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QPR odds are some of the most popular to bet on in English football. With their recent history of promotion and relegation, odds on QPR to get relegated are as popular as odds on QPR to be promoted.

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History

Queens Park Rangers are a professional football team based in London. They currently play their football in England’s second tier, the Championship. The club were also one of the founder members of the Premier League.

Queens Park Rangers history begins in 1886. Two youth teams from West London, one called St. Jude’s, which was founded in 1884, and the other was known as Christchurch Rangers, which formed in 1882. Following a match between the two, the two clubs merged and became known as Queens Park Rangers. 

In 1889, Queens Park Rangers turned professional. Over the next thirty years, the club played at 20 different grounds before moving in 1917 to Loftus Road, the home of the club today.

Before 1889, the club played in the West London League. However, after a disagreement with the London Football Association, the club left and joined the Southern Football League.

Queens Park Rangers moved to Park Royal in 1908, a 60,000 capacity stadium. That same year, QPR won the Southern Division title for the first time. The club followed up this title win with another in the 1911/1912 season.

The Football League calendar was suspended for the duration of the First World War. During this time, Queens Park Rangers played in small war-time competitions against clubs usually competing in the Football League. When the Football League resumed, the club joined the Third Division South.

Queens Park Rangers started well, with a third place finish in their first season in the Football League, but the following seasons weren’t always as comfortable as this. On two occasions in the 1920’s, the club finished bottom of the table and had to apply to be re-elected.

The club continued to play in the Third Division South until after the Second World War. Queens Park Rangers won the title, and with it promotion to the Second Division for the first time in QPR history.

The club stayed in the Second Division for four years before a 22nd place finish saw them relegated. The club continued to play in the Third Division South, soon to become known as just the Third Division, until 1967. 1967 was a historic year for Queens Park Rangers. The club won its first major trophy, the League Cup, and in the process became the first ever third tier club to win this trophy.

The same season, the club won another Third Division title. This saw them promoted to the Second Division. Queens Park Rangers won successive promotions, a 2nd place finish in the 1967/1968 season saw the club reach the First Division for the first time.

The club’s stay in the top flight lasted for just one season, when they were relegated after finishing in 22nd position. However, QPR were back in the First Division four years later. Queens Park Rangers’ stay lasted a little longer than the first time, and even finished in second place in the table in the 1975/1976 season.

This position earned them entry to a European competition for the first time in Queens Park Rangers history. They entered the UEFA Cup, and the club reached the quarter final stage. However, QPR couldn’t build on this and in the 1978/1979 season the club were relegated once more.

The 1982/1983 season saw QPR win the Second Division title. Their first season back in the top flight saw them qualify for Europe once again, though their second UEFA Cup adventure ended in the second round of the competition.

The club played in the top flight for 14 consecutive seasons, the longest uninterrupted spell in the First Division in their history.

In 1992, the Premier League was introduced. Queens Park Rangers were one of the founder members of this new division, and finished in fifth place. Two mid table finishes followed, but in the 1995/1996 season the club were relegated after finishing in 19th place.

Starting the 1996/1997 season in the newly named second tier Division One, Queens Park Rangers finished the season in 9th place. Two close calls with relegation followed, and eventually the club were relegated again in the 2000/2001 season. It was during this season that the club went into administration, after suffering with serious financial issues.

The 2001/2002 season was the first that Queens Park Rangers had played in the third tier for 34 years. The club were beaten in the play off final in the 2002/2003 season, but they did earn promotion the following year with a 2nd place finish.

The club were back in the second tier, now called the Championship. The club struggled in this new division at first, but in the 2010/2011 season the club won the Championship title and with it promotion back to the Premier League.

Back in the Premier League, the club struggled. A narrow escape from relegation in their first season, in which the club were part of one of the most dramatic days in Premier League history. The final day of the 2011/2012 season saw QPR travel to play Manchester City. QPR could lose the game and still stay up if other results went their way and City had to win to win the Premier League title. QPR were winning the game at one point, before Edin Dzeko and then Sergio Aguero in injury time scored and the title belonged to City. QPR were safe though, as Bolton Wanderers’ result meant they were relegated and gave QPR a reprieve.

However, this dramatic escape was followed by another relegation fight. This time, the club lost and were back in the Championship for the 2013/2014 season. They were immediately promoted back to the top flight via the play-offs, but the following season QPR were relegated once more. The 2018/2019 season is the club’s fourth consecutive campaign in the Championship.

Crest

The QPR football badge of 1953 is based on the Metropolitan Borough of Hammersmith’s coat of arms. It featured a banner underneath with the club name printed inside.

In 1975, a new QPR badge was designed. This new design featured the initials QPR intertwined and inside a circle shape.

This Queens Park Rangers crest lasted until 1982. Then, a new QPR badge was created and displayed on the kits. This featured similar intertwined initials inside a circle, with ‘Queens Park Rangers’ printed around the circumference and the year 1882.

From 2008 to 2016, the QPR badge changed once more. This time, the QPR crest was a blue and white horizontally striped shield with ‘Queens Park Rangers’ written on alternate lines. A football sits atop the shield with a crown on top of that, with a banner underneath with the words Loftus Road, London, 1882.

In 2016, a new badge was created. An online poll was organised, with the fans choosing from four different designs for the new QPR football crest. The new design takes inspiration from the 1975 and 1982 badges, with the club initials intertwined inside a circle shape, with Queens Park Rangers and 1882 printed around the circumference.

Colours

Queens Park Rangers are famous for their blue and white hooped shirts, but it wasn’t until 1926 that this became the standard Queens Park Rangers colours.

The first QPR kit took inspiration from St. Jude’s. Half dark blue and half light blue shirts were worn, with white shorts and dark blue socks.

In 1892, the hoops first appeared on QPR jerseys, but these were green and white. Green and white hooped shirts with white shorts and black socks were worn consistently until 1926.

It was in the 1926/1927 season that the QPR club colours changed from green and white to blue and white. Blue and white hooped shirts with white shorts and black socks until the start of the Second World War.

When the football calendar resumed, the colour of the socks changed from black to blue. In 1948, the hoops were removed for one season when the team wore blue shirts with white sleeves.

The hoops returned for the following season, but in 1953 the kit changed. White shirts with a blue collar, worn with blue shorts and blue socks were used regularly by the club until 1959.

From 1959 to the current day, Queens Park Rangers have played in blue and white hooped shirts with white shorts and white socks. 

Queens Park Rangers Stadium

The Queens Park Rangers stadium is Loftus Road. The Queens Park Rangers stadium address is Shepherd’s Bush, London.

The club moved into Loftus Road in 1917, following many seasons playing at a variety of grounds located in Queens Park. On two occasions the club left Loftus Road, firstly in 1931 when the club moved to White City stadium, and again in 1962, though the club soon after moved back to their Loftus Road home.

The Queens Park Rangers stadium capacity currently stands at 18,439, one of the smallest grounds in the top two English divisions.

The Queens Park Rangers football stadium features four all seater stands. These are the Loftus Road End, Ellersie Road Stand, South Africa Road Stand and the School End.

The largest stand at Loftus Road is the South Africa Road Stand. It’s two tiered and holds executive seating areas and VIP boxes.

The Loftus Road End, rebuilt in 1981, is one of the cheaper stands to buy a ticket for. It is also home to the members’ bar.

The Ellerslie Road Stand has had many name changes due to sponsorship. It’s the only single tiered stand at Loftus Road.

The School End features a mixture of home and away support. The upper tier is used by away fans with home fans taking up the lower tier, although in Cup matches the whole stand can be used solely for away supporters.

Supporters

QPR supporters traditionally hail from the local area, but they also have fans from across the country and throughout the world. There are many QPR supporters clubs spread across the globe. 

There is also a QPR Supporters Trust, called QPR1st, an independent supporters club maintaining close links with Queens Park Rangers and giving the QPR supporters a voice with the happenings at the football club.

Queens Park Rangers fans have a rivalry with those of Chelsea. There are also smaller rivalries with Fulham and Brentford. Whenever any of these sides meet, the occasion is called the West London derby.

Ownership

Queens Park Rangers have seen a number of different owners take over their club. The Tune Group and Lakshmi Mittal currently own 99% of QPR shares, the former with 66% and the latter with 33%.

The current chairmen is Ruben Gnanalingam.

Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore took over the club in August 2007. In the December of that year, the family of Lakshmi Mittal bought 20% of the shares owned by Briatore.

In 2010, Flavio Briatore sold his shares to Bernie Ecclestone, who in turn sold them and his original shareholding to Tony Fernandes in 2011.

Stats

QPR player statistics begin with their all time leading appearance maker. Tony Ingham holds that record, after making 548 appearances from 1950 to 1963.

The QPR all time record goalscorer is George Goddard. Goddard scored 186 goals for the club between 1926 and 1934.

Whilst George Goddard is QPR’s record goalscorer, Rodney Marsh hold the QPR record for most goals scored in a single season. Marsh scored 44 goals for the club in the 1966/1967 season.

The highest attendance at Loftus Road was 35,353, a number achieved in 1974 when QPR hosted Leeds United in the First Division.

Since the ground was made into an all seater stadium, its highest attendance was 19,002. This number of spectators watch QPR play Manchester City in Division One in 1999.

QPR’s record league victory came in 1960. The club beat Tranmere Rovers 9-2 in the Third Division in 1960.

The record QPR league defeat came in the First Division in 1969, Manchester United beating QPR 8-1.

Queens Park Rangers’ highest transfer fee paid and highest transfer fee received involves the same player and the same club. QPR paid £12.5 million for Christopher Samba from Anzhi Makhachkala in January 2016. Six months later, QPR sold Samba back to the same club for a fee of £12 million.

QPR Players

QPR players past and present include some of the most famous players of England. These include Stan Bowles, Clive Allen, Les Ferdinand, Gerry Francis, Reg Allen, Peter Angell, James Birch, Kevin Gallen and many more.

In 2008, QPR fans voted for the QPR all time best XI. The QPR greatest players, the players who made the team were Phil Parkes, who played for the club from 1970 to 1979; Dave Clement (1965 to 1979); Alan McDonald (1981 to 1997); Paul Parker (1987 to 1991); Ian Gillard (1968 to 1982); Trevor Sinclair (1993 to 1998); Stan Bowles (1972 to 1979); Gerry Francis (1968 to 1979 and 1981 to 1982); Dave Thomas (1972 to 1977); Les Ferdinand (1987 to 1995); and Rodney Marsh (1966 to 1972).

The current QPR first team squad features 30 QPR FC players. The QPR Academy players currently number 11 in the QPR Development squad and 27 in the Under 18’s squad.

QPR Manager

The current QPR manager is Steve McClaren. McClaren took charge in May 2018, replacing Ian Holloway.

Aside from war time football, when Ted Vizard was in charge of the club and finished with a win percentage of 51.1, the most successful QPR manager in terms of games won is Terry Venables. Venables managed the club for 166 matches between 1980 and 1984, winning 84 of them leaving him with a win percentage of 50.6. This number is based on managers who managed the club for at least one season.

In terms of trophies, QPR’s most successful manager is arguably Alec Stock. Stock won the League Cup, the club’s only major trophy to date, and led his side to the Third Division Championship in the 1966/1967 season.

Stock is also the QPR longest serving manager, in terms of matches played. Stock managed the club for 439 games between 1959 and 1968.

Honours

The QPR honours list consists of one League Cup (1966/1967); two second tier championships (1982/1983 and 2010/2011); two third tier championships (1947/1948 and 1966/1967); one FA Cup runner up place (1981/1982); and one League Cup runner up place (1985/1986).

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