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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

QPR's Past Boxing Day Games: Two Against Plymouth

Below: Results of QPR's Boxing Day Games Over The Past Forty Years, including two against Plymouth, both times, away!
In 1967, QPR won 1-0 at Plymouth, Mike Keen, Penalty, with Mick McGovern making his QPR debut. (Four days later, QPR completed their double, by defeating Plymouth 4-1 at Loftus Road. Rodney Marsh, 2 and Mike Keen 2.) QPR's 1967 team at Plymouth: Springett, Clement Hazell Keetch Harris, Morgan, Keen, Sanderson, Morgan, McGovern, Marsh.
Three years ago, Boxing Day 2004: Plymouth defeated QPR 2-1 in Plymouth. QPR's team: QPR Day, Bignot, Shittu, Santos, Padula (Edghill 70), Miller (Best 45), Rowlands, Gallen, Cook (Ainsworth 73), Bircham, Furlong. Subs Not Used: Bean, McLeod.


1966 QPR 3 Brighton 0

1967 Plymouth 0 QPR 1 (Keen Pen)

1968 QPR 0 WBA 4 (Part of our Division One Humiliation Season!0

1969 Millwall 2 QPR 0

1972 QPR 3 Orient 1 (Leach, Givens, Thomas)

1973 Spurs 0 QPR 0

1974 QPR 4 Leicester 2 (Beck, Thomas, Givens, Westwood)

1975 QPR 2 Norwich

1977 QPR 0 Derby 0

1978 QPR 2 Spurs 2 (Bowles, Shanks)

1980 QPR 3 West Ham 0 (Silkman, Curie, Stainrod)

1981 QPR 0 Chelsea 2

1984 QPR 2 Chelsea 2 Bannister. MCdonald

1987 QPR 1 Chelsea 1 (Kerslake)

1988 Aston Villa 2 QPR 1 (T. Francis)

1989 QPR 1 Coventry 1 Falco

1990 QPR 1 Liverpool 1 (Falco)

1981 QPR 0 Liverpool 0

1994 Crystal Palce 0 QPR 0

1995 Arsenal QPR 0

1996 QPR 3 Norwich 2 (Peacock, Dichio, Mcdermott)

1997 Portsmouth 3 QPR 1 (Sheron)

1998 QPR 2 Norwich 0 (Murray Peacock)

1999 Norwich 2 QPR 1

2000 QPR 2 Norwich 3

2001 QPR 0 Brighton 0

2002 QPR 2 Wycombe 1 (Rose, Gallen)

2003 Notts County 3 QPR 3

2004 Plymouth 2 QPR 1

2005 Brighton 1 QPR 0

2006 Birmingham 2 QPR 1

BOXING DAY 1967: Plymouth 0 QPR 1
On Boxing Day, 1967, QPR won at Plymouth 1-0 through a Mike Keen penalty. (Four days later, QPR completed their double, by defeating Plymouth 4-1 at Loftus Road. Rodney Marsh, 2 and Mike Keen 2.) QPR's team at Plymouth: Springett, Clement Hazell Keetch Harris, Morgan, Keen, Sanderson, Morgan, McGovern, Marsh. (

BOXING DAY 2004 - Sporting Life PLYMOUTH 2 QPR 1
A 49th-minute Micky Evans header gave Plymouth Argyle a 2-1 win and condemned Queen's Park Rangers to their fourth consecutive Coca-Cola Championship defeat.
Evans' third goal of the season sealed the win after Paul Wotton had given the Pilgrims the lead before Paul Furlong pulled a goal back for Rangers, who almost claimed a late point.
The home side took the lead in the 13th minute when recent signing Bjarni Gudjonsson, making his first start for Bobby Williamson's side, played the ball to Wotton from the right and the defender smacked a powerful long-range shot that found the top corner of keeper Chris Day's net.
But Plymouth's joy was cut short four minutes later when they were reduced to 10 men as defender Graham Coughlan was sent off for violent conduct after a poor challenge on Paul Furlong.
However, Ian Holloway's side could not make the extra man count and the game became littered with fouls.
QPR's Marc Bircham was next in the book after the half-hour mark for a foul on David Friio before Georges Santos had his name taken for clattering Evans.
Santos received his marching orders six minutes before half-time after receiving a second yellow for a tackle on Friio as Plymouth deservedly went in at the break 1-0 up.
Holloway replaced Adam Miller with on-loan Southampton striker Leon Best for the second half in an effort to give Rangers more attacking impetus.
But, unfortunately for the visitors, it was Plymouth who doubled their lead as Evans nodded in Paul Connolly's cross from the left on 49 minutes for the striker's third goal of the season.
Rangers got back into the game four minutes later through Furlong when Kevin Gallen's free-kick found the veteran striker, who drilled a low shot past Romain Larrieu.
Plymouth spurned a glorious chance to give themselves some breathing space on the hour mark.
Peter Gilbert's inviting cross was met by Marino Keith but the striker, who had been recalled to the Pilgrims' starting line-up, volleyed wide from close in.
QPR were competing better in the second period and Gallen brought a rare save out of Larrieu with a long-range effort before the French keeper kept out a Furlong header.
Holloway threw on Richard Edghill and Gareth Ainsworth in an attempt to salvage a point and Larrieu had to be alert to keep out a Bircham strike as QPR pressed for an equaliser.
Larrieu again came to Plymouth's rescue deep into injury time, parrying Martin Rowlands' shot from inside the area as the Pilgrims held on to claim a first league win in three games.
Plymouth Larrieu, Connolly, Doumbe, Coughlan, Gilbert, Capaldi, Friio, Wotton, Gudjonsson, Keith, Evans (Crawford 72). Subs Not Used: Hodges, Lasley, Adams, Norris. Sent Off: Coughlan (17). Booked: Wotton, Friio. Goals: Wotton 13, Evans 49.
QPR Day, Bignot, Shittu, Santos, Padula (Edghill 70), Miller (Best 45), Rowlands, Gallen, Cook (Ainsworth 73), Bircham, Furlong. Subs Not Used: Bean, McLeod. Sporting Life

One Year Ago, Boxing Day 2006 Birmingham 2 QPR 1
[Only two players from last season's 11 (at most) will be playing today=

Birmingham celebrated their 100th anniversary at St Andrews in style as goals from Matthew Upson and Cameron Jerome secured a fifth straight Coca-Cola Championship win and extended their lead at the top of the table to eight points.

QPR winger Lee Cook briefly threatened to spoil the party by cancelling out Upson's 22nd-minute header to silence a near-full house but the Blues had the last laugh as second-half substitute Jerome fired the winner three minutes after replacing DJ Campbell.
Second-placed Preston lost at West Brom and Derby, third, went down at home against Wolves as Birmingham, held to a goalless draw by Middlesbrough in their first match at St Andrews on Boxing Day back in 1906, made it just one defeat in their last 13 league matches.
Birmingham, unchanged from the side that started at Southend on Saturday, went close to taking a second-minute lead when Nicklas Bendtner headed Gary McSheffrey's cross over the crossbar.
QPR responded through Dexter Blackstock, who shot wide from Cook's cross.
Home goalkeeper Maik Taylor held Jimmy Smith's 25-yard shot, while Bendtner saw his effort from the edge of the penalty area blocked by Rangers goalkeeper Simon Royce.
McSheffrey, a £4million summer signing from Coventry, was involved in most of Birmingham's better work and from his free-kick on the left the Blues took a 22nd-minute lead.
Damion Stewart was penalised for his challenge on Campbell and Upson rose highest to head McSheffrey's pin-point cross beyond Royce.
McSheffrey's diving header from Mathew Sadler's cross flashed wide before the visitors put a dampener on their hosts' celebrations in the 31st minute.
Furlong set up Cook on the left side of the area and the winger sent his shot arrowing into the top corner.
Royce turned away Campbell's goalbound 20-yarder at full stretch and held Bendtner's header as City looked to regain their advantage before the break.
Bendtner went close again with a header from another McSheffrey corner shortly after the restart, while Blackstock also headed over and fired wide from 25 yards.
City manager Steve Bruce sent on Jerome for Campbell just before the hour and the striker despatched McSheffrey's pass into the bottom corner from 12 yards three minutes later.
Radhi Jaidi and Upson both went close to extending Birmingham's lead with headers from a free-kick and corner while McSheffrey had two 30-yard strikes that whistled over the crossbar.
QPR used all three of their substitutes - Rowlands, Jones and Stefan Bailey - midway through the second half
but apart from long-range shots from Rehman and Cook, the latter's blocked by Stephen Clemence, the visitors failed to create clear-cut chances.
Birmingham Maik Taylor, Kelly, Jaidi, Upson (Larsson 89),Sadler, Johnson, Nafti, Clemence, McSheffrey, Bendtner,Campbell (Jerome 59), Jerome (Muamba 90).
Subs Not Used: Doyle, Danns.
Booked: Bendtner.
Goals: Upson 22, Jerome 62.

QPR Royce, Bignot, Mancienne, Rehman, Stewart,Milanese (Rowlands 75), Bircham (Bailey 59), Smith, Cook,Furlong, Blackstock (Ray Jones 81).
Subs Not Used: Cole, Ward.
Booked: Milanese. Sporting Life

QPR's squad: Chris Day, Clarke Carlisle, Terrell Forbes, Matthew Rose, Richard Langley, Steve Palmer, Brett Angell, Marc Bircham, Lee Cook, Nicky Culkin, Paul Furlong, Kevin Gallen, Daniel Shittu, Andy Thomson

Boxing Day, 1999 Norwich 2 QPR 1
Norwich: A. Marshall, Sutch, Fleming, Jackson, Fuglestad, Anselin, de Blasiis, Russell, Llewellyn, Roberts, Diop.
Subs Not Used: Green, Mackay, Coote, L. Marshall, Kenton.
Sent Off: Llewellyn (90).
Booked: Llewellyn, Fuglestad, Russell.
Goals: Breacker 25 og, Llewellyn 87.

QPR: Miklosko, Breacker, Baraclough, Ward, Darlington, Plummer, Wardley, Langley, Murray (Gallen 89), Steiner, Kiwomya.
Subs Not Used: Bankole, Kulcsar, McGovern, Bruce
Sent Off: Langley (89).
Booked: Langley.
Goals: Wardley 40.
Sporting Life

And A decade ago, Portmouth 3 QPR 1
Victory for bottom of the table Portsmouth!
Portsmouth: Knight, Pethick, Thomson, McLoughlin, Waterman, Awford, Hall (Igoe 89), Foster, Aloisi (Durnin 84), Svensson, Turner.
Subs Not Used: Perrett.
Goals: Pethick 35, McLoughlin 62 pen, Hall 80.

QPR: Roberts, Yates, Brazier, Quashie, Ready, Maddix, Spencer (Gallen 74), Peacock, Murray, Sheron, Sinclair. Subs Not Used: Barker, Perry.
Goals: Sheron 31. Sporting Life

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