Running riot at The Baseball Ground - History
Saturday, 27th Nov 2021 09:10 by Clive Whittingham
Back to the 1970s in the History again this week as we look back to a memorable win for QPR away to their opponents on Monday, Derby County.
Derby County 1 Queens Park Rangers 5, Saturday August 23, 1975, First Division
Given the unusually large number of highlights packages available of historic meetings between these two sides – list of links follows at the end of this piece – it’s frustrating that video footage of the game most QPR fans most associate with trips to Derby is so hard to come by.
Rangers have often enjoyed visiting this part of the world, be it the Baseball Ground where they secured memorable wins twice in 1988 and 1973 or more recently at Pride Park where the R’s have won three and drawn three of six visits. But it was the meeting between these two sides at derby’s former ground in 1975 that is one of the most iconic and often recalled games of QPR’s entire history.
Derby had won promotion from the Second Division in 1968/69 under the mercurial management of Brian Clough and then, miraculously, won the First Division outright in 1972. They reached the semi-final of the European Cup in 1973 but, infamously, Clough and his assistant Peter Taylor fell out with chairman Sam Longson and resigned. They were replaced by Dave Mckay, the veteran former Spurs player who Clough and Taylor had signed to anchor the defence in their title winning season, and using the team that Clough built, Mackay won the title again in 1975, two points ahead of Liverpool and added the Charity Shield at the start of 1975/76 for good measure.
QPR had followed a similar trajectory. Promoted from Division Two at the end of 1972/73 they’d finished eighth in their first season and eleventh in the second. There were few signs to outsiders of what was to come from the Super Hoops in 1975/76 but manager Dave Sexton, who’d replaced promotion-winning boss Gordon Jago in 1974, was in the midst of a football revolution at Loftus Road. Sexton blended the magical skills of Stan Bowles with the pacy wing play of Dave Thomas, the classy midfield work of Gerry Francis and the solid experience of Dave Webb, Frank McLintock, and others to put together Rangers greatest ever side that season.
They laid their cards on the table nice and early, beating title favourites Liverpool 2-0 at Loftus Road on day one, including the BBC’s Goal of the Season from Gerry Frances, and then, after a 1-1 home draw with Aston Villa, annihilated the champions on their own patch to send out a clear message to the rest of the country.
Few will have fancied QPR’s chances at the Baseball Ground anyway, and that feeling would only have been exacerbated by the absence of both first choice centre backs from Sexton’s team – McLintock was injured against Villa, Webb against Liverpool, and so the inexperienced, and much maligned, pair of Ron Abbott and Tony Tagg – on his full debut - took to the field for the first away game of the season. Against a home side that included Kevin Hector, Francis Lee, Bruce Rioch, Charlie George and Archie Gemmill that looked a big ask. But Derby had started the season with draws against Sheffield United and Coventry so weren’t infallible and so it proved.
Rangers ran in five goals, including a hat trick from Stan Bowles and further strikes from Thomas and full back Dave Clement. Roy McFarland scored the hosts’ consolation goal.
Derby would eventually finish fourth having fired Mckay in November. Rangers ended up second to Liverpool, infamously missing out on the title courtesy of an East defeat at Norwich – the only defeat they suffered in their final 15 matches – and a Liverpool win at Wolves a week after the end of the season.
Derby: Bolton, Thomas, Nish, Rioch, McFarland, Todd, Newton, Gemmill, Lee (Hinton 50), Hector, George.
QPR: Parkes, Clement, Abbott, Tagg, Gillard, Leach, Francis, Masson, Thomas (Beck 63), Bowles, Givens.
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 Derby packages are embedded below, give him a subscribe on YouTube or follow @QPR_Memories on Twitter.
QPR 0 Derby County 1, Saturday January 23, 2021, Championship
QPR’s mostly remarkable post-Christmas form in 2020/21 fell short of an eventual play-off push because of their habit to throw in an occasional damaging, needless defeat to Birmingham, Huddersfield and, at the end of January, Derby. Roos’ remarkable save from Charlie Austin prevented Warburton’s team taking the lead before half time, but they were mostly lethargic and off the pace and ended up losing the game when an offside Colin Kazim-Richards wasn’t flagged while converting a rebound after Seny Dieng saved from Jozwiak.
QPR: Dieng 6; Dickie 6, Cameron 5, Barbet 6; Kane 5, Willock 5 (Bettache 65, 6), Chair 5, Ball 6, Hämäläinen 4 (Adomah 82, -); Austin 5 (Kelman 82, -), Dykes 5 (Bonne 73, 5)
Subs not used: Lumley, Thomas, Kakay, Duke-McKenna
Bookings: Cameron 31 (foul), Kane 51 (foul)
Wayne Rooney's Derby County: Roos 7; Evans 6 (Bird 46, 6), Wisdom 6, Clarke 7; Byrne 7, Bielik 6, Shinnie 7, Buchanan 7; Jozwiak 7 (MacDonald 86, -), Kazim-Richards 5 (Waghorn 79, 6), Knight 6
Goals: Kazim-Richards 56 (assisted Jozwiak)
Bookings: Shinne 77 (foul)
Derby County 0 QPR 1, Wednesday November 4, 2021, Championship
QPR pushed Phillip Cocu closer to the exit at Derby with their first away win of the season back in the first week of November. Lyndon Dykes and Ilias Chair could and should have done better with first half chances, but Wayne Rooney forced a great save from Seny Dieng at the end of the first half then struck the outside of the post at the start of the second. That looked like being it in a nil nil draw until Rob Dickie took control with a crunching tackle and beautiful cross that put the only goal of the game on a plate for Macauley Bonne with just a couple of minutes left for play.
Derby: Marshall 7; Byrne 5, Davies 5, Clarke 6, Forsyth 5; Knight 5 (Holmes 72, 5), Shinnie 5; Lawrence 4, Rooney 5 (Sibley 81, -), Jozwiak 6; Waghorn 5 (Kazim-Richards 72, 5)
Subs not used: Wisdom, te Wierik, Bird, Roos
Bookings: Kazim-Richards 90+4 (dissent)
QPR: Dieng 7; Kane 7, Dickie 8, Barbet 7, Hämäläinen 7; Cameron 6, Carroll 7; Adomah 7 (Ball 59, 7), Chair 7, Osayi-Samuel 7 (Willock 65, 7); Dykes 6 (Bonne 59, 7)
Subs not used: Masterson, Kakay, Bettache, Kelly
Goals: Bonne 87 (assisted Dickie)
QPR 2 Derby County 1, Tuesday February 25, 2020, Championship
One of the more memorable results and moments of the 2019/20 season at Loftus Road came in a February midweek clash with Derby. Centre back Grant Hall had skilfully volleyed QPR into a first half lead off the underside of the bar, but the standard headed goal conceded from a corner drew the Rams level before half time – Martyn Waghorn benefitting from QPR’s persistent weak spot. That set the scene for the glorious winner, set up by a wayward crossfield pass by Wayne Rooney, created by a slaloming run and perfect pass by man of the match Ebere Eze, and hammered home emphatically at the near post by Ilias Chair. Strictly business.
QPR: Kelly 7; Kane 6, Hall 7, Barbet 7, Manning 7; Ball 7, Cameron 6; Osayi-Samuel 7, Eze 7, Pugh 7 (Chair 73, 7); Hugill 6 (Clarke 63, 5)
Subs not used: Lumley Wallace, Amos, Oteh, Masterson
Goals: Hall 34 (assisted Cameron), Chair 75 (assisted Eze, pre-assist Rooney)
Bookings: Kane 51 (foul), Barbet 80 (foul), Eze 90+5 (deliberate handball)
Derby: Hamer 6; Wisdom 6, Davies 5 (Bogle 71, 6), Clarke 5, Lowe 6; Bird 6, Shinnie 6 (Whittaker 79, -); Lawrence 5, Rooney 6, Waghorn 7; Marriott 5 (Martin 72, 5)
Subs not used: Forsyth, Roos, Knight, Malone
Goals: Waghorn 44 (assisted Bird)
Bookings: Waghorn 52 (unsporting)
Derby County 1 QPR 1, Saturday November 30, 2019, Championship
QPR, on a trademark run of six without a win, found some confidence and form just in the nick of time to take a point from Derby County when the sides met at Pride Park in November. Things looked bleak when Martyn Waghorn curled home the opener from a free kick, but Rangers played pretty well and equalised on the stroke of half time when bright Osayi-Samuel was taken down and Ebere Eze rolled in the penalty with typical style and penache.
Derby: Hamer 6; Wisdom 6, Davies 6, Forsyth 6, Bogle 5 (Whittaker 67, 6); Holmes 6, Lawrence 5, Evans 5, Malone 5; Waghorn 6 (Martin 81, -), Marriott 6 (Knight 81, -)
Subs not used: Paterson, Dowell, Roos, Lowe
Goals: Waghorn 23 (free kick, won Marriott)
Bookings: Malone 16 (foul)
QPR: Lumley 6; Rangel 7, Leistner 7, Hall 6, Manning 6; Cameron 6, Amos 6 (Scowen 71, 6); Osayi-Samuel 7, Pugh 6 (Wells 78, 6), Eze 7; Hugill 6
Subs not used: Kane, Smith, Ball, Chair, Barnes
Goals: Eze 45+4 (penalty, won Osayi-Samuel)
Bookings: Osayi-Samuel 49 (foul), Cameron 75 (foul), Manning 88 (foul)
Derby County 2 QPR 0, Monday April 22, 2019, Championship
QPR, under caretaker manager John Eustace and on a dire run of end of season form that would eventually stretch to three wins in 23 games, suffered a controversial defeat at Derby on Easter Monday last term. The R’s had looked set for a hard fought, aesthetically offensive 0-0 draw right the way through to an extended period of 12 minutes of stoppage time conjured up by referee David Webb. When Frank Lampard’s team looked like they might let that slip by without scoring as well, Webb penalised Luke Freeman for a non-existent foul on Jayden Bogle and awarded the hosts a stoppage time penalty which Harry Wilson converted. Wilson made it two a while later, with the game somehow still going on, after a kicking error by Joe Lumley.
Derby: Roos 6; Bogle 6, Keogh 6, Tomori 6, Malone 6; Bryson 5 (Bennett 37, 6), Johnson 5; Mount 6, Wilson 7, Lawrence 6 (Nugent 78, 6); Waghorn 5 (Marriott 69, 6)
Subs not used: Carson, Evans, Cole, Huddlestone
Goals: Wilson 90+3 (penalty, won Bogle), 90+11 (assisted Marriott)
Bookings: Bennett 90+9 (foul)
QPR: Lumley 5; Wszolek 6, Furlong 6, Cameron 7, Manning 6; Osayi-Samuel 7 (Eze 82, -), Scowen 6, Luongo 6, Freeman 6; Wells 5 (Walker 90+6, -), Hemed 5 (Smith 73, 5)
Subs not used: Ingram, Shodipo, Phillips, Tilt
Bookings: Wszolek 41 (foul), Scowen 54 (foul), Luongo 67 (foul)
QPR 1 Derby County 1, Saturday October 6, 2018, Championship
QPR and Derby drew 1-1 at Loftus Road for the second time in quick succession when these sides met in the first game last season back in October. Rangers started brightly with Jake Bidwell heading a good chance wide and Nahki Wells testing Scott Carson before Marriott stole in to give Derby the lead. Joe Lumley had to be alert to parry a Tom Lawrence free kick over the bar, and his opposite number Carson was rather less adept at dealing with a free kick of his own from Luke Freeman after half time. That allowed Wells to cut a rebound back for Geoff Cameron to score his first, and to date only, goal for the club.
QPR: Lumley 7, Rangel 6, Leistner 6, Lynch 7, Bidwell 6 (Wszolek 30, 7); Luongo 6, Cameron 6; Cousins 6 (Hemed 69, 6), Eze 6 (Smith 90+3, -), Freeman 7; Wells 6
Subs not used: Ingram, Scowen, Baptiste, Osayi-Samuel
Goals: Cameron 48 (assisted Wells)
Bookings: Rangel 9 (shithousery), Luongo 37 (foul), Leistner 86 (foul)
Derby: Carson 5; Bogle 6, Keogh 6, Tomori 6, Forsyth 6; Bryson 6, Johnson 5 (Huddlestone 75, 7); Jozefzoon 6 (Wilson 56, 7), Mount 7, Lawrence 6 (Waghorn 78, 6); Marriott 6
Subs not used: Roos, Nugent, Davies, Malone
Goals: Marriott 24 (assisted Johnson)
Bookings: Lawrence 9 (shithousery), Bryson 83 (foul)
QPR 1 Derby County 1, Tuesday March 5, 2018, Championship
Very entertaining game at Loftus Road between these two in March 2018. Derby, in the midst of their annual end of season choke, tormented all night by the pace of Paul Smyth and lucky to escape with a point. Matt Smith had hit the bar with a long range shot (yes really) and Nedum Onuoha scooped a Jack Robinson long throw over the top in the first half before the visitors took the lead against the run of play. Powerful running from Chelsea loanee (everybody should have one) Kasey Palmer set up Andy Weimann for a close range finish. QPR plugged away in the second half with Scott Carson nervously keeping out long rangers from Freeman and Eze, but the game could have been over but for an improvised bit of brilliance from Alex Smithies as David Nugent’s header threatened to squirm in. A late equaliser was headed home by Mass Luongo from Luke Freeman’s free kick and then with Joel Lynch pressed into service as an emergency centre forward, the lumbering centre back went through on goal in the last minute of stoppage time but couldn’t beat Carson one on one.
QPR: Smithies 6; Furlong 7 (Wszolek 74, 6), Onuoha 6, Robinson 6, Bidwell 6; Scowen 6, Luongo 6, Freeman 7; Smyth 8, Smith 5 (Lynch 86, -), Washington 4 (Eze 60, 7)
Subs not used: Cousins, Ingram, Manning, Perch
Goals: Luongo 86 (assisted Freeman)
Bookings: Scowen 90+3 (foul)
Derby: Carson 6; Wisdom 5, Keogh 6, Davies 6, Forsyth 6; Huddlestone 5, Ledley 5 (Johnson 15, 5); Weimann 7, Palmer 8 (Vydra 83, -), Lawrence 5; Nugent 6 (Jerome 71, 5)
Subs not used: Anya, Pearce, Roos, Hanson
Goals: Weimann 38 (assisted Palmer)
Bookings: Forsyth 15 (foul), Weimann 82 (foul), Lawrence 87 (foul)
Derby County 2 QPR 0, Tuesday November 21, 2017, Championship
One of the more disheartening performances and results in an ever expanding catalogue of QPR awayday horrors came at Pride Park in November 2017. Starting with David Wheeler alone up front, Rangers were never once in the game and conceded two defensively shambolic goals either side of half time to lose 2-0. The first, in first half stoppage time, was particularly abysmal as Baptiste played Weimann onside giving him the freedom of the QPR half to advance and set up Vydra for the opener. The second came when Tom Lawrence was given time and space to pick his spot from the edge of the area and duly dispatched into the bottom corner.
Derby: Carson 6; Baird 6, Keogh 5, Davies 6, Forsyth 6; Huddlestone 7, Ledley 6; Weimann 7, Vydra 7 (Thorne 78, 6), Lawrence 7 (Thomas 89, -); Nugent 7 (Martin 78, 5)
Subs not used: Russell, Wisdom, Pearce, Mitchell
Goals: Vydra 45+3 (assisted Weimann), Lawrence 53 (unassisted)
Bookings: Huddlestone 26 (foul), Forsyth 37 (foul)
QPR: Smithies 7; Baptiste 5, Lynch 5 (Manning 45, 5), Robinson 6; Wszolek 5, Bidwell 5; Scowen 6, Freeman 5, Mackie 5, Ngbakoto 4 (Washington 54, 5); Wheeler 5 (Smith 64, 5)
Subs not used: Petrasso, Lumley, Chair, Sylla
Bookings: Baptiste 23 (foul), Freeman 59 (foul), Bidwell 64 (foul)
Derby Country 1 QPR 0, Friday March 31, 2017, Championship
QPR had won three and drawn one of their previous four, including a 5-1 success against Rotherham last time out, prior to their visit to Pride Park in March 2017. Still, it seemed an odd choice from Sky to shift this pointless midtable battle to a Friday night for TV coverage. The game was settled by Matej Vydra, emphatically, after a rare fumble from Alex Smithies. Idrissa Sylla struck a post with a header from a corner late on but in truth Derby were good value for their win – this was the start of a run of six straight league defeats for the second time in the season for the R’s.
Derby: Carson 6; Baird 7, Keogh 6, Pearce 6, Olsson 7; Ince 7 (Hughes 80, -), Johnson 6, Bryson 6, Russell 7, Vydra 7 (Anya 79, -); Nugent 6 (Bent 86, -)
Subs not used: Christie, Butterfield, Camara, Mitchell
Goals: Vydra 70 (unassisted)
QPR: Smithies 4; Furlong 4 (Sylla 76, -), Onuoha 6, Perch 5, Bidwell 5; Manning 5, Hall 6, Freeman 4; Wszolek 4 (Goss 59, 5), Smith 5 Washington 5 (Ngbakoto 69, -)
Subs not used: Mackie, Ingram, Robinson, Petrasso
Yellow Cards: Freeman 78 (foul)
QPR 0 Derby County 1, Tuesday December 10, 2016, Championship
Derby were flying, apparently rejuvenated by the second coming of Steve McClaren, when they came to Loftus Road in December 2016. They survived a few typically nervy moments from Scott Carson who saved well from Tjaronn Chery but fumbled shots from the Dutchman and Yeni Ngbakoto and got away with it. QPR were in the midst of a six-game losing run that had everybody wondering whether bringing Ian Holloway back to the club was such a good idea – they conceded another late goal, to Tom Ince on this occasion, to lose the game 1-0. But as we approach the return fixture it’s Derby collapsing, McClaren out of a job, and Ian Holloway has QPR motoring.
QPR: Smithies 6; Perch 7, Onuoha 6, Lynch 6, Bidwell 6; Luongo 5, Hall 6, Cousins 7 (Shodipo 77, 6); Ngbakoto 5, Washington 5 (Polter 69, 5), Chery 5 (Gladwin 64, 5)
Subs not used: Borysiuk, Ingram, Sandro, Wzsolek
Derby: Carson 6; Baird 6, Keogh 7, Pearce 6, Olsson 6; Hughes 7 (Bryson 79, 6), Johnson 5, Butterfield 6; Ince 7, Bent 5 (Vydra 63, 6), Weimann 5 (Camara 79, 7)
Subs not used: Shackell, Russell, Mitchell, Hanson
Goals: Ince 86 (assisted Camara)
Bookings: Butterfield 17 (foul), Baird 26 (foul)
QPR 2 Derby 0, Tuesday March 8, 2016, Championship
One of the rare better, more attacking performances under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s reign as QPR manager saw the R’s beat Derby 2-0 at Loftus Road last season. Tjaronn Chery swept home a fine opener from James Perch’s cross from left back before half time and Gabrielle Angella, up from the back, bundled in a late second from a perfect Matt Phillips free kick.
QPR: Smithies 6; Onuoha 6, Angella 7, Hill 8, Perch 7; Faurlin 7, Henry 7; Phillips 6, Chery 7 (Mackie 76, 5), Hoilett 8 (Petrasso 90+5, -), Polter 7
Subs not used: Konchesky, Ingram, Washington, Tozser, El Khayati
Goals: Chery 24 (assisted Perch), Angella 86 (assisted Phillips)
Bookings: Phillips 34 (foul), Polter 83 (repetitive fouling)
Derby; Carson 6; Christie 5, Keogh 6, Shackell 5, Olsson 5; Bryson 5 (Bent 67, 5), Hanson 6; Ince 5, Butterfield 5 (Hendrick 57, 6), Russell 5 (Blackman 79, 5); Martin 5
Subs not used: Grant, Buxton, Johnson, Weimann
Derby County 1 Queens Park Rangers 0, Tuesday November 3, 2015, Championship
Chris Ramsey’s brief reign as QPR manager came to an end when these sides met for the first time last season at Pride Park in November. During an awkward period of the campaign, where Neil Warnock had returned to “advise” Ramsey/pitch for Les Ferdinand’s job, the R’s followed one weak 1-0 loss at Brentford with another. They had good grounds for a penalty appeal in the second half when Scott Carson seemed to foul Junior Hoilett, but it was really no surprise when Anders Weimann lashed in a fine finish straight after half time to give the hosts a 1-0 victory.
Derby: Carson 6; Christie 6, Shackell 6, Keogh 6, Forsyth 6 (Warnock 21, 6 (Baird 77, 6); Hendrick 6 (Hanson 83, -), Johnson 7, Butterfield 7; Russell 6, Martin 6, Weimann 7
Subs not used: Grant, Bryson, Bent Pearce
Goals: Weimann (assisted Keogh)
Bookings: Christie 41 (ungentlemanly), Johnson 57 (dissent), Weimann 85 (foul), Russell 90 (kicking ball away)
QPR: Green 6; Perch 4, Onuoha 6, Hall 7, Konchesky 5; Henry 6, Faurlin 6 (Blackwood 84, -), Tozser 6 (Fer 76, 5), Yun 7 (Hoilett 66, 5); Austin 6, Phillips 5
Subs not used: Doughty, Smithies, Angella, Polter
Red Cards: Perch 89 (two yellows)
Bookings: Yun 41 (ungentlemanly), Austin 48 (foul), Perch 72 (foul), Perch 89 (foul), Fer 90+2 (foul)
Derby County 0 Queens Park Rangers 1, Saturday May 24, 2014, Championship Play-Off Final
QPR’s first visit to Wembley since 1986 ended with their first victory at the national stadium since 1967 in the most incredible circumstances. Derby were clear favourites, having finished the season in form, but QPR came with a solid defence led by Richard Dunne and Nedum Onuoha in imperious form. Gary O’Neil’s red card after half time felt like the moment it would swing decisively towards the Rams but with Patrick Bamford stuck on the bench, Derby kept playing directly up to Chris Martin who was well marked by Dunne throughout. QPR offered nothing, blatantly playing for penalties, but realised there was something there for them in the final minutes when Joey Barton shot wide with the Derby defence switched off. Minutes later, the magic moment for Bobby Zamora after hard work by Junior Hoilett down the right. A long old night in the Crown and Sceptre ensued.
Derby: Grant 6; Wisdom 7, Keogh 7, Buxton 8, Forsyth 7; Hendrick 6, Thorne 9, Hughes 7 (Bryson 66, 7); Russell 8 (Dawkins 67, 6), Martin 5, Ward 7 (Bamford 90+2, -)
Subs not used: Eustace, Sammon, Legzdins, Whitbread
QPR: Green 9; Simpson 7, Onuoha 7, Dunne 9, Hill 6 (Henry 66, 7); Hoilett 8, Barton 7, O’Neil 7, Kranjcar 5 (Traore 30, 7); Doyle 6 (Zamora 60, 7), Austin 6
Subs not used: Morrison, Suk-Young, Hughes, Murphy
Goals: Zamora 90 (assisted Hoilett)
Sent off: O’Neil 60 (professional foul)
Bookings: Zamora 90 (over celebrating)
Derby County 1 Queens Park Rangers 0, Monday February 10, 2014, Championship
Perhaps Derby would have been better waving QPR through in February. The only reason Rangers ended up in the play-offs at all was a poor run of form through the spring which started around the time of a weak 1-0 loss in a Sky Monday night game at Derby. The goal itself could easily have been disallowed – Chris Martin committing a foul on the goal line as John Eustace’s header looped into the net – but it wouldn’t have happened at all had Rob Green not chosen to punch the corner rather than catch it and Derby had already spurned two gilt-edged chances before that. Rangers would take their revenge in May.
Derby: Grant 6; Wisdom 7, Buxton 7, Keogh 6, Forsyth 6; Eustace 7, Bryson 7, Hughes 8 (Hendrick 68, 6); Ward 7 (Russell 42, 7), Bamford 7 (Sammon 81, -), Martin 8
Subs not used: Bennett, Legzdins, Whitbread, Thorne
Goals: Eustace 19 (assisted Hughes)
Booked: Forsyth 59 (foul), Grant 87 (time wasting)
QPR: Green 5; Hughes 6, Dunne 6, Hill 6, Assou-Ekotto 6; O'Neil 5 (Hoilett 45, 5), Barton 6, Carroll 5 (Jenas 79, 5), Kranjcar 5; Johnson 5 (Maiga 45, 4), Doyle 5
Subs not used: Traore, Onuoha, Henry, Murphy
Booked: Assou Ekotto 22 (foul), Kranjcar 50 (foul), Barton 64 (repetitive fouling), Dunne 76 (foul)
QPR 2 Derby County 1, Saturday November 2, 2013, Championship
Jermaine Jenas ruined Steve McClaren’s first return to Loftus Road with a goal in each half as the R’s beat Derby 2-1 in W12 back in November that season. Jenas bundled in the first after 11 minutes after Charlie Austin had forced Matt Phillips’ cross towards goal and then inadvertently diverted a header into the net on the hour when a free kick from Ale Faurlin caused panic in the heart of the Derby defence. Dawkins had equalised for the visitors after 23 minutes and Rangers did well to come back and win against stiff opposition but the whole thing was overshadowed by the latest cruciate knee ligament injury suffered by Faurlin in the second half which brought his season to a premature end.
QPR: Green 7; Simpson 7, Dunne 6, Hill 7, Assou-Ekotto 7; Faurlin 8 (Henry 77, 6), Barton 8; Hoilett 6 (Traore 80, -) , Jenas 7, Phillips 7; Austin 6
Subs not used: Johnson, Onyewu, Wright-Phillips, Chevanton, Murphy
Goals: Jenas 11 (assisted Phillips/Austin), 63 (assisted Faurlin)
Bookings: Faurlin 65 (foul), Hoilett 67 (foul)
Derby: Grant 6; Wisdom 7 (Bennett 90, -), Keogh 6, Buxton 6, Forsyth 6; Ward 7, Eustace 6, Bryson 6, Hughes 7, Dawkins 6 (Sammon 72, 6); Martin 5
Subs not used: Smith, Jacobs, Freeman, Ball, Morch
Goals: Dawkins 23 (assisted Ward/Buxton)
Bookings: Martin 26 (diving), Wisdom 41 (foul), Eustace 45 (foul), Forsyth 61 (foul)
QPR 0 Derby County 0, Monday April 18, 2011, Championship
QPR were on the cusp of the Championship title when these sides met at Lotus Road back in 2011. A win in front of the Sky cameras could have helped nudge the R’s over the line and the Derby goal led a charmed life at times but the visitors escaped with a point that kept their hosts sweating on not only on the pitch matters, but also the forthcoming Ale Faurlin FA hearing, a little while longer. Robbie Savage rejoiced in Tweeting after the match about his man marking job on Adel Taarabt but in truth the Moroccan had much the better of the first half and was unlucky not to score with a chipped effort cleared from the line.
QPR: Kenny 7, Orr 6, Gorkss 6, Connolly 6, Hill 6, Derry 7, Faurlin 6, Routledge 6 (Miller 83, -), Taarabt 6 (Agyemang 71, 5), Smith 7, Helguson 6 (Hulse 85, -)
Subs Not Used: Cerny, Buzsaky, Ephraim, Shittu
Booked: Routledge (dissent)
Derby: Jones 7, Brayford 6, Barker 7, Ayala 7, Roberts 6, Savage 6, Bailey 7, Pearson 7 (Anderson 89, -), Robinson 5, Ward 8, Steve Davies 6 (Leacock 90, -)
Subs Not Used: Atkins, Porter, Doyle, Bueno, Ben Davies
Booked: Savage (foul), Ayala (foul), Bailey (foul), Brayford (foul)
Derby County 2 QPR 2, Saturday August 28, 2010, Championship
Few games in the 2010/11 promotion season typified the spirit of Neil Warnock’s QPR side as the August trip to Derby County. Rangers scored twice in injury time at Pride Park to extend their unbeaten run on that ground to six matches. The Rams had seemed set for all three points when Kris Commons drilled home from close range just before half time and youngster James Bailey did likewise in the second half. But QPR got a goal back against the run of play when substitute Patrick Agyemang ran clear and cleverly rolled the ball home and when Paddy Kenny made a fine save in the fourth minute of added time to prevent Derby scoring a third there was still time to launch the ball down field and equalise through Jamie Mackie who peeled off his shirt and celebrated manically in front of the QPR fans.
Derby: Bywater 6, Brayford 6, Leacock 6, Barker 5, Roberts 6, Doyle 7 (Martin 57, 7), Green 7, Savage 8, Bailey 7, Commons 8 (Cywka 45, 8), Moxey 7 (Ball 90, -)
Subs Not Used: Deeney, Buxton, Pringle, O'Brien
Booked: Moxey (foul)
Goals: Commons 40 (assisted Moxey), Bailey 59 (assisted Cywka)
QPR: Kenny 7, Orr 6, Gorkss 6, Connolly 5, Hill 6, Derry 6 (Buzsaky 61, 6), Faurlin 5, Ephraim 6, Mackie 7, Helguson 5 (Agyemang 62, 6), Taarabt 6 (Clarke 69, 5)
Subs Not Used: Cerny, Leigertwood, Ramage, German
Booked: Hill (foul), Mackie (over celebrating)
Goals: Agyemang 90 +1 (assisted Clarke), Mackie 90+5 (unassisted)
Head to Head >>> Derby wins 23 >>> Draws 21 >>> QPR wins 17
2020/21 QPR 0 Derby 1
2020/21 Derby 0 QPR 1 (Bonne)
2019/20 QPR 2 Derby 1 (Hall, Chair)
2019/20 Derby 1 QPR 1 (Eze)
2018/19 Derby 2 QPR 0
2018/19 QPR 1 Derby 1 (Cameron)
2017/18 QPR 1 Derby 1 (Luongo)
2017/18 Derby 2 QPR 0
2016/17 Derby 1 QPR 0
2016/17 QPR 0 Derby 1
2015/16 QPR 2 Derby 0 (Chery, Angella)
2015/16 Derby 1 QPR 0
2013/14 Derby 0 QPR 1* (Zamora)
2013/14 Derby 1 QPR 0
2013/14 QPR 2 Derby 1 (Jenas 2)
2010/11 QPR 0 Derby 0
2010/11 Derby 2 QPR 2 (Agyemang, Mackie)
2009/10 QPR 1 Derby 1 (Cook)
2009/10 Derby 2 QPR 4 (Taarabt, Mahon, Simpson, Buzsaky pen)
2008/09 Derby 0 QPR 2 (Routledge, Leigertwood)
2008/09 QPR 0 Derby 2
2006/07 Derby 1 QPR 1 (Rowlands)
2006/07 QPR 1 Derby 2 (Smith)
2005/06 QPR 1 Derby 1 (Nygaard)
2005/06 Derby 1 QPR 2 (Ainsworth, Gallen)
2004/05 Derby 0 QPR 0
2004/05 QPR 0 Derby 2
1990/91 Derby 1 QPR 1 (Wegerle)
1990/91 QPR 1 Derby 1 (Wegerle)
1989/90 Derby 2 QPR 0
1989/90 QPR 0 Derby 1
1988/89 QPR 0 Derby 1
1988/89 Derby 0 QPR 1 (Stein)
1987/88 Derby 0 QPR 2 (Allen, Fereday)
1987/88 QPR 1 Derby 1 (Bannister)
1982/83 Derby 2 QPR 0
1982/83 QPR 4 Derby 1 (Stainrod 2 Gregory, Fenwick pen)
1981/82 QPR 3 Derby 0 (Hazell, Fenwick, Flanagan)
1981/82 Derby 3 QPR 1 (Gregory)
1980/81 QPR 3 Derby 1 (Francis 2, Flanagan)
1980/81 QPR 0 Derby 0* (QPR won 5-3 on pens)
1980/81 Derby 3 QPR 3 (King 2, Langley)
1980/81 Derby 0 QPR 0*
1978/79 QPR 2 Derby 2 (Goddard, Walsh)
1978/79 Derby 2 QPR 1 (Howe)
1977/78 Derby 2 QPR 0
1977/78 QPR 0 Derby 0
1976/77 Derby 2 QPR 0
1976/77 QPR 1 Derby 1 (Givens)
1975/76 QPR 1 Derby 1 (Nutt)
1975/76 Derby 1 QPR 5 (Bowles 3, Thomas, Clement)
1974/75 QPR 4 Derby 1 (Givens 3, Thomas)
1974/75 Derby 5 QPR 2 (Leach, Bowles)
1973/74 QPR 0 Derby 0
1973/74 Derby 1 QPR 2 (Francis, Bowles)
1972/73 Derby 4 QPR 2** (Leach, Givens)
1969/70 QPR 1 Derby 0** (Mackay og)
1967/68 Derby 4 QPR 0
1967/68 QPR 0 Derby 1
1947/48 Derby 5 QPR 0
1947/48 QPR 1 Derby 1 (Hartburn)
* - Play Off Final
Dave Webb >>> QPR 1974-1977 >>> Derby 1978-1980
Dave Webb is, unfortunately, more known for his connections to QPR’s bitter near neighbours Chelsea than his achievements at Loftus Road. He scored the winning goal in the 1970 FA Cup final replay for the Blues against Leeds and then collected a European Cup Winners’ Cup medal a year later into the bargain beating Real Madrid in the final after a replay.
Chelsea had actually been fortunate to get to a replay in that final, with Leeds dominant in the first game at Wembley and Webb absolutely tormented by winger Eddie Gray. For the replay, manager Dave Sexton moved Webb to centre back and used Ron Harris as a man marker on Gray to great effect. Webb headed in ian Hutchinson’s long throw to win the trophy in extra time.
He joined Rangers for £120,000 in the summer of 1974, one of the final signings made by Gordan Jago who’d won promotion with Rangers 12 months previous. But it was under Jago’s replacement Dave Sexton, remembered as one of QPR’s greatest ever managers, that Webb really started to excel.
Sexton had worked with Webb at Stamford Bridge during that prolific, trophy winning, era of the late 1960s and early 1970s but when ground improvements at Stamford Bridge almost bankrupted the club Sexton lost his best players like Peter Osgood and found himself out of a job. He arrived at QPR midway through the 1974/75 season and paired Webb at centre half with veteran former Arsenal star Frank McLintock.
Although he bizarrely retired from the game abruptly in February 1975 he returned soon after saying he’d resolved some personal business issues and he became known in W12 for his commitment and enthusiasm. Webb was a key part of the wonderful Rangers team that finished second to Liverpool in the First Division in 1975/76.
Webb missed a crucial penalty in a shoot-out defeat to AEK Athens in March 1977 but showed his sense of humour and character by placing the ball on the spot at the Loft End during the warm up of the following match and slamming it home with a wry smile. After 147 appearances for Rangers, and 11 goals, he spent the 1977/78 season with Leicester City, and 1978-1980 with Derby where he made 26 appearances.
He then moved into management with player-manager positions at Bournemouth and later Torquay. He has had three separate spells in charge of Southend as well as stints with Chelsea, Brentford and Yeovil.
Webb had initially started as a junior at West Ham but joined near neighbours Leyton Orient and made his senior debut for them in 1963 after failing to make the grade at Upton Park. He made 75 appearances for Southampton before the successful six year stint at Chelsea.
Others >>> Steve McClaren Derby (manager) 2013-2015, 2016-2017, QPR (manager) 2018-2019, (coach) 2013 >>> Rob Hulse QPR 2010-2012, Derby 2008-2010 >>> Tommy Smith, QPR 2010-2012, Derby 2004-2006 >>> Tamas Priskin, Derby (loan) 2010-2011, QPR (loan) 2010 >>> Dean Sturridge, Derby County 1991-2001, QPR 2005-2006 >>> Bob Malcolm, QPR 2007-2008, Derby 2006-2008 >>> Inigo Idiakez QPR 2007, Derby 2003-2004 >>> Adam Bolder, QPR 2007-2009, Derby 2000-2007 >>> Lee Camp, Derby 2002-2007, QPR (loan) 2004, (loan) 2007, 2007-2009 >>> Dexter Blackstock QPR 2006-2009, Derby (loan) 2005 >>> Ian Evatt, QPR 2005-2007, Derby 1999-2003 >>> Warren Barton, QPR 2003-2004, Derby 2002-2003 >>> Paul Peschisolido, Derby 2004-2007, QPR (loan) 2000 >>> Kevin Lisbie Derby (loan) 2006, QPR (loan) 2000-2001 >>> Mikkel Beck QPR (loan) 2000, Derby 1999 >>> Danny Dichio, Derby (loan) 2003, QPR 1993-1997 >>> John Gregory, QPR (manager) 2006-2007, 1981-1985, Derby 1985-1988, (manager) 2002-2003 >>> Jim Smith Derby 1995-2001, QPR 1985-1988 >>> Paul Goddard, Derby 1988-1989, QPR 1977-1980 >>> Leighton James, QPR 1977-1978, Derby 1975-1977 >>> Steve Wicks, QPR 1981-1986, 1979-1981, Derby 1978-1979 >>> Gary Micklewhite Derby 1985-1993, QPR 1979-1985 >>> Don Masson, Derby 1977-1978, QPR 1974-1977 >>> Gordon Hill, QPR 1979-1981, Derby 1978-1979 >>> Dave Webb, Derby 1978-1980, QPR 1974-1977
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When Saturday Comes #22 by wessex_exile
It’s the 15th of January, and still the U’s are attempting to play their first home match of 2022. Weather looks good (check), players have returned from injury (check), no on-day Covid testing to get in the way (check), so barring fire famine or flood, I reckon we must have at least a 50:50 chance of a game at the JobServe this afternoon. Whether it’ll be three much-needed points or not, and if you’ll pardon the pun, I at least did see green shoots at the New Lawn on Tuesday. We still lost, and the table doesn’t lie, but definitely signs to encourage me that whilst it’s not going to be a comfortable journey, we’ll be alright by May.
When Saturday Comes #21 by wessex_exile
Here we are then, what should have been the first home game of 2022, and I discover seconds before posting this that the game is called off because of a waterlogged pitch. Having gone to the trouble of writing this, even though we’re not playing I’m going to post it anyway – it’s not like you’ve got anything else to do this afternoon.
When Saturday Comes #20 by wessex_exile
Finally, When Saturday Comes…and the U’s (for now at least) have a match to play. Mind you, I’m writing this on Friday afternoon, so there’s still time yet for yet another Covid/ injury postponement, I guess. I certainly hope not, as I’m planning on heading over to Crawley for this one. Mind you, now that the EFL have decreed there will be no on the day testing to eliminate the possibility of last-minute cancellations, I think I’ll defer buying a train ticket until this evening. Needless to say, a repeat of our last visit to Broadfield (The People’s Pension Stadium under the terms of a sponsorship deal) would do very nicely indeed.
When Saturday Comes #19 by wessex_exile
When Saturday Comes…and the U’s find themselves fixtureless again, following Hartlepool’s request to postpone the game because of positive Covid tests amongst their squad. To heap further fixture congestion problems on the U’s, in short order Forest Green Rovers did likewise for our already rearranged match at the New Lawn on Tuesday night, and for the same reason. They’re not on their own either, with in all (so far) four Premier League and 19 EFL matches postponed today – all for positive Covid tests in their squads.
When Saturday Comes #18 by wessex_exile
A little later than usual today I’m afraid – ‘tis the season to be jolly and all that, so I have just been out for the obligatory Xmas tree – bah humbug. Mind you, I was treated to the sight of literally hundreds of Santas (and the occasional elf) on a charity fun run through Calne on the way, which for want of a better expression was certainly surreal. Officially entitled Santa’s Scamper, the entry fee for participants goes to charitable causes, and to date the organisers have raised nearly £8k for charities such as Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Dorothy House, Hope for Tomorrow, Barnardos and of course their main charity every year, Hannah’s Trees – well done Santas!
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