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Monday, September 13, 2010

Marking: Fifty Successive Years of QPR Wearing The Hoops - The Origins


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This article was published in the QPR Magazine. It was written by John Disson. (Note the role of his brother in the hoops decision.)


This season the Club has celebrated fifty successive years of wearing the famous Blue and White Hoops.Behind the celebration, there is a story to be told…

so just how did it come about that we went back to
our roots and assumed our true persona for being the Super Hoops?

QPR: The Official Magazine caught up with R’s fan
John Disson to get to the crux of the matter.

It was the close season prior to the
start of the 1960/61 campaign,
the annual general meeting of the
Supporters Club had been called to
take place at the Hammersmith Town Hall.

I confess not an occasion I had ever
regularly attended, but this year Alec
Stock had been invited to attend and was
to address the supporters, so an occasion
not to miss.

Much was expected of Alec Stocks’
appointment as Manager - he had
been given the job the previous season,
having taken over from Jack Taylor who
had moved on to Leeds United. He
had been in the job for about six years,
during which time we had been served
up with some pretty mediocre football,
as well as seeing the Blue and White
Hoops dispensed with in favour of a plain
white shirt.

With Stock due to give a talk on how
he wanted the Club to progress the
meeting was well attended; I think the
meeting was chaired by the President of
the Supporters Club, but what I definitely
do remember about him was that he was
wearing a black bow tie!

As is the case with most meetings,
the usual complaints and grievances
were being aired, mostly all about
performances on the pitch, so there was
very little the Supporters Club could ever
do about it.

Therefore, the areas of complaint were
targeted at the Board and the Club itself;
remember this was in the days prior to
the purchase of the Club by Jim Gregory.
Stock had sat quietly throughout
the proceedings, but now it was his turn
to speak.

Almost everybody knew about his
recent football background, as well as
him holding the rank of Major in the Tank
Corps, during which time he took part in
active service in the Second World War.
He spoke with an air of authority and
the longer he went on the more the
supporters were drawn in and charged
with enthusiasm. In fact, I can only relate
the substance of his speech to that given
by Henry the Fifth before the Battle of
Agincourt - it’s something that vividly
stands out in my memory.

He was a true man Manager, someone
that many people should use as an
example to follow. I’m sure that many of
the sides he put out to play were suitably


inspired by him; not by coincidence was
his autobiography entitled ‘A Little Thing
Called Pride.’

The meeting then moved onto any
other business, which is where it got
really interesting.

My brother Derek seemingly inspired,
as was the whole meeting, immediately
put up his hand and proposed that we
revert back to wearing our Blue and
White Hoops, I can’t remember just
whether I seconded the proposal, but it
was immediately adopted amid cheers
from all present.

The Club dispensed with the Hoops
in 1954 and having worn a nondescript
white shirt for the past six years, we
wanted our identity back, the meeting
urged that the Supporters Club should
inform the Club without delay of our
request for the coming season. Stock
then stated that he would endorse our
proposal and to all present, this was
rubber stamping the fact we would once
more be wearing our Hoops.

The meeting broke up with everyone
on a high, not only from the speech given
by Stock, but also the highs of knowing
the Hoops were here to stay.
If we had never been there to witness
that uplifting speech, would my brother
Derek, or any other person at that
meeting for that matter, have ever been
encouraged to put forward the proposal
‘let’s get back to the Hoops.’

In the coming years, all that Stockie
achieved is now history. Without doubt
he can be credited as being the catalyst,
not just for inspiring us back into the
Hoops, but also for all of our subsequent

As a family we are in our fifth
generation of support for the R’s, from
my Grandfather in the 1890s to my now
six year-old grandson, we therefore feel
justifi ably proud to be responsible for
playing our part in a significant era of the
Clubs history.’

See Also John Disson's proposal re Wearing Green and White Hoops

Kyle Walker a QPR Loanee
Posted on: Mon 13 Sep 2010
Spurs starlet Kyle Walker has joined the R's on a one month loan deal.

Walker - who joined Spurs from Sheffield United in July 2009 - will wear the number 15 shirt during his stay at Loftus Road.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, the 20 year-old - who will stay at Loftus Road until October 11th - expressed his delight at sealing the move to W12, commenting: "I'm here to hopefully play regular First Team football.

"I played during pre-season at Spurs and have been playing for England Under-21s, but it is just a bit difficult when you are not playing regularly for your Club.

"I have got experience at this level, and I like playing Championship football. I played 30-odd times for Sheffield United and really enjoyed it. QPR

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