Ahead of this weekend’s game, saintsfc.co.uk takes a look back at five memorable post-war matches on the south coast against the R’s.
Saints and QPR last met in the top-flight here two seasons ago, with Rangers coming out on top in a 2-1 win. The last match in the Premier League before that came during the 1995/96 season where the hosts were 2-0 victors thanks to goals from Jason Dodd and Matt Le Tissier.
That game features in our pick of five matches below:
5th April 1969 – Southampton 3-2 QPR – Davies (2), Hunt OG
Ron Davies twice found the net in this game
Saints were stunned as an already relegated side took a two-goal lead in this game, with Rodney Marsh netting the opening strike for the visitors after seven minutes.
The hosts waited until the 65th minute to pull one back when Ron Davies nodded home Terry Paine’s left wing cross from an unmarked position.
Davies levelled the scores just four minutes later with another perfectly placed header renew hope, which turned to glory when, in the 78th minute, Ron Hunt put through his own net as the R’s shaky defence finally cracked.
Southampton team: Gerry Gurr, Ken Jones, Denis Hollywood, Fred Kemp, John McGrath, Jimmy Gabriel, Terry Paine, Dave Walker, Mick Judd, Mick Channon, Ron Davies
26th October 1985 – Southampton 3-0 QPR – D. Wallace (2), Cockerill
Saints take an early lead at The Dell
Danny Wallace slotted Saints into an early lead with a placed shot after rounding the goalkeeper as the hosts got off to the perfect start at The Dell.
20 minutes from time, Glenn Cockerill ghosted in behind the Rangers defence to score with a first-time shot to leave the visitors reeling.
QPR were further punished when Wallace seized on a defensive mistake half-way up the pitch, and took the ball up to the area, before thundering a right-footed finish into the net for 3-0.
Southampton team: Peter Shilton, Steve Baker, Nick Holmes, Jimmy Case, Mark Wright, Kevin Bond, Danny Wallace, Glenn Cockerill, Andy Townsend, Steve Moran, Dave Armstrong
23rd August 1986 – Southampton 5-1 QPR – Holmes, D. Wallace, Clarke (3)
Danny Wallace finds the net on the opening day of the season
It looked like £400,000 well spent as Bournemouth’s Colin Clarke paid instant returns on his move across the south coast with a hat-trick on his full debut with Saints.
The Northern Irish international struck the last three goals of this game after Nick Holmes and Danny Wallace (pictured) had put the hosts in control.
Martin Allen grabbed a consolation for the R’s with 20 minutes remaining.
Despite this terrific start, Saints would end the campaign in mid-table only ahead of a clutch of teams on goal difference.
Southampton team: Peter Shilton, Gerry Forrest, Mark Dennis, Jimmy Case, Mark Blake, Kevin Bond, George Lawrence, Glenn Cockerill, Nick Holmes, Danny Wallace, Colin Clarke
10th November 1990 – Southampton 3-1 QPR – Rideout, Le Tissier, R. Wallace
Rod Wallace makes it 3-1 to the hosts
Paul Rideout got Saints off to the best possible start in this game, by bravely darting in a header from Micky Adams’s cross after eight minutes.
Mark Falco levelled up for the visitors before the break, leaving Saints to put on a late show to seal all three points.
Matt Le Tissier stepped up to curl home a 25 yard free-kick into the top corner on 74 minutes, before Rod Wallace made the win safe two minutes from time when he chased Alan Shearer’s flick-on and outpaced Danny Maddix to smash the ball home for 3-1, giving Chris Nicholls’ men a much-needed win, as it was followed up by four consecutive defeats.
Southampton team: Tim Flowers, Jason Dodd, Micky Adams, Jimmy Case, Neil Ruddock, Kevin Moore (Glenn Cockerill), Matt Le Tissier, Barry Horne, Paul Rideout (Francis Benali), Rod Wallace, Alan Shearer
4th November 1995 – Southampton 2-0 QPR - Dodd, Le Tissier
Le Tissier celebrates his latest effort against Rangers
Saints’ last top-flight win over QPR came in this meeting, with a goal in either half securing the success.
Jason Dodd scooped the hosts into a second minute lead, giving goalkeeper Juergen Sommer no chance in the Rangers net.
A routine looking win was secured by Matt Le Tissier’s free-kick into the top corner, but the 2-0 scoreline was flattering to the visitors who were outplayed by Dave Merrington’s team, and later had David Bardsley sent-off to cap a disappointing afternoon for the west Londoners.
Southampton team: Dave Beasant, Jason Dodd, Francis Benali, Barry Venison, Richard Hall, Ken Monkou, Neil Heaney, Matt Le Tissier, Jim Magilton, Neil Shipperley, Gordon Watson (Frankie Bennett)