Off to a Flyer! QPR's 5 Best Opening Day Results This Century Ahead of the New Season

Queens Park Rangers will kick-off the new Championship season at home to Reading on 5th August with boss Ian Holloway gunning for the three points. Rangers endured a poor campaign in 2016/17, finishing 18th, and will need to be at their best to take anything from the Royals. 


The weeks leading up to the start of the EFL season tend to bring about an air of optimism, almost an element of hope, in fact, that the season ahead could be one to remember, but in reality, there's nothing more enlightening than securing three points on the opening day to set the marker. 


Historically, QPR have fared okay on the opening day of the season and we've picked out five of the west Londoners' best results since the turn of the millennium to reminisce over...

5. QPR 3-0 Leeds (2016/17)

Despite last season's lowly finish, Queens Park Rangers got off to a superb start against Leeds United. Goals from Nedum Onuoha, Tjaronn Chery (pen) and Sebastian Polter saw the R's run out comfortable 3-0 winners on a sunny afternoon at Loftus Road. 


Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side were in complete control from start to finish and they followed up this resounding victory with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Cardiff the following Sunday, leading the Championship table for a solid week! 

4. QPR 1-0 Stoke (2001/02)

The summer of 2001 was perhaps one of QPR's most pivotal in recent memory. The west Londoners would be playing in the third tier of English football for the first time since 1967 and found themselves in financial ruin. 


However, manager Ian Holloway managed to cultivate a squad of freebies ahead of the new season and Scottish striker Andy Thomson scored on his debut to give Rangers a much needed win against Stoke City. 

3. QPR 5-0 Blackpool (2003/04)

QPR recorded their biggest opening day success this century against a Blackpool side who simply fell apart in the Loftus Road heat. Goals from Richard Langley, Kevin Gallen, Steve Palmer and a double from debut boy Gareth Ainsworth gave Ian Holloway's side a perfect start to the campaign. 


The Hoops managed to clinch promotion on the final day of the season as they returned to English football's second tier for the first time since 2001, capping off a brilliant season. 

2. QPR 2-0 Liverpool (1975/76 - Honourable Mention)

QPR came so very close to the First Division title back in 1976 but they were pipped by Liverpool on the final day of the season. However, the two sides met at Loftus Road on the first game of the campaign and Rangers quite simply blew the Reds away with their free-flowing football. 


Gerry Francis scored the games opener - which was later voted 'Goal of the Season' by MOTD viewers - with Mick Leach rounding off the victory late on for Dave Sexton's side. The QPR side of the 1975/76 season is widely agreed to be the best ever witnessed in W12 and this opening day victory built solid foundations for the season ahead. 

1. QPR 4-0 Barnsley (2010/11)

QPR kicked-off the 2010/11 campaign in scintillating fashion when they thrashed Barnsley 4-0 at Loftus Road. The mercurial Moroccan Adel Taarabt run the Tykes ragged all afternoon, scoring from the spot and being felled for another penalty which was converted by Heidar Helguson. Jamie Mackie and Fitz Hall also got on the score-sheet to give boss Neil Warnock a perfect start. 


Rangers' win would see their promotion aspirations start to take fruition. An unbeaten 18 match run was to follow this victory and saw the west Londoners lead the Championship table from 27 November until the final day when promotion was finally confirmed. Thus, making this 4-0 hammering of Barnsley, Rangers' best opening day result this century. 

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