QPR’s greatest Premier League players
One of the founding members of the Premier League, Queens Park Rangers have found themselves to be one of London’s more inconsistent top sides. The West London club were a real handful for top sides throughout the early 1990s recording a best finish of 5th in the opening season. After relegation at the end of the 1995-96 season, QPR fans would have to wait over a decade before they returned to the top flight in 2011. They would only manage three more seasons in the top flight before their final relegation in the 2014-15 season saw them fall back into the EFL Championship. Despite that, Loftus Road has seen several talented players shine over the years bringing some iconic moments to their die-hard fans. So what are the greatest QPR players in Premier League history?
In his prime, Andy Sinton was a player who could turn a game on its head. Mainly a left midfielder, Sinton was able to make mazy runs and whip in deadly balls with amazing precision. This was exactly what he showed for QPR in the early 1990s including during the first Premier League season in 1992. During the 1992/92 season, Sinton formed a strong partnership with Les Ferdinand where Sinton notched 7 assists for the season. He also notched up a hat-trick in December 1992 against Everton securing a spot in the 1992/93 PFA Team of the Season. These performances caught the eye of Sheffield Wednesday who then bought Sinton for a then-club record fee of £3m. Since then, Sinton has remained a popular figure at Loftus Road and works with the club as an ambassador to this very day.
The QPR team that appeared in the early 2010s in the Premier League was forever changing-faces yet the sturdy figure of Clint Hill was an ever-present part of the backline. A player who was never scared of backing out of a challenge, Hill used his physicality and aerial skills to neutralise attacks the best he can. It was why he notched up over 80 Premier League appearances in the 21st century for QPR – more than any other player. His dedication to the cause made him a popular figure at the club where he made over 170 appearances before moving to Rangers in 2016.
It took Craig Bardsley a while to reach the highest level of English football but once he did that with QPR, he proved he belonged there. A tough and tenacious defender, Bardsley was a key part of the QPR side that easily achieved top-half finishes in the early 1990s. He consistent efforts even earned him a call up to the England squad in 1992 winning 2 caps in the ill-fated 1994 World Cup qualifying campaign. This showcased that Bardsley’s attitude and perseverance paid off even after he left the club in 1998 to join Blackpool in the twilight of his career.
As a winger in the 1990s, Trevor Sinclair had to use smarts and skills to be effective against the best defences in the league. He was able to do just that on numerous occasions. None more so than in October 1995 where he won the Premier League Player of the Month award for his excellent performances. Sinclair only scored 10 goals in his top-flight stint with QPR but it was more than enough to earn a big-money move to West Ham in 1998 which showed all the potential that was seen beforehand during his time at Loftus Road.
No other player is more synonymous with QPR in the Premier league than Les Ferdinand. The England international emerged as one of the best strikers of the 1990s with a scary ability to regularly find the back of the net. Coming through the youth ranks of the club, Ferdinand’s powerful shot and ability to find space in the box made him a nightmare for any defender to deal with. He proved this in the first ever Premier League season where he scored 20 goals in 37 games helping the club finish fifth. He would become more prolific scoring 24 in the 1994/95 season. This would bring about a big money move to Newcastle in the summer of 1995 as his profile attracted some of the country’s biggest clubs. With 60 league goals, he is by far QPR’s most prolific striker in Premier League history and one of the best to ever emerge from West London.