Published: v Middlesbrough, 9th November 2019
Following hard on the heels of the previous edition, Issue 354 is now out and on sale across the whole month. Once again, we have packed a lot into it, with plenty of reading and even more variety, including....
The January transfer window is not far away now - and in Talking Hoops, we contemplate how it's time for some hard decisions to be made, by the club - and accepted by QPR fans, as difficult as it is to see star players moving on. Not that we have any inside information, just to be clear!
Has there ever been a better title for a piece than Me & Julio Down By The School End? Well, not in these pages, we'd suggest. In the article, Ray Eaton looks back on the baffling transfer of a certain Brazilian goalkeeper to QPR.
QPR v Bolton is a random fixture, but Simon Smith selects four memorable games between the two sides over the past 50-odd years, including a 10-goal affair at Burnden Park one snowy afternoon in November 1969.
Also delving into the archives is Ray Eaton with a reminder or two of moments from our more recent past that you might have forgotten, variously featuring Akos Buzsaky, Chris Kiwomya, Richard Langley and Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Despite the title, Old Boys Reunion is Peter Tajasque's reflection on the home game against West Brom this season, with the visitors' line-up including not one, not two but THREE former QPR players, who each received a different welcome from the home fans.
Elsewhere, in New Identity, Dave Barton believes that's what Rangers are striving for - and achieving - under Mark Warburton, while we look back on the 1969/70 season, with QPR back in the Second Division, and the likes of Rodney Marsh, Barry Bridges, Les Allen & Terry Venables all part of the set-up looking to consolidate after relegation the previous season.
As well as various puzzles and quizzes - some QPR-related, some not - we analyse the recent Reading, Brentford & Leeds games, together with our own ratings and stats. We pay tribute to QPR fan John Prowse, sadly missed. We review Clive Allen's new book - and feature the New Zealand R's Supporters Group, a quick Vox Pop on VAR, and a recent Q&A submission to FourFourTwo magazine. Plenty of great reading!
Also on sale: v Fulham, 22nd November 2019
v Forest, 27th November 2019
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Issue 355 is is being aimed for publication v Preston on December 7th.
QPR suppporters were left wanting a rational expanation for why Hughes had chosen this course of action. They wouldn’t get one. Instead, the Welshman claimed that he signed both Green and Cesar, as it was always his plan to bring in “two world-class goalkeepers”. Rangers were in a relegation battle from the moment they lost 5-0 at home to Swansea City on the opening day of the 2012/13 season. Mark Hughes was talking like the club were in contention for the domestic treble. It was the moment I lost any faith I had left in him.