Vital Football

Latest QPR News

One Day In History - Nottingham Forest 1968-69

One Day In History - Nottingham Forest 1968-69
Teams: Queens Park Rangers v Nottingham Forest

Date: Saturday 23rd November, 1968

Competition: Football League Division One.

Venue: Loftus Road, London.

In distinctly poor conditions in W12, the R`s hosted fellow relegation candidates Nottingham Forest. The pitch played very heavy with mud covering the surface, the players struggling to stay on their feet at times.

Rangers came into the fixture without a win in five games, with their star talisman Rodney Marsh on the sideline due to injury. Back to back home wins against Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town encouraged the fans somewhat, only to be quashed by defeats on home soil by Manchester United and Burnley.

There were few away comforts also for the R`s having shipped four goals in their two previous encounters against West Ham United and Everton.

Forest themselves had not picked up a win in a staggering ten games - the last win a thumping away win, 5-2 against West Bromwich Albion back in early September. Since that win five defeats and five draws put Forest in a dangerous position in the table, making the Albion win their only once of the season in the build up to this fixture.

Rangers were boosted by the return of Rodney Marsh, who made his second appearance of a frustrating season. It was ultimately he who helped haul the R`s to a victory in W12.

Marsh guided a side filled with young talent, indeed the average age of the Rangers side was merely 21 years of age, as Rangers looked to blood the youth in a bid to stay in the league.

It was the aforementioned Marsh and Tony Hazell who struck the all important goals to hand the R`s two very important points. Forest forward Barry Lyons had equalised for the visitors before Hazell`s winner as Tommy Docherty`s Rangers carved out the all important win.

Just as interesting, the R`s fans unwittingly witnessed a future star - not on the pitch, but in the press-box!

A 33 year old Michael Parkinson was becoming ever popular in sports-writing circles, due to his excellent column in The Sunday Times. Here is how he assessed the R`s display:

"Mr. Docherty did have one ace up his sleeve, the inimitable Mr. Rodney Marsh, entertainer extra-ordinary, making his first appearance at home.

"Marsh scored a goal, organised the defence to his requirements and ended the game by teasing the Nottingham Forest defenders into losing their heads."


Final Score: Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Attendance: 18,857

Rangers: Kelly, Clement, Gillard, Sibley, Watson, Hazell, Morgan I., McGovern, Bridges, Marsh, Morgan R.

Forest: Grummitt, Hindley, Winfield, Hennessey, McKinlay, Newton, Lyons, Hilley, Baker, Chapman, Storey-Moore.

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

Cole Returns For The R`s.

Earnshaw To Face R`s.

Jackett In? Get Your Coat!.


Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Writer:Boxer
Date:Thursday October 16 2008
Time: 7:23AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

QPR Season in Review - January

RYAN Forrester continues his run-down of the 2015/16 season - with Hasselbaink making his additions

Midfielder Pens QPR Deal

QUEENS Park Rangers have secured the services of midfielder Ariel Borysiuk

QPR Draw Swindon Town

QUEENS Park Rangers have drawn Swindon Town in the EFL Cup First Round

QPR Open With Leeds

QUEENS Park Rangers now know the key date for the diary as the fixtures are announced for the 2016/17 season.

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 Bristol City
Suggested By:
Ingram13%
Onuoha1%
Hall0%
Hill12%
Kpekawa1%
Gladwin1%
Henry16%
Faurlin52%
El-Khayati0%
Chery1%
Washington2%
Hoilett0%
Petrasso0%
Polter1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Queens Park Rangers Results (view all)

Queens Park Rangers Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.M Os2
2.Vexillarius_QPR1
3.rodneeranger1
4.QPR4Me1
5.dustman1