By Nick Skoric
Do not adjust your tv sets tomorrow afternoon! QPR will wear all-white shirts in their home game with Cardiff City to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their historic 1967 League Cup win.
The very kit that the legendary squad wore when the Hoops, who were in the Third Division, took the footballing world by storm when they came from 2-0 down to beat West Bromwich Albion of the First Division.
Mark Lazarus scored the winning goal on that special day to beat the reigning champions WBA in front of 100,000 spectators underneath the iconic twin towers of the old Wembley.
“I think it’s a really lovely touch from the club. It’s a perfect way to embrace the past in the present day, bringing back some fabulous memories for those of us who are lucky enough to remember the final - while also educating those supporters who weren’t around at the time,” said Lazarus.
“The fact that 50 per cent of the profits go back into The Forever R’s Club is great too, and shows the club’s commitment to its former players, which has gone from strength-to-strength in recent years.”
Clive Clark had given the Baggies a 2-0 lead going into the half-time break before Roger Morgan halved the deficit. The maverick of all mavericks, Rodney Marsh levelled matters and then Lazarus popped up with the 81st-minute winner to send the crowd into raptures.
Despite lifting the League Cup that day, QPR were not allowed to play in the European Fairs Cup the following season as they were not in the top flight of English football.
Meanwhile, Holloway is planning to give Cardiff manager Warnock a not so warm welcome to Loftus Road this weekend as he looks to catch the Bluebirds who are six points ahead of the Hoops in the table.
The Bristolian will be without Kazenga LuaLua for the clash as he nurses an ankle injury he picked up in training that could see him sidelined for up to a month.
The on-loan winger was just beginning to express himself in a QPR shirt; playing a significant role in the victory over Wigan and even scoring in the 2-1 defeat to Preston before twisting his ankle at Harlington on Wednesday.
There is no time to cry over split milk though with three games in just over a week starting with Cardiff on Saturday followed by the visit of Barnsley on Tuesday night.
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