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Friday, December 14, 2007

Nostalgia: QPR's Progamme Forty Years Ago This Week

Forty Years Ago: December 16, 1967: QPR were playing Portsmouth at Loftus Road: The QPR Programme in the traditional changing coloured cover with little stick men, featured QPR vs Portsmouth. Kick off time was the (QPR) traditional 3:15pm

The twelve-page, with a couple of black and white photos (no colour) Programme cost 9d. Inside, the old QPR logo of three upside horshoes

QPR's Team:
#1 Ron Springett
#2 Dave Clement
#3 Allan Harris
#4 Mike Keen
#5 Bobby Keetch
#6 Tony Hazell
#7 Ian Morgan
#8 Keith Sanderson
#9 Alan Wilks
#10 Rodney Marsh
#11 Roger Morgan

Chairman: Jim Gregory
Manager Alec Stock
Coach Bill Dodgin

A crowd of 20,195 saw QPR win 2-0 with goals by Ian Morgan,Mike Keen.

Table Before the game table ("Up to December 9")
Portsmouth 20 29
Birmingham 20 26
QPR 20 26
Blackpool 20 26
Ipswich 19 24
Norwich 20 24

QPR's record" Played 20: Won 12 - Drawn 2 - Lost 6 - Scored 29 - Conceded 17

At this point, QPR had used 18 players during the season (as opposed to about 30 this season, after the same number of games!) Rodney Marsh had just returned from injury. Jim Langley, whose death has just been announced had been sold before the start of the season. Mark Lazarus had just been sold to Crystal Palace. Also not in the team: Mick Leach, Ron Hunt, Frank Sibley, Ian Watson and Alan Kelly.

Top scorers (inc Cup)
Wilks 7
Allen 5, Leach 5
R Morgan 4
Keen 3, I Morgan 3, Sanderson 3, Marsh 3
Sibley 2, Lazarus 2

League leaders Portsmouth, managed by George Smith had John Milkin in goal; Ron Tindall Center Half, Bobb Kellard and Ray Pointer in midfield and Ray Hiron up front.

From the programme notes
"...We are a little worried, however, with the silence of our supporters. They are great when we are banging them in but seem to lose patience and their voices when things are not going so well. We need them more when we are a goal behind than when we are a goal up."

And in the programme, an article by Sean Kilfeather ...
"Rangers supporters have now accustomed themselves to the fact that their favourites are challenging for promotion so that any loss of form or points is regarded as a major catastrophe.
Such is the price of success and the sooner Rnagers get used to it the better it will be for them. First Division football is just around the next corner and even if not gained this season must get priority in any planning that the club does.
This is where dedication on the field and strength of purpose off it can be vital. Rangers have been the poor relations of London football for too long. Players fans and administration will have to get to grips with their new respoibities and the glories of last season must be regarded only as a stepping stone. Go to it Rnagers! It is in the interest of football that this chance is not allowed to slip away..."

Other Programme Notes
Youth scorers:
Alan Glover had 18
Mick Mcgovern 14
Gerry Francis 5

Playing for the youth team: Mcgovern, Glover, Francis, Gillard, urpie.

South East Counties Lague
Chelsea second

London Mid Week League
second to Aldershot

Secretary: Ron Phillips
Programme Notes: Tony Pullein

"What the papers said about QPR 3-1 miweek victory over Blackburn.
Brian Scovel of the Daily Sketch -
"Marsh's fantastic ball-play around half-time was a glorious sight. If Jim Baxter is worth 100,000 pounds. Marsh, in this vintage form, is worth half the nation's gold reserves!

Norman Giller Daily Express, "Marsh had pulled Rovers to pieces...

And a snippet about and a photo of the "President of the Roger Morgan Fan Cn=bub (Joanna Woolcott)

Not in the programme, but PHOTOS from that period - and of course, a time when the South Africa Road stand had not yet been built, and you could see the flats (and they could see the ground!) The 1967 TeamPlayers from that period

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