- Queens Park Rangers F.C.
Football club infobox
clubname = Queens Park Rangers
fullname = Queens Park Rangers Football Club
nickname = "The 'R's", "The Hoops", "QPR"
founded = 1882
Loftus Road("Rangers Stadium") Shepherd's Bush Hammersmith
capacity = 19,128
chairman = flagicon|ITA
manager = flagicon|Northern Ireland
mgrtitle = First-Team Coach
league = The Championship
season = 2007–08
position = The Championship, 14th
Queens Park Rangers Football Club is an English football club, based in
Shepherds Bushin the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulhamin West London. The club's first team currently plays in the Football League Championship. In August 2007 QPR was bought by Formula Onetycoons, Bernie Ecclestoneand Flavio Briatore, who sold a 20% stake to the family of steel magnate Lakshmi Mittalin December of that year.
The club is commonly referred to as "QPR" or often just "Rangers" by fans. Other nicknames include the "Hoops" or the "Superhoops" (after the team's kit of blue and white hooped shirts), or the "Rs". QPR are not to be confused with the Scottish clubs Rangers or Queen's Park.
:"For the current season see
Queens Park Rangers F.C. season 2008-09"QPR was formed in 1882, when a team known as St Jude's merged with Christchurch Rangers. The resulting team was called Queens Park Rangers, because most of the players came from the Queens Park area of North-West London. QPR became a professional team in 1889 and played their home games in nearly 20 different stadia (a league record), before permanently settling in Loftus Roadin 1917 (although the team briefly played at White City between 1931-3 and 1962–63 in the hope of attracting larger crowds). [Inglis, Simon: Football Grounds of Britain, page 305-6. ISBN 0-00-218426-5]
QPR were promoted as champions of Division 3 South in the 1947–48 season.
Dave Mangnallwas the manager as Rangers enjoyed four seasons in the Second Division, being relegated in 1951–52. Tony Inghamwas signed from Leeds United and went on to make most ever league appearances for QPR (519).
Prior to the start of the 1959-60 season saw the arrival of arguably the club's greatest ever manager, [ [http://www.queensparkrangersfc.com/stock.htm Alec Stock Obituary] at QueensParkRangersFC.com]
Alec Stock. The 1960–61 season saw QPR achieve their biggest win to date - 9–2 vs Tranmere Roversin a Division 3 match. In time, Stock, with the advent as Chairman in the mid-60s of Jim Gregoryhelped to achieve a total transformation of the club and its surroundings.
In 1966–67, QPR won the Division Three championship and became the first Third Division club to win the League Cup on Saturday,
March 41967, beating West Bromwich Albion 3–2, (coming back from a two goal deficit). 40 years on, it is still the only major trophy that QPR have won. The final was also the first League Cup Final to be held at Wembley Stadium. After winning promotion in 1968 to the top flight for the first time in their history, Rangers were relegated after just one season and spent the next four years in Division 2. Terry Venablesjoined from Spurs at the beginning of the 1969–70 season and Rodney Marshwas sold to Manchester City. During this time, new QPR heroes emerged including Phil Parkes, Don Givens, Dave Thomas and Stanley Bowles. These new signings were in addition to home-grown talent such as Dave Clement, Ian Gillard, Mick Leachand Gerry Francis.
Dave Sextonjoined as manager and, in 1975–76 led QPR to the runners-up spot in the First Division, missing out on the Championship by a single point with a squad containing five England internationals and internationals from the home nationsand Morocco. After completing their 42-game season, QPR sat at the top of the league, one point ahead of Liverpool who went on to defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers to clinch the title. Also, Wolves relegated to Second League at same season. The late 1970s also saw some cup success with Rangers reaching the semi-finals of the League Cup and in their first entry into European football reached the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup losing to AEK Athens FCon penalties. Following Sexton's depature in 1977 the club eventually slipped into the Second Division in 1979.
Terry Venablestook over as manager and the club installed a 'plastic pitch'. In 1982 QPR, still playing in the Second Division, reached the FA Cup Final for the only time in the club's history, facing holders Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham won 1–0 in a replay. The following season 1982–83 QPR went on to win the Second Division championship and returned to English football's top division. After a respectable fifth place finish, and UEFA Cup qualification, the following year, Venables departed to become manager of Barcelona. Over the next seven years, various managers came and went from Loftus Road and the club spent many seasons finishing mid table but avoided relegation. The most successful season during this period was the 1987–88 in which QPR finished fifth, missing out on a UEFA Cup campaign due to the ban on English clubs in European competition as a result of the Heysel Stadium disaster. They were also runners up in the 1986 League Cup, losing to Oxford United. Gerry Francis, a key player in the 1970s QPR side who had proved himself as a successful manager with Bristol Rovers, was appointed manager in the summer of 1991. In the 1991–92 First Division campaign they finished mid-table in the league and were founder members of the new Premier Leaguewhich began in 1992. Francis oversaw one of QPR's most famous victories, the 4–1 win at Old Trafford in front of live TV on New Years Day 1992. They finished that season in fifth place, and in the following season Francis guided them to a ninth place finish. Midway through the 1994–95 season Francis resigned and very quickly became manager of Tottenham Hotspur and Ray Wilkinswas installed as player-manager. Wilkins led QPR to an eighth place finish in the Premiership. In July 1995 the club's top goalscorer, Les Ferdinand, was sold for a club record fee of £6 million to Newcastle United.
QPR's struggled in the following season and were relegated at the end of the 1995–96 season. QPR then competed in Division 1 until 2001 under a succession of managers.
Gerry Francisreturned in 1998 however the 2000–2001 season proved to be a disaster, and Francis resigned in early 2001. Charismatic former player Ian Hollowaybecame manager but was unable to stop Rangers from being relegated to England's third tier for the first time for more than thirty years. Following the 2003–2004 season QPR returned to Division 1 and struggled for consistent form over the next two campaigns before Holloway was suspended amidst rumours of his departure for Leicester City. A poor series of results and lack of progress at the club saw Holloway's successors Gary Waddockand later John Gregory(both former players) fail to hold on to the manager's job.
During this same period QPR became embroiled in financial and boardroom controversy. Although the club had floated on the
Alternative Investment Marketin 1991, in 2001 it entered administration. A period of financial hardship followed and the club left administration after receiving a £10m high-interest emergency loan which continued to burden the club. [ [http://sport.independent.co.uk/football/coca_cola/article2271585.ece "The Independent"] ] Scandals involving the directors, shareholders and others emerged in 2005–06 season and included allegations of blackmail and threats of violence against the club's chairman Gianni Paladini. In an unrelated incident QPR were further rocked by the murder of Youth Team footballer Kiyan Princeon 18 May 2006[ [http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/article548168.ece "The Independent"] ] and, just over a year later, the death of promising teenager and first-team player Ray Jonesin a car crash. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/q/qpr/6963546.stm "QPR's Ray Jones dies in car crash"] BBC Sport, 25 August 2007] . Following this low point in the club's history as Rangers also faced mounting financial pressure, in the same month it was announced that the club had been bought by wealthy Formula 1businessmen Flavio Briatoreand Bernie Ecclestone(see "Investment" below). During the 2007–08 season, Rangers competed in the Football League Championship(see also: Queens Park Rangers F.C. season 2007-08). John Gregory's reign as manager came to an end in November 2007 after a string of poor results left QPR at the bottom of the Championship and he was replaced by Luigi De Caniountil the end of the 2007–08 season. Further investment followed in early 2008 as the club looked to push for promotion to the Premier Leaguewithin four years, on the back of greater financial stability.Cite news
title = QPR fans give thanks a billion times over
work = The Times
accessdate = 2008-02-25
url = http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/football_league/article3346046.ece] On 14 May 2008
Iain Dowiewas announced as the manager to begin the campaign to return Rangers to the top flight. [Cite news
title = QPR bring in Dowie as new coach
work = BBC Sport
accessdate = 2008-05-15
url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/q/qpr/7400236.stm] [Cite news
title = Dowie targets the Premier League
work = BBC Sport
accessdate = 2008-05-22
After a number of years of financial difficulties which included a period in financial administration, QPR was bought by
Formula Onetycoons and multi-millionaires Bernie Ecclestoneand Flavio Briatorein a £14m takeover in August 2007. In spending £690,000 to acquire a 69 per cent majority stake in the club, Ecclestone spent £150,000 on his 15 per cent, while Briatore bought 54 per cent for £540,000 through a British Virgin Islands registered company, Sarita Capital. In addition Briatore and Ecclestone are believed to have promised £5 million in convertible loan facilities to help buy players and have covered £13 million of debt, in a total commitment to the club of around £20 million. At the time of purchase the remaining 31 per cent of shareholders turned down the offer of 1p a share.Cite news
title = QPR tycoons hesitate on spending spree
work = Daily Telegraph
accessdate = 2008-01-10
url = http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml;jsessionid=TY1FMFBJ0NV3RQFIQMGCFF4AVCBQUIV0?xml=/sport/2008/01/10/sfnbon110.xml]
Four months later, on 20 December 2007, it was announced that the family of billionaire
Lakshmi Mittalhad purchased a 20 per cent shareholding in the club from Briatore. The purchase price of the 20 per cent stake was just £200,000. As part of the investment Lakshmi Mittal's son-in-law took a place on the board of directors. [Cite news
title = QPR secure huge investment boost
work = BBC
accessdate = 2007-12-20
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/q/qpr/7154202.stm] While Gianni Paladini remains chairman of the football club, Alejandro Agag, as chairman of QPR Holdings (the parent company) was the
de factochairman, until he was replaced by Flavio Briatore in early February 2008.Cite news
title = Briatore is QPR Holdings chairman
work = BBC
accessdate = 2008-02-04
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/q/qpr/7226622.stm] Agag moved into the role of managing director, supported by a deputy managing director, Ali Russell, who moved from Hearts in the
Scottish Premier League.
Despite QPR's perilous financial condition, the combined personal wealth of the club's new owners (which included the world's then 5th richest man Lakshmi Mittal) sparked speculation that QPR would receive significant further investment from their new benefactors drawing parallels to their wealthy West London neighbours Chelsea and Fulham.Cite news
title = Lakshmi Mittal pushes QPR up the rich list
work = Daily Telegraph
accessdate = 2008-01-04
url = http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2007/12/21/sfnqpr121.xml] However, to date no significant further funds are believed to have been made available to the club other than those injected as part of the purchase of its share capital. Indeed it was reported in January 2008 that the investors had not discharged the £10 million loan from ABC Corporation together with its £1 million annual interest burden—despite the club's prospective annual turnover of between £10 million and £15 million a year. Furthermore around £2 million was still owed to a former director and major shareholder, Antonio Caliendo, who waived £4.5 million of loans when Briatore and Ecclestone bought the club. It was expected that the ABC loan would be discharged in June 2008 on its maturity and that the debt owed to Antonio Caliendo would be paid off "in early 2008" in line with a funding strategy which Ecclestone has publicly stated would not result in the wealthy owners simply bankrolling the club. In fact the ABC loan was discharged on or around 31 July 2008.Cite news
title = QPR complete payment of £10m loan
work = BBC Sport
accessdate = 2008-08-06
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/q/qpr/7542606.stm] Mittal's investment is thought to be primarily motivated by his son-in-law's interests and that Mittal himself will remain a silent investor while Briatore, Ecclestone and Bhatia work together to implement the strategy of slowly building the club up ahead of a push for promotion to the Premier League in 2009. The new owners have also pledged to refurbish Loftus Road and use their experience in
Formula Oneto increase sponsorship revenues.On 25 March 2008 Q.P.R. confirmed that, from the 2008–09 season and for five seasons, their kits will be supplied by Lotto Sport Italiaas part of a number of new partnerships formed by Flavio Briatore.Cite news
title = CLUB STATEMENT: QPR & LOTTO SPORT ITALIA
work = QPR Official Website
accessdate = 2008-03-25
url = http://www.qpr.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10373~1273362,00.html] The investment potential of the club's new backers resulted in a number of wildly speculative storylines in the football press throughout the 2007-2008 season including rumoured signings of former World Player of the Year winners
Luis Figoand Zinedine Zidane(the latter as a possible manager).Cite news
title = Figo dismisses QPR move rumours
work = BBC
accessdate = 2008-05-05
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/q/qpr/7302306.stm] Cite news
title = Zidane to become QPR manager
work = Goal.com
accessdate = 2008-05-05
url = http://goal.com/en-us/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=682782]
In May 2008,
billionaire Vijay Mallyawas linked with buying into the club, as part of the Ecclestone, Briatore and Mittal consortium.Cite news
title = Indian Formula One high roller joins Ecclestone and Briatore's party at Queens Park Rangers
work = Daily Mail
accessdate = 2008-05-23
url = ] Following the termination of the club's sponsorship deals with "Car Giant",
Le Coq Sportifand Sellotapeat the end of the 2007-08 season, in early July 2008 it was expected to be announced that Gulf Airwould be the new shirt sponsors. [ [http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=221972&Sn=BNEW&IssueID=31105 New soccer strip] , Gulf Daily News, 3 July] Further sponsorship packages were also announced including Abbey Financial Services and Lotto Sport Italia. [ [http://www.marketingweek.co.uk/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=61203&d=254&h=0&f=0 QPR signs Abbey as its financial partner] , Marketing Week, 19 June 2008]
The club's traditional local rivals are Brentford and Fulham. Since the 70s and 80s QPR fans have seen Chelsea as rivals. Recently, rivalries with Luton Town and - to a lesser extent - Watford have begun. [http://www.clubfanzine.com/QPR/showNews.php?id=1232"Loftus Road - guide for visiting fans"] Loft For Words]
*Division One Runners-up 1975–76
*Division Two Champions 1982–83
*Division Two Runners-up 1967–68, 1972–73
*Nationwide Division Two Runners-up 2003–04
*Division Three Champions 1966–67
*Division Three (South) Champions 1947–48
* Highest Attendance 35,353: vs Leeds United 27/04/1974 Division 1
* Highest league win 9-2: vs Tranmere Rovers 03/12/1960 Division 3
* Highest league loss 1-8: vs Manchester United 19/03/1969 Division 1
* Most capped player Alan McDonald: 52 Northern Ireland
* Most League appearances
Tony Ingham: 519 1950–63
* Oldest Player
Ray Wilkins: 39 years 352 days
* Youngest Player
Frank Sibley: 15 years 275 days
* Most League Goals in a Season: George Goddard, 37, Division 3 South, 1929–30.
* Most Goals in a Season: Rodney Marsh, 44 (30 League, 3 FA Cup,11 League Cup) 1966–67
* Most League Goals in Total Aggregate: George Goddard, 174, 1926–34.
* Most Goals in Total Aggregate: George Goddard, 186 , 1926–34
* Record Transfer Fee Received: £6,000,000 from Newcastle United for
Les Ferdinand, June 1995.
* Record Transfer Fee Paid: £2,750,000 to Stoke City for
Mike Sheron, July 1997.
Rangers have had a somewhat nomadic existence, having played in nearly 20 different locations throughout
North West Londonsince their formation. The several grounds before 1886 are unknown but were probably in the Queens Park area (the first being "The Queens Park" itself) Along with having the title of most home grounds in football league history: [ [http://www.qpr.vitalfootball.co.uk/site.asp?cat=999 "VitalFootball.co.uk"] ]
London Scottish F.C.'s Ground (1888–1889)
*Home Farm (1888–1889)
*Gun Club (1888–1889)
Killburn Cricket Ground(1888–1889)
Kensal Rise Athletic Ground(1899–1901)
Royal Agricultural Societyshowgrounds (1904–1907)
Park Royal Ground(1907–1917)
White City Stadium(1931–1933)
White City Stadium(1962–1963)
Managers past and present
Notable players, past and present
:"Emboldened players have represented their respective countries at full international level"
*flagicon|England Martin Allen
*Flagicon|England Harry Brown
*flagicon|England Frank Clarke
*Flagicon|England John W. Collins
*flagicon|England Tony Currie
*flagicon|England Mike Flanagan
*flagicon|England George Goddard
*flagicon|England Andy King
*flagicon|England Sammy Lee
Evelyn Lintott[QPR's First England International]
*flagicon|England Rodney Marsh
*flagicon|England Paul Parker
*flagicon|England Phil Parkes
*Flagicon|England George Powell
*flagicon|England Matthew Rose
*flagicon|England Don Shanks
*Flagicon|England William Conway Smith
*flagicon|England Dave Thomas
*flagicon|England David Webb
*flagicon|Northern Ireland Billy Hamilton
*flagicon|Northern Ireland Alan McDonald
*flagicon|Northern Ireland Ian Stewart
;Republic of Ireland
*flagicon|Ireland John Byrne
*flagicon|Ireland Paul McGee
*flagicon|Scotland John Spencer
10 September 2008."cite web
title = Player Profiles
url = http://www.qpr.premiumtv.co.uk/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10373,00.html
publisher = Queens Park Rangers FC
accessdate = 2007-10-31] cite news
title = REVISED SQUAD NUMBERS
url = http://www.qpr.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10373~1357919,00.html
publisher = Queens Park Rangers FC
accessdate = 2008-09-10]
Out on loan
:"For player movements since the end of the 2007-08 season, see
Queens Park Rangers F.C. season 2008-09"
In common with many long-established football clubs in England, QPR has a network of loyal supporters' associations. The principal supporters' association is the QPR LSA. Other supporters groups exist throughout the UK and around the world including the [http://www.qpr-usa.com USA] , [http://qpr.co.nz New Zealand] , [http://www.qpr-serbia.net Serbia] , [http://www.svenskafans.com/england/qpr/ Sweden] , Australia and [http://queenspr.extra.hu Hungary] . QPR also has a supporters' football team: [http://www.asbfc.com/ Accrington Stanley Bowles] who play matches against similar supporters' sides from other English clubs.
* [http://www.qpr.co.uk/ Official Site]
* [http://www.qpr1st.co.uk/ Supporters Trust]
* [http://www.qprfans.net/ QPR Fans] For the Fans, by the Fans.
* [http://www.qprdot.org/ QPRDOT.org] Unofficial QPR Message Board
* [http://www.qpr-mad.co.uk/ QPR Mad] Unofficial QPR site
* [http://www.clubfanzine.com/QPR/ Loft For Words]
* [http://www.qprreport.blogspot.com/ QPR Report] Continually-updated QPR News Blog
* [http://www.qpr.vitalfootball.co.uk/ QPR] at VitalFootball.co.uk
* [http://www.wearetherangersboys.com We are the Rangers Boys] , fansite including audio of fan chants
*BBC Football Info|BBClinkname=q/qpr
* [http://www.qprtoday.net/ QPR Today]
* [http://www.qpr.vitalfootball.co.uk/ Vital Football Queens Park Rangers] Run By The Fans; For The Fans
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