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Queens Park Rangers F.C.

Queens Park Rangers are an English football team, from Shepherd's Bush, London. The team currently plays in the Second Division.

Known as QPR and nicknamed Super Hoops, because of the team's kit of blue and white hoops, with white shorts. Home stadium is Loftus Road, which has a capacity of 19,148. Fulham is currently groundsharing while its Craven Cottage ground is being renovated.

Formed in 1886 when a team known as St Jude's (formed 1882) merged with a team called Christchurch Rangers. The resulting team was called Queen's Park Rangers, because most of the players came from Queens Park. QPR became professional in 1889 and played in many different stadia before permanently settling in Loftus Road in 1933-34.

In 1996-67, QPR won Division Three and became the first Third Division club to win the League Cup, beating West Bromwich Albion 3-2, coming back from 0-2. This is the only time QPR have won a cup competition.

QPR's best ever season was 1975-76, when manager Dave Sexton led a QPR team containing a combination of great players playing Total Football. They were unbeaten at home all season, winning thirteen of the last fifteen games. On the last game of the season, Liverpool had to beat Wolves to finish top and were losing 1-0 with less than a quarter of an hour remaining. They ended up scoring three goals and QPR had to make do with second place in the First Division.

QPR were one of the founder members of the Premier League and competed well in this division for a number of years, finishing as high as fifth in 1992-93, the highest placed London club that season. In recent years, following relegation from the Premier Division in 1995-96, the club has struggled financially, culminating in entering receivership in 2001. The club has since placed itself on a firmer financial footing and concentrated on getting back up the divisions.

The team is occasionally mistaken for the less well known Queens Park F.C of the Scottish Third Division.


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