Tottenham Greatest XI vs QPR Greatest XI - Who Would Win?

When these two sides meet at the weekend it will be the fourth of 20 London derbies to be played this year, Spurs are in good nick and QPR are capable of an upset. But what would happen if their Greatest XI's met up for a match?
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When these two sides meet at the weekend it will be the fourth of 20 London derbies to be played this year, Spurs are in good nick and QPR are capable of an upset. But what would happen if their Greatest XI's met up for a match?

Tottenham's Greatest XI -

GK – Ray Clemence
The curtain was coming down Ray’s career around the same time I realised that professional football was not like school where goalkeepers were chosen because they were the worst on pitch. When I think of Tony Parks, Erik the Viking, Walker, Robbo, Gomes et al I’ve got clear memories of them throwing one in over their shoulder at some point. All I remember about Clemo was that he had massive hands. 8

RB – Steven Carr
Like a milky Roberto Carlos, Carr saved, made and scored goals. He was Tottenham Hotspur’s best player for a period in the late 90s and was gearing up for the inevitable exodus to Man U until he suffered a knacked knee in 2001. Was never the same player after that and went on to be rubbish for Newcastle, which was nice. 8

CB – Ledley King
For ten years I’ve been trying to instigate a chant to the tune of 10cc’s ‘Dreadlock Holiday’ that goes ‘I don’t like Ledley, oh no, I LOVE HIM’. For some reason it hasn’t caught on but that doesn’t make it any less true. If knee transplants were available at the beginning of the century Deadly Ledley would have 50 England caps and we would’ve lost him to a European giant. In reality having Ledley at the back has convinced Tottenham Hotspur fans you can stick Sol Campbell up your bum, which can’t be easy. 10

CB – Graham Roberts (C)
If I’d made this list on July 1st, 2001 it would be big Sulzeer partnering Deadly. But I didn’t and that’s why Roberts gets the nod. A man made of granite with an iron will, Roberts lead by example during our most successful period of my lifetime. He played like a fan in a Spurs shirt and was a nutcase. What’s not to like? 9

LB – Gareth Bale
Probably not the best left back I’ve seen at the Lane but with the quartet of greats ahead of him in midfield it’s the only way the Welsh wizard would get in the side. Another forward thinking player in this attack minded dream team adopting the rarely used 1-0-10 formation. 8

RW – David Ginola
With Gallic flair and that head of hair David was born to play for Tottenham Hotspur. During the dark days of the late 90s when a decent cup run and good performance against Ars*nal is all most Spurs fans wanted out of a season (and still never got) Ginola was a rare beacon of hope. It was a horrible time, with double agent Graham in the dug out serving up turgid, functional football. Ginola’s flamboyant style off the pitch and PFA player of the year performances on it were our only connection to our ‘Glory Glory’ past. 9

CM – Paul Gascoigne
In April 1991, on a sunny afternoon in Wembley, Gazza made Barry Davis say, “Is Gascoigne going to have a crack? He is you know. Oh I say that is…schoolboys own stuff” as he smashed in the best free kick the old stadium had ever seen past David Seaman. He obviously did loads of other stuff that makes him worthy of a place but the joy I felt after that swing of his right foot is more than enough. 10

CM – Glenn Hoddle
A magician who was more dexterous with his feet than most people are with their hands, Hod Almighty is the reason I support Spurs. Bags of skill, flair to burn and an eye for the spectacular; Glenn was the archetypical ‘Spurs player’. Put simply he’s the most naturally gifted Englishman to play in colour. Despite looking like a lesbian Desperate Dan and coercing Waddle to do Diamond Lights, Hoddle will forever be the ‘King of White Hart Lane’. 10

LW – Chris Waddle
Revered by Marseille fans as much those at Spurs, the Waddler is an absolute hero. The enduring memory of the lad who used to work in a sausage factory in Gateshead is of him always looking tired, marauding down the wing, dropping his shoulder and ghosting past defenders with his magnificent mulleted mane billowing in the breeze. If Aslan improved his touch, put on a Geordie accent and donned a Hummell shirt he still wouldn’t look as majestic as Chris in his pomp. 9

CF – Gary Lineker
There’s a generation who only know Gary as the jug eared crisp thief who ruined the golf. Yeah? Well they can jog on because Lineker was a goal poacher without equal. A great ambassador for us who always did the biz in the big games, Lineker consistently reproduced his England exploits in the lilywhite shirt of Tottenham. 10

CF – Jurgen Klinsmann
This was a tough one between Jurgen and Teddy Sheringham. Both had two stints at the club, played with the first three yards in their head and lit up the Lane. Teddy played more than one and a half seasons for us, but Klinsmann invented the diving celebration, which gets my vote. Part of the first wave of genuine world superstars to join the Premiership as it was then known, Jurgen had me believing that the mid 90s were the beginning of a Spurs renaissance. It wasn’t. The most decorated footballer in my team. Also drove a Beetle. 9

Manager – Osvaldo Ardiles
Keith Burkinshaw, Terry Venables and Harry Redknapp might have something to say about it but with this team packed with attacking talent there’s only one kamikaze manager I’d want to take the reins. I met Ossie once – he was an absolute gent and even got the coffees in – and he said of his time at Spurs “I knew exactly how Tottenham wanted to play and it was the way I wanted to play.” It’s the way I’d want this team to play as well. It looks like me and Ossie share the same dream. 6

QPR's Greatest XI -

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

The Result: Tottenham 106 - 102 QPR

Spurs snatch it in a low scoring, tight encounter. It would be Gascoigne and Klinsmann linking up, a dive in the box, last minute penalty. German's don't miss them against Seaman. 1-0 to Tottenham.

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