Not our first rodeo – History
Friday, 29th Jul 2022 08:10 by Clive Whittingham
In the interests of not publishing that bloody ‘Stuart Wardley gets Brian Kidd the sack’ piece for the umpteenth time we’ve taken the opportunity to sift further back through our dire record at Ewood Park to find the last time we travelled to face Blackburn Rovers on the opening day.
Blackburn 1 Queens Park Rangers 0, Saturday August 19, 1995, Premier League
Starting a season with an away game at the previous year’s champions was nothing new for QPR in the 1990s.
Gerry Francis’ first game in charge of the club at the beginning of 1991/92 had been at Highbury against George Graham’s reigning Arsenal side who’d won the league memorably with the last kick of 1988/89 and then again 1990/91. Rangers came close to a famous victory with debutant Dennis Bailey hooking home in front of the North Bank only for Paul Merson to scramble in the softest of equalisers late in the day. Rangers came to rue that, and Ray Wilkins Achilles injury in that match, by waiting until their ninth game of the season for their first win – they would of course go on to record famous 4-1 wins over Man Utd and Leeds that season.
In 1993/94 Rangers began with a 4-1 loss at Villa Park against an Aston Villa side that had finished second to Man Utd the prior year. Then, 12 months on, they got the actual champions on the road again – Clive Wilson was sent off early, Kevin Gallen had a memorable debut goal disallowed, and in the end the typical Old Trafford refereeing decisions broke the camel’s back in a 2-0 Man Utd victory.
In 1995/96, it happened again. Kenny Dalglish’s Blackburn had held off Man Utd’s challenge to claim the title on the final day, despite losing at Liverpool, thanks to future QPR keeper Ludek Miklosko’s heroics for West Ham holding United at bay at Upton Park. Dalglish stepped aside that summer to be replaced by another who would go on to endure a difficult spell at Loftus Road, Ray Harford, but Rovers still had their title winning team intact, with Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton the famed feared strikeforce up front.
QPR, meanwhile, were preparing for ‘life after Les’ under player manager Ray Wilkins. Selling the best player was also nothing new for Rangers in this era – David Seaman, Paul Parker, Darren Peacock and Andy Sinton had all previously been sold for hefty profit and replaced from within or on the cheap as once they had been found themselves. But losing Ferdinand’s guaranteed 25 goals each season, replaced only with crocked Mark Hateley and the young pairing of Kevin Gallen and Danny Dichio, would prove to be a cut too close to a thousand. Remember, also, that QPR’s refusal to offer Clive Wilson more than a one-year deal while Gerry Francis was putting two on the table at Spurs also cost them their outstanding left back that summer, David Bardsley would soon pick up a season-ending injury, and although Wilkins’ had signed Simon Osborn for the midfield and was supposed to be managing the team he struggled to give up the playing side and was nowhere near the level he’d once been at. It was a lot for that team to stand, and it would finish the season relegated.
It was, however, very harshly done to at Ewood Park on day one. One of Alan Shearer’s many, many great strengths was cultivating a whiter than white image on the field in an era when Everton’s Duncan Ferguson, Wimbledon and Villa’s John Fashanu and others were still rampaging around smashing up defenders. He was the archetypal “not that type of player” but as is so often the case with people who attract that monicker, he absolutely was. A useful image to have, gets you a nice lenient sentence when you turn around and welly Neil Lennon in the head (don’t worry about it Alan we’ve all wanted to do that a time or two), but not based in any sort of truth. Shearer would cheat, scheme and gain advantages for his team using dark arts with the best/worst of them – part of what made him such an unplayable forward. The year before in this fixture he’d whipped a free kick into the top corner while the referee was still marking the wall out – goal given. Here in the sixth minute, as a cross came in too high from right to left, Shearer ran under the ball, dived over the back of Bardsley who was looking the other way, and referee Alan Wilkie obliged with a ridiculous penalty award. It was a dive, plain and simple.
Many years later I was sitting in the Findus Stand at Blundell Park watching Grimsby Town, who’d already punted Spurs out in the previous round, take on Shearer’s Newcastle in the League Cup. Shearer, as he was wont to do like I say, did his little back-in-with-added-elbow trick to Justin Whittle early on in the game and my friend and I both said immediately that we couldn’t see Whittle – a hard bastard – letting that slide. Sure enough, within minutes, Whittle had stepped in front of Shearer under a second high ball and smashed his cheekbone to bits with a brutal cocked arm. Referee Mark Halsey, a QPR fan of course, was five yards away, looked right at it, and took no action, shrugging at the England centre forward as if to say “probably shouldn’t have done it in the first place”, and then ran off down the field with Shearer in hot pursuit. Naturally, he had the last laugh that night too, banging in a winner ten minutes from time, face swollen up like a balloon.
There was a further controversial incident to come back at Ewood Park, with Trevor Sinclair played through on goal for a likely equaliser a quarter of an hour from time and Tim Flowers racing miles out of his area to illegally bring the whole thing to a halt as last man. A red card, Bobby Mimms came off the bench to keep goal for the final 15, but for QPR only a free kick 30 yards out from goal to show for it. It was, you can probably gather, a bitchy and moany train journey home after this one.
Both teams had underwhelming seasons. Blackburn slipped to seventh, unable to defend their title, and were out of Europe almost before they were in it, with the campaign best remembered for David Batty and Graeme Le Saux fighting each other on the pitch away to Spartak Moscow. Any hope QPR might have taken from a spirited effort against the title holders quickly dissipated through 3-0 home defeats to Wimbledon and Sheff Wed and they were indeed relegated with a game left still to play.
Blackburn T Flowers; H Berg, I Pearce, C Hendry, G Le Saux; S Ripley, T Sherwood, D Batty, K Gallacher (B Mimms 74); A Shearer, C Sutton (M Atkins, 78)
Subs not used: M Newell
Goals: Shearer (penalty 6)
Red Cards: Flowers 74
QPR: Roberts; D Bardsley (S Osborn, 78), D Maddix, A McDonald, R Brevet; A Impey, I Holloway, S Barker, T Sinclair; K Gallen, D Dichio
Subs not used: R Wilkins, K Ready
Referee – Alan Wilkie Pillock.
Blackburn 1 QPR 0, Saturday February 26, 2022, Championship
QPR could have gone second with a win at Ewood Park in the early televised game back in late February, but in truth the rot had begun prior to this match and really began to set in across a desperately poor 90 minutes. With a midfield three of Hendrick, Johansen and Field treading on each other’s toes/jobs, QPR attempted 463 passes in this game and the centre backs and goalkeepers accounted for 215 of those. Barbet, Dickie and Dunne all topped 60 each – Willock (11), Adomah (18), Odubajo (24), Gray (5), McCallum (9) just about got to that collectively. The backwards and sideways stuff became chronic. Blackburn themselves were also undergoing a post-New Year collapse from the play-off spots with star man Ben Brereton injured. Reda Khadra’s late winner, horribly messed up by goalkeeper David Marshall, was their first goal in six games and the only one they scored in nine matches, but it was enough to win this 1-0.
Blackburn: Kaminski 7; Lenihan 6, Van Hecke 7, Wharton 6; Nyambe 8 (Zeefuik 58, 5), Travis 6, Johnson 6, Pickering 7 (Giles 71, 7); Gallagher 6 (Hedges 68, 7), Dolan 8, Khadra 8
Goals: Khadra 76 (free kick, won Travis)
Bookings: Kaminski 90+1 (time wasting), Wharton 90+2 (time wasting), Travis 90+4 (foul)
QPR: Dieng 7 (Marshall 46, 5); Adomah 4 (McCallum 67, 7), Dickie 5, Dunne 7, Barbet 5, Odubajo 6; Hendrick 6, Field 6, Johansen 5; Chair 4, Willock 5 (Gray 62, 4)
Subs not used: Amos, Ball, Thomas, Dozzell
Bookings: Field 7 (foul), Chair 90+2 (foul)
QPR 1 Blackburn 0, Tuesday October 19, 2021, Championship
Blackburn’s unashamedly miserly attempt to drill a 0-0 draw out of the first meeting of last season at Loftus Road was hobbled by Ilias Chair’s spectacular late winner. Albert Adomah inspired Rangers continued efforts to break down stubborn resistance and the rewards came seven minutes from time when Chair whipped a 20 yarder around a defender and past the unsighted Kaminski.
QPR: Dieng 6; Adomah 8 (Kakay 86, -), Dickie 7, Dunne 7, Barbet 7, McCallum 6; Ball 5 (Austin 73, 6), Dozzell 5 (Amos 60, 7), Chair 7; Willock 6, Dykes 7
Subs not used: De Wijs, Archer, Gray, Duke-McKenna
Goals: Chair 83 (assisted Dickie)
Bookings: Dickie 28 (foul), Amos 90+4 (foul)
Blackburn: Kaminski 7; Nyambe 6, van Hecke 6, Ayala 6, Lenihan 6, Pickering 6 (Rothwell 45, 6); Travis 6 (Johnson 34, 5), Edun 5, Clarkson 5; Brereton-Diaz 5, Butterworth 6 (Gallagher 67, 5)
Subs not used: Dolan, Pears, Buckley, Poveda-Ocampo
Bookings: Clarkson 45+1 (foul), Butterworth 50 (kicking the ball away), Rothwell 55 (kicking the ball away)
QPR 1 Blackburn 0, Saturday February 6, 2021, Championship
A backs-to-the-wall effort led by Seny Dieng, and a scrambled Loft End goal from Yoann Barbet, got QPR a hard fought win against Blackburn in W12 back in February 2021. Rovers’ season was starting to fall apart as QPR recovered theirs with four wins from four tough games and the luck was with Mark Warburton’s side as they held on through numerous near misses to win.
QPR: Dieng 8; Dickie 7, Cameron 7, Barbet 8; Kane 6, Johansen 5 (Bettache 74, 7), Ball 6, Chair 6, Wallace 7; Dykes 5 (Adomah 83, -), Austin 5 (Bonne 74, 6)
Subs not used: Lumley, Thomas, Willock, Kakay, Hämäläinen, Kelman
Goals: Barbet 54 (unassisted)
Bookings: Austin 5 (unsporting), Ball 20 (foul), Adomah 90+2 (foul)
Blackburn: Kaminski 6; Nyambe 7 (Harwood-Bellis 62, 6), Lenihan 6, Branthwaite 6, Bell 6; Rothwell 6 (Dack 62, 6), Travis 6, Davenport 6 (Holtby 62, 6 (Brereton 82, -)); Gallagher 5 (Dolan 74, 6), Elliott 6, Armstrong 7
Subs not used: Downing, Pears, Buckley, Bennett
Bookings: Davenport 9 (foul), Gallagher 60 (foul)
Blackburn 3 QPR 1, Saturday November 7, 2020, Championship
QPR were eventually comfortably beaten at Ewood Park when these sides met for the first time last season in November. Only two excellent saves from Seny Dieng kept the score to 0-0 at half time, and Todd Kane struck the post early in the second half but a cleverly worked corner routine got Ben Brereton in for the opening goal on 50 minutes. Referee Tim Robinson had a choice of two or three fouls at the far post for the penalty that led to Lyndon Dykes’ equaliser but league top scorer Adam Armstrong soon escaped to restore the lead and then sealed the victory with a third in stoppage time.
Blackburn: Kaminski 6; Nyambe 6, Lenihan 6, Wharton 6, Rankin-Costello 7; Evans – (Buckley 5, 6), Johnson 6, Rothwell 7; Elliott 7 (Dolan 90+3, -), Brereton 7 (Gallagher 82, -); Armstrong 8
Subs not used: Davenport, Trybull, Grayson, Eastham
Goals: Brereton 50 (assisted Lenihan), Armstrong 73 (assisted Brereton), 90+5 (assisted Johnson)
Bookings: Johnson 64 (shithousing)
QPR: Dieng 8; Kane 5, Dickie 5, Barbet 6, Hämäläinen 5; Ball 5 (Kakay 46, 6), Cameron 6; Adomah 5 (Willock 46, 7), Carroll 5, Chair 5; Dykes 5 (Bonne 67, 6)
Subs not used: Wallace, Masterson, Bettache, Kelly
Goals: Dykes 61 (penalty, won Dickie)
Bookings: Kane 8 (foul), Dickie 21 (foul), Bonne 90+3 (foul)
Blackburn 2 QPR 1, Tuesday January 28, 2020, Championship
Having rested key players for the weekend cup game against Sheff Wed, and bowed out of the competition, there was a good deal of justified frustration when the supposedly refreshed Rangers then crashed to defeat in the next league game at Blackburn regardless. Grant Hall afforded Adam Armstrong all the space he needed to curl in an opener from range, and only a last ditch goalline clearance prevented a Joe Lumley error leading to a second soon after. Jordan Hugill’s brilliant one-two combination with Ilias Chair restored parity before half time but Blackburn soon retook the lead with yet another unmarked header from a corner, this time from Darren Lenihan.
QPR: Kelly 6; Kane 6, Hall 6, Masterson 7, Wallace 6; Cameron 6, Amos 5 (Pugh, 66, 5); Eze 5, Chair 7, (Shodipo 80, 6), Osayi-Samuel 6; Hugill 6
Subs not used: Lumley, Manning, Rangel, Leistner, Clarke.
Goal: Hugill 22 (assist Chair)
Booked: Chair 57 (mugging), Cameron 58 (foul), Amos 61 (foul)
Blackburn: Walton 6, Nyambe 7, Lenihan 7, Adarabioyo 6, Bell 7; Travis 7, Downing 6 (Johnson 79, -), Holtby 6 (Rankin-Costello 79, -), Rothwell 6 (Bennett 46, 6); Armstrong 7, Gallagher 6
Subs not used: Leutwiler, Williams, Graham, Brereton.
Goals: Armstrong 10 (unassisted), Lenihan 30 (assisted Rothwell)
Booked: Lenihan 74 (foul)
QPR 4 Blackburn 2, Saturday October 5, 2019, Championship
QPR showed a little bit of everything they’re good and bad at in 2019/20 when they played Blackburn at home on a sunny Saturday in October. Going forwards there were four goals – Nahki Wells after Bright Osayi-Samuel knocked down Ryan Manning’s cross, Ebere Eze at the end of a tricky run, Osayi-Samuel on the turn in the area, and Jordan Hugill on the end of a lovely pass with the outside of the boot from Ebere Eze. At the back there was a penalty conceded for a foul on Bradley Dack who converted, and a goal from a cross converted by Adam Armstrong.
QPR: Kelly 6; Rangel 7, Leistner 7, Barbet 6, Manning 8; Cameron 7, Scowen 8; Osayi-Samuel 7 (Hugill 61, 7), Eze 8, Chair 8 (Pugh 72, 6); Wells 7 (Mlakar 82, -)
Subs not used: Lumley, Kane, Wallace, Ball
Goals: Wells 30 (assisted Osayi-Samuel, pre-assist Manning), Eze 49 (assisted Manning), Osayi-Samuel 60 (assisted Scowen), Hugill 77 (assisted Manning)
Bookings: Barbet 56 (foul), Cameron 65 (foul), Manning 90+1 (delaying restart), Hugill 90+2 (foul)
Blackburn: Walton 5; Bennett 5, Lenihan 5 (Adarabioyo 67, 5), Williams 5, Cunningham 5 (Bell 17, 5); Evans 6, Rothwell 8; Armstrong 6, Dack 7, Downing 6; Graham 5 (Holtby 46, 6)
Subs not used: Johnson, Gallagher, Samuel, Leutwiler
Goals: Dack 57 (penalty, won Dack), Armstrong 86 (assisted Bennett)
Bookings: Evans 6 (foul), Lenihan 45+1 (foul), Bell 58 (foul), Williams 90+2 (foul)
QPR 1 Blackburn 2, Friday April 18, 2019, Championship
QPR suffered their annual home defeat to Blackburn on Good Friday 2019, as their campaign limped to a close under the caretaker stewardship of John Eustace. Danny Graham and Bradley Dack had already both gone close when Scowen chopped the latter down in the area on 20 minutes and the former scraped a weak penalty under Joe Lumley for the opening goal. Graham headed wide as Rovers continued to dominate and any hopes of a second half rally were quickly extinguished when QPR gave the ball away from their own kick off and Dack bundled in a second within a minute of the restart. Matt Smith’s late header from a Luke Freeman cross which Raya came for and missed was scant consolation in a woeful performance.
QPR: Lumley 5; Wszolek 5 (Eze 74, 5), Furlong 5, Lynch 4, Manning 5; Luongo 5, Scowen 5, Cousins 5 (Wells 52, 4); Osayi-Samuel 6, Hemed 5 (Smith 64, 6), Freeman 5
Subs not used: Ingram, Cameron, Walker, Tilt
Goals: Smith (assisted Freeman)
Bookings; Luongo 59 (foul), Osayi-Samuel 83 (being a dick), Wells 90+3 (being a dick)
Blackburn: Leutwiler 6; Bennett 7, Lenihan 7, Williams 7, Bell 7; Armstrong 8 (Brereton 86, -), Evans 6 (Rodwell 65, 6), Travis 7, Rothwell 6; Dack 7, Graham 7 (Nuttall 68, 6)
Subs not used: Raya, Nyambe, Smallwood, Mulgrew
Goals: Graham 20 (penalty, won Travis), Dack 46 (assisted Armstrong)
Bookings; Rodwell 83 (foul), Leutwiler 90+7 (time wasting, joke)
Blackburn 1 QPR 0, Saturday November 3, 2018, Championship
A foolish late tackle on Blackburn sub Ben Brereton by Josh Scowen in his own penalty area turned a drab 0-0 draw into a dire 1-0 defeat for QPR at Ewood Park in November 2018. There’d been little to commend the game to a neutral spectator all the way through with Blackburn only playing in fits and starts and QPR having one of those days where they seemed happy with 0-0 from the first minute. They’d have got it too, but for Scowen’s daft tackle and Bradley Dack’s resulting penalty kick past Joe Lumley.
Blackburn: Leutwiler N/A, Bennett 6, Lenihan 7, Williams 7, Bell 6, Smallwood 6 (Palmer 63 5), Evans 7, Reed 6, Dack 7, Armstong 5 (Brereton 80), Graham 5 (Rothwell 74 5)
Unused subs: Nyambe, Rodwell, Conway, Fisher
Goals: Dack 86 (penalty won Brereton)
Bookings: Reed 19 (foul), Smallwood 33 (foul), Evans 56 (foul), Brereton 90+4 (foul)
QPR: Lumley 5; Rangel 6 (Furlong 87, -), Leistner 7, Lynch 6, Bidwell 6; Scowen 6 (Chair 88, -)
Unused subs: Ingram, Hall, Cousins, Osayi-Samuels
Bookings: Luongo 4 (foul), Eze 51 (foul), Leistner 66 (foul), Freeman 90+5 (foul)
Blackburn 1 QPR 0, Saturday February 4, 2017, Championship
QPR continued their poor recent record at Ewood Park with a 1-0 defeat in February 2017, but they were left cursing the poor decision making of the assistant referee in the process. After dominating the first half and forcing saves from Luke Steele to deny Pawel Wszolek twice, the R’s took the lead early in the second half when Conor Washington headed home a long throw off the underside of the bar. Sadly, inexplicably, the linesman said it hadn’t crossed the line. To add insult to injury, Marvin Emnes cut a ball back for Sam Gallagher to scramble in a winner on 86 minutes for the relegation haunted hosts.
Blackburn: Steele 6; Nyambe 6, Greer 6 (Akpan 70, 6), Lenihan 6, Lowe 6; Feeney 7, Mulgrew 6, Conway 6 (Mahoney 65, 6), Bennett 6; Gallagher 7, Graham 5 (Emnes 65, 7)
Subs not used: Joao, Guthrie, Brown, Raya
Goals: Gallagher 90+1 (assisted Emnes)
QPR: Smithies 6; Furlong 6 (Lua Lua 90+4, -), Onuoha 6, Lynch 6, Bidwell 7; Luongo 6 (Morrison 78, 5), Perch 6, Manning 7; Mackie 6 (Smith 62, 6), Washington 6, Wszolek 6
Subs not used: Freeman, Hall, Goss, Ingram
Bookings: Perch 59 (foul), Manning 80 (foul), Furlong 90+1 (foul)
QPR 1 Blackburn Rovers 2, Saturday January 8, 2017, FA Cup Third Round
Blackburn knocked QPR out of the FA Cup at the third round stage for the third time in little more than ten years when these sides met at Loftus Road the previous month. Continuing an abysmal cup record which stretches all the way back to 1997 since the last win without the aid of a replay, Rangers fell behind in front of a half empty Loftus Road to a disastrous own goal from Joel Lynch after five minutes. Feeney doubled the Blackburn lead after half time and although Jake Bidwell stuck in a penalty after a dive by Yeni Ngbakoto the performance didn’t warrant anything other than a defeat.
QPR: Ingram 5; Perch 5, Onuoha 6, Lynch 4, Bidwell 5; Luongo 4 (Cousins 82, -), Hall 6, Eze 7 (Ngbakoto 18, 5); Gladwin 4 (Shodipo 56, 6), Wszolek 6, Mackie 6
Subs not used: El Khayati, Lumley, Manning, Hamalainen
Goals: Bidwell 61 (penalty, won Ngbakoto)
Blackburn: Raya 6; Marshall 6, Greer 6, Williams 6, Mulgrew 6; Feeney 7, Akpan 6 (Nyambe 74, 6), Lowe 6, Bennett 7; Gallagher 7 (Brown 90+3, -), Graham (Stokes 87, -)
Subs not used: Steele, Tomlinson, Mahoney, Travis
Goals: Lynch og 7 (assisted Bennett/Gallagher); Feeney 58 (assisted Gallagher)
Bookings: Marshall 90 (foul)
QPR 1 Blackburn Rovers 1, Saturday September 10, 2017, Championship
These sides fought out a dire 1-1 draw at Loftus Road in the first meeting in the league that season, with Tjaronn Chery’s spectacular second half free kick the only bright spot. Rangers thought the Dutchman’s precision effort from 25 yards was enough to win them three points but Sam Gallagher quickly equalised for the visitors who perhaps deserved to win the game. Three days later Newcastle won 6-0 on this ground and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s time in charge started to head towards its conclusion.
QPR: Smithies 6; Perch 6, Onuoha 6, Hall 6, Bidwell 6; Henry 5, Cousins 6; Shodipo 7, Chery 6, El Khayati 5 (Sylla 80, -); Polter 5 (Washington 46, 6)
Subs not used: Borysiuk, Kakay, Ingram, Paul, Caulker
Goals: Chery 65 (free kick, won Washington)
Bookings: Shodipo 50 (foul), Perch 61 (foul)
Blackburn: Steele 7; Lowe 6, Hoban 6, Greer 6, Wiliams 6; Mulgrew 5 (Evans 34, 6); Conway 7, Akpan 6, Marshall 6, Gallagher 6 (Emnes 77, 5); Graham 5 (Samuelsen 83, -)
Subs not used: Feeney, Byrne, Guthrie, Raya
Goals: Gallagher (assisted Evans)
Bookings: Williams 42 (foul), Akpan 47 (kicking ball away), Lowe 65 (foul)
Blackburn 1 QPR 1, Tuesday January 12, 2016, Championship
QPR made it eight matches without a victory at the start of the Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink reign, and conceded their 18th and 19th points of the season from winning positions, when these sides met at Ewood Park in January. With Seb Polter leading the line strongly things initially looked promising for the R’s who took a first half lead when Leroy Fer converted a low cross from Junior Hoilett. But with rookie goalkeeper Joe Lumley between the sticks, the home side peppered the visitors’ penalty area with high balls and long throws all night and finally got their reward with a scrambled injury time equaliser from Hope Akpan.
Blackburn: Steele 6; Marshall 6, Duffy 7 (Williamson 77, 6), Hanley 7, Spurr 6; Bennett 6, Akpan 6, Evans 6 (Brown 66, 5), Conway 6; Rhodes 6, Lawrence 6 (Lenihan 66, 5)
Subs not used: Henley, Olsson, Raya Martin, Taylor
Goals: Akpan 85 (assisted Rhodes)
QPR: Lumley 6; Perch 6, Hall 7, Onuoha 6, Konchesky 6; Henry 6, Faurlin 5; Phillips 5 (Petrasso 86, -), Hoilett 7, Fer 6 (Chery 88, -); Polter 7
Subs not used: Angella, Hudnott, Tozser, Mackie
Goals: Fer 24 (assisted Hoilett)
QPR 2 Blackburn Rovers 2, Tuesday September 16, 2015, Championship
A run-of-the-mill midweek Championship fixture between these two midtable teams was turned into an entertaining, infuriating farce by the maverick refereeing stylings of Darren Deadman when these sides last met, at Loftus Road back in September. Blackburn took the lead early, Grant Hanley bundling the ball and goalkeeper Alex Smithies into the back of the net for the opener. Charlie Austin made the most of defensive uncertainty to slam in an equaliser after half time, but a fabulous take, turn and finish from Jordan Rhodes restored Blackburn’s lead. Nedum Onuoha headed a second equaliser before the end, but with Deadman losing complete control of himself and the match it was something of a miracle to get to the end without anybody being killed.
QPR: Smithies 6; Perch 6, Onuoha 5, Angella 6, Konchesky 5; Henry 4, Toszer 5; Phillips 6, Chery 5 (Mackie 68, 6), Luongo 6; Austin 7
Subs not used: Hall, Hill, Gladwin, Lumley, Doughty, Faurlin
Goals: Austin 46 (assisted Luongo), Onuoha 79 (assisted Tozser)
Yellow Cards: Smithies 13 (dissent), Austin 27 (dodgy boots)
Blackburn: Steele 6; Henley 5, Duffy 7, Hanley 7, Spurr – (Olsson 8, 5); Marshall 6 (lawrence 89, -), Guthrie 6, Evans 6, Conway 7; Koita 8 (Delfouneso 82, -), Rhodes 7
Subs not used: Kilgallon, O’Sullivan, Akpan, Raya
Goals: Duffy 13 (assisted Conway), Rhodes 60 (assisted Steele/Koita)
Yellow Cards: Henley 40 (foul), Guthrie 51 (foul)
Blackburn 2 QPR 0, Tuesday April 8, 2014, Championship
Harry Redknapp’s attitude to the young players at QPR shone through brighter than ever when these sides last met at Ewood Park for a midweek game in April 2014. Despite not playing any senior football at all for the thick end of two years, Luke Young was selected from the start out of position at centre half. It took Rudy Gestede just eight minutes to take advantage and give Rovers the lead. Tommy Spurr, once a transfer target for Rangers, made it 2-0 after half time and QPR offered next to nothing by way of response.
Blackburn Rovers: Robinson 7, Keane 6, Hanley (c) 7, Kilgallon 7, Spurr 7, Cairney 6, Lowe 7, Williamson 6 (Etuhu 85’), Conway 7, Gestede 8, Rhodes 7.
Goals: Gestede, Spurr
QPR: Green 4, Simpson 6, Dunne 5, Young 5, Assou Ekotto 6 (Yun 77’), Hoillet 5, Henry 5, Benayoun 5, Carroll 5 (Maiga 68’), Morrison 7, Keane 5 (Austin 68’)7
QPR 0 Blackburn 0, Saturday December 7, 2013, Championship
There was almost nothing whatsoever to report from the first meeting between these two sides that season as they fought out a dire goalless draw at Loftus Road back in December. QPR went closer to winning the game than their visitors – Rovers keeper Simon Eastwood pulled off an improbable save from point blank range to deny Matt Phillips and then got lucky when Charlie Austin’s flashing header bounced back into his arms off the foot of the post – but Clint Hill cleared a first half header from Scott Dann off the line and ultimately a scoreless draw was a fair reflection of a dreadful game.
QPR: Green 6; Simpson 6 Dunne 6, Hill 7, Assou-Ekotto 6 (Traore 87, -); Phillips 5 (O’Neil 59, 6), Carroll 6, Barton 6, Hoilett 5 (Kranjcar 59, 6); Johnson 6, Austin 6
Subs not used: Onuoha, Jenas, Henry, Murphy
Blackburn: Eastwood 7; Henley 6, Dann 6, Hanley 6, Spurr 6; Marshall 6, Williamson 6, Lowe 6, Cairney 6 (King 63, 5 (Dunn 85, -)); Taylor 6; Rhodes 6 (Campbell 76, 5)
Subs not used: Kilgallon, Judge, Rochina, Kean
Bookings: Henley 33 (foul), Dann 48 (foul), Spurr 64 (foul), Taylor 69 (repetitive fouling)
Blackburn 3 QPR 2, Saturday February 11, 2012, Premier League
Perhaps the first indication that Mark Hughes wasn’t to be the great saviour of QPR that he made himself out to be came in a meeting between these two clubs back in February 2012. Rangers had been 2-0 up at Villa and drawn, then lost at home to fellow strugglers Wolves after Djibril Cisse’s sending off, in the previous games so needed a result at relegation haunted Blackburn to keep the wolf from the door. The R’s were 3-0 down by half time. Anton Ferdinand, Fitz Hall and Paddy Kenny were in abysmal form, and Blackburn’s in form Nigerian striker Yakubu ran amok, scoring the first after a quarter of an hour and feeding Hoilett to force a third from Nedum Onuoha on the stroke of half time. Steven Nzonzi scored in between. Rangers rallied in the second half and Jamie Mackie scored twice late on to give the scoreline a respectability the R’s scarcely deserved. Ultimately Blackburn were relegated, and QPR survived, but you’d never have believed that outcome on this evidence.
Blackburn: Robinson 7, Orr 5, Hanley 6, Dann 6, Martin Olsson 7, Nzonzi 7, Lowe 6, Hoilett 7 (Henley 50, 5), Formica 7 (Modeste 66, 5), Pedersen 6, Yakubu 7 (Goodwillie 90, -)
Subs Not Used: Bunn, Petrovic, Rochina, Vukcevic
Booked: Lowe (foul)
Goals: Yakubu 15 (assisted Nzonzi), Nzonzi 23 (assisted Hoilett), Onuoha 45 og (assisted Hoilett)
QPR: Kenny 3, Onuoha 4, Ferdinand 3, Hall 3 (Gabbidon 90, -), Taiwo 4, Traore 4, Wright-Phillips 4, Barton 5, Buzsaky 3 (Mackie 66, 8), Taarabt 6, Zamora 6
Subs Not Used: Cerny, Hill, Derry, Bothroyd, Smith
Booked: Mackie (dissent)
Goals: Mackie 71 (assisted Taiwo), 90 (unassisted)
QPR 1 Blackburn 1, Saturday October 15, 2011, Premier League
Fresh from a 6-0 trouncing at Fulham QPR played it steady and cautious against fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers at Loftus Road in their first season back in the Premier League. Heidar Helguson was restored to the starting line up and rewarded manager Neil Warnock with a goal, although his chipped effort after a quarter of an hour that dipped into the far corner looked suspiciously like a cross. But Rangers failed to cope with the aerial threat posed by Chris Samba all afternoon and barely ten minutes after falling behind Rovers were level when he towered over Fitz Hall to head home a well flighted free kick. Both sides seemed satisfied with their draw.
QPR: Kenny 7, Young 7, Ferdinand 6, Hall 5, Traore 6, Derry 5, Faurlin 6, Wright-Phillips 6 (Smith 83, -), Barton 6, Mackie 6 (Taarabt 64, 5), Helguson 7
Subs Not Used: Murphy, Orr, Bothroyd, Buzsaky, Puncheon
Booked: Hall (foul), Wright-Phillips (foul), Traore (foul)
Goals: Helguson 16 (unassisted)
Blackburn: Robinson 6, Salgado 6, Samba 8, Dann 6, Givet 6, Lowe 7, Petrovic 6, Nzonzi 7, Olsson 7, Hoilett 7, Roberts 5 (Goodwillie 67, 4)
Subs Not Used: Bunn, Formica, Rochina, Yakubu, Vukcevic, Hanley
Booked: Nzonzi (foul), Lowe (foul)
Goals: Samba 24 (assisted Lowe)
Blackburn 1 QPR 0, FA Cup Third Round, Saturday January 8, 2011
The magic of the FA Cup was in short supply at Ewood Park in January 2011. In front of a sparse crowd both teams turned out largely second string outfits in what proved to be a drab encounter. Blackburn won the game through a fine late goal from the impressive Junior Hoilett. QPR went close to forcing a replay with near misses either side of that from long range by Petter Vaagan Moen and a headed effort from a corner by Kaspars Gorkss. The whole event was completely overshadowed though by a broken leg suffered by Rangers’ Jamie Mackie. Mackie flung himself into a fool’s mission against Gael Givet and came off much the worse. The mood soured further when El Hadji Diouf stood over the stricken QPR player and accused him of faking injury among other allegations. This sparked angry scenes at the time, and again at the final whistle, and Neil Warnock branded the Senegal striker a “sewer rat” in his after match interviews – before later signing him while manager at Leeds. The defeat extended QPR’s run of games in the FA Cup without a win to 11 years, the worst record of any team at any level in the entire country.
Blackburn Bunn 6, Salgado 8 (Linganzi 81, -), Hanley 6, Nelsen 7, Givet 6 (Morris 30, 6), Hoilett 8, Lowe 6, Pedersen 6, El-Hadji Diouf 7, Mame Diouf 7, Mwaruwari 6 (Roberts 46, 6)
Subs Not Used: Fielding, Goulon, Doran, Cotton
Goals: Hoilett 77 (assisted E H Diouf)
QPR: Kenny 8, Orr 7, Gorkss 6, Hill 6, Borrowdale 5, Derry 7, Faurlin 7 (Cook 81, -), Clarke 5, Mackie 6 (Andrade 31, 6), Moen 7, Hulse 6 (Doughty 88, -)
Subs Not Used: Cerny, Tofas, Harriman
Booked: Borrowdale (foul), Derry (foul)
Head to Head >>> Blackburn wins 26 >>> Draws 12 >>> QPR wins 17
2021/22 Blackburn 1 QPR 0
2021/22 QPR 1 Blackburn 0 (Chair)
2020/21 QPR 1 Blackburn 0 (Barbet)
2020/21 Blackburn 3 QPR 1 (Dykes)
2019/20 Blackburn 2 QPR 1 (Hugill)
2019/20 QPR 4 Blackburn 2 (Wells, Eze, Osayi-Samuel, Hugill)
2018/19 QPR 1 Blackburn 2 (Smith)
2018/19 Blackburn 1 QPR 0
2016/17 Blackburn 1 QPR 0
2016/17 QPR 1 Blackburn 2* (Bidwell)
2016/17 QPR 1 Blackburn 1 (Chery)
2015/16 Blackburn 1 QPR 1 (Fer)
2015/16 QPR 2 Blackburn 2 (Austin, Onuoha)
2013/14 Blackburn 2 QPR 0
2013/14 QPR 0 Blackburn 0
2011/12 Blackburn 3 QPR 2 (Mackie 2)
2011/12 QPR 1 Blackburn 1 (Helguson)
2010/11 Blackburn 1 QPR 0*
2005/06 Blackburn 3 QPR 0*
2000/01 QPR 1 Blackburn 3 (Plummer)
2000/01 Blackburn 0 QPR 0
1999/00 Blackburn 0 QPR 2 (Wardley, Gallen)
1999/00 QPR 0 Blackburn 0
1995/96 QPR 0 Blackburn 1
1995/96 Blackburn 1 QPR 0
1994/95 QPR 0 Blackburn 1
1994/95 Blackburn 4 QPR 0
1993/94 Blackburn 1 QPR 1 (Ready)
1993/94 QPR 1 Blackburn 0 (Ferdinand)
1992/93 Blackburn 1 QPR 0
1992/93 QPR 0 Blackburn 3
1990/91 QPR 2 Blackburn 1** (Falco, Barker)
1986/87 Blackburn 2 QPR 2** (Bannister, Walker)
1986/87 QPR 2 Blackburn 1** (Byrne, Brazil)
1982/83 Blackburn 1 QPR 3 (Stainrod 2, Flanagan)
1982/83 QPR 2 Blackburn 2 (Allen, Fenwick)
1981/82 Blackburn 2 QPR 1 (Allen)
1981/82 QPR 2 Blackburn 0 (Gregory, Allen)
1980/81 QPR 1 Blackburn 1 (Francis)
1980/81 Blackburn 2 QPR 1 (Neal)
1970/71 QPR 2 Blackburn 0 (Marsh, Francis)
1970/71 Blackburn 0 QPR 2 (Leach, Saul)
1969/70 QPR 2 Blackburn 3 (Venables pen, Hazell)
1969/70 Blackburn 0 QPR 1 (Leach)
1967/68 Blackburn 0 QPR 1 (F Clarke)
1967/68 QPR 3 Blackburn 1 (Marsh, Wilks, Sanderson)
1951/52 Blackburn 4 QPR 2 (Nicholas, Addinall)
1951/52 QPR 2 Blackburn 1 (Addinall 2)
1950/51 Blackburn 2 QPR 1 (Hatton)
1950/51 QPR 3 Blackburn 1 (Addinall 2, Hatton pen)
1949/50 QPR 2 Blackburn 3 (Addinall, Hatton)
1949/50 Blackburn 0 QPR 0
1948/49 QPR 4 Blackburn 2 (Parkinson 2, Hatton, Hartburn)
1948/49 Blackburn 0 QPR 0
1911/12 Blackburn 2 QPR 1 (Revill)***
* - FA Cup
** - League Cup
*** - Charity Shield, played at White Hart Lane
ConnectionsRoy Wegerle >>> QPR 1990-1992 >>> Blackburn 1992
American international striker Roy Wegerle was one of those players who just seemed to really suit QPR. He followed in a long and illustrious history of maverick number 10s at Loftus Road and led the line superbly through the Don Howe and early Gerry Francis days at Loftus Road. One of his predecessors in that role and shirt number, Rodney Marsh, spotted the South African born striker playing for Tampa Bay Rowdies in the MLS and recommended him to Rangers for a trial.
Jim Smith, QPR manager in 1986, passed on him as Manchester United had done in 1980 but he was picked up by our near neighbours Chelsea and received a grounding in English football during a loan spell at Swindon. He never played regularly at Stamford Bridge and was eventually offloaded to Luton for £75,000. He starred at Kenilworth Road and 18 months after arriving went back to QPR to sign permanently and become QPR’s first million pound player in the process.
There he became a Loft hero, specialising in spectacular tricks and goals, and cooly taken penalties. He scored 31 goals in 89 league and four cup appearances. In 1990/91 he top scored with 18. That included an incredible run of six goals from his first six games and in fact by the time QPR played their fifth game of that season, at home to Luton on September 15, he was the only player to have scored for Rangers at all. Of course that day, after Wegerle had given the R’s the lead, the team went crazy and bagged six including Paul Parker’s only ever goal for the club.
He continued to score prolifically and the highlight of his time with the club came in October 1990 at Elland Road where Rangers came from two goals down to win 3-2 on goalkeeper Jan Stejskal’s debut. One of Wegerle’s two goals that day saw him ghost past five Leeds players before smashing the ball in from 20 yards and it was later named the Match of the Day Goal of the Season, only the second time a QPR player had won the award at that point and only Trevor Sinclair has won it since.
QPR were famed through the 1990s for immediately selling their best players as soon as a half decent offer came along and in March 1992 they did so again, offloading Wegerle to Jack Walker’s Blackburn Rovers revolution for £1.2m – a record fee paid by a Second Division club at the time. The money was rarely all invested back into the playing squad and indeed it wasn’t on this occasion, the spiral staircases at the back of the South Africa Road stand are still known as the “Wegerle stairs” to this day as that’s apparently where a chunk of the money went. To be fair Gerry Francis had taken over as manager and Les Ferdinand had finally developed into a world class striker by that stage so Wegerle’s star was on the wane slightly in W12.
Wegerle was part of a Blackburn team that won the play offs in 1992 to earn a place in the inaugural Premier League but they then then signed Alan Shearer from Southampton and, as happened to him at Loftus Road after Ferdinand’s emergence, he was sidelined and offloaded – this time to Coventry City. He played just 22 times for Blackburn, and only clocked up 53 appearances for the Sky Blues due to injury but scored nine goals and eventually won 41 USA caps scoring seven times.
When his contract expired at Highfield Road in 1995 he left and went onto play for Colarado, DC United and Tampa Bay Mutiny in the US. After retirement he tried his hand at professional golf and television pundit in the US.
Others >>> Ben Gladwin, Blackburn 2017-2019, QPR 2015-2017 >>> Ryan Nelsen, QPR 2012-2013, Blackburn 2005-2012 >>> Junior Hoilett, QPR 2012-2016, Blackburn 2007-2012 >>> Chris Samba, QPR 2013, Blackburn 2007-2012 >>> Mark Hughes, QPR (manager) 2012, Blackburn (manager) 2004-2008, (player) 2000-2002 >>>> Bradley Orr, QPR 2010-2012, Blackburn 2012-2014>>> Jay Bothroyd, QPR 2011-2013, Blackburn (loan) 2004-2005 >>> Pascal Chimbonda, QPR 2011, Blackburn 2009-2011 >>> Marcus Bent, Blackburn 2000-2001, QPR (loan) 2010 >>> Steven Reid, Blackburn 2003-2010, QPR (loan) 2009 >>> Tim Flowers, Blackburn 1993-1999, QPR (coach) 2008 >>> Gareth Ainsworth, Blackburn (trainee) 1989-1991, QPR 2003-2010 >>> John Curtis, Blackburn 2000-2003, QPR 2007 >>> Andy Taylor, Blackburn 2004-2008, QPR (loan) 2006 >>> Marlon Broomes, Blackburn 1994-2001, QPR (loan) 2000 >>> Darren Peacock, QPR 1990-1994, Blackburn 1998-2000 >>> Ray Harford, Blackburn (manager) 1995-1996, QPR (manager) 1997-1998 >>> Simon Barker, Blackburn 1982-1988, QPR 1988-1998 >>> Ossie Ardiles, Blackburn 1988, QPR 1988-1989 >>> Jim Smith, Blackburn (manager) 1975-1978, QPR (manager) 1985-1988 >>> Mike Ferguson, QPR 1969-1973, Blackburn 1962-1968
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The U'sual Ramblings #2 by wessex_exile
The U’sual Ramblings #2, and the U’s first home match of the season. Much has been written on our narrow defeat away at Northampton Town last Saturday, not least that if they are the yard-stick for promotion contenders, we can take plenty of credit (and hope) from most of our performance, which really should have earned a point. However, we’ve seen these false dawns before – remember away at Notts County, and at Bradford, in recent years, where we thought we were playing contenders, and they turned out to be whipping boys for most of the season. Still, I don’t expect that of Northampton, so stout hearts faithful…and wasn’t it great seeing Nouble bombing down the wing doing what he does best again!
The U'sual Rambling #1 by wessex_exile
Here we go folks, are we ready for another rollercoaster of joy and dismay? Right now, I’ll probably take an even mix of both if it guarantees a solid midtable finish, but why stop at that. I agree with Durham in his excellent match review, given how well we finished the second half of the season, ignore the bookies perennial struggler tag – we can do this! For the new season, the blog has slightly metamorphosed into The U’sual Rambling, though largely the same format as last season, albeit perhaps less labour-intensive in content. In my case, pertinent for Saturday given I am missing the opener at Sixfields to dog-sit the beautiful (and high maintenance, super ridiculous, energetic etc.) border collie Reggie.
When Monday Comes #37 by wessex_exile
When Saturday Comes and we reach the end of a topsy-turvy season, much of which hasn’t been that much fun if I’m honest, though latterly considerably improved under Wayne Brown. If I can, I always like to do the first and last game of the season, but sadly a trip to Hartlepool just wasn’t on the cards, not if I actually wanted to get home again tonight, so I had to console myself with a pretty enjoyable trip to the JobServe last weekend – not quite the victory the U’s deserved over Walsall, but a great day out anyway. I know it’ll be too late for the Player of the Year awards, but wouldn’t it be nice to see a Freddie Sears hat-trick this afternoon to round off the season.
When Saturday Comes #36 by wessex_exile
When Saturday Comes tomorrow, and I will be on a train heading over to God’s own county for my last U’s game of the season. That should have been last Friday’s trip to the Principality, but as posted elsewhere I was more than happy to be pre-booked to dog-sit Emma’s collie Reggie that night and had to be content with one of Nadine’s ‘downstreams’ on iFollow. Given both the performance and the result, whilst I was sorry to miss it in person, I was more than happy with how Friday night turned out in the end. Tomorrow will be a gathering of the clans for us, with at the last count at least 8, possibly more, of the family gathering for the match. Ironically, I’ll see them all again on Bank Holiday Monday for a family birthday, but I’ll be driving over for that one.
When Saturday Comes #35 by wessex_exile
When Saturday Comes and the U’s have already given us a fantastic start to the weekend, with a stirring and well-deserved 2-1 victory at promotion-chasing Newport County. Yes, the Exiles had lost the previous three at home and are looking like they are going to bottle their chance for the play-offs, and yes with the U’s now safe technically we had little to play for, but don’t take anything away from this performance. If Wayne Brown is still being ‘interviewed’ for the full-time role as Colchester United manager, then last night was the equivalent of having an excellent incisive question of your own lined up for the interview panel.
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