The match was a 0-0 draw between Reading and QPR, a stalemate that relegated both teams from the Premier League. On April 28, 2013, a little before 3.30pm, referee Kevin Friend blew his whistle to bring to a close what is almost certainly the saddest match in Premier League history. The 2012–13 season was Queens Park Rangers's 124th professional season and their sixth season in the Premier League.They were relegated on 28 April 2013 after a goalless draw with Reading at the Madejski Stadium. Perhaps that was the reason their director German Tkachenko revealed that he wept when QPR agreed to pay the £12.5million fee for Samba, sagely declaring: “In my view, QPR have lost their minds.” In the Guardian, Daniel Taylor commented that Tony Fernandes, the QPR chairman, ‘increasingly comes across as the gambler desperately trying to cover his losses with a series of wild bets.’. It might have been more had Peter Odwemwingie got his way, but alas for him he was left idling around South Africa Road in his car, waiting for a call that never came. What QPR and Reading fans wouldn’t give for being able to visit Bournemouth now. Samba was left out, the reasons given varying between ‘knee injury’ and ‘virus.’, Morning people hope we get the 3points we need, — Christopher Samba (@c4samba) April 27, 2013, Of course, this had been coming.

“We weren’t really given the ammo we probably needed to stay up,” says McAnuff.

View the latest comprehensive Queens Park Rangers match stats, along with a season by season archive, on the official website of the Premier League. He got away with a lot worse at QPR.’ Not the best look, and you can see how easily it would have infuriated fans who had dropped significant portions of their income into following the teams that season. The 2012/13 season started with so much promise for QPR and Reading. A match in which theoretically two clubs should have been fighting for their lives, two sets of players going at it until it was actually impossible for them to survive. But it was the Samba deal that was the most…eye-catching. Team Play.

Squad Cost 2012 - 2013. Yet those wins were arguably the worst thing that could have happened to them, or at least at the worst time.

On April 28, 2013, a little before 3.30pm, referee Kevin Friend blew his whistle to bring to a close what is almost certainly the saddest match in Premier League history.

‘It was the direst match, a real stinker, and it wasn’t hard to see why both teams were exiting the division.’, Redknapp had, in fairness, been given quite a task, arriving in the November of that season with QPR the proud owners of just four points and one victory, despite those big name arrivals that also included Esteban Granero, Rob Green and Stephane Mbia. Anton Zingarevich had bought the club in the previous May, in the days when people still associated Russian ownership with instant millions and lavish spending. If you wish to reproduce any of the material in this article or from the podcast you are very welcome to, but please credit The Totally Football Show and include this link. No. Reading were at the other end of the scale. All rights reserved.

‘Morning people hope we get the 3points we need,’ he said on the Saturday morning. ‘We were doomed from a distance out,’ shrugged Redknapp in his autobiography. Still, it was pretty jarring to see a couple of teams, for all intents and purposes, give up in front of your eyes. A run of seven defeats in a row straight after that, right in sacking season, might – probably should – have seen a change in manager, but then they lost just one of the seven after that, McDermott won the January manager of the month award and faith was kept. Passes 40,685 Passes per match 146.35 Pass accuracy % 74% It’s the least they can do for being so handsomely remunerated, right? View the latest comprehensive Queens Park Rangers match stats, ... on the official website of the Premier League. “It was pretty uneventful, I remember that,” says Jobi McAnuff, who was in the Reading team that day. West Bromwich Albion clinched promotion to the Premier League with a 2-2 draw against QPR as rivals Brentford faltered on a dramatic final day of the Championship season.... more » 30.06.2020 23:20 The first round of the Inter Totally Cup, our quest to find the most knowledgable... Bundesliga a ‘test balloon’: how will post-covid football work in German May return? But what actually happened was two teams barely going out with a whimper, never mind a bang, half-heartedly shuffling into the Championship at the end of a season that should have promised so much for both. All of which brought the teams to April 28. To give you an idea of how gung-ho Reading were, their final substitution of the game – the last throw of the dice, one more shot at desperately clinging onto life for at least another week or so – saw Ian Harte replace Stephen Kelly at left-back. The game was on Sunday. Manager Brian McDermott, who had done such a sterling job in getting them promoted, was left with not much to work with.

The season started as you might expect, with a real ‘knife to a gunfight’ feel as Reading tackled the Premier League with inadequate resources, not recording a victory until Everton were beaten 2-1 in November. You can listen to the latest edition of the Totally Football Show here, and even better you can subscribe here. Well, probably, but you try mustering the enthusiasm to perform a task when you know basically nothing you can do will make any difference and any action is essentially pointless. It was strange. Samba arrived from Anzhi Makhachkala, who later in the year would rapidly go from lavishly-funded vanity project to ‘remember them?’ financial calamity. Adkins signed off his programme notes for the game, a rallying cry which assured the fans they would fight to the last, with ‘carpe diem.’ As it turned out, the diem was well and truly not carped by either team. 2013–14 Queens Park Rangers F.C. ‘Don’t worry, Nigel,’ I said, ‘it’ll never replace football.’ I didn’t see any harm in that, or what Bosingwa did. At the end, both sets of fans joined in a mass chorus of ‘If you’re all going to Bournemouth clap your hands,’ a now very dated reference to the plucky little south coast club, at that stage a byword for small time, who had just overachieved by getting promoted to the second tier.

As much as mathematically it wasn’t over before the game kicked off, it did feel a little bit like that when we were out on the pitch.”. It’s worth noting that Redknapp, when asked about QPR’s spending with the deafening noise of what sounded like their reckoning coming from the Portsmouth area, where Redknapp’s previous club were floundering in League One without the proverbial pot, insisted it was “the chairman and shareholders decision to spend the money”, but that it was his job to ensure they didn’t “have their pants taken down.” History doesn’t record his thoughts on that matter when the final whistle blew at the Madjeski, Fernandes and the shareholders stood with slacks around ankles, bloomers on display.

View Queens Park Rangers statistics from previous seasons, including league position and top goalscorer, on the official website of the Premier League. “I think if it was going to happen, it needed to happen earlier,” says McAnuff. There was a lot change, a lot of turnover in that period of time, and I think it just unsettled the club.”. It wasn’t supposed to end with the only discernible emotion on the pitch at the final whistle being cheery indifference, with Bosingwa – who had by this point established himself as the poster boy for what could go wrong when you recruit a bunch of old players on fat contracts – showing the temerity to grin as he shared a joke with compatriot Daniel Carrico as they walked down the tunnel. “You can’t just keep loading up the squad with more and more players,” he said, having discussed in the same press conference the prospect of signing David Beckham. Redknapp must have been thoroughly unimpressed with what he saw in the following two months though, because by the end of the transfer window they had signed five players on permanent deals for a total of around £25million, including Samba, Loic Remy, Jermaine Jenas and Tal Ben Haim, on top of which they loaned Andros Townsend from Tottenham. Even if the game wasn’t going to be good, it should at least have been interesting.

They ensured McDermott stayed in his job at exactly the time a new man could’ve come in and made a difference. It wasn’t supposed to end like this for either team. The match was a 0-0 draw between Reading and QPR, a stalemate that relegated both teams from the Premier League. But the two options having witnessed the grimness of the previous 90 minutes were gallows humour or profound despair.

So I think we are really maybe looking at one or two loans in January.”. Reading had won the second tier title under Brian McDermott the previous year, while QPR, after avoiding relegation under Mark Hughes, had embarked on a high-end trolley dash, recruiting a phalanx of expensive stars including three players – Jose Bosingwa, Julio Cesar and Park Ji-sung – who had pretty recently won the Champions League. “If things don’t go right you are going to end up in big trouble financially. Promotion to the Premier League: 3 Derby County: 46 25 10 11 84 52 +32 85 Qualification for Championship play-offs: 4

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