Published: v Middlesbrough, 15th December 2018
A potpourri of trivia, memory-triggers and challenges.
Successive losses in the first week of December don’t exactly constitute the wheels coming off - but they do illustrate QPR’s frustrating inconsistency in a division where they are far from alone in that respect.
Set The Controls...
The basis on which Steve McClaren was handed the reins at QPR in the summer all of a sudden appears to have been abandoned. Simon Dorset has a bold theory for why that might be.
Don’s Wise Words
For all that he had established himself as one of the finest defenders ever to have worn a hooped shirt, Paul Parker had yet to score for QPR. With Don Howe certain that a team would shortly be on the wrong end of hammering from his fast-improving Rangers side, the arrival of Luton to Loftus Road in the 90/91 season would prove prophetic for the QPR boss - and change that statistic for Paul Parker. Ray Eaton looks back on a memorable afternoon in W12.
Moving On Up
From being a dead man walking at the end of September to overseeing a significant upturn in results over the following two months, ahead of playing Hull at home at the start December, we asked Rangers fans for their extended thoughts now on Steve McClaren, on the team’s recent improvement - and where that might take us.
Beth Peach on what proved a successful October for Rangers - four wins and a draw, all of which she was there to see.
November began with a defeat away at Blackburn - but it was the home game against Brentford a week later that lifted the spirits of Peter Tajasque - who was happy to see natural order brought back to the West London/Middlesex border.
Young At Heart
Keith Young recalls the road to Wembley in 1986 - but quickly glosses over that, and soon finds himself hob-nobbing with the Hollywood elite, where he had an unexpected encounter with something close to home.
In his second feature piece this issue, and following neatly from his first, Ray Eaton looks back at a few of QPR’s one-goal wonders.
Our usual round of fiendish brainteasers.
Forty opening lyrics from across four decades - some easier than others.
Mark, My Words
Editor Dave Thomas was at Stoke and Rotherham, on an ego trip at one and catching up with an old face at the other.
A Stroll Down Memory Lane
Alan Wootton does the strolling...
Stuart Bilbe invites us into his shed, to view his QPR memorabilia.
Also on sale: v Nottingham Forest, 22nd December 2018
v Ipswich, 26th December 2018
v Reading, 29th December 2018 (alongside Issue 345)
v Aston Villa, 1st January 2019 (alongside Issue 345)
v Leeds, 6th January 2019 (alongside Issue 345)
Subscriber update - Issue 344
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Due to the Christmas & New Year holiday period, Issue 345 was printed prior to the Forest away game but not made available until v Reading on December 29th.
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