Class of 75 stick four through Derby - History
Friday, 5th Oct 2018 09:00 by Clive Whittingham
QPR’s great side of the 1970s put Derby County to the sword on a couple of occasions during the decade, including a February game at Loftus Road in 1975.
Queens Park Rangers 4 Derby County 1, Saturday February 1, 1975, First Division
The 1974/75 season at Loftus Road saw QPR move from Gordon Jago, the manager who laid the foundations for the brilliance that was to follow, to Dave Sexton, the innovative head coach who moved Rangers onto the next level.
Jago took over in 1971, won promotion back to the First Division in 1973 and was able to successfully recover from the sale of star man Rodney Marsh to Man City, investing in players like Dave Thomas and Stan Bowles and bringing through Gerry Francis who would go on to become the club’s greatest ever players in its best ever team. But they all started the 1974/75 season slowly with just one win in the first ten and two wins in the first 13 games.
Jago left to manage Millwall in October with Sexton taking over, losing 5-2 to Derby at The Baseball Ground in his fourth match in charge despite goals from Mick Leach and Stan Bowles.
But Rangers would storm through the second half of the season, including a run of nine wins and three draws from 14 games to eventually finish eleventh. Derby, meanwhile, would go onto win the whole division under Brian Clough's successor Dave Mackay, beating Burnley 5-2, Luton 5-0, Chelsea 4-0 and QPR 5-2 along the way. But they were soundly thrashed at Loftus Road at the beginning of February as Sexton’s side gave a hint of what was to come in 1975/76.
Derby were on a run of four straight wins against Birmingham, Man City, Liverpool and Wolves coming into the match and took the lead in spectacular fashion before half time when Bruce Rioch let fly from 25 yards with his left foot and beat Phil Parkes diving away to his left ay the Loft End – Rioch’s 15th goal of the season at a club he would go onto have an unhappy spell as assistant manager in the late 1990s.
But the teams were level at the break when Masson floated a free kick beyond the defenders at the far post and Don Givens forced an own goal out of David Nish with a low cross hammered into the six yard box.
The game looked like finishing level as it drifted through to the eightieth minute at 1-1 but Rangers cut loose in the final ten minutes, making light of a difficult playing surface and taking advantage of Derby being down to ten men with three beautiful goals. First Givens took a dropping ball full on the volley wide right in the penalty box and sent the ball screaming into the roof of the net. Then flying winger Thomas was allowed to run too far into the Derby penalty area and crashed in a third at the near post. And the rout was complete when Bowles brilliantly tricked his way around two players with immaculate close control in the mud and then slid a ball right through the goal mouth for Givens to finish a fourth at the far post.
The following season Rangers, infamously, came within one point and one game of beating Liverpool to the league title.
QPR: Parkes: Clement, McLintock, Webb, Gillard; Givens, Masson, Francis, Thomas; Bowles, Beck
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QPR 1 Derby County 1, Tuesday March 5, 2018, Championship
Very entertaining game at Loftus Road between these two last season. Derby, in the midst of their annual end of season choke, tormented all night by the pace of Paul Smyth and lucky to escape with a point. Matt Smith had hit the bar with a long range shot (yes really) and Nedum Onuoha scooped a Jack Robinson long throw over the top in the first half before the visitors took the lead against the run of play. Powerful running from Chelsea loanee (everybody should have one) Kasey Palmer set up Andy Weimann for a close range finish. QPR plugged away in the second half with Scott Carson nervously keeping out long rangers from Freeman and Eze, but the game could have been over but for an improvised bit of brilliance from Alex Smithies as David Nugent’s header threatened to squirm in. A late equaliser was headed home by Mass Luongo from Luke Freeman’s free kick and then twith Joel Lynch pressed into service as an emergency centre forward, the lumbering centre back went through on goal in the last minute of stoppage time but couldn’t beat Carson one on one.
QPR: Smithies 6; Furlong 7 (Wszolek 74, 6), Onuoha 6, Robinson 6, Bidwell 6; Scowen 6, Luongo 6, Freeman 7; Smyth 8, Smith 5 (Lynch 86, -), Washington 4 (Eze 60, 7)
Subs not used: Cousins, Ingram, Manning, Perch
Goals: Luongo 86 (assisted Freeman)
Bookings: Scowen 90+3 (foul)
Derby: Carson 6; Wisdom 5, Keogh 6, Davies 6, Forsyth 6; Huddlestone 5, Ledley 5 (Johnson 15, 5); Weimann 7, Palmer 8 (Vydra 83, -), Lawrence 5; Nugent 6 (Jerome 71, 5)
Subs not used: Anya, Pearce, Roos, Hanson
Goals: Weimann 38 (assisted Palmer)
Bookings: Forsyth 15 (foul), Weimann 82 (foul), Lawrence 87 (foul)
Derby County 2 QPR 0, Tuesday November 21, 2017, Championship
One of the more disheartening performances and results in an ever expanding catalogue of QPR awayday horrors came at Pride Park in November last year. Starting with David Wheeler alone up front, Rangers were never once in the game and conceded two defensively shambolic goals either side of half time to lose 2-0. The first, in first half stoppage time, was particularly abysmal as Baptiste played Weimann onside giving him the freedom of the QPR half to advance and set up Vydra for the opener. The second came when Tom Lawrence was given time and space to pick his spot from the edge of the area and duly dispatched into the bottom corner.
Derby: Carson 6; Baird 6, Keogh 5, Davies 6, Forsyth 6; Huddlestone 7, Ledley 6; Weimann 7, Vydra 7 (Thorne 78, 6), Lawrence 7 (Thomas 89, -); Nugent 7 (Martin 78, 5)
Subs not used: Russell, Wisdom, Pearce, Mitchell
Goals: Vydra 45+3 (assisted Weimann), Lawrence 53 (unassisted)
Bookings: Huddlestone 26 (foul), Forsyth 37 (foul)
QPR: Smithies 7; Baptiste 5, Lynch 5 (Manning 45, 5), Robinson 6; Wszolek 5, Bidwell 5; Scowen 6, Freeman 5, Mackie 5, Ngbakoto 4 (Washington 54, 5); Wheeler 5 (Smith 64, 5)
Subs not used: Petrasso, Lumley, Chair, Sylla
Bookings: Baptiste 23 (foul), Freeman 59 (foul), Bidwell 64 (foul)
Derby Country 1 QPR 0, Friday March 31, 2017, Championship
QPR had won three and drawn one of their previous four, including a 5-1 success against Rotherham last time out, prior to their visit to Pride Park in March last year. Still, it seemed an odd choice from Sky to shift this pointless midtable battle to a Friday night for TV coverage. The game was settled by Matej Vydra, emphatically, after a rare fumble from Alex Smithies. Idrissa Sylla struck a post with a header from a corner late on but in truth Derby were good value for their win – this was the start of a run of six straight league defeats for the second time in the season for the R’s.
Derby: Carson 6; Baird 7, Keogh 6, Pearce 6, Olsson 7; Ince 7 (Hughes 80, -), Johnson 6, Bryson 6, Russell 7, Vydra 7 (Anya 79, -); Nugent 6 (Bent 86, -)
Subs not used: Christie, Butterfield, Camara, Mitchell
Goals: Vydra 70 (unassisted)
QPR: Smithies 4; Furlong 4 (Sylla 76, -), Onuoha 6, Perch 5, Bidwell 5; Manning 5, Hall 6, Freeman 4; Wszolek 4 (Goss 59, 5), Smith 5 Washington 5 (Ngbakoto 69, -)
Subs not used: Mackie, Ingram, Robinson, Petrasso
Yellow Cards: Freeman 78 (foul)
QPR 0 Derby County 1, Tuesday December 10, 2016, Championship
Derby were flying, apparently rejuvenated by the second coming of Steve McClaren, when they came to Loftus Road in December 2016. They survived a few typically nervy moments from Scott Carson who saved well from Tjaronn Chery but fumbled shots from the Dutchman and Yeni Ngbakoto and got away with it. QPR were in the midst of a six-game losing run that had everybody wondering whether bringing Ian Holloway back to the club was such a good idea – they conceded another late goal, to Tom Ince on this occasion, to lose the game 1-0. But as we approach the return fixture it’s Derby collapsing, McClaren out of a job, and Ian Holloway has QPR motoring.
QPR: Smithies 6; Perch 7, Onuoha 6, Lynch 6, Bidwell 6; Luongo 5, Hall 6, Cousins 7 (Shodipo 77, 6); Ngbakoto 5, Washington 5 (Polter 69, 5), Chery 5 (Gladwin 64, 5)
Subs not used: Borysiuk, Ingram, Sandro, Wzsolek
Derby: Carson 6; Baird 6, Keogh 7, Pearce 6, Olsson 6; Hughes 7 (Bryson 79, 6), Johnson 5, Butterfield 6; Ince 7, Bent 5 (Vydra 63, 6), Weimann 5 (Camara 79, 7)
Subs not used: Shackell, Russell, Mitchell, Hanson
Goals: Ince 86 (assisted Camara)
Bookings: Butterfield 17 (foul), Baird 26 (foul)
QPR 2 Derby 0, Tuesday March 8, 2016, Championship
One of the rare better, more attacking performances under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s reign as QPR manager saw the R’s beat Derby 2-0 at Loftus Road last season. Tjaronn Chery swept home a fine opener from James Perch’s cross from left back before half time and Gabrielle Angella, up from the back, bundled in a late second from a perfect Matt Phillips free kick.
QPR: Smithies 6; Onuoha 6, Angella 7, Hill 8, Perch 7; Faurlin 7, Henry 7; Phillips 6, Chery 7 (Mackie 76, 5), Hoilett 8 (Petrasso 90+5, -), Polter 7
Subs not used: Konchesky, Ingram, Washington, Tozser, El Khayati
Goals: Chery 24 (assisted Perch), Angella 86 (assisted Phillips)
Bookings: Phillips 34 (foul), Polter 83 (repetitive fouling)
Derby; Carson 6; Christie 5, Keogh 6, Shackell 5, Olsson 5; Bryson 5 (Bent 67, 5), Hanson 6; Ince 5, Butterfield 5 (Hendrick 57, 6), Russell 5 (Blackman 79, 5); Martin 5
Subs not used: Grant, Buxton, Johnson, Weimann
Derby County 1 Queens Park Rangers 0, Tuesday November 3, 2015, Championship
Chris Ramsey’s brief reign as QPR manager came to an end when these sides met for the first time last season at Pride Park in November. During an awkward period of the campaign, where Neil Warnock had returned to “advise” Ramsey/pitch for Les Ferdinand’s job, the R’s followed one weak 1-0 loss at Brentford with another. They had good grounds for a penalty appeal in the second half when Scott Carson seemed to foul Junior Hoilett, but it was really no surprise when Anders Weimann lashed in a fine finish straight after half time to give the hosts a 1-0 victory.
Derby: Carson 6; Christie 6, Shackell 6, Keogh 6, Forsyth 6 (Warnock 21, 6 (Baird 77, 6); Hendrick 6 (Hanson 83, -), Johnson 7, Butterfield 7; Russell 6, Martin 6, Weimann 7
Subs not used: Grant, Bryson, Bent Pearce
Goals: Weimann (assisted Keogh)
Bookings: Christie 41 (ungentlemanly), Johnson 57 (dissent), Weimann 85 (foul), Russell 90 (kicking ball away)
QPR: Green 6; Perch 4, Onuoha 6, Hall 7, Konchesky 5; Henry 6, Faurlin 6 (Blackwood 84, -), Tozser 6 (Fer 76, 5), Yun 7 (Hoilett 66, 5); Austin 6, Phillips 5
Subs not used: Doughty, Smithies, Angella, Polter
Red Cards: Perch 89 (two yellows)
Bookings: Yun 41 (ungentlemanly), Austin 48 (foul), Perch 72 (foul), Perch 89 (foul), Fer 90+2 (foul)
Derby County 0 Queens Park Rangers 1, Saturday May 24, 2014, Championship Play-Off Final
QPR’s first visit to Wembley since 1986 ended with their first victory at the national stadium since 1967 in the most incredible circumstances. Derby were clear favourites, having finished the season in form, but QPR came with a solid defence led by Richard Dunne and Nedum Onuoha in imperious form. Gary O’Neil’s red card after half time felt like the moment it would swing decisively towards the Rams but with Patrick Bamford stuck on the bench, Derby kept playing directly up to Chris Martin who was well marked by Dunne throughout. QPR offered nothing, blatantly playing for penalties, but realised there was something there for them in the final minutes when Joey Barton shot wide with the Derby defence switched off. Minutes later, the magic moment for Bobby Zamora after hard work by Junior Hoilett down the right. A long old night in the Crown and Sceptre ensued.
Derby: Grant 6; Wisdom 7, Keogh 7, Buxton 8, Forsyth 7; Hendrick 6, Thorne 9, Hughes 7 (Bryson 66, 7); Russell 8 (Dawkins 67, 6), Martin 5, Ward 7 (Bamford 90+2, -)
Subs not used: Eustace, Sammon, Legzdins, Whitbread
QPR: Green 9; Simpson 7, Onuoha 7, Dunne 9, Hill 6 (Henry 66, 7); Hoilett 8, Barton 7, O’Neil 7, Kranjcar 5 (Traore 30, 7); Doyle 6 (Zamora 60, 7), Austin 6
Subs not used: Morrison, Suk-Young, Hughes, Murphy
Goals: Zamora 90 (assisted Hoilett)
Sent off: O’Neil 60 (professional foul)
Bookings: Zamora 90 (over celebrating)
Derby County 1 Queens Park Rangers 0, Monday February 10, 2014, Championship
Perhaps Derby would have been better waving QPR through in February. The only reason Rangers ended up in the play-offs at all was a poor run of form through the spring which started around the time of a weak 1-0 loss in a Sky Monday night game at Derby. The goal itself could easily have been disallowed – Chris Martin committing a foul on the goal line as John Eustace’s header looped into the net – but it wouldn’t have happened at all had Rob Green not chosen to punch the corner rather than catch it and Derby had already spurned two gilt-edged chances before that. Rangers would take their revenge in May.
Derby: Grant 6; Wisdom 7, Buxton 7, Keogh 6, Forsyth 6; Eustace 7, Bryson 7, Hughes 8 (Hendrick 68, 6); Ward 7 (Russell 42, 7), Bamford 7 (Sammon 81, -), Martin 8
Subs not used: Bennett, Legzdins, Whitbread, Thorne
Goals: Eustace 19 (assisted Hughes)
Booked: Forsyth 59 (foul), Grant 87 (time wasting)
QPR: Green 5; Hughes 6, Dunne 6, Hill 6, Assou-Ekotto 6; O'Neil 5 (Hoilett 45, 5), Barton 6, Carroll 5 (Jenas 79, 5), Kranjcar 5; Johnson 5 (Maiga 45, 4), Doyle 5
Subs not used: Traore, Onuoha, Henry, Murphy
Booked: Assou Ekotto 22 (foul), Kranjcar 50 (foul), Barton 64 (repetitive fouling), Dunne 76 (foul)
QPR 2 Derby County 1, Saturday November 2, 2013, Championship
Jermaine Jenas ruined Steve McClaren’s first return to Loftus Road with a goal in each half as the R’s beat Derby 2-1 in W12 back in November that season. Jenas bundled in the first after 11 minutes after Charlie Austin had forced Matt Phillips’ cross towards goal and then inadvertently diverted a header into the net on the hour when a free kick from Ale Faurlin caused panic in the heart of the Derby defence. Dawkins had equalised for the visitors after 23 minutes and Rangers did well to come back and win against stiff opposition but the whole thing was overshadowed by the latest cruciate knee ligament injury suffered by Faurlin in the second half which brought his season to a premature end.
QPR: Green 7; Simpson 7, Dunne 6, Hill 7, Assou-Ekotto 7; Faurlin 8 (Henry 77, 6), Barton 8; Hoilett 6 (Traore 80, -) , Jenas 7, Phillips 7; Austin 6
Subs not used: Johnson, Onyewu, Wright-Phillips, Chevanton, Murphy
Goals: Jenas 11 (assisted Phillips/Austin), 63 (assisted Faurlin)
Bookings: Faurlin 65 (foul), Hoilett 67 (foul)
Derby: Grant 6; Wisdom 7 (Bennett 90, -), Keogh 6, Buxton 6, Forsyth 6; Ward 7, Eustace 6, Bryson 6, Hughes 7, Dawkins 6 (Sammon 72, 6); Martin 5
Subs not used: Smith, Jacobs, Freeman, Ball, Morch
Goals: Dawkins 23 (assisted Ward/Buxton)
Bookings: Martin 26 (diving), Wisdom 41 (foul), Eustace 45 (foul), Forsyth 61 (foul)
QPR 0 Derby County 0, Monday April 18, 2011, Championship
QPR were on the cusp of the Championship title when these sides met at Lotus Road back in 2011. A win in front of the Sky cameras could have helped nudge the R’s over the line and the Derby goal led a charmed life at times but the visitors escaped with a point that kept their hosts sweating on not only on the pitch matters, but also the forthcoming Ale Faurlin FA hearing, a little while longer. Robbie Savage rejoiced in Tweeting after the match about his man marking job on Adel Taarabt but in truth the Moroccan had much the better of the first half and was unlucky not to score with a chipped effort cleared from the line.
QPR: Kenny 7, Orr 6, Gorkss 6, Connolly 6, Hill 6, Derry 7, Faurlin 6, Routledge 6 (Miller 83, -), Taarabt 6 (Agyemang 71, 5), Smith 7, Helguson 6 (Hulse 85, -)
Subs Not Used: Cerny, Buzsaky, Ephraim, Shittu
Booked: Routledge (dissent)
Derby: Jones 7, Brayford 6, Barker 7, Ayala 7, Roberts 6, Savage 6, Bailey 7, Pearson 7 (Anderson 89, -), Robinson 5, Ward 8, Steve Davies 6 (Leacock 90, -)
Subs Not Used: Atkins, Porter, Doyle, Bueno, Ben Davies
Booked: Savage (foul), Ayala (foul), Bailey (foul), Brayford (foul)
Derby County 2 QPR 2, Saturday August 28, 2010, Championship
Few games in the 2010/11 promotion season typified the spirit of Neil Warnock’s QPR side as the August trip to Derby County. Rangers scored twice in injury time at Pride Park to extend their unbeaten run on that ground to six matches. The Rams had seemed set for all three points when Kris Commons drilled home from close range just before half time and youngster James Bailey did likewise in the second half. But QPR got a goal back against the run of play when substitute Patrick Agyemang ran clear and cleverly rolled the ball home and when Paddy Kenny made a fine save in the fourth minute of added time to prevent Derby scoring a third there was still time to launch the ball down field and equalise through Jamie Mackie who peeled off his shirt and celebrated manically in front of the QPR fans.
Derby: Bywater 6, Brayford 6, Leacock 6, Barker 5, Roberts 6, Doyle 7 (Martin 57, 7), Green 7, Savage 8, Bailey 7, Commons 8 (Cywka 45, 8), Moxey 7 (Ball 90, -)
Subs Not Used: Deeney, Buxton, Pringle, O'Brien
Booked: Moxey (foul)
Goals: Commons 40 (assisted Moxey), Bailey 59 (assisted Cywka)
QPR: Kenny 7, Orr 6, Gorkss 6, Connolly 5, Hill 6, Derry 6 (Buzsaky 61, 6), Faurlin 5, Ephraim 6, Mackie 7, Helguson 5 (Agyemang 62, 6), Taarabt 6 (Clarke 69, 5)
Subs Not Used: Cerny, Leigertwood, Ramage, German
Booked: Hill (foul), Mackie (over celebrating)
Goals: Agyemang 90 +1 (assisted Clarke), Mackie 90+5 (unassisted)
Head to Head >>> QPR wins 15 >>> Draws 19 >>> Derby wins 21
2017/18 QPR 1 Derby 1 (Luongo)
2017/18 Derby 2 QPR 0
2016/17 Derby 1 QPR 0
2016/17 QPR 0 Derby 1
2015/16 QPR 2 Derby 0 (Chery, Angella)
2015/16 Derby 1 QPR 0
2013/14 Derby 0 QPR 1* (Zamora)
2013/14 Derby 1 QPR 0
2013/14 QPR 2 Derby 1 (Jenas 2)
2010/11 QPR 0 Derby 0
2010/11 Derby 2 QPR 2 (Agyemang, Mackie)
2009/10 QPR 1 Derby 1 (Cook)
2009/10 Derby 2 QPR 4 (Taarabt, Mahon, Simpson, Buzsaky pen)
2008/09 Derby 0 QPR 2 (Routledge, Leigertwood)
2008/09 QPR 0 Derby 2
2006/07 Derby 1 QPR 1 (Rowlands)
2006/07 QPR 1 Derby 2 (Smith)
2005/06 QPR 1 Derby 1 (Nygaard)
2005/06 Derby 1 QPR 2 (Ainsworth, Gallen)
2004/05 Derby 0 QPR 0
2004/05 QPR 0 Derby 2
1990/91 Derby 1 QPR 1 (Wegerle)
1990/91 QPR 1 Derby 1 (Wegerle)
1989/90 Derby 2 QPR 0
1989/90 QPR 0 Derby 1
1988/89 QPR 0 Derby 1
1988/89 Derby 0 QPR 1 (Stein)
1987/88 Derby 0 QPR 2 (Allen, Fereday)
1987/88 QPR 1 Derby 1 (Bannister)
1982/83 Derby 2 QPR 0
1982/83 QPR 4 Derby 1 (Stainrod 2 Gregory, Fenwick pen)
1981/82 QPR 3 Derby 0 (Hazell, Fenwick, Flanagan)
1981/82 Derby 3 QPR 1 (Gregory)
1980/81 QPR 3 Derby 1 (Francis 2, Flanagan)
1980/81 QPR 0 Derby 0* (QPR won 5-3 on pens)
1980/81 Derby 3 QPR 3 (King 2, Langley)
1980/81 Derby 0 QPR 0*
1978/79 QPR 2 Derby 2 (Goddard, Walsh)
1978/79 Derby 2 QPR 1 (Howe)
1977/78 Derby 2 QPR 0
1977/78 QPR 0 Derby 0
1976/77 Derby 2 QPR 0
1976/77 QPR 1 Derby 1 (Givens)
1975/76 QPR 1 Derby 1 (Nutt)
1975/76 Derby 1 QPR 5 (Bowles 3, Thomas, Clement)
1974/75 QPR 4 Derby 1 (Givens 3, Thomas)
1974/75 Derby 5 QPR 2 (Leach, Bowles)
1973/74 QPR 0 Derby 0
1973/74 Derby 1 QPR 2 (Francis, Bowles)
1972/73 Derby 4 QPR 2** (Leach, Givens)
1969/70 QPR 1 Derby 0** (Mackay og)
1967/68 Derby 4 QPR 0
1967/68 QPR 0 Derby 1
1947/48 Derby 5 QPR 0
1947/48 QPR 1 Derby 1 (Hartburn)
* - Play Off Final
Dave Webb >>> QPR 1974-1977 >>> Derby 1978-1980
Dave Webb is, unfortunately, more known for his connections to QPR’s bitter near neighbours Chelsea than his achievements at Loftus Road. He scored the winning goal in the 1970 FA Cup final replay for the Blues against Leeds and then collected a European Cup Winners’ Cup medal a year later into the bargain beating Real Madrid in the final after a replay.
Chelsea had actually been fortunate to get to a replay in that final, with Leeds dominant in the first game at Wembley and Webb absolutely tormented by winger Eddie Gray. For the replay, manager Dave Sexton moved Webb to centre back and used Ron Harris as a man marker on Gray to great effect. Webb headed in ian Hutchinson’s long throw to win the trophy in extra time.
He joined Rangers for £120,000 in the summer of 1974, one of the final signings made by Gordan Jago who’d won promotion with Rangers 12 months previous. But it was under Jago’s replacement Dave Sexton, remembered as one of QPR’s greatest ever managers, that Webb really started to excel.
Sexton had worked with Webb at Stamford Bridge during that prolific, trophy winning, era of the late 1960s and early 1970s but when ground improvements at Stamford Bridge almost bankrupted the club Sexton lost his best players like Peter Osgood and found himself out of a job. He arrived at QPR midway through the 1974/75 season and paired Webb at centre half with veteran former Arsenal star Frank McLintock.
Although he bizarrely retired from the game abruptly in February 1975 he returned soon after saying he’d resolved some personal business issues and he became known in W12 for his commitment and enthusiasm. Webb was a key part of the wonderful Rangers team that finished second to Liverpool in the First Division in 1975/76.
Webb missed a crucial penalty in a shoot-out defeat to AEK Athens in March 1977 but showed his sense of humour and character by placing the ball on the spot at the Loft End during the warm up of the following match and slamming it home with a wry smile. After 147 appearances for Rangers, and 11 goals, he spent the 1977/78 season with Leicester City, and 1978-1980 with Derby where he made 26 appearances.
He then moved into management with player-manager positions at Bournemouth and later Torquay. He has had three separate spells in charge of Southend as well as stints with Chelsea, Brentford and Yeovil.
Webb had initially started as a junior at West Ham but joined near neighbours Leyton Orient and made his senior debut for them in 1963 after failing to make the grade at Upton Park. He made 75 appearances for Southampton before the successful six year stint at Chelsea.
Others >>> Steve McClaren Derby (manager) 2013-2015, 2016-2017, QPR (manager) 2018-present, (coach) 2013 >>> Rob Hulse QPR 2010-2012, Derby 2008-2010 >>> Tommy Smith, QPR 2010-2012, Derby 2004-2006 >>> Tamas Priskin, Derby (loan) 2010-2011, QPR (loan) 2010 >>> Dean Sturridge, Derby County 1991-2001, QPR 2005-2006 >>> Bob Malcolm, QPR 2007-2008, Derby 2006-2008 >>> Inigo Idiakez QPR 2007, Derby 2003-2004 >>> Adam Bolder, QPR 2007-2009, Derby 2000-2007 >>> Lee Camp, Derby 2002-2007, QPR (loan) 2004, (loan) 2007, 2007-2009 >>> Dexter Blackstock QPR 2006-2009, Derby (loan) 2005 >>> Ian Evatt, QPR 2005-2007, Derby 1999-2003 >>> Warren Barton, QPR 2003-2004, Derby 2002-2003 >>> Paul Peschisolido, Derby 2004-2007, QPR (loan) 2000 >>> Kevin Lisbie Derby (loan) 2006, QPR (loan) 2000-2001 >>> Mikkel Beck QPR (loan) 2000, Derby 1999 >>> Danny Dichio, Derby (loan) 2003, QPR 1993-1997 >>> John Gregory, QPR (manager) 2006-2007, 1981-1985, Derby 1985-1988, (manager) 2002-2003 >>> Jim Smith Derby 1995-2001, QPR 1985-1988 >>> Paul Goddard, Derby 1988-1989, QPR 1977-1980 >>> Leighton James, QPR 1977-1978, Derby 1975-1977 >>> Steve Wicks, QPR 1981-1986, 1979-1981, Derby 1978-1979 >>> Gary Micklewhite Derby 1985-1993, QPR 1979-1985 >>> Don Masson, Derby 1977-1978, QPR 1974-1977 >>> Gordon Hill, QPR 1979-1981, Derby 1978-1979 >>> Dave Webb, Derby 1978-1980, QPR 1974-1977
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