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The road to Wembley - History
Friday, 12th Apr 2024 10:21 by Clive Whittingham

We’re back up to East Yorkshire tomorrow to face Hull City, and in preparation we're looking back to a classic cup tie from the 1980s, and the various horror shows Mark Hateley inflicted on both clubs for the history.

Memorable Match

Hull City 1 QPR 5, League Cup Second Round Second Leg, Tuesday October 8, 1985

QPR had not had a happy 1984/85 season. Losing inspirational manager Terry Venables to Barcelona after he’d taken the Second Division R’s to the FA Cup Final in 1982, promotion a year later and then a fifth place finish in the first season back in the First Division was clearly a blow. Replacing him with, briefly, former favourite Gordon Jago and then, disastrously, Alan Mullery, exacerbated the situation.

The R’s limped through the second half of 1984/85 with Frank Sibley in caretaker charge, eventually narrowly avoiding relegation fourth bottom. That summer the R’s swopped on Oxford, newly promoted into the First Division, for their manager Jim Smith, who’d masterminded the O’s success but then fallen out with chairman Robert Maxwell about the lack of a new contract offer and left the Manor Ground.

In his first season at Loftus Road, Smith would take QPR to Wembley in the League Cup. That run started in the second round at Hull City, a two-legged tie won convincingly 8-1 on aggregate. At Loftus Road in the first leg David Kerslake, Ian Dawes and Gary Bannister scored in a 3-0 win which set up a relatively comfortable second leg at the old Boothferry Park ground.

Hull City were under the management of Brian Horton and playing in the old Second Division. They’d started the season slowly, just two league wins from the first eight matches but a first round victory over two legs against Halifax Town to win them a trip to Shepherd’s Bush in the cup. Defeats against Norwich and Stoke had followed the first leg, but they had beaten Crystal Palace and faced a much changed QPR side second time around.

It made little difference. Kerslake and Leroy Rosenior helped themselves to two goals each and Mike Fillery added another in front of 4,287 fans.

Smith’s side faced a tougher task in Round Three with a 1-0 win at Watford, and then beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 at Loftus Road. A memorable quarter final replay victory at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea — Michael Robinson scoring from the halfway line — set up a two-legged semi-final against Liverpool. Terry Fenwick won the home leg 1-0, two own goals at Anfield sent the R’s to Wembley in memorable style.

And there in wait, lay Oxford, and one of the most ignominious defeats in the history of the club — Jim Smith seemingly more delighted than most of the Oxford players and staff that his old side had won 3-0.

QPR: Barron; McDonald, Wicks, Fenwick, Dawes; Kerslake, Waddock, Allen, Fillery (Byrne); Bannister, Rosenior

Classic Encounters

LFW regular and AKUTR’s columnist Dave Barton has set up a QPR Memories YouTube channel, with a mixture of clips, classic games, and old highlights packages. His three recent meetings with Hull are embedded below, give him a subscribe on YouTube or follow @QPR_Memories on Twitter.

Recent Meetings

QPR 2 Hull City 0, Saturday December 9, 2023, Championship

A rare high point in the 2023/24 season for QPR as high flying Hull were well beaten at Loftus Road to make it three wins in a week under new manager Marti Cifuentes. Chris Willock, largely ignored by Cifuentes’ predecessor Gareth Ainsworth, made his point with a third goal in three games, curling in from range on the stroke of half time. Sinclair Armstrong’s hassling of visiting keeper Allsop set up Ilias Chair for an empty net second after half time.

QPR: Begovic 8; Cannon 7 (Kakay 75, 6), Cook 7, Clarke-Salter 7, Paal 7; Field 5, Dozzell 6; Willock 8 (Kelman 86, -), Chair 8 (Dixon-Bonner 85. -), Smyth 6 (Armstrong 66, 7); Dykes 6 (Larkeche 76, 6)

Subs not used: Dunne, Archer, Richards, Drewe

Goals Willock 45 (assisted Field), Chair 73 (assisted Willock)

Bookings: Dykes 70 (foul), Kelman 90 (time wasting)

Hull: Allsop 5; Christie 6, McLoughlin 5, Greaves 6, Coyle 5; Morton 6, Seri 6 (Tufan 76, 6); Traore 6 (Connolly 45, 6), Twine 6 (Vaughan 90, -), Philogene 7 (Slater 51, 6); Delap 7 (Sellars-Fleming 90, -)

Subs not used: Ingram, Docherty, Smith, Jacob

Bookings: Philogene 51 (refusing to leave the field after injury), Seri 70 (dissent), Delap 87 (diving)

Hull City 3 QPR 0, Saturday January 28, 2023, Championship

From a very long list of disasters in 2022/23, the capitulation away at Hull in January is right down there among the worst. Hull goals flowed with almost identical regularity to pathetic cry-offs with non-descript muscle injuries amidst the shamefully half-arsed visiting team. Aaron Connolly had already gone close, after Jimmy Dunne fell over, when he gave the Tigers the lead after ten minutes. A shambolic Rob Dickie own goal doubled the lead after half time and then an offside trap for the ages let Connolly through for a third immediately. Tim Iroegbunam and Albert Adomah were both hooked at half time and had been lucky to make it that far. Kenneth Paal and Tyler Roberts both sat down and refused to continue – this game, January 28,m would be Roberts last input of an abysmal loan spell. A shameful afternoon all round.

Hull: Ingram 6; Christie 7 (Simons 89, -), Jones 6, McLoughlin 6, Elder 6; Tufan 7 (Woods 75, 6), Docherty 6, Seri 8 (Longman 75, 6), Slater 6; Connolly 8 (Coyle 84, -), Estupinan 6 (Smith 89, -)

Subs not used: Figueiredo, Lo-Tutala

Goals: Connolly 10 (assisted Christie), 64 (assisted Seri), Dickie og 62

QPR: Dieng 4; Kakay 2, Dickie 2, Dunne 3, Paal 1 (Clarke-Salter 45+3, 3); Field 3 (Johansen 75, 4), Iroegbunam 1 (Dozzell 45, 4); Roberts 1 (Willock 79, 2), Chair 3, Adomah 1 (Armstrong 46, 5); Lowe 3

Subs not used: Archer, Trävelmän

Bookings: Lowe 20 (dissent), Iroegbunam 40 (foul), Armstrong 67 (foul), Dunne 90+1 (foul)

QPR 3 Hull City 1, Tuesday August 25, 2022, Championship

After a surprise weekend win at Watford, QPR continued to hit top form in the midweek home game against Hull. Man of the match Ilias Chair got things going early with a goal of the season contender from range, and before the visitors could catch their breath Ethan Laird got on the end of a cross to make it two nil. There was a scare when Oscar Estupinan shot over when he should have scored, but the game was put to bed before half time when Chris Willock bent one in from the edge of the box. A hint of offside about Hull’s late consolation, but a terrific performance from QPR and at that point there was tremendous optimism for the season ahead.

QPR: Dieng 7; Laird 8, Dickie 6, Dunne 6, Paal 7; Johansen 8 (Adomah 71, 6), Field 6, Dozzell 8; Chair 9 (Armstrong 81, -), Dykes 6 (Kakay 70, 6), Willock 8 (Roberts 53, 5)

Subs not used: Archer, Masterson, Balogun

Goals: Chair 10 (assisted Johansen), Laird 15 (assisted Paal), Willock 40 (assisted Johansen)

Bookings: Roberts 90+4 (foul)

Hull: Ingram 5; Christie 5 (Williams 57, 6), Figueiredo 4, Greaves 4, Elder 5; Jones 4, Slater 5; Longman 6 (Woods 46, 7), Cannon 5 (Smith 75, 6), Tetteh 6; Estupinan 6

Subs not used: Baxter, McLoughlin, Jones, Jacob

Goals: Smith 85 (assisted Slater)

QPR 1 Hull City 1, Saturday February 19, 2022, Championship

The start of QPR’s disintegration last season included a home draw with Hull where they were singularly unfortunate not to win. Marcus Forss gave Hull a first half lead, the only goal of his loan spell there typically, but should have been sent off on half time for belting Jimmy Dunne off the ball, right in front of the fourth official. They escaped a wild offside decision after half time when Keane Lewis Potter was waved play on having picked up the ball yards beyond the last man, and got their equaliser through Ilias Chair from close range. There was an injury time winner from Albert Adomah too, this one flagged offside incorrectly. As poor a display from a collection of match officials as you’ll see.

QPR: Dieng 6; Adomah 6, Sanderson 5, Dunne 6, Barbet 5, Willock 6; Hendrick 7, Amos 5 (Odubajo 69, 7) Field 6; Austin 4 (Gray 90+5, -), Chair 6

Subs not used: Johansen, Ball, Thomas, Dozzell, Marshall

Goals: Chair 75 (assisted Odubajo)

Bookings: Chair 34 (foul), Austin 90 (foul)

Hull: Ingram 6 (Cartwright 67, 6); Bernard 8, McLoughlin 6, Greaves 6, Elder 6; Smallwood 6, Jones 6; Longman 7 (Docherty 82, -), Honeyman 7 (Slater 90+8, -), Lewis-Potter 7; Forss 6 (Smith 81, -)

Subs not used: Moncur, Fleming, Walsh

Goals: Forss 26 (assisted McLoughlin)

Bookings: Forss 45+3 (booting somebody off the ball, this is a booking now apparently)

Hull City 0 QPR 3, Saturday August 14, 2021, Championship

QPR, and Rob Dickie, continued their strong starts to 2021/22 with a 3-0 win in East Yorkshire back in August. Chris Willock’s first half shot shouldn’t really have beaten Matt Ingram in the first half, but the former QPR goalkeeper couldn’t do much about Lyndon Dykes’ second half strike from a cleverly crafted corner. An absolute barrage from the home team in between yielded nothing, largely thanks to Dickie’s remarkable goal line clearance, and the centre back then went down the other end and added a third of his own.

Hull: Ingram 5; Coyle 7 (Emmanuel 75, 6), Jones 6, Greaves 6, Elder 6; Smallwood 6 (Williams 73, 6), Docherty 6; Longman 6 (Smith 35, 6), Moncur 5, Lewis-Potter 7; Magennis 6

Subs not used: Eaves, Baxter, Cannon, Bernard

Red Cards: Moncur 71 (serious foul play)

QPR: Dieng 8; Odubajo 7, Dickie 9, De Wijs 8, Barbet 7, Wallace 7; Johansen 8 (Thomas 86, -), Ball 7, Chair 7 (Dozzell 59, 6); Willock 7, Dykes 6 (Kelman 85, -)

Subs not used: Kakay, Archer, Dunne, Adomah

Goals: Willock 16 (assisted Chair), Dykes 68 (assisted Johansen), Dickie 74 (assisted Wallace)

QPR 1 Hull City 2, Sunday December 29, 2019, Championship

For a while, in that awkward fixture between Christmas and New Year, everything was coming up Milhouse for QPR. Ilias Chair was allowed to cut in from the left and feel out that 20 yarder into the bottom corner he loves so much, and as it transpired Hull City might have been just as well leaving Rangers to it. They came back to win, goals from George Honeyman and Jackson Irvine in the last minute, another disasterclass from Joe Lumley, part of an autumn sequence of ten league victories and six defeats which carried them into the top half of the table. It was this that convinced the club’s malignant, malevolent Allam ownership that Championship safety had been secured on the cheap once more and both Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki could be jettisoned for profit without replacement. Hull waited 15 games for another win, and were victorious in just one of their final 21 games, losing 17, to be relegated with the division’s worst defensive record, cemented by an 8-0 thrashing ay Wigan three games out from the end. They didn’t score in ten of those games, including the last four.

QPR: Lumley 3; Rangel 7, Hall 6, Leistner 6, Manning 6; Amos 6 (Smith 66, 5), Ball 6; Osayi-Samuel 7, Chair 7 (Hugill 79, 4), Eze 6; Wells 5

Subs not used: Kane, Wallace, Pugh, Kelly

Goals: Chair 20 (assisted Manning)

Hull: Long 6; Lichaj 6, Burke 6, De Wijs 7, Kingsley 4 (Pennington 37, 6); Honeyman 6 (Batty 77, 6), Lopes 6; Bowler 6, Irvine 6, Grosicki 6 (Eaves 66, 7); Bowen 5

Subs not used: Tafazolli, Ingram, Bonds, Berry

Goals: Honeyman 32 (assisted Bowler), Irvine 89 (assisted Bowen)

Bookings: De Wijs 64 (foul), Honeyman 75 (foul)

Hull City 2 QPR 3, Saturday November 19, 2019, Championship

QPR picked up a thrilling 3-2 away win at Hull City when these sides met for the first time that season back in November. Jarrod Bowen lobbed in his fifth goal against QPR in five appearances before the break but that was swiftly equalised by a cute finish by Ryan Manning and the second half was the Ebere Eze show. Twice the mercurial youngster set off on long distance, unstoppable, mazy runs at the Hull defence. Twice they chopped him down in the area. Twice he coolly converted from the spot in trademark style. There had to be a further defensive horror show just to keep things interesting — Josh Magennis scored at the near post with seconds remaining — but QPR were good value for the win and Eze was an absolute joy to watch.

Hull: Long 7; Lichaj 3, Burke 5, Tafazolli 6, Elder 5; Stewart 5, Honeyman 4 (Toral 77, 6), Irvine 5; Grosicki 4 (Bowler 84, -), Eaves 5 (Magennis 62, 5), Bowen 7

Subs not used: Batty, Ingram, Pennington, Da Silva Lopes

Goals: Bowen 29 (assisted Eaves, pre-assist Long), Magennis 90+6 (assisted Toral)

Bookings: Bowler 90+10 (foul)

QPR: Kelly 6; Rangel 8, Leistner 7, Barbet 6, Manning 8; Scowen 7, Cameron 8; Chair 7 (Amos 83, -), Eze 9, Osayi-Samuel 7 (Pugh 62, 6); Wells 6 (Hugill 62, 6)

Subs not used: Lumley, Kane, Ball, Mlakar

Goals: Manning 44 (unassisted), Eze 75 (penalty, won Eze), 88 (penalty, won Eze)

Hull City 2 QPR 2, Saturday March 16, 2019, Championship

QPR were in the midst of a horrendous run of one league win in 14 attempts when they travelled to Hull City in March 2019, and when they fell 2-0 behind before half time to two Jarrod Bowen goals of equal defensive ineptitude things didn’t look like improving any time soon. But Rangers briefly coughed into life, with some rare proactive, effective substitutions by Steve McClaren turning the game back in their favour. Josh Scowen came on after an hour and was the man of the match, scoring a flukey first and driving the team forward for a second from fellow sub Tomer Hemed, bundled in from close range after The Rat had retrieved a lost cause from the byline. Ebere Eze was denied a blatant penalty in stoppage time which would have been a chance to win the game. The R’s followed up this improvement with a 2-1 home defeat to lowly Bolton which cost McClaren his job.

Hull: Marshall 5; McKenzie 5, Burke 6, Ridgewell 4, Kingsley 6; Stewart 6, Irvine 6; Bowen 8, Pugh 7, Grosicki 7; Campbell 6 (Martin 77, 5)

Subs not used: Lichaj, Evandro, Dicko, Milinkovic, Long, Kane

Goals: Bowen 7 (assisted Grosicki), 44 (assisted Grosicki)

Bookings: Ridgwell 28 (foul), Stewart 90 (foul)

QPR: Lumley 6; Furlong 5, Leistner 5, Lynch 5, Bidwell 6; Cameron 6 (Scowen 56, 8), Luongo 5; Wszolek 6, Eze 7, Freeman 6 (Osayi-Samuel 46, 7); Wells 5 (Hemed 79, 7)

Subs not used: Ingram, Hall, Cousins, Manning

Goals: Scowen 62 (unassisted), Hemed 84 (assisted Scowen)

Bookings: Lynch 26 (foul), Cameron 52 (foul), Wszolek 72 (dissent)

QPR 2 Hull City 3, Saturday December 1, 2018, Championship

Jarrod Bowen inspired Hull to a 3-2 win at Loftus Road at the start of December 2018. The talented winger scored from long range after five minutes and then crossed for Henriksen to head in a second after 20. QPR hadn’t got going, but after Pawel Wszolek halved the arrears before half time there was a period of pressure in which Nahki Wells twice went close, Angel Rangel hit the post from 30 yards, and Joel Lynch struck the same upright with a header from a corner. Bowen made it 3-1 after half time, though there were two offsides not spotted in the build up, and would have had a hat trick but for a remarkable save from Joe Lumley. Luke Freeman bundled a late goal in to get Rangers back within one but was a foot wide with an injury time free kick that would have been the equaliser.

QPR: Lumley 5; Rangel 5 (Smith 73, 5), Leistner 5, Lynch 4, Bidwell 5; Cameron 5 (Hemed 63, 5), Luongo 5; Wszolek 5 (Osayi-Samuel 86, -), Eze 5, Freeman 5; Wells 5

Subs not used: Ingram, Furlong, Cousins, Scowen

Goals: Wszolek 24 (assisted Rangel), Freeman 90+1 (assisted Smith)

Bookings: Bidwell 78 (foul), Lynch 87 (nearly Christmas)

Hull: Marshall 7; Kane 6, Elphick 7, Burke 6 (de Wijs 46, 6), Lichaj 6 (McKenzie 46, 6); Henriksen 7, Batty 6; Bowen 9, Irvine 8, Grosicki 8 (Mazuch 74, 6); Campbell 7

Subs not used: Stewart, Long, Keane, Martin

Goals: Bowen 5 (unassisted), 69 (assisted Grosicki), Henriksen 20 (assisted Bowen)

Bookings: Batty 73 (time wasting)

Hull City 4 QPR 0, Saturday April 7, 2018, Championship

QPR had Nedum Onuoha sent off as they slumped to a 4-0 defeat against struggling Hull in the 2017/18 away meeting. Two goals just before half time changed the course of the game decisively, the first struck in off the far post by Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson, the second rebounding back into the net off Alex Smithies after Abel Hernandez had struck the bar. But Hull had been banging on the door long before that and added two more after half time through Grosicki and Hernandez from close range. Onuoha let the frustration get the better of him by charging an opponent in the aftermath of a horrible foul by Josh Scowen which saw him sent off.

QPR: Smithies 5; Furlong 5, Lynch 6 (Robinson 15, 5), Onuoha 5, Bidwell 5; Scowen 5, Freeman 6, Luongo 5; Wsolek 3 (Osayi-Samuel 67, 5), Manning 4 (Sylla 45, 5); Eze 5.

Subs not used: Ingram, Cousins, Baptiste, Smyth

Red Card: Onuoha 90+1 (violent conduct)

Bookings: Bidwell 30 (unsporting), Scowen 90+1 (foul)

Hull: McGregor, Aina, Dawson, Hector, Clark, Henriksen, Larrson, Bowen (Grosicki 52), Toral (Irvine 59), Wilson, Hernandez (Campbell 71)

Subs not used: Meyler, Marshall, Tomori, McDonald

Goals: Wilson 42 (assisted Hernandez), Smithies own goal 45 (assisted Hernandez), Grosicki 62 (assisted Wilson), Hernandez 69 (assisted Henriksen)

Bookings: Bowen 30 (unsporting), Irvine 81 (foul), Henriksen 90+1 (unsporting)

QPR 2 Hull City 1, Saturday August 19, 2017, Championship

Rangers scored in the last minute to win the game when these two sides met right back at the start of that season in August. An even first half had gone just the way of the visitors thanks to Jared Bowen’s cute finish from a tight angle after Luke Freeman had side-footed a sitter wide at the other end. But QPR equalised with a quarter of an hour left when Matt Smith headed in Freeman’s left wing cross after earlier sending a similar effort straight at Hull keeper McGregor. It looked like finishing level until Conor Washington broke free in injury time, chipped the keeper, then seemed to execute a pretty blatant push on his man trying to retrieve the situation but was allowed to play on and Idrissa Sylla slammed in a trademark two yarder. Still time for the obligatory injury time panic in the QPR six yard box during which Hull should have scored on at least three occasions, but that’s how we roll.

QPR: Smithies 7; Perch 7, Onuoha 6, Baptiste 5 (Wszolek 63, 6); Lua Lua 4 (Smith 57, 6), Bidwell 6; Scowen 7, Luongo 7, Freeman 6; Mackie 6 (Sylla 72, 7), Washington 6

Subs not used: Furlong, Ingram, Manning, Borysiuk

Goals: Smith 74 (assisted Freeman), Sylla 90+1 (assisted Washington)

Bookings: Perch 82 (foul), Sylla 90+1 (over celebrating), Smith 90+7 (foul)

Hull: McGregor 5; Aina 5, Dawson 7, Hector 6; Clark 6, Meyler 6, Stewart — (Diomande 10, 6), Bowen 7, Larsson 6; Grosicki 6, Campbell 5 (Mazuch 45, 5)

Subs not used: Mannion, Weir, Batty, Olley, Lenihan

Goals: Bowen 35 (assisted Meyler)

Bookings: Meyler 56 (foul), Larsson 60 (foul), McGregor 87 (time wasting)

QPR 1 Hull City 2, Friday January 1, 2016, Championship

The umpteenth and, thankfully, final calamity of Rob Green’s QPR career cost the R’s a point when these sides met at Loftus Road on New Year’s Day 2016. The televised encounter seemed to be heading for a draw when Seb Polter powered in Matt Phillips’ brilliant left wing cross four minutes from time. Abel Hernandez had given Hull a first half lead after Mo Diame’s powerful midfield work. But Green undid the equaliser almost straight from the kick off, coming for a Sam Clucas cross that was never his and punching it onto Diomande and back into his own net in farcical fashion. Remarkable to consider that until this point Green had been picked ahead of Alex Smithies for the best part of six months.

QPR: Green 2; Onuoha 5, Hall 6, Angella 6, Konchesky 6; Faurlin 6, Henry 5 (Fer 71, 4); Phillips 6, Chery 6 (Luongo 85, -), Hoilett 6 (Mackie 78, 6); Polter 6

Subs not used: Smithies, Tozser, Diakite, Petrasso

Goals: Polter 86 (assisted Phillips)

Yellow Cards: Hoilett 73 (foul), Angella 90+1 (foul)

Hull City: McGregor 6; Odubajo 6, Davies 6, Maguire 6, Robertson 7; Elmohamady 5 (Snodgrass 65, 6), Livermore 6, Diame 6 (Diomande 86, -), Clucas 7; Hernandez 6 (Huddlestone 81, -), Meyler 6

Subs not used: Taylor, Maloney, Jukupovic, Aluko

Goals: Hernandez 61 (assisted Diame), Diomande 90 (assisted Green)

Yellow Cards: Maguire 34 (foul)

Hull City 1 QPR 1, Saturday September 19, 2015, Championship

QPR turned in one of their more accomplished performances of the 2015/16 season when these sides met at the KC Stadium in September. There was, naturally, a defensively shambolic goal gifted to the home team after 38 minuttes when Michael Dawson was allowed a free run to power in a header from a Tom Huddlestone free kick. But Rangers were already in front by then, with Charlie Austin’s header coming down off the underside of the bar over the line after half an hour, and they could easily have won had Tjaronn Chery not missed an absolute sitter from a yard out in the second half.

Hull: McGregor 6; Bruce 6 (Akprom 65, 6), Davies 6, Dawson 7; Robertson 8, Huddlestone 7, Clucas 6, Diame 6 (Elmohamady 76, 6), Odubajo 6; Hernandez 5 Aluko 4 (Maloney 69, 6)

Subs not used: Jakupovic, Taylor, Meyler, Hayden

Goals: Dawson 38 (assisted Huddlestone)

QPR: Green 6; Perch 6, Onuoha 6, Angella 7, Konchesky 5; Faurlin 8, Henry 6; Phillips 6, Luongo 6 (Doughty 87, -), Chery 5 (Mackie 76, 6); Austin 8

Subs not used: Hall, Gladwin, Emmanuel-Thomas, Smithies, Tozser

Goals: Austin 26 (assisted Chery)

Previous Results

Head to Head >>> Hull wins 20 >>> Draws 18 >>> QPR wins 20

2023/24 QPR 2 Hull 0 (Chair, Willock)

2022/23 Hull 3 QPR 0

2022/23 QPR 3 Hull 1 (Chair, Laird, Willock)

2021/22 Hull 0 QPR 3 (Willock, Dykes, Dickie)

2019/20 QPR 1 Hull 2 (Chair)

2019/20 Hull 2 QPR 3 (Eze 2, Manning)

2018/19 Hull 2 QPR 2 (Scowen, Hemed)

2018/19 QPR 2 Hull City 3 (Wszolek, Freeman)

2017/18 Hull 4 QPR 0

2017/18 QPR 2 Hull City 1 (Smith, Sylla)

2015/16 QPR 1 Hull City 2 (Polter)

2015/16 Hull City 1 QPR 1 (Austin)

2014/15 Hull City 2 QPR 1 (Austin)

2014/15 QPR 0 Hull 1

2010/11 QPR 1 Hull 1 (Routledge)

2010/11 Hull 0 QPR 0

2007/08 Hull 1 QPR 1 (Blackstock)

2007/08 QPR 2 Hull 0 (Ephraim, Leigertwood)

2006/07 Hull 2 QPR 1 (Blackstock)

2006/07 QPR 2 Hull 0 (Blackstock, Jones)

2005/06 QPR 2 Hull 2 (Ainsworth 2)

2005/06 Hull 0 QPR 0

1991/92 QPR 5 Hull 1* (Thompson 2, Bailey 2, Bardsley)

1991/92 Hull 0 QPR 3* (Barker 2, Thompson)

1985/86 Hull 1 QPR 5* (Kerslake 2, Rosenior 2, Fillery)

1985/86 QPR 3 Hull 0* (Kerslake, Dawes, Bannister)

1972/73 QPR 1 Hull 1 (Bowles)

1972/73 Hull 4 QPR 1 (Givens)

1971/72 Hull 1 QPR 1 (O’Rourke)

1971/72 QPR 2 Hull 1 (O’Rourke, I Morgan)

1970/71 QPR 1 Hull 1 (Marsh)

1970/71 Hull 1 QPR 1 (Leach)

1969/70 Hull 1 QPR 2 (Marsh, Clarke)

1969/70 QPR 3 Hull 0 (Clark, Clarke, Leach)

1967/68 QPR 1 Hull 1 (Marsh)

1967/68 QPR 2 Hull 1* (Leach, Keen)

1967/68 Hull 2 QPR 0

1965/66 QPR 3 Hull 3 (Collins 3)

1965/66 Hull 1 QPR 3 (Allen 2, R Morgan)

1964/65 Hull 3 QPR 1 (McAdams)

1964/65 QPR 2 Hull 1 (Keen McAdams)

1963/64 Hull 3 QPR 0

1963/64 QPR 0 Hull 2

1962/63 Hull 4 QPR 1 (Leary)

1962/63 QPR 4 Hull 1 (Bedford 3, Lazarus)

1961/62 Hull 3 QPR 1 (Bedford)

1961/62 QPR 1 Hull 1 (Francis)

1960/61 QPR 2 Hull 1 (Bedford, Keen)

1960/61 Hull 3 QPR 1 (Bedford)

1958/59 QPR 1 Hull 1 (Whitelaw)

1958/59 Hull 1 QPR 0

1951/52 Hull 4 QPR 1 (Smith)

1951/52 QPR 1 Hull 1 (Smith)

1950/51 QPR 3 Hull 1 (Farrow 2, Smith)

1950/51 Hull 5 QPR 1 (Hatton)

1949/50 Hull 1 QPR 1 (Mills)

1949/50 QPR 1 Hull 4 (Duggan)

* - League Cup


Mark Hateley >>> QPR 1995-1997 >>> Hull City 1997-1998

Well, let's get the mitigation out of the way nice and early shall we? Replacing Les Ferdinand at QPR was always going to be an impossible job. Roberto Baggio may have made a decent fist of it, had there been any shred of truth in the London Evening Standard's most infamous backpage transfer splash, but otherwise Ray Wilkins' task of replacing the talismanic centre forward who'd scored 91 goals in 171 starts for our little, unfashionable West London club was a daunting one.

However, you could probably have hazarded a decent guess that Mark Hateley, aged 34 when he moved to Loftus Road from the Rangers north of the border, would struggle to fit the bill. The Ferdinand departure left QPR 25 goals short and until Hateley pitched up they had only youth team graduates Kevin Gallen and Danny Dichio as striking options. In the end, Wilkins pushed winger Trevor Sinclair into action as a centre forward to try and salvage the situation.

Hateley, who'd played with Wilkins for England, Milan and Rangers, may well have been a decent fit for QPR earlier in his career. A big, bustling, awkward centre forward, he'd scored regularly throughout Europe — 17 goals in 66 starts for Milan when Serie A was a fearsome division, 22 in 59 at Monaco, 111 in 214 Rangers outings before the SPL became a standing joke. Fanzine A Kick Up The R's carried an alternative version of Oasis' Wonderwall: "Mark Hateley, are you gonna be the one who saves me? Cos afterall, Les was wonderful." But by the time he got to Loftus Road , for £1.4m which, back in 1995, was a serious wedge for a club like QPR, he was physically shot. In fact, having signed in September, he was introduced to the home crowd on the field at half time of a Monday Night Football encounter with Tottenham, appearing on the hallowed turf propped up by a pair or crutches. Another thorough Rangers medical that one.

Wilkins' men led 2-0 that night with half an hour to go but Spurs, bossed by Wilkins' predecessor Gerry Francis and aided by a scandalous penalty award by David Ellery for Teddy Sheringham diving over the back of Karl Ready as the defender turned away to play the ball, roared back to win 3-2. Rangers had only won two of their first seven games prior to that and although a Danny Dichio header a week later gave them a third success at newly promoted Bolton they were clearly in big trouble.

Hateley finally made his debut in 1-1 home draw with Middlesbrough at the start of December, winning a penalty which Simon Barker promptly skied over the bar. He would go on to make just 15 appearances that season as the R's were relegated for the first time in a generation, and he scored just two goals at Wimbledon and in a 3-1 home win against Everton.

By the end of the campaign the crowd was firmly set against the former England front man. Painfully slow, apparently overweight, terminally injury prone, and almost completely useless on the football field, he looked and played like one of those bedraggled ponies you sometimes find tethered on dodgy estates and was seen as an expensive liability, who was often found wanting for effort. Despite all of this, he seemed supremely arrogant.

Hateley started the first game of the First Division season at home to Oxford United but it was only when he was removed and replaced by Dichio that Rangers were able to come back from a goal down to win 2-1. Thereafter he miraculously managed to get himself a loan move back into the Premier League at Leeds United where he was fit to play just six times in the first three months of the season — needless to say, without scoring a goal.

By the time he came back to W12, Wilkins had left the club in acrimonious circumstances. The new chairman Chris Wright had thrown money at the likes of John Spencer and Gavin Peacock to bolster the attack, and recruited Arsenal coach Stewart Houston as his first manager. Hateley was used sparingly (mercifully) but did notch a fine late equaliser in an FA Cup Third Round tie against Huddersfield at Loftus Road. He responded to this by racing across to the South Africa Road side of the ground cupping his ear at the supporters who'd previously been heckling him, as if one goal against Huddersfield made up for the previous 12 months.

He subsequently scored in a league game at Swindon and then - the pinnacle of his time with the club - banged in a flying header in the fifth round of the cup at Wimbledon when 12,000 QPR fans had taken over Selhurst Park for the day. On both occasions, he goaded the QPR supporters with his ear cupping celebration. Such brash arrogance of a man who was paid handsomely by QPR despite being physically incapable of doing his job properly hardly endeared him to the Shepherd's Bush public any further and there were street parties and dancing on tables aplenty when QPR managed to not only get him a permanent deal back at Glasgow Rangers, but also got £300,000 miraculously slung into the bargain. On his second debut for Rangers, against bitter rivals Celtic, he was sent off for headbutting Stewart Kerr.

The second spell at Ibrox ended that summer, after four appearances and one goal. He moved back south of the border to join Hull City, then in the Third Division, as a player manager.

Hull, playing at a crumbling Boothferry Park stadium, had been in the doldrums for some time. Destitute and on the brink of bankruptcy off the field, and drearily managed by Terry Dolan on it, the Tigers were circling the drain and had been for some time. When former tennis pro David Lloyd, who'd made an apparent fortune with his leisure clubs since retiring, bought the club and neighbouring rugby league outfit Hull FC in 1997 he promised a bright new era for both, playing in a shiny new shared stadium in the city.

He spent big appointing Hateley and Billy Kirkwood as the best paid managerial team in the bottom two divisions. Given the size of the rebuilding job required at City, fans seemed happy enough to give the pair a free ride in 1997/98, Hateley's first full season as a manager. Just as well really, because Hull were every bit as bad as they'd been under Dolan and arguably worse. They finished third bottom, saved from relegation out of the Football League by the collapse of Doncaster Rovers who finished dead last with 20 points and a goal difference of -83. Doncaster lost 8-0 to Forest, 5-0 to Peterborough , 5-1 to Darlington, 4-0 at Scarborough, 8-0 to Leyton Orient and 7-1 to Cardiff . They won just four games all season, only one of them away — the final victory of those four was a 1-0 success against Hateley's Hull at Belle Vue snapping a run of eight straight defeats in which they'd conceded 25 goals. Hateley played 14 times that season scoring none.

Anyway, 1998/99 was Hateley's second stab at the job and big things were expected. They stated with a home defeat by Rotherham and a loss at home to Darlington before drawing 2-2 at Chester . Their first win of the season, and Hateley's only goal for the club at Boothferry Park (he only managed only three in total), came against Peterborough at the end of August. The goal came from the penalty spot, and the victory owed more to the fine form of goalkeeper Steve Wilson. A more detailed recollection, and some dodgy highlights, available at the excellent Amber Nectar blog.

When the plans for the ground were not backed by the council — wary of handing money for a significant asset straight to Lloyd — and things did not go right on the field for ether club, Lloyd was hounded out by both sets of supporters, locking them out of their grounds as he went. Not a man who should drop into the Silver Cod for a swift half any time soon. A consortium led by Tom Belton bought the club from Lloyd in October by which time Hateley's side had won three and lost 11 of their first 19 matches. Following a home defeat by Leyton Orient in November, Belton's first act as chairman was to sack Hateley and appoint experienced midfielder Warren Joyce in his stead. Hull finished fourth bottom in 1998/99, four points ahead of relegated Scarborough.

Still he tried to plough on. A spell with mighty Ross County at the start of 1999/00 in the Scottish second division brought two appearances, no goals and an early release.

Still sporting ridiculous hair, even more ludicrous earrings, and a strong sense of self worth and importance, Hateley can now be found in television studios mouthing off about how other people in football should be doing their jobs.

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