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SEASON OPENERS: OPENING DAY FIXTURES REVISITED

Opening Day 2014/15 Fixtures

PUBLISHED

08:00 13th June 2014

by @OfficialQPR

With the 2014/15 Premier League fixture list revealed in five days time we take a look back at how the R’s have fared on the big kick-off …

QPR are set to learn who they face on the first weekend of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season at 9.00am on Wednesday morning - and www.qpr.co.uk has delved back into the history books to look at how QPR have previously fared on the opening day of the season.
 
MOST MEMORABLE WIN
 
QPR 2, Liverpool 0 - Division One - Saturday 16th August 1975

QPR 2 LIVERPOOL 0
 
Gerry Francis hit the BBC 'Goal of the Season' against Liverpool on the opening day of the 1975/76 campaign - a year that would subsequently go down in the R's history.
 
R's midfielder Mick Leach was also on target at Loftus Road, in a season where QPR pushed their opening day opponents all the way for the top-flight crown.
 
Playing an attractive brand of 'total' football, the R's captured the hearts of the nation and were top prior to Liverpool's final fixture of the season - some 10 days after that of Rangers.
 
Defeat at Norwich City for QPR in their third to last fixture ultimately cost Dave Sexton's men, who saw Liverpool clinch the title with a 3-1 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
 
TOP 5 OPENING DAY RESULTS

QPR 4 BARNSLEY 0
 
5) Torquay United 3, QPR 4 - Division Three South - Saturday 25th August 1928
4) Reading 2, QPR 4 - Division Three South - Saturday 27th August 1938
3) QPR 4, Newport County 2 - Division Three South - Saturday 27th August 1927
2) QPR 4, Barnsley 0 - npower Championship - Saturday 7th August 2010
1) QPR 5, Blackpool 0 - Nationwide Division Two - Saturday 9th August 2003
 
LAST TIME IN THE 'BIG TIME'
 

QPR 0 SWANSEA 5
 
QPR suffered an opening day to forget – going down to a 5-0 defeat against Swansea City at Loftus Road.

The Swans stunned the R’s side who, despite a positive first-half showing, were made to pay for several missed chances in typical Premier League fashion.

Debutant Michu gave City the lead inside the opening ten minutes.

The Spaniard then added another eight minutes after half-time, before further strikes from Nathan Dyer (2) and Scott Sinclair gave Michael Laudrup a first fixture in charge of the South Wales club to remember.
 
OPENER AFTER LAST PROMOTION TO THE TOP-FLIGHT
 
QPR 0, Bolton Wanderers 4 – Saturday 13th August 2011

QPR 0 BOLTON 4
 
Scorers: Bolton: Cahill, Gabbidon (og), Klasnic, Muamba.
 
LAST SIX YEARS

QPR 2 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1
 
2013/14 – QPR 2, Sheffield Wednesday – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 3rd August 2013

2012/13 – QPR 0, Swansea City 5 – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 13th August 2012

2011/12 – QPR 0, Bolton Wanderers 4 – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 18th August 2011

2010/11 - QPR 4, Barnsley 0 - npower Championship - Saturday 7th August 2010
 
2009/10 - QPR 1, Blackpool 1 - Coca-Cola Championship - Saturday 8th August 2009
 
2008/09 - QPR 2, Barnsley 1 - Coca-Cola Championship - Saturday 9th August 2008
 
MOST FREQUENT TOP FLIGHT OPENER

MAN UTD QPR
 
4) Liverpool (2)
3) Southampton (2)
2) Aston Villa (2)
1) Manchester United (3)
 
TOP-FLIGHT OPENING DAY RECORD
 
Home - Won 4, Drawn 2, Lost 4
Away - Won 1, Drawn 5, Lost 6
Total - Won 5, Drawn 7, Lost 8

OVERALL TOP-FLIGHT RECORD 

Home - Won 27, Drawn 11, Lost 9
Away - Won 4, Drawn 17, Lost 20
Total - Won 31, Drawn 28, Lost 29

As you will note, QPR have enjoyed a fairly even spread of success on the opening day of the season.
 
But what is interesting to note is that, of the other 19 current Premier League Clubs, the R's have been paired with Manchester United on most occasions (3, all away).

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