Queens Park Rangers And The FA Cup – A History Of Heartbreak

The FA Cup fourth round took place this weekend, but one team that wasn’t there is Queens Park Rangers who went out of the cup in the third round after losing 1-0 to Mk Dons.

Rangers haven’t qualified for the fourth round since 2012 where they were knocked out after a Daniel Sturridge penalty was enough to win the West London Derby for Chelsea.

The defeat in the last round meant they set a record of 49 third round FA Cup defeats which is the worst third round record of any club in England. QPR have never won The FA Cup, having lost the 1982 FA Cup final in a replay to Tottenham Hotspur.

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QPR’s lowest moment in The FA Cup came in 2002 after The R’s went crashing out against Vauxhall Motors. After the first game finished 0-0, it was the car makers who triumphed at Loftus Road in the replay on penalties.

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Growing up watching clubs in the same league pull of giant-killings only made me fantasise about QPR having a memorable FA Cup run ourselves.Instead in many circumstances, we have been on the wrong side of a giant-killing.

The last time we got past the third round was when we were in the Premier League and beat West Brom in a replay. While the last time we got to the fourth round with the need of a replay was in January 1996 when we beat 2-0 to Tranmere Rovers.

Why is our FA Cup record so poor? Who knows but one thing for sure, is we definitely needed some of that Magic of the cup soon.

Queens Park Rangers FA Cup record since that win is below.

2017/18 QPR 0 V 1 MK Dons

2016/17 QPR 1 v 2 Blackburn

2015/16 Nottingham Forest 1 v 0 QPR

2014/15 QPR 0 v 3 Sheffield United

2013/14 Everton 4 v 0 QPR

2012/13 QPR 0 v 0 WBA

replay WBA 0 v 1 QPR

2011/12 MK Dons 1 v 1 QPR

replay QPR 1 v 0 MK Dons

2010/11 Blackburn 1 v 0 QPR

2009/10 Sheffield United 1 v 1 QPR

replay QPR 2 v 3 Sheffield United

2008/09 QPR 0 v 0 Burnley

replay Burnley 2 v 1 QPR (aet)

2007/08 Chelsea 1 v 0 QPR

2006/07 QPR 2 v 2 Luton Town

replay Luton Town 1 v 0 QPR

2005/06 Blackburn 3 v 0 QPR

2004/05 QPR 0 v 3 Nottingham Forest

2003/04 Did not reach third round. (Lost 1-0 to Grimsby Town in the first round)

2002/03 Did not reach third round. (Lost 4-3 on penalties to Vauxhall Motors in the first round)

2001/02 Did not reach third round. (Lost 4-0 to Swansea City in the first round)

2000/01 Luton Town 3 v 3 QPR

replay QPR 2 v 1 Luton Town (aet)

1999/00 QPR 1 v 1 Torquay United

replay Torquay 2 v 3 QPR

1998/99 QPR 0 v 1 Huddersfield Town

1997/98 QPR 2 v 2 Middlesbrough

replay Middlesbrough 2 v 0 QPR

1996/97 QPR 1 v 1 Huddersfield Town

replay Huddersfield Town 1 v 2 QPR

1995/96 Tranmere Rovers 0 v 2 QPR

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