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.
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.
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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