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JOhn spencer Debut Goal 20:54 - Aug 1 with 2305 viewsTGRRRSSS




Unfortunately we lost the game sadly cant find footage of the year after when the result was exactly reversed when we came from behind to win 2-1.

This was on the Tuesdays after the death of Diana (2-1 win) mins silence was slightly disturbed by huge numbers of late Rangers fans singing away outside the ground.

Decent finish, what hopes we had for him that didn't really come off.
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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 21:46 - Aug 1 with 1753 viewsbarbicanranger

Thanks for the share. Nice burst of pace from Trev and well taken by Spencer.

Would be interested to hear the verdict on him as a QPR player? I was 13 when we signed him and remember him fondly but I didn't fully a) realise our predicament at that time and b) appreciate the Chelsea link, and wonder how his overall time at The Club is viewed?!
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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 21:55 - Aug 1 with 1731 viewsrsonist

Meaker FFS.
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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 22:03 - Aug 1 with 1714 viewsNorthernr

Spencer as he's running to the away end there and pointing to his chest is shouting "I'm your fcking man" repeatedly. He'd only signed a few days before, along with Gavin Peacock (initially on loan).

The football side of that is Chris Wright was desperate to chuck some money at it but Stewart Houston wanted to assess what he had first, and also appoint Bruce Rioch as his assistant which was a disaster and also why Spencer didn't last with us - they had a big fall out over who was a "proper Scotsman"! Unfortunately, the season had already started, and it wasted valuable time. We missed out on Matt Jackson through dithering, he'd been there on loan, and looked very good, but Houston wouldn't pull the trigger. Typical Scotsman reluctant to spend money ;-) Spencer was fcking superb that season, nearly ended up top scorer in league having only been there for two thirds of the season. Ray Harford, then West Brom manager, infamously promised Wright if he was given our squad with Spencer, Sheron and Gallen up front the following season he'd win the league no problem. Didn't go well.

I've only very seldom seen highlights of that Reading game because it was a painful one for our family and whenever I see them it kills me all over again.

We drove down from Scunny and Grimsby with a car full as usual, stopped at a Little Chef for breakfast somewhere en route. After breakfast we're all out in the car afterwards waiting for my legendary grandfather Tom to "get a bloody move on" but he doesn't come out of the restaurant. Waiting for ages, dad and mates chuntering about "silly old git probably got lost" etc. In the end dad goes in to look for him, finds him basically sitting/slumped in the toilet of the Little Chef. Grandad, who was a moulder at the Steel Works in his day (making the moulds that they pour the molten steel into, tough man's work) shrugged it off, insisted he was fine, helped him up, back in the car. Dad never said anything to us, grandad enjoyed the rest of the day at Reading, sat with me in the side stand (I'm about 11/12 at this point), QPR fck it up... standard Saturday. Drove home.

Proper larger than life character my grandad. Well known and liked at QPR. Famous in the Goldhawk for continuously telling Margaret she should marry him and he'd show her how to run the pub. Also famous for taking everybody's money in the back bar to put on a greyhound he'd had a big tip on, then changing his mind when he got to the bookies and staking the whole lot on something else that lost while the original dog won.

Monday, grandad goes to pick our little cousin up from school as per usual, goes down again, on the playground. They managed to get him home and lay him on the sofa, and he's in proper trouble this time. He took his teeth out, said a few words, and died. Big heart attack. Probably had a smaller one on the Saturday before that Spencer game, so the doctors said.

My first experience of anything like that. Not really one I've ever got over to be honest. Miss him.
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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 22:04 - Aug 1 with 1712 viewsbosh67

Brilliant on loan. Not quite as good when we signed him.

Never knowingly right.
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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 22:04 - Aug 1 with 1711 viewsdannyblue

I was at that game, behind the goal that Spencer didn't score in, so couldn't really see what happened. I thought it was scrappier and closer in, but that was tidy. Seem to remember there was quite a lot of 'Michael Meaker's a homosexual' from our crowd. Times have changed.

Spencer was incredible for a while. Never seen someone move so quickly over the first metre. Seemed like him and Gavin Peacock had something good going between them and definitely seemed a cut above what we were used to, but passed to each other when there were better options on occasionally?
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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 22:24 - Aug 1 with 1665 viewsdannyblue

JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 22:03 - Aug 1 by Northernr

Spencer as he's running to the away end there and pointing to his chest is shouting "I'm your fcking man" repeatedly. He'd only signed a few days before, along with Gavin Peacock (initially on loan).

The football side of that is Chris Wright was desperate to chuck some money at it but Stewart Houston wanted to assess what he had first, and also appoint Bruce Rioch as his assistant which was a disaster and also why Spencer didn't last with us - they had a big fall out over who was a "proper Scotsman"! Unfortunately, the season had already started, and it wasted valuable time. We missed out on Matt Jackson through dithering, he'd been there on loan, and looked very good, but Houston wouldn't pull the trigger. Typical Scotsman reluctant to spend money ;-) Spencer was fcking superb that season, nearly ended up top scorer in league having only been there for two thirds of the season. Ray Harford, then West Brom manager, infamously promised Wright if he was given our squad with Spencer, Sheron and Gallen up front the following season he'd win the league no problem. Didn't go well.

I've only very seldom seen highlights of that Reading game because it was a painful one for our family and whenever I see them it kills me all over again.

We drove down from Scunny and Grimsby with a car full as usual, stopped at a Little Chef for breakfast somewhere en route. After breakfast we're all out in the car afterwards waiting for my legendary grandfather Tom to "get a bloody move on" but he doesn't come out of the restaurant. Waiting for ages, dad and mates chuntering about "silly old git probably got lost" etc. In the end dad goes in to look for him, finds him basically sitting/slumped in the toilet of the Little Chef. Grandad, who was a moulder at the Steel Works in his day (making the moulds that they pour the molten steel into, tough man's work) shrugged it off, insisted he was fine, helped him up, back in the car. Dad never said anything to us, grandad enjoyed the rest of the day at Reading, sat with me in the side stand (I'm about 11/12 at this point), QPR fck it up... standard Saturday. Drove home.

Proper larger than life character my grandad. Well known and liked at QPR. Famous in the Goldhawk for continuously telling Margaret she should marry him and he'd show her how to run the pub. Also famous for taking everybody's money in the back bar to put on a greyhound he'd had a big tip on, then changing his mind when he got to the bookies and staking the whole lot on something else that lost while the original dog won.

Monday, grandad goes to pick our little cousin up from school as per usual, goes down again, on the playground. They managed to get him home and lay him on the sofa, and he's in proper trouble this time. He took his teeth out, said a few words, and died. Big heart attack. Probably had a smaller one on the Saturday before that Spencer game, so the doctors said.

My first experience of anything like that. Not really one I've ever got over to be honest. Miss him.


Sorry to hear that about your Grandad. Crazy how the emotions of real life get mixed up with the emotions of football. My Mum died in the summer after our Warnock promotion and the high to the low really stuck with me.
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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 22:26 - Aug 1 with 1660 viewsNorthernr

JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 22:24 - Aug 1 by dannyblue

Sorry to hear that about your Grandad. Crazy how the emotions of real life get mixed up with the emotions of football. My Mum died in the summer after our Warnock promotion and the high to the low really stuck with me.


Yeh it's also weird stuff you remember. We won the game after that 1-0 at home to Sheff Utd, dreadful match, and Paul Danson was referee and had an absolute catastrophic mare of a time. Dad and me just sort of standing there at the back of Q Block there but not there, little mention in the programme, everybody patting me on my back and shaking my hand in the Goldhawk.

Incidentally, silly old sod, was renowned for his awful tips, always said we should have signed Clive Mendonca from Grimsby - Charlton did and went up, we signed Sheron for three times as much.

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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 22:50 - Aug 1 with 1602 viewsTacticalR

Northernr's 'Memorable Match' write-up on the 1996 Reading game:


Spencer’s your man – history 24th Apr 2013 23:11
With QPR at Reading this weekend LFW looks back at a meeting between the two sides at Elm Park in 1996 when John Spencer announced his arrival in the grand manner, but his fine goal turned out to be another false dawn. 7


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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 22:56 - Aug 1 with 1594 viewsRangersw12

For me the main reason Spencer went off the boil was because we didn't replace Dichio

Spencer was excellent playing off the big target man
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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 23:12 - Aug 1 with 1574 viewshamptonhillhoop

Spencer was absolutely superb that season. seem to remember a hat-trick against Barnsley (champions that year) being a particular highlight I a 3-1 win. He just looked a natural. All went wrong the season after and he ended up on loan to Everton in the Premier League. Houston and Rioch royally ballsed that up
On another note how is that twenty two years ago?
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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 23:29 - Aug 1 with 1548 viewsCliveWilsonSaid

Yeah I was at that game. Mainly memorable for me because of the 5 hour (or so) round the houses bus trip I had to take to get there from High Wycombe. Where I went to uni. Which is about 20 miles away...
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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 23:44 - Aug 1 with 1520 viewsCamberleyR

JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 22:04 - Aug 1 by bosh67

Brilliant on loan. Not quite as good when we signed him.


We didn't sign him on loan (despite what Wiki says), we signed him outright in November 1996. It was Peacock we got on loan for a month at first.

I've always thought that as soon as we knew Gallen was crocked for the season, if Houston hadn't pissed about playing the likes of Steve Slade and Lee Charles up front and dithered for two months before signing a proper forward in Spencer, we'd have been promoted.
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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 23:53 - Aug 1 with 1507 viewsted_hendrix

JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 23:12 - Aug 1 by hamptonhillhoop

Spencer was absolutely superb that season. seem to remember a hat-trick against Barnsley (champions that year) being a particular highlight I a 3-1 win. He just looked a natural. All went wrong the season after and he ended up on loan to Everton in the Premier League. Houston and Rioch royally ballsed that up
On another note how is that twenty two years ago?
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That hat-trick was scored with his left foot, his right foot and his head, I believe he went off the boil after Rioch grabbed him by the throat during a dressing room argument at a friendly game at Exeter, I loved the bloke and I loved him when he scored at Port bloody Fail that infamous Sunday dinner time game when I managed to punch Danny Dichio on the top of his head during those wild celebrations.

Those were the days when we used to travel the length and breadth of the Country following QPR for no other reason than you always thought we'd be better next week.
Anyone on here go to Grimsby that season? that was the game when Paul Murray stood in the middle of the pitch and put his arms out to our so called Managerial team of pricks who were stood on the touch line waving their arms around in some sort of a secret code, Murray's facial expression was saying to the pair of minges "what exactly do you want"?
We lost 2-0 btw. ("Were not Arsenal anymore)

@ Tom long time no see you daft sod


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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 00:23 - Aug 2 with 1466 viewsHooped_Pullie

Ah, 1996...the year I started being an ST holder, having gone match-by-match for years.

Loved Spencer and hated how it all ended so badly with him...proper quality, he was....

Clive - very poignant story about your grandfather. Still with you in spirit, as those loved and lost to me are, I'm sure.
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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 03:58 - Aug 2 with 1397 viewsbarbicanranger

Enjoyed reading some of the posts on here. Sorry to hear that part of the story, Clive.
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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 07:27 - Aug 2 with 1322 viewsNorthernr

JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 23:53 - Aug 1 by ted_hendrix

That hat-trick was scored with his left foot, his right foot and his head, I believe he went off the boil after Rioch grabbed him by the throat during a dressing room argument at a friendly game at Exeter, I loved the bloke and I loved him when he scored at Port bloody Fail that infamous Sunday dinner time game when I managed to punch Danny Dichio on the top of his head during those wild celebrations.

Those were the days when we used to travel the length and breadth of the Country following QPR for no other reason than you always thought we'd be better next week.
Anyone on here go to Grimsby that season? that was the game when Paul Murray stood in the middle of the pitch and put his arms out to our so called Managerial team of pricks who were stood on the touch line waving their arms around in some sort of a secret code, Murray's facial expression was saying to the pair of minges "what exactly do you want"?
We lost 2-0 btw. ("Were not Arsenal anymore)

@ Tom long time no see you daft sod



Tommy Widdrington scored from about a million yards out in that game. Young North was mascot.
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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 07:36 - Aug 2 with 1307 viewsRs_Holy

i remember it well because it was the first time I'd seen Rangers live for over 3 years as I spent most of the early to mid 90's skint.
I actually stood in the home covered terrace right next to the away fans (I went with a Reading supporting mate). I can remember the home fans saying how good we looked with the ball and that we'd probably get promotion :(
I also remember Rangers having a chance from a set piece right at the end of the game (might have been Karl Ready???) but their goaly pulled off a worldy. I dont think I could have contained myself as well as I did for the first goal if that one had gone in.
Elm Park was a funny little ground but I suppose younger Reading fans must think the same thing now when they visit Loftus Road for the first time.
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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 08:14 - Aug 2 with 1267 viewsNorthernr

JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 07:36 - Aug 2 by Rs_Holy

i remember it well because it was the first time I'd seen Rangers live for over 3 years as I spent most of the early to mid 90's skint.
I actually stood in the home covered terrace right next to the away fans (I went with a Reading supporting mate). I can remember the home fans saying how good we looked with the ball and that we'd probably get promotion :(
I also remember Rangers having a chance from a set piece right at the end of the game (might have been Karl Ready???) but their goaly pulled off a worldy. I dont think I could have contained myself as well as I did for the first goal if that one had gone in.
Elm Park was a funny little ground but I suppose younger Reading fans must think the same thing now when they visit Loftus Road for the first time.
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Elm Park was a dive but I'd take it every day of the week over that shithole they call home now.
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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 08:22 - Aug 2 with 1255 viewsconnell10

JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 22:03 - Aug 1 by Northernr

Spencer as he's running to the away end there and pointing to his chest is shouting "I'm your fcking man" repeatedly. He'd only signed a few days before, along with Gavin Peacock (initially on loan).

The football side of that is Chris Wright was desperate to chuck some money at it but Stewart Houston wanted to assess what he had first, and also appoint Bruce Rioch as his assistant which was a disaster and also why Spencer didn't last with us - they had a big fall out over who was a "proper Scotsman"! Unfortunately, the season had already started, and it wasted valuable time. We missed out on Matt Jackson through dithering, he'd been there on loan, and looked very good, but Houston wouldn't pull the trigger. Typical Scotsman reluctant to spend money ;-) Spencer was fcking superb that season, nearly ended up top scorer in league having only been there for two thirds of the season. Ray Harford, then West Brom manager, infamously promised Wright if he was given our squad with Spencer, Sheron and Gallen up front the following season he'd win the league no problem. Didn't go well.

I've only very seldom seen highlights of that Reading game because it was a painful one for our family and whenever I see them it kills me all over again.

We drove down from Scunny and Grimsby with a car full as usual, stopped at a Little Chef for breakfast somewhere en route. After breakfast we're all out in the car afterwards waiting for my legendary grandfather Tom to "get a bloody move on" but he doesn't come out of the restaurant. Waiting for ages, dad and mates chuntering about "silly old git probably got lost" etc. In the end dad goes in to look for him, finds him basically sitting/slumped in the toilet of the Little Chef. Grandad, who was a moulder at the Steel Works in his day (making the moulds that they pour the molten steel into, tough man's work) shrugged it off, insisted he was fine, helped him up, back in the car. Dad never said anything to us, grandad enjoyed the rest of the day at Reading, sat with me in the side stand (I'm about 11/12 at this point), QPR fck it up... standard Saturday. Drove home.

Proper larger than life character my grandad. Well known and liked at QPR. Famous in the Goldhawk for continuously telling Margaret she should marry him and he'd show her how to run the pub. Also famous for taking everybody's money in the back bar to put on a greyhound he'd had a big tip on, then changing his mind when he got to the bookies and staking the whole lot on something else that lost while the original dog won.

Monday, grandad goes to pick our little cousin up from school as per usual, goes down again, on the playground. They managed to get him home and lay him on the sofa, and he's in proper trouble this time. He took his teeth out, said a few words, and died. Big heart attack. Probably had a smaller one on the Saturday before that Spencer game, so the doctors said.

My first experience of anything like that. Not really one I've ever got over to be honest. Miss him.


Brought a tear to me eye mate , got thinking about my dad. I miss him to.

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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 08:48 - Aug 2 with 1220 viewsheadhoops

was also at the game, didn't we used to sing you are a sh1t town near Swindon?

Spencer was one of those players who came alive in the box, you knew if he got decent service he would make something happen. Also the slightest touch from a defender and he was on his way down. Great in the air for a small man.

Houston and Rioch? We would have done better with the chuckle brothers.

Respect for your granddad North.

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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 09:15 - Aug 2 with 1193 viewsmakaveli1882

JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 23:53 - Aug 1 by ted_hendrix

That hat-trick was scored with his left foot, his right foot and his head, I believe he went off the boil after Rioch grabbed him by the throat during a dressing room argument at a friendly game at Exeter, I loved the bloke and I loved him when he scored at Port bloody Fail that infamous Sunday dinner time game when I managed to punch Danny Dichio on the top of his head during those wild celebrations.

Those were the days when we used to travel the length and breadth of the Country following QPR for no other reason than you always thought we'd be better next week.
Anyone on here go to Grimsby that season? that was the game when Paul Murray stood in the middle of the pitch and put his arms out to our so called Managerial team of pricks who were stood on the touch line waving their arms around in some sort of a secret code, Murray's facial expression was saying to the pair of minges "what exactly do you want"?
We lost 2-0 btw. ("Were not Arsenal anymore)

@ Tom long time no see you daft sod



Not only that did he get the perfect hat-rick he also snapped someone's leg off in front of the Loft with the latest challenge I have ever seen at H.Q.

Ironically we did not win for 9 games after that which probably damaged our chances more than anything else that season, especially as we only finished 5 points off and threw the last game.
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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 09:22 - Aug 2 with 1188 viewspaulparker

I was there for it , right slap bang in the middle behind the goal that was wildly celebrated , spencer giving it plenty "im the f*ckin man", " didn't Peacock re make his debut as well ? that season was a right weird one we had some right memorable games
Barnsley league & cup, Port vale away , an fa cup run , Pompey at home with the fisticuffs , the city 2-2 game with trev's lob , tranmere away on the tv
then you had some right old sh1t like Grimsby away, port vale at home , Bradley Allen sticking 2 past us then giving us the nescafe shake , Bradford away , Gallen doing his knee
a team of Spencer, Peacock, Macca, Murray, Dichio , Quashie, yates, Sinclair, impey,brevett should have been in the top 3 not 9th
Houston & Rioch were a fcuking disaster

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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 09:32 - Aug 2 with 1179 viewsRs_Holy

JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 09:22 - Aug 2 by paulparker

I was there for it , right slap bang in the middle behind the goal that was wildly celebrated , spencer giving it plenty "im the f*ckin man", " didn't Peacock re make his debut as well ? that season was a right weird one we had some right memorable games
Barnsley league & cup, Port vale away , an fa cup run , Pompey at home with the fisticuffs , the city 2-2 game with trev's lob , tranmere away on the tv
then you had some right old sh1t like Grimsby away, port vale at home , Bradley Allen sticking 2 past us then giving us the nescafe shake , Bradford away , Gallen doing his knee
a team of Spencer, Peacock, Macca, Murray, Dichio , Quashie, yates, Sinclair, impey,brevett should have been in the top 3 not 9th
Houston & Rioch were a fcuking disaster


the Port Vale 4-4 game showed just how crap Houston and Rioch were... Someone video'd it for me (for some reason it was not shown live in London???). When looking at the TV coverage of Houston and Rioch they spent most of time telling the team to "Launch it to Hateley".
Funny how QPR got 4 goals after Hateley had been subbed!!!
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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 09:41 - Aug 2 with 1163 viewsTonto

John Spencer is one of those players that divides my own opinion.

that first season he was terrific, scring goals for fun, but then I remember the last few month of his time here, when it was obvious we werent going to get prmotoed, and he effectively gave up, stopped trying and just did his best to engineer a trasnfer. That was thebeggining of the end for thre chris Wright era and led to our relegation.

I particularly remember a 3-0 loss at Stockport, were he barely got his boots dirty.

Why stop now, just when I'm hating it

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JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 09:51 - Aug 2 with 1150 viewsMyke

JOhn spencer Debut Goal on 22:24 - Aug 1 by dannyblue

Sorry to hear that about your Grandad. Crazy how the emotions of real life get mixed up with the emotions of football. My Mum died in the summer after our Warnock promotion and the high to the low really stuck with me.


Definitely a link between life's and football's emotions even for more 'mature' fans like me and I guess the more passionate you are about football the more intrinsically the two are linked. My mum was from Windsor and died 9 years ago in October. My English relations were over for the funeral and stayed for a while. Jim Magilton was in charge and over that period we scored 4 goals in 3 consecutive games. My cousin, who is a Chelsea fan, reckoned they were in such good form cos my mum was now guiding them from a above. If that was the case, she soon lost interest as they quickly returned to type and Magilton was gone soon afterwards for (allegedly) punching Busaki
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