Published: v Reading, 22nd October 2019
Two midweek home games, both on Sky, and the most expensive away trip of the season in the short shelf-life of Issue 353, only our third edition of the season to date, will hit us quite hard in terms of shifting copies, so by necessity it's a slightly more slimline offering this time around. But we've also packed a lot in!
Not surprisingly, given a fine start to the season and the football being played, Issue 353 is something the Mark Warburton Appreciation Society might have published - if there is such a body, that is. If there isn't, then our extended Vox Pop feature will more than suffice. We asked QPR fans what they make of the first three months of the manager's tenure. It's giving nothing away to say most (well, all) are delighted, but without getting carried away just yet.
Remember those third-tier rivalries with Bristol City and Plymouth, not forgetting Tranmere? Clive Whittingham does and his thoughts recently wandered back to those days in the early 2000s under Ian Holloway.
Mike Lancaster reviews Dave Thomas's book Guiding Me Home And Away - and we've a special signed copy to give away in a prize competition. Still on a book theme Ray Eaton welcomes the new autobiography from a former player and manager at QPR, and a man immortalised in the theme tune to what many believe is the greatest sit-com of all-time, Only Fools & Horses. That man, of course, is Trevor Francis.
Back in May, John Walsh was just messing about on the river when navigating his way into Frank Lampard's Derbyshire - on the very day Frank Lampard's Derby were back at Wembley for the Play-off Final against Aston Villa. Elsewhere, we analyse the run of games from Luton at home to Hull away.
We take a look back at the 1983-84 season - a successful campaign in the top flight under Terry Venables, a year that saw Alan McDonald make his QPR debut in a 4-0 win at Molineux and an eight-goal demolition of Crewe in the League Cup.
As ever, there are various asides - including our progressively harder QPR Quiz Ladder - to make it a packed edition. Want to join us? Pick up a copy on a matchday - or see here for details on how you can subscribe. Fancy contributing and getting your name in print? Simply drop us an email to [email protected] - and we'll make it happen.
Also on sale: v Brentford, 28th October 2019
v Leeds, 2nd November 2019
Subscriber update - Issue 353
All UK, European subscription copies, as well as subscription copies to Australia, Japan & Hong Kong have been dispatched.
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Issue 354 is is being aimed for publication v Middlesbrough on November 9th.
Our style of play has been a joy to watch at times, although I felt stress levels were a bit through the roof after the Luton game and its threatened collapse. From Brazil 1970 to Sunday League in just 38 minutes...