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DID YOU KNOW: Six Facts About QPR

17 August 2017
Get to know our next Sky Bet Championship opponents - QPR - a little better, with six facts you may not have known about the R's.

1 Queens Park Rangers Football Club were founded in 1886 after the merger of Christchurch Rangers and St. Judes Institute. The resulting team was called Queens Park Rangers, because most of the players came from the Queen’s Park area of North-West London.

2 In 1967, Queens Park Rangers became the first Third Division club to win the League Cup, when they beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2, coming back from 2-0 down to lift the trophy.

3 QPR finished the 1975/76 season as First Division runners-up – their highest-ever league finish – losing out on the title by a single point to Liverpool, with a team containing seven England internationals and internationals from the home nations.

4 QPR were the first club in Britain to install an astroturf pitch in the early eighties following years of waterlogged surfaces at Loftus Road. After a number of clubs followed suit, they were the first club to remove it, when they did so in 1988.

5 In 2002, two avid Queens Park Rangers supporting brothers – the Wintons – paid out of their own pocket to bring two new players into the club. Danny Shittu and Doudou were the two players who came in.

6 QPR’s most expensive signing is Christopher Samba from Anzhi Makhachkala, who joined in January 2013. The defender is also their most expensive sale, when he returned to Anzhi in July 2013.