Kevin Gallen's first senior QPR goal - History
Monday, 9th Apr 2018 22:52 by Clive Whittingham
Ahead of QPR's home game with Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow night we look back to 1994 when a young Kevin Gallen scored against the Owls on his senior Loftus Road debut.
Queens Park Rangers 3 Sheffield Wednesday 2, Tuesday August 24, 1994, Premier League
Youth team protégé Kevin Gallen scored on his senior debut at Loftus Road to secure a late victory against Sheffield Wednesday back in August 1994.
Wednesday had something of an Indian sign over QPR around this time. Rangers had won only one of the previous eight meetings, losing six of them including a harrowing afternoon at Hillsborough where Carlton Palmer of all people had bagged a hat trick in a 4-1 win. Rangers lost twice at Hillsborough in league and cup in 1992/93 despite finishing fifth in the inaugural Premier League and in 1993/94 they’d lost twice to the northern team in the league and once at home in the League Cup.
So an opening day trip to Old Trafford – where Rangers had Clive Wilson sent off with the time still in single figures and went on to lose 2-0 – followed by a home game against Wednesday represented a tough start for Gerry Francis’ men. They’d finished ninth in the league the season before while the Owls, then managed by former QPR man Trevor Francis, had been seventh.
Things started well for the home team in front of Loftus Road’s first ever all seated attendance. Trevor Sinclair, who QPR had bought from Blackpool a year previously to replace Andy Sinton when he moved to Hillsborough, burst through on goal after 22 minutes following a defensive error but was denied one on one by keeper Kevin Pressman. That merely delayed the inevitable though and from the resulting corner a loose ball in the penalty box was stabbed home at close range by Les Ferdinand after a near post flick on by Steve Yates.
But Rangers, as the often seemed to do against these opponents, then rather mastered their own downfall. Simon Barker sprayed a pass to the right flank without looking only to find that full back David Bardsley had advanced to join the attack. It left Wednesday winger Ryan Taylor in possession of the ball and with the entire QPR half to run into unopposed. Rangers funnelled back as best they could but Taylor found David Hirst in the area and his smart turn and cross created a simple chance for John Sheridan to head home from close range at the Loft End of the ground.
That’s how it stayed until half time but the second half was to pan out in much the same way. Again QPR started the brighter of the two teams and scored an early goal when Ian Holloway’s deep corner was partly cleared and Trevor Sinclair seized on the loose ball on the edge of the area and drilled a low shot through a crowd of players and into the bottom corner. Pressman may have been peering through traffic and seen the ball late, but he’ll still have been disappointed to be beaten from that range at his near post with a daisy cutter.
And again Wednesday made the most of slack defending to roar back and equalise. Sheridan received his own corner back from a clearing header and crossed for a second time allowing Graham Hyde to steel in completely unmarked and head home from the edge of the six yard box. Wednesday no doubt fancied their chances of going onto win the game at this point.
But they’d reckoned without a fairytale ending for Gallen. Acton-born, raised a QPR fan and the name on everybody’s lips after extraordinary scoring feats in the youth set up, Gallen had been made to wait longer than he probably should have been by Francis for a first team chance. He’d broken Jimmy Greaves’ scoring records in the South East Counties youth leagues and helped Rangers lift the League Cup at junior level playing alongside another future first teamer Danny Dichio. He’d had a goal ruled out for offside at Old Trafford on day one but wasn’t in the mood to be denied a second time and with the game petering out into a draw he stepped forward to decide it in the R’s favour.
David Bardsley hung a ball up to the edge of the penalty box which Les Ferdinand rose to meet in typically powerful style and guided down for Ian Holloway arriving from deep. Holloway moved to the byline and cut the ball back, Ferdinand dummied over it at the near post and that left Kevin Gallen totally free and unmarked to scuff a shot into the bottom corner from eight yards out with Pressman helpless to do anything about it. The ground erupted, Gallen was given a standing ovation, and Rangers were off the mark for the season.
Rangers went on to finish eighth that season and Wednesday thirteenth. Garry Francis left midway through the campaign to be replaced by Ray Wilkins. Gallen finished his first senior season with 12 goals and went on to score 104 for the R’s in all competitions across two separate spells. Including one against Sheff Wed at Hillsborough in 2004 that helped seal QPR’s promotion from the Second Division.
QPR: Roberts, Bardsley, McDonald, Yates, Wilson, Impey, Holloway, Barker, Sinclair, Ferdinand, Gallen (Maddix 88)
Subs not used: Dykstra, Penrice
Goals: Ferdinand 22, Sinclair 57, Gallen 78
Bookings: McDonald 7
Sheff Wed: Pressman, Atherton, Nolan, Walker, Petrescu, Taylor, Sheridan, Hyde (Bart-Williams 87), Sinton (Jones 30), Hirst, Watson
Sub not used: Key
Goals: Sheridan 39, Hyde 75
Attendance 12, 788
Sheff Wed 1 QPR 1, Saturday August 12, 2017, Championship
QPR took one point and probably should have had all three when these sides met at Hillsborough on the second weekend of the new season. Jamie Mackie stormed through on goal to give the R’s a 1-0 half time lead but, as has happened all too often this season, a goal straight after half time pegged Rangers back – Sam Winnall capitalising on a mistake by Nedum Onuoha on this occasion. That’s how it looked like staying until right at the death Kazenga LuaLua burst clean through on goal only to sidefoot a very presentable chance wide of the post.
Sheff Wed: Westwood 6; Hunt 6, Lees 6, Loovens 6 (Winnall 27, 7), Pudil 6; Wallace 5, Hutchinson 6 (Jones 13, 6), Bannan 6, Reach 6; Hooper 6, Rhodes 5 (Fletcher 87, -)
Subs not used: Palmer, Boyd, Wildsmith, Abdi
Goals: Winnall 48 (assisted Bannan)
QPR: Smithies 6; Perch 6, Onouha 6, Lynch 6; Wszolek 7 (Furlong 90+3, -), Bidwell 6; Scowen 7, Freeman 7 (Manning 80, 6), Luongo 7; Mackie 6 (Lua Lua 79, 5), Washington 6
Subs not used: Ingram, Smith, Baptiste, Borysiuk
Goals: Mackie 23 (assisted Freeman)
Yellows: Lynch 40 (foul), Bidwell 66 (foul), Scowen 80 (foul)
QPR 1 Sheff Wed 2, Monday April 17, 2017, Championship
Rangers lost 2-1 at home to Sheff Wed on Easter Monday last season as part of their second six-match losing run of the campaign. That was despite Idrissa Sylla scoring one of the oddest goals every seen at Loftus Road – the ball flying up inside a towel hung in the back of the net by Kieron Westwood meant it disappeared completely from view and three sides of the ground didn’t realise it had gone in – to equalise James Reach’s early opener. Wednesday weren’t great either as they laboured towards the play-offs but they had more than enough to beat QPR and scored again through Pudil before half time to win 2-1.
QPR: Smithies 6; Perch 5, Lynch 4, Bidwell 4; Petrasso 4 (Lua Lua 45, 6), Robinson 6 (Washington 62, 6); Freeman 6, Luongo 6, Manning 5 (Smith 75, 5); Mackie 5, Sylla 5
Subs not used: Goss, Ingram, Wszolek, Ngabakoto
Goals: Sylla 20 (assisted Mackie)
Bookings: Perch 76 (foul)
Sheff Wed: Westwood 6; Palmer 6, Lees 6, Loovens 6, Pudil 8; Wallace 6 (Semedo 67, 6), Jones 6, Bannan 6, Reach 7; Rhodes 7 (Nuhiu 76, 4), Hooper 6 (Forestieri 67, 6)
Subs not used: Wildsmith, McManaman, Fletcher, Sasso
Goals: Reach 12 (assisted Pudil), Pudil 31 (assisted Wallace)
Bookings; Reach 61 (Repetitive fouling)
Sheffield Wednesday 1 QPR 0, Saturday October 22, 2016, Championship
Gary Hooper made the most of a shot mishit in his direction by David Jones just before half time to bang in the only goal of the game when these sides met at Hillsborough in October that season. QPR were probably worth a point, with Wednesday’s young stand in goalkeeper Cameron Dawson enduring a nervous afternoon. He saved twice from Tjaronn Chery from long range in the first half, the first after he’d miscued a clearance straight to him, and was twice grateful to defenders clearing off the line in the second. When Chery rounded him in stoppage time a point looked to be Rangers’ but, again, Wednesday massed up on the goal line.
Sheff Wed: Dawson 6; Hunt 6 (Palmer 70, 6), Lees 6, Hutchinson 7, Pudil 6; Bannan 7, Jones 6, Lee 7 (Wallace 87, -), Reach 6; Forestieri 5, Hooper 6 (Fletcher 74, 6)
Subs not used: Kean, Loovens, Nuhui, Buckley
Goals: Hooper 40 (assisted Jones)
Bookings: Pudil 77 (dissent)
QPR: Smithies 6; Perch 6, Onuoha 6, Caulker 6, Hamalainen 6; Borysiuk 7 (Shodipo 80, 7); Gladwin 5 (Wszolek 74, 6), Luongo 6, Chery 6, Washington 6; Sylla 6 (Polter 64, 5)
Subs not used: Ingram, El Khayati, Kakay, Henry
Bookings: Borysiuk 13 (foul), Gladwin 17 (foul), Onuoha 85 (foul), Hamalainen 90+1 (foul)
Sheffield Wednesday 1 QPR 1, Tuesday February 23, 2016, Championship
A goal from an unlikely source, and the standard penalty save from Alex Smithies, won QPR a point when they visited Hillsborough in February 2016. Smithies dived left to save easily from Nuhiu early in the second half after Nedum Onuoha had fouled Gary Hooper in the box. It looked like it might be Rangers’ night when a similarly rank piece of defending at the other end of the field allowed the much maligned Daniel Tozser to fire in a composed volley from 20 yards. But QPR were real draw specialists – then and now – and had to share the spoils when Nuhiu atoned for his miss with a late towering header to equalise. It could have been worse still – a late challenge in the box by Grant Hall on Kieran Lee looked a stick on shout for a second Wednesday spot kick.
Sheff Wed: Westwood 6; Hunt 6, Lees 7, Sasso 6, Pudil 6; Wallace 7, Lee 7, Bannan 6, McGeady 5 (Jao 62, 6); Hooper 6, Nuhiu 5
Subs not used: Loovens, McGugan, Bennett, Helan, Lopez, Price
Goals: Nuhiu 63 (assisted Pudil)
Bookings: Wallace 72 (foul)
QPR: Smithies 8; Onuoha 5, Hall 6, Angella 7, Perch 6; Phillips 5, Tozser 7, Henry 6, Luongo 6, El Khayati 7 (Mackie 79, 6); Washington 6 (Polter 73, 6)
Subs not used: Chery, Hoilett, Ingram, Petrasso, Diakite
Goals: Tozser 57 (unassisted)
Bookings: Phillips 76 (foul)
QPR 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0, Tuesday October 20, 2015, Championship
QPR were left cursing the form of visiting goalkeeper Keiron Westwood, but grateful to the finishing ability of Barry Bannan and refereeing of Andy Haines when these sides drew a blank at Loftus Road in October that season. Westwood saved well from Emmanuel-Thomas in the first half, and brilliantly from Tjaronn Chery in the second, while Bannan twice found himself in space in the Rangers' penalty area only to thrash poor shots over the bar. But it was Haines who drew the most attention, inexplicably failing to award a free kick against Clint Hill when he brought down Modou Sogou as the striker raced through on goal before half time with a tackle so severe the striker was stretchered off with a dislocated shoulder. A red card would surely have followed, but Haines bizarrely waved play on. He did likewise deep into the second half when Lucas Jao appeared to be tripped in the area for a penalty kick.
QPR: Green 6; Onuoha 6, Hall 6, Hill 6, Konchesky 6; Tozser 5, Sandro 6; Phillips 4, Luongo 6, Chery 5; Emmanuel-Thomas 5 (Fer 69, 5)
Subs not used: Doughty, Faurlin, Henry, Hoilett, Smithies, Angella
Bookings: Sandro 8 (foul)
Sheff Wed: Westwood 6; Palmer 6, Loovens 6, Lees 6, Wiggins 6; Sougou 6 (Wallace 42, 6), McGugan 6 (Lee 69, 6), Semedo 6, Bannan 5; Forestieri 5 (Lucas João 45, 7), Nuhiu 4
Subs not used: Wildsmith, Pudil, Sasso, Hutchinson
Sheffield Wednesday 3 QPR 1, Tuesday March 18, 2014, Championship
QPR's worst performance of 2013/14 came at Hillsborough against Sheff Wed on a long Tuesday night for the travelling faithful. Sporting a long injury list, and harshly robbed of Richard Dunne for a professional foul in the first half, there were still few excuses for a shambolic performance and deserved thrashing from the mid-table Owls. Chris Maguire scored the penalty resulting from Dunne's foul and with Joey Barton on a one-man mission to get a red card of his own, second half goals from Leon Best and Lewis Buxton followed as the R's capitulated. The result was o0ne of several meek defeats through March and April as Rangers played out a number of essentially dead rubbers, with automatic promotion out of reach but a play-off spot secured.
Sheff Wed: Martinez N/A; Buxton 7, Helan 6, Loovens 7, Onyewu 7; Palmer 6, Lavery 7 (Prutton 84, -), Lee 6; Best 7 (Johnson 74, 6), Nuhiu 6, Maguire 7 (Afobe 84, -)
Subs not used: Davies, Coke, Mattock, Llera
Goals: Maguire 35 (penalty won Best), Best 51 (assisted Onyewu), Buxton 71 (unassisted)
Bookings: Buxton 28 (foul)
QPR: Murphy 5; Onuoha 4, Dunne 4, Hill 4, Hughes 3; Henry 4 (Kranjcar 45, 5), Barton 3; Hoilett 5 (Suk-Young 45, 4), Morrison 4, O’Neil 2 (Carroll 83, -); Zamora 2
Subs not used: Keane, Benayoun, Lennox, Maiga
Red Cards: Dunne 35 (professional foul, one match ban)
Queens Park Rangers 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1, Saturday August 3, 2014, Championship
Things didn’t look good for QPR 20 minutes into the first meeting between these sides that season either. After such a colossal turnover in personnel during the summer, and a Premier League season that brought just four paltry wins, nobody knew quite what to expect of the new look Rangers back in the second tier and when Wednesday’s debutant Albanian striker Atdhe Nuhiu lashed in from the edge of the box things did not look promising. The visitors had two very decent shouts for a penalty waved away by referee Scott Mathieson either side of half time as well but ultimately two quick fire first half goals won the points for Harry Redknapp’s side. Nedum Onuoha tapped home after a corner broke to him at the far post, then Andy Johnson volleyed in a fine second after keeper Chris Kirkland had saved an initial effort.
QPR: Green 6, Simpson 6, Onuoha 6, Hill 6, Traore 4, Barton 7 (Wright-Phillips 79, 6), Henry 6, Faurlin 6, Hoilett 7 (Jenas 87, -), Zamora 5 (Austin 68, 6), Johnson 7
Subs not used: Murphy, Dunne, Suk-Young, Derry
Goals: Onuoha 40 (assisted Hoilett), Johnson 43 (assisted Barton)
Bookings: Barton 56 (foul)
Sheff Wed: Kirkland 8, Zayatte 6, Gardner 6, Mattock 6 (Maghoma 37, 7), Palmer 6, Johnson 6, Prutton 6, Coke 6 (McCabe 69, 6), Antonio 5, Helan 6, Nuhiu 7 (Madine 76, 6)
Subs not used: Davies, Semedo, Taylor, Llera
Goals: Nuhiu 19 (unassisted)
Bookings: Palmer 19 (foul), Maghoma 57 (diving)
Queens Park Rangers 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1, Saturday April 3, 2010, Championship
QPR were in something of a mess when these sides met at Loftus Road back in April 2010. A promising start to the season under Jim Magilton had given way to a winter of complete chaos following his sacking. Brief spells in charge for first Paul Hart and then Mick Harford had seen Rangers drift from play off contenders into the relegation battle. Under fire owner Flavio Briatore had decided to take a back and seat and hand the day to day running of the club to Amit Bhatia and Neil Warnock had been poached from fellow financially crippled Crystal Palace. That arrested the side slightly, a run of seven defeats and two draws giving way to two consecutive wins following Warnock’s arrival but the R’s then found themselves drawing too many matches – this was their fifth tie in six matches – which kept them dangerously close to the relegation places. It could easily have been a win – Ale Faurlin fired in his first goal for the club midway through the first half – but a dire second half saw Wednesday fight back and equalise through Tom Soares. A subsequent Easter mauling at Leicester had alarm bells ringing but Rangers subsequently won at Palace which meant late season victories over Barnsley and Watford cemented their place in the Championship. A year later, Warnock had them promoted as champions. Wednesday meanwhile were relegated on the final day when they failed to beat Palace at home, the side immediately above them.
QPR: C Ikeme, P Ramage, D Stewart, M Hill, K Gorkss, M Leigertwood, H Ephraim (L Cook, 81), A Taarabt yellow card, A Faurlin, T Priskin (R Vine, 89), J Simpson (A German, 73)
Subs not used: J Oastler, A Balanta, A Buzsaky, R Cerny
Goals: Faurlin 23
Sheff Wed: L Grant, D Purse, L Buxton, T Spurr, M Beevers, D Potter (L Clarke, 72), L Varney (J Johnson, 69), T Soares, E Nolan, J O'Connor, M Tudgay
Subs not used: R Hinds, M Gray, F Jeffers, R O'Donnell, F Simek
Goals: Soares 77
Sheffield Wednesday 1 Queens Park Rangers 2, Saturday November 7, 2009, Championship
Jim Magilton’s QPR side continued their play off push with a 2-1 victory against Sheffield Wednesday in November 2009. Rangers had been in spectacular form leading up to the match, playing sumptuous football to sweep aside Barnsley (5-2) before embarking on a memorable seven day period where they beat Preston, Reading and Derby scoring 12 goals in the process – four in each. This was a much less fluent performance and although Arsenal loanee Jay Simpson finished across Lee Grant to give the visitors an early lead, Wednesday equalised immediately through Jermaine Johnson and were the better team for long periods. With the game apparently set for a draw, Rangers found a late winner thanks to an emphatic header from Latvian centre back Kaspars Gorkss who powered home a late Ale Faurlin corner in front of the travelling faithful behind the goal. Sadly a damaging defeat at Doncaster Rovers followed a week later and the season collapsed with subsequent thrashings by Watford and Middlesbrough leading to Magilton leaving the club under a cloud of controversy after an alleged dressing room attack on midfielder Akos Buzsaky.
Sheff Wed: Grant 6, Simek 6 (Richard Wood 72, 5), Buxton 7, Hinds 6, Spurr 6, Johnson 8 (Clarke 76, 5), Miller 7(McAllister 72, 6), Potter 6, O'Connor 7, Tudgay 5, Varney 6
Subs Not Used: O'Donnell, Sodje, Esajas, Beevers
Goals: Johnson 13 (assisted Potter)
QPR: Cerny 6, Leigertwood 4, Hall 4 (Connolly 27, 7), Gorkss 7, Ramage 5, Buzsaky 6 (Faurlin 68, 8), Mahon 6, Watson 6, Routledge 6,Taarabt 7 (Vine 88, -), Simpson 7
Subs Not Used: Heaton, Agyemang, Alberti, Ephraim
Goals: Simpson 10 (assisted Taarabt), Gorkss 82 (assisted Faurlin)
Head to Head >>> QPR wins 20 >>> Draws 17 >>> Sheff Wed wins 30
2017/18 Sheff Wed 1 QPR 1 (Mackie)
2016/17 QPR 1 Sheff Wed 2 (Sylla)
2016/17 Sheff Wed 1 QPR 0
2015/16 Sheff Wed 1 QPR 1 (Toszer)
2015/16 QPR 0 Sheff Wed 0
2013/14 Sheff Wed 3 QPR 0
2013/14 QPR 2 Sheff Wed 1 (Johnson, Onuoha)
2009/10 QPR 1 Sheff Wed 1 (Faurlin)
2009/10 Sheff Wed 1 QPR 2 (Simpson, Gorkss)
2008/09 QPR 3 Sheff Wed 2 (Mahon, Vine, Stewart)
2008/09 Sheff Wed 1 QPR 0
2007/08 Sheff Wed 2 QPR 1 (Delaney)
2007/08 QPR 0 Sheff Wed 0
2006/07 QPR 1 Sheff Wed 1 (Rowlands pen)
2006/07 Sheff Wed 3 QPR 2 (Blackstock 2)
2005/06 Sheff Wed 1 QPR 1 (Bircham)
2005/06 QPR 0 Sheff Wed 0
2003/04 Sheff Wed 1 QPR 3 (Gallen, Furlong, Carr og)
2003/04 QPR 3 Sheff Wed 0 (Palmer, Thorpe, McLeod)
2000/01 Sheff Wed 5 QPR 2 (Crouch 2)
2000/01 QPR 1 Sheff Wed 2 (Peacock pen)
1995/96 Sheff Wed 1 QPR 3 (Barker 2, Goodridge)
1995/96 QPR 0 Sheff Wed 3
1994/95 Sheff Wed 0 QPR 2 (Maddix, Ferdinand)
1994/95 QPR 3 Sheff Wed 2 (Ferdinand, Sinclair, Gallen)
1993/94 Sheff Wed 3 QPR 1 (White)
1993/94 QPR 1 Sheff Wed 2 (Ferdinand)
1993/94 QPR 1 Sheff Wed 2 (Meaker)*
1992/93 QPR 3 Sheff Wed 1 (Allen 2, Ferdinand)
1992/93 Sheff Wed 1 QPR 0
1992/93 Sheff Wed 4 QPR 0*
1991/92 QPR 1 Sheff Wed 1 (Wilkins)
1991/92 Sheff Wed 4 QPR 1 (Bailey)
1989/90 QPR 1 Sheff Wed 0 (Clarke)
1989/90 Sheff Wed 2 QPR 0
1988/89 Sheff Wed 0 QPR 2 (Falco, Allen)
1988/89 QPR 2 Sheff Wed 0 (T Francis 2 (1pen))
1987/88 QPR 1 Sheff Wed 1 (Coney)
1987/88 Sheff Wed 3 QPR 1 (Bannister)
1986/87 Sheff Wed 7 QPR 1 (Peacock)
1986/87 QPR 2 Sheff Wed 2 (Bannister, McDonald)
1985/86 Sheff Wed 0 QPR 0
1985/86 QPR 1 Sheff Wed 1 (James)
1984/85 Sheff Wed 3 QPR 1 (Fillery)
1984/85 QPR 0 Sheff Wed 0
1982/83 Sheff Wed 0 QPR 1 (Flanagan)
1982/83 QPR 0 Sheff Wed 2
1981/82 QPR 2 Sheff Wed 0 (Stainrod, Flanagan)
1981/82 Sheff Wed 1 QPR 3 (Stainrod 3)
1980/81 QPR 1 Sheff Wed 2 (Stainrod)
1980/81 Sheff Wed 1 QPR 0
1973/74 QPR 8 Sheff Wed 2* (Givens 2, Leach 2, Bowles, Francis, Mullen og, Cameron og)
1972/73 Sheff Wed 3 QPR 1 (Leach)
1972/73 QPR 4 Sheff Wed 2 (Francis, O’Rourke, Givens, Leach)
1971/72 Sheff Wed 0 QPR 0
1971/72 QPR 3 Sheff Wed 0 (Marsh 2 (1 pen), Francis)
1970/71 QPR 1 Sheff Wed 0 (Marsh)
1970/71 Sheff Wed 1 QPR 0
1968/69 Sheff Wed 4 QPR 0
1968/69 QPR 3 Sheff Wed 2 (Wilks, Bridges, leach)
1966/67 Sheff Wed 3 QPR 0**
1951/52 Sheff Wed 2 QPR 1 (Muir)
1951/52 QPR 2 Sheff Wed 2 (Addinall, Smith)
1949/50 QPR 0 Sheff Wed 0
1949/50 Sheff Wed 1 QPR 0
1948/49 QPR 1 Sheff Wed 3 (Heath)
1948/49 Sheff Wed 2 QPR 0
* - League Cup
** - FA Cup
Simon Stainrod >>> QPR 1980-1985 >>> Sheff Wed 1985
Simon Stainrod was the QPR number ten during the club’s revival in the early 1980s, led by manager Terry Venables.
He was also one of those rare players who turned out for both Sheffield clubs. Having been born in the Steel City he came through the ranks at Bramall Lane initially, signing professional terms in 1975 and scoring 14 goals in almost 67 appearances through to 1979 when he embarked on a spell on the other side of the Pennines with Oldham Athletic.
His time at United didn’t start well – his debut came in a 5-0 defeat at Spurs which sealed the Blades’ relegation to the Second Division. Given that they lost 14 and drew one of their first 16 league matches that season the demotion wasn’t a great surprise. Stainrod scored on his second appearance against Norwich a week later though – that 3-1 win was their first away maximum of the season just five games before the end of the campaign, and only their third win in total. Bizarrely the Blades actually won four and drew one of their last six.
Despite forging a good striking partnership with Keith Edwards during the following seasons Stainrod was sold to Oldham for a club record fee of £60,000 in March 1979. His debut for the Latics was somewhat better than his Sheffield United bow as he scored the second goal in a 2-0 home win against Blackburn. He was the top scorer for Oldham in the 1979/80 season with 11 goals but is better remembered by some for his antics in a game against Sheffield Wednesday where his play acting saw the Owls legend Terry Curran sent off and violent clashes on the terrace as a result.
Nevertheless, Venables spent £270,000 on him in November 1980. The former QPR midfielder didn’t get much wrong during his managerial reign in W12 and Stainrod proved to be an inspired signing as well, becoming the top scorer and focal point of the attack as the R’s reached the FA Cup final as a Second Division team in the 1981/82 campaign. Stainrod played in every round as Rangers fought through replays with Blackpool and Middlesbrough, then beat Grimsby and Crystal Palace, and finally defeated West Brom 1-0 at Highbury in the semi-final thanks to a goal from Clive Allen at the North Bank end. Stainrod played both the final and the replay against Spurs at Wembley – Rangers were of course eventually beaten 1-0 having drawn the first game 1-1.
Prior to the final Stainrod gave a bullish interview in the press about his side’s chances. Transcribed by Steve Russell on Indy R’s, Stainrod said: “Over the last few weeks we’ve proved that we have the players capable of winning the trophy. Some of our performances have been fantastic. We’ve annihilated some teams as we’ve tried for the Cup and promotion double. This is the best footballing side I’ve ever had the privilege of playing for. We combine hard work and determination with skill. As well as myself and Clive Allen, the team has so many other players who can score goals and turn the game on their own.
“I’ve always had confidence in my own ability and I know that I’m good enough to play at the top level. Wembley gives me the chance to prove to people I’m right. But I’m not going out there to show the world how good I am. I’ll just be doing my very best to win the game for Queen’s Park Rangers. I want to play a good game for the team. If I get a chance to shine then all well and good. At the end of the day the most important thing is victory.
“Many people are surprised to see us at Wembley, but I had a sneaking feeling that we’d reach the final. During all the controversy about the synthetic pitch at Loftus Road and rumours that we wouldn’t be allowed to play an FA Cup-tie at home, I said to the lads that we’d win the cup this year. It’s just the sort of ironic thing that happens in life.”
A year later Venables led QPR to promotion and Stainrod made 33 appearances. He found goals a little harder to come by than the previous campaign, despite bagging two in an early 4-1 win at Derby and another a week later against Fulham. He missed nine matches midseason and finished the campaign with nine goals.
Stainrod appeared 60 times in the top flight for Rangers, scoring 16 goals in 45 appearances in the first year after promotion. The R’s finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Cup, but Venables left to manage Barcelona and was replaced by Alan Mullery who turned out to be a disaster for the club. Stainrod scored one of the six goals the R’s managed in a home tie against Partizan Belgrade – actually played at Highbury because of the plastic pitch at Loftus Road – but they were beaten 4-0 in the away leg and went out on away goals.
John Byrne arrived from York City after he’d impressed against Rangers in the League Cup and as he struck up a partnership with Gary Bannister, Stainrod was deemed surplus to requirements. In December 1984, shortly after Byrne’s arrival Rangers sold Stainrod for £250,000.
Oddly, he moved to Sheffield Wednesday, who he claimed to have supported his whole life despite starting with Sheffield United, scoring freely against the Owls when in hoops, and putting in that less than savoury performance against them back in his Oldham days. The Wednesday fans doubted his credentials, needless to say. He finished his QPR career with 62 goals in 143 starts and two sub appearances.
His stay at Hillsborough was short and bitter, lasting just 15 matches before a fall out with manager Howard Wilkinson sent him on his way to Aston Villa for £370,000. Although he scored four times on his debut, in a League Cup tie with Exeter, Stainrod’s time at Villa Park was also unhappy and ended when they were relegated. Villa cashed in by selling him to Second Division Stoke City.
His time at the Victoria Ground was not a particularly successful one either as he’d started to suffer with injuries by this stage
He then played for Strasbourg and Rouen in France before returning to these shores as player manager of Falkirk where he won the First Division and later Dundee and Ayr – famously scoring a goal directly from the kick off for Falkirk against St Johnstone in the SPL.
He had been working as a football agent based in France and was part of the deal that brought Hatem Ben Arfa to Newcastle but had his license suspended by the FA for failing to provide documents when requested.
Others >>> Jay Bothroyd QPR 2011-2013, Sheff Wed (loan) 2012 >>> Leon Clarke, QPR 2006 (loan), 2010-2011, Sheff Wed 2007-2010 >>> Giles Coke, QPR 2003-2005, Sheff Wed 2010-2013 >>> Adam Bolder, QPR 2007-2009, Sheff Wed (loan) 2008 >>> Ben Sahar, QPR (loan) 2007, Sheff Wed (loan) 2008 >>> Jimmy Smith, QPR (loan) 2006-2007, Sheff Wed (loan) 2008-2009 >>> Leon Knight, QPR (loan) 2001, Sheff Wed (loan) 2002-2003 >>> Frankie Simek, QPR (loan) 2004, Sheff Wed 2005-2010 >>> Marlon Broomesm QPR (loan) 2000, Sheff Wed 2001-2002 >>> Danny Maddix, QPR 1987-2001, Sheff Wed 2001-2003 >>> Andy Sinton, QPR 1989-1993, Sheff Wed 1993-1996 >>> Trevor Francis, QPR 1988-1990, Sheff Wed 1990-1995 >>> Gary Bannister, Sheff Wed 1981-1984, QPR 1984-1988 >>> Chris Woods, 1979-1981, Sheff Wed 1991-1996 >>> Andy McCulloch, QPR 1970-1972, Sheff Wed 1979-1983 >>> Vic Mobley, Sheff Wed 1961-1969, QPR 1969-1971 >>>Steve Burtenshaw, Sheff Wed (manager) 1971-1974, QPR (manager) 1978-1979 >>> >>> Peter Springett, QPR 1963-1967, Sheff Wed 1967-1975 >>> Ron Springett, QPR 1953-1958, 1967-1969 >>> Mike Pinner, Sheff Wed 1957-1959, QPR 1959-1960 >>> Peter Baker, Sheff Wed 1957-1960, QPR 1960-1963
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