A Queens Park Rangers Resurgence?

Any of you footie faithful that pays any attention to what goes on in England, has to have heard something about what is brewing down in The Championship right now.

If you haven’t, the rest of this post will tell you:


Seriously, nine matches played, a whopping 23 points from those matches, and a +20 goal differential.

No, you didn’t read that wrong. +20. That’s twenty. Two-Zero.

The club has scored twenty-two goals, while only conceding two. This is mind-blowing.  Newcastle’s complete domination of The Championship last season didn’t start out nearly as well.

QPR’s results so far:

-Barnsley W 4-0

-Sheffield United W 3-0

-Scunthorpe W 2-0

-Derby County D 2-2

-Middlesbrough W 3-0

-Ipswich Town W 3-0

-Leicester City W 2-0

-Doncaster W 3-0

-Millwall D 0-0

Led my Jamie Mackie, with eight goals, and Adel Taraabt, with seven assists, as well as some impressive goalkeeping from Paddy Kenny (eight clean sheets in nine matches?!) QPR does not look like an easy foe.

Hats off to Neil Warnock, who has built and turned around a club that last year was nearing relegation to League One, and has made them into a power that could walk into the Premiership next year. And boy, do they deserve it.

QPR Manager Neil Warnock

The club hasn’t been in the Premiership since the 1995-96 season. They were relegated to the third tier in 2001. They haven’t won a major trophy since 1967. These credentials might not be daunting by any stretch, but there are many reasons why they are deserving. The R’s have spent most of their time in the second division, which in the grand scheme of things, isn’t too shabby. They have great rivalries with most of the London clubs in the Premiership — namely Chelsea. The supporters are class, and some of the most welcoming people on the planet. (If you ever go to London, visit Loftus Road. Spectacular place to see a match. )

There is still quite a lot of matches left in The Championship, so I will not get ahead of myself. But this club could be just beginning to come into its’ own. Their owner has plenty of cash, they are in a very accessible part of West London (Shepherd’s Bush to be exact) and they look like they are developing quite a base for the chance to be competitive, if promoted.

Time will tell, but this is a club I am certainly keeping an eye on.


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