Preston North End v Queens Park Rangers Feb 20, 2021 17:06:02 GMT PNE From Afar, Mooney, and 7 more like this
Post by dawsonsjs on Feb 20, 2021 17:06:02 GMT
Preston North End v Queens Park Rangers
Wednesday 24th February
7.45pm Kick Off
Personal Reflections: We have now played so many teams in the Championship that there's a danger of simply repeating past given histories so I'm coming at this thread from a different slant...personal recollections of QPR.
Memories of QPR go back some years....to being at Reading Festival in something like 1968 and seeing mad Arthur Brown set himself on fire. Who? I hear you say, Well I can't find any You Tube clips of the relevant year (other acts included 10 Years After, Deep Purple, T Rex, Traffic, Jethro Tull, Joe Cocker, The Nice, Ginger Baker, Jeff Beck). I've watched with interest the recent music video clips Mooney has posted but for me nothing since has surpassed the 60s...it was far from all being the Stones and the Beatles...but just to give you some idea of just how mad Arthur Brown was I found this much later clip (didn't know he'd kept going, thought he'd be incinerated long ago).
However on the Saturday of the Festival I set off for Loftus Rd.....for QPR's first ever match in the old First Division.. They could have been playing Leicester but I'm not certain. The place was heaving and the ground was sold out. In those days there was not the same public awareness of the dangers of over crowding and you could always find somewhere to squeeze in on the terraces...so, having come all that way, over the wall I went in a corner of the ground...no more than 6 feet high.... not something I would condone these days (maybe because I'm a lot older) but it really was a different era. How grounds and security have improved.
What really attracted me to see QPR was the football they played. They were never going to win any trophies but, boy, could they entertain..and they always had some really talented players such as Rodney Marsh and the England captain Gerry Francis, later the mercurial Stan Bowles. How about this for a hat trick?
Ownership: In subsequent decades QPR have proven a yo yo club...and really ought to provide a salutary lesson to those who think that the way forward for PNE is for TH to throw £millions at the club. QPR have has £hundreds of millions spent on them by multi-billionaire owners such as the Indian Mittal family (one of the richest in the world from steel making), Bernie Ecclestone and Tony Fernandes, the list of managers alone provides a Who's Who to football management, names such as Terry Venables, Harry Redknapp, Steve McLaren, Mark Hughes but they still languish in the Championship, latterly weighed down by FFP financial penalties.
In August 2011, Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes was unveiled as the majority shareholder after having bought out Ecclestone's 66 percent stake in the club for a rumoured fee of around £35 million, while the Mittal Family retained their 33% stake. Amit Bhatia was restored to his position as vice-chairman. Bhatia also explained in the takeover announcement that the loan, representing the refinanced ABC Corporation debt secured using the stadium as collateral, had now been "bought off" by the new regime – that is, refinanced by new debt. It is thought that the current debt is represented by a shareholdeder loan. Despite the club's fortunes in attracting investors, it continues to be mired in controversy from previous ownership regimes and has been subject to proceedings from former investors. In short QPR is yet another example of the lack of any acceptable (to fans) governance of football in this country.
Loftus Rd ...it's terrible, cramped, poor visibility. There were plans to build a new 40,000-seater stadium called New Queens Park; however, plans have been shelved with the club looking to build a stadium on the site of the Linford Christie Stadium with 30,000 seats. The club have argued this would bring a huge financial boost to the local area but their plans were met with some initial scepticism by the Council. In June 2019, the club gifted the stadium naming rights to The Kiyan Prince Foundation, a local charity set up by the father of Kiyan Prince. Prince was a former QPR youth player who was fatally stabbed in 2006.
This season Under Mark Warburton's management results have been all over the place until the New Year...since when, and under the radar, they have been the division's best performing team with some remarkable results: Last 8 League games:
QPR 2 Bournemouth 1
QPR 2 Brentford 1
QPR 1 Plastics 0
Watford 1 QPR 2
QPR 0 Derby 1 (the only blip and they should have won that)
Cardiff 0 QPR 1
Luton 0 QPR 2
Norwich 1 QPR 1