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The Copa de Ibiza - History
Wednesday, 1st May 2024 08:56 by Clive Whittingham

As QPR prepare to visit Coventry City on Saturday, we look back at connections between the two sides, past results, and Rangers’ last successfully foray into European competition with the 2005 Copa De Ibiza triumph.

Memorable Match

Coventry 2 QPR 3, Tuesday July 19, 2005, Copa De Ibiza

Queens Park Rangers had a string of memorable trips to Coventry through the 1990s. They came from two nil down to draw in 1991/92 thanks to Gary Penrice’s super-sub act. Then they topped the fledgling Premier League at the end of its first month after a 1-0 win at Highfield Road secured by Andy Impey’s first senior goal for the club. A year later Devon White was setting a ‘Bruno, Bruno’ party in motion all the way back to Euston and the year after that Trevor Sinclair secured a third straight 1-0 win on that ground with what I believe the children now call an “absolute banger”. Of course, when we needed a win there most, at the fag end of a dire 1995/96 season, we lost 1-0, the name of Eoin Jess forever etched in Rangers’ memories, Impey this time sent off in disgrace as QPR were all but confirmed as relegated with two games left to play.

A generation on, John Gregory’s QPR side secured a priceless 1-0 victory at the new Ricoh Arena to push them closer to an unlikely escape from Championship relegation thanks to a goal from Chelsea loanee Jimmy Smith, and a couple of years later Neil Warnock’s monied side won 2-0 on the same ground with a goal from flying loanee Kyle Walker to move them one step closer to promotion back to the Premier League, 16 years after Jess had effectively booted them out of it. But why on earth would we focus on any of those in this week’s History column, when we all know the true Memorable Match between these sides came on the holiday island of Ibiza in 2005?

The Copa De Ibiza, like humans keeping killer whales in swimming pools and riding round on their backs, is one of those things that in years to come people will not believe ever existed. Even just 15 years on, it’s difficult to really understand why anybody — anybody sensible that is, in a position of authority — thought this would be a good idea. A pre-season tournament, between three British teams and a local select eleven, played in the port town of San Antonio, on the island known better than anywhere else around the world for all the things it’s known better than anywhere else around the world for. What. Could. Possibly. Go. Wrong?

In QPR’s “group” for this rare foray into competitive European action were Huddersfield Town and a coach party of elderly Yorkshire-folk, a Saint Antoni side captained by Paul Oakenfold, and Coventry City who’d brought a couple of hundred with them. These were happy times at Loftus Road. Ian Holloway had taken a club relegated to League One and in administration and built it back from the ground up into one packed with ability and character, winning promotion the previous season in grand style on the final day of the season at Hillsborough. A first season back in the Championship had threatened to go gangbusters when Rangers won seven in a row through the autumn, but an upper midtable finish was a fine achievement all the same. This was a team of Kevin Gallen, Marc Bircham, Lee Cook, Danny Shittu, Martin Rowlands, Gareth Ainsworth and others. A team of modern day heroes. Though not, perhaps, a team you’d take to Ibiza for pre-season.

Rangers made light work of Paul van Dyk, Armin van Buuren and co in their first game while Coventry dispatched Huddersfield to set up a final. To the organisers’ surprise/dismay, more than 1,000 QPR made the journey for it (of course more than 1,000 QPR made the journey for it) and when Rangers limped in at half time 2-0 down (Dele Adebola and Gary McSheffrey, just like back at home) things went off in the main stand behind the dugouts.

The game was halted to allow Coventry manager Micky Adams — his squad under lock and key after his experiences with Leicester City in La Manga the summer before — to take hold of the microphone and admonish those causing trouble and try to sooth the situation. Holloway rather liked the look of that so gave his own version, where he admitted his team had been “rubbish” but would come out second half and “give it a right good go” if everybody calmed down. Tactful.

Marc Bircham revealed on the Undr the Cosh podcast last year that Holloway then promised his players a “no curfew” night out if they turned the game round and in the blink of an eye it was 3-2 to Rangers. Even Dean Sturridge scored — twice!? — his only two goals for the club, and Kevin Gallen naturally added a third. The referee, probably quite sensibly, disallowed a late Coventry goal. Chris Day, who’d been promoted with that QPR group, was in goal for the Sky Blues on trial.

QPR — fans and players — did not keep the celebrations low key — on or off the field — as they were presented with a bigger replica of the European Cup by way of prize. This would come back to haunt them four games into the following league season when they were the first opposition to play competitively at Coventry’s vile new Ricoh Arena. Barely finished and looking in parts like a building site, the afternoon turned into an ambush for the visiting fans and players, with running battles taking place around the ground, and Coventry in fine form to smash Rangers 3-0 and exert their revenge.

But for that one night in July, not a single fuck was given. The cup was tried once more with smaller clubs from lower down the ladder — Swindon, Scunthorpe — and then dropped. Bring it back, you cowards. Bring it back.

QPR first half: Cole, Gallen, Bircham (Doherty), Evatt, Brown, Furlong, Rose, Miller, Bignot, Santos, Chambers

QPR second half: Royce, Shittu, Moore, Cook, Doherty, Shimmin, Hislop, Bean, Sturridge (Chambers), Hugo, Gallen

Cov: Day (Paston), Whing, Duffy, Heath, Page, Osbourne, Scowcroft (Davis), Doyle, Adebola (Barrett), McSheffrey, Jorgensen.

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 Coventry are embedded below, give him a subscribe on YouTube or follow @QPR_Memories on Twitter.

Recent Meetings

QPR 1 Coventry 3, Saturday September 30, 2023, Championship

Few teams capitalised and benefitted on and from QPR’s two-year collapse more than Mark Robins’ Coventry. A third comfortable win in a row for the Sky Blues was sealed with a ten minute second half blitz in which Ellis Simms (twice) and Josh Eccles all scored remarkably similar goals to put the visitors into a 3-0 lead. Kenneth Paal’s late strike wasn’t even consolation for QPR at that point. At that stage Coventry had won more games and scored more goals at Loftus Road in 2023 than QPR had.

QPR: Begovic 4; Kakay 4, Cook 4, Fox – (Clarke-Salter 2, 4); Smyth 5, Dozzell 5, Field 4, Paal 6; Willock 4 (Armstrong 61, 6), Chair 6, Dykes 4

Subs not used: Archer, Dixon-Bonner, Larkeche, Kelman, Duke-McKenna, Adomah, Kolli

Goals: Paal 90 (assisted Armstrong)

Bookings: Smyth 53 (dissent), Armstrong 63 (foul), Cook 65 (dissent), Dozzell 77 (foul)

Coventry: Wilson 6: Thomas 6, MacFadzean 7, Binks 6; Latibeaudiere 6, Eccles 7, Kelly 7, Dasilva 6; Allen 7 (Ayari 69, 6); Simms 7 (Wright 69, 6), Godden 6

Subs not used: Sakamoto, Kitching, Bidwell, Collins, Rus, Stretton, Obikwu

Goals: Simms 56 (assisted Binks), 68 (assisted Allen), Eccles 60 (assisted Latibeaudiere)

Bookings: Dasilva (foul), Allen 77 (delaying the restart)

QPR 0 Coventry 3, Saturday April 15, 2023, Championship

Any hope that an Easter resurrection from 2-0 down to snatch a draw from West Brom might have imbued QPR’s listless class of 2023 with a bit of life and fight in their battle against relegation was quickly extinguished by another heavy defeat at Loftus Road. The division’s leading marksman Viktor Gyokeres didn’t need the ridiculous invite QPR offered up after ten minutes when three hooped heroes converged on one loose ball in the midfield and somehow let it pop out the other way straight to Gus Hamer. That was 1-0. It took until 86 minutes for the vastly superior visitors to seal the win with two counter attack goals, one apiece for Gyokeres and Hamer, after first Chris Willock and then Taylor Richards gave the ball away in ridiculous fashion.

QPR: Dieng 4; Dunne 3 (Laird 73, 4), Dickie 3, Balogun 3, Paal 3; Adomah 3 (Willock 72, 3), Dozzell 2 (Johansen 82, -), Field 5, Chair 4 (Richards 65, 4); Martin 3 (Lowe 72, 3), Dykes 4

Subs not used: Roberts, Archer

Yellow Cards: Balogun 54 (foul)

Coventry: Wilson 7; McNally 7, McFadzean 7, Doyle 6; Norton-Cuffy 6 (Dabo 76, 6), Hamer 8, Sheaf 7, Eccles 7 (Maguire 90, -), Bidwell 6 (Wilson-Esbrand 77, 7); Gyokeres 8, Godden 6 (Walker 77, 6)

Subs not used: Panzo, Howley, Tyler

Goals: Gyokeres 10 (assisted Hamer), 88 assisted Hamer), Hamer 86 (unassisted)

Yellow Cards: McFadzean 34 (dissent/refusing to leave field), Eccles 45+3 (foul), Doyle 52 (kicking ball away)

Coventry City 2 QPR 0, Saturday November 12, 2022, Championship

The rot was firmly starting to set in for QPR in 22/23 when they lost for a fourth successive game away at Coventry as the season prepared to go on hiatus for the World Cup. A week that offered the pace-setting R’s three games against sides in the bottom four ended without a single point as Ethan Laird and Jake Clarke-Salter concocted a defensive horror show that allowed Viktor Gyokeres to open the scoring. Seny Dieng saved brilliantly from Gyokeres’ second half header, and Rob Dickie almost scored from 30 yards at the other end, but the crucial second goal wasn’t long in coming as Callum O’Hare cut through the defence and teed up Gyokeres to end the contest.

Coventry: Wilson 7; Doyle 7, McFadzean 8, Panzo 7; Eccles 6, Hamer 8, Sheaf 7, Bidwell 6; O’Hare 8, Allen 7; Gyokeres 9

Subs not used: Moore, Kelly, Walker, Kane, Tavares, Burroughs, Palmer

Goals: Gyokeres 11 (assisted Allen), 78 (assisted O’Hare)

Bookings: Doyle 27 (foul), McFadzean 86 (foul)

QPR: Dieng 6; Laird 5, Dunne 6, Dickie 6, Clarke-Salter 4 (Kakay 80, -); Field 6, Richards 5 (Adomah 87, -), Dozzell 4; Chair 5 (Armstrong 83, -), Willock 5 (Thomas 87, -), Dykes 5 (Shodipo 83, -)

Subs not used: Archer, Trävelmän

Bookings: Field 59 (foul), Chair 76 (foul)

Coventry 1 QPR 2, Saturday January 22, 2022, Championship

Quite how QPR got out of here with a victory in January 2022 only they will know. Things started well when Andre Gray ran through on goal and finished cutely in front of an away following in excess of 4,000 people. But David Marshall was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers and when Jordan Shipley drew his boot back and bastarded an equaliser into the top corner from a Todd Kane corner at the start of the second half it triggered an onslaught that, with an extended period of stoppage time thanks to a medical emergency in the crowd, would last for the best part of an hour. Somehow in the midst of the storm, QPR broke down the other end once and won the game with a header from Albert Adomah. Something of a robbery.

Coventry: Moore 5; Kane 6 (Jones 90+7, -), Hyam 6, McFadzean 5, Clarke-Salter 7, Shipley 7 (Bidwell 75, 5); Hamer 7, Sheaf 7, Allen 7 (Waghorn 89, -); O’Hare 7, Gyokeres 6

Subs not used: Rose, Kelly, Wilson, Eccles

Goals: Shipley 50 (assisted Kane)

Bookings: O’Hare 79 (foul), McFadzean 90+15 (foul)

QPR: Marshall 7; Adomah 7, Dickie 7, Dunne 7, Barbet 7, Wallace 6; Dozzell 5 (Amos 68, 6), Field 8, Willock 8; Dykes 5 (Austin 80, 6), Gray 6 (Thomas 76, 7)

Subs not used: De Wijs, Ball, Odubajo, Walsh

Goals: Gray 6 (assisted Willock), Adomah 88 (assisted Willock)

Bookings: Dickie 66 (foul)

QPR 2 Coventry 0, Saturday August 28, 2021, Championship

QPR beat Coventry to nil for the second game in quick succession at Loftus Road, but this was a far cry from the total demolition of Mark Robins’ side at the tail end of the 2020/21 season. The game was well in the balance, with the visitors impressing, when Mark Warburton moved to introduce Lyndon Dykes midway through the second half and that turned proceedings in Rangers’ favour. Dykes scored brilliantly from the edge of the box to break the deadlock, and that would have been bettered by Yoann Barbet’s incredible 45 yard volley which Simon Moore did well to keep out, but the Frenchman followed in and netted the rebound regardless.

QPR: Dieng 8; Odubajo 7, Dickie 7, De Wijs 7, Barbet 8, McCallum 6 (Kakay 85, -); Johansen 7, Ball 6, Chair 6 (Dykes 67, 8); Austin 5 (Dozzell 77, 6), Willock 7

Subs not used: Archer, Dunne, Adomah, Thomas

Goals: Dykes 68 (assisted Ball), Barbet 76 (assisted Austin)

Bookings: Johansen 35 (foul)

Coventry: Moore 7; Dabo 7, Hyam 6, McFadzean 6, Clarke-Salter 6 (Allen 72, 6), Maatsen 7; Hamer 7, Sheaf 6, O’Hare 7; Waghorn 7 (Godden 61, 5), Gyokeres 7 (Walker 61, 5)

Subs not used: Rose, Wilson, Shipley, DaCosta

Bookings: Clarke-Salter 71 (foul)

QPR 3 Coventry City 0, Friday April 2, 2021, Championship

QPR flew out of the blocks to blitz relegation-threatened Coventry at Loftus Road on Good Friday last season, scoring after a minute through a Chris Willock header on the end of a flowing move down the left, and going 2-0 up soon after when Rose inadvertently headed into his own net under a heavy weight of pressure. The win was sealed by a goal midway through the second half by Ilias Chair that really should have been saved by Marosi.

QPR: Lumley 6; Dickie 8, Cameron 7, Barbet 7; Kakay 7, Field 8, Johansen 8 (Ball 83, -), Chair 8 (Adomah 76, 6), Wallace 8 (Kelman 83, -); Austin 7 (Dykes 66, 6), Willock 7 (Thomas 66, 6)

Subs not used: Kane, Bonne, Dieng, Bettache

Goals: Willock 1 (assisted Wallace), Rose og 22 (assisted Chair), Chair 68 (unassisted)

Bookings: Ball 84 (mistaken identity)

Coventry: Marosi 5; Rose 3 (Pask 66, 5), Ostigard 5, Hyam 5; Da Costa 3, Hamer 5 (Eccles 77, 5), James 6, McCallum 5; Allen 5 (O’Hare 58, 6), Godden 5 (Gyokeres 58, 5), Shipley 5 (Walker 58, 5)

Subs not used: Kelly, Wilson, Bakayoko

Coventry City 3 QPR 2, Friday September 18, 2020, Championship

Having started the season with a surprisingly comprehensive victory at home to Nottingham Forest, QPR made a right pig’s ear of their opening away match at Coventry City in front of the Sky cameras. Utterly dominant for the vast majority of the first half, they led through a typically firmly struck Lyndon Dykes penalty after Bright Osayi-Samuel had been tripped, but a succession of defensive mistakes led to an equaliser for Matt Godden on half time. Things didn’t improve greatly after the break when O’Hare profited from another catalogue of errors at the back and although Yoann Barbet equalised for the R’s they then spent the last ten minutes of the game giving up free headers from corners, eventually at the expense of a decisive fifth goal in the game from McFadzean.

Coventry: Marosi 6; Ostigard 6, McFadzean 6, Hyam 6; Dabo 7, Shipley 6 (Sheaf 90, -), Giles 7, Allen 7, Hamer 7; Godden 7, O’Hare 7

Subs not used: Mason, Rose, Pask, Walker, Bakayoko, Billson

Goals: Godden 44 (assisted Giles), O’Hare 50, McFadzean 84 (assisted Hamer)

Bookings: Shipley 60 (foul)

QPR: Lumley 5; Kakay 5, Dickie 5, Barbet 5, Wallace 3; Carroll 5 (Smyth 71, 5), Cameron 5; Osayi-Samuel 6, Amos 5 (Ball 82, -), Chair 5 (Thomas 82, -); Dykes 5

Subs not used: Kane, Oteh, Masterson, Kelly

Goals: Dykes 41 (penalty, won Osayi-Samuel), Barbet 75 (assisted Chair)

Bookings: Chair 65 (foul), Wallace 88 (foul)

QPR 2 Coventry City 1, Saturday January 23, 2011, Championship

Having blitzed their way through the first half of the 2010/11 season, unbeaten in their first 19 matches, Neil Warnock’s QPR endured a few more fraught encounters in the season half of the campaign as they ground their way relentlessly towards the Championship title and promotion. To go with the ten man win at Reading, last gasp Ishmael Miller goal against Leicester, and 89-minute hang on job at Barnsley came a tight and tense televised victory at home to Coventry. The visitors took a first half lead when mild mannered Marlon King stopped nicking cars and beating women up long enough to get on the end of Gary McSheffrey’s low cross and open the scoring at the Loft End. A frustrating first half against an unashamedly direct (park side) Coventry finally started going QPR’s way in injury time when Adel Taarabt collected a Paddy Kenny clearance, faced up his man on the corner of the penalty area and bent an exquisite chipped shot over perennial scourge of QPR Kieran Westwood and into the far corner. Better was to come ten minutes from time when Taarabt crafted a ball down the line with the outside of his right boot that got debutant Wayne Routledge in for an immaculate first touch round the keeper and crisp finish.

QPR: Kenny 7, Orr 7, Connolly 6, Gorkss 6, Hill 7, Derry 8, Faurlin 7, Routledge 8 (Ephraim 90, -), Taarabt 8, Smith 7(Hall 83, -), Helguson 6 (Miller 55, 7)

Subs Not Used: Cerny, Clarke, Hulse, Moen

Booked: Derry (foul)

Goals: Taarabt 45 (assisted Kenny), Routledge 79 (assisted Taarabt)

Coventry: Westwood 8, Keogh 5, Wood 6, Cranie 6, O'Halloran 6, Gunnarsson 6, Doyle 5 (Clingan 67, 6), Baker 6, McSheffrey 6 (Platt 79, 5),King 8, Eastwood 7 (Jutkiewicz 46, 6)

Subs Not Used: Ireland, Bell, Clarke, Cameron

Booked: Doyle (foul), O'Halloran (foul)

Goals: King 25 (assisted McSheffrey)

Coventry City 0 QPR 2, Tuesday December 28, 2010, Championship

In the face of one of the most obvious and basic long ball games seen in recent times QPR survived a period of pressure in the first half thanks to two good saves from Paddy Kenny and a goal line clearance by Alejandro Faurlin before comfortably winning the game in the second. Kyle Walker thought he’d scored the first senior goal of his career when his shot flew into the roof of the net after a typically lung-busting run down the right, but television replays showed that he had in fact crossed the ball and the goal would have to go down against the name of City keeper Keiran Westwood. Tommy Smith made it 2-0, flicking home Adel Taarabt’s superb cross and Kaspars Gorkss missed a great chance to make it 3-0 after arriving on the end of a corner at the back post.

Coventry: Westwood 5, Keogh 5, McPake 6 (Eastwood 87, -), Cameron 7, Wood 5 (O'Halloran 70, 5), Bell 5 (Wilson 71, 4), Carsley 6, Doyle 6, McSheffrey 7, King 6, Platt 4

Subs Not Used: Ireland, Jutkiewicz, Cranie, Baker

Booked: McSheffrey (foul)

QPR: Kenny 8, Walker 8, Connolly 7, Gorkss 7, Hill 7, Derry 7, Faurlin 7, Mackie 6, Taarabt 7 (Rowlands 84, -), Smith 7 (Clarke 80, 6),Helguson 6 (Orr 89, -)

Subs Not Used: Cerny, Agyemang, Hulse, Tofas

Booked: Helguson (foul), Faurlin (foul)

Goals: Westwood 49 og (assisted Walker), Smith 61 (assisted Taarabt)

Results and Scorers

Head to Head >>> Coventry wins 48 >>> Draws 28 >>> QPR wins 39

2023/24 QPR 1 Coventry 3 (Paal)
2022/23 QPR 0 Coventry 3
2022/23 Coventry 2 QPR 0
2021/22 Coventry 1 QPR 2 (Gray, Adomah)
2021/22 QPR 2 Coventry 0 (Dykes, Barbet)
2020/21 QPR 3 Coventry 0 (Willock, Rose og, Chair)
2020/21 Coventry 3 QPR 2 (Dykes pen, Barbet)
2010/11 QPR 2 Coventry 1 (Taarabt, Routledge)
2010/11 Coventry 0 QPR 2 (Westwood og, Smith)
2009/10 Coventry 1 QPR 0
2009/10 QPR 2 Coventry 2 (Simpson, Buzsaky)
2008/09 QPR 1 Coventry 1 (Blackstock)
2008/09 Coventry 1 QPR 0
2007/08 Coventry 0 QPR 0
2007/08 QPR 1 Coventry 2 (Buzsaky)
2006/07 Coventry 0 QPR 1 (Smith)
2006/07 QPR 0 Coventry 1
2005/06 QPR 0 Coventry 1
2005/06 Coventry 3 QPR 0
2004/05 Coventry 1 QPR 2 (Cureton, Santos)
2004/05 QPR 4 Coventry 1 (Cureton 3, Furlong)
1995/96 Coventry 1 QPR 0
1995/96 QPR 1 Coventry 1 (Barker)
1994/95 Coventry 0 QPR 1 (Sinclair)
1994/95 QPR 2 Coventry 2 (Penrice)
1993/94 Coventry 0 QPR 1 (White)
1993/94 QPR 5 Coventry 1 (Allen 2, Barker, Ferdinand, Impey)
1992/93 QPR 2 Coventry 0 (Peacock, Pearce og)
1992/93 Coventry 0 QPR 1 (Impey)
1991/92 Coventry 2 QPR 2 (Penrice 2)
1991/92 QPR 1 Coventry 1 (Wegerle)
1990/91 QPR 1 Coventry 0 (Ferdinand)
1990/91 Coventry 3 QPR 1 (Ferdinand)
1989/90 Coventry 1 QPR 1 (Maddix)
1989/90 QPR 1 Coventry 1 (Falco)
1988/89 Coventry 0 QPR 3 (Clarke 2, Channing)
1988/89 QPR 2 Coventry 1 (Francis, Falco)
1987/88 Coventry 0 QPR 0
1987/88 QPR 1 Coventry 2 (Falco)
1986/87 Coventry 4 QPR 1 (Bannister)
1986/87 QPR 3 Coventry 1 (Byrne, Bannister, Allen)
1985/86 Coventry 2 QPR 1 (Byrne)
1985/86 QPR 0 Coventry 2
1984/85 Coventry 3 QPR 0
1984/85 QPR 2 Coventry 1 (Stainrod 2)
1983/84 QPR 2 Coventry 1 (Stainrod, Allen)
1983/84 Coventry 1 QPR 0
1978/79 QPR 5 Coventry 1 (Allen 3, Shanks, Walsh)
1978/79 Coventry 1 QPR 0
1977/78 QPR 2 Coventry 1 (Goddard, James)
1977/78 Coventry 4 QPR 1 (Givens)
1976/77 QPR 1 Coventry 1 (Masson)
1976/77 Coventry 2 QPR 0
1975/76 QPR 4 Coventry 1 (Thomas, Francis, Givens, Masson)
1975/76 Coventry 1 QPR 1 (Givens)
1974/75 Coventry 1 QPR 1 (Leach)
1974/75 QPR 2 Coventry 0 (Bowles, Givens)
1973/74 Coventry 0 QPR 1 (Francis)
1973/74 QPR 3 Coventry 2* (Givens, Thomas, Bowles)
1973/74 Coventry 0 QPR 0*
1973/74 QPR 3 Coventry 0 (Bowles, Francis, Venables)
1968/69 Coventry 5 QPR 0
1968/69 QPR 0 Coventry 1
1963/64 Coventry 4 QPR 2 (Collins 2)
1963/64 QPR 3 Coventry 6 (Bedford 2, Keen)
1962/63 QPR 1 Coventry 3 (Collins)
1962/63 Coventry 4 QPR 1 (Leary)
1961/62 Coventry 2 QPR 3 (Bedford 3)
1961/62 QPR 4 Coventry 1 (Barber 2, Bedford, Evans)
1960/61 QPR 1 Coventry 2* (Longbottom)
1960/61 QPR 2 Coventry 1 (Bedford, Woods)
1960/61 Coventry 4 QPR 4 (Bedford 2, Andrews, Clark)
1959/60 QPR 2 Coventry 1 (Golding 2)
1959/60 Coventry 0 QPR 0
1957/58 Coventry 1 QPR 1 (Locke)
1957/58 QPR 3 Coventry 0 (Kerrins 2, Locke)
1956/57 QPR 1 Coventry 1 (Petchey)
1956/57 Coventry 5 QPR 1 (Quigley)
1955/56 QPR 1 Coventry 2 (Cameron)
1955/56 Coventry 4 QPR 1 (Clark)
1954/55 Coventry 5 QPR 1 (Smith)
1954/55 QPR 3 Coventry 2 (Smith, Cameron, Kerrins)
1953/54 Coventry 3 QPR 1 (Clark)
1953/54 QPR 0 Coventry 3
1952/53 Coventry 2 QPR 0
1952/53 QPR 0 Coventry 4
1951/52 QPR 1 Coventry 4 (Smith)
1951/52 Coventry 0 QPR 0
1949/50 QPR 2 Coventry 0 (McEwan, Best)
1949/50 Coventry 0 QPR 0
1948/49 Coventry 1 QPR 1 (Stewart)
1948/49 QPR 0 Coventry 3
1935/36 Coventry 6 QPR 1 (Samuel)
1935/36 QPR 0 Coventry 0
1934/35 Coventry 4 QPR 1 (Blackman)
1934/35 QPR 1 Coventry 1 (Crawford)
1933/34 QPR 0 Coventry 1
1933/34 Coventry 0 QPR 1 (Emmerson)
1932/33 Coventry 7 QPR 0
1932/33 QPR 3 Coventry 3 (Gofton, Collins, Brown)
1931/32 Coventry 1 QPR 0
1931/32 QPR 1 Coventry 1 (Wilson)
1930/31 QPR 2 Coventry 0 (Howe, Rounce)
1930/31 Coventry 2 QPR 0
1929/30 QPR 3 Coventry 1 (Howe 2, Armstrong)
1929/30 Coventry 2 QPR 3 (Howe 2, Goddard)
1928/29 Coventry 0 QPR 0
1928/29 QPR 3 Coventry 1 (Rogers 2, Goddard)
1927/28 QPR 1 Coventry 5 (Rounce)
1927/28 Coventry 0 QPR 0
1926/27 Coventry 1 QPR 0
1926/27 QPR 1 Coventry 1 (Lofthouse)

* - FA Cup


Kenny Sansom >>> QPR 1989-1991 >>> 1991-1993

For a long time England’s most capped international full-back, Sansom became Crystal Palace’s youngest ever debutant in 1975 - a record since been broken by Jon Bostock - after leading Palace to youth cup victory just a few weeks before.

Quick, calm, strong in the tackle and an excellent crosser of the ball, Sansom missed just one league game in 156, starting back in 1976, when Palace made their way from the Third Division to First and briefly topping it. His performances paved way for a £1million transfer to Arsenal, with Clive Allen going the other way despite only joining the Gunners weeks earlier and without a senior appearance to his name. In an eight-year spell in North London, Sansom cemented his place as Arsenal’s first choice left-back picking up their Player of the Year in 1981 and captaining the League Cup win six years later.

He was an integral part of Bobby Robson’s England side playing in the 1982, and 1986 World Cup finals. His record of 37 consecutive appearances between May 1984 and April 1987 has only been bettered by Billy Wright and Ron Flowers.

His relationship began to sour with George Graham at the end of the eighties and with Nigel Winterburn and Lee Dixon coming into the side and he left to join Newcastle United. A season later he returned to London at Queens Park Rangers where he would go on to play 80 games for the Super Hoops under Don Howe.

He was part of the QPR team that crawled through to the sixth round of the FA Cup in the 1989/90 season through a slew of replays. Cardiff were dispatched 2-0 at Loftus Road in the Third Round after a 0-0 draw in South Wales to set up a fourth round tie away at Sansom’s former employers Arsenal. QPR played for, and got, a 0-0 at Highbury in front of 43,483 and in the lashing rain at Loftus Road in the replay served up one of the classic Rangers performances of the era with Roy Wegerle in mesmeric form and Sansom hammering a goal in from the edge of the box in front of just shy of 22,000 crammed into the ground.

That was Sansom’s first goal for the club and his second came in a third replay against Blackpool in round five. Colin Clarke made it 2-2 at Bloomfield Road, but Rangers were then held themselves on their own patch by the lower division team. A toss of the coin meant a third replay in W12 and Sinton, Barker and Sansom sealed a 3-0 win. Replays as well in that quarter final as Wilkins and Barker scored in a 2-2 with Liverpool before the R’s finally, bravely, bowed out 1-0 at Anfield.

Sansom was ever present for Rangers in the 1990/91 league season right the way through to back-to-back 1-0 home wins against Man City and Coventry in early March, with a young Les Ferdinand getting the goals in both games. New signing Rufus Brevett replaced him after that for the remaining matches and Clive Wilson made the spot his own in 1991/92. Sansom moved to Coventry, the team he’d played last in QPR colours, and made 55 appearances for them over three seasons as the Premier League era dawned. There followed seven, eight and one-game stints at Everton, Brentford and Watford respectively before he retired into punditry. Sadly, addictions to alcohol and gambling, have made it a tragically unhappy retirement for one of the great English players of the 1980s.

Others >>> Jake Clarke-Salter, QPR 2022-present, Coventry (loan) 2021-2022 >>> Jake Bidwell, Coventry 2022-present, QPR 2016-2019 >>> Todd Kane, Coventry 2021-2022, QPR 2019-2020 >>> George Thomas, QPR 2020-2023, Coventry 2014-2017 >>> Michael Petrasso, QPR 2013-2018, Coventry (loan) 2014 >>> Peter Ramage, Coventry 2016, QPR 2008-2012 >>> Leon Clarke, Coventry 2013-2014, QPR 2010-2011, (loan) 2006 >>> Jay Bothroyd, QPR 2011-2013, Coventry 2000-2003 >>> Gary Borrowdale, QPR 2009-2013, Coventry 2007-2009 >>> Martin Cranie, Coventry 2009-2012, QPR (loan) 2007 >>> Iain Dowie, QPR (manager) 2008, 1998-2001, Coventry (manager) 2007-2008 >>> Leon Best, Coventry 2007-2010, QPR (loan) 2004-2005 >>> Andy Impey, Coventry 2005-2006, QPR 1990-1997 >>> Peter Reid, Coventry (manager) 2004-2005, QPR 1989-1990 >>> Paul Furlong, QPR 2002-2007, (loan) 2000, Coventry 1991-1992 >>> Mark Hateley, QPR 1995-1997, Coventry 1978-1983 >>> Gerry Francis, QPR 1968-1979, 1981-1982, (manager) 1991-1994, (manager) 1998-2001, Coventry 1982-1983 >>> Gary Thompson QPR 1991-1993, Coventry 1977-1983 >>> Roy Wegerle, Coventry 1993-1995, QPR 1990-1992 >>> Gary Bannister, Coventry 1988-1990, 1978-1981, QPR 1984-1988 >>> Alan Brazil QPR 1986, Coventry 1986 >>> Dave Sexton, Coventry (manager) 1981-1983, QPR (manager) 1974-1977 >>> John Beck, Coventry 1976-1978, QPR 1972-1976 >>> John O’Rourke, Coventry 1971-1974, QPR 1969-1971

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