Vital QPR takes a look at this weekend’s opponents Leicester City as they look to bounce back into the playoffs.
FACTS & FIGURES
Founded: 1884 as Leicester Fosse
Nickname: The Foxes
Ground: Walkers Stadium – 32,500
Manager: Nigel Pearson
FA Cup Runners Up – 1949, 1961, 1963, 1969
League Cup Winners – 1964, 1997, 2000
League Cup Runners Up – 1965, 1999
First Division Runners Up – 1928-29
Second Division Champions – 1924-25, 1936-37, 1953-54, 1956-57, 1970-71, 1979-80
Second Division Runners Up – 1907-08, 2002-03
Second Division Play-off winners 1993-94, 1995-96
Second Division Play-off Runners-up 1991-92, 1992-93
League One Champions – 2008-09
FA Charity Shield Winners – 1971-72
Record Attendance: 47,298 v Tottenham Hotspur (FA Cup 5th round, 1928)
Record victory: 13-0 v Notts Olympic (13 October 1894)
Record defeat 0-12 v Nottingham Forest (21 April, 1909)
Record Buy: Ade Akinbiyi – £5,000,000 from Wolverhampton Wanderers
Record Sale: Emile Heskey – £11,000,000 to Liverpool
Record Appearances: Graham Cross: 599 – 1961-75
Record Goals: Arthur Chandler: 273
1. Chris Weale
13. Conrad Logan
35. Carl Pentney
2. Robbie Neilson
3. Ryan McGivern
4. Michael Morrison
5. Aleksandar Tunchev
6. Wayne Brown
Experienced defender Wayne Brown has been in and around the game for 14 years since starting as a trainee with Ipswich Town. He was loaned out to local side Colchester United, before further short-term deals with Wimbledon, Queens Park Rangers and Watford.
He signed for the Hornets permanently after a mere 40 appearances in seven years with Ipswich. His brief stay at Vicarage Road saw him loaned out to Gillingham and Colchester once more, for whom he signed for two years after joining the Hornets.
124 appearances over four years for the U’s saw him become a stalwart in the back four before Hull City snapped him up in 2007 for a fee of £450,000. After playing an integral part in the Tigers’ promotion he was loaned out to Preston and Leicester before signing permanently with the Foxes.
15. Bruno Berner
20. Luke O’Neill
25. Jack Hobbs
29. Chris Powell
7. Max Gradel
8. Matthew Oakley
Southampton youth product Matthew Oakley impressed as he came through the ranks to make his debut in 1995. He subsequently amassed 261 appearances and 14 goals during his spell with the Saints in an 11-year stint that was blighted by injury.
He rejected an offer of a new one-year deal at the club and trained with Charlton Athletic, who offered him a comparable one-year deal. Eventually however he penned a deal with Derby County where he made 56 appearances in two years at Pride Park, where he was named captain.
He signed for Ian Holloway’s relegation threatened Leicester City, but couldn’t do enough to keep them in the Championship. Oakley though played a key role in the Foxes revival to the division as Champions with Nigel Pearson’s side bouncing back at the first attempt.
10. Andy King
11. Lloyd Dyer
14. Stephen Clemence
16. Nicky Adams
17. Dany N’Guessan
19. Richie Wellens
26. Astrit Ajdarević
28. Robbie Burns
9. Steve Howard
12. Matty Fryatt
Coming up through the ranks at Walsall, big things were expected of the young striker who was sent out on loan to Carlisle United in 2003 to gain experience. His solitary goal in ten was enough to convince Colin Lee he was worthy of a starting berth.
27 goals in 49 starts repaid the faith that was shown in the striker, who by now was one of the hottest prospects in the league. Three years after penning permanent forms with the Saddlers he was on the move to Leicester City for a fee believed to be around £350,000.
After initial signs of prosperity his form dipped dramatically with six goals over two seasons as the Foxes dropped into League One. His resurgence under Nigel Pearson has been excellent however with 31 goals coming last season, and eight already this.
18. Martyn Waghorn
21. Ashley Chambers
22. Yann Kermorgant
23. DJ Campbell
24. Paul Gallagher
27. Paul Dickov
LAST FIVE FIXTURES
W – 1-0 (A) v Middlesbrough (Dyer)
D – 1-1 (A) v Coventry City (Waghorn)
D – 0-0 (H) v Derby County
W – 2-0 (H) v Crystal Palace (Gallagher 2)
W – 1-0 (A) v Reading (Waghorn)
LAST FIVE FIXTURES v QPR
QPR 3-1 Leicester City – 01-01-2008
QPR 1-1 Leicester City – 28-10-2006
QPR 2-3 Leicester City – 03-01-2006
QPR 3-2 Leicester City – 25-09-2004
Rangers came back from two goals behind in dramatic fashion against Micky Adams’ Foxes at Loftus Road James Scowcroft and David Connolly handing the hosts a two goal lead before half time.
But Connolly’s decision to elbow Georges Santos and Adams’ decision to take Dion Dublin out of the back four sparked the R’s into life and a diving header from Lee Cook set the ball rolling in the 50th minute.
Paul Furlong then nodded home a brace on 70 minutes, then in the final minute of the game to win a truly memorable spectacle at Loftus Road.
QPR 2-0 Leicester City – 08-03-1995
Walkers Stadium/Filbert Street
Leicester City 1-1 QPR – 15-09-2007
Leicester City 1-3 QPR – 17-03-2007
John Gregory’s QPR arrived at the Walkers Stadium with relegation looming large, but in the second half the catalyst for a memorable end to the campaign was laid bare for all to see.
Iñigo Idiakez’s header put the R’s into the lead shortly after the break, before a maligned figure in Marc Nygaard rolled home a penalty. Then came a moment of breathtaking skill as the Dane rifled in a half volley from fully 35-yards to dispel the boo boys.
A consolation came from Iain Hume from the spot after Danny Cullip was adjudged to have handled on a great spectacle for Gregory’s R’s on St Patrick’s Day.
Leicester City 1-2 QPR – 24-09-2005
Leicester City 1-0 QPR – 03-01-2005
Leicester City 1-1 QPR – 31-08-1994
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