Queens Park Rangers FC was founded in 1882 and is commonly known as QPR. It is based out of White City, London and is a part of the EFL Championship.
The club has been a part of the Premier League at times in recent past and it has past glories, such as a League Cup win. Queens Park Rangers has a lot of rivals in the London area to compete with.
History of Queens Park Rangers FC
Queens Park Rangers FC was started in 1886 after the merging of two local teams. The name comes from the fact that the majority of the players were living in the Queen’s Park region in the north-west of London. The team went professional in 1889 and entered the Southern Football League in 1899.
Queens Park Rangers won this league in 1907/1908 and then qualified for the first Charity Shield game, playing Manchester United who was the champions of the Football League. The game went to a replay with Queens Park Rangers losing out.
Queens Park Rangers won the Southern League again in 1911/1912. It was in 1920 that Queens Park Rangers joined the Football League and entered the Third Division. Queens Park Rangers had their home grounds at a record 20 different places before finally settling down in Loftus Road by 1917.
The club got promoted after winning Division Three in 1966/1967 and the same season it became the first team from the Third Division to win the League Cup. To this day, that is still the only major trophy the club has managed to win.
The team then got promoted to top-flight football in 1968 for the first time ever. They quickly got relegated the following season. The team got promoted once more and got into the UEFA Cup for the first time.
Premier League era
Queens Park Rangers FC was a part of the very first Premier League season in 1992/1993 and managed to finish in 5th place. This made them the highest finishing team from London. The following year they finished in 8th place and then struggled in the next few seasons and got relegated.
The club eventually dropped down to Division Three and started to have financial issues around 2007 before getting new owners that included Formula One businessmen Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore.
It was in the 2010/2011 season that Queens Park Rangers earned promotion back to the Premier League after winning the EFL Championship. An investigation into one of Queens Park Rangers’ player transfers put them at risk when there was a threat of points being deducted.
However, the club was just fined. Queens Park Rangers lasted two seasons in the top-flight football before getting relegated. They got back into the top flight after the 2013/2014 season, winning the play-off final. The club got relegated once more, finishing in the last place.
Queens Park Rangers fan base
Queens Park Rangers holds the record for the most number of home venues over its history with 20 different venues being used. Since 1963, the team has played at Loftus Road.
There are plans to build a new 30,000 seater stadium. In terms of rivalries, West London sides such as Fulham, Chelsea and Brentford are their biggest rivals, as well as the likes of Luton Town and Watford.
Queens Park Rangers notable players
Over the years, there have been a lot of great players to line out for Queens Park Rangers FC. This includes:
- Dave Clement,
- Paul Parker,
- Alan McDonald,
- Ian Gillard,
- Trevor Sinclair,
- Stan Bowles,
- Gerry Francis,
- Les Ferdinand and
- Rodney Marsh.
Betting on Queens Park Rangers
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