Marsh's hat trick, Kelly's unhappy return - History
Friday, 23rd Oct 2020 15:20 by Clive Whittingham
We're all the way back to 1970/71 for the Memorable Match this week, as Rodney Marsh leads former QPR goalkeeper Mike Kelly a merry dance with a high quality hat trick in a thumping 5-2 victory at home to Birmingham City.
QPR 5 Birmingham City 2, Saturday October 17, 1970
QPR’s ill-fated first ever season of top flight football, which yielded just four wins (all at home) and saw the R’s concede 95 goals in 1968/69, was moving off into the distance in the rear-view mirror by the time 1970/71 rocked around in the Second Division. Rangers had consolidated in ninth in their first season back in the second tier, and would go onto finish eleventh this year before eventually winning promotion back to the First Division as runners up to Burnley in 1972/73.
A rebuilding was taking place, initially with former player Les Allen in charge, but Gordan Jago loomed large on the horizon and would take over the team in January. Perhaps the best performance of the Allen half of the season, and an indication of what QPR were capable of when they clicked, came against Birmingham City at Loftus Road in October. They’d already been beaten by Brum 2-1 at St Andrew’s on the opening day, part of a mediocre start of three wins and three draws from the first 11 games – a run that included a 6-2 loss to Middlesbrough and 5-1 victory against Orient.
The QPR team contained a mix of players who’d been part of the team to storm from Third Division to First via a League Cup success – Marsh, Hunt, Morgan – and those who would go onto form the backbone of the team that almost won the league title in 1975/76 – Parkes, Clement, Gillard, Venables and a young Gerry Francis on the bench. It was, however, beset by injuries, and on this day gave a debut to 20-year-old Andy McCulloch who’d signed professional forms for the first time in his life the Friday before, joining from Walton and Hersham.
Birmingham, meanwhile, had Mike Kelly in goal, who’d left Rangers to move to St Andrew’s that summer, and legendary striker Bob Latchford up front who’d go on to achieve fame and fortune with 106 goals in 236 appearances for Everton after leaving the second city. After starting the season with consecutive wins against QPR and Carlisle they’d only won one of nine since coming into the game and had spent £80,000 on Charlton midfielder Alan Campbell prior to the game.
Kelly was in for a long afternoon of torment at the hands of Marsh, tested early away to his right by a long range left foot strike from the mercurial forward after he’d cut in from the QPR right. Warning unheaded, Marsh scored a spectacular opener on five minutes. Little seemed on as Ian Gillard drew his boot back and launched a low crossfield ball from left back, but Robinson slipped allowing the ball to work its way through to Marsh who controlled with his left foot and then met the ball thunderously on his right from 25 yards, sending it screaming into the roof of the net, straight down the middle but beating Kelly through a combination of power and the earliness of the strike.
How it wasn’t 2-0 soon after nobody could quite work out as Marsh sprayed an intelligent ball to the right to bring Dave Clement into the game then peeled off into the area to meet the resulting cross firmly, beating Kelly all ends up, but hitting the underside of the bar. McCulloch met the rebound with a diving header that seemed certain to score, only to fly straight at Kelly who was now laid out on the ground having attempted the earlier save. No matter, after just a quarter of an hour panicked Birmingham contrived to give away a corner from Hockey’s misplaced back pass and Mike Ferguson’s beautifully flighted delivery was glanced into the far corner of the net with a flying header from Marsh once more.
Birmingham were soon back in it, despite a superb save off to the left initially by Parkes to deny Summerill, Latchford alert and able to convert the rebound just onside. But there was a third QPR goal to follow as Ferguson beautifully skipped round his man on the left, played a super little ball into Morgan who then spread the play for Marsh to release Venables first time. Kelly made an absolute mess of the resulting shot, which should have been easily saved, but the move leading up to it would grace any league in the world, and Rangers led 3-1. Make that 3-2 after just 20 minutes, Summerill crossing low for Latchford to slam in at the far post, and it would have been 3-3 but for a brilliant Parkes save in the bottom corner denying Vincent.
The second half began with Latchford, somehow, missing a stone-cold sitter from four yards at the Loft End, but Rangers quickly made it four when Ferguson swung over another devilish cross and debut boy McCulloch rose splendidly and met the ball firmly, guiding it down into the only part of the goal Kelly couldn’t really reach from that range. All that remained now was for Marsh to seal the win with his hat trick. Quite the hat trick goal as well, receiving the ball with his back to goal on the edge of the area surrounded by three, quickly working space with a double drag back, and then firing one into the far corner with the goalkeeper unsighted.
That was one of three consecutive wins for Rangers under Allen, but another nine match losing run lay around the corner. They would come home with a wet sail, winning seven and losing only one of the last ten under Jago. Birmingham did similar, with just five wins prior to mid-December but then a second half of the season that featured just three league defeats from 22 games. They finished ninth to QPR’s eleventh.
QPR: Parkes; Clement, Hazell, Watson, Gillard; Morgan, Hunt, Venables Ferguson; Marsh, McCulloch
Birmingham: Kelly; Thomson, Hynd, Beard, Martin; Campbell, Robinson, Hockey, Summerill; Latchford, Vincent
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QPR 2 Birmingham City 2, Saturday February 29, 2020, Championship
A rare Saturday February 29 outing produced a very Championship 2-2 draw between two midtable sides at Loftus Road last season. QPR’s propensity to concoct defensively calamitous goals against reared its head twice to Scott Hogan’s advantage, first running the ball into an empty net through a chaotic mess, than heading home unmarked from a corner – of course. In between, Marc Pugh and My Chemical Hugill both made short work of close range finishes after good approach work, notably from in-form Bright Osayi-Samuel. It was the last time we were at Loftus Road together, turning an heading for home from the Crown that night vowing to see everybody again next week. If only we’d known.
QPR: Kelly 6; Rangel 6, Barbet 6, Masterson 6, Manning 6; Ball 7, Cameron 6; Osayi-Samuel 8, Eze 7, Pugh 7 (Chair 74, 6); Hugill 7
Subs not used: Lumley, Kane, Amos, Shodipo, Clarke, Oteh
Goals: Pugh 51 (assisted Hugill), Hugill 55 (assisted Osayi-Samuel)
Birmingham: Camp 7; Colin 6, Roberts 6, Dean 6, Pedersen 5; Bela 7 (Montero 73, 6), Gardner 6, Sunjic 6, Crowley 6 (Kieftenbeld 83, -); Jutkiewicz 6, Hogan 8
Subs not used: Harding, Clarke-Salter, Mrabti, Bellingham, Trueman
Goals: Hogan 24 (assisted Colin), 81 (assisted Gardner)
Birmingham City 0 QPR 2, Wednesday December 11, 2019, Championship
Bright Osayi-Samuel lit up St Andrew’s with a spectacular goal as QPR won in the second city once again before Christmas. Grant Hall had already scrambled an opener against his former club from a first half corner when Osayi-Samuel took advantage of Maxime Colin’s yellow card for dissent and torched the full back down the outside. Unable to foul, Colin could do little against the winger’s pace and power and this time there was a finish to match, high into the roof of the net. Nahki Wells, waiting for a cut back, slightly less thrilled than the rest of us.
Birmingham: Trueman 6; Colin 5, Dean 6, Harding 6, Pedersen 5; McEachran 5, Sunjic 5; Maghoma 6, Bellingham 6 (Montero 64, 5), Bela 6 (Bailey 54, 5); Gimenez 5 (Jutkiewicz 53, 4)
Subs not used: Camp, Gardner, Davis, Bajrami
Bookings: Colin 51 (dissent), Maghoma 77 (foul)
QPR: Lumley 6; Kane 6, Hall 8, Leistner 6, Manning 7; Cameron 7, Amos 7 (Smith 90+2, -); Osayi-Samuel 7, Pugh 6 (Ball 71, 6), Eze 7; Wells 5 (Hugill 70, 5)
Subs not used: Wallace, Mlakar, Chair, Barnes
Goals: Hall 45+1 (assisted Eze), Osayi-Samuel 68 (unassisted)
Bookings: Leistner 61 (foul), Eze 90+1 (unsporting)
QPR 3 Birmingham City 4, Saturday February 9, 2019, Championship
QPR came within a missed penalty of salvaging a point from a game they trailed 4-0 in for the third time in the history of the club when these sides last met at Loftus Road in February. A first half defensive collapse with Joel Lynch at its heart saw Che Adams register a hat trick between 21 and 41 minutes, with Harlee Dean powering in a fourth in amongst it for good measure. There were people heading for home before the half time whistle but Matt Smith rekindled hope with a pair of goals immediately before and after the break. Rangers introduced Pawel Wszolek and laid siege to the Birmingham goal in the second half with our former keeper Lee Camp performing absolute heroics for his latest team. The visitors eventually cracked when Jordan Cousins lashed in his one and only goal for Rangers to set up a grand stand finish with ten minutes left and Matt Smith nearly equalised with his hat trick goal directly from the kick off. It felt like it was written, and when Luke Freeman was chopped by Craig Gardner in injury time the R’s had a penalty to complete the fairytale. Tragically, Camp went the right way and saved a weak kick to get his side over the line for a win.
QPR 1st Half: Lumley 3; Furlong 4, Hall 3, Lynch 2, Bidwell 4; Osayi-Samuel 6, Scowen 3, Luongo 5, Freeman 5; Smith 6, Wells 5
QPR 2nd half: Lumley 6; Leistner 7, Hall 5, Lynch 5 (Wszolek 61, 7); Furlong 6, Bidwell 6; Cousins 7, Freeman 8, Luongo 7; Wells 5, Smith 9
QPR Overall: Lumley 4; Furlong 5, Hall 4, Lynch 3 (Wszolek 61, 7), Bidwell 5; Osayi-Samuel 6 (Cousins 46, 7), Scowen 3 (Leistner 46, 7), Luongo 6, Freeman 7; Wells 5, Smith 8
Subs not used: Ingram, Eze, Manning, Hemed
Goals: Smith 41 (assisted Freeman), 48 (assisted Wells), Cousins 80 (assisted Freeman)
Bookings: Lynch 53 (foul)
Birmingham 1st half: Camp 6; Harding 7, Morrison 7, Dean 7, Colin 7; Gardner 7, Kieftenbeld 8, Maghoma 8, Jota 10; Jutkiewicz 8, Adams 10
Birmingham 2nd half: Camp 9; Harding 6, Morrison 5, Dean 5, Colin 6; G Gardner 7, Kieftenbeld 7, Maghoma 6 (C Gardner 74, 6), Jota 6; Jutkiewicz 6 (Mrabti 68, 5), Adams 7 (Vassell 82, -)
Birmingham overall: Camp 8; Harding 6, Morrison 6, Dean 6, Colin 6; G Gardner 7, Kieftenbeld 8, Maghoma 7 (C Gardner 74, 6), Jota 8; Jutkiewicz 7 (Mrabti 68, 5), Adams 9 (Vassell 82, -)
Subs not used: Pedersen, Mahoney, Davis, Trueman
Goals: Adams 21 (unassisted), 26 (assisted Jota), 42 (assisted Jota), Dean 36 (assisted Jota)
Bookings: Maghoma 58 (foul)
Birmingham City 0 QPR 0, Saturday September 1, 2018, Championship
The first meeting between these sides last season was one of the worst games of football I’ve ever seen before in my life.
Birmingham: Camp 6; Colin 5 (Harding 59, 6), Morrison 6, Dean 5, Pedersen 6; Maghoma 6, G Gardner 6, Kieftenbeld 6, Jota 6; Adams 6 (Solomon-Otabor 68, 6), Jutkiewicz 6 (Bogle 86, -)
Subs not used: Roberts, Mahoney, C Gardner, Trueman
Bookings: Maghoma 30 (foul), Pedersen 53 (foul)
QPR: Lumley 6; Rangel 6, Leistner 6, Lynch 6, Bidwell 6; Eze 6, Cousins 6, Luongo 5, Freeman 6; Wells 6 (Smith 85, -), Hemed 6 (Cameron 89, -)
Subs not used: Ingram, Baptiste, Osayi-Samuel, Wszolek, Smyth
QPR 3 Birmingham City 1, Saturday April 28, 2018, Championship
A QPR team containing Joe Lumley, Osman Kakay, Darnell Furlong, Ryan Manning, Ebere Eze, Ilias Chair and Bright Osayi-Samuel swept aside relegation-haunted Birmingham in April 2018 at Loftus Road despite having little to play for. Che Adams have the visitors the lead before the half hour but Osayi-Samuel smashed in his first goal for the club almost immediately to equalise and Rangers took the game away from the Blues in the second half with a close range effort from Chair and a rare goal with his feet from sub Matt Smith in stoppage time.
QPR: Lumley 6; Kakay 5 (Onuoha 67, 7), Furlong 7, Bidwell 7, Manning 7; Scowen 7; Eze 7, Chair 8, Freeman 8, Osayi-Samuel 7 (Mackie 69, 7); Sylla 5 (Smith 77, 7)
Subs not used: Smithies, Cousins, Smyth, Tilt
Goals: Osayi-Samuel 29 (assisted Chair), Chair 70 (assisted Freeman), Smith 90+2 (Unassisted)
Bookings: Manning 57 (foul), Chair 88 (foul)
Birmingham: Stockdale 7; Harding 5, Morrison 5, Roberts 5, Colin 5; Davis 5, Ndoye 5 (Gardner 73, 5); Jota 6, Adams 6 (Gallagher 57, 5), Maghoma 7; Jutkiewicz 4
Subs not used: Grounds, Kieftenbeld, Dacres-Cogley, Kuszczak, Lubala
Goals: Adams 27 (assisted Maghoma)
Bookings: Davis 63 (foul)
Birmingham City 1 QPR 2, Saturday December 16, 2017, Championship
QPR finally won their first away game of the season, their first win away from home in 18 attempts going back to February, with a 2-1 win at St Andrew’s just before Christmas. Rangers hadn’t won away since they beat Birmingham 4-1 the previous season but were on their way to another success on the same ground when Jack Robinson scored his first goal for the club, heading home Luke Freeman’s first half free kick. A rare mistake from Alex Smithies let Sam Gallagher in for an equaliser on the hour and the R’s started to drift out of the game before Robinson, out of the blue, whopped in a second from long range.
Birmingham: Stockdale 5; Colin 5, Morrison 5, Dean 5, Grounds 5; Davis 6 (Maghoma 75, 6), Gardner 5; Jota 5 (Jutkiewicz 87, -), Kieftenbeld 5, Boga 5; Gallagher 7
Subs not used: Nsue, Bramall, Ndoye, Trueman, Gleeson
Goals: Gallagher 57 (assisted Kieftenbeld)
Bookings: Gallagher 66 (foul)
QPR: Smithies 5; Baptiste 6, Onuoha 6, Robinson 8; Wszolek 6, Bidwell 7; Freeman 7 (Hall 88, -), Luongo 6, Scowen 7; Washington 5 (Samuel 84, -), Smith 6 (Sylla 75, 7)
Subs not used: Cousins, Lumley, Chair, Wheeler
Goals: Robinson 17 (assisted Freeman), 83 (assisted Freeman)
Bookings: Scowen 45+1 (foul), Smith 68 (repetitive fouling)
Birmingham City 1 QPR 4, Saturday February 18, 2017, Championship
The best performance and result of Ian Holloway’s second spell in charge subsequently turned out to be the last away win in 18 attempts. In the midst of a total meltdown under Gianfranco Zola at Birmingham, Rangers turned up and destroyed the hosts in the second half having gone in 1-0 up at half time through a Matt Smith header from a corner. Conor Washington doubled the lead straight after the break and then Idrissa Sylla and Yeni Ngbakoto added a third and fourth off the bench – the latter turned out to be QPR’s Goal of the Season. Nsue scored in injury time to wreck Alex Smithies’ clean sheet but this was a dominant display that promised so much more to come. Lol.
Birmingham: Kuszczak 6; Nsue 6, Cogley 5 (Koyunlu 45, 5), Shotton 5, Grounds 5; Keita 5 (Robinson 31, 5), Kieftenbeld 4, Tesche 5 (Storer 82, -), Stewart 7, Adams 5; Sinclair 5
Subs not used: Legzdins, Gleeson, O’Keefe, Bielik
Goals: Nsue 90+3 (assisted Adams)
Bookings: Tesche 21 (foul), Robinson 56 (dissent), Storer 87 (foul)
QPR: Smithies 6; Furlong 7, Onuoha 8, Lynch 7, Bidwell 6; Manning 8, Hall 7, Freeman 8; Washington 8 (Ngbakoto 85, -), Smith 8 (Sylla 80, -), Wszolek 7 (Lua Lua 85, -)
Subs not used: Mackie, Ingram, Luongo, Perch
Goals: Smith 18 (assisted Freeman), Washington 47 (unassisted), Sylla 84 (assisted Wszolek), Ngbakoto 88 (free kick – won Manning)
Bookings: Lynch 50 (foul), Bidwell 82 (foul), Manning 90 (foul)
QPR 1 Birmingham City 1, Saturday September 24, 2016, Championship
QPR had lost three on the spin, including a 6-0 home defeat to Newcastle, prior to the first meeting between these sides in September that seasn and must have feared the worst when Jutkiewicz headed in from close range to give Brum an early lead. But Steven Caulker headed in an equaliser from a Tjaronn Chery corner before half time and with substitute Pawel Wszolek impressing in the second half the R’s were unlucky not to win with Ledgzdins saving from Sylla and Borysiuk in particular.
QPR: Smithies 6; Onuoha 5, Caulker 6, Hall 5, Bidwell 6; Borysiuk 7, Luongo 6; Cousins 5 (Wzsolek 14, 7), Chery 6, Shodipo 6 (Polter 65, 5); Sylla 7
Subs not used: Lynch, Washington, Ingram, El Khayati, Henry
Goals: Caulker 39 (assisted Chery)
Bookings: Shodipo 35 (encroachment), Hall 89 (foul)
Birmingham: Ledgzdins 6; Spector 6, Shotton 5, Morrison 7, Grounds 6; Gleeson 6, Kieftenbeld 6; Davis 6 (Robinson 82, -), Adams 5 (Stewart 82, -), Maghoma 7; Jutkiewicz 6 (Storer 85, -)
Subs not used: Cotterill, Wiggins, Brown, Trueman
Goals: Jutkiewicz 23 (assisted Maghoma/Morrison)
Bookings: Kieftenbeld 68 (foul)
QPR 2 Birmingham City 0, Saturday February 27, 2016, Championship
One of QPR’s better performances of the 2015/16 campaign came in the home fixture against Birmingham City. The Blues were still well in the play-off mix at the time but Rangers set about them impressively and took the lead when James Perch fed Tjaronn Chery in the area and the Dutchman turned on the ball and cutely sought out the far corner. The lead was doubled before half time when Seb Polter was felled and Junior Hoilett converted the penalty and although Karl Henry had to clear from the goal line soon after half time, it was QPR who created the better chances in the second half and Massimo Luongo went close to making it three.
QPR: Smithies 6; Onuoha 7, Angella 7, Hall 6, Perch 7; Henry 7, Luongo 7, Phillips 6 (Washington 82, -), Chery 8 (Tozser 76, 6), Hoilett 6 (El Khayati 90+3, -); Polter 7
Subs not used: Konchesky, Faurlin, Ingram, Petrasso
Goals: Chery 35 (assisted Perch), Hoilett 38 (penalty, won Polter)
Birmingham: Kuszczak 6; Shotton 5, Morrison 5, Robinson 6, Grounds 6; Gleeson 6, Kieftenbeld 6 (Vaughan 71, 5); Cotterill 7, Fabbrini 4 (Toral 63, 6), Maghoma 6 (Buckley 79, 6); Donaldson 4
Subs not used: Legzdins, Spector, Davis, Caddis
Bookings: Fabbrini 15 (foul), Morrison 39 (foul), Donaldson 60 (dissent), Toral 81 (foul)
Birmingham City 2 QPR 1, Saturday October 17, 2015, Championship
Chris Ramsey’s position as QPR manager came under increased threat following this defeat. . Soon after co-chairman Tony Fernandes had publicly stated promotion meant everything to him this season the club picked an hour before the game at Birmingham to announce that Neil Warnock would be returning to the club in an advisory capacity. Things looked ok when Matt Phillips turned and fired in an opening goal but when Paul Konchesky let Paul Robinson in for a free header equaliser and Nedum Onuoha conceded a soft penalty for Paul Caddis to put Birmingham in front the away end turned nasty with chants for Ramsey’s head, Warnock’s elevation, and some nasty anti-German abuse for late substitute Seb Polter.
Birmingham: Kuszczak 6; Caddis 7, Morrison 7, Robinson 7, Grounds 6; Gleeson 6, Kieftenbeld 6, Davis 6 (Shinnie 74, 6); Gray 7, Donaldson 7 (Solomon-Otabor 87, -), Maghoma 7
Subs not used: Legzdins, Toral, Spector, Lowry, Brock-Madsen
Goals: Robinson 24 (assisted Gray), Caddis 63 (penalty, won Donaldson)
Bookings: Caddis 67 (kicking ball away)
QPR: Green 6; Perch 4, Onuoha 5, Hall 7, Konchesky 4; Henry 5, Sandro 6 (Tozser 72, 5); Phillips 5, Fer 6 (Luongo 71, 7), Chery 6; Emmanuel-Thomas 7 (Polter 84, -)
Subs not used: Doughty, Faurlin, Smithies, Angella
Goals: Phillips 16 (assisted Onuoha)
Bookings: Perch 24 (foul), Onuoha 63 (dissent)
Birmingham City 0 QPR 2, Saturday March 8, 2014, Championship
Both clubs were in something of a crisis when they met at St Andrew's in March 2014. QPR had suffered injuries to key players and won just one match in eight, killing off any hopes of automatic promotion. Accounts released earlier in the week showed the scale of the problem if promotion wasn't won. Brum meanwhile had seen owner Carson Yeung convicted of money laundering in Honk Kong in the lead up to the game and came into the match on a run of one win from 15 home matches. Ravel Morrison won the game for the visitors with a spectacular long range free kick in the first half, and a crisp finish on the end of a decent move in the second.
Birmingham: Randolph 6; Caddis 6, Ferguson 6 (Blackett 73, 6), Robinson 5, Spector 5; Ibe 6 (Novak 67, 5) , Ferguson 5, Adeyemi 6, Huws 7, Packwood 5, Burke 6; Zigic 4 (Macheda 58, 5)
Subs not used: Martin, Doyle, Lee, Shinnie
Bookings: Robinson 12 (foul), Caddis 45 (foul)
QPR: Green 7; Onuoha 7, Hill 6, Dunne 6, Assou-Ekotto 6; Hoilett 5 (O’Neil 70, 6), Barton 7, Jenas 7, Traore 7; Morrison 8 (Carroll 87, -); Doyle 7 (Keane 84, -)
Subs not used: Hughes, Henry, Murphy, Benayoun
Goals: Morrison 14 (unassisted), 73 (assisted Jenas)
QPR 1 Birmingham City 0, Saturday September 16, 2013, Championship
Ultimately, QPR’s first meeting with Birmingham City since 2008 finished exactly as their last did – a 1-0 home win – but there was none of the drama and entertainment of the ‘blizzard’ match as the R’s struggled past Lee Clark’s side back in September. In the type of performance that became typical of the first half of QPR’s season Rangers never once clicked into gear, and relied on the defensive abilities of Richard Dunne and Nedum Onuoha to keep a Birmingham side that created, and missed, several decent chances at bay. Back in those days of course, one Charlie Austin led the attack and four minutes after half time he bundled in the only goal of the game from a yard out after a corner caused a goal mouth scramble. These days, without Austin, it’s not quite so simple.
QPR: Green 6; Simpson 6, Onuoha 7, Dunne 7, Hill 6; O’Neil 7, Barton 6, Carroll 6 (Jenas 82, -), Hoilett 5 (Phillips 39, 5); Zamora 5 (Wright-Phillips 46, 6), Austin 6
Subs: Murphy, Assou-Ekotto, Faurlin, Henry
Goals: Austin 49 (assisted Onuoha)
Bookings: Barton 43 (repetitive fouling)
Birmingham: Randolph 6; Burn 6, Bartley 6, Robinson 6; Elliott 7, Spector 6, Caddis 6, Adeyemi 6 (Lovenkrands 82, -); Burke 7, Novak 6, Shinnie 6 (Ferguson 55, 6)
Subs: Doyle, Ambrose, Reilly, Lee, Brown
Bookings: Shinnie 49 (foul), Spector 78 (diving), Robinson 86 (foul), Burn 90+1 (foul)
Birmingham City 1 QPR 0, Saturday October 4, 2008, Championship
Iain Dowie was still in charge when the sides met at St Andrews’ in October 2008 for an early Saturday match screened live by Sky. Fitz Hall and goalkeeper Radek Cerny shared the blame for a dreadfully soft winning goal, scored on the stroke of half time by Kevin Phillips, but in truth the R’s rarely threatened the goal at the other end and the home team deserved their win. The game is best known by R’s fans as the opening scene of the Four Year Plan documentary where Flavio Briatore is seen in the car after the game branding Dowie a “hooligan” with “no strategy”.
Birmingham: Taylor 7, Parnaby 7, Jaidi 8, Ridgewell 8, Murphy 7, Larsson 8, Carsley 7 (Nafti 50, 6), Agustien 6, Owusu-Abeyie 7 (McFadden 75, 6), Phillips 7 (Jerome 80, -), O'Connor 8
Subs Not Used: Doyle, Martin Taylor
Booked: Ridgewell (deliberate handball)
Goals: Phillips 45+1 (assisted O'Connor)
QPR: Cerny 6, Ramage 4 (Connolly 87, -), Hall 5, Stewart 6, Delaney 4, Rowlands 5 (Ledesma 80, -), Leigertwood 6, Mahon 6 (Buzsaky 68, 6), Cook 6, Blackstock 5, Agyemang 5
Subs Not Used: Camp, Parejo
Booked: Leigertwood (foul)
Head to Head >>> QPR wins 22 >>> Draws 15 >>> Birmingham wins 23
2019/20 QPR 2 Birmingham 2 (Pugh, Hugill)
2019/20 Birmingham 0 QPR 2 (Hall, Osayi-Samuel)
2018/19 QPR 3 Birmingham 4 (Smith 2, Cousins)
2018/19 Birmingham 0 QPR 0
2017/18 QPR 3 Birmingham 1 (Osayi-Samuel, Chair, Smith)
2017/18 Birmingham 1 QPR 2 (Robinson 2)
2016/17 Birmingham 1 QPR 4 (Smith, Washington, Sylla, Ngbakoto)
2016/17 QPR 1 Birmingham 1 (Caulker)
2015/16 QPR 2 Birmingham 0 (Chery,
2015/16 Birmingham 2 QPR 1 (Phillips)
2013/14 Birmingham 0 QPR 2 (Morrison 2)
2013/14 QPR 1 Birmingham 0 (Austin)
2008/09 QPR 1 Birmingham 0 (Di Carmine)
2008/09 Birmingham 1 QPR 0
2006/07 Birmingham 2 QPR 1 (Cook)
2006/07 QPR 0 Birmingham 2
2000/01 Birmingham 0 QPR 0
2000/01 QPR 0 Birmingham 0
1999/00 QPR 2 Birmingham 2 (Steiner, Kiwomya)
1999/00 Birmingham 2 QPR 0
1998/99 Birmingham 1 QPR 0
1998/99 QPR 0 Birmingham 1
1997/98 Birmingham 1 QPR 0
1997/98 QPR 1 Birmingham 1 (Barker)
1996/97 QPR 1 Birmingham 1 (Spencer)
1996/97 Birmingham 0 QPR 0
1985/86 Birmingham 2 QPR 0
1985/86 QPR 3 Birmingham 1 (Bannister, Rosenior, Dawes)
1983/84 Birmingham 0 QPR 2 (Gregory, Fenwick)
1983/84 QPR 2 Birmingham 1 (Stainrod, Fenwick)
1979/80 QPR 1 Birmingham 1 (Burke)
1979/80 Birmingham 2 QPR 1 (Allen)
1978/79 QPR 1 Birmingham 3 (Roeder)
1978/79 Birmingham 3 QPR 1 (Busby)
1977/78 QPR 0 Birmingham 0
1977/78 Birmingham 2 QPR 1 (Masson)
1976/77 QPR 2 Birmingham 2 (Masson, Webb)
1976/77 Birmingham 2 QPR 1 (Eastoe)
1975/76 QPR 2 Birmingham 1 (Masson 2)
1975/76 Birmingham 1 QPR 1 (Thomas)
1974/75 Birmingham 4 QPR 1 (Thomas)
1974/75 QPR 0 Birmingham 1
1973/74 Birmingham 4 QPR 0
1973/74 QPR 2 Birmingham 0* (Leach, Givens)
1973/74 QPR 2 Birmingham 2 (Bowles, Hynd og)
1971/72 Birmingham 0 QPR 0
1971/72 QPR 2 Birmingham 0** (Francis, Marsh)
1971/72 QPR 1 Birmingham 0 (Marsh)
1970/71 QPR 5 Birmingham 2 (Marsh 3, Venables, McCulloch)
1970/71 Birmingham 2 QPR 1 (Bridges)
1969/70 QPR 2 Birmingham 1 (Bridges 2)
1969/70 Birmingham 3 QPR 0
1967/68 QPR 2 Birmingham 0 (Leach, I Morgan)
1967/68 Birmingham 2 QPR 0
1966/67 QPR 3 Birmingham 1** (Marsh 2, Keen)
1966/67 Birmingham 1 QPR 4** (Marsh, R Morgan, Lazarus, Allen)
1951/52 Birmingham 1 QPR 0
1951/52 QPR 0 Birmingham 2
1950/51 QPR 2 Birmingham 0 (Farrow, Shepherd)
1950/51 Birmingham 1 QPR 1 (Addinall)
1913/14 Birmingham 1 QPR 2*(Gregory, Miller)
* - FA Cup
** - League Cup
Trevor Francis >>> Birmingham 1971-1979 >>> QPR 1988-1990
Trevor Francis was enjoying a fruitful Indian summer spearheading the QPR attack under Jim Smith towards the end of the 1980s when he was thrust into the managerial spotlight himself for the first time.
He'd been part of an English invasion at Glasgow Rangers under Graeme Souness, and won the Scottish League Cup in 1987 before moving back south of the border to Loftus Road. He was reasonably prolific for Rangers, starting 1988/89 in particularly decent touch, scoring three of QPR's first five goals before missing a penalty in fairly shambolic circumstances in a 3-2 loss at Millwall's hostile Old Den.
On the field he's best remembered among the faithful few in Shepherd's Bush for a remarkable hat trick in a victory against Aston Villa at Villa Park, the third a thing or real beauty and one in the eye for the home fans who'd abused him for his Birmingham City connections throughout the game.
When Smith left for Newcastle Francis was made player manager at Loftus Road but his inexperience, and perhaps arrogance, showed when he infamously fined midfielder Martin Allen for leaving the team hotel on the eve of a game at Newcastle to attend the birth of his child back in London.
Allen told QPRnet: "I have no regrets over the situation now. I was honest with Trevor Francis on the Thursday, and I told Peter Shreeves on the Friday night what I was doing. My wife went into labour at half past two on the Saturday morning, she was still in labour at half past six when I rang again and I have no regrets about getting on that aeroplane.
"When I was playing for West Ham against Trevor’s Sheffield Wednesday I ended up in hospital with a punctured lung and broken ribs. I had an operation on the Saturday evening and about eleven o’clock that night the sister came in and told me that Trevor had phoned the hospital asking how I was and wishing me the very best. I must admit when she told me I wondered if I was still under the aesthetic. But it was the truth, he did ring and since that day whenever we’ve met each other we’ve always had a smile, shook hands and wished each other well and so you should."
Rangers were in relegation trouble by the time he departed after little over a year in charge. His parting shot was a spectacular one though, second from bottom QPR beat second from top Liverpool 3-2 at Loftus Road with two goals from Paul Wright and a trademark spectacular shot from Mark Falco at the Loft End.
Francis, fresh out of hospital after an operation on a long-term injury, sat at the front of the director's box in South Africa Road and was jumped on by his wife Helen in a giant fur coat at full time. He subsequently agreed a deal to bring his old friend Ray Wilkins down from Rangers to join him – Wilkins subsequently forced to deny he was taking the job himself when Francis left a week later. Ultimately, Don Howe was given the responsibility.
Francis was originally a star teenager at Birmingham City, coming through the ranks to make his debut as a 16 year old, notably scoring four times in a match against Bolton and ending his first season with 15 goals from just 22 games. His goal against QPR in 1976 has gone down in club folklore and he made the England squad for the first time a year later under Don Revie.
After a brief loan/secondment playing in the first version of the MLS for Detroit, he became the first million pound player in the UK when he was bought by Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest in February 1979. At the City Ground he became part of the remarkable rise to the pinnacle of European football – registered in time to play in the semi-finals of the European Cup, Francis scored the only goal of the final against Malmo as Forest completed a remarkable rise from midtable obscurity in Division Two to champions of the UK and Europe in little more than two years.
He was regularly used as a winger by Clough, and missed the final the following year against Hamburg with an Achilles injury that plagued him for months and eventually saw him sold off to Man City. Once more injuries hampered him, and City's growing financial problems forced a £700,000 sale to Sampdoria where he was part of the side that won the Copa Italia for the first time in the club's history. A spell at Atalanta preceded his time in Scotland.
After QPR he joined Sheffield Wednesday, initially as a player under Ron Atkinson and then later as manager where he lost in both cup 1993 cup finals to Arsenal. A subsequent spell in charge at Birmingham brought numerous play-off near misses, and a League Cup Final defeat to Liverpool, before he was replaced by Steve Bruce.
He's had a less successful stint in charge of Crystal Palace and worked as a TV pundit since.
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