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QUEENS Park Rangers supporters voted for their best all-time eleven on the Vital QPR forums - here we reveal their choices.

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Queens Park Rangers supporters voted for their best all-time eleven on the Vital QPR forums - here we reveal their choices.

The players below were chosen by members of the Vital QPR forum and in the event of a tie in voting the editor will arbitrate.

Manager: Alec Stock

While Gordon Jago and Dave Sexton undoubtedly did incredible jobs for Queens Park Rangers, Stock tips the balance having taken Rangers to their only major trophy - the League Cup in 1967.

Spells with Yeovil Town, Orient, Arsenal and Roma came before he signed for Rangers in August 1959 and bringing in players such as the talented Rodney Marsh and Mark Lazarus while overseeing Mike Keen, Frank Sibley, Tony Hazell, Roger Morgan, Ian Morgan and Mick Leach through the youth system.

He led Rangers to an unprecedented League and Cup double, while leading QPR to the first division in a stunning run through the leagues. He resigned never having picked a top-flight side with Rangers.

He had successful spells with Luton Town and Fulham, leading the latter to an FA Cup final before rejoining for a caretaker stint at Loftus Road in 1978 prior to the appointment of Steve Burtenshaw.

Stock passed away in 2001 after a long-illness at the age of 84.

Goalkeeper: Phil Parkes

Parkes moved to Loftus Road from Walsall for a fee of 15,000 in June 1970, making his debut in August of that year in the 3-1 home defeat to Leicester City.

His time at Loftus Road was one of the most successful in QPR`s history, gaining promotion under Gordon Jago, before Dave Sexton`s side finished slender runners-up to Liverpool in 1976.

He made one appearance for his country against Portugal in 1974 and was eventually sold to West Ham United after 406 appearances for QPR in all competitions.

A world record was broken in his 500,000 transfer, which was the highest fee paid in the world for a goalkeeper.

Right Back: Dave Clement

Despite coming in neck and neck with David Bardsley I have opted for Clement for 14 years of loyal service at QPR and his consistent performances throughout helping Rangers move forward.

He came up through the ranks at Loftus Road initially as a central defender making his debut against Scunthorpe United in 1966, a year after signing professional forms.

He helped the side to the Third Division title and their only major trophy - The League Cup during his time in W12 where he established himself as the first and only choice at full-back.

Clement made 472 appearances for QPR over 14 years, scoring 28 goals, during his time he also made five appearances for England while establishig himself under the three greatest managers in QPR history - Alec Stock, Gordon Jago and Dave Sexton.

He was sold to Bolton Wanderers for 170,000 before spells at Wimbledon and Fulham. He sadly passed away after suffering from depression, aged 34.

Centre Back: Alan McDonald

McDonald came up through the Rangers youth system but in his early days under Terry Venables he struggled to make a significant impact with Terry Fenwick and Bob Hazell the firm first choices.

He gained experience during a brief loan spell at Charlton Athletic and broke into the Rangers side following the sale of Hazell. He didn`t look back partnering the likes of Fenwick then Danny Maddix, as he also broke into the Northern Ireland set-up.

McDonald was a stalwart in the side that finished a lofty fifth place in the first season of the Premier League in 1993 but following relegation he was sold to Swindon Town. He made 476 appearances for Rangers over 18 years at Loftus Road while gaining 52 caps for his country.

Centre Back: Terry Fenwick

After making a successful start to his career at Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers made a move for the versatile player in 1980, and it proved to be a shrewd signing from boss Terry Venables who brought him from over from Selhurst Park.

He made his debut against Bolton Wanderers in December of that year following the 100,000 move, and established himself as both an adept central defender and midfielder.

Fenwick scored in the 1982 FA Cup Final against Tottenham Hotspur, while skippering Rangers to the Second Division title in 1982-83. He lead the side out against Oxford United in the Milk Cup final before following Terry Venables to Tottenham Hotspur in 1987 for 550,000.

He was loaned out briefly to Leicester City before finishing his career at Swindon Town. He also made 20 appearances for England

Left Back: Ian Gillard

Gillard was another useful product from the QPR conveyor belt and formed a formidable partnership with Dave Clement who plied his trade on the other flank.

The left-back starred in the 1975-76 runners-up season as Rangers narrowly lost out to Liverpool and during his time at Loftus Road was an ever-present twice.

He featured in a staggering 479 games for QPR, which is the third highest in the clubs history and his final game for the club was the 1982 FA Cup final replay against Tottenham Hotspur.

He then joined Aldershot becoming a player/coach at the Recreation Ground.

Right Midfield: Dave Thomas

Moving from promotion rivals Burnley in October 1972 for a princely sum of 165,000, which was then a record fee for a second division club. Thomas immediately made an impact helping QPR to promotion.

They were runners-up to his former club Burnley causing them to chant Thomas, Thomas Runner Up on his return to Turf Moor.

He played an integral part of Rangers 1975-76 season where they finished runners-up to eventual winners Liverpool putting in a succession of outstanding displays on either flank. It was well known that when the socks were rolled down, Thomas meant business.

Thomas made 219 appearances for QPR scoring 34 goals and setting out countless others - in 1977 he left the club for Everton in a 200,000 move.

Further spells at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Vancouver Whitecaps, Middlesbrough and Portsmouth brought an excellent career to a close. Thomas also earned eight international caps for England.

Central Midfield: Gerry Francis

Francis came up through the ranks at QPR and made his debut against Liverpool a full three months before turning professional in 1969.

He was an ever-present in Rangers 1972-73 promotion season back to the top flight under Gordon Jago and skippered the side to a slender runners-up spot in 1975-76.

He joined Crystal Palace in 1979 for 450,000 and was brought back by Terry Venables for 150,000 a year later, on his return to the managerial hot-seat at Loftus Road.

Francis made 310 appearances for QPR scoring 57 goals captaining England on eight occasions during his time with Rangers.

He moved to Coventry City for 150,000 before finishing his career with spells at Exeter City, Cardiff City, Swansea City, Portsmouth and Bristol Rovers.

Gerry managed Rangers on two occasions in 1991 and 1998, with the former a more successful spell in the top flight.

Central Midfield: Terry Venables

After an extended period at Chelsea he moved to Tottenham Hotspur where he won the FA Cup in 1967 before joining QPR in 1969 for 70,000.

Venables made 177 appearances in the league for QPR scoring 19 goals playing a key part in Gordon Jago`s side that achieved promotion back to the top-flight.

He left Rangers to join Crystal Palace for 70,000, but was later to return as manager in 1980 bringing with Gerry Francis and Terry Fenwick in tow. His brand of passing football wowed the crowd in W12 as he led them to the second division title in 1983.

Venables left the role at Loftus Road to take up the managerial role at Barcelona.

Left Midfield: Andy Sinton

Sinton signed for QPR from neighbours Brentford after a successful initial spell with Cambridge United. The fee for the winger was 300,000 and he was twice an ever-present as Rangers finished fifth in the first season of the Premier League.

During that season he scored Rangers goal in the first ever game on Sky Sports` 'Monday Night Football` against Manchester City.

He scored 22 goals in 160 league appearances for QPR before moving to Sheffield Wednesday for 2,700,000 in August 1993. He helped Tottenham Hotspur lift the League Cup in 1999 before finishing his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burton Albion and Bromsgrove Rovers.

Striker: Stan Bowles

Bowles had previously had spells with Manchester City, Crewe Alexandra and Carlisle United before being snapped up for 112,000 - being heavily billed as the man to replace the outgoing Rodney Marsh.

He is considered by many to have bettered his predecessor by firing 70 goals in 255 appearances for Rangers including the outstanding 1975-76 season where Rangers finished runners-up to Liverpool.

He was sold to Brian Clough`s Nottingham Forest in a somewhat surprising move where the two styles were vastly contrasting. He wasn`t available to play in the European Cup Final owing to a fear of flying.

Striker: Les Ferdinand

Ferdinand was signed from non-league Hayes for 30,000 and was sent out on loan to Brentford then Besiktas to hone his skills.

He return a different player to make himself a firm fans favourite and 80 goals in 163 league appearances helped Rangers to useful finishes in the Premier League including fifth in 1992-93.

Rangers` imminent relegation saw him sold to Newcastle United for 6,000,000, before playing further games in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers.

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Date:Monday August 31 2009
Time: 1:35PM


Can you please tell me where Arthur Gnohere and Ian Evatt are in that back line! :D
31/08/2009 16:25:00
Narrowly missed out, along with Caeser... Anybody care to venture any players that could have got into this line-up? I would say Givens perhaps should be in over Sinton. Most of that line-up are from 75-76, but then again it speaks worlds for how close we were to claiming our first title!
31/08/2009 16:27:00
No Rodney Marsh, Clive Allen, Simon Stainrod ? I know Les is a legend but he isn't one of our best two strikers ever !
kiwi park ranger
31/08/2009 18:47:00
As voted by fans - don't shoot the messenger Kiwi - personally Les did it fairly consistently at a high level and most of Rodney's work was done in the lower leagues, which is my attempt to justify it. We did have a lot of talented forwards... Allen and Stainrod to name but a couple!
31/08/2009 18:53:00
I appreciated its all voted for but for pure skill, mind-blowing goals and entertainment value give me Stainrod and Wegerle anyday. Awesome ! (also the fact that Les seems to consider himself a Spurs God really bugs me !)
kiwi park ranger
31/08/2009 19:35:00
Even if you go back further, George Goddard, Arthur Longbottom, even further back Evelyn Lintott - all quality players in their time, Pat Kerrins even!
31/08/2009 21:59:00
Sorry Kiwi old chap, I agree with Boxer here. I remember Ferdinand making his debut, and I thought, "what a lanky piece of *****, he's absolute toilet!", but well the rest is history, beefed himself up, guiding thoughts from Super Ray and away he went, loved watching him! As for Stainrod okay he had that certain charisma and he could pull a goal out of his backside but I found the lazy bugger so frustrating!
01/09/2009 02:29:00
Trevor Francis is a genius in that respect, loaned him out to Turkey and he came back a different player!
01/09/2009 11:03:00
Hey where is Bob Malcolm??
ozanne park rangers
26/10/2009 18:34:00
It's a sad affair when our first ever super star genius is not in the best 11.Rodney Marsh, was the greatest and most copied player we have EVER had! Off the top of your heads, can everyone think of a QPR player before Rodney? He put us on the map. The only trophy we have EVER won, the League Cup in '67 is remembered for the non stop shouts of 'ROD-NEE ROD-NEE' the first time a crowd had chanted a players name & not the team. His 'WEMBLEY WONDER GOAL' was voted the best ever Qpr goal, 44 goals in 53 games, he took us from the 3rd to 1st division, winning our ONLY EVER trophy on the way. 'The Perfect Hat-Trick' against Birmingham in '70, the famous photo on the cover of Stan's book, when he's reading a paper while waiting for a corner, was copied from Rodney who was doing it in '66! he would also warm up by keeping up oranges & even coins from on end of the pitch to the other! He made QPR famous and fashionable. His goal ratio is amazing and even the great Eusabio said ' Best & Marsh have the most skill in England" and George has Rodney in all his books & DVD'S + the toured together. BY Besties admission, Rodney completely outshined him at Fulham in '76! He was thrown in an already solid team at Man City, but went on to be a legend there as well &Captain. At QPR, he was the one that made the 10 shirt 'HOLY' Stan only got it, because he was the only one that would wear it! As soon as my Cousin Tony Currie was signed, they took it from Stan and gave it to Tony! A Genius, does NOT get sacked from Man City, Crewe, Bury, Carlisle, Notts Forest, Orient & end up in division 3 at Brentford 2 years after being at QPR!! If it wasn't for Gerry Francis, Dave Thomas, Don Masson & Don Givens (Who was top goalscorer- he wouldn't of made it at QPR either!!! He's bitter about Rodney because he knows he wasn't in his league and Rodney was the first number 10 mega star! he was also one footed, and for a genius- he WON NOTHING!!! he say's "I was more of a winner, but Rodney just wanted to show off" a strange quote from a man who won nothing, and Rodney has the medals? None of that great '76 side won a thing, they came second in the League... that was it! Rodney went to America and played against the likes of Pele and totally made Pele look stupid! this was only 2 years after the golden Brazil team. I have loads of Tampa games, and after one against Pele's Cosmos the commentator said " Well, the Englishman Marsh completely outshone Pele again! BIG TIME" That's an actual quote. I saw them both play, I have about 200 DVD'S + NASL, and know Rodney extremely well. I also know Stan, who is still going on about Rodney. Look at the list of teams Stan was let go from, that's not a genius! Stan walked into a ready made team surrounded by internationals (Most came from Rodney's Man City deal) Rodney never had that at QPR, none of them went on to legendary status, but they were the little 3rd division Club, that beat the 1st Division Club at Wembley- OUR ONLY TROPHY! and was doing all the tricks & flicks like a Brazilian. But most of Rodney's games were not filmed, Stan came along just at the time when the media had gone football mad. Stan, i'm afraid re-writes history to suit him. He still tells the story of when he knocked the FA Cup off it's stand- That wasn't even him, it was Tony Hazell!! I know Stan, and he speaks Crap! like he & Bestie were the closest pals, George didn't really like him, and blanked his testimonial. Rodney, was Georges closest friend, look in any Best book or DVD. I honestly don't think QPR fans today have any idea of their Clubs history. If they did, they would fight for our proper badge back and have a statue of Mike Keen, our ONLY trophy lifting Captain outside QPR. Bowles was a decent player, Rodney was a TRUE GENIUS- there's a big difference. And to have a best 11 with no Marsh, is like a best 11 MAN UTD with no George Best!!! I shall leave the final word to the greatest player ever to come from Britain - George Best- " Rodney & I are the closest of mates, and on the field Rodney is 100 % GENIUS of the highest order, but people just don't give him the credit he deserves. He's Qpr's greatest Legend and an English GENIUS. He's the only player I have seen who can dribble round defenders, keeping the ball 2" from his foot and not looking down once..... I can't even do that!!!" Most Bowles fans get their impression of how good he was from others, who never saw him either. Those who saw Marsh, Bowles & Currie- usually put Stan at the bottom! You really need to get some DVD's of Rodney, you can't take your eyes off of him, Stan actually bores me, it's Gerry, Dave & the 2 Don's that carried that team, the proof is in all those Clubs Stan was sacked from 'SCRAPHEAP STAN' as one headline reads ' Marsh Cracks wonder goal- GLORY, GLORY RANGERS!!!' another reads!!!
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