AT the start of every month during 2019/20, www.qpr.co.uk will be taking a look back at a famous month from a season in the club’s past.
For April, we look back 44 years to a month that included a historic QPR victory…
Dave Sexton’s flamboyant Queens Park Rangers side of 1975/76 have been voted QPR’s greatest ever side and April 1976 was the month that saw Rangers crowned potential champions against Leeds United in front of what was, and still is, Loftus Road’s record attendance.
Three weeks later, though, Liverpool came from behind to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers and cruelly snatch the title away from the fingertips of the R’s.
Rangers went into April knowing that if they didn’t slip up that the league title was theirs. Results against Newcastle United and Middlesbrough got the ball rolling for Sexton’s men. But Norwich City away proved costly in the hunt for QPR’s first ever league title, when Phil Boyer’s dubious offside header sealed the game for the Canaries and dented Rangers’ title hopes.
The Super Hoops went on to win their remaining games with Arsenal and Leeds United but it wasn’t enough as weeks later - due to Liverpool’s cup commitments - The Reds were allowed to play their fixture with Wolves and claim the title, meaning Rangers were left with nothing except the title of 'The greatest side never to have won the league'.
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QPR Results in April 1976
3rd: Newcastle United 1-2 QPR
10th: QPR 4-2 Middlesbrough
17th: Norwich City 3-2 QPR
19th: QPR 2-1 Arsenal
24th: QPR 2-0 Leeds United