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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

QPR Report Tuesday Snippets: Sakensa on QPR...The Greatest Day in QPR History...Bircham's Hospice Support


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John Gorman -
Milton Keynes Citizen/Simon Downes - Robbo's Time Has Finally Come
- Dons go for Robinson, Gorman and Rae coalition
"...Dons confirmed Robinson as manager, plus John Gorman as his assistant and Alex Rae as first team coach, at a press conference yesterday (Monday)....
- Gorman made his first appearance in front of the fans before Dons' 2-1 defeat to Walsall on Saturday, and spoke highly of the new boss when he was introduced to the media. He said: "He's a clever boy is Karl and he approached me because he felt I'd be the right type of person to work with him and take on this challenge.
- "I've been very impressed with him during our short time together. I was with another young manager, Jim Magilton, at QPR previously and was doing a good job there, but then I was unjustly out of work.
- "I've got a lot to offer still and Karl has seen that and he deserves a lot of credit for bringing in someone like me."I'm very impressed with the chairman too. His attitude is great and he made me feel very, very wanted, and that's a nice feeling. I know Alex too, so I'm sure we'll make a good team..."
Milton Keynes

- On This Day: May 11

- Increased Parachute Payments for Relegated Premiership Clubs - and Premiership "Bullying" of Football League Clubs

- Paul Hart Supposedly Wanted as Coventry Manager

- Roy Hodgson Manager of the Year. Also Chris Hughton (rather than Ian Holloway!)Norwich's Paul Lambert and Rochdale's Keith Hill

- Marking Twenty-Five Years Since the Bradford Fire

- Juventus Demand Inter Milan be Stripped of 2006 Title

- Interesting Factoid: David Cameron's constituency is Witney and Cameron is "Club Patron" of Witney United!

- Chelsea VICTORY Parade Next Sunday!

- Stimson Out at Gillingham. Robinson IN at MK Dons

- January 1969 Video of QPR's FA Cup Loss to Tommy Docherty's Aston Villa

- QPR Holdings Ltd Chairman Ishan Saksena is looking forward with optimism ahead of a busy summer at Loftus Road.
Speaking exclusively to QPR Player - in an interview which will be screened over the coming weeks - Saksena outlined his thoughts on the transfer market and his hunger for success in W12.
- "Amit (Bhatia), Neilx(Warnock) and I are all on the same wavelength and I believe this is going to be a fun time in the transfer market," he said.
- "You want someone in charge of the team who shares the same vision as you. You want someone who is financially prudent but, at the same time, someone who is keen to invest in the team so that we can get to where we want to go.
- "I'm looking forward to it - and I am sure that Neil and I will be talking a lot."
- Saksena is fully aware of Neil Warnock's desire to add 'six or seven' new players to the R's squad over the coming weeks and months and believes the Club has the right strategy in place to attract the players the gaffer has set his sights on.
- "We are all really hungry for success. We know investment needs to be made in the right areas for us to achieve that success," he said.
- "As I have said before, we have the capacity to spend. I am really excited. We want to achieve our target as soon as possible.
- "The players we approach will be dictated by Neil. Wherever he needs support, we are there.
- "We have a strategy in place for the transfer window. I want fans to know we are committed to the cause, and I want them to join us for the ride."
- *To make sure you play your part next season, buy your QPR Season Ticket now..."

The Greatest Day in QPR History: May 11, 1968

While opinions might obviously vary, arguably this was the greatest - and most momentous - day in QPR history: May 11, 1968, the day that "little" QPR won promotion to the First Division (as it was then called) opened up new vistas and a new horizon for a team that was historically "just" a little Third Division Team. To reach the First Division...The feeling for a QPR fan was truly incredible.

The history should be known to all QPR Fans: Promoted the previous season as Third Division Champions and League Cup Winners, QPR had previously spent only four seasons (1948-1952) in the Second Division. Only one other team in history had gone straight through from the Third to the First Division in successive seasons. Basically with a couple of additions and departures, this was the same team that got QPR promoted from the Third Division. Incoming: Ron Springett, Frank Clarke...Outgoing: Peter Springett, Mark Lazarus.

May 11, 1968, QPR travelled to Aston Villa, neck and neck with Blackpool chasing for promotion. (In an era, when there were two points for a win; there was goal aggregate (goals for divided by goals against) rather than goal difference; and only two teams were promoted - with no playoffs for the teams below). The Programme Mick Leach scored QPR's first. Eight Minutes from time, a Bradley Own goal put QPR 2-1 up and that was the final score. QPR promoted with a marginally better goal aggregate than Blackpool.

The QPR team on that day:

Mike Kelly
Allan Harris, Bobby Keetch, Tony Hazell and Ian Watson
Ian Morgan, Mike Keen Les Allen, Mick Leach
Rodney Marsh, Frank Clarke

The 1967-1968 Season: If "1967" has become synonymous with QPR's Wembley Victory (and the Third Division Championship!) 1968 was in some ways even more beyond belief.
Managed by Alec Stock...coached by Bill Dodgin...Captained by Mike Keen...Inspired by Rodney Marsh and Roger and Ian Morgan...

The 1967/1968 Players: Mark Lazarus started with QPR and moved on to Crystal Palace. Formre England Goalkeeper, Ron Springett had returned to QPR in a swop, in which his brother Peter Springett moved to Sheffield Wednesday. Alan Harris joined QPR. Rodney Marsh missed the start of the season with a broken foot, but ended the season as top goalscorer with 14 goals. Near the transfer deadline, Frank Clarke joined QPR from Shrewsbury (after QPR failed to sign John O'Rourke)
Les Allen, Frank Clarke, Dave Clement, Alan Harris, Tony Hazell, Ron Hunt, Mike Keen, Bobby Keetch, Mick Leach, Rodney Marsh, Ian Morga, Roger Morgan, Keith Sanderson Also: Mark Lazarus, Bobby Finch, Backup goalie, Mike Kelly, Frank Sibley, Ian Watson, Alan Wilks. Ever presents: Mike Keen, Roger Morgan, Allan Harris.
Leading Scorers: Rodney Marsh 14, Ian Morgan 10, Mick Leach 10, Roger Morgan 8, Les Allen 6, Mike Keen 6, Frank Clarke 3.
And of course the season, when in the League Cup, Alan Wilks scored a record five goals in QPR's 5-1 win over Oxford United.

Memories of the May 11, 1968 day on the Indepdent Rs Site: Memories I
Memories II

Ex-Blackpool's Tony Green Recalls QPR's 1967/1968 Promotion Pipping
Blackpool Gazette, February 9, 2008 - Legends: Tony Green
"...Signed with Pool already doomed to drop out of the old First Division, Green was sidelined for the '69/70 promotion season and a further ankle injury finished him at 25.
His abiding memory of five years at Bloomfield Road was being denied promotion back to the First Division on goal difference in '67/68, when Pool came third behind Ipswich and QPR.
"We'd won at Huddersfield and thought we were up. Our supporters crowded onto the field and were going daft but we got back in the dressingroom to find that QPR had scored a winner in the last minute against Aston Villa. They'd been losing with ten minutes left," said Green, who lives at Poulton.
"Inside a few minutes the mood went from euphoria to massive disappointment. But we were eventually upbeat because our manager Stan Mortensen was a fairly upbeat character." Blackpool Gazette

1967/1968 Table

1967/1968 Division Two Week-by-Week Results,

For further Nostalgia: "Where Are They Now" - See QPRNet's Section for some of the players from the 1960s


Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1 Ipswich Town 42 22 15 5 79 44 59
2 Queens Park Rangers 42 25 8 9 67 36 58

3 Blackpool 42 24 10 8 71 43 58
4 Birmingham City 42 19 14 9 83 51 52
5 Portsmouth 42 18 13 11 68 55 49
6 Middlesbrough 42 17 12 13 60 54 46
7 Millwall 42 14 17 11 62 50 45
8 Blackburn Rovers 42 16 11 15 56 49 43
9 Norwich City 42 16 11 15 60 65 43
10 Carlisle United 42 14 13 15 58 52 41
11 Crystal Palace 42 14 11 17 56 56 39
12 Bolton Wanderers 42 13 13 16 60 63 39
13 Cardiff City 42 13 12 17 60 66 38
14 Huddersfield Town 42 13 12 17 46 61 38
15 Charlton Athletic 42 12 13 17 63 68 37
16 Aston Villa 42 15 7 20 54 64 37
17 Hull City 42 12 13 17 58 73 37
18 Derby County 42 13 10 19 71 78 36
19 Bristol City 42 13 10 19 48 62 36
20 Preston North End 42 12 11 19 43 65 35
21 Rotherham United 42 10 11 21 42 76 31
22 Plymouth Argyle 42 9 9 24 38 72 27


1-1 Away v Portsmouth 1967-08-19 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 1
2-0 Away v Bristol City 1967-08-22 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 2
2-0 Home v Norwich City 1967-08-26 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 3
3-1 Home v Bristol City 1967-08-29 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 4
3-1 Away v Rotherham United 1967-09-02 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 5
3-0 Home v Aston Villa 1967-09-05 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 6
0-1 Home v Derby County 1967-09-09 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 7
2-1 Home v Hull City 1967-09-12 Football League Cup, 1967/68, Round 2
2-0 Away v Preston North End 1967-09-16 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 8
2-1 Home v Charlton Athletic 1967-09-23 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 9
0-1 Away v Crystal Palace 1967-09-30 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 10
1-0 Home v Bolton Wanderers 1967-10-07 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 11
5-1 Home v Oxford United 1967-10-10 Football League Cup, 1967/68, Round 3
0-2 Away v Hull City 1967-10-14 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 12
3-1 Home v Millwall 1967-10-21 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 13
1-0 Away v Blackpool 1967-10-28 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 14
1-2 Home v Burnley 1967-10-31 Football League Cup, 1967/68, Round 4
1-3 Away v Carlisle United 1967-11-11 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 15
1-1 Home v Middlesbrough 1967-11-18 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 16
0-1 Away v Huddersfield Town 1967-11-25 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 17
1-0 Home v Ipswich Town 1967-12-02 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 18
0-2 Away v Birmingham City 1967-12-09 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 19
3-1 Home v Blackburn Rovers 1967-12-12 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 20
2-0 Home v Portsmouth 1967-12-16 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 21
0-0 Away v Norwich City 1967-12-23 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 22
1-0 Away v Plymouth Argyle 1967-12-26 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 23
4-1 Home v Plymouth Argyle 1967-12-30 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 24
6-0 Home v Rotherham United 1968-01-06 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 25
2-0 Home v Preston North End 1968-01-20 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 26
1-3 Home v Preston North End 1968-01-27 F.A. Cup, 1967/68, Round 3
3-3 Away v Charlton Athletic 1968-02-03 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 27
2-1 Home v Crystal Palace 1968-02-10 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 28
0-4 Away v Derby County 1968-02-17 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 29
1-1 Away v Bolton Wanderers 1968-02-24 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 30
1-1 Home v Hull City 1968-03-09 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 31
1-1 Away v Millwall 1968-03-16 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 32
2-0 Home v Blackpool 1968-03-23 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 33
1-0 Away v Blackburn Rovers 1968-03-30 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 34
1-0 Home v Carlisle United 1968-04-06 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 35
1-0 Home v Cardiff City 1968-04-12 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 36
1-3 Away v Middlesbrough 1968-04-13 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 37
0-1 Away v Cardiff City 1968-04-16 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 38
3-0 Home v Huddersfield Town 1968-04-20 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 39
2-2 Away v Ipswich Town 1968-04-27 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 40
2-0 Home v Birmingham City 1968-05-04 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 41
2-1 Away v Aston Villa 1968-05-11 2nd Division, 1967/68, Match 42
Statistics Source

QPR's 1967/1968 Statistics.

P W D L F A Home% Away% Total%

All League Matches 42 25 8 9 67 36 90.5% 47.6% 69.05%
F.A. Cup 1 0 0 1 1 3 0.0% - 0.00%
Football League Cup 3 2 0 1 8 4 66.7% - 66.67%

Home 25 20 2 3 54 16 84.0% - 84.00%
Away 21 7 6 8 22 27 - 47.6% 47.62%

August 4 3 1 0 8 2 100.0% 75.0% 87.50%
September 7 5 0 2 12 5 75.0% 66.7% 71.43%
October 6 4 0 2 11 6 75.0% 50.0% 66.67%
November 3 0 1 2 2 5 50.0% 0.0% 16.67%
December 7 5 1 1 11 4 100.0% 50.0% 78.57%
January 3 2 0 1 9 3 66.7% - 66.67%
February 4 1 2 1 6 9 100.0% 33.3% 50.00%
March 4 2 2 0 5 2 75.0% 75.0% 75.00%
April 6 3 1 2 8 6 100.0% 16.7% 58.33%
May 2 2 0 0 4 1 100.0% 100.0% 100.00%

Weekend Match 36 19 8 9 55 36 83.3% 44.4% 63.89%
Midweek Match 10 8 0 2 21 7 85.7% 66.7% 80.00%

Hemel Today/Jake Rusby - Sporting legends raise money for Berko hospice
- The celebrity XI with the daughters of Lee Williams, who was cared for by the Hospice of St Francis
- The stars were out in force to honour two QPR fans who died at the Hospice of St Francis.
- Dennis Wise, Luther Blissett and Darren Gough were among a host of celebrities and former players to play a match to raise money for the hospice on Sunday in front of more than 250 spectators.

Special guests at Berko's Broadwater ground were the families of QPR fans Lee Williams and Val Kingdon.

QPR youth manager Marc Bircham got the ball rolling on the game after he and some players missed out on meeting Lee, who was 39, in February this year.

The club had arranged for him to have a tour of the ground but he became too ill to go and was taken into the hospice's care.

It was then secretly arranged for some of the players to visit him, but he died before they were able to get there to surprise him.

"I had a letter come through my door asking if I would come and see him," said former Canada international and Hemel resident Bircham.

"But by the time I had got the letter he had died - much earlier than expected - and I felt bad I didn't meet him.

"I wanted to do something for the hospice. They do such good work and this is something I can do to help them."

Lee's wife Sharon was invited as a guest to the game, along with four-year-old daughter Leah, who was a mascot for the celeb side, and their two other daughters Holly, 16, and Sophie, 13.

They received a signed Berko shirt and football.

"It's a special thing as he loved QPR," said Sharon, 38.

"It's just a shame he's not here to have been there - he was so excited about going to the ground and going behind the scenes.

"In terms of his memory it is really a lovely thing and I'm really pleased QPR have organised it for us.

"It's a chance to give something back to the hospice."

Also guests at the game on Sunday were family members of Val Kindon.

The hospice arranged for sons Matthew Kingdon, 11 and Alex Kingdon, nine, to pay a visit to QPR's Loftus Road ground at the beginning of the season with dad Paul.

The boys stepped onto the pitch as mascots and with their dad got a special behind the scenes tour of the stadium.

Mum and wife Val, who was 38 at the time, secretly helped organise the visit in August last year but died at the hospice just days later.

Paul was there with his footie-mad boys on Sunday to thank the club and the hospice.

He said: "(The visit] is something they will remember for the rest of their lives.

"The hospice do an absolutely fantastic job, and something like that would never have happened if it wasn't for (children's support worker] Alex James and director Ros Taylor." Hemel Today

Beckhamstead People/Lara KingCelebrities descend on Berkhamsted for football fundraiser
- Saturday, May 08, 2010,
- A host of famous faces will descend on Berkhamsted's Broadwater football ground for a charitable kick-about tomorrow (May 9).

Ralf Little is one of the stars playing in Berkhamsted's charity football match

Actors Ralf Little and Gary Beadle will be joined by cricketer Darren Gough and an array of former professional footballers to raise money for the Hospice of St Francis and Berkhamsted Football Club.

The stars will take on a team made up of Comrades players and employees of Stoneforce, the club's sponsors.

The football legends donning their boots include Dennis Wise, Dougie Freedman, Steve Lomas, Jim Magilton, Kevin Gallen and Steve Sedgley

Marc Bircham, formerly of QPR and Canada, who organised the event, said: 'I wanted to do something for the hospice. They do such good work and this is something I could do for them.'
Beckhamstead People

QPR Official Site - TRIO DEPART
- Queens Park Rangers Football Club can confirm the departures of three members of Neil Warnock's backroom team.
- Head Physio Paul Hunter, Assistant Physio Shane Annun and Reserve Team Manager Keith Ryan have all left the Club by mutual consent.
- Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Warnock said: "The staff who are leaving have been excellent and dedicated to their jobs.
- "It is inevitable in football that when the Manager changes there will be staff changes.
- "I wish them all the very best for the future and thank them for their efforts during their time here." QPR

Many of the 1967/68 Team (a couple from 1966/67 no longer there. And a couple of additions not in the photo

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