Queens Park Rangers
Ground: Loftus Road
Manager: Mark Hughes
1882 saw the formation of Queens Park Rangers, forming from two teams, St. Judes and Christchurch Rangers, merging together. They got there name because most of the players originated from Queens Park in North-West London. They became a professional club in 1889 playing their games in their early professional days in over 20 stadiums up until 1917 when they moved into Loftus Road. Not much can be said for the club in the first half of the 20th Century, they just got their heads down and focused year on year on playing football in the London Leagues and nothing much else. In turn this slowly bought in more crowds; a better reputation and more money into the club helping them build a solid foundation for the future.
In the mid 60â€™s Queens Park Rangers started to see signs of real success, the first the club had ever seen. They won the League cup in 1967 by beating West Brom 3-2 in the first ever final at Wembley. They followed up the success by getting promoted to top flight football for their first time in their history. However after only one year their â€˜honeymoonâ€™ period of being in the top flight was over and they soon plummeted back down to the second division. During the next few season QPR started to focus on building a team capable of getting promoted and staying there. They signed a couple of big players such as Venables, and they also focus on improving on the talent they already had.
In 1976 after entering top flight football again with the intention of a longer stay than last time, manager Sexton lead them to second place in the first division. They missed out on the championship to by one point to Liverpool, with a team containing seven England internationals. Rangers continued to find some success with a few good runs in the cup and their first European campaign but they failed to have any real glory by missing out on any silverware they came close too. 1977 saw Sexton leave the club and they ended up two seasons later in Division Two.
A couple of years after Keegan was put in charge the managed to get promoted to top flight football again in 1983. The next decade they found themselves going through many staff changes and they couldnâ€™t get a manager to do any better than average at the club. They managed to stay in the top flight football but they never really challenged for any silverware for some time after the departure of Keegan.
The 1990â€™s was a time of mixed emotions for the club, early on in the 90â€™s they did manage the title of â€˜top London clubâ€™ after a run of very good results but that was short lived after they soon fell down the tables and leagues until they hit the middle of the third league. They tried their best to regroup and get some form but with the club having continuing financial troubles they found it hard to make the most of what they had.
In 2001 the club entered administration and what was to follow in the next years the club could not have foreseen. They got huge media attention for all the wrong reasons, allegations of blackmail, death threats corruption; an unrelated murder of one of their youth team players and death of a first team player meant that sorting themselves out to be the respected club they one were seem almost impossible.
Early 2007 saw the club finally have some investment, from Bernie Ecclestone, and some focus of where they wanted to go. They appointed a few managers to try and achieve what tough goals they had set themselves but all of them seem to just fall short of QPRs expectations. With growing investments and increasing financial stability the club named lots more managers but they all came and went even quicker than the last. Despite the ridiculous number of managers they had tried to appoint the club seemed to still be heading in the right direction and in 2011 they excelled all expectations and managed to get promoted to the Premier League. They almost got relegated in 2012 but Hughes, the new man in charge this time, managed to win 5 straight games at home to avoid the drop. With such uncertainly surrounding the club they still seem to get the results they need, a new well respected manager with a good track record at the helm can the club manage to become established in top flight football? Or are they just too volatile and will they end up plummeting down the tables like they have so many times before? Only time will tell
A summary of Queens Park Rangers Football Clubâ€™s honours include;
League Cup winners: 1966â€“67