Memories of Francis and 1975 as QPR host Liverpool – history
Wednesday, 21st Mar 2012 00:34 by Clive Whittingham
QPR host Liverpool on Wednesday night desperately needing a home win to boost their survival chances. History between the two sides looks bleak, with notable exceptions.
Liverpool 1 QPR 0, Saturday December 10, 2011, Premiership
Radek Cerny turned in an inspired display in the QPR goal at Anfield earlier this season, but couldn’t prevent the R’s slipping to a 1-0 defeat. Veteran Czech keeper Cerny, deputising for the injured Paddy Kenny, was in magnificent form throughout but was unfortunately beaten on one occasion by Luis Suarez and that was good enough for Kenny Dalglish’s side to take maximum points. Suarez stole a march on Luke Young immediately after half time and headed home from close range at the Kop End to seal a 1-0 win. Unfortunately QPR only really came into a dour game as an attacking force in the final five minutes when more ambition and urgency earlier in the game may have brought greater reward.
Liverpool: Reina 6, Johnson 7, Skrtel 7, Agger 7, Enrique 7, Maxi 7 (Bellamy 78, 6), Adam 7, Henderson 6, Downing 8 (Shelvey 86, -), Suarez 9, Kuyt 7
Subs Not Used: Doni, Carroll, Coates, Carragher, Kelly
Booked: Agger (foul), Bellamy (dissent)
Goals: Suarez 47 (assisted Adam)
QPR: Cerny 9, Young 6, Gabbidon 7, Ferdinand 7 (Orr 50, 6), Traore 7, Mackie 6 (Hill 78, 6), Barton 6, Faurlin 7, Wright-Phillips 6, Smith 5 (Campbell 66, 6), Bothroyd 6
Subs Not Used: Putnins, Derry, Buzsaky, Connolly
QPR 1 Liverpool 2, Sunday February 11, 1996, Premiership
Liverpool are one of those top flight mainstays that we’ve avoided in cup competitions since our 1996 relegation season and so Wednesday will be the first meeting between the clubs at Loftus Road since 1996. The R’s were staring the First Division square in the face when Roy Evans brought his side to W12 back then, Ray Wilkins’ men had lost six league games on the spin since Christmas and went into the Super Sunday clash extremely low on confidence. The game played out much as you would expect, with Liverpool cruising into a two goal lead in the first half before Danny Dichio gave the R’s false hope in the second. Although QPR did win the next match, 3-1 away at Sheff Wed, and rallied late in the season it wasn’t enough to save them from demotion.
QPR: J Sommer, D Bardsley, R Brevett, D Maddix, S Yates, S Barker, I Holloway, N Quashie, D Dichio, K Gallen, T Sinclair
Subs not used: G Goodridge, B Allen, T Challis
Liverpool: D James, R Jones, P Babb, M Wright, J Scales, J McAteer, M Thomas, S McManaman, J Barnes, R Fowler (J Redknapp, 76), S Collymore
Subs not used: T Warner, I Rush
Goals: Wright, Fowler
Previous ResultsHead to Head >>> QPR wins – 7 >>> Draws – 8 >>> Liverpool wins – 31
2011/12 Liverpool 1 QPR 0
1995/96 QPR 1 Liverpool 2 (Dichio)
1995/96 Liverpool 1 QPR 0
1994/95 Liverpool 1 QPR 1 (Gallen)
1994/95 QPR 2 Liverpool 1 (Ferdinand, Sinclair)
1993/94 Liverpool 3 QPR 2 (Ferdinand, Barker)
1993/94 QPR 1 Liverpool 3 (Wilkins)
1992/93 Liverpool 1 QPR 0
1992/93 QPR 0 Liverpool 1
1991/92 QPR 0 Liverpool 0
1991/92 Liverpool 1 QPR 0
1990/91 Liverpool 1 QPR 3 (Ferdinand, Wegerle, Wilson)
1990/91 QPR 1 Liverpool 1 (Falco)
1989/90 Liverpool 2 QPR 1 (Wegerle)
1989/90 Liverpool 1 QPR 0*
1989/90 QPR 2 Liverpool 2* (Wilkins, Barker)
1989/90 QPR 3 Liverpool 2 (Wright 2, Falco)
1988/89 Liverpool 2 QPR 0
1988/89 QPR 0 Liverpool 1
1987/88 QPR 0 Liverpool 1
1987/88 Liverpool 4 QPR 0
1986/87 Liverpool 2 QPR 1 (Fillery)
1986/87 QPR 1 Liverpool 3 (Bannister)
1985/86 Liverpool 4 QPR 1 (Rosenior)
1985/86 Liverpool 2 QPR 2** (Whelen og, Gillespie og)
1985/86 QPR 1 Liverpool 0** (Fenwick)
1985/86 QPR 2 Liverpool 1 (Fenwick, Bannister)
1984/85 QPR 0 Liverpool 2
1984/85 Liverpool 1 QPR 1 (Fereday)
1983/84 Liverpool 2 QPR 0
1983/84 QPR 0 Liverpool 1
1978/79 QPR 1 Liverpool 3 (Eastoe)
1978/79 Liverpool 2 QPR 1 (McGee)
1977/78 Liverpool 1 QPR 0
1977/78 QPR 2 Liverpool 0 (Bowles, James)
1976/77 QPR 1 Liverpool 1 (Givens)
1976/77 Liverpool 3 QPR 1 (Eastoe)
1975/76 Liverpool 2 QPR 0
1975/76 QPR 2 Liverpool 0 (G Francis, Leach)
1974/75 Liverpool 3 QPR 1 (G Francis)
1974/75 QPR 0 Liverpool 1
1973/74 Liverpool 2 QPR 1 (Thomas)
1973/74 QPR 2 Liverpool 2 (Bowles, McLintock)
1968/69 QPR 1 Liverpool 2 (Bridges)
1968/69 Liverpool 2 QPR 0
1913/14 Liverpool 2 QPR 1* (Mitchell)
* - FA Cup
** - League Cup
Michael Robinson >>> Liverpool 1983-1984 >>> QPR 1984-1986
Michael Robinson’s time at Loftus Road may have been brief, but a player who settles a League Cup quarter final against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in QPR’s favour with a goal from the halfway line is always going to be remembered fondly by the W12 faithful.
Robinson had come through the ranks at Second Division Preston North End initially but showed enough attacking ability and promise for Manchester City, under Malcolm Allison, to spend a whopping £750,000 on him. The price tag weighed heavy, his City career never took off, and he was sold to Brighton at a hefty loss before he’d even completed one campaign at Maine Road.
At the Goldstone Ground Robinson rebuilt his reputation as both a promising attacker and cup final regular. He was part of the Brighton side that ran Man Utd close in the 1983 FA Cup final, which they reached despite being relegated from the league that year. It was Robinson who fed the ball through for Gordon Smith’s famous miss in the final seconds of extra time in the first match, which finished 2-2, and he played again in the Wembley replay which they lost 4-0.
Robinson didn’t go down with Brighton, moving back north to Liverpool for £250,000 where he found himself behind Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush in the pecking order. He nevertheless made enough league appearances for a 1984 title winners medal, came on as a substitute in the League Cup final with Everton that finished 0-0 but missed out on the replay which Liverpool won, and appeared in the European Cup final success against Roma.
Some pedigree therefore to bring to QPR where he pitched up at the end of the season hunting for regular first team football. His goal against Chelsea helped take him back to Wembley as Rangers beat his old club Liverpool in the 1986 League Cup semi final to set up a final with Oxford for which they were heavy favourites, but then we all know what happened next there.
Robinson’s career then took a turn for the strange. He moved to Osasuna in Spain and became part of a team that finished fifth in La Liga in 1988, a fine achievement for a club of that size. Sammy Lee, another former QPR and Liverpool team mate, joined him out there but at 31 Robinson, having picked Spanish up easily, retired to a career in the country’s media. He has been a regular co-commentator and presenter of football coverage in the country since the 1990 World Cup in Italy and even did voiceover work on the Spanish version of Shrek, playing the part of the Ugly Sister.
He finished his career with 24 caps and four goals for the Republic of Ireland.
Others >>> Djirbil Cisse, Liverpool 2004-2006, QPR 2012-present >>>Raheem Sterling, QPR YT, Liverpool 2010-present >>> Peter Crouch, QPR 2000-2001, Liverpool 2005-2008 >>> Paul Jones, Liverpool (loan) 2004, QPR 2006-2007, Neil Ruddock, Liverpool 1993-1998, QPR (loan) 1998 >>> Mark Kennedy, Liverpool 1995-1998, QPR (loan) 1998 >>> Jim Magilton, Liverpool 1988-1990, QPR (manager) 2009 >>> Paul Walsh, Liverpool 1984-1988, QPR (loan) 1991 >>> Nigel Spackman, Liverpool 1987-1989, QPR 1989 >>> Jimmy Carter, QPR 1985-1987, Liverpool 1991 >>> Sammy Lee, Liverpool 1975-1986, QPR 1986-1987 >>> Bobby Campbell, Liverpool 1958-1961, QPR (coach) 1986-1988
QPR 2 Liverpool 0, Saturday August 16, 1975
The greatest QPR team of all time signalled its intent for the 1975/76 season with a classy destruction of mighty Liverpool on the opening day of the season. The innovative coaching of Dave Sexton took what was already an excellent team, moulded over time by chairman Jim Gregory and Sexton’s predecessor Gordon Jago, to new heights but ultimately Liverpool would have the last, heartbreaking laugh.
Rangers’ first goal of the season was a special one, and eventually won the Match of the Day Goal of the Season award. A slick, incisive passing move from the edge of the QPR penalty area saw Stan Bowles produce an outrageous flick on the halfway line to set Gerry Francis free into space in the Liverpool half and after a perfectly executed one two on the edge of the area with Don Givens Francis strode into the penalty box and finished with aplomb.
That goal set the tone for the season as QPR swaggered their way through the First Division with real style, and Francis would go on to captain England while playing at Loftus Road. Francis had a hand in the second goal after half time as well. The mullet haired midfielder was given time on the corner of the Liverpool penalty box to dolly a teasing cross into the corridor of uncertainty between goalkeeper and defensive line and Mick Leach flung himself bravely at the ball and diverted a superb diving header into the corner of the net. Even then the QPR fans had to have a boo boy to target, and often Leach was the subject of their ire despite being a talented and loyal servant with a decent goal scoring record for the club between 1964 and 1978. He sadly died in 1992 aged just 44.
The defeat was part of a sluggish start to the season from Liverpool under Bob Paisley. The Reds drew their second match at home to West Ham and went on to win just four of their first nine matches. QPR meanwhile didn’t lose any of their first ten but drew five of those and would pay for that at the end of the season. Liverpool rallied following an October defeat to Burnley with a run of one defeat in 20 matches. In March they won seven on the spin, drew two at the start of April and then won another four consecutive games in a pursuit of league and UEFA Cup glory.
QPR looked like they were going to crack over Christmas when they lost five of seven but they were almost faultless on the run in with 13 wins and a draw from their last 15 games. I say almost faultless, a disastrous Easter defeat at midtable Norwich opened the door for Liverpool. QPR won their final two matches of the season against Arsenal and Leeds after the Carrow Road defeat and led the league by a single point at the end of the regular season But Liverpool’s run to the UEFA Cup final meant their final league match was played a week after everybody else had finished at Molineux where they scored three times in the final 20 minutes to steal the title by a single point from QPR, who have never gone as close to winning it since.
QPR: Parkes, Clement, Webb, McLintock, Gillard, Thomas, Hollins (Leach), Francis, Givens, Masson, Bowles
Highlights >>> QPR 2 Liverpool 1, 1994 >>> QPR 0 Liverpool 1 1992 >>> Liverpool 1 QPR 3 1991 >>> Liverpool 2 QPR 1, 1990 >>> QPR 2 Liverpool 2 FA Cup 1990 >>> QPR 3 Liverpool 2 (first half) 1989 >>> QPR 3 Liverpool 2 (second half) 1989 >>> Liverpool 4 QPR 0 1987 >>> League Cup semi final 1986 >>> QPR 1 Liverpool 1 1977 >>> Liverpool 3 QPR 1 1976 >>> QPR 2 Liverpool 0 1975
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