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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"The 50 Worst Things About Modern Football"....Flashback/Repost: "Where Are the 1975/76 Team Now"?

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- "The 50 Worst Things About Modern Football" - Absolutely brilliant Times compilation: "...Reasons Why The Modern Game Makes Us Mad - Football is one of the greatest things in the world but it’s not perfect. It used to be perfect. Before money and television and the Bosman ruling and Baby Bentleys and roastings and tattoos and takeovers and no standing and agents and prawn sandwiches and rotation. - - These are the 50 worst things about modern football. It could have been 500...."
50. Technical areas
- Did Bob Paisley need a technical area when Liverpool won three European Cups and six league titles? Did Alf Ramsey need a technical area when England won the World Cup? What’s so technical about a bit of grass and some white lines, anyway? Memo to all modern managers: Sit down and shut up.
49. Motorway service stations..."
- List of "The 50 Worst Things About Modern Football"

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- Flashback/Repost from April 2004: The 1975/76 Squad: "Where Are They Now"
- [Obviously there have been changes in the past five years, but as a general summary...]

- Over the weekend, reposted here a 2006 When Saturday Comes (WSC) article on QPR's 1975/76 Promotion Season "...Quite how and why QPR did not win the title is a football tragedy. . They were the best and most entertaining team [in the country"

The Sunday Times/Rob Maul, April 18, 2004 - Caught in Time: QPR, championship runners-up, 1975-76
1 Steve Jones A former QPR apprentice, Jones did not play for the first team. In 1979 he moved to Walsall and then to Wimbledon, where he remained until 1982, when injury ended his career. Owns a nightclub in Windsor

2 Tommy Cunningham Signed on a free from Chelsea in May 1975, Cunningham made 30 appearances before moving to Wimbledon in March 1979. He played most of his career at Leyton Orient and later became assistant manager at Brisbane Road. Now director of football at Harlow Town in the Ryman Division One North

3 Tony Tagg The central defender played four times under Sexton before moving to Millwall on a free transfer and then Wimbledon. He later became a taxi driver

4 Don Givens Givens won 56 caps for the Republic of Ireland, for whom he scored 19 goals. He coached Arsenal’s youth team and then worked in Switzerland. He has been Ireland’s under-21 coach since 1999

5 Martyn Busby Busby had two spells at QPR. He also played for Portsmouth and Notts County. He broke his leg during his second spell with the club and then became manager of non-League clubs Beaconsfield United and Maidenhead United. Runs a painting and decorating business near Slough

6 Phil Parkes If Ray Clemence and Peter Shilton had not been around, Parkes would have been England goalkeeper for many years. He won the FA Cup with West Ham in 1980 after they smashed the transfer record for a goalkeeper (£560,000) and he played 344 games for both clubs in a career that spanned 22 years. Returned to QPR in September 1991 as goalkeeping coach, but now runs a building firm in Reading

7 David Webb Best known for his 1970 FA Cup final-winning goal for Chelsea, Webb formed a solid defensive partnership with Frank McLintock. After QPR, he played for Leicester and Derby before managing Bournemouth, Torquay, Southend and Chelsea. He runs a property business

8 Keith Pritchett A Scot who played for Wolves, Doncaster, QPR and Blackpool, Pritchett spent most of his career with Watford. Emigrated to New Zealand, where he became a manager and then a football writer

9 Richard Teale Understudy to Parkes, Teale made only two appearances before moving to Fulham in August 1976. Runs a building firm in Eggham, Surrey

10 Ron Abbott Spent his entire, but admittedly short, career with Rangers, making 54 appearances. Once the central defender left QPR, he became a London taxi driver

11 Mick Leach Won promotion from the Third Division with QPR in 1967 and spent 13 years at Loftus Road, before moving to Detroit Express in 1978 for a fee of £30,000. He later went into coaching. Leach died in 1992, aged 55, after a long illness

12 Don Shanks Moved to QPR from Luton Town in 1974, making 206 appearances and scoring 11 goals before joining Brighton on a free in 1981. Now a children’s football coach, travelling around Europe and America

13 Stan Bowles One of football’s most colourful characters, Stan was, alongside Rodney Marsh, arguably QPR’s greatest player. Gambling problems dogged his career, and he should have won more than five England caps. He started his career with Manchester City, before moving to QPR from Carlisle. Was unemployed for a long spell, until he coached with David Webb at Brentford. He is writing his second autobiography

14 Gerry Francis Captained club and country, but spent much of his career battling injury. After Rangers, he played for Crystal Palace, before returning to QPR, Coventry, Exeter, as player-manager, Cardiff, Swansea and Portsmouth. He cut his managerial teeth with Bristol Rovers, then managed QPR between 1991-94, lifting the team to fifth place in the Premiership, before taking over at Spurs. Runs a number of theatre and property companies and presents a weekly football show on Sky Sports News

15 Ian Gillard A reliable full-back. Caught the eye of England manager Don Revie and made his international debut against West Germany at Wembley in 1975. In 1982 he moved to Aldershot as a player-coach. Worked at the Mars factory in Slough before scouting for QPR and coaching at the Reading School of Excellence. Runs a cleaning firm

16 Don Masson Scottish midfielder who signed from Notts County in December 1974 and went on to make 144 appearances, scoring 24 goals before moving to Derby County in 1977. He ended his playing days at Notts County. Runs a hotel near Nottingham

17 John Beck Beck played for QPR, Coventry, Fulham, Bournemouth and Cambridge, before becoming manager at Abbey stadium in 1990. After taking Cambridge to successive promotions and an FA Cup quarter- final, he managed Preston and Lincoln City. He returned to Cambridge, but resigned in November 2001

18 Danny Westwood A prolific goalscorer for QPR’s reserves after joining from Billericay Town in July 1974, Westwood made only one appearance for Rangers before moving to Gillingham. He works in the City of London

19 Frank McLintock Captain of the Arsenal Double-winning side of 1970-71, he was one of the few defenders to win Footballer of the Year. Capped nine times by Scotland, McLintock moved into management with Leicester and Brentford. He also became an agent and set up the Cash Converter chain of shops. Aged 64, he is a Sky Sports pundit

20 John Hollins A member of Chelsea’s FA Cup and Cup Winners Cup teams of the early 1970s, Hollins later became manager at Stamford Bridge before being sacked. Managed QPR, Swansea and Rochdale. Aged 57, he manages Stockport Tiger-Star in China

21 Don Rogers Goalscoring hero of Swindon Town’s League Cup victory in 1969, Rogers came to QPR via Crystal Palace. After retiring, he opened a sports shop in Swindon

22 Dave Thomas A quick winger who joined QPR from Burnley in 1972, making 220 appearances and scoring 33 goals before joining Everton in 1977. Later became Portsmouth’s youth coach. He lives in Chichester and teaches PE at a local secondary school

23 Dave Clement Father of West Brom’s Neil, Clement was capped five times by England. After Rangers, he moved to Bolton, Fulham and Wimbledon until retiring in 1981. He committed suicide in 1982, aged 34

The Times

[Any updated information about "Where Are They Now" welcomed]

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