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One Day In History - Leicester City 1977-78

One Day In History - Leicester City 1977-78

Queens Park Rangers were still searching for their first win of the season as they faced unbeaten Leicester City.

Teams: Queens Park Rangers v Leicester City

Date: Saturday September 3, 1977

Competition: Football League First Division

Venue: Loftus Road, London

Rangers were having to adapt to live without Dave Sexton to Manchester United. Arguably one of the R's most successful managers departed with former player Frank Sibley replacing him in the hotseat.

Key players during the golden years including Don Masson and Dave Thomas departed the club as they entered a brave new era under former player Sibley.

The R's had got off to a sluggish start to the season with back to back defeats against midlands duo Aston Villa (1-2) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (0-1) before Dave Needham scored his first goal for the club in a creditable draw against Norwich City (1-1).

By comparison the Foxes were unbeaten in their three games, starting off with a draw away at Manchester City (0-0) then another against Bristol City at home (0-0) sandwiching a narrow home win over West Ham United (1-0).

Sibley made two changes from the side that picked up their first point of the season at Carrow Road. Ian Gillard and Mick Leach dropped out and their stead came Gerry Francis and Don Shanks.

Frank McLintock lead his Leicester City side to Loftus Road for the first time since leaving the R's to take the post at Filbert Street.

He had the strike power of Frank Worthington and Eddie Kelly to bolster his line-up in a bid to maintain a positive start to the Division One campaign.

Rangers started much the brighter on a sun drenched day at Loftus Road and a cleverly taken free-kick from Don Masson saw Don Givens hit his effort back off the cross bar - he was able to stab the ball past Mark Wallington in the ensuing melee after only two minutes.

The hosts doubled the lead in the second period with a stunning solo effort from the returning Gerry Francis. He surged through the midfield before curling a right footed shot into the bottom right hand corner beyond the despairing dive of Wallington.

The match was sewn up when a near post corner was glanced home by Dave Needham in a thoroughly convincing first win for the R's.

Leicester did have a chance to bag a consolation from the spot after Stan Bowles was adjudged to have handled by referee Mr Shapter, but Phil Parkes expertly stopped Worthington's spot kick.

Unfortunately that was the R's only win in their first 12 games as they slipped perilously towards the First Division drop zone, eventually finishing 19th.

With that Frank Sibley's brief tenure came to an end with former Brighton midfielder Steve Burtenshaw taking the helm in W12.

By comparison McLintock departed Leicester in April as they lay in the relegation zone with Ian MacFarlane charged with keeping the Foxes up.

He couldn't halt the slide as Leicester finished bottom of the First Division with 22 points, with Newcastle United and West Ham United also biting the bullet.

Final Score: Queens Park Rangers 3-0 Leicester City

Attendance: 14,516

Queens Park Rangers: Parkes, Clement, Shanks, Hollins, Needham, Webb, Eastoe, Francis, Masson, Bowles, Givens.

Goals: Givens, Francis, Needham

Leicester City: Wallington, Whitworth, Rofe, Kelly, Blockley, Simms, Alderson (May 75), Kember, Worthington, Sammels, Weller.

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Date:Thursday October 29 2009
Time: 1:39PM

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i'll take that result again thanks 3-0 to us
ozanne park rangers
29/10/2009 17:24:00
This report brings back massive memories for me as it was my first game watching Rangers aged 10! My neighbours who had season tickets used to take me on a fairly regular basis when one of their group dropped out. I distinctly remember Gerry Francis scoring after a run from half way and jumping up and down.However as soon as I stood on my seat for a better view getting dragged off with words of advice about the view to others around me. No standing up when in the seats! Not mentioned in the report was the half time team talk by Frank McLintock in the centre circle whilst Rangers were in the dressing room. Never got to the bottom of why he did that or was the away dressing room electrics knackered ? Bowles v Worthington was the topic of discussion in the car on the way to the game and when he missed the penalty I remember everyone giving a standing ovation to Phil Parkes. Dave Needham was quickly sold to Notts Forest but he was very imposing at the back and even at 10 I could see he was class. Some of the names that were used later that season: Martin Busby, Paul Mcghee, Brian Williams and Derek Richardson in goal when Parkes' was sold to West Ham which I am sure was that season? Have to dig out my old programmes from the loft after this memory jogger !
29/10/2009 21:38:00
Cheers, glad you enjoyed it! If you fancy sending us memories of any up coming games be my guest :D
29/10/2009 22:40:00
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