Fa­mous Names in Foot­ball

Evergreen - - Contents - Alan Robin­son

IN 1886, two ju­nior clubs from north- west Lon­don merged to form St Jude’s FC, and later changed their name to Queens Park Rangers, as most of their play­ers lived in that dis­trict.

Ini­tially in the West Lon­don League, the club was ad­mit­ted to the South­ern League in 1899 af­ter turn­ing pro­fes­sional. At this level they twice won the South­ern League Cham­pi­onship, in 1908 and 1912.

In their early years, QPR played at var­i­ous grounds be­fore set­tling at their cur­rent home, Lof­tus Road near Shep­herd’s Bush, in 1917.

Fol­low­ing the ex­pan­sion of the Foot­ball League in 1920, QPR joined the new Third Di­vi­sion and played at this level dur­ing the in­ter- war pe­riod. De­spite be­ing bot­tom twice dur­ing the 1920s, the club’s for­tunes im­proved the fol­low­ing decade.

When foot­ball re­sumed af­ter the war, they were run­ners- up in 1947 and se­cured pro­mo­tion the fol­low­ing sea­son. Suc­cess was fleet­ing and they were back in fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory in 1952 where they stayed un­til the 1966- 67 sea­son, when not only was pro­mo­tion se­cured, but they also be­came the first Third Di­vi­sion team to win a tro­phy at Wem­b­ley, beat­ing West Bromwich Al­bion in the League Cup Fi­nal.

Fur­ther pro­mo­tion was achieved the fol­low­ing sea­son, so in 1968 QPR com­peted at the high­est level. Although this first try only lasted one sea­son, 1973 was much bet­ter, and in 1975- 76 they fin­ished run­ners- up.

Since then QPR have en­joyed three spells in the Pre­mier League, the last be­ing in sea­son 2014- 15, and in 1982 reached the Fi­nal of the FA Cup only to lose 1- 0 to Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in a re­play fol­low­ing a one- all draw in the first match.

QUEENS PARK RANGERS, 1905- 06 Back row: ( Play­ers only) W. Yen­son, P. Lar­ney, A. Hitch, M. Kings­ley, S. Down­ing, G. New­lands. Front row: N. Mur­phy, S. Sug­den, F. Be­van, G. Ry­der, A. Gard­ner.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.