Video of the Day: QPR vs Middlesbrough, October 1969

by | Mar 30, 2016

International friendly matches have occupied us for most of the last week or so, but those are over for now and the leagues rumble back to life again this weekend, starting on Friday night when Middlesbrough make the long trip down to London to take on Queens Park Rangers in the Football League Championship. Middlesbrough will be in desperate need of three points in order to sustain their attempt to clamber back into the Premier League through one of the automatic promotion places, and a failure to win would give second placed Brighton & Hove Albion a chance to open up a small gap the following lunchtime from their home match against the division’s leaders, Burnley.

For this morning’s video, though, we’re going all the way back to the black and white days of the late 1960s and to a Loftus Road that looked very different to that which is so familiar today. Queens Park Rangers made an excellent start to the 1969/70 season, and by the end of September they were sitting at the top of the Second Division with eight wins and a draw from their first eleven matches of the season. Such starts are always likely to attract the interest of broadcasters, and so it was that the cameras of London Weekend Television made the short journey to Loftus Road to cover their home match against a Middlesbrough team that sat in twelfth place in the table, having failed to win any of their previous three league matches. Commentary comes from an extremely excitable Brian Moore.

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