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Friday, September 19, 2008

1967 Stalwart Turns Sixty-One....Flashback Two Years Today: Waddock Final Game (Port Vale)

Tony Hazell Turns 61. Born September 19, 1947, Defender: Full back and Centerback, Tony Hazell played 350+ League games for QPR from the mid-1960s until he was sold in December 1974 to Millwall. He was of course, one of the 1967 League Cup Final Team. Made his debut in 1964 and was an integral part of the 1966/67 and 1967/68 promotion teams and 1968/1969 relegation team. Also the 1972/73 promotion team. As I recall, he was picked once for the England U-23 squad, but didn't play. Hazell
See Wikipedia/Tony Hazell

See Also: 1967 Team Photo and Individual Photo

For what it's worth: From the Guardian - November 2006
Last week we delved into Stan Bowles's autobiography to discover that, apparently, he once booted a ball at the FA Cup trophy while it was being displayed pitchside at Sunderland during a game. But that's not the end of the story ...
Because reader Brian Halliday sent our article to a friend of his, one Gordon Jago MBE, the manager of QPR at the time of the incident, and who now resides in Dallas. Here's Gordon's view of the events: "The truth is that yes, the FA Cup was knocked off the table during the game against Sunderland, but not by Stan Bowles. It was Tony Hazell, the QPR defender.
"At some time during the game Tony cleared a ball and it knocked the cup flying. This incident really upset the home fans; so much so that the referee took both teams from the field to let tempers cool. The game was eventually restarted and we finished 3-0 winners. Stan had someone write a book for him and he tells the story about a bet and that he deliberately knocked the cup off the table. Fiction! I do not know if Tony or any of the other players have contacted Stan to correct him, but that story is typical of him and no doubt it helped to sell the book." Guardian

David Seaman: Also: ex-QPR and England (and Leeds...Peterbrough...Arsenal...) Goalkeeper David Seaman turns 45...Signed by QPR for 250,000 pounds from Birmingham in 1986, played for England while at QPR...Sold to Arsenal in 1990 for 1.3 million pounds. Seaman
See Also: Wikipedia/David Seaman

Two Years ago today: Gary Waddock's last game in charge: Port Vale 3 QPR 2
- A day later, John Gregory was in and Waddock was back as coach

Sporting Life Report "Port Vale 3 QPR 2
QPR's dismal start to the season continued as they were dumped out of the Carling Cup by Coca-Cola League One outfit Port Vale.
Bottom of the Championship with just one league win so far this season, manager Gary Waddock had no respite at Vale Park as the hosts bounced back from conceding an early goal to claim the win.
Rangers were gifted the opener in the ninth minute when Mark Goodlad drilled a clearance into Marc Nygaard and the Danish frontman was left to tap into an open goal for his first of the season.
But Vale were on level terms 10 minutes later when Jeff Smith met a Danny Whitaker cross with a rasping left-footed shot which gave Jake Cole no chance.
Goodlad then made amends with a good save with his feet from Nygaard before the League One high-fliers took the lead.
The goal was a scrappy affair which was eventually given to Whitaker, although Leon Constantine also tried to claim it.
Rangers' evening got even worse when Nygaard was forced off just before the break with an injury, to be replaced by Ray Jones, whose late winner accounted for Northampton in the first round.
The second period got off to a slow start but the game burst into life just before the hour mark when Vale extended their lead, Richard Walker heading Danny Sonner's corner past Cole from six yards out.
Cole had to be alert to deny Constantine a fourth for Vale before the Hoops gave themselves a lifeline with 12 minutes remaining.
Vale struggled to clear a Lee Cook cross and it eventually fell to Damion Stewart, who prodded home his first goal for the club.
But Rangers were unable to muster any more chances and Vale, conquerors of Preston in round one, were left to celebrate another Championship scalp.
Port Vale Goodlad, McGregor, Pilkington, Walker, Talbot,Whitaker, Sonner (Husbands 83), Harsley, Jeff Smith, Sodje,Constantine.
Subs Not Used: Anyon, Lowndes, Cardle, Abbey.
Goals: Jeff Smith 19, Whitaker 28, Walker 61.
QPR Cole, Bignot, Stewart, Kanyuka, Milanese (Rose 46), Cook,Ward (Baidoo 72), Bircham, Bailey, Nygaard (Ray Jones 45),Czerkas. - Subs Not Used: Rehman, Donnelly.
Booked: Bailey, Nygaard. Goals: Nygaard 9, Stewart 78. Various Match Reports

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