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Queens Park Rangers

Queens Park Rangers

Nickname The Superhoops
Web Site www.qpr.co.uk
Stadium Loftus Road Stadium

The Club was formed under the name of St Judes in 1882. In 1886 they merged with Christchurch Rangers and became known as Queens Park Rangers as the majority of the players came from the Queens Park area of North Kensington.

The clubs first kit was light and dark blue halves and in 1892 changed to play in green and white hoops. This led to their nickname of 'The Hoops' or 'Superhoops'. Before their move to their current home (Loftus Road) in 1917, QPR played at no less than 14 grounds. They also briefly played at White City in the 1962/3 season.

In 1898 QPR turned professional and joined the Southern League as they didn't want to lose their players to other clubs.

In 1967 QPR became the first Third Division team to win the League Cup. They had been losing to West Bromwich Albion 2-0 but came back to win 3-2. In the same season they won the division and gained promotion to Division Two. The following season they gained promotion to the top flight for the first time in their history.

In 1980 Terry Venables took over as manager and the team played in the FA Cup final for the first time in their history the following season. They were eventually beaten 1-0 in the replay by London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. The 1982/3 season saw QPR champions of the second tier and promotion to the top flight was achieved again. In their first season back, the team finished fifth and gained a place in the UEFA Cup. Venables left to join Barcelona and a series of managers were to come and go in the subsequent seasons.

In 1981 the Club became the first in England to install a plastic pitch. This move proved unpopular and they reverted to grass in 1988.

The club once again qualified for Europe competition and played in the UEFA Cup. In the second round they beat Partizan Belgrade 4-0 away and things were looking good. Unbelievably they went to lose 6-2 on the return leg and were knocked out on the away goal rule.

QPR were founder members of the Premier League and finished fifth in the first season. Les Ferdinand scored 20 goals that season and went on to play for England. At the end of the 94/5 season Ferdinand as sold to Newcastle United for a club record of £6 million. This was seen as the major reason for their relegation at the end of the following season.

The 2000/01 season saw the club go into administration and they were relegated to the third tier. Players were sold and things were not looking good for the club. New manager Ian Holloways wheeling and dealing ensured the team stayed in business and were promoted back to the Championship in 2004.

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