Manager: – Harry Redknapp
Chairman: – Tony Fernandes
Owners: – Tune group owned by Tony Fernandes & the Mittal Family
Captain: – Clint Hill
Rivals: – West London Derby Rivals (Chelsea, Fulham and Brentford)
Nicknamed “The Hoops/The R’s” QPR play their home matches at the Loftus Road Stadium in Shepherd’s Bush, London. The stadium has a maximum capacity of 18,849.
QPR have won only one major trophy in their 133 year old history and it was the League Cup that they won in 1967 beating West Brom 3-2 in the finals.
History – QPR
QPR was officially formed in 1886 when two separate teams – St.Jude’s Team formed in 1884 and Christchurch Rangers formed in 1882, decided to merge together thus forming Queens Park Rangers FC . QPR formerly became a professional club in 1889.
QPR used to play their home matches at different stadiums across the country but in 1917 they permanently shifted to the Loftus Road Stadium. However they did play a few seasons in the White City stadium from 1931 to 1933 and then in the 62 season.
QPR played in the third Division South for many years before getting promoted to the second division after the 1947 season.
After a few years in the second Division they got relegated back to the third Division in the 1951-52 season. At the start of the 1959-1960 season QPR appointed Alec Stock as manager. Alec Stock managed the team with a lot of success to show for their efforts, they won the third division in the 1966 season and in 1967 became the first team from the 3rd Division to win the League Cup. It was also the first Cup final to be held at the Wembley Stadium.
By 1968 they got promoted to the 1st division but got relegated after a single season. For the next four years they spend their time in the Second Division. During the 1968 season Alec Stock got sacked as the manager while he went on leave due to medical reasons.
They achieved their highest ever finish in English football when they finished runner-up to Liverpool by just one point in the 1974 First Division season. In 1979 QPR were again back in division two. In 1982, QPR reached the FA Cup finals but couldn’t win the cup as they got beat by the Spurs in the final. The very next season QPR won the Second Division and thus returned to English Football’s First Division. In their first season back they finished 5th overall.
Premier League Era…
QPR were one of the founding members of the English Premier League in 1992-93 season but were relegated within a few seasons back to Division One and it was in Division One that they competed till 2001. The next season the team suffered a major setback as the team got pushed down to Division two.
Thought they managed to return to the first division, in the next season itself the club went into financial troubles but they were rescued by businessmen Bernier Ecclestone (Ya, the F1 guy) and Flavio Briatore.
QPR were a main stay in the Championship as they looked to find a way back to the Premier League, and finally in 2011 they got promoted back to the Premier. They escaped relegation for the first season but couldn’t hold on in the second season. In 2013-2014 QPR finished fourth in the Championship and got promoted courtesy of play-off semi and final’s win.
The season so far 2014-2015
QPR has had a difficult return to the Premier League. Currently they are 19th in the table with 19 points from 21 games (As of January 11th, 2014). Harry Redknapp’s men are finding it difficult and are already favourites in many punter´s books as relegation candidates.
QPR do have some good quality in their side and they need to start showing it on the pitch if they are to avoid the drop.
QPR’s top 10 greatest ever goals:
Most Appearances: – Tony Ingham (548)
Top Goalscorer: – George Goddard (172)
More Updates including the current squad and other fun facts coming in February.
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