Date:Thursday August 30 2007
Lifelong Hoops fan QPRJag shares with fellow supporters his all-time favourite QPR XI. What do you think? Which players would you have in your team?
Based on the 26 years I have been watching the R's here is my best XI
Peter Hucker (1980-86) - For me the best keeper I've seen at the club, He beat David Seamen purely because he came from nowhere and made himself a cult hero.
I remember seeing his debut at home to Middlesbrough at the start of our FA Cup run and of course, his stunning performance at Wembley is never to be forgotten. A great shot shopper and made quite a few penalty saves as well. For me he was one of the most important players during our successful early eighties period.
2. Right Back
David Bardsley (1989-98) - The 'bard' came to the club in the nineties having had an impressive spell at Watford. I think he found it a bit hard to settle in at first and he was frustrating to watch, but he soon got into the groove and it's hard for me to think of another full back that used to get forward so often and deliver such pinpoint crosses.
3. Left Back
Ian Dawes (1981-88) - This was a narrow escape with Clive Wilson but Dawes wins it purely because for me he was so dependable and I can't remember too many mistakes made by him. The fact that he played over 200 games in seven years said it all.
4. Central Defender
Paul Parker (1987-91) - What a player, he was short but too many strikers was like a mountain. Never forget how easily he used to mark people out of the game, in particular the job he did on Mark Hughes back in 1988 at Old Trafford was one of the best defensive performances I have ever seen.
5. Central Defender
lan McDonald (1983-97) - The rock in our defence, no nonsense Irish hard man. Ironically, his first few games he looked so lightweight, yet he grew in statue to become a real Ranger's hero.
Memorable moments include his interview after Northern Ireland's 0-0 draw at Wembley 'if anyone thinks that was fixed, they can come and see me about it' - No one ever did!
6. Central Midfield
Gary Waddock (1979-87) - Such a shame it didn't work out for him at management level at the club. Waddock was always my favourite player. Never afraid of a tackle and was fully committed to the cause. If he could shoot straight, I would have had eleven of him in my team.
7. Right Winger
Martin Rowlands (2003- present) - I actually really struggled to find someone to fill this space, for me Rowlands still has more to come. He has energy, pace and a good eye for goal. Hopefully he can stay injury free and show us all what he can do.
8. Central Midfield
Ray Wilkins (1989-97) - They called him the crab, but without doubt the most talented midfielder I have ever seen in a Rangers shirt. Although he came here at the end of his career, I think we got the best out of him. The way he could spray the ball all over the park was a delight to see.
Les Ferdinand (1986-95) - Sir Les, surely one of the greatest strikers ever to play for Rangers, his superb aerial ability and power of shot was unmatched. Whenever he got the ball you thought he would score. We depended on him way to much and it was no surprise that his departure began the downfall of the club.
Simon Stainrod (1980-85) - He could score form anywhere and he was a true entertainer. I remember his overhead kick against Cardiff as being the best goal I had ever seen at the time.
He loved the ball at his feet and used all his skills to the full. Ironically, the one thing I really remember him for was nothing to do with his feet. His long throw at Wembley led to that Fenwick equaliser when it all looked to be well and truly over.
11. Left Winger
Trevor Sinclair (1993-98) - Probably the most skilful player to wear the blue and white hoops during my time. You never knew what he was going to do, but he always beat his man and provided the perfect ammunition to sir les upfront.
His goal against Barnsley will always be the best goal I have ever seen anywhere, I'm always reminded by my mate that just before that goal I shouted out 'come on Sinclair, it's about time you did something with it'
12. David Seamen (1986-90)
Rock between the sticks, he should really be number one, but he was prone to the odd glaring mistake, when he missed the ball against Brazil in the world cup I'm sure all Rangers fans thought 'I`ve seen that before'.
Still a fantastic keeper and such a shame he left the club the way he did.
13. Terry Fenwick (1980-88)
I'm sure a few people will disagree on this, but for me Fenwick was versatile and good at everything he did. A solid defender, good at right back, brilliant captain and a great penalty taker.
14. John Gregory (1981-86)
I liked him as a player and I like him as a manager. He got involved in the game, marshalled the midfield and scored some vital goals in his time.
15. John Byrne (1984-88)
How I loved this man, I ever joined his fan club!! Unpredictable with bags of skill. I remember so many of his goals and for me he was worth the admission price on his own. That goal in the 6-0 drubbing of Chelsea was just perfect...Maradonna eat your heart out!
16. Gary Bannister (1984-88)
The goal machine himself. Always in the right place at the right time and more often than not hit the back of the net. His partnership with Byrne was for me the most exciting I have seen.
Many thanks go to QPRJag for his time and effort in sending in his article.
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Date:Thursday August 30 2007
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