: 'We've got to go out and attack teams, press them, and what better game to do that in? 'Form goes out of the window in local derbies and let's hope that's true.
'The players are very upset and have to turn that into positivity. It feels like we're bottom and we've got to do much better, so bring them on. SOccernet

QPR vs Brentford Teams vs Brentford
Dec. 21, 2002 QPR 1 - 1 Brentford (Bircham after 18 minutes; O'connor after 30 minutes)
QPR: Culkin, Forbes, Carlisle, Palmer, Murphy, Langley, Bircham, Rose, Cook, Furlong, Gallen. Subs: Day, Padula, Daly, Thomson, Angell.
Brentford: Paul Smith, Dobson, Marshall, Sonko, Somner, Rowlands, Fullarton, Evans, Hunt, O'Connor, Vine. Subs: Jay Smith, Williams, McCammon, Julian, Hughes.

Brentford goalkeeper Paul Smith made three superb saves to help his side earn a deserved point in the draw with west London rivals QPR at Loftus Road.
QPR took the lead with their first attempt on goal.
New signing Lee Cook raced down the left and his pinpoint cross found Marc Bircham who nodded in from close range after 18 minutes.
Brentford hit back though and Stephen Hunt's cross from the left was nodded down by Martin Rowlands to Kevin O'Connor.
Though he seemed to mis-hit his shot, it managed to wrongfoot Nick Culkin and roll into the net on the half-hour mark.
Just before half-time Smith was forced into action.
First he palmed away Richard Langley's free-kick and then from the resulting corner Clarke Carlisle glanced a header goalwards which was expertly tipped over by the goalkeeper.
Rowlands went closest for Brentford in the second half with a shot which flew inches over while Rangers almost nicked it only for Smith to deny Terrell Forbes. BBC

TEN YEARS AGO: December 21, 1997 - QPR 1 Bradford 0
December 21, 1997 QPR 1 Bradford 0
Gavin Peacock's 28th-minute penalty gave QPR boss Ray Harford his first win since succeeding Stewart Houston and raised hopes of a First Division play-off place.
Rangers are nine points adrift of sixth place at the half way stage of the season but expectations remain high at Loftus Road despite a season's lowest crowd of less than 9,000.Harford will need luck to steer Rangers towards promotion - a good deal more than he enjoyed when his first signing for the club, £250,000 Hungarian-born Australian international midfielder George Kulcsar, limped off after only 25 minutes of his debut against opponents for whom he was a regular only eight days previously.
Kulcsar got the worst of a 50-50 challenge with Nigel Pepper and after hobbling around disconsolately had to give in to the inevitable substitution seven minutes later.
Three minutes after that Chris Wilder upended John Spencer with a rash challenge inside the penalty area and Peacock scored his ninth goal of the season from the spot.
Goalkeeper Gary Walsh got a hand to the ball but could only watch as it span over his body and rolled across the line.
The second half began with Bradford's Bryan Small, making his debut on loan from Bolton, clattering into Rangers £4million asset Trevor Sinclair.
While Sinclair was still limping back into the fray Sheron exacted retribution on Small and was promptly booked.
Sinclair then showed he was non the worse for Small's attentions, thundering a shot against Bradford's crossbar.
There was more action in the first 10 minutes of the second half than in the whole of the first, with Walsh spreading himself to foil Sinclair and Karl Ready scooping the resulting corner over from a few yards.
Bradford sent on Edinho for Rob Steiner and the Brazilian sent a flashing header only inches over as Harford endured an anxious last quarter.
QPR: Roberts, Yates, Brevett, Kulcsar (Murray 25), Ready, Maddix, Spencer, Peacock, Quashie, Sheron (Gallen 76), Sinclair.
Subs Not Used: Perry.
Booked: Sheron.
Goals: Peacock 27 pen.
Bradford: Walsh, Wilder, Small, Murray, Youds, O'Brien, Lawrence (Blake 67), Pepper, Steiner (Edhino 50), McGinlay (Ramage 67), Beagrie.
Booked: O'Brien.
Att: 8,853
Ref: S W Mathieson (Stockport). Sporting Life

25 Years ago this week- December 18, 1982: A rare defeat for Terry Venables' QPR: Wolves 4 QPR 0

Thirty-Five Years ago - December 23, 1972: Another victory for Gordon Jago's QPR Promotion team, with Don Givens scoring as per norm! Brighton 1 QPR 2

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