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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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QPR1st - Meeting with the Club December 18 2013 -

Meeting of QPR Club Representatives with QPR Fans Reps Representatives (QPR1st, LSA, DSA)
The primary purpose of this meeting was for fans representatives to meet with the matchday operations team. Mark Donnelly, QPR’s Chief Operating Officer attended the first half of the meeting to briefly discuss the Club’s recent unveiling of plans to build a new 40,000 capacity stadium as part of the Old Oak area regeneration project...."
  Read at -  www.qpr1st.com/news/meeting-december-2013/#more-1267

40 Years ago.

In the FA Cup Third Round Replay: QPR 1 Chelsea 0 qprsmiley

January 15, 1974: It was a midweek, early afternoon kickoff - during the Three Day Week. And it was a cold snowy day, as I recall!

Cup replay at Loftus Road...after drawing 0-0 at Chelsea.

Chelsea under Dave Sexton were in turmoil, dropping Osgood and Hudson..

QPR's goalscorer in the 1-0 defeat: Stan Bowles

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January 5th, FA Cup Third Round - QPR Draw at Chelsea and Win The Replay January 5th....1974!

Gordon Jago's QPR, in their first season back in the old Division One - and in only their second-ever season in the First Division - travelled to Dave Sexton's "Mighty" Chelsea. And got a draw: 0-0. (Chelsea just prior to the game had transfer listed Peter Osgood and Alan Hudson - QPR should have bought Hudson,like they were linked to.)

QPR's Team that Day:
Clement Mclintock Mancini Gillard
Francis Venables Leach
Thomas Bowles Givens

Ten Days later, January 15, 1974, in an early afternoon, midweek game (it was during the era of the "Three Day Week" industrial action, QPR, with the same team defeated Chelsea 1-0 with Stan Bowles scoring.

QPR's Team that Day:
Clement Mclintock Mancini Gillard
Francis Venables Leach
Thomas Bowles Givens
Sub: Tony Hazell coming on for Bowles

As the countdown continues to our trip to Stamford Bridge, www.qpr.co.uk looks back at a memorable past encounter between Chelsea and QPR.

Tuesday, January 15 1974 - FA Cup Third Round Replay

A classic headed goal by Stanley Bowles sent Rangers rampaging into the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.

This replay was necessary after the sides drew 0-0 at Stamford Bridge. The R's dominated that first game and went closest to scoring when a Gerry Francis penalty was pushed away by Chelsea keeper John Phillips.

With the miners' strike and three day week in operation, the floodlights could not be used at Loftus Road. So the re-match was scheduled for a lunchtime 1.30pm start on Tuesday, January 8. However, after heavy rain the day before, match referee Mr David Smith of Gloucestershire called the tie off less than two hours before the planned kick-off.

QPR then moved quickly to advise spectators of the waterlogged pitch. Within seven minutes of the ref's decision, Rangers had notified the local radio stations, the two London evening papers, the press agencies and television companies. In addition, local police arranged for 'Match Postponed' boards to be displayed at all tube and railway stations en route to the ground.

The fixture was subsequently rearranged for seven days later - again with a 1.30pm Tuesday billing. This was a mild, sunny day but the pitch was very heavy and greasy. And a bumper crowd of 28,715 packed into Loftus Road.

Rangers were fifth in the top flight at the time with Chelsea languishing in 17th spot. The visitors' line-up included John Hollins and David Webb, who were both later destined to move to QPR along with their manager Dave Sexton.

The Super Hoops dominated the replay for long spells on a multi-speckled mud heap of a surface. Frank McLintock had a goal disallowed early on. Then Don Givens sent in a powerful header which squirmed under keeper Phillips but it was hacked off the line by Chelsea defender Marvin Hinton.

We finally made the vital breakthrough on 63 minutes. Dave Thomas dwelt on the ball and then tickled it through to overlapping full-back Dave Clement. He made a brilliant, buccaneering run down the right before crossing for Stan Bowles to nod home in emphatic fashion.

It took the 'Pensioners' 82 minutes to win their first corner. Although they came close to snatching a late and undeserved equaliser. David Webb, who was playing as a makeshift centre-forward, pounced on to a loose clearance and volleyed the ball left footed against the crossbar.

Bowles was stretchered off in the final seconds with a gash on his ankle and a badly bruised calf. This followed a crunching tackle by Chelsea's Ron 'Chopper' Harris, who had already been booked for an earlier challenge on the R's number 10. Harris could well have been sent off it the referee had seen the second incident.

Despite this setback, Rangers held firm to register a first ever victory against our close rivals in a recognised competitive fixture. However, the celebrations at the final whistle were subdued due to an outbreak of serious hooliganism by the Chelsea fans who had been standing at the Loft end.

Wearing their trademark uniform of laced up Dr Martens boots and white flared trousers, they surged forward to demolish the wall that formed a boys' enclosure at the front of the terrace. One spectator was injured in the crush. Then the visitors' supporters stormed through a line of police and on to the playing area in a bid to pull down the goalposts.

R's secretary Ron Phillips told newspapers: "The Loft terrace wall did not give way under pressure. It was deliberate vandalism. It was kicked and pushed down by the Chelsea fans as they tried to get on to the pitch in their disappointment at losing."

Concentrating on the football, Rangers first team coach Steve Burtenshaw said afterwards: "Our team did very well under what was, at times, provocation by Chelsea's robust play. There were some very harsh tackles indeed.

"The conditions were bad but we proved that it is possible to play pure football on any surface if you have the skill. I always felt that the goal would come."

Veteran QPR defender Frank McLintock added: "Stan Bowles is in such a relaxed frame of mind that he played in this tense replay against Chelsea as he does in five-a-side games.

"Stan stopped the ball, shielded it and then threaded it through opponents' legs! You might have imagined that we were in a practise session rather than facing one of the top teams in the country before a 28,000 partisan crowd!"

In his match report in the Sun newspaper, Bob Driscoll wrote: "Bruised...battered...but on top of the world. That's Stan Bowles, the new king of West London...Chelsea have dominated West London for a long time but the crown has been snatched from them by QPR."
This match was the only time in our history that we have defeated Chelsea in the FA Cup...so far! QPR


AFC U-22 Championship - AFC U-22 C'ship: Iran 0-1 Australia

Published: 15 January 2014

Muscat: A goal from Petros Skapetis put Australia into the quarter-finals of the AFC U-22 Championship with a 1-0 victory over Iran in Group C at Royal Police Stadium on Tuesday.

The Australian forward latched on to a loose ball on the 56th minute and fired home after Iranian goalkeeper Ali Reza Beiranvand could only parry defender Curtis Good’s header following a corner kick.

And although Iran threw on two more forwards in an attempt to restore parity, they were unable to breakdown a very organised Australian side, who might have scored again through midfielder Stefan Mauk in the final minutes of the match.

“We knew it would be a hard and physical game but I’m happy with the performance of my players” said Australia coach Aurelio Vidmar.

“We need to get a bit more composure, especially through the midfield, as the game got very stretched at times. But overall, I’m very pleased.”

While Iran welcomed back defender Vahid Esmaeilbeigi and midfielder Morteza Pouraliganji to the side from suspension, Australia coach Vidmar swapped almost his entire starting line-up from the 11 that began the 1-0 over Kuwait on Sunday.

“Every team has the same amount of players, our philosophy is to give everyone an opportunity.

"we wanted everyone to each get a full game, and we’ve achieved that so far,” explained Vidmar.

“There’s no first team or second team, I’m just trying to build one team.”

In a tight first half with chances at a premium, one of Vidmar’s changes, striker Adam Taggart, had his side’s first effort on goal inside the first 10 minutes as his free-kick from just outside the penalty area went narrowly over the crossbar.

Taggart was the most likely source of a breakthrough for Australia in the first period and on the 23rd minute he sent another curling shot drifted wide.

In between those strikes by the Australia forward, Mehdi Shiri went close for Iran with a deflected effort that goalkeeper Aaron Lennox pushed out, and a swerving long range effort that was just off target.

Australia came out fired up for the second half, however, and in the first minute after the restart Andrew Hoole’s penetrating run down the right side was followed by a shot from the right winger that needed to be punched clear by an alert Beiranvand at his near post.

Centre-back Good was then forced to leave the field for treatment to a nasty gash above his eye following a clash of heads, and with the big centre-back off the field, Iran had their best chance to open the scoring as Kaveh Rezaei slipped in Benham Barzay for a low shot from inside the penalty area that was parried wide by Lennox in the Australia goal.

But with Good back on the field sporting a mass of white gauzing around his injured forehead, it was Australia who took the lead.

Awarded a free-kick in a central area on the 55th minute, Hoole skimmed a low shot off the turf that was pushed out for a corner by the Iranian custodian.

But from the resulting set-piece, a hurtling blur of bandages in the form of Good powered a header on target that Beiranvand could only parry as far as the waiting Skapetis, who hooked the ball into the gaping net.

In a bid to seek an equaliser, Iran brought on strikers Arsalan Motahhari and Seyed Miri and it was the former who had his side’s best chance with a low shot into the arms of a sprawling Lennox following good work from Rezaei.

Australia dominated possession for the remains of the second half, although Motahhari had time for another effort at the death but this time his shot from the edge of the penalty area went wide of Lennox’s right-hand post.

With a lengthy seven minutes of stoppage time added due to Good’s extended treatment, Maulk could have put the game to bed, but a good save from Beiranvand prevented the second half substitute from doubling the advantage.

“It was a physically demanding game and we can say a game of small differences. Australia is a great team, very organised with a fighting spirit,” said Iran coach Human Afazeli.

“A big difference was that Australia used almost 11 new players, and we couldn’t do that as we have only 20 players in our squad and three of them are goalkeepers.

“I want to praise my players, they showed fantastic effort. I am satisfied with their efforts, they did a good job.”


New Strait Times

Ex-QPR mates aim to power Pahang to glory

ZESHAN Rehman is relishing the chance to reunite with his former Queens Park Rangers teammate Damion Stewart as the two centre-backs hope to steer Pahang to glory in the Super League this season.

Zeshan, who was the first Pakistan international to play in England, formed a formidable partnership in defence with Stewart for QPR between 2006-09.

The duo are expected to start when Pahang take on Singapore's LionsXII in the Charity Shield-cum-league match at Darulmakmur Stadium on Friday.

Zeshan, 30, started his professional career with 21 appearances for Fulham in 2003 and also represented England in various age-group competitions before making his debut for Pakistan nine years ago.

"Damion and I played together for a few seasons in England and we know each other on-and-off the pitch. Hopefully, we can get our partnership going for Pahang in the league," said Zeshman after Pahang's signing ceremony with apparel sponsor Puma in Bandar Utama yesterday.

"He told me about Pahang and I also spoke to others about the club. Everyone said only good things about Pahang. My aim is to give the fans something to cheer about this season."

Zeshan, who had loan stints with Blackpool and Bradford City, believes Pahang have the quality to progress accordingly following their Malaysia Cup success last season.

"I have been following the M-League for the last two seasons as I played AFC Cup matches here with my former club, Kitchee FC of Hong Kong.

"The level of play is high and the fans are passionate about the game. I believe Pahang are a good side with a strong foundation as 95 per cent of their players have been together for several years.

"The target (of retaining the Malaysia Cup and finishing in the top three bracket in the league) is achievable. We need to focus on ourselves as other teams will pay attention to us following last season's success," Zeshan added.

Despite not having enough training time in Kuantan due to the recent floods and a poor pre-season in Hong Kong, coach Ronald Smith believes his team will do well in their opening league matches.

"I only joined the team recently in Hong Kong for friendly matches on synthetic pitches.

"It was an important trip for conditioning. Upon arriving in Kuantan, we only had one training session due to the heavy downpour.

"Despite the limited training time, my players are responding well to my methods and should have a good start against Lions on Friday," said Smith.

Smith, who helped Sabah win the Premier League and also reach the Malaysia Cup final in 1996, signed a one-year deal with a clause, reviewing his contract every three months.

"The contract was drawn up in December when I was still keen to go to the World Cup finals in Brazil with Australia. I've been doing match analysis for Australia for the last decade and had gone for the last two World Cups.

"I will remain with Pahang for the entire season and not go for the World Cup finals as it is not like I'm coaching the Australia team," Smith added.

Meanwhile, Pahang FA (PFA) signed a three-year deal worth RM3 million with Puma in a ceremony attended by its president Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah yesterday.

Tengku Abdul Rahman said the new sponsorship will spur his players to greater heights for the new season.

"I want my players to step up and play in the league and do well in every game," said Tengku Abdul Rahman.

On whether PFA has appealed the FA of Malaysia's decision to allow its former midfielder Amirulhadi Zainal to play for Darul Ta'zim following a contract dispute, Tengku Abdul Rahman said his association had done so and was waiting for a response.

Pahang FA president Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah (centre) with players and officials after the signing ceremony with Puma yesterday. Pic by Osman Adnan

Read more: Ex-QPR mates aim to power Pahang to glory - Soccer - New Straits Times www.nst.com.my/sports/soccer/ex-qpr-mates-aim-to-power-pahang-to-glory-1.461773#ixzz2qMY7cavf


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