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Leeds beaten in Wilkins' first game - History
Tuesday, 26th Feb 2019 08:22 by Clive Whittingham

Ahead of tonight's home game with Leeds, we look back to a meeting between the sides at Loftus Road from 1994 when Ray Wilkins was in the QPR dugout for the first time as manager.

Memorable Match

QPR 3 Leeds United 2, Saturday November 19, 1994, Premier League

Queens Park Rangers had actually started the 1994/95 Premier League season reasonably well. The famed fifth-placed, top London club campaign of 1992/93 had given way to a fractious 1993/94 marked by the increasingly angry campaigns by supporters against chairman Richard Thompson.

But with Kevin Gallen finally being unleashed on the first team after smashing Jimmy Greaves’ scoring records at youth level, there was a good deal more optimism around the place at the start of the new year. An early red card for Clive Wilson, and harshly disallowed goal from Gallen, at Old Trafford on day one, and subsequent 2-0 defeat, was perhaps to be expected but Gallen had scored at the Loft End on his home debut later that week to seal a thrilling 3-2 victory against Sheff Wed and Gerry Francis’ side was up and running.

But all was not well behind the scenes. Thompson, still in situ, had hatched a plan to bring in club legend Rodney Marsh as a director of football in charge of transfers, reducing Francis to a head coach role. It was, the manager felt, a deliberate attempt to force him to resign.

Francis said: “Rodney Marsh, who the board knew I didn’t get on with, was parading around, and I felt I had to resign. I was fuming. We’d already had had the chairman’s car turned over just before because the club wanted to sell Les, and I didn’t.

“After finishing fifth previously and selling players for the last two years like Andy Sinton, Paul Parker and Darren Peacock, wanting to sell Les was frankly, a kick in the teeth. I told the board if you sell him, we get relegated, and it took 15 years to get back.

“They wanted me to resign so they could sell Les whenever they wanted to, because earlier they promised me they wouldn’t. It was emotional. I was having to leave a club I didn’t want to after 20 years of effort - and disappointed was an understatement.”

Marsh has since explained, on the QPR Podcast and QPRNet among others, that he’d been led to believe Francis was on board with the plans, and that he would meet him to discuss it first before any announcement was made.

Marsh said: “A lot of people were anti Richard Thompson at the time but I always found him to be an extremely astute businessman and a very clever man too. I certainly didn’t see the demise of QPR, all I saw was potential success. QPR’s collapse coincided with Richard Thompson leaving the club and Chris Wright taking over. You couldn’t possibly predict it at that time and I don’t think you can blame Richard Thompson.

“I told the truth at the time, I told it in the book and I’ll tell it to you again now. The first thing I said to Richard Thompson was before we do anything I want to meet with Gerry Francis. That was the first thing I said, so how in the world that ever got misplaced I don’t know.”

On the pitch Rangers had lost Ray Wilkins to Crystal Palace that summer and went on a run after the Sheff Wed game of nine league games without a win. A 4-2 loss at Norwich and farcical 4-3 home defeat to Man City in the League Cup, despite the R’s scoring after ten seconds straight off the kick off, led into a hard won victory at home to Aston Villa with Gary Penrice settling nerves in injury time, running the ball half the length of the field into the empty goal at the Loft End.

That Monday, live on Sky, Les Ferdinand put in an inspired display to help beat Liverpool 2-1 in Shepherd’s Bush, but with Marsh in the director’s box adjusting his QPR scarf and Francis’ face like thunder the writing was on the wall. He left a week later after a defeat at Newcastle.

Although things would not turn out as hoped and planned, Ray Wilkins was a clear and obvious choice to return as boss. He was in the dugout for the first time the next Saturday for the visit of Howard Wilkinson’s inconsistent Leeds United side.

Rangers started like a train. Making light of a typically difficult Loftus Road pitch the R’s put together a flowing move after half an hour with Clive Wilson, Les Fedinand, Simon Barker and former Leeds man Steve Hodge all involved down the left side culminating in Hodge playing the ball into the area for Gallen to hold up and set back to Ferdinand who powered an emphatic effort in from 15 yards.

The deadly strike duo combined again five minutes later when Gallen got to the byline down the left and whipped a devilish ball back into the goal mouth where Ferdinand headed home from point blank range.

So far, so good, but when club captain Alan McDonald inexplicably nutmegged his own goalkeeper Sieb Dykstra from eight yards out at the start of the second half, under little pressure, the nerves started to tell. The goal Gallen richly deserved, finished with real composure as the ball hung at an awkward height and narrow angle after he’d rounded John Lukic, once again should have settled proceedings. Dykstra though quickly let a routine shot from Brian Deane squirm beneath him to set up a seemingly never-ending final 15 minutes which Rangers were just about able to see through to get Wilkins off to a winning start.

That fine form continued, pretty much for the rest of the season, which also included a run to the quarter finals of the FA Cup and that memorable last-second victory against Millwall along the way.

But Francis, who went on to take the vacant job at Spurs, was to be proved right. Ferdinand was sold to Newcastle that summer, QPR were relegated the season after.

QPR: Dykstra; Yates, McDonald, Ready, Wilson; Impey, Hodge (Holloway 80), Barker, Sinclair; Gallen Ferdinand

Subs: Roberts, Penrice

Leeds: Lukic; Kelly, Weatherall, Radebe (White 46), Worthington; Wallace, Speed, McAllister, Palmer; Deane, Whelan

Subs: Beeney, Pemberton

Other Highlights >>> QPR 2 Leeds 1, 92/93 >>> QPR 4 Leeds 1 91/92 >>> Leeds 2 QPR 3 1990 >>> Leeds 2 QPR 1 FA Cup 86/87 >>> QPR 2 Leeds 0 75/76 >>> Leeds 2 QPR 2, 73/74

Recent Meetings

QPR 2 Leeds 1, Sunday January 6, 2019, FA Cup third round

QPR won an FA Cup game outright for the first time in 22 years when these sides met at Loftus Road at the start of January. An early lead provided from the penalty spot by Aramide Oteh after Jake Bidwell was fouled was soon cancelled out by a horrendous Matt Ingram error and goal from close range by Halme. Walker had already hit the inside of both posts in the first minue for the visitors and when Ingram later fluffed a pass back it looked like another cup horror story was on the cards for Rangers. But Bidwell won the game late on with a flying header from a Luke Freeman corner to set up a round four trip to Portsmouth.

QPR: Ingram 5; Kakay 6, Furlong 7, Hall 6, Bidwell 8; Scowen 7, Cousins 7; Osayi-Samuel 7 (Wszolek 86, -), Eze 6 (Smith 90, -), Freeman 8; Oteh 7 (Chair 83, -)

Subs not used: Lumley, Manning, Baptiste, Smyth

Goals: Oteh 23 (penalty, won Bidwell), Bidwell 75 (assisted Freeman)

Bookings: Furlong 72 (foul), Kakay 90+3 (dissent)

Leeds: Peacock-Farrell 7; Shackleton 6, Ayling 6, Halme 5 (Pearce 45, 5 (Temenuzhkovat 79, 5)) Davis 5 (Odour 87, -); Forshaw 7, Clarke 6; Baker 6, Roberts 7, Alioski 6; Harrison 6

Goals: Halme 25 (assisted Baker)

Subs not used: Huffer, Diaz, Stevens, Gotts

Bookings: Halme 20 (foul), Alioski 84 (repetitive fouling), Baker 88 (foul)

Leeds 2 QPR 1, Saturday December 8, 2018, Championship

Leeds striker Kemar Roofe proved the scourge of QPR once again with a pair of goals either side of half time as QPR lost narrowly in a deluge at Elland Road in early December. Rangers had taken the lead after weathering an early Leeds storm, Nahki Wells silencing the home crowd by mugging off two defenders before sliding home from the edge of the box. But Rangers sank too deep protecting that lead and eventually succumbed to Roofe’s first scrambled effort from close range depe in first half stoppage time. With Geoff Cameron off injured at half time and Rangers still regrouping, Toni Leistner was harshly judged to have handled in the area and Roofe converted Leeds’ first penalty in 59 matches. A later appeal by Matt Smith for a QPR spot kick was waved away and Jake Bidwell’s audacious late attempt to chip the keeper was saved by Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Leeds: Peacock-Farrell 6; Shackleton 7, Jansson 5, Phillips 5, Douglas 6; Forshaw 6; Alioski 6, Saiz 6 (Halme 81, 7), Klich 6, Hernandez 8 (Clarke 86, -); Roofe 8

Subs not used: Bamford, Huffer, Harrison, Baker, Davis

Goals: Roofe 45+3 (assisted Hernandez), 52 (penalty, won Roofe)

Bookings: Klich 33 (foul), Phillips 63 (foul)

QPR: Lumley 6; Rangel 6, Leistner 5, Lynch 5, Bidwell 6; Cameron 6 (Scowen 46, 6), Luongo 6; Wszolek 5 (Osayi-Samuel 73, 6), Eze 6 (Smith 78, 5), Freeman 6; Wells 6

Subs not used: Ingram, Furlong, Cousins, Hemed

Goals: Wells 26 (unassisted)

Bookings: Scowen 48 (foul), Leistner 52 (dissent), Rangel 76 (foul), Lynch 85 (nearly Christmas)

Leeds United 2 QPR 0, Sunday May 6, 2018, Championship

Leeds completed a comfortable double against QPR for 2017/18 with an easy win on the final day of the campaign in what turned out to be the last game in charge for both Paul Heckinbottom and Ian Holloway. A typically random Holloway team selection with Darnell Furlong and Jake Bidwell at centre half had already looked vulnerable from several corners before perennial scourge of the R’s Kemar Roofe, who’d scored a hat trick at Loftus Road before Christmas, hooked in the first from a set piece on 30 minutes. A misplaced kick from Joe Lumley gave Kalvin Phillips the chance to make it two and kill the game straight after half time. Rangers weren’t at the races.

Leeds: Peacock-Farrell 6; Ayling 7, Jansson 6 (Pennington 46, 6), Cooper 6, Pearce 8; Phillips 7, Vieira 6; Forshaw 7 (O’Kane 87, -), Alioksi 6, Roofe 7 (Edmondson 74,6); Ekuban 5

Subs not used: Lonergan, Lasogga, Saiz, Sacko

Goals: Roofe 30, Phillips 47

Bookings: Alioski 54 (foul), Edmondson 81 (foul), Phillips 86 (foul)

QPR: Lumley 5; Wszolek 5 (Smyth 67, 5), Furlong 6, Bidwell 5, Manning 6; Cousins 4, Scowen 6, Chair 5 (Osayi-Samuel 60, 5); Freeman 6, Eze 5 (Oteh 73, 5), Smith 5

Subs not used: Ingram, Kakay, Hamalainen, Owens

Bookings: Furlong 63 (foul), Scowen 84 (foul), Bidwell 90+1 (foul)

QPR 1 Leeds United 3, Saturday December 9, 2017, Championship

QPR’s winter slump continued with a defeat to Leeds in December that, once again, extended a winless run to six matches under Ian Holloway. A tight first half had seen Luke Freeman and Conor Washington miss from close range but the visitors cut loose after half time with three goals from former Oxford man Kemar Roofe. The first was a close range header on the hour, the second a volley from only slightly further out five minutes later and the hat trick goal was swept under Alex Smithies in an injury time counter attack. QPR scored with their first shot on target just prior to that, pawel Wszolek’s chipped through ball allowed to bounce in by hapless keeper Weidwald, but the German redeemed himself by rushing out to stop Idrissa Sylla making it 2-2 just before Roofe sealed the game. Roofe hadn’t scored in nine matches prior to that and has only managed four in 16 since.

QPR: Smithies 6; Wszolek 6, Onuoha 6, Robinson 6, Bidwell 6 (Sylla 71, 5); Scowen 6 (Hall 78, 6), Freeman 6, Luongo 6, Chair 6 (Osayi-Samuel 64, 5); Washington 5, Smith 6

Subs not used: Cousins, Manning, Lumley, Wheeler

Goals: Wszolek 89 (unassisted)

Bookings: Scowen 20 (foul), Luongo 55 (foul)

Leeds: Weidwald 5; Ayling 6, Jansson 7, Cooper 7, Beradi 6; Vieira 7 (Pennington 80, -), Phillips 7; Alioski 7 (O’Kane 70, 6), Saiz 8, Roofe 8; Ekuban 5 (Cibicki 38, 6)

Subs not used: Lonergan, Borthwick-Jackson, Anita, Shaughnessy

Goals: Roofe 63 (assisted Alioski), 64 (assisted Cibicki), 90+4 (assisted Saiz)

Bookings: Phillips 29 (foul), Vieira 56 (foul), Alioski 60 (dissent)

Leeds United 0 QPR 0, Saturday March 11, 2017, Championship

Everything but the goal for impressive QPR at the peak of their 2016/17 powers at Elland Road when these sides met in March. With four wins from the previous five, and a 5-1 win against Rotherham to come the following week, QPR played superbly against fourth-placed Leeds, shutting the division’s top marksman Chris Wood out of the game and failing to score only because Conor Washington started his shot around Rob Green out too wide of the post and couldn’t bring it back in. Where it all went wrong from there possibly lies in the team selection – Furlong, Onuoha, Hall, Wszolek and Matt Smith all in from the start.

Leeds: Green 6; Ayling 7, Bartley 6, Jansson 6, Berardi 5; Bridcutt 6, Vieira 6 (O’Kane 78, 6); Roofe 6 (Sacko 60, 6), Hernandez 6, Pedraza 6 (Doukara 73, 5); Wood 5

Subs not used: Cooper, Silvestri, Taylor, Dallas

Bookings: Ayling 35 (foul), Alfonso 48 (foul), Bridcutt 66 (foul), O’Kane 90+4 (ungentlemanly)

QPR: Smithies 6; Furlong 6, Onuoha 8, Lynch 7, Bidwell 6; Freeman 8, Hall 7, Luongo 7; Wszolek 7 (Ngbakoto 79, 6), Smith 6 (Sylla 78, 6), Washington 6 (Mackie 80, 6)

Subs not used: Goss, Ingram, Manning, Morrison

Bookings: Bidwell 87 (foul), Mackie 90+4 (ungentlemanly)

QPR 3 Leeds United 0, Sunday August 7, 2016, Championship

There were few signs of the respective seasons to come for these two sides on the opening day at Loftus Road. Robert Green, making a swift return to W12 after a summer release, dropped one in his own net after five minutes to set the scene. All the spin about QPR’s ridiculously harsh pre-season under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink rang true as they ran Leeds off the park, eventually scoring a deserved second when Jordan Cousins won a penalty and Tjaronn Chery converted. Seb Polter volleyed a third in in injury time. Of the QPR players involved that day two have been sold, one has been bombed out, and three are out on loan. Leeds, meanwhile, have climbed into the promotion picture.

QPR: Smithies 6; Onuoha 7, Caulker 7, Hall 7, Bidwell 7; Gladwin 5 (Cousins 56, 7), Henry 8, Luongo 8, Shodipo 6 (El Khayati 68, 6); Chery 7 (Perch 88, -); Polter 8

Subs not used: Lynch, Washington, Ingram, Kpekawa

Goals: Bamba og 5 (assisted Chery/Onuoha), Chery 73 (penalty, won Cousins), Polter 90+3 (assisted Onuoha)

Bookings: Gladwin 25 (foul), Bidwell 31 (dissent)

Leeds: Green 3; Beradi 3 (Coyle 22, 6); Bartley 6, Bamba 4, Taylor 6; Viera 6, Diagouraga 4; Dallas 5, Grimes 5 (Antonsson 61, 4), Roofe 5 (Sacko 75, 7); Wood 4

Subs not used: Cooper, Turnbull, Mowatt, Phillips

Bookings: Grimes 57 (foul)

Leeds 1 QPR 1, Tuesday April 5, 2016, Championship

Two substitutions helped Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink salvage a point on his return to his former stomping ground Elland Road back in April. Another injury for the luckless Jamie Mackie saw Seb Polter step forward from the bench in the first half and when he drove into the penalty area four minutes from time and was felled it presented second half sub Tjaronn Chery with a chance to score from the spot. That was only an equaliser through, with Chris Wood scoring from close range on 70 minutes when Rangers were caught out by Murphy’s inswinging free kick.

Leeds: Peacock-Farrell 5; Beradi 6, Bellusci 4, Cooper 6, Taylor 6; Bridcutt 7, Murphy 6 (Diagouraga 83, -), Dallas 5 (Coyle 86, -), Cook 6; Carayol 6 (Mowatt 90, -), Wood 6

Subs not used: Bamba, Adeyemi, Grimes, Antenucci

Goals: Wood 70 (assisted Murphy)

QPR: Smithies 5; Onuoha 6, Hall 6, Angella 5, Perch 5; Phillips 5, Luongo 5, Faurlin 5, Hoilett 7 (Chery 74, 6); Washington 4 (El Khayati 80, -), Mackie 4 (Polter 24, 5)

Subs not used: Gladwin, Henry, Ingram, Robinson

Goals: Chery 86 (penalty, won Polter)

QPR 1 Leeds 0, Saturday November 28, 2014, Championship

Neil Warnock enjoyed a revenge mission against his former employers with a 1-0 win at Loftus Road when these sides last met on this ground. The reliance on Charlie Austin, now thankfully subsided following his departure, was clear for all to see as he settled a drab match with almost his first touch as a second half substitute – powering in a header from Ale Faurlin’s corner. Earlier Robert Green had come tearing out of his area for no good reason leaving Chris Wood to run in behind him but the new Zealand forward took too long over his finish. Leeds didn’t muster a serious shot on target all game and would have lost by more but the form of their goalkeeper Silvestri who saved brilliantly from Hall and Chery late in the second half.

QPR: Green 5; Perch 6, Onuoha 7, Hall 7, Konchesky 6; Petrasso 6 (Austin 57, 7), Sandro 7, Faurlin 8, Yun 6 (Chery 57, 7), Hoilett 7 (Henry 89, -), Phillips 6

Subs not used: Luongo, Smithies, Angella, Tozser

Goals: Austin 58 (assisted Faurlin)

Leeds: Silvestri 7; Wootton 5, Belusci 5, Cooper 5, Taylor 5; Mowatt 6 (Botaka 67, 5), Bridcutt 6, Cook 6, Dallas 6; Antenucci 5 (Erwin 80, -), Wood 4

Subs not used: Byram, Murphy, Doukara, Adeyemi, Peacock-Farrell

Booked: Bridcutt 6 (foul), Wootton 35 (foul), Cook 82 (foul)

QPR 1 Leeds 1, Saturday March 1, 2014, Championship

QPR had a last-second volley from Clint Hill ruled out for offside when these sides met at Loftus Road during the 2013/14 season, as Harry Redknapp's promotion-chasing side was forced to settle for a televised draw. The R's had an early let-off when Ross McCormack saw a penalty saved by Rob Green after a foul by Richard Dunne, but McCormack curled one in from a 25 yard free kick moments later to give the visitors the lead. Jermaine Jenas' well-taken equaliser before half time looked to have set the R's up for a win when Hill volleyed home in stoppage time but the offside flag cut celebrations short.

QPR: Green 6; Hughes 5 Onuoha 6 Dunne 5, Hill 6; Hoilett 4 (Keane 62, 5), Jenas 6 (Carroll 81, -), Henry 6, Traore 6; Morrison 6 (Benayoun 85, -), Doyle 6

Subs: Suk-Young, Murphy, Maiga, Sendels-White

Goals: Jenas 44 (assisted Doyle)

Bookings: Jenas 59 (foul), Henry 87 (foul)

Leeds: Butland 6; Peltier 6, Lees 6, Pearce 6, Warnock 6; Kebe 5 (Byram 90+6, -), Murphy 6 (Brown 80, -), Austin 6, Stewart 6 (Mowatt 70, 6); McCormack 7, Wickham 6

Subs not used: Hunt, Smith, Wootton, Cairns

Goals: McCormack 14 (unassisted)

Bookings: Warnock 32 (foul), Kebe 46 (foul), Mowatt 90+2 (foul)

Leeds 0 QPR 1, Saturday August 31, 2013, Championship

The first meeting between these sides that season was hardly a treat for the Saturday lunchtime television audience either, but it provided a vital three points for QPR at Elland Road. The R’s had the ball in the net before half time through Joey Barton but the midfielder was incorrectly flagged offside and the goal ruled out. Clint Hill scored one that did count 15 minutes from time and despite Rudolph Austin striking the Rangers crossbar from improbable range with the final kick of the game the London side were reasonably good value for a hard fought, scrappy victory.

Leeds: Kenny 6; Peltier 6, Wootton 6, Pearce 6, Warnock 5; Murphy 6, Green 6 (Diouf 80, -), Austin 7, McCormack 5; Varney 5 (Smith 57, 6), Hunt 5 (Poleon 57, 6)

Subs not used: Ashdown, Drury, Lees, Tonge

QPR: Green 6; Simpson 7, Dunne 7, Onuoha 7, Hill 7; O’Neil 5 (Hoilett 64, 7), Henry 6 (Faurlin 72, 6), Barton 7, Wright-Phillips 6; Johnson 6 (Jenas 88, -), Austin 6

Subs not used: Murphy, Suk-Young, Zamora, Shariff

Goals: Hill 75 (assisted Barton)

Bookings: Hill 86 (foul)

QPR 1 Leeds United 2, Saturday May 9, 2011, Championship

Technically QPR had sealed their status as champions of the second tier, and promotion to the Premier League, with a 2-0 win at Watford the week before the final game of the 2010/11 season at home to Leeds. However a hearing over the legitimacy of the Ale Faurlin transfer, which only started four days before the final game of the season and subsequently dragged on until 45 minutes before kick off, meant the whole thing was in doubt right down to the wire. In the end the FA decided that although QPR had gained a sporting advantage by conducting the transfer in the illegal manner they did, a points deduction was not necessary and Rangers were free to lift the trophy. It was a generous decision, owing more to the timing than the evidence, but the whole process had taken a lot out of Neil Warnock’s team. Despite Heidar Helguson scoring from close range in the first 30 seconds Leeds fought back and scored two of their own through Max Gradel and Ross McCormack to win 2-1 – thereby inflicting QPR’s only double defeat of the promotion season. Not many around Shepherds Bush cared though, and the party continued long into the night.

QPR: Cerny 5, Orr 6, Connolly 6, Gorkss 6, Hill 6 (Ramage 65, 6), Derry 7, Faurlin 6, Routledge 6, Buzsaky 7 (Taarabt 55, 5), Smith 6, Helguson 6 (Shittu 72 6)

Subs Not Used: Putnins, Agyemang, Moen, Ephraim

Booked: Taarabt (dissent)

Goals: Helguson 1 (assisted Smith)

Leeds: Schmeichel 6, Connolly 6, Naylor 6 (Kisnorbo 79, 7), O'Brien 6, Lichaj 6, Gradel 7 (Watt 85, -), Kilkenny 6, Howson 6, Johnson 6, McCormack 7, Paynter 5 (Somma 65, 6)

Subs Not Used: Higgs, Bruce, Livermore, Bromby

Goals: Gradel 38 (assisted Naylor), McCormack 68 (unassisted)

Leeds United 2 QPR 0, Saturday December 18, 2010, Championship

QPR suffered their first away defeat of their 2010/11 promotion season at Elland Road in December. Having gone 19 games unbeaten at the start of the season, culminating in a 2-1 home win against nearest promotion rivals Cardiff, the R’s then collapsed to two defeats in a week with near neighbours Watford winning 3-1 at Loftus Road and then Leeds out muscling them in West Yorkshire. QPR missed great chances at the start of each half – Tommy Smith lobbing Kaspar Schmeichel but missing the goal as well in the first five minutes, and Adel Taarabt having a goal bound volley blocked away right after half time. But in between those two incidents Max Gradel had slammed in a loose ball in the penalty area and then in the second period with QPR overcommitted and Fitz Hall backing away at a terrifying rate Gradel ran through to add a second. Ultimately only some fine late saves from Paddy Kenny kept the score down.

Leeds: Schmeichel 6, Connolly 6, Bruce - (Bromby 11, 7), Collins 7, McCartney 6, Kilkenny 7, Howson 7, Johnson 7, Gradel 7 (Sam 76, 7),Becchio 8 (Paynter 90, -), Snodgrass 7

Subs Not Used: Higgs, Faye, Somma, McCormack

Booked: Connolly (fighting)

Goals: Gradel 25 (assisted Becchio), 70 (unassisted)

QPR Kenny 7, Orr 6, Gorkss 6, Connolly 5, Hill 4 (Hall 46, 5), Derry 5, Walker 5, Mackie 6, Smith 6 (Ephraim 75, 5), Taarabt 6, Hulse 6 (Helguson 75, 5)

Subs Not Used: Cerny, Clarke, Rowlands, Tofas

Booked: Orr (foul), Hill (foul)

QPR 2 Leeds United 2, Tuesday August 8, 2006, Championship

Right at the very beginning of the 2006/07 season, Rangers and Leeds shared the spoils in an opening night Loftus Road thriller. After a meek 2-0 defeat on day one at Burnley QPR looked set to par the course again when Eddie Lewis gave the visitors the lead midway through the second half. Step forward young Ray Jones, who combined with Shabazz Baidoo in the final half an hour of the game as a substitute to win QPR a famous point. Rangers drew level with a Martin Rowlands penalty after a generous decision from referee Kevin Friend who adjudged Gareth Ainsworth to have been fouled in the box. From the kick off Geoff Horsfield restored Leeds lead with just eight minutes to go but Baidoo scrambled an equaliser and Jones went within a whisker of winning the game outright in stoppage time.

QPR: P Jones 9, Bignot 4 (Baidoo 76, 8), Rose 4, Stewart 4, Milanese 5, Ainsworth 7, Lomas 7, Rowlands 7 (Bircham 89, -), Cook 7, Ward 7, Czerkas 5 (Jones 54, 7).

Subs not used: Cole, Kanyuka.

Goals: Rowlands 80 (pen), Baidoo 90

Bookings: Stewart 39

Leeds United: Warner 7, Kelly 7, Crainey 5, Butler 7, Healy 7 (Carole 76, 6), Horsfield 8 (Moore 84, -), Lewis 7, Stone 8, Bakke 7 (Westlake 50, 6), Derry 6, Kilgallon 6.

Subs not used: Gregan, Blake.

Goals: Lewis 65, Horsfield 82

Bookings: Crainey 6, Derry 45, Warner 79, Kilgallon 90

Previous Results

Head to Head >>> QPR wins 19 >>> Draws 16 >>> Leeds wins 23

2018/19 QPR 2 Leeds 1** (Oteh, Bidwell)

2018/19 Leeds 2 QPR 1 (Wells)

2017/18 Leeds 2 QPR 0

2017/18 QPR 1 Leeds 3 (Wszolek)

2016/17 Leeds 0 QPR 0

2016/17 QPR 3 Leeds 0 (Bamba og, Chery, Polter)

2015/16 Leeds 1 QPR 1 (Chery)

2015/16 QPR 1 Leeds 0 (Austin)

2013/14 QPR 1 Leeds 1 (Jenas)

2013/14 Leeds 0 QPR 1 (Hill)

2010/11 QPR 1 Leeds 2 (Helguson)

2010/11 Leeds 2 QPR 0

2006/07 Leeds 0 QPR 0

2006/07 QPR 2 Leeds 2 (Rowlands pen, Baidoo)

2005/06 Leeds 2 QPR 0

2005/06 QPR 0 Leeds 1

2004/05 QPR 1 Leeds 1 (Gallen)

2004/05 Leeds 6 QPR 1 (Ainsworth)

1995/96 QPR 1 Leeds 2 (Gallen)

1995/96 Leeds 1 QPR 3 (Dichio 2, Sinclair)

1994/95 Leeds 4 QPR 0

1994/95 QPR 3 Leeds 2 (Ferdinand 2, Gallen)

1993/94 QPR 0 Leeds 4

1993/94 Leeds 1 QPR 1 (Meaker)

1992/93 Leeds 1 QPR 1 (Ferdinand)

1992/93 QPR 2 Leeds 1 (Bardsley, Ferdinand)

1991/92 QPR 4 Leeds 1 (Ferdinand, Allen, Sinton, Wilson pen)

1991/92 Leeds 2 QPR 0

1990/91 QPR 2 Leeds 0 (Wegerle, Barker)

1990/91 QPR 0 Leeds 3*

1990/91 Leeds 2 QPR 3 (Wegerle 2, Wilkins)

1986/87 Leeds 2 QPR 0**

1982/83 QPR 1 Leeds 0 (Hart og)

1982/83 Leeds 0 QPR 1 (Allen)

1978/79 Leeds 4 QPR 3 (Walsh, Roeder, Busby)

1978/79 QPR 0 Leeds 2*

1978/79 QPR 1 Leeds 4 (Eastoe)

1977/78 QPR 0 Leeds 0

1977/78 Leeds 3 QPR 0

1976/77 Leeds 0 QPR 1 (Eastoe)

1976/77 QPR 0 Leeds 0

1975/76 QPR 2 Leeds 0 (Thomas, Bowles)

1975/76 Leeds 2 QPR 1 (Bowles (pen))

1974/75 QPR 1 Leeds 1 (Givens)

1974/75 Leeds 0 QPR 1 (Francis)

1973/74 QPR 0 Leeds 1

1973/74 Leeds 2 QPR 2 (Thomas, Bowles)

1968/69 QPR 0 Leeds 1

1968/69 Leeds 4 QPR 1 (Wilks)

1951/52 QPR 0 Leeds 0

1951/52 Leeds 3 QPR 0

1950/51 Leeds 2 QPR 2 (Shepherd, Smith)

1950/51 QPR 3 Leeds 0 (Shepherd, Hatton (pen), Mills)

1949/50 QPR 1 Leeds 1 (Best)

1949/50 Leeds 1 QPR 1 (Pointon)

1948/49 QPR 2 Leeds 0 (Addinall 2)

1948/49 Leeds 1 QPR 2 (Gibbons, Pattison)

1931/32 QPR 3 Leeds 1** (Cribb, Rounce)

* - League Cup

** - FA Cup

Connections

Tony Ingham >>> Leeds 1947-1950 >>> QPR 1950-1963

Tony Ingham remains QPR’s record appearance holder to this day, despite leaving the club way back in 1963, and in the modern era it’s unlikely anybody is going to beat his 548 league and cup outings for the Super Hoops any time soon – particularly with the turnover of players at Loftus Road these days.

Ingham was born in Harrogate in 1925 and spotted playing local football there as a 22 year old just after the Second World War. He served in the Royal Navy during the conflict, and completed an electrical apprenticeship while playing part-time for Harrogate Town which is where the local league side Leeds United picked him up from. He’d intended to be a full time electrician until that point. He stayed at Elland Road for four years, but only made three appearances for the senior team after finding himself stuck behind first John Charles and then Jimmy Milburn.

He wasn’t exactly a regular at QPR either having moved down to London to join the R’s in 1950 for a fee of £5,000. He made his debut in a 2-1 home defeat by Doncaster Rovers in the Second Division in November 1950 (Cyril Hatton with the QPR goal) and only missed two matches for the rest of the season. Nevertheless, he started the 1951/52 campaign out of the side and, bar two outings at the end of November and beginning of December in 2-0 and 4-0 defeats to Birmingham and Leicester respectively, he didn’t start playing regularly again until the Christmas and New Year period when he was recalled for a 3-2 home win against Swansea Town.

Rangers were relegated from the Second Division into Third Division South that year. Ingham is quoted on the Leeds United history site saying: "One more point would have kept us up and we should have got that in one of our last games against Cardiff City. Alf Sherwood punched the ball off the line but the ref never saw it so we didn't even get a penalty let alone a goal. We were drawing at the time and that goal would have given us the extra point to stay up.”

But in his third season with the club he made the transition into first team regular, missing just three matches in the entire Division Three South campaign. He was rarely out of the starting 11 for the following decade after that – remarkably completing the 1956/57, 1957/58, 1958/59, 1959/60 and 1960/61 seasons without missing a single league or cup game - 272 consecutive appearances. That meant, amazingly, that having returned to the side after a four match absence for a 1-0 win against Exeter on February 25 1956 he didn’t miss another competitive match until a 1-1 draw at home to Bournemouth on September 16, 1961, some five and a half years later. Have that Armand Traore.

Left back isn’t a position conducive to prolific goal scoring of course, and for all his loyal service he only managed six in his entire time with the club before retiring in 1963. But he was around for the start of the Alec Stock and Jim Gregory revolution at Loftus Road which would see Loftus Road entirely redeveloped and the club eventually become a top flight regular. Gregory dissuaded Ingham from leaving W12 in the early 1960s with an offer to stay on at the club after his retirement.

Despite being a born and bred northerner, he came to call London and QPR home, staying on at Loftus Rod in various capacities for many years afterwards back in the days when a job at QPR was a job for life and people like the late Daphne Biggs would be around the club for decades. Ingham was commercial manager, club secretary and on the board of directors at various points. He had a suite in the South Africa Road stand named after him in recognition of his commitment and long service.

Ingham died in April 2010 aged 85 following an illness.

Others >>> Paddy Kenny, Leeds 2012-2014, QPR 2010-2012 >>> Neil Warnock, Leeds (manager) 2012-2013, QPR (manager) 2015-present, 2010-2012 >>> Hogan Ephraim, QPR 2007-2013, Leeds (loan) 2009-2010 >>> Shaun Derry, QPR 2010-2013, Leeds 2005-2008 >>> Rob Hulse, QPR 2010-2013, Leeds 2005-2006 >>> Liam Milller, QPR 2009, Leeds (loan) 2005-2006 >>> Simon Walton, QPR 2007-2008, Leeds 2004-2006 >>> Serge Branco, QPR 2004-2005, Leeds 2004 >>> Jerome Thomas, Leeds (loan) 2012-2013, QPR (loan) 2002 >>> Clarke Carlisle, Leeds 2004-2005, QPR 2000-2004 >>> Vinnie Jones, QPR 1998-1999, Leeds 1989-1990 >>> Mark Hateley, QPR 1995-1997, Leeds (loan) 1996 >>> Steve Hodge, QPR 1994-1995, Leeds 1991-1994 >>> Dougie Freedman, Leeds (loan) 2008, QPR 1992-1994 >>> David Seaman, QPR 1986-1990, Leeds 1981-1982 >>> Paul Hart, QPR (sort of manager) 2009-2010, Leeds 1978-1983 >>> Tony Currie, QPR 1979-1982, Leeds 1976-1979 >>> Clive Clark, QPR 1968-1970, 1958-1960, Leeds 1957-1958 >>>Terry Venables, Leeds (manager) 2002-2003, QPR (manager) 1980-1984, 1969-1974 >>> Joe Jordan, QPR (coach) 2012-present, Leeds 1970-1978

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