Published: v Derby - 25th March 2020
Included in Issue 359, still being written at 11.00am on the day, but miraculously on sale against Derby at home later that same evening, was:
Talking Hoops - Ups & Downs
An oft-used title so far this season - but it’s short and succinct, and perfectly sums up recent results. Knowing which QPR team are going to turn game to game is all part of the fun, we guess. Personally, we quite like the one that has earned deserved draws at Swansea and at Forest, and saw off Stoke with a four-goal salvo. Eventually.
Peter Tajasque - Hello & Good Buy?
Reading between the lines, it seems as if it’s going to take Peter a fair while to get over losing Nahki Wells, only to see him turn up at the KPF Stadium just days later wearing an opposition shirt. He was certainly not in the mood to welcome our top goalscorer back home. Then again, Peter is only just coming to terms with losing Rodney Marsh, so maybe there’s a clue there somewhere.
The Big Issue - FFP - The Basics
Responding to several requests that have come our way since the social media spat over those who can’t understand why the club couldn’t or wouldn’t (depend on which side of the argument you stand) shell out the asking price for Nahki Wells, we asked our resident financial boffin, Simon Dorset, to come up with a layman’s guide to Financial Fair Play, and what it means for QPR and other clubs.
Ray Eaton - Dancing to the Samba Beat
There was a time, not so long ago, when QPR were splashing out on players with abandon. Arguably the most profligate transfer of them all was the arrival at Loftus Road of Christopher Samba, to this day still the club’s record signing at £12m, a fee they recouped not long after with the player’s return to where he had come from. Ray looks back on the strange coming and going of the big defender.
Break-time - Brainteasers
A couple of non-QPR related puzzles to keep you occupied for five minutes - or maybe even a bit longer.
Feature Article - Solvitur Ambulando
Or to put it another way, the view from the canal towpath, part two. Part one was back in September, when Ian Sharpe took us on his 17-mile matchday walk along the Grand Union Canal to QPR. Here he muses on the changing seasons and the football being played.
Perspectives - Bristol City - Nottingham Forest
Dave Thomas briefly assesses this sequence of five games, followed by our ratings and various other stats on each of them on a game by game basis.
Down Memory Lane - Houston, We Have A Problem
Stewart Houston, that is. We’re back to the mid-1990s, Rangers have recently exited the Premier League - and are not coping well with relegation. Terry Stevens reminds us of unsettled period for QPR.
A Blast From The Past - Remembering 1925/26
...which we very much doubt anyone reading this will. Remember the season under scrutiny, that is. But it’s part of our history, even if it’s little known, and with the help of Gordon Macey’s magnificent anthology of all things QPR, we take a look at the season 1925/26. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t a very successful one!
And as always, a lot more besides!
One of the many joys of the football season is that it encompasses so much of the natural year. From the long, bright and optimistic days of late summer, to the first brushes with the autumn scents and colours of yellow and russet.