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Queens Park Rangers : Club Background

Queens Park Rangers are a North-West London club that were formed in 1886 as a merger of two other clubs, in St Jude's (formed 1884) and Christchurch Rangers (formed 1882). The name of the club is derived from the Queen's Park area of London that is situated a couple of miles north of the Shepherd's Bush area of London that is currently their home. You'll find a 'Queen's Park' London Overground station that provides the nearest landmark and an adjacent park - history suggests this is where their early players were from rather than necessarily where they actually played.

Up until 1917 they were nomads, playing at 20 different grounds, including two in the Park Royal area. They then moved into Loftus Road, although even then twice flirted with using other grounds, by using the famous White City Stadium during two seasons in the 1930s and the 1960s. During that period they played in the London League, Southern League and rather oddly even the Western League - they were Division 1A Runners Up in 1906-07 and 1908-09. They also won the Southern League twice - in 1907-08 and 1911-12. Like many of the current Football League crop, they benefited as part of the expansion of the League for the 1920-21 season, becoming founding members of Division Three South.

Even though QPR are recognised as one of the country's bigger clubs these days they had a slow start, only really thriving after the country returned to normality after World War II. They won Division Three South in 1948, although were relegated just four years later, and remainded at third tier level after the League was reorganised to recognise a four division national structure.

The main facade of Loftus Road Stadium - this is the exterior of the South Africa Road Stand
The main facade of Loftus Road Stadium - this is the exterior of the South Africa Road Stand
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QPR only really began to become a serious force in English league football during the 1960s. The man who transformed them was a rather well known Yeovil Town legend Alec Stock (see also this site's obituary article), who had been at Huish between 1946 and 1949. Stock left Yeovil for spells with Leyton Orient and AS Roma, but became manager of QPR in 1959. This started a nine year association with the West London club, that was initially a slow-burner, but gave them huge success as they won the Division Three Championship in 1966-67, and in the same season became Football League Cup Winners - the one of only two third tier clubs to win that competition (the other was Swindon Town captained by a future Glovers manager in Stan Harland. This remains still the only major national trophy QPR have won.

A year later, they were Division Two runners up and were promoted to the top flight for the first time in the club's history. Unfortunately for Alec, internal politics at Loftus Road were ruling the roost, and Chairman Jim Gregory's treatment of his manager is now seen as rather harsh - during a period of illness in which he was suffering with asthma problems, Stock was initially demoted to General Manager and then was let go on 'medical grounds', something that Stock questioned given his view that he had never taken a day off work. Overall, Stock took charge of 459 matches at QPR. The 1968-69 season ultimately turned into a disaster - initially Stock's coach Bill Dodgin Jr took over as manager, then Tommy Doherty was brought in - but he only lasted 28 days after rowing with the board, and so they landed on their fourth manager of the season, and he was unable to stop QPR's first top flight season being an unsuccessful one.

Despite the relegation though, QPR's profile in the footballing world had risen, and players such as Terry Venables, Rodney Marsh, Phil Parkes, Gerry Francis and former Glovers manager David Webb came through their doors as players. QPR returned to top flight football in 1973 and by the 1975-76 season had become Football League runners-up, missing out to Liverpool by just a single point, and even then only after the scousers had been allowed to complete their season ten days after QPR finished theirs, due to Liverpool's UEFA Cup Final involvement - something that the Football League would not allow these days. It stands as their best Football League finish.

QPR's main Club Superstore, situated in South Africa Road
QPR's main Club Superstore, situated in South Africa Road
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QPR were relegated back into Division Two in 1979, and then courted controversy by being one of the clubs around the country to opt for the 'plastic pitch' technology - installing theirs in 1981. That lasted seven years at Loftus Road, and may have provided some assistance in their 1981-82 FA CUp Final appearance (their best FA Cup performance) and their 1982-83 Division Two title that got them back into the top flight, followed by an 1985-85 Football League Cup final appearance, although the appointment of Terry Venables as their boss played a large factor in their success around that period.

They became founder members of the Premier League in 1992-93, but were to suffer a horror end to the century, tumbling out of that division in 1996, and then only avoiding relegation again three years later on goals scored. By 2001, their nosedive down to Division Two had been completed - the first time since the arrival of Alec Stock that they had been in third tier football. QPR were in financial problems during this time and in 2001 owner Chris Wright and Wimbledon owner Charles Koppel had held talks about a merger. A fans' backlash saw that off, but QPR entered administration under debts of 20 million. They managed to claw their way back to the Championship (second tier) by 2004, but were still on shaky financial ground.

In 2007 though, in came the money men. Motor racing millionaires Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone were later joined by Goldman Sachs board member Lakshmi Mittal and suddenly QPR were in the money. Football League Championship title winners in 2010-11, it seemed as though they would become one of the Premier League's big guns. However, they have under-achieved against the funds they have piled into the club, and perhaps the answer as to why that is lies in the number of managers they have got through since the summer of 2007, which read as follows:

John Gregory, Mick Harford, Luigi De Canio, Iain Dowie, Gareth Ainsworth (caretaker), Paulo Sousa, Gareth Ainsworth (again), Jim Magilton, Steve Gallen (caretaker), Paul Hart, Mick Harford (again), Neil Warnock, Mark Hughes, Mark Bowen/Eddie Niedzwiecki (joint caretakers) and then finally Harry Redknapp. The latter has been in charge since November 2012, and whilst the position he inherited at the foot of the Premier League was bad, his arrival did nothing to arrest that, with the gap between QPR and safety growing rather than safety, and despite some incredible January 2013 spending, they never looked like recovering, and so dropped out of the Premier League once again. The club's 2012-13 accounts showed a 65 million loss, showing just how huge QPR's spending is - in Premier League terms, let alone Championship terms - but even now it looks as though that may not be good enough to get them up automatically this season, with Leicester City and Burnley ruling the roost at the top. Thus the pressure will be on them not to blow promotion - even with big financial backing, QPR cannot afford another season with such a balance sheet in place.

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Queens Park Rangers : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Queens Park Rangers

09/11/1946HomeFrndW4-0Gore(2), Mitcheson(2)
11/05/1967HomeBEND2-24118Hall, Taylor
09/01/1988HomeFAC3L0-39717
16/08/1988HomeFrndD1-11408
16/10/2001HomeLDV1W3-02879Giles 37, 90, Grant 80
21/09/2013HomeCHPL0-19108
15/03/2014AwayCHPL0-316667
11/08/2015HomeCC1L0-34058


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Queens Park Rangers

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Queens Park Rangers : Club Statistics

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:


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Queens Park Rangers : Club Information
Loftus Road Stadium
South Africa Road
Shepherd's Bush
London
W12 7PJ

(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 020-8743-0262
Fax : 020-8749-0994
Email: boxoffice@qpr.co.uk
Chairman : Tony Fernandes
Secretary :
Safety Officer :
Head of Media : Ian Taylor
Manager : Harry Redknapp

Capacity : 18,489
Seated : 18,489
Covered Terrace : n/a

Record Attendance : 35,353 vs Leeds United, April 27th 1974 (Division One)
Colours : Blue and white hooped shirts, white shorts, white socks.
Nickname : Hoops or The R's

Ticket Prices : Away supporters at Loftus Road are given the upper tier of the School End of the ground - this is a fairly compressed looking enclosure situated behind the goal. Prices are structured as 'Gold' (central area) and 'Silver' (wings area) however on top of that there are some restricted views which are such that you may not be able to see the goal line at one end of the ground due to the angle on the stand and the other side stands obscuring part of your view.

The theoretical capacity of the School End Upper Tier is 1,800 but as some of these seats have poor views, the real capacity is lower. Yeovil Town were given an initial allocation of 1,146 tickets for sale. Another Championship side Reading were eventually given 1,279 tickets in total, so that seems to be the final limit on what to expect.

For our 2013-14 season trip, this is an ALL TICKET match for away supporters - there will be no tickets on sale at Loftus Road on the day of the game. Prices are as follows:

GOLD: Adults: 30.00; Under-16s: 15.00; Aged 16-21: 20.00; Over-60s: 20.00.
GOLD (Restricted View): Adults: 28.00; Under-16s: 14.00; Aged 16-21: 19.00; Over-60s: 19.00.
SILVER: Adults: 25.00; Under-16s: 12.00; Aged 16-21: 15.00; Over-60s: 15.00; Under-8s with Adult: FREE.
SILVER (Restricted View): Adults: 23.00; Under-16s: 11.00; Aged 16-21: 14.00; Over-60s: 14.00.

All supporters purchasing the Aged 16-21 tickets must take proof of age with them on the matchday and be prepared to show it at the turnstile. There is also a family area ask for Block Y2 in both Gold and Silver tariffs.

Disabled Info: The away allocation for disabled supporters is three wheelchair spaces located in the Ellerslie Road Stand. Disabled parking is available to blue badge holders but only six places are available for the whole ground. For enquiries regarding disabled facilities, or special requests, email jades@qpr.co.uk

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters pay the same rate as Seniors and are able to bring an assistant free of charge. You must be on the middle or higher rate of the Disability Living Allowance or have a personal letter from your GP to qualify.

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Queens Park Rangers : Directions To The Ground
General

Loftus Road is absolutely crammed into a tight network of residential housing and a school on the west side of Shepherd's Bush on the west side of London, close to the iconic BBC building (that has been recently decommissioned). If you're going by public transport, then you'll find a multitude of ways to get you there, but if you make the decision to drive, you may want to consider parking several stops away from the ground and taking a tube or a train for the final half hour.

NOTE CAREFULLY: The entrance to the away end is in Ellerslie Road, on the South-West side of the ground, despite the location of the stand apparently looking as though it might be accessible from Bloemfontein Road - there's actually a school between the road and that end (hence the name). In addition, some older ground guides may suggest the away end is accessed from South Africa Road - this is out of date information.
The entrance to the away turnstiles - on Ellerslie Road
The entrance to the away turnstiles - on Ellerslie Road
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By Road

From North: Take the M1 to its end, then take the A406 North Circular westbound, then at the Hangar Lane junction take the A40 to Central London. At the White City turn-off, turn right into Wood Lane (A219), then second right into South Africa Road.

From East and Central London: Take the A40 Westway, then turn off at the White City junction, then left into Wood Lane (A219), then second right into South Africa Road.

From South: Take the A3, then follow signs for Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush, heading via the A219. Head up the west side of Shepherd's Bush Green keeping on the A219 into Wood Lane, following signs for White City. Then after the BBC and the White City tube station, turn left into South Africa Road.

From West: Take the M4 to Junction 2. Then drop onto the A4 (underneath the M4) for a short while. At the next roundabout take the A315 into Chiswick. Then after having gone through the main Chiswick shopping area, take a left turn and the A402 to Shepherd's Bush. At Shepherd's Bush green, turn left onto the one-way system so the green is on your right hand side, and Shepherd's Bush Empire on your left. Head straight on and take the A219 into Wood Lane, following signs for White City. Then after the BBC and the White City tube station, turn left into South Africa Road.

Parking

There is extremely limited street parking in the area - the very large majority of it will be taken by local residents. If you are lucky enough to find a space, you'll find you need to pay at one of the local parking meters. Roughly speaking streets to the south of the ground (Zone J) are charged 2.20 per hour, Monday - Friday 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m. and so will be free of charge for football matches. Those to the north of the ground (Zone OSCP WCE) charge the same tariff but are Monday - Saturday 9.00a.m. - 8.30p.m. Keep ALL valuables out of sight when you leave your car, as some of the streets are not the poshest areas in town.

Another alternative is to use the Westfield Shopping Centre car park that is situated east of the ground on the north side of Shepherd's Bush green. Sat Nav location is W12 7SL or if you prefer old-fashioned maps it's on Ariel Way, W12, close to Wood Lane station. Charges are 6.00 weekdays or 9.00 weekends, and there are 4,500 spaces (although this is a very popular shopping centre so expect those to fill up).

Slightly further away, on the opposite side of Shepherd's Bush green, there is West 12 Shopping Centre, which has an NCP Car Park (Sat Nav Postcode: W12 8PZ). Charges are 8.00 all day Saturday and Sunday. If you're there on any other day of the week then it's much steeper charges for parking anything more than two hours.

Plan of the Loftus Road Stadium - note that it's inverted - south is at the top, north at the bottom
Plan of the Loftus Road Stadium - note that it's inverted - south is at the top, north at the bottom. You can see the marker for the away turnstiles in the top right (south-west) corner.
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By Rail

Loftus Road is within the London Underground tube map meaning that you've got a wide variety of stations to choose from. The nearest is Shepherd's Bush Market on the Hammersmith and City Line (note this is a separate station to the other one more simply titled as Shepherd's Bush. In order of closeness, the following stations are walkable to the ground: Shepherd's Bush Market (Hammersmith and City Line), White City (Central Line), Wood Lane or Shepherd's Bush (London Overground rail service). You can also alight at Goldhawk Road (useful if you're choosing several of the pubs we've recommended), Latimer Road or Shepherd's Bush Central Line station although they're all on lines where there are closer stops.

For Yeovil Town supporters travelling from the Yeovil area, take a South-West Trains service to Clapham Junction. Then change there for Shepherd's Bush station, via the London Overground service. When you come out of the station, turn right and walk along the main road, keeping Shepherd's Bush green (a small park surrounded by the local one-way road system) on your left. Then keep straight on into Uxbridge Road, walking past the Shepherd's Bush Market station. The turning for Loftus Road is the fourth on your right after the Market tube station, although any of the right turns will get you there.

Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of rail services.

By Bus

There are in the region of 24 different bus routes that go via Shepherd's Bush green. See this map (Adobe Acrobat PDF reader required) to see them all. Of particular interest are the 207 (slow) and 607 (fast) routes from Uxbridge/Hayes/Ealing that offer a few options for a park'n'ride solution. Bus C1 runs from Victoria coach and railway station, whilst the 237 service comes in from the Brentford area. With almost all of them, get off at Shepherd's Bush green, although the 207/607 pair go within 200 yards of the ground, via Uxbridge Road. QPR also recommend the 283 to Bloemfontein Road or the 72, 95 or 220 to White City Station.

By Taxi

In London, Hackney cabs are the norm - just hail one from the street. If you really need a local one then Adams Cars (020 7602 9991), Astoria Minicabs (020 8742 9955) and W12 Minicabs (020 8787 5899) are three based in the area.

Inside the Ellerslie Road Stand looking out towards the School Road End
Inside the Ellerslie Road Stand looking out towards the School Road End - the upper tier is where away fans are housed.
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Queens Park Rangers : Web Resources
Web Sites

Loft For Words
Independent fans website running under the Fans Network franchise. Decent level of output on this site at present.


Queens Park Rangers Club Website
Despite being in the Premier League for many years, QPR's club website is part of the PTV stable. Usual pros, cons and bad navigation apply. Compared with many of their ilk this one appears to have some reasonable content.


Web Message Boards


E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Get West London
This is the online presence of a number of West London local newspapers and from a QPR point of view most closely matches the output of the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle. This is a dedicated section for QPR news, updated regularly.



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Queens Park Rangers : Food & Drink
General :

Although Loftus Road is in the middle of a residential area, if you drop south/east of the ground you'll hit Uxbridge Road and Shepherd's Bush green, which has plenty of pubs, takeaways and restaurants of pretty much every nationality under the sun. Immediately around the ground you'll find that most pubs are 'home only' which is a shame as this includes probably the best pub in the immediate area, which is the Defector's Weld at the foot of Wood Lane and The Green which is on the opposite side of the road - so don't be disappointed if you are refused admission to this pair - certainly be low key if you choose one of the pubs on the Uxbridge Road or north side of the green.

Visiting supporters may prefer to head a bit further south down into the Goldhawk Road area, or alternatively to pick a pub a few tube stops away as the immediate area around Shepherd's Bush Market will be crowded. Note that the pub known as The Walkabout has been closed - this appears in a number of ground guides but you'll find it boarded up.

Club Bar :

Inside the ground you'll find there is Carlsberg, Blackthorn Cider, Tetleys along with red/white wine on sale. Expect to pay just under 4.00 a pint. There's also the usual display of pies, sausage rolls, hot dogs etc available.

Local Pubs :

Brewdog: Don't be put off by the exterior of this pub which at present looks extremely tatty. This pub was only opened in October 2013, having had previous incarnations under the name of Vesbar and The Vandella. It's now been taken over by the Brewdog chain but it looks as though they've not got as far as doing the exterior of the pub yet, as the name of the pub isn't even visible until you peer through the window. Inside you'll find "forty taps of craft beer" and also further bottled varieties. They also do food in the form of Texas Joe's BBQ. It's set out rather like an American diner, with tables and long soft sofa chairs. Opening hours are noon until midnight except Sundays when they close 90 minutes earlier. This pub is situated around 10-15 minutes from the ground and very close to O'Neills, on the south side of Goldhawk Road. We're told that the pub can be a bit sniffy about club colours inside the pub, so if you want to get inside then we'd recommend you cover them up before getting near the bouncers.
Brewdog, 15-19 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 8QQ. Email: shepherdsbushbar@brewdog.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Central Bar: Wetherspoon chain pub inside the West 12 shopping centre on the south side of Shepherd's Bush green. Shopping centre Wetherspoon pubs tend to suffer a bit from a lack of character due to their location and this one probably isn't helped by 'West 12' now being the poor cousin of the mammoth Westfield centre on the other side of the green. Usual cheapish drinks and food here. Opening hours from 9.00a.m. until 11.00p.m. with the first hour or two for breakfasts and coffee. Allow about 15 minutes to get to the ground as you've got to cross the entire length of the green to get to the ground on the north-west side.
Central Bar, Unit 1, West 12 Shopping Centre, Shepherd's Bush Green, Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 8PH. Tel: 020-8746-4290. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Crown and Sceptre: This pub is one of the harder ones to find on our list, as it's buried in the middle of side streets between Uxbridge Road and Goldhawk Road around 10-15 mins walk from the ground. It's a Fullers pub which is the local Chiswick brewer, although only had Chiswick Best and London Pride on during our last visit. The pub also incorporates a proper Thai restaurant menu, available from noon until 10.00p.m. on Saturdays. Opening hours are 11.00a.m. until 11.00p.m. with an hour extension on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sundays they open from noon until 10.30p.m.
Crown and Sceptre, 57 Melina Road, Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 9HY. Tel: 020-8746-0060. Email: crownandsceptre@fullers.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Duchess Of Cambridge: Note carefully that this is at the opposite end of Goldhawk Road to the O'Neills and Brewdog pubs listed. Use the Stamford Brook tube station if you're heading to this real ale pub that is under the same ownership as the excellent Bree Louise pub near Euston station. Opening hours are noon until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, with a slightly unusual 5.00p.m. until 11.00p.m. opening from Monday - Thursday. They serve 15 real ales and ciders, with a food menu centred around home-made pies. Allow around 30 minutes walk to get to the ground from here, although there are plenty of buses that go up Goldhawk Road into Shepherd's Bush green from here - the main services are the 94 (every 5-8 mins on Saturdays) and the 237 (every 7-12 mins).
Duchess Of Cambridge, 320 Goldhawk Road, Stamford Brook, London, W6 0XF. Tel: 020-8834-7336. Email: enquiries@theduchessofcambridgepub.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

O'Neills: An O'Neills pub probably wouldn't be too high up on our list of recommended venues, but this one is a bit better than others. Situated on the south-west corner of Shepherd's Bush green, just as the road curves around into Goldhawk Road. Serves Doombar and London Pride and of course lots of 'Oirish' things. Food menu is available from noon until 11.00p.m. with breakfast and lunch options and inevitably that Oirish theme to some of the dishes. Standard opening hours are 12.00 noon until midnight with an hour extension on Friday and Saturday nights, but an hour less on a Sunday. This is about a 10-15 minute walk to the ground so is far away enough to allow away fans but still easy to reach.
O'Neills, 2 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 8QD. Tel: 020-8746-1288. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

You'll understand them - it's still Laaaaandon but a bit posher than what you'd expect on Eastenders. They won't have a clue what you're saying though.

Top-Tip :

Leave the car at home and take public transport. You'll only end up spending half the day trying to find somewhere to park.

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Queens Park Rangers : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

You'll find the iconic BBC Shepherd's Bush building nearby. Go and give it a visit whilst its still in its current state. The BBC have largely moved out of it and whilst the main building shell will stay where it is, its position in British broadcasting history is now in the past.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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