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Recent meetings and Robbie James - History
Friday, 28th Sep 2018 08:40 by Clive Whittingham

Bar one Adel Taarabt-inspired Christmas feast, it's been slim pickings recently for QPR against their opponents on Saturday Swansea City

Recent Meetings

QPR 1 Swansea 1, Thursday January 1, 2015, Premier League

QPR missed a great chance to post three points to the Premier League table with a New Year’s Day draw at Loftus Road towards the end of Harry Redknapp’s time in charge of the club. The R’s led for most of the match with Leroy Fer scoring after 19 minutes and looked certain to hold onto that when former QPR man Wayne Routledge was harshly sent off five minutes from time for scrapping. Even when Wilfried Bony stuck a stoppage time equaliser into the top corner Rangers thought they’d won the game from the kick off but Charlie Austin saw one head and one volley blocked on the line, Joey Barton’s follow up was saved and then Auston agonisingly hooked over the bar from close range.

QPR: Green 7; Isla 7, Dunne 6, Caulker 7, Hill 6; Fer 6, Barton 8, Henry 7, Vargas 6; Austin 5, Zamora 5 (Hoilett 83, -)

Subs not used: Onuoha, McCarthy, Mutch, Wright-Phillips, Phillips, Ferdinand

Goals: Fer 19 (unassisted)

Bookings: Isla 57 (foul), Dunne 61 (foul), Barton 73 (foul), Henry 85 (foul)

Swansea: Fabianski 8; Rangel 7, Williams 6, Fernández 6, Taylor 6; Britton 7, Ki Sung-Yueng 7; Dyer 6 (Emnes 60, 6), Sigurdsson 8 (Bony 71, 8), Routledge 8; Gomis 6

Subs not used: Carroll, Tremmel, Bartley, Richards, Barrow

Goals: Bony 90+1 (assisted Ki Sung-Yeung)

Red card: Routledge 85 (violent conduct)

Swansea 2 QPR 0, Tuesday December 2, 2014, Premier League

QPR went through 12 away matches under Redknapp without a single win that season, and they weren’t particularly close to breaking that record at the Liberty Stadium at the beginning of December. Posing no attacking threat whatsoever, it was simply a case of when the visitors would crack and the answer, as it had been in similar circumstances at Newcastle the game before, was 12 minutes from time. Robert Green, who’d been excellent to this point, was beaten by a low drive across the by Ki Sung-yueng. That effectively finished the game as a contest but former QPR favourite Wayne Routledge notched a second for good measure five minutes later.

Swansea: Fabianski 6; Richards 7, Williams 6, Bartley 6, Taylor 6; Britton 7 (Shelvey 79, 6), Ki Sung-yueng 7; Montero 7 (Dyer 70, 8), Routledge 8, Sigurdsson 8 (Carroll 87, -); Bony 8

Subs not used: Gomis, Barrow, Amat, Tremmel

Goals: Sung-yeung 78 (assisted Dyer), Routledge 83 (assisted Dyer)

Bookings: Taylor 70 (foul), Britton 75 (foul)

QPR: Green 8; Onuoha 6, Dunne 6, Caulker 6, Suk-Young 5; Barton 5 (Hoilett 80, -), Henry 5, Fer 5, Kranjcar 5, Vargas 6; Austin 6

Subs not used: Ferdinand, Phillips, McCarthy, Isla, Mutch, Zamora

Bookings: Barton 35 (foul), Fer 56 (foul)

Swansea 4 QPR 1, Saturday February 9, 2013, Premier League

QPR proved easy pickings for Swansea during the 2012/13 relegation season, losing both fixtures and conceding nine goals in the process. At the Liberty Stadium in February the game was barely even a contest, with Michu and Angel Rangel scoring for the hosts before half time. Harry Redknapp sent on Bobby Zamora at half time and he threatened to make a game of it with a goal immediately after the restart but Swansea scored a third straight from the kick off through Pablo Hernandez and went on to add a fourth goal through Michu midway through the second half.

Swansea: Vorm 5, Rangel 7, Chico 6 (Bartley 33, 6), Williams 7, Davies 7, De Guzman 7, Ki 6, Hernandez 7, Dyer 7, Routledge 7 (Agustien 62, 6), Michu 8 (Moore 80, -)

Subs not used: Tremmel, Tiandalli, Lamah, Shechter

Goals: Michu 8 (assiste Dyer), 67 (assisted Hernandez), Rangel 18 (assisted Routledge), Hernandez 50 (assisted Michu)

Bookings: Davies 45 (foul)

QPR: Cesar 4, Onuoha 3, Samba 3, Hill 3, Traore 3, Derry 3 (Granero 46, 6), Jenas 3 (Wright-Phillips 69, 6), Mbia 4, Townsend 5, Mackie 4 (Zamora 46, 7), Taarabt 5

Subs not used: Green, Ben Haim, Park, Bothroyd

Goals: Zamora 48 (assisted Taarabt)

Bookings: Samba 9 (foul), Taarabt 39 (foul) Traore 45 (foul)

QPR 0 Swansea 5, Saturday August 18, 2012, Premier League

A summer of optimism around QPR was blown apart in an opening day massacre at the hands of Swansea City back in August that season. Few Rangers fans expected the toil and trouble that followed but they were given a rude awakening in Michael Laudrup's first game as the Swans boss. Rangers conceded early when summer signing Michu scored his first goal for the Welsh outfit with a long range strike that Robert Green really should have saved. QPR went close to an equaliser a couple of times before the break - Jamie Mackie saw a shot cleared off the line at one point - but the visitors cut loose after half time with Michu adding a beautifully taken second and Nathan Dyer waltzing through the defence to make it three and kill the game off just after the hour. In searing heat and playing a side that loves teams to come out and chase them, QPR were lambs to the slaughter thereafter and conceded further goals to Dyer and Scott Sinclair prior to his pointless big money move to Manchester City.

QPR: Green 2, Onuoha 3, Ferdinand 3, Hill 3 (Wright-Phillips 64, 5), Fabio 3, Diakite 5 (Derry 86, -), Park 6, Taarabt 5, Mackie 4, Hoilett 6, Cisse 4 (Johnson 77, 5)

Subs: Murphy, Nelsen, Dyer, Zamora

Bookings: Diakite 55 (foul) Fabio 58 (foul)

Swansea: Vorm 6, Rangel 7, Chico 8, Williams 7, Taylor 6, Britton 7 , Dyer 8 (Sinclair 77, 7), Routledge 8, de Guzman 8 (Agustien 70, 7), Michu 9 (Gower 84, -), Graham 7

Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Moore, Richards

Goals: Michu 8 (unassisted), 53 (assisted Routledge), Dyer 63 (assisted Routledge), 71 (assisted Agustien), Sinclair 81 (assisted Michu)

Bookings: De Guzman 41 (foul), Rangel 62 (handball)

QPR 3 Swansea 0, Wednesday April 11, 2012, Premier League

Prior to that, QPR actually had a formidable record against Swansea. They maintained that with a crucial 3-0 home win in April 2012 as their great escape from relegation gathered momentum. Desperate for maximum point hauls to keep them in with a shout of survival, QPR overcame a nervous beginning in which Swansea , predictably, dominated the possession, to seize control of the game on the stroke of half time. In a minute of time added on at the end of the first half Swansea full back Neil Taylor climbed on Bobby Zamora to try and head a ball he was never likely to win fairly and conceded a soft free kick in a wide area. A low delivery from the set piece from Adel Taarabt was only half cleared and the ball eventually fell to Joey Barton at the back post who drilled in a crisp volley from 15 yards out. Swansea, in poor form at the time, allowed their heads to drop and Rangers ran away with the game in the second half. First Jamie Mackie, looking suspiciously offside, collected the ball on the edge of the Swansea area and fired in a deflected second, then Akos Buzsaky let rip with a screamer from 25 yards that rocketed into Michel Vorm’s top corner.

QPR: Kenny 6, Onuoha 6, Ferdinand 7, Hill 8, Taiwo 7, Barton 8, Diakite 8, Buzsaky 7, Taarabt 6 (Smith 88, -), Mackie 7 (Wright-Phillips 77, 6), Zamora 6 (Bothroyd 78, 5)

Subs Not Used: Cerny, Gabbidon, Campbell, Young

Booked: Taiwo (tackling a man with his face), Diakite (hacking a man’s leg off)

Goals: Barton 45 (assisted Taarabt), Mackie 55 (assisted Ferdinand), Buzsaky 67 (assisted Taarabt)

Swansea : Vorm 5, Rangel 5, Caulker 6, Williams 5, Taylor 5 (Tate 46, 5), Sigurdsson 7, Britton 6 ( Moore 62, 5), Allen 6, Routledge 5 (Dyer 46, 6), Graham 7, Sinclair 6

Subs Not Used: Tremmel, Monk, McEachran, Gower

Swansea 1 QPR 1, Tuesday December 27, 2011, Premier League

QPR were good value for a point at the Liberty Stadium when these sides met at Christmas that season, and possibly could have had more had they shown more ambition to push for a winner in the closing stages. Things started poorly for Neil Warnock’s men when Danny Graham was allowed to bring the ball down with the palm of his hand by referee Lee Probert and then stroke in a well taken opening goal. But the R’s roared back in the second half and Jamie Mackie got a well deserved equaliser when the home defence misjudged a long clearance from goalkeeper Paddy Kenny and Mackie stole in to nutmeg Vorm and score.

Swansea: Vorm 7, Rangel 7 (Moore 57, 4), Williams 7, Caulker 6, Richards 6, Sinclair 6, Britton 6, Agustien 7, Allen 6, Routledge 7 (Dyer 56, 6), Graham 7

Subs Not Used: Tremmel, Dobbie, Monk, Lita, Gower

Booked: Richards (foul)

Goals: Graham 14 (assisted Routledge)

QPR: Kenny 6, Young 7, Hill 7, Hall 7, Traore 6, Mackie 7, Barton 6, Derry 6, Faurlin 7, Taarabt 7, Helguson 6

Subs Not Used: Cerny, Orr, Gabbidon, Bothroyd, Connolly, Smith, Wright-Phillips

Booked: Hill (foul), Barton (foul), Taarabt (kicking ball away)

Goals: Mackie 58 (assisted Kenny)

Previous Results

Head to Head >>> Swansea wins 13 >>> Draws 13 >>> QPR wins 18

2014/15 QPR 1 Swansea 1 (Fer)

2014/15 Swansea 2 QPR 0

2012/13 Swansea 4 QPR 1 (Zamora)

2012/13 QPR 0 Swansea 5

2011/12 QPR 3 Swansea 0 (Barton, Mackie, Buzsaky)

2011/12 Swansea 1 QPR 1 (Mackie)

2010/11 QPR 4 Swansea 0 (Taarabt 2, Mackie, Helguson)

2010/11 Swansea 0 QPR 0

2009/10 QPR 1 Swansea 1 (German)

2009/10 Swansea 2 QPR 0

2008/09 QPR 1 Swansea 0 (Leigertwood)

2008/09 Swansea 0 QPR 0

2004/05 QPR 3 Swansea 0** (Cureton, Rowlands, Gallen)

2001/02 Swansea 4 QPR 0*

1980/81 Swansea 1 QPR 2 (Langley, King)

1980/81 QPR 0 Swansea 0

1979/80 QPR 3 Swansea 2 (Goddard 2, C Allen)

1979/80 Swansea 1 QPR 2 (Burke, Stephenson og)

1978/79 QPR 2 Swansea 0 (McGee, Eastoe)

1966/67 Swansea 1 QPR 3 (Lazarus 3)

1966/67 Swansea 1 QPR 2** (Hazell, Keen)

1966/67 QPR 4 Swansea 2 (L Allen 2, Marsh, Sanderson)

1965/66 QPR 6 Swansea 2 (R Morgan 3, Colins 2, Lazarus)

1965/66 Swansea 4 QPR 2 (Collins, L Allen)

1962/63 Swansea 2 QPR 0*

1951/52 Swansea 2 QPR 3 (Gilberg, Hill, Addinall

1951/52 QPR 1 Swansea 1 (Smith)

1950/51 Swansea 1 QPR 0

1950/51 QPR 1 Swansea 1 (Addinall)

1949/50 Swansea 0 QPR 1 ( Hudson )

1949/50 QPR 0 Swansea 0

1947/48 QPR 0 Swansea 0

1947/48 Swansea 3 QPR 1 (Durrant)

1924/25 Swansea 2 QPR 0

1924/25 QPR 0 Swansea 0

1923/24 QPR 2 Swansea 2 (Davis, Marsden)

1923/24 Swansea 2 QPR 0

1922/23 Swansea 3 QPR 0

1922/23 QPR 2 Swansea 1 (Davis, Chandler )

1921/22 Swansea 1 QPR 0

1921/22 QPR 1 Swansea 0 (Birch)

1920/21 QPR 1 Swansea 1 (Manning)

1920/21 Swansea 1 QPR 3 (Gregory, Birch, Manning)

1913/14 Swansea 1 QPR 2*

* - FA Cup

** - League Cup

Connections

Robbie James >>> Swansea 1973-83 & 1988-90 >>> QPR 1984-87

Swansea born and bred, Robert James graduated from the city’s schoolboy side to play for his hometown club-making his debut in April 1973 aged just 16. Over the next decade, James would go on to play almost 500 times for the Swans and became known as ‘the darling of the North Bank’. He was a pivotal part of the side that rose from the Fourth to First Division in just three seasons in the late 1970s and early 1980s under the management of John Toshack. He helped the club to sixth place in the first season back in the top flight.

James’ utility was seen as a vital commodity as he could play as effectively in defence as he could midfield. He earned international recognition with Wales whilst at the Vetch Field and would go on to win 47 caps for his country.

In 1983, after ten seasons with Swansea which had sadly ended with their relegation, James looked for a fresh challenge in England and signed for Stoke City. Despite being an ever-present in his season there he moved on a year later to Queens Park Rangers for £100,000. He made his debut from the subs bench against Arsenal in November 1984 and went on to be an important part of the R’s squad over the next four seasons, memorably scoring in a home win against the Gunners in 1985.

Mainly playing as full-back for Rangers, James’ was rather barrel chested by the time he got to Loftus Road but he was enthusiastic and was a key part of the team that went all the way to the League Cup Final in 1986. Sadly he couldn’t prevent Rangers from a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Oxford after beating Chelsea and Liverpool in the quarter and semi-finals. A year later James left Loftus Road and signed for Leicester before appearing once again for his beloved Swansea and then winding down his career with Bradford and Cardiff. He had a brief spell in the Welsh Leagues and managed both Merthyr and Llanelli.

He collapsed and died aged 40 while player manager at Llanelli in 1998. Still seen as a true Swansea legend, a bust of James stands proudly by the ticket offices at the Liberty Stadium and the club is assembling a wall of fame for former greats in his memory.

Others >>> Tom Carroll, Swansea 2017-present, QPR (loan) 2013-2014 >>> Leroy Fer, Swansea 2016-present, QPR 2013-2014 >>> Angel Rangel, QPR 2018-present, Swansea 2007-2018 >>> Wayne Routledge, Swansea 2011-present, QPR (loan) 2011, 2009-2010 >>> Scott Sinclair, Swansea 2010-2012, QPR (loan) 2007 >>> Scott Donnelly, QPR 2004-2007, Swansea 2010-2011 >>> Paulo Sousa, Swansea (manager) 2009-2010, QPR (manager) 2008-2009 >>> Brian Murphy, Swansea 2003-2006, QPR 2011-present >>> Jordi Lopez, Swansea 2009-2011, QPR 2009 >>> Tommy Williams, QPR (loan) 2002-2003, (loan) 2003, (loan) 2009, Swansea 2006-2007 >>> Leon Knight, QPR (loan) 2001, Swansea 2006-2007 >>> Marcus Bean, QPR 2002-2006, Swansea (loan) 2005 >>> Kenny Jackett, QPR (coach) 2001-2004, Swansea (manager) 2004-2007 >>> Karl Connolly, QPR 2000-2003, Swansea 2003-2004 >>> John Hollins, QPR 1975-1977, QPR (coach) 1995-1998, Swansea (manager) 1998-2001 >>> Robbie James, Swansea 1973-1983, 1988-1990, QPR 1984-1987 >>> Leighton James, QPR 1977-1978, Swansea 1980-1983 >>> Jeremy Charles, Swansea 1976-1983, QPR 1983-1985

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