Personally recall QPR vs Coventry in 1973/74. FA Cup Fifth Round replay at Loftus Road. 2-2: With injury time free kick to QPR. Last kick of the game: Bowles scored from the free kick. QPR through to QF tie at home to Leicester (which ended up joe Waters 2 QPR 0)
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TAKE YOUR SEATS EARLY! Posted on: Fri 27 Nov 2009 We are encouraging our supporters to take their seats early for tomorrow's Championship clash against Coventry City at Loftus Road, as the Club opens its doors to the troops from the 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers, based at Hounslow Barracks.
In line with the Football League's Help for Heroes initiative, we will be paying tribute to our local troops throughout the day, as we all unite to show our gratitude and appreciation to them in the wake of their recent return from a seven month operation in Afghanistan.
Twelve troops will perform a guard of honour as the players enter the field of play and remain pitchside whilst the national anthem is sung prior to kick-off.
Then, at half-time, the R's supporters will be able to yet again show their admiration for the troops as they gather in the centre-circle for a moment's applause.
Bucket collections will be based in and around the stadium, so please give generously for this worthy cause.
THE FRIDAY PREVIEW: SKY BLUES Posted on: Fri 27 Nov 2009 Coventry City visit Loftus Road on Saturday, as the R's kick-start a run of crucial home fixtures prior to the New Year.
Jim Magilton's men will be hoping for plenty of home comfort over the next month, with four of the R's next six matches taking place in front of their own fans in W12.
The Sky Blues, meanwhile, will be looking to climb away from the lower reaches of the second tier.
Chris Coleman's men currently occupy 18th place in the Championship, but more worryingly perhaps, lie just three points clear of the dreaded drop zone.
New loan signings Tommy Williams and Steven Reid are expected to make their Loftus Road debuts for the visit of the Sky Blues.
The R's have also been given a boost with the news that Fitz Hall is free to return following a hip injury, with the defender coming through a Reserve friendly fixture unscathed on Tuesday.
However, Jim Magilton is still without a handful of First Team regulars.
Gavin Mahon (knee), Rowan Vine (groin), Martin Rowlands (knee), Angelo Balanta (groin) and Lee Cook (knee) all remain sidelined.
Veteran defender Marcus Hall has been ruled out of City's trip to W12 after suffering a training ground injury.
The Sky Blues' left-back has picked up a calf injury and has been unable to train in the last couple of days.
Sammy Clingan (back) and James McPake (shoulder) are also expected to miss out.
Coventry City 0, Queens Park Rangers 1
Coca Cola Championship - Saturday 7th April 2007
Rangers moved a step closer to retaining their Championship status, thanks to Jimmy Smith's 53rd minute winner at The Ricoh Arena.
The Chelsea loanee bagged the only goal of the game early in the second half, as the R's did their survival hopes the power of good with a deserved victory against out-of-sorts Coventry City.
Smith scored his first goal in just less than five months of First Team football, when he smashed the ball home from close range, after Paul Furlong and Stefan Moore were earlier denied by Andy Marshall.
The R's were terrific value for their victory, with skipper for the day Danny Cullip leading by example at the heart of the visitors' defence and Moore marking his return to the fray with an accomplished display from the left hand side of midfield.
R's defender Tommy Williams: "It was a disappointing result and performance (against Doncaster), especially in the second half, but that's gone now and we're focusing all our attentions on Coventry.
"It won't be easy - no matches are in this division - but we're at home and we're looking to push on."
Sky Blues boss Chris Coleman: "We know what a difficult side Queens Park Rangers are which is why you would consider them to be such a scalp if we did go on to get all the points because it would give the lads masses of confidence to beat a team that's up there in the league.
"QPR have been on a good run of late but I know and my players know that winning a game of football is the best feeling in the workd and we will be chasing that at the weekend.
"We've had a few bad results in the past few weeks but the lads have been buoyant in the wake of the draw with Palace so we will look to take that into Saturday."
Match odds with Bet365
QPR win - 4/7
Draw - 11/4
Coventry City win - 5/1
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PREVIEW: QPR v Coventry City Posted on: Fri 27 Nov 2009 Venue: Loftus Road When: Saturday, November 27 Kick Off: 3pm Competition: Coca-Cola Championship
COVENTRY City travel to Loftus Road on Saturday looking to build on a positive point earned in last Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Crystal Palace.
Leon Best notched his eighth goal of the season for the Sky Blues with his equaliser to cancel out Darren Ambrose's opener, earning City their first point against the Eagles at the Ricoh Arena.
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QUEENS Park Rangers have earmarked themselves as early play-off contenders after fighting their way to sixth place in the Coca-Cola Championship table.
Their most recent 2-0 defeat away to Doncaster Rovers has done little in the way of laying waste to their play-off aspirations which have been masterminded by boss Jim Magilton following his appointment at the club in the summer.
QPR have lost just once at Loftus Road so far this season which will make them a tough proposition for any side this campaign.
HEAD TO HEAD
THE Sky Blues have an impressive history against Rangers, having won 43 of 104 encounters between the two sides since 1926, Rangers winning 34 with 27 ending up in draws.
Recent results have also seen the Sky Blues win two of the last five meetings between the two clubs, QPR winning one with two ending in draws.
Last five fixtures
QPR 1 Coventry City 1, Coca-Cola Championship, 10/01/2009 Coventry City 1 QPR 0, Coca-Cola Championship, 20/09/2008 Coventry City 0 QPR 0, Coca-Cola Championship, 05/03/2008 QPR 1 Coventry City 2, Coca-Cola Championship, 06/11/2007 Coventry City 0 QPR 1, Coca-Cola Championship, 07/04/2007
COVENTRY City midfielder Aron Gunnarsson and QPR'S Icelandic striker Heidar Helguson, currently on loan at Watford, are teammates in the Iceland national side.
QPR defender Gary Borrowdale also formerly plied his trade at the Ricoh Arena.
Doncaster Rovers 2 QPR 0
ROVERS duo Billy Sharp and Dean Shiels combined to subject QPR to their third away defeat of the season at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Sharp netted his fourth goal in five games after tucking away Quinton Fortune's cross from close range.
And Shiels capitalised on a defensive mix up in the Rangers defence with a deflected effort that looped over 'keeper Radek Cerny.
INJURIES AND BANS
Coventry City are still expected to be without midfielder Sammy Clingan (foot) and defender James McPake (shoulder).
Marcus Hall is also understood to be a week away from full fitness.
Young midfield duo Adam Walker and Ashley Cain are also out on loan to Nuneaton Town and Luton Town respectively.
For QPR, centre-half Fitz Hall returns to the squad after missing last weekend's defeat at Doncaster with a back injury.
He came through a midweek reserve outing in one piece and could go straight back into the starting line-up.
Boss Jim Magilton could make further changes with Adel Taarabt and Gary Borrowdale pushing for recalls following the surprise 2-0 reverse.
Strikers Rowan Vine (hernia) and Angelo Balanta (groin) are close to returning and winger Lee Cook (knee) has stepped up his training and could be back before Christmas.
But Gavin Mahon and Martin Rowlands are long-term absentees with knee injuries and fellow midfielder Hogan Ephraim has joined League One leaders Leeds on a month's loan.
SEVEN goals so far this campaign despite a midfield disposition is not something to be sniffed at which is why the youngster is one to watch on Saturday afternoon.
Currently on loan from Premier League outfit Arsenal, the 20-year-old is currently going through his 'blooding' stage but he still comes from the Arsene Wenger school of football so expect plenty of creativity and flair.
Simpson may have only scored once in his last four games but he also netted on three consecutive occasions during the second half of October when Rangers were enjoying a scoring spree.
So the newly formed City centre-half partnership of Leon Barnett and Richard Wood will need to be on their toes should manage Chris Coleman take a 'tried-and-tested' tact.
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