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Queens Park Rangers: QPR's 2012 in Numbers

A WriterContributor IIINovember 6, 2016

Queens Park Rangers: QPR's 2012 in Numbers

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    2012 may not have been the best year for QPR fans, but it certainly hasn't been boring.

    With comings, goings, firings, hirings, sendings off, super subs and a certain Monsieur Barton, it has been an interesting ride for Queens Park Rangers.

    There has been a lot of action both on and off the pitch, and there have been some good—but mostly bad—times for the West London side.

    But what were the key events for QPR this year? Here is a review of 2012 in numbers.

January: 678

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    The number of days Neil Warnock spent at QPR before being sacked.

    Neil Warnock was the longest-serving manager for Queens Park Rangers since Ian Holloway left in 2006.

    Having brought Rangers up from the Championship the season prior, Warnock and his side struggled in the Premier League and Fernandes eventually let him go when sat in 17th place, after 22 months in charge.

    Or 678 days, whatever you prefer.

February: 4

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    The "Four Year Plan" premiered on February 28.

    A documentary detailing the grand ideas headed up by Formula One gurus Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone after rescuing the club from bankruptcy and relegation into the third tier of football was screened at the end of February for the first time.

    Their plan, was to be a Premier League side within four years of taking over in 2007.

    To be fair, they made it, but they didn't make it easy for themselves. And they didn't actually own the club by the time the EPL came around.

March: 91

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    The minute when Jamie Mackie kick-started Rangers' relegation rescue.

    On March 21, Liverpool visited Loftus Road with QPR on 22 points and in the drop zone. The visitors went 2-0 up after 72 minutes, but with goals from Shaun Derry and Djibril Cisse, Rangers drew level with six minutes to play.

    Step up Jamie Mackie.

    He scored in the 91st minute to give Rangers three key points, and begin the revival process which saw the West London side pick up 18 points in their last 10 games to remain an EPL side.

April: 0

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    The first time QPR conceded zero goals since October.

    Paddy Kenny kept his first League clean sheet for the Rs against Swansea City in April since the famous Chelsea victory on October 23, 2011.

    In fact, Paddy Kenny only kept six clean sheets all season. His first three came in the first two months of the season. And he followed that up with another three in the last four weeks.

May: 37

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    The number of points QPR earned to remain in the Premier League.

    QPR hit that magic 37 points on May 6 with a last gasp winner from Djibril Cisse against Stoke City.

    That could have all been in vain had Jonathan Walters not scored a brace for the Potters against Bolton a week later. But he did, and Rangers stayed up by the skin of their teeth.

June: 9

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    The number of players released at the end of the season.

    The transfer window wasn't even open yet, but Tony Fernandes had already made numerous changes to the squad in June.

    Nine players were released by the club, including fan favorites Lee Cook and Danny Shittu, and less-than-fan-favorite Gary Borrowdale.

    The idea was to get rid of the deadwood, and granted, some of the players were just that. But little did Fernandes know that six months down the line he would be crying out for players with the passion of Cook and Shittu.

July: 173

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    Combined age of players signed in July.

    The summer transfer window kicked off with some big names being brought into Queens Park Rangers, however July saw the average age of the squad increase by about 109 percent (probably).

    There were six players signed in July, and the combined age of those were 173. Ryan Nelsen (34), Andrew Johnson (31), Rob Green (32) and Ji-Sung Park (31) were all into their 30s, and so began the jeering that Queens Park Rangers has become a footballers retirement home.

    Luckily, that list also includes 23-year-old Samba Diakite and 22-year-old Junior Holiett, otherwise July at Loftus Road would have looked like a bingo hall.

August: 5

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    The number of goals conceded on the opening day of the season.

    Despite all the signings, all the anticipation and all the promises, Queens Park Rangers started their season off with less than a whimper.

    It couldn't have gone much worse, with five goals conceded at home to Swansea, and QPR looking like fishes out of water.

    The little known Spanish talent Michu grabbed two goals, and announced himself into the Premier League as the Swans went home with their heads held high. Whereas QPR left dejected and humiliated.

    Nobody could truly predict how abysmal the next four months would be, but the performance on that day was a good indicator of the struggle that would face Rangers this season.

September: 30

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    The date Tony Fernandes first gave his public backing to Mark Hughes.

    After the League Cup defeat to Reading, Fernandes took to twitter on September 30 to assure fans that Hughes was the right man for the job.

     

    Mark hughes is the best thing to happen to QPR. We have been unlucky with injuries. Bar swansea we have looked a top top side. Lots to do. But feeling good. Its not all about result on monday. Keep the faith.

    —Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) September 30, 2012

    Turns out, he was wrong.

October: 11

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    The number of red cards dished out to QPR players in 2012.

    Stephane Mbia became the 11th Ranger in the year to be sent for an early shower against Arsenal in October.

    However the most infamous red card will surely be Joey Barton against Manchester City in May. One of the most outrageous reactions ever seen on a football pitch, Monsieur Barton tried to take out half the City team, and put his club's Premier League future in the balance.

    A moment which saw him vilified by fans and shipped out to France to play his football and work on his accent.

November: 3

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    The number of full-time managers at QPR in 2012.

    In November, Harry Redknapp became the third manager in 2012 to be appointed at Queens Park Rangers.

    After calls for Hughes' head growing louder every week, Fernandes finally turned his back on the man he had backed so adamantly and appointed "Harry Houdini" as manager.

    Whether this was a stroke of genius, or was a move just that little too late, only time will tell. But at least QPR now have a manager who seems to want to give the players a kick up the backside, and won't be scared to drop under-performing players.

December: 18,233

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    The number of people who saw QPR's first win of 2012-13.

    December saw QPR earn their first win of the season, and to make it even sweeter, it was against rivals Fulham at home.

    Adel Taarabt must have got new boots as an early Christmas present, as he ran wild against the opposition and masterminded the victory. Two goals, one of which was sublime was enough to give Rangers three points, and not even Mladen Petric could spoil the party. However hard he tried.

    18,233 may not seem like a lot to larger teams, but that is nearly a packed out stadium. Not bad for a fanbase of a team who had earned just seven points in the last 18 games.

And Finally

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    Here are some numbers that didn't make it into year's review, but still deserve a mention.

     

    2: Number of Chelsea players Anton Ferdinand refused to shake hands with.

    14: Number of players QPR bought in 2012.

    290: Number of minutes Kieron Dyer has played in all competitions in 2012.

    409: Number of days (as of December 31st) since QPR last won away.

     

    All statistics and numbers taken from soccerbase.com and transfermarkt.co.uk.

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