QPR Greatest Xl v Wolves Greatest Xl: Who Wins?

The Hoops face the Gold and Black army today at Loftus Road, but who would emerge victorious from this hypothetical battle between sides chosen by two supporters?
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The Hoops face the Gold and Black army today at Loftus Road, but who would emerge victorious from this hypothetical battle between sides chosen by two supporters?


QPR Greatest Xl v Wolves Greatest Xl

Before you get all in a tizzy, these greatest Xls are made up of players these two fans have seen in the flesh.

QPR’s Greatest XI - By David Fraser

GK – David Seaman
Purists might argue the case for Reg Allen or Phil Parkes but all things considered it has to be Spunky, if for no other reason than he never sported that ridiculous ponytail while playing for the hoops. Began his England career while at Loftus Road and coped admirably with the plastic pitch. 9

LB – Ian Gillard
The first member (there’ll be a few) of the legendary 75/76 team in the list, Gillard made the left-back position his own between 1968 – 82 and was part of the cracking full-back partnership with Dave Clement. Solid, dependable and good in a skirmish.7

CB – Alan McDonald
The Northern Irishman played over 400 games for the hoops and was part of the 1993 side that finished fifth in the Premier League (and unfortunately also the one that got relegated in 1996). A stopper rather than a ball-playing defender, he also got 52 caps for his country. 7

CB – Paul Parker
Despite having the passing range of a toaster, Parker was a good centre-half for QPR and quickly became popular due to his all-action style and the way he used his pace to make up for being shorter than an English summer. 8

RB – Dave Clement
A tragic tale. Made 472 appearances for QPR and played for England five times in 1976/77 and was a corking right-back who loved to get forward. Aged 34 after suffering a broken leg playing for Wimbledon, he became depressed at what he thought was the end of his career and poisoned himself with weedkiller. His son, Neil Clement, played nearly 300 games for West Brom. 8

RW – Dave Thomas

A classic winger full of pace and trickery, he should have received more than the 8 England caps that he got . Signed from Burnley for a then Second Division record of £165,000, he was one of the stats of the 75/76 side and when he was at Everton his assists helped Bob Latchford to 30 in a season. 9

CM – Gerry Francis
It’s a good job Gerry was good at football because with a face like his he’d have to work underground. Another player who won all of his England caps while at QPR (12, in 8 he was captain) and gets the armband. 9

CM – Stan Bowles
Stan might be a seven or even an eight over the course of his career but for QPR he was a ten, and not just because he happily accepted Marsh’s old Number 10 shirt on his arrival. Life chairman of the QPR Loyal Supporters Chairman and a maverick who told Jon Wilde that “I’d spliff up once in a while but that’s f*** all, innit? Everyone enjoys a spliff once in a while. Makes you nice and relaxed”. 10

LW – Trevor Sinclair
Close run thing here between Sinton and Trev on the left but despite Sinton scoring more goals for the club, Sinclair scored that overhead kick and anyone who can give you goosebumps deserves to be in. 7

CF – Rodney Marsh
It’s probably a good thing that him and Bowles never played in the same side but on a good day it would’ve been beautiful. Played all his best football in the hoops, scored 44 in 53 in his first season to help win the ‘double’ of Third Division and League Cup. Now tweets about his breakfast from Florida. 10

CF – Les Ferdinand
Notched over 20 goals in two separate seasons after being farmed out to Beskitas and Brentford and was the spearhead of Gerry Francis’ entertainers. He might have been forced out of Newcastle by Shearer’s ego but at QPR he is a legend. 9

Player – Manager – Gerry Francis
Made QPR a good Premier League side who played great football without an influx of millions. 9

QPR Total: 102

Wolves Greatest Xl by Dave Blackhurst

GK: Phil Parkes

Tricky call this. I would argue that we’ve not had a world-class keeper since Bert Williams. I never saw him play so Phil gets the number 1 shirt. That’s not to disparage Parkes or any of the other goalies we’ve had over the years. Stowell, Burridge and Bradshaw were all fine players but Phil was the one I admired most. He was big, brave and could boot the ball miles – qualities that I cherished in the man between the sticks when I was 13.  8

RB: Geoff Palmer

Great hair, great attitude, great servant. An uncompromising full back with almost 500 appearances in the old gold and black, Palmer was local lad and life-long supporter. If it’s not to damn him with faint praise, Geoff was the type of solid professional that every team needs. Became a copper when he left the game, I’d like to think a solidly professional one.  8

CB: Frank Munro

Tough but stylish sums up Frank Munro. He started as a forward, was signed by us as a midfielder and served forever after as centre back, and a damn good one at that. There are quite a few opposing forwards who could vouch for Frank’s toughness. The Molineux faithful will vouch for his style. Football fans everywhere, with the exception of those in Leeds, rejoiced when one of Frank’s rare goals denied Revie’s side the double in ’72 and handed the title to Clough’s Derby. What a night.9

CB: Joleon Lescott

We were devastated when Joleon signed for Everton, the kind of devastation that is tinged with a little bit of pride. We knew he was too good not to be snapped up and it was only a matter of time. He’d been talked up as a future star since joining the Wolves Academy and he didn’t disappoint. He had the skill, presence and vision required to be a top class defender.  An unfortunate knee injury (that gave conspiracy theorists a field day) kept him out of our first venture back in the Premiership. We like to think we would have survived if Lescott had been fit. We also like to believe he’ll come back when he’s had enough of City.   9

LB: Derek Parkin

Although he began as a right back, Bill McGarry moved him across to the left and there he stayed – forever it seemed. Parkin holds the record for most Wolves appearances and consequently is probably the player I’ve watched more than any other. He used the ball well and was never one to aimlessly boot it away if he could see an opportunity for a decent pass. If that opportunity was Waggy champing at the bit, so much the better. 8

RM: Kenny Hibbitt

We got Kenny for peanuts from Bradford Park Avenue in 1968 and for the next 16 years he gave 100% (we didn’t have 120% back then.) 114 goals in 574 games illustrates his attacking credentials but Hibbitt added the industry and creativity that marks out an accomplished midfielder. We loved him and when he came to the Molineux as coach with Bristol Rovers in the late 80’s he received the longest, loudest and most heartfelt ovation I’ve ever experienced.  9

CM: Ron Flowers

You could argue that, as a Wolves fan, I was born too late. By the 63-64 season most of the stars of the 50’s had hung up their boots and the glory days had come to an end. Mind you, the vast majority of the supporters had lived through that era and weren’t shy in pointing out that some poor so and so wasn’t fit to lace Mullen/Wright/Slater’s boots. If the vitriol didn’t stun the poor lad then the collective exhalations of beer and woodbine breath would. Ron, and my next choice, are the only players from the ‘Champions of the World’ team (Daily Mail) who were still playing regularly. An England stalwart who narrowly missed out on appearing in the ’66 World Cup final, Flowers was a strong, imposing player with a ferocious shot. 10

CM: Peter Broadbent

When the great George Best says you’re the player he most admired then you must have something going for you. Jimmy Greaves rated Broadbent too, as did regular crowds of 40,000 plus. Peter was a magician with the ball and a powerhouse in midfield. He was criminally underused by England, the prevailing theory being that Wolves already had their fair share of international players. The FA was obviously as useless then as it is today.   9

LM: Dave Wagstaffe

There was no more joyous sight than watching Waggy fly down the left, beat a defender or two and ping in a pinpoint cross. Then watch him do it again and again and again. He probably set up more goals than any other player of his era and was probably clattered into the advertising hoardings more than most as well. We absolutely loved him. 9

CF: Peter Knowles

Having a flawed genius for an idol can be trying at times. One week Knowles could be petty, disinterested and putting in yet another transfer request. The following week he would be sublime, bamboozling opponents with his skill and vision. He was by far the best player in the old second division for the two seasons Wolves played there. Things looked promising when we got back to the top flight in ‘67, none more so than the Dougan/Knowles partnership. Two seasons later, at 24, he quit football. He had it all but in the end he became ‘God’s Footballer’ (© Billy Bragg) and arguably one of the game’s greatest losses. We held on to his registration until ’82 when it became obvious, to one of the parties at least, that a Second Coming wasn’t on. Nice bloke though – when he first joined Wolves he was lodging with my mate’s neighbour and me and Alan used to call for him on a Sunday morning for a game of ‘three and in.’ 10

CF: Steve Bull

If Knowles was my idol then Bully was my hero. To have been able to see them play together would have been heaven. I won’t trot out The Tatter’s stats – suffice it to say that not only does he get into my best Wolves side, I’d also put him in my best side in the world ever. There may be more skilful players out there but none with more heart and more determination to break the back of the onion bag. Three against The Baggies and the old airplane celebration is the stuff of dreams. 10

Manager: Stan Cullis

Cullis was still the boss when I started watching Wolves and consequently wins the accolade as the best manager I’ve seen. I’m old enough to remember JFK’s assassination and the tremendous effect it had on people. That was nothing compared to the shock felt in Wolverhampton when Cullis was sacked a year later. His record as manager, especially in the 50’s, is incredible – I think he’d do it all again with this team. 10

Wolves Total: 109

QPR: 102 - Wolves 109

A seven point thumping for Wolves, but with their current form, surely the Wanderers would take a 1-0 victory today?

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