Doomed Hoops face uncertain future

Seamus Coleman fires the ball past Robert Green to give Everton the lead over QPR. (Image | Joe Toth/BPI)
Seamus Coleman fires the ball past Robert Green to give Everton the lead over QPR. (Image | Joe Toth/BPI)

For Queens Park Rangers, the war is surely over: there is no way the Rs can avoid relegation to the Championship with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool still to play.

This will probably not stop Chris Ramsey being found in a jungle at some point during the summer, refusing to admit that Rangers have dropped out of the Premier League.

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Londoner’s eye: you can’t beat a bit of Battersea

The Albert Bridge
The Albert Bridge, which is now strong enough to support an army going over it. (Image | Chris King)

For many people, the mention of Battersea, the suburb of South West London, conjures up two things: the cats and dogs’ home and Clapham Junction, which proudly describes itself as Britain’s busiest railway station.

Beyond this, some might add, there is little of note, especially when compared to the exciting, vibrant and diverse areas to the north, such as Hackney, Islington and Camden. They would be wrong. Continue reading

QPR should follow Southampton blueprint

Kane in the head | Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane outjumps Nedum Onuoha to beat Robert Green. (Image | BBC)
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane outjumps Nedum Onuoha to beat Robert Green. (Image | BBC)

Queens Park Rangers squandered a perfect opportunity to close the gap on Aston Villa and pull clear of the relegation zone by losing twice in a week to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Spirit, endeavour and commitment were no match for quality in either encounter, with bright opening periods giving way to defensive lapses that helped the away sides take control.

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QPR moving in right direction with Ramsey

Fresh start | QPR manager Chris Ramsey has already stopped the rot away from home. (Image | Daily Express)
QPR manager Chris Ramsey has already stopped the rot away from home. (Image | Daily Express)

QPR ended a run of 11 straight away defeats with a 2-0 win against Sunderland, which led to caretaker manager Chris Ramsey being given the job until the end of the season.

Goals from Leroy Fer and Bobby Zamora, both supplied by superb crosses from Matt Phillips, sunk the Black Cats, who are on a dreadful run themselves with just two wins at home so far.

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New Year’s Rs-olutions for Harry and co

QPR FanZoner Chris King outlines the five New Year’s resolutions the club should be setting themselves after starting 2015 with an FA Cup exit.


Queens Park Rangers dropped out of the FA Cup with a whimper on Sunday, losing 3-0 at home to Sheffield United, but remain in the thick of the Premier League survival battle.

Sharp Blade | Jamal Campbell-Ryce scores to take Sheffield United into the FA Cup fourth round. (Image | Yorkshire Post)
Sharp Blade | Jamal Campbell-Ryce scores to take Sheffield United into the FA Cup fourth round. (Image | Yorkshire Post)

The Rs slumped to defeat in yet another cup match after being comprehensively outplayed by the Blades, who are no strangers to upsetting supposed bigger teams.

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Luckless QPR have raised their game

QPR FanZoner Chris King thinks the club’s recent performances have shown plenty of promise and believes the Rs have hope of avoiding the drop.


Man of the moment | Charlie Austin slots home the opening goal against Manchester City. (Image | La Footyettes)
Man of the moment | Charlie Austin slots home the opening goal against Manchester City. (Image | La Footyettes)

Queens Park Rangers have experienced a transformation so drastic and absolute over the past few weeks that it has seen them go from nailed-on for relegation to hopeful of finishing in the promised land of 17th and above.

It is just a shame that the Rs’ luck has not undergone a similar change, as Harry Redknapp’s team are still not getting what their performances deserve.

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Tourist Trappist: Try monks’ beer on a Belgian brewery tour

ORDERING a triple at the bar would often spark concern for your wellbeing.

Mechelen lies between Antwerp and Brussels. (Image | Chris King)
Mechelen lies between Antwerp and Brussels. (Image | Chris King)

In a Belgian monastery, it is perfectly normal — they might be hurt if you didn’t.

Westmalle Abbey brews two of Flanders’ most heavenly ales, the blonde Tripel and dark brown Dubbel. Home to 36 monks and their forefathers since 1794, it is an hour’s pilgrimage (by car) from Brussels, starting a trip that will lead me to five breweries, two pubs and a beer festival.

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Rangers need to be more professional

QPR FanZoner Chris King calls for the club to put internal squabbles to one side following the disappointment of Sunday’s defeat to Liverpool.


Vargas-powered | Eduardo Vargas equalises for Queens Park Rangers against Liverpool. (Image | Mail Online)
Vargas-powered | Eduardo Vargas equalises for Queens Park Rangers against Liverpool. (Image | Mail Online)

Queens Park Rangers have spent the past few days self-destructing on and off the field, with internal squabbles making more back page headlines than the crushing 3-2 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

It was a truly devastating way to lose a football match, the visitors’ winner coming after the R’s had fought their way back into the game and looked to be heading for a point, the least their performance deserved.

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