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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Nostalgia: Playing Same Team Twice Over Christmas or Easter...Forty Years Ago, QPR's Boxing Day Game at Plymouth

One of the things that evoke nostalgia for "the good old days" (in hazy memory, if not always at the time) was the old home and away games against the same team, over Christmas or Easter - sometimes even on consecutive days. Not quite clear why this ended: whether it was too punishing on the players, but end it did (as did the three games in four or five days over Easter).

The last time this occurred, was forty years ago in QPR's 1967/68 Promotion season. QPR's opponents: Plymouth Argyle, away on Boxing Day! (And four days later, Plymouth at Loftus Road.)
On Boxing Day, 1967, QPR won at Plymouth 1-0 through a Mike Keen penalty. Four days later, QPR completed their double, by defeating Plymouth 4-1 at Loftus Road. Rodney Marsh, 2 and Mike Keen 2. Springett, Clement Hazell Keetch Harris, Morgan, Keen, Sanderson, Morgan, McGovern, Marsh. (Mick McGovern making his QPR debut) (In the 'return game', Wilks replaced McGovern.

In 1966/67 played Brighton (H) 3-0 and next day away (2-2). In 1964/65: QPR were at Bristol Rovers on Boxing Day, and then a couple of days later, home to Bristol Rovers.
In 1963/64, over Easter, QPR played Wrexham at home; Reading the next day and then Wrexham a couple of days later. And so one.

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