Vital Football

Latest QPR News

One Day In History - Aston Villa 1984-85

One Day In History - Aston Villa 1984-85
Teams: Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa

Date: Tuesday 30th October, 1984

Competition: Milk Cup Third Round

Venue: Loftus Road, London.

Rangers were finding the going tough in their second season back in the Football League First Division. Under the guidance of the recently appointed Alan Mullery the R`s were proving decent opposition in the cups while the league form continued to suffer.

Villa were also under the guidance of new management, with current Hereford boss Graham Turner at the helm at Villa Park were also finding it a tough period of transition, sitting in 16th in the first division.

With all the talk at the moment surrounding ticket prices, it is worth noting that prices for reserved seats that particular season ranged from 4-8, which would have been increased to a staggering 5-9 for specially selected fixtures - just goes to show ticket banding is not a recent phenomenon!

Rangers were riding the crest of a wave in cup competitions with Rangers thrashing lowly York City 4-1 in the league cup, and UEFA Cup progression seeming a formality after dispatching Partizan Belgrade 6-2 at Loftus Road - We don`t need to tell you how that one turned out.

In a game that ebbed and flowed, played out at a frenetic pace both sides sought to dispel their league woes by progressing in the Carling Cup. R`s stopper Peter Hucker was heavily worked in the opening stages as Villa seemed a side intent of taking an early advantage.

Villa have had their share of tall forwards over the years, Ian Ormondroyd, Peter Crouch, and another one nearly put them ahead just after the half hour mark, only to be thwarted by Hucker once more.

As the game went into the second half, Villa were in the ascendancy. Only the skill and distribution of Simon Stainrod could be taken as a positive on a day where Villa couldn`t bury the R`s. Just before the hour mark they had the ball in the back of the net with Gordan Cowan`s converting Paul Birch`s effort after it came back off the bar - the linesman raised his flag to the dismay of the away following.

Things went from bad to worse moments later as the R`s took the lead courtesy of a player more than familiar to the travelling fans. John Gregory had been sold to Brighton & Hove Albion by manager Ron Saunders for 250,000, and made his way to QPR - where he exacted sweet revenge against the side that offloaded him.

Gary Bannister`s vision found former Villain Gregory in space 25-yards out, and Gregory did the rest hitting a rasping drive home to take the R`s into the next round.

Villa unfortunate but Rangers elated, as the R`s progressed to play Southampton in Round Four. Rangers soon departed with manager Alan Mullery who is still tarnished by some fans as one of the R`s worst - he was replaced over the Christmas period and until the end of the season by former player and seemingly permanent caretaker boss Frank Sibley.

Villa had a slight upturn in form under Graham Turner and finished the season tenth in Division One whilst Sibley steered the R`s to fourth bottom before he was replaced by Jim Smith, Rangers were eventually knocked out the cup by Ipswich Town over two games.

Final Score: Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Aston Villa.

Attendance: 12,547

QPR: Hucker, Neill, Dawes, Fereday, Wicks, Fenwick, Cooper (Charles 67), Waddock, Bannister, Stainrod, Gregory.

Aston Villa: Day, Williams, Gibson, Evans, Ormsby, McMahon,Birch, Kerr (Six 80), Withe, Cowans, Dorago.

To read the full catalogue from Rangers games in history, click here.

We want to know YOUR thoughts!

To have your say you can comment in the space provided below, or chat about it on the forum.

TOP STORIES

Norwich Target Former R`s Defender.

Rams Successful In Ticket Appeal.

Mason Takes Charge Of Villa Clash.


Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Writer:Boxer
Date:Monday September 22 2008
Time: 7:45PM

Comments

0
That Was A Lucky Win, But good luck =]
Blitz
22/09/2008 21:34:00
0
Attendance: 12,547 I see somethings never change :-)
tomog
23/09/2008 03:20:00
0
A good steady fan-base - Hey I don't think we pretend to be astronomically big! You'll get as much noise from 12k at LR that you'd get in most Premier League grounds.
Boxer
23/09/2008 07:36:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

Preston North End v QPR - Preview

QUEENS Park Rangers face a side in good form as they travel to Deepdale to face Simon Grayson's Preston North End.

An archetypal Championship side brimming with effort and organised by an able

One to Watch - Callum Robinson

Ryan Forrester casts an eye over this weekend's dangerman - Preston North End's Callum Robinson

The Men in Black - Preston North End v QPR

We now profile this weekend's officiating team - being led out by man in the middle - David Coote

Who R Ya - Preston North End

It's the eve of another footballing weekend and we take a look at our opponents - Preston North End.

Archived Vital QPR Articles

Vital QPR articles from

Site Journalists

Boxer
Editor email
Profile
sandydl
no email
Profile
Superhoop50
no email
Profile
danielqpr
no email
Profile
JackSupple
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v Wigan
Suggested By:
Smithies65%
Furlong0%
Onuoha0%
Hall0%
Lynch3%
Bidwell0%
Wszolek0%
Manning3%
Freeman0%
Washington0%
Smith7%
LuaLua22%
Ngbakoto0%
Sylla0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Brighton 33 21 8 4 71 31
2 Newcastle 33 22 4 7 70 37
3 Huddersfield 33 20 5 8 65 8
4 Leeds Utd 34 19 4 11 61 12
5 Reading 34 18 6 10 60 2
6 Sheff Wed 34 17 7 10 58 9
7 Fulham 33 14 11 8 53 17
8 Preston 34 14 10 10 52 5
9 Norwich 33 15 6 12 51 11
10 Barnsley 34 14 8 12 50 4
11 Derby County 33 13 9 11 48 6
12 Cardiff 34 13 7 14 46 -2
13 Brentford 33 12 7 14 43 2
14 Birmingham 34 11 10 13 43 -13
15 Ipswich 33 10 11 12 41 -7
16 Q.P.R. 34 11 7 16 40 -11
17 Aston Villa 33 9 12 12 39 -7
18 Forest 34 10 7 17 37 -12
19 Burton 34 9 9 16 36 -13
20 Wolves 32 9 8 15 35 -5
21 Bristol City 33 9 6 18 33 -6
22 Wigan 34 7 10 17 31 -10
23 Blackburn 32 7 9 16 30 -13
24 Rotherham 34 4 5 25 17 -45
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Queens Park Rangers Results (view all)

Queens Park Rangers Fixtures (view all)

Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 7 2017 7:45PM : Barnsley (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Rotherham United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 31 2017 7:45PM : Derby County (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Aston Villa (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Uncredibale Hulk54
2.QPR4Me18
3.Boxer2
4.nowexpat1
Vital Football Comment