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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
Superhoops in the Bush
A record 20 home game stadiums before Loftus Road called
Location: Loftus Road, South Africa Road, Shepherds Bush, W12 7PA
Description: Queens Park Rangers Football Club are currently based in Shepherds Bush in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, West London, and are currently playing in the Football League Championship (Mar 08).
In August 2007 they were bought by Formula One tycoons, Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore, who sold a 20% stake to the family of steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal in December of that year.
The club is commonly referred to as 'QPR' or often just 'Rangers' by fans, but other nicknames include the 'Hoops' or the 'Superhoops' (after the team's kit of blue and white hooped shirts), or indeed the 'Rs'.
QPR was formed in 1882, when a team known as St Jude's merged with Christchurch Rangers. The resulting team was called Queens Park Rangers, because most of the players came from the Queens Park area of North-West London.
QPR became a professional team in 1889 and played their home games in nearly 20 different stadia (a league record), before permanently settling in Loftus Road in 1917.
Some of QPR's celeb fans include Mick Jones (The Clash) and Robert Smith (the Cure). Pete Doherty also once played an impromptu acoustic show where he sang only names of 1970's QPR players.
Tagged in this Tour: Football Grounds of London