Published: v Middlesbrough, 15th December 2018
Our bumper 80-page Christmas edition is published on December 15th for the visit of Middlesbrough to Loftus Road. It will also be available at Nottingham Forest a week later, and again at home on Boxing Day as QPR take on Ipswich. It's swiftly followed by Issue 345, which will be published on December 29th.
SO WHAT'S IN IT?
In Issue 344, you'll find plenty of reading about QPR, both present and past. With a longer gap than usual between issues, we provide an in-depth perspective of the latest results and performances starting from Sheffield Wednesday at home to Leeds away - and all the games in between, together with our unique player ratings and statistics.
Aligned to that, we conduct a Vox Pop feature, asking Rangers fans for their views on the recent turnaround in fortunes that has lifted QPR well away from the drop zone to within a realistic push for the play-offs. Plus Beth Peach reflects on an unbeaten October for QPR; while Peter Tajasque is pleased that the natural balance of things in our small part of the world has been restored - for the time being at least - with victory over Brentford, and wants to see a repeat during the reverse fixture later in the season.
Regular columnist Simon Dorset considers the abrupt change of club policy that was bringing in three loan players after the dreadful start to the season and arrives at a thought-provoking conclusion as to the reasons behind it.
There's a host of feature articles in Issue 344. Ray Eaton reflects on how Don Howe's prediction that a team would be on the end of a thrashing from his fast-improving QPR side. That team was Luton - and amongst the goalscorers that day was Paul Parker, his one and only goal for Rangers. In other pieces, Ray also looks at the issue of modern day captaincy - and, as with Paul Parker, those players who only ever scored one goal in a hooped shirt.
Elsewhere, Keith Young continues his quirky memories of a lifetime supporting QPR; while Alan Wootton recalls the days of doing a paper round to fund his visits to Loftus Road via a Red Rover bus ticket. Plus Stuart Bilbe invites us all to take a good look around his garden shed - a shrine to Queens Park Rangers.
And that's all just for starters in a packed edition. Editor Dave Thomas details his eventful trip to Swansea in September, as well as more mundane visits to Stoke and Rotherham, where he unexpectedly met up with a familiar face from the past. Later on, Dave continues his potted history of AKUTR's, since it was launched in August 1987. We also launch a new feature looking back at a random season, starting with 1983/84 - featuring Terry Venables, Clive Allen, and Guinness sponsorship, amongst a host of memories.
All that's not even close to being 'it'. Throw in a selection of other articles, plus our Talking Hoops editorial, Ups & Downs, QPR Quiz Ladder, QPR Shorts, plus all number of asides - including two pages of non-QPR brainteasers and a four-page Lyrics quiz to keep you amused and challenged over the Festive period - and it all adds up to a bumper issue. And Issue 345 is currently in production and set to follow not far behind.