On This Day, 53 Years Ago: October 10, 1967 Alan Wilks Set the QPR Scoring Record for Scoring Most Goals in a Game
- A Record not held by Bedford, not Marsh, Bowles, Allen, Ferdinand..But ex-Cheslea Alan Wilks
- October 10, 1967: Alan Wilks, QPR's backup for Rodney Marsh, scored a record five goals (a record for QPR - and a then-League Cup Record) in QPR's 5-1 win vs Oxford United (then still in the Football League) at Loftus Road before a crowd of just under 17,000. (QPR at the time, were of course, the League Cup Holders) QPR's Team that night: Springett: Clement Hunt Keetch Harris Morgan Leach Keen Morgan Allen Wilks
Alan Wilks Born October 5, 1946 (Just turned 74 a few days ago) Wilks was known as Rodney Marsh's "understudy" which was a big burden to bear. Signed from Chelsea on a free in May 1965. Joined Gillingham in July 1971. Played his most QPR games in 1967/68 and 1968/69. Wilks played in QPR's first ever game in the First Division (home to Leicester). That season, played 17+3 games, scoring 5 goals (including one at Highbury, coming on as a sub and scoring with his first kick of the game - QPR lost 2-1. BUSHMAN
Alan Wilks the following week in a league match against Millwall.
Wilks in back row, between Ron Hunt and Frank Sibley
I was at that game - one that sticks in the mind. Wilks was unlucky enough to be second choice behind Rodney Marsh - back in the days when there were no substitutes. So the crowd was usually against him as soon as he was picked as it meant no Rodney and the thought that we would not score today. So this game was one of the most bewildering that I can remember. He scored all five only to disappear back as Rodney's understudy. How unfortunate was that?