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A famous month in QPR history: March

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 March, we look back a huge 53 years to a month that included one of the most historic moments in the clubs history…

March 1967

Third Division side Queens Park Rangers headed into March 1967 top of the league table, with Alec Stock’s side having only lost three games all season, as the R’s charged for promotion.

The beginning of the month saw QPR play in what was their first ever League Cup final against 1st Division side West Bromwich Albion. At Wembley Stadium a historic venue which would be hosting the tournament final for the first time ever.

The baggies were expectant, whilst Rangers were hopeful. Having gone 2-0 goals down early on, Stock’s side had everything to do if they were to create one of the biggest League Cup upsets ever.

Roger Morgan pulled one back for the R’s, before the flamboyant Rodney Marsh equalised, allowing for Mark Lazarus to score the winner and hand QPR their only ever major honour to date.

On the back of such a great success Rangers continued the month in a positive mood with a 4-0 win over south coast side Bournemouth. Before two consecutive goalless draws with Peterborough and Leyton Orient. Rangers finished the month with two fixtures in two days, home and away to Darlington respectively. The Super Hoops claimed a 4-0 victory in the first tie, before holding out for a goalless draw in the second.

This ultimately helped push the R’s on to league success, with QPR claiming top spot, with a 12-point gap over Middlesbrough.

The 1966/67 season remains Queens Park Rangers only ever league and cup double winning season.

March Facts

  • Queen Elizabeth Hall was opened in London as a concert venue.
  • Muhammed Ali is ordered by selective service to be inducted.
  • UK Number 1: Engelbert Humperdink – Release me, spends 6 weeks at number 1.

QPR Results in March 1967

4th: QPR 3-2 West Bromwich Albion

7th: QPR 4-0 Bournemouth

11th: QPR 0-0 Peterborough

18th: Leyton Orient 0-0 QPR

24th: QPR 4-0 Darlington

25th: Darlington 0-0 QPR