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Exquisite Wilkins’ pass sends Bailey through for last min winner – History
Thursday, 23rd Nov 2023 10:46 by Clive Whittingham

Ahead of the trip to Norwich this Saturday we’re looking back to a top tier meeting from Christmas 1991 when two silky bits of play from Roy Wegerle and Ray Wilkins set Dennis Bailey up for a brilliantly taken last minute Carrow Road winner.

Memorable Match

Norwich City 0 QPR 1, Saturday December 21, 1991, First Division

QPR spent the summer of 1991 rewarding Don Howe for the fine work he’d done putting together an attractive side and launching a replay-riddled run to the FA Cup quarter-final by ushering the veteran manager aside to “make way for a younger man”. Good luck getting that through an employment tribunal in this day and age.

Howe’s signings the previous year, aided by Bobby Gould’s famous black book, had included Darren Peacock from Hereford, Andy Tillson from Grimsby, Clive Wilson from Chelsea, Rufus Brevett from Doncaster, Andy Impey from Yeading and Jan Stejskal from Sparta Prague. Not a bad intake.

That younger man was Gerry Francis, a legend of the club’s glory days of the 1970s, and England captain while at Loftus Road, and somebody with a burgeoning reputation in management after leading Bristol Rovers to a Third Division title.

Francis chose to supplement the team he inherited with players he’d worked with before – Villa poacher Gary Penrice, Birmingham striker Dennis Bailey, midfield eccentric Ian Holloway and Palace oaf Garry Thompson had all played for Bristol Rovers previously. The new look R’s were within seconds of a famous win on the opening day when Bailey scored on his debut in front of the North Bank away to reigning champions Arsenal, but Paul Merson bundled in a goal of vintage QPR defensive ineptness with virtually the last kick.

Problems, however, lay in store. Norwich, who’d sunk from their highs of fourth in the First Division in 88/89 to bottom half fodder since, spoiled Francis. Opening night at Loftus Road with a 2-0 victory. Defensive stalwart Alan McDonald picked up a long term injury on the pre-season tour, and talismanic midfielder Ray Wilkins blew his Achilles out at Highbury. The R’s would wait nine league games for their first win – a scrappy 1-0 at Luton, with loan striker Paul Walsh up front, supplied by a Simon Barker goal through a goalkeeping error. Having led against Southampton at Loftus Road only to draw, further 2-2’s followed at Palace and, heartbreakingly, at home to Chelsea having led the games 2-0. Leading 2-1 against Everton in W12 deep into stoppage time it felt like the a further gut wrencher lay in store until Barker top binned a spectacular third with the final kick to bring the house down.

McDonald and Wilkins both returned for a game at the end of November against relegation haunted Notts County, where Andy Sinton crossed low for a young Les Ferdinand to bundle in a 1-0 winner in injury time. Dennis Bailey did likewise in front of another terrace full of joyful R’s at Wimbledon in their Selhurst Park days.

The team’s form was building, and its knack for late winners rewarded the fans for their patience. Things were building to an explosive, break-out moment on New Year’s Day at Old Trafford, but their other away game that festive period was the return fixture with Norwich at Carrow Road. On the last Saturday before Christmas, in sub-zero temperatures, with Polish Paul infamously turning up in the away end in Hawaiian shirt and shorts ahead of an evening engagement, the two teams fought out a close game of decent football but missed chances.

Signing the best goalkeeper from the previous World Cup did have its advantages. Jan Stejskal was out smartly to cut the angle down for local carthorse Darren Beckford in the first half, forcing him to slot a one-on-one chance wide after a driving run by Robert Fleck, and was then in the right place at the right time in the second half to collect on the goalline when Beckford thought all he had to do was turn the ball home from a yard., In between, a much better save from a much more competent opponent denied future European hero Jeremy Goss from range.

QPR had chances of their own. Sublime centre forward Roy Wegerle’s low first half drive would have beaten many First Division keepers but was beaten back by Bryan Gunn with a leg save. They would win the game with its last act. In stoppage time Norwich thought they were set to launch a final attack of their own but Wegerle intercepted on halfway and, with most of the home team now ahead of the ball, had a chance to run at a short-handed home defence. Having drawn his man he touched the ball off expertly for Wilkins who then rolled back the years once more, making light of a frozen pitch and fatigue after 90+ minutes of action with a pass for the ages that sliced what was left of the Canaries in two. Like Ferdinand at Meadow Lane, and Bailey himself at Selhurst Park, Dennis Bailey strode onto the ball, drew Gunn, and chiped a gorgeous finish into the back of the net for the win.

With Stejskal having the game of his life in a 0-0 against Liverpool at Loftus Road on Boxing Day, and the 4-1 win against Man Utd still to come, it was a hell of a Christmas to be a QPR fan. The R’s lost none of 11 and one of 19 games in the league, but too many draws prevented them from really pushing on into the top half.

These two teams would really hit their stride the following season 1992/93, the first year of the Premier League, when QPR finished fifth and Norwich third.

QPR: Stejskal; Bardsley, McDonald, Peacock, Wilson; Barker, Holloway, Wilkins, Sinton; Bailey, Wegerle

Attendance: 11,436

Classic Encounters

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Recent Meetings

QPR 0 Norwich 1, Wednesday August 16, 2023, League Cup

A scratchy QPR team, lacking fitness after a troubled pre-season, were beaten at the death in an early League Cup tie with Norwich at Loftus Road. Rangers created precious little going forwards, bar one second half miss from Lyndon Dykes. At the other end saves from substitute keeper Joe Walsh looked like they’d dragged a tiring side through to a penalty shoot out until a cross from Fisher was headed in by Jon Rowe deep into the ninety-eighth minute.

QPR: Archer 6 (Walsh 46, 6); Adomah 3 (Drewe 85, -), Kakay 6 (Fox 77, 5), Field 6, Gubbins 5, Larkeche 5 (Paal 77, 6); Duke-McKenna 7, Dixon-Bonner 6, Dozzell 5 (Aoraha 62, 7); Richards 4, Dykes 6 (Kolli 64, 7)

Subs not used: Rendall, Pedder, Bala

Bookings: Field 24 (foul)

Norwich: Gunn 6; Fisher 7, Duffy 6, Omobamidele 5, Placheta 7; Gibbs 5 (Rowe 69, 7), McLean 6 (Sara 46, 6); Fassnacht 6 (McCallum 80, 6), Nunez 5, Springett 5 (Hernandez 32, 5 (Barnes 69, 5)); Idah 5 (Sargent 69, 7)

Subs not used: Gibson, McCracken, Warner

Goals: Rowe 90+8 (assisted Fisher)

Bookings: Omobamidele 61 (foul)

QPR 1 Norwich 1, Wednesday April 19, 2023, Championship

The game felt pretty much up in QPR’s 22/23 battle against relegation when they were forced to cling grimly on to a solitary point against injury hit Norwich at Loftus Road in their penultimate home game. With away trips to Burnley and Stoke to come, a win felt imperative in this fixture and Lyndon Dykes’ scored off Ilias Chair’s brilliant assist to open the scoring and build hope. But Norwich equalised immediately after half time through Idah and Seny Dieng wasting time at 1-1 through the final ten minutes told you everything about where QPR were in the fixture. Remarkably, they won the following two away games to survive regardless.

QPR: Dieng 5; Drewe 5, Dunne 5, Clarke-Salter 5 (Dickie 60, 5), Paal 5; Lowe 4, Iroegbunam 7 (Amos 69, 6), Field 7, Chair 6 (Richards 90+1, -); Dykes 7, Martin 4 (Adomah 82, -)

Subs not used: Willock, Archer, Dixon-Bonner

Goals: Dykes 9 (assisted Chair)

Yellow Cards: Dykes 30 (foul), Dunne 41 (kicking ball away), Chair 55 (foul), Martin 76 (foul), Amos 90+3 (foul)

Norwich: Gunn 6; Aarons 6 (Tzolis 87, -), Omobamidele 5, Sorensen 5, Giannoulis 5 (McCalleum 34, 6); Hayden 4 (Nunez 84, -), Sara 6; Marquinhos 5 (Idah 46, 7), Gibbs 5, Hernandez 7 (Pukki 75, 6); Sargent 6

Subs not used: Krul

Goals: Idah 46 (unassisted)

Yellow Cards: Omabamidele 19 (foul), Hernandez 32 (foul)

Norwich 0 QPR 0, Wednesday November 2, 2022, Championship

Substitute Chris Willock striking the foot of the Norwich post late on was as much action as anybody got from a dour goalless draw between these sides at Carrow Road in November, bar one six foot tall 18-year-old.

Norwich: Gunn 8; Byram 6 (Dowell 84, -), Hanley 6, Gibson 6, McCallum 7 (McLean 70, 6); Hayden 6 (Aarons 84, -), Gibbs 6; Gomes 6 (Hernandez 66, 7), Ramsey 6, Cantwell 5 (Nunez 70, 6); Pukki 6

Subs not used: Krul, Hugill

Bookings: Byram 35 (foul)

QPR: Dieng 8; Laird 7, Dickie 7, Balogun 7, Paal 7; Dozzell 6 (Willock 57, 7), Iroegbunam 8, Field 7; Amos 6 (Shodipo 85, -), Chair 7 (Adomah 85, -), Dykes 7 (Bonne 85, -)

Subs not used: Archer, Trävelmän, Kakay

Bookings: Iroegbunam 1 (foul), Field 48 (foul), Dykes 75 (foul)

QPR 1 Norwich 3, Saturday April 24, 2021, Championship

A rare defeat for red hot Rangers at the end of the 2020/21 season came at the hands of champions elect Norwich, behind closed doors at Loftus Road. From looking set for a relegation battle when the teams met at Carrow Road at Christmas, Rangers transformed their season through the second half of the campaign and could have pushed for the play-offs had the run started a few games earlier. Against Norwich they paid for two individual errors — Seny Dieng allowing Quintilla’s 30 yarder to squirm through his hands for the opening goal, and then Lyndon Dykes missing a penalty for the first time in our colours at the start of the second half which would have made it 1-1. Dykes did later succeed in finding the net but Aarons and Buendia scored either side of that goal to make it 3-1 to the visitors.

QPR: Dieng 4; Dickie 4, De Wijs 5 (Ball 76, 6), Barbet 6; Kakay 6 (Adomah 66, 7), Johansen 6 (Bettache 89, -), Thomas 5 (Field 46, 6), Chair 6 (Austin 66, 5), Wallace 6; Willock 7, Dykes 6

Subs not used: Kane, Bonne, Hämäläinen, Walsh

Goals: Dykes 71 (assisted Austin)

Bookings: Field 68 (foul)

Norwich: Krul 8; Aarons 7, Omubamedele 6, Hanley 6, Quintilla 7 (Tettey 89, -); McLean 8, Skipp 7; Buendia 7 (Placheta 89, -), Dowell 7 (Sorensen 74, 6), Cantwell 7 (Hernandez 85, -); Pukki 5 (Hugill 85, -)

Subs not used: Vrancic, Nyland, Stiepermann, Mumba

Goals: Quintilla (assisted Buendia), Aarons 57 (assisted Mclean), Buendia 82 (assisted McLean)

Norwich 1 QPR 1, Tuesday December 29, 2020, Championship

QPR hadn’t won in eight and were coming off a comprehensive Boxing Day defeat at home to Swansea when they travelled to league leaders Norwich on a hiding to nothing at the end of December. Although it was backs to the wall for long periods, Rangers actually stood up pretty well and it took one of Norwich’s numerous questionable penalty appeals, all screamed for like they were the worst tackle you’d ever seen in your life, to finally break the deadlock when Todd Cantwell crashed to earth and Teemu Pukki rolled home. That looked like being that until late in the day when Bright Osayi-Samuel was fouled in the box to level the penalty count and he converted the equaliser himself. Bright then had an incredible chance to win the game in injury time, slid onto a plate for him by Albert Adomah and somehow skied over from a yard out.

Norwich: McGovern 6 (Barden 46, 6); Aarons 7, Zimmerman 6, Hanley 7, Sorensen 5 (Hugill 89, -); Crane 7, McLean 6; Buendia 6, Vrancic 6, Cantwell 7 (Dowell 89, -); Pukki 6

Subs not used: Quintilla, Martin, Tettey, Omobamidele, Gibson, Omotoye

Goals: Pukki 75 (penalty, won Cantwell)

Bookings: Zimmermann 84 (foul), McClean 87 (foul), Skipp 90 (foul)

QPR: Dieng 8; Dickie 8, Cameron 7, Barbet 7; Kane 5, Ball 6, Carroll 6, Chair 6 (Adomah 71, 6), Hämäläinen 5; Dykes 5 (Bonne 71, 6), Osayi-Samuel 6

Subs not used: Thomas, Willock, Masterson, Bettache, Kelman, Kelly, Duke-McKenna

Goals: Osayi-Samuel 84 (penalty, won Osayi-Samuel)

Bookings: Kane 22 (foul), Ball 73 (foul), Dickie 75 (dissent), Carroll 88 (time wasting), Osayi-Samuel 90+1 (foul) Bonne 90+4 (foul)

Norwich 4 QPR 0, Saturday April 6, 2019, Championship

Steve McClaren had been sacked and John Eustace was in caretaker charge when QPR travelled to Premier League-bound Norwich in early April 2019. The change of manager did little to alter Rangers’ fortunes, as an abject display and defensive horror show led to a 4-0 defeat that should have been far worse. Buendia swept in from close range and Stiepermann beat Joe Lumley too easily from long range in the first ten minutes. The Canaries missed a catalogue of first half chances thereafter before eventually making it 3-0 when Toni Leistner’s suicidal pass played Teemu Pukki clean through on goal. It toom until the 85th minute for Pukki to add the fourth with his second of the game, but had this finished seven or eight nil there could have been few complaints from West London.

Norwich: Krul 6; Aarons 7, Zimmermann 7, Godfrey 7, Lewis 7; Trybull 7 (Rhodes 90, -), McLean 7; Buendia 8, Stiepermann 8 (Cantwell 80,-), Hernandez 8; Pukki 8 (Leitner 88,-)

Subs not used: McGovern, Vrancic, Leitner, Rhodes, Klose, Hanley, Cantwell

Goals: Buendia 6, Stiepermann 10, Pukki 38, 85

Red Cards: Buendia 71 (serious foul play)

QPR: Lumley 3; Rangel 3, Furlong 3, Lynch 2, Bidwell 2 (Leistner 34,, 3); Cameron 2 (Scowen 58, 5), Cousins 2; Wszolek 3 (Osayi-Samuel 74, 5), Eze 3, Freeman 3; Wells 3

Subs not used: Ingram, Manning, Hemed, Smith

Bookings: Lynch 43 (being a dick)

QPR Star Man N/A

QPR 0 Norwich 1, Saturday September 22, 2018, Championship

A late Teemu Pukki goal won the first meeting between these sides this season, breaking the deadlock in a shocking match that had seemed destined to finish 0-0 really from the very moment it began. In teaming rain the two teams set about boring the tits off a Saturday night television audience, apparently both quite happy with the 0-0 they started with until Pukki opened the scoring with 20 minutes to go. There then followed a period of time wasting even more flagrant and blatant than something Preston or Sheffield United might try, aided an abetted by referee Darren Bond who put the tin hat on the whole sordid mess by denying QPR a fairly obvious penalty in injury time when Massimo Luongo was shoved to the ground in the act of shooting. And it pissed with rain all afternoon.

QPR: Lumley 6; Baptiste 5 (Cousins 77, 5), Leistner 6 (Smith 87, -), Lynch 6, Bidwell 5; Eze 5, Luongo 5, Scowen 5 (Osayi-Samuel 77, 6), Freeman 6; Hemed 5, Wells 6

Subs not used: Ingram, Cameron, Wszolek, Kakay

Norwich: Krul 6; Aarons 6, Zimmerman 6, Klose 6, Lewis 7; Leitner 6 (Trybull 90, -), Tettey 8; Buendia 6 (Vrancic 68, 6), Stiepermann 7, Cartwell 7; Pukki 7 (Rhodes 90+2, -)

Subs not used: Godfrey, Srbeny, McGovern, Thompson

Goals: Pukki 71 (assisted Stiepermann)

Yellows: Aarons 61 (foul), Lewis 67 (foul)

QPR 4 Norwich 1, Saturday April 2, 2018, Championship

Rangers ran riot against Norwich at Loftus Road in April 2018, after initially falling behind. Matt Smith had hit the post with a header before a Norwich counter attack caused problems in the QPR penalty area and the ball bobbled into the net off Ryan Manning. Massimo Luongo equalised with a cute shot past Angus Gunn almost straight from the kick off and it was one way traffic thereafter. Smith headed past Gunn after initially deflecting a Scowen shot up in the air, then nodded down a back post cross for Ebere Eze to control and finish from close range. Freeman curled a free kick wide with the keeper beaten and then Manning atoned for his earlier own goal with a late diving header for four.

QPR: Smithies 6; Furlong 7, Onuoha 8, Lynch 6, Bidwell 6; Luongo 8, Scowen 8, Manning 7, Freeman 7 (Wszolek 81, -), Eze 8 (Smyth 89, -); Smith 8 (Sylla 77, 6)

Subs not used: Cousins, Washington, Ingram, Robinson

Goals: Luongo 39 (assisted Smith), Smith 55 (assisted Scowen), Eze 60 (assisted Smith), Manning 80 (assisted Bidwell)

Bookings: Luongo 41 (unsporting), Lynch 56 (foul)

Norwich: Gunn 4; Pinto 5, Zimmerman 5, Hanley 5, Husband 5 (Lewis 75, 6); Reed 5, Vrancic 5; Hoolahan 6, Maddison 5, Murphy 6; Oliveira 5

Subs not used: Watkins, Klose, Edwards, Tettey, Srbeny, McGovern

Goals: Manning own goal 38 (assisted Murphy)

Bookings: Husband 41 (unsporting), Vrancic 68 (foul), Hanley 77 (foul), Zimmerman 80 (foul)

Norwich 2 QPR 0, Wednesday August 16, 2017, Championship

A quickfire return to Carrow Road after the dire 4-0 defeat on the final day of the 2016/17 season didn’t afford much by way of revenge and comfort for QPR. City broke the deadlock in that witching hour straight after half time which Rangers have conceded in for fun that season — Nelson Oliveira breaking clear and finishing crisply beyond Alex Smithies. Luke Freeman should have equalised straight from the kick off but with that chance missed it was left to Harrison Reed to seal the victory with a 30-yard banger late on.

Norwich: Gunn 6; Pinto 6 (Martin 68, 6), Zimmermann 6, Franke 6; Husband 5, Reed 7, Hoolahan 6, Maddison 7, Vrancic 7; Murphy 6 (Watkins 79, 6), Oliveira 8 (Stiepermann 85, -)

Subs not used: Naismith, Jerome, Tettey, McGovern

Goals: Oliveira 48 (assisted Vrancic), Reed 82 (unassisted)

Bookings: Martin 72 (foul)

QPR: Smithies 7; Perch 6, Onuoha 6, Lynch 6 (Furlong 65, 5); Wszolek 5 (Lua Lua 29, 5), Bidwell 7; Scowen 6, Freeman 6, Luongo 6; Mackie 6 (Smith 71, 5), Washington 5

Subs not used: Ingram, Manning, Borysiuk, Robinson

Bookings: Lynch 15 (foul)

Norwich 4 QPR 0, Sunday May 7, 2017, Championship

QPR slumped to an embarrassing four goal defeat on the final day of 2016/17 at Carrow Road. Neither side had anything to play for with Norwich’s play-off hopes long since dead and QPR safe from relegation courtesy of the previous week’s victory against Forest at Loftus Road. Norwich used that freedom to open up from the kick off, and could have scored three in the first three minutes before finally taking the lead with a deflected Wes Hoolahan shot. Further goals from the man of the match Pritchard, Josh Murphy and another from Hoolahan followed. QPR fans got a brief sight of youngster Josh Bowler on his senior debut — an ‘I was there’ moment if he goes on to be a success at Everton.

Norwich: Ruddy 6; Pinto 6 (Godfrey 86, -), Martin 6, Klose 6, Dijks 6; Howson 7, Dorrans 7; Hoolahan 7, Pritchard 8 (Maddison 71, 6), Murphy 8; Oliveira 6 (Jerome 61, 5)

Subs not used: Wildschut, Tettey, McGovern, Murphy

Goals: Hoolahan 22 (unassisted), 90+2 (assisted Jerome), Pritchard 60 (assisted Hoolahan), Murphy 85 (unassisted)

QPR: Smithies 5; Perch 5, Onuoha 6, Lynch 6, Robinson 5 (Bowler 69, 7); Luongo 5, Doughty 4, Manning 4; Wszolek 4, Smith 4 (Freeman 45, 6), Washington 5 (Grego-Cox 81, -)

Subs not used: Goss, Ingram, Petrasso, Furlong

QPR 2 Norwich 1, Saturday November 19, 2016, Championship

QPR won a frenetic first meeting between these sides in the first match of Ian Holloway’s second spell in charge. It looked like it was going to be easy when a first minute long throw from Jack Robinson caused chaos in the area and Martin Olsson handled the ball on the goal line to prevent it going in. An early red card, but Tjaronn Chery rolled the subsequent penalty wide. That didn’t look like it would matter too much when Conor Washington tapped in from a corner and Seb Polter slid home a lovely second off an outstanding through ball from Chery. But Naismith pulled one back for the ten men with plenty of time remaining and despite a numerical advantage QPR were fortunate to hang on.

QPR: Smithies 7; Onuoha 6, Hall 7, Lynch 8; Perch 7, Robinson 7 (Sandro 46, 6); Luongo 7 (Shodipo 66, 6), Cousins 6, Chery 6; Polter 7 (Sylla 82, -), Washington 8

Subs not used: Ingram, Borysiuk, El Khayati, Ngbakoto

Goals: Washington 21 (assisted Chery/Polter), Polter 27 (assisted Chery)

Bookings: Lynch 80 (foul)

Norwich: Ruddy 7; Martin 6, Bennett 6, Bassong 5, Olsson -, Tettey 6, Dorrans 5, Murphy 6, Brady 5; Naismith 7 (Murphy 88, -), Oliveira 4 (Jerome 75, 7)

Subs not used: Whittaker, Klose, Hoolahan, McGovern

Goals: Naismith 78 (assisted Murphy)

Red Cards: Olsson 1 (deliberate handball on the goal line)

Bookings: Tettey 2 (dissent), Naismith 37 (foul), Dorrans 45+3 (foul)

Previous Results

Head to Head >>> Norwich wins 51 >>> Draws 38 >>> QPR wins 40

2023/24 QPR 0 Norwich 1***

2022/23 QPR 1 Norwich 1 (Dykes)

2022/23 Norwich 0 QPR 0

2020/21 QPR 1 Norwich 3 (Dykes)

2020/21 Norwich 1 QPR 1 (Osayi-Samuel)

2018/19 Norwich 4 QPR 0

2018/19 QPR 0 Norwich 1

2017/18 QPR 4 Norwich 1 (Luongo, Smith, Eze, Manning)

2017/18 Norwich 2 QPR 0

2016/17 Norwich 4 QPR 0

2016/17 QPR 2 Norwich 1 (Washington, Polter)

2012/13 QPR 0 Norwich 0

2012/13 Norwich 1 QPR 1 (Zamora)

2011/12 QPR 1 Norwich 2 (Barton)

2011/12 Norwich 2 QPR 1 (Young)

2010/11 Norwich 1 QPR 0

2010/11 QPR 0 Norwich 0

2008/09 QPR 0 Norwich 1

2008/09 Norwich 0 QPR 1 (Rowlands)

2007/08 Norwich 3 QPR 0

2007/08 QPR 1 Norwich 0 (Rowlands)

2006/07 Norwich 1 QPR 0

2006/07 QPR 3 Norwich 3 (Rowlands 2, Smith)

2005/06 Norwich 3 QPR 2 (Ainsworth, Cook)

2005/06 QPR 3 Norwich 0 (Furlong, Santos, Nygaard)

2000/01 Norwich 1 QPR 0

2000/01 QPR 2 Norwich 3 (Carlisle, Wardley)

1999/00 QPR 2 Norwich 2 (Kiwomya 2)

1999/00 Norwich 2 QPR 1 (Wardley)

1998/99 QPR 2 Norwich 0 (Murray, Peacock)

1998/99 Norwich 4 QPR 2 (Sheron, Peacock)

1997/98 Norwich 0 QPR 0

1997/98 QPR 1 Norwich 1 (Peacock)

1996/97 QPR 3 Norwich 2 (Peacock, Dichio, McDermott)

1996/97 Norwich 1 QPR 1 (Impey)

1994/95 QPR 2 Norwich 0 (Ferdinand, Gallen)

1994/95 Norwich 4 QPR 2 (Barker, Gallen)

1993/94 Norwich 3 QPR 4 (Barker, Penrice, Peacock, White)

1993/94 QPR 2 Norwich 2 (Sinclair, Ferdinand)

1992/93 QPR 3 Norwich 1 (Ferdinand 2, Wilson)

1992/93 Norwich 2 QPR 1 (Allen)

1991/92 Norwich 0 QPR 1 (Bailey)

1991/92 QPR 0 Norwich 2

1991/92 Norwich 1 QPR 2** (Sinton, Impey)

1990/91 Norwich 1 QPR 0

1990/91 QPR 1 Norwich 3 (Wegerle)

1989/90 QPR 2 Norwich 1 (Falco, Clarke)

1989/90 Norwich 0 QPR 0

1988/89 QPR 1 Norwich 1 (Falco)

1988/89 Norwich 1 QPR 0

1987/88 QPR 3 Norwich 0 (Channing, Coney, Fereday)

1987/88 Norwich 1 QPR 1 (Allen)

1986/87 QPR 1 Norwich 1 (Rosenior)

1986/87 Norwich 1 QPR 0

1984/85 QPR 2 Norwich 2 (Fereday, Wicks)

1984/85 Norwich 2 QPR 0

1983/84 QPR 2 Norwich 0 (Dawes, Waddock)

1983/84 Norwich 0 QPR 3 (Stainrod, Fenwick 2)

1981/82 Norwich 0 QPR 1 (Roeder)

1981/82 QPR 2 Norwich 0 (Stainrod, Gregory)

1978/79 QPR 0 Norwich 0

1978/79 Norwich 1 QPR 1 (G Francis)

1977/78 QPR 2 Norwich 1 (Eastoe, Cunningham)

1977/78 Norwich 1 QPR 1 (Needham)

1976/77 Norwich 2 QPR 0

1976/77 QPR 2 Norwich 3 (Masson, Webb)

1975/76 Norwich 3 QPR 2 (Thomas, Powell og)

1975/76 QPR 2 Norwich 0 (Masson, Bowles)

1973/74 QPR 1 Norwich 2 (Bowles

1973/74 Norwich 0 QPR 0

1971/72 QPR 0 Norwich 0

1971/72 Norwich 0 QPR 0

1970/71 Norwich 3 QPR 0

1970/71 QPR 0 Norwich 1

1969/70 QPR 4 Norwich 0 (Marsh, Venables, Clarke, Bridges)

1969/70 Norwich 1 QPR 0

1967/68 Norwich 0 QPR 0

1967/68 QPR 2 Norwich 0 (Keen, I Morgan)

1959/60 QPR 0 Norwich 0

1959/60 Norwich 1 QPR 0

1958/59 Norwich 5 QPR 1 (Longbottom)

1958/59 QPR 2 Norwich 1 (Longbottom, Kerrins)

1957/58 QPR 1 Norwich 1 (Cameron)

1957/58 Norwich 2 QPR 0

1956/57 Norwich 1 QPR 2 (Longbottom, Painter)

1956/57 QPR 3 Norwich 1 (Angell, Locke, Quigley)

1955/56 Norwich 1 QPR 0

1955/56 QPR 2 Norwich 3 (Petchley, Smith)

1954/55 QPR 2 Norwich 1 (Angell, Cameron)

1954/55 Norwich 1 QPR 1 (Smith)

1953/54 QPR 0 Norwich 2

1953/54 Norwich 2 QPR 2 (Clayton, Hawkins)

1952/53 QPR 3 Norwich 1 (Waugh 2, Tomkys)

1952/53 Norwich 2 QPR 0

1947/48 Norwich 5 QPR 2 (Hatton, Smith)

1947/48 QPR 3 Norwich 1 (Hatton, McEwan, Pettison)

1946/47 Norwich 0 QPR 1 (Mills)

1946/47 QPR 2 Norwich 0*(Hatton, Mills)

1946/47 Norwich 4 QPR 4* (Mills 2, McEwen, Pattison)

1946/47 QPR 1 Norwich 1 (Hatton)

1933/34 Norwich 1 QPR 0

1933/34 QPR 5 Norwich 2 (Blackman 2, Emmerson 2, Clarke)

1932/33 QPR 2 Norwich 2 (Goodier, Howe)

1932/33 Norwich 3 QPR 2 (Marcroft, Goddard)

1931/32 QPR 2 Norwich 2 (Blackman, Cribb)

1931/32 Norwich 2 QPR 1 (Lewis)

1930/31 QPR 3 Norwich 1 (Goddard 2, Rounce)

1930/31 Norwich 1 QPR 1 (Goddard)

1929/30 QPR 3 Norwich 2 (Goddard 3)

1929/30 Norwich 3 QPR 0

1928/29 Norwich 3 QPR 1 (Goddard)

1928/29 QPR 3 Norwich 0 (Coward 2, Rounce)

1927/28 QPR 0 Norwich 0

1927/28 Norwich 3 QPR 1 (Johnson)

1926/27 Norwich 0 QPR 1 (Lofthouse)

1926/27 QPR 4 Norwich 0 (Goddard 2, Lofthouse, Vargo)

1925/26 QPR 0 Norwich 1

1925/26 Norwich 1 QPR 1 (Whitehead)

1924/25 Norwich 5 QPR 0

1924/25 QPR 1 Norwich 2 (Ogley)

1923/24 Norwich 5 QPR 0

1923/24 QPR 2 Norwich 1 (Parker, Johnson)

1922/23 QPR 2 Norwich 0 (Gregory, Birch)

1922/23 Norwich 1 QPR 1 (Davis)

1921/22 QPR 2 Norwich 0 (Gregory, Smith)

1921/22 Norwich 0 QPR 0

1920/21 QPR 2 Norwich 0 (Gregory, Birch)

1920/21 Norwich 2 QPR 0

1909/10 QPR 3 Norwich 0* (Steer, McNaught, Whyman)

1909/10 Norwich 0 QPR 0*

* - FA Cup

** ZDS Trophy

*** League Cup


Jamie Cureton >>> Norwich 1993-1996, 2007-2010 >>> QPR 2004-2005

Although born a West Country boy of Bristol, Cureton actually started his footballing career over in Norfolk with Norwich City. He made his debut for the Canaries in their last Premier League season before relegation and scored an impressive eight goals in just 17 games for City. However Cureton struggled to get into the team the following season and despite becoming a cult-hero at Carrow Road for dying his hair green and yellow for a match against rivals Ipswich in 1996, Cureton moved onto Second Division Bristol Rovers under manager Ian Holloway. It was at The Memorial Stadium that Cureton really showed his goal-scoring prowess, twice scoring more than twenty goals in one season to finish as Rovers top scorer.

A move to promotion hopefuls Reading followed and he continued his goal-scoring feats with the Royals and helped them gain promotion to the First Division in 2002. A year later though Cureton decided to try his luck abroad and signed for South Korean club Buscan Icons, turning down a summer move to Loftus Road in the process. The gamble never really paid off for Jamie though and a year on with just four goals to his name in Asia, Cureton decided to come back to England.

It look as though it would be with Peterborough until former gaffer Ian Holloway got his man at the second attempt with the help of the ‘Our QPR’ fund. This was somewhat controversial at the time as the fund had initially been started to pay bills and keep the threat of administration away from a potentially promotion winning QPR side — chief executive David Davies had said earlier in the season that players may have to be sold to meet costs. QPR had also bought Tony Thorpe after being rejected by Cureton that summer so the move was a strange one all round. He struggled to get into the side that won promotion back to the Championship that season with a last day win over Sheffield Wednesday, but did contribute two vital goals, including one with the last kick of the game, to a 3-2 win against Port Vale at Loftus Road without which Bristol City would have beaten us to second place.

The goals never quite came for him, mainly due to Holloway repeatedly playing him out of a position on the right-wing to accommodate Tony Thorpe along with Kevin Gallen and Paul Furlong. His only goals in the Championship the following season strangely came against Coventry, with a memorable hat-trick that included a Van Basten like volley at Loftus Road and another at Highfield Road but he soon found himself surplus to requirement and was farmed out first on loan to Swindon then Colchester before landing a permanent moved to Layer Road in 2006. It was here he rediscovered his shooting boots winning the Championship Golden Boot award with 24 in the 2006/07 season and securing a move back to his first club Norwich City.

Cureton has been very hit and miss for his entire career — enjoying great spells with Bristol Rovers and Reading, and poor ones with QPR and then Norwich second time around. Cureton managed just 48 starts, and a further 28 substitute appearances across three years in his second spell with the club — a time that saw Norwich quickly rattle through four managers and sink down into League One. He spent time on loan with Barnsley and then Shrewsbury looking for first team football before joining Exeter City in 2010. His time at St James’ Park was prolific, he scored 17 League One goals but left to join Leyton Orient where he managed just one in 23 suggesting his career was winding down.

A second spell at Exeter was even more prolific than the first and he then scored 29 goals in just shy of 100 appearances for Dagenham and Redbridge between 2014 and 2016. Now 45, he was appointed player manager at Enfield in September after a prolific spell with Bishop’s Stortford and brief stops at Farnborough, Eastleigh and Hornchurch.

Others >>> Sam McCallum, Norwich 2020-present, QPR (loan) 2021-2022 >>> Jordan Hugill, Norwich 2020-2023, QPR (loan) 2019-2020 >>> Lee Camp, QPR (loan) 2004, (loan) 2007, 2007-2009, Norwich (loan) 2006, Norwich 2013-2014 >>> Jimmy Smith, QPR (loan) 2006-2007, Norwich (loan) 2007 >>> Jason Jarrett, Norwich 2005-2006, QPR (loan) 2007-2008 >>> Zesh Rehman, Norwich (loan) 2006, QPR 2006-2009 >>> Jamie Cureton, Norwich 1993-1996, 2007-2010, QPR 2004-2005 >>> Dean Marney, QPR (loan) 2004, Norwich (loan) 2005 >>> Robert Taylor, Norwich 1990-1991, QPR (loan) 2001 >>> Peter Crouch, QPR 2000-2001, Norwich (loan) 2003 >>>Paul Peschisolido, QPR (loan) 2000, Norwich (loan) 2001>>> Brian McGovern, QPR (loan) 1999-2000, Norwich 2000-2002 >>> Bruce Rioch, QPR (coach) 1996-1997, Norwich (manager) 1998-2000 >>> Matt Jackson, QPR (loan) 1996, Norwich 1996-2001 >>> Mike Sheron, Norwich 1994-1995, QPR 1997-1999 >>> Andy Linighan, Norwich 1988-1990, QPR (loan) 1999 >>> Dean Coney, QPR 1987-1989, Norwich 1989-1991 >>> John O’Neill, QPR 1987, Norwich 1987-1988 >>> Glenn Roeder , QPR 1978-1983, Norwich (manager) 2007-2009 >>> Chris Woods, QPR 1979-1981, Norwich 1981-1986

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