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1982 FA Cup Semi Final: QPR v West Brom – Video


Since this weekend features the semi-finals of the FA Cup, I thought it’d be interesting to take a trip down memory lane to see what a FA Cup semi-final from 1982 was like featuring two teams that in today’s age would seem like unlikely participants at this stage in the tournament.

Queens Park Rangers played West Bromwich Albion in the 1981-82 semi-final. The match was played at Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium on a beautiful spring day.

As usual, there are several interesting observations that can be drawn from this broadcast from the opening by Jimmy Hill of Match Of The Day and to the match itself.

Please share your observations of what you found interesting from the match and the broadcast in the comments section below.

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  1. Clive

    March 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    We are reminiscing about being there with father-in-law, and 2 brothers-in-law. We met at the bar at Paddington Station and had 10 pints before going to the game on the tube.
    Don’t remember much about the match (wonder why!). Just remember going back on the tube and being consoled by QPR fans!



  2. Ant

    April 9, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    The video is the 1st half only????

  3. GetOffMyLawn

    April 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    “Southampton can only draw and slip to third”!!!
    “Ipswich on top with Liverpool”!!!

    Has it really been that long? Are things really better now than then? Would English football have been better, and more fun. staying parochial yet balanced (mostly)? Instead of the cash devouring behemoth it’s become (Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man U fans don’t get a say in this debate :)?

  4. Craig Davies

    April 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Remember being there that day, the same day the Faulklands war broke out, thinking we may get called up .
    Our Coach was held up in North London ans we missed the kick off.

  5. BaggieBoy

    April 9, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Cheers gaffer – I’ll let you off this time. Boing Boing

  6. BaggieBoy

    April 9, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Thanks for the clip but not sure about West Brom being unlikely to feature in a semi final again? We were at Wembley for a semi final in 2008?

    • The Gaffer

      April 9, 2010 at 7:15 am

      BaggieBoy, sorry, I didn’t mean that. I meant that it’s unlikely that we’ll get see BOTH QPR and West Brom in a FA Cup semi-final, i.e. two Championship sides playing each other in a semi. I realize that West Brom look likely to get promoted back to the Premier League, as well as the fact that Cardiff went all the way to the final.

      The Gaffer

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