Vital Football

Latest QPR News

One Day In History - Preston North End 1979-80

One Day In History - Preston North End 1979-80


Rangers were looking to bounce back from a disappointing relegation campaign under the guidance of Tommy Docherty.

Teams: Preston North End v Queens Park Rangers

Date: Saturday February 23, 1980

Competition: Football League Division Two

Venue: Deepdale, Preston

Docherty's Rangers were primed for a late push on the promotion places as they travelled to Deepdale in the hope of dispatching mid-table Preston North End.

The R's were picking up in terms of form after a dramatic dip that saw them slide from top spot as low as ninth - a seven game winless run had truly scuppered their progress at the top of the second division.

They faced Nobby Stiles' Lilywhites who themselves were sitting comfortably in mid-table after an early scare that saw them plummet towards the relegation zone.

Preston's indifferent form was the primary reason for their mediocre position with an excellent home victory over Sunderland (2-1) balanced out with a disappointing result against Oldham Athletic (0-1).

Meanwhile the R's were looking at a mini-revival after a period of poor form. Only one defeat in five ensued with wins over Fulham (2-0), Swansea City (3-2) and Oldham Athletic (4-3).

However only one away win in seven blighted their progress to the top positions - but that win did come against local rivals Fulham (2-0) with youth product Gary Waddock hitting his first goal for QPR.

Docherty kept faith with the same team that defeated Oldham at Loftus Road meaning that influential strike duo Paul Goddard and Clive Allen combined once again in attack.

A heavy surface greeted the two teams as they took to the Deepdale pitch, but it certainly didn't affect Rangers' excellent passing play as they attacked from the off.

Tony Currie was at the centre of the action and not for the first time as he pounced on some hesitant defending by Willie Naughton to feed Paul Goddard.

Goddard instinctively searched for his strike partner Clive Allen as he foraged down the right flank - his cross was inch perfect who slotted home his 26th of the season.

It soon became two when an excellent cross from Steve Burke found Allen lurking on the far post. He touched it back to Glenn Roeder who smashed home with consummate ease.

Currie took centre stage once more as his fine free-kick was nodded past Roy Tunks by an in-form Paul Goddard - the forward claiming his fifth in five games.

Rangers expressed their football with great craft and expertise under Docherty and appeared good value for their win against a limp and lacklustre Preston outfit.

They went on to finish the season positively with only one defeat in 15 games securing a fifth-placed finish in the Second Division.

Preston's season also picked up in the latter half of the campaign as they completed a tenth-placed finish under England World Cup winner Stiles.

Final Score: Preston North End 0-3 Queens Park Rangers

Attendance: 10350

Preston North End: Tunks, Taylor (Houston), McIteer, Doyle, Anderson, Blackley, Bell, Coleman, Elliott, Naughton, Bruce

Queens Park Rangers: Woods, Shanks, Gillard, McCreery, Hazell, Wicks, Goddard, Roeder, Allen, Currie, Burke

Do you have any memories of this game? - Let us know!

To read the full catalogue Click Here >>>



Have your say on The Forum

Follow us on Twitter

Become our friend on Facebook - Add Vital Queens Park Rangers

Writer:Boxer
Date:Thursday March 25 2010
Time: 7:30AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
ahh the good old days
Rs fan super hoop
27/03/2010 10:51:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

FA End Betting Sponsorship

Late yesterday afternoon, the Football Association announced the result of its three month review of their relationship with gambling companies and that association now comes to an end.

Sky Confirm TV Selection Windows For 2017/18

With the release of the EFL fixture lists on Wednesday morning, Sky Sports have released their outline giving fans an idea of when television selections will be made this season.

2017/18 Final Weekend Details

With the release of the Premier League fixtures last week and last Wednesday seeing the EFL following suit, the full details for the final weekends across...

30 Minute Halves - No Rebounds On Penalties?

The International Football Association Board are investigating a variety of rule book changes when it comes to the future of football.

Archived Vital QPR Articles

Vital QPR articles from

Site Journalists

Hoops
Editor email
Profile
Boxer
no email
Profile
danielqpr
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v Norwich City
Suggested By:
Smithies97%
Perch0%
Onuoha0%
Lynch1%
Robinson0%
Wszolek1%
Luongo0%
Doughty0%
Manning0%
Washington0%
Smith0%
Freeman0%
Bowler0%
Grego-Cox1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Queens Park Rangers Results (view all)

Queens Park Rangers Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.dustman1
Write for Vital Football