History of QPR

 

History

Queens Park Rangers was formed in 1882 but in their early days were known as St Judes as most of the team members came from the local institute. They merged in 1886 with Christchurch Rangers, and as the majority of players lived in Queens Park, the current name was adopted.

After drifting around the local leagues, they eventually turned professional in December 1898 and by 1906 were competing in the Southern League. QPR had to wait until 1920 before they were elected to the newly created Third Division.

Since then they have had spells in the First, Second and Third Divisions without winning much silverware.

Cups and League Titles
Having been elected to the Third Division, they stayed there until 1948 when winning promotion to the Second Division in 1948. They were relegated four years later. It was not until 1967, within Alec Stock as manager and recent signing Rodney Marsh as striker that they won their first significant trophy.

They came from two goals down at half-time to beat West Brom 3-2 in the League Cup Final at Wembley. This still remains their greatest day. That same season they won the Third Division title, and followed that by being promoted to the First Division in 1968.

In the 1970’s QPR enjoyed their best spell as a Football League club culminating in finishing League Runners up in 1976, with an exciting brand of attacking football. They have not reached the same heights since, although during the ‘80s and early 90’s they were an established First Division team.

 

  • Championship Titles (Level 2)

2011

  • Division 2 Champions (Level 2)

1983

  • Division 3 Champions (Level 3)

1946, 1948, 1967

  • League Cup Wins

1967

Stadium History

QPR had a tendency to drift from one stadium to another in their early life. Their first real pitch was at Kensal Rise Athletic Ground. Moves to Welford Fields and Brondesbury followed, but they excelled themselves between 1890 and 1892 by playing at four different grounds.

After two more moves they settled at Park Royal in 1907, until during the First World War when they replaced Shepherds Bush at Loftus Road. Apart from brief flirtations with the White City they have remained there since then.

By 1984 Loftus Road had been completely rebuilt with seating on all four sides.

Famous Players

  • Rodney Marsh 

Scored 106 goals in 211 appearances, but was a crowd favourite with his ball skills.

  • Gerry Francis

Had two spells at QPR, but was captain of the team which nearly won the First Division in 1976. He also became manager.

  • Stan Bowles

After replacing Rodney Marsh in the team, he made 315 appearances, and was known as a character enriched with natural flair.

  • Les Ferdinand

Played in 163 games for QPR scoring 80 goals and was renowned for his speed and agility in the air.

  • Tony Ingham

A defender from the 1950’s and early 60’s who holds the record number of 548 appearances for QPR.

  • Phil Parkes

He was goalkeeper during the 1970’s and made 344 appearances before moving to West Ham for a world record fee for a goalkeeper.

 Other Interesting Facts

  • In the 1981/82 season QPR were the first Football League club to install an artificial playing surface. It was removed in April 1988.
  • QPR have had more home grounds than any other football league club.
  • Frank Sibley played for QPR when he was only 15 years old in a 1963 League Cup tie.
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