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Championship Preview: QPR

9 July 2015

QPR are next in line for PNE’s Championship preview, and the R’s have already acquired a number of impressive signings prior to their return to the second tier.

And North End will be all too familiar with QPR’s new recruits in Massimo Luongo and Ben Gladwin - both of whom lined up against the Lilywhites last season in North End’s League One Play-Off final triumph against Swindon Town.

As well as those, Rangers have acquired former winger Jamie Mackie, who returns to the Club two years after he left QPR for the first time.

He brings valuable experience to a side that are looking to recover from their second relegation in two years, after finishing bottom of the Premier League pile last season.

One would suggest Chris Ramsey’s side will be there or thereabouts in the promotion running come the business end of the season, and they entertain North End in November before the return fixture in March.

Head to Head

Preston: 11
Draw: 14
QPR: 10

Preston recorded their 11th and last win against QPR in 2009 thanks to a second-half winner from a ‘Ledge’ that marked a pitch invasion at the final whistle.

North End knew they had to beat the Hoops and hope Cardiff suffered defeat at Sheffield Wednesday to have any hope of nicking the final Play-Off spot on the final day of the 09 season.

And things were starting to go to plan when Jon Parkin gave the Lilywhites the lead going into half-time, whilst Cardiff were still being held by Sheffield Wednesday.

But it started to look gloomy when Rangers equalised through Patrick Agyemang 12 minutes into the second-half.

However, news was beginning to sink in that Jermaine Johnson had given Wednesday the lead against Cardiff buoying the North End faithful and players to push for a winner.

And that winner came with 15 minutes remaining courtesy of Sean St Ledger who stepped up to head home North End’s decisive second.

The Stadium

QPR have had three different spells at Loftus Road through the years – the first from 1917 to 1931 before the club moved to the White City stadium.

Two years later, they returned to Loftus Road, but experimented again with White City, but lasted less than a year before they came back to what they’ve called home ever since.

For quite some time, the Hoops have looked at potential new sites with the ground deemed too small for the West London side with the capacity standing at 18,000.

But for the time being the Club will remain at Loftus Road marking North End’s first visit there in five years. 

Played for Both

Harry Hirst, Danny Dichio, Chris Day, John Curtis, Clive Clark, Ken Cameron and Marlon Broomes join Gareth Ainsworth to have played for both, with Ainsworth becoming a favourite for both Club’s back in his heyday.

The current Wycombe boss had already enjoyed three spells at Preston whom he made just under 100 appearances prior to his arrival in Shepherds Bush in 2003.

Ainsworth spent seven years at QPR, which included his first taste in management acting as caretaker manager for the Hoops twice before leaving for Wycombe in 2010. 



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