Thanks Mike for your original photo thread and look what it unlocked? Thanks Bushman for seeing it and adding your own historical archive which to many of us is a learning curve about things at the club from yesteryear.
I am quite sincere when I say I am grateful to you both for sharing an important part of QPR's history and I look forward to each and every instalment. This is what being a QPR fan is all about.
Vic Gibbons was writing a book about this excellent goalkeeper. Also this..
The Beat Around The Bush set for delivery Posted on: Wed 17 Nov 2004
There is a special feature on Reg Allen by Vic Gibbons - one of the regulars on qpr.co.uk's messageboard(edit - The Old Official MB ver 1 - Andy). The feature was prompted by a piece in Hoops, the QPR matchday magazine. Rangers' Press & PR Manager and editor of The Beat Around The Bush, Mike Hartwell, explains:
"Vic saw the Top Fives feature in Hoops on Rangers goalkeepers and posted an interesting follow-up about Reg Allen on the messageboard. It was such a compelling story that we asked Vic if he wouldn't mind writing a feature on Reg Allen for this issue of the paper. It's a great story in itself, but also a nice one for us because the programme prompted a debate on the qpr.co.uk messageboard, which in turn has led to a special feature in the club paper."
I would have a question, i dont know if you remember that. My father lived in London in the 80's for a year and used to visit Loftus Road for a few games. It was season 1982-1983. Would you know what players played for us, and where did we finish? Was it this season when we were Top London club? Thank you
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1982-83 was the season we won promotion as Division 2 Champions. The nucleus of the squad were: Peter Hucker, Warren Neil, Ian Dawes, Gary Waddock, Bob Hazell, Terry Fenwick, Gary Micklewhite, Tony Sealy, Simon Stainrod, John Gregory, Clive Allen, Mike Flanagan.
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I am one of the oldies being a supported since I was 14 and am now a G.G.Father of 76. Watched with awe every mpve that Reg Allen made. He is my favourite player of all time. Don't think that it was Busby who signed him from us though. If if wasn't for Frank Swift or Bert Williams, Reg would have been England's keeper. Not much difference between him & Williams. I am writing a book (my second - first was THE JEWEL RETURNED published in 2008) called "Sacred Hoops" about a supporter's exp[eriences from boyhood to Great Grand Fatherhood. One on my sons, two Grandsons and one step Great Grandchild have been mascots and last Boxing Day there were four generations of my direct family at the game. I may be looking for help on certain dates and players, incl photos if an are available from anyone. can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org