Over the years many players have played for both Tottenham and Queen’s Park Rangers. Four of the current QPR squad, Adel Taarabt, Jermaine Jenas, Bobby Zamora and Stephen Caulker are former Spurs players.
They Played For Tottenham and Queen’s Park Rangers
Les and Clive Allen
The famous footballing family pairing have both had time playing at Tottenham and QPR. Les Allen was a member of the Tottenham ‘Double’ winning team in 1960 – 61 and a few weeks after winning the FA Cup at Wembley his son, Clive, was born. He had two spells at Loftus Road as well as a very productive time with Spurs.
Les Allen joined Spurs in 1959 from Chelsea and formed a superb goal scoring partnership with Bobby Smith. The duo scored 60 League and Cup goals in the ‘Double’ winning triumph with Allen contributing 27 himself.
Allen was unfortunate to be displaced when Jimmy Greaves was signed the following November but he remained at the club until 1965 when he opted to join Queen’s Park Rangers for £21,000. After being part of the successful QPR team which won the League Cup in 1967 as a 3rd Division club and also gained successive promotions to the 1st Division he took on the manager’s role in 1968, remaining in charge for three years.
Clive Allen had two spells with Queen’s Park Rangers. He started his career at Loftus Road and then had a short period at Arsenal, without playing, and at Crystal Palace before returning to QPR. Three years later, in 1994 he signed for Tottenham for £700,000. Injury restricted his appearances in his first two seasons at White hart Lane but at the beginning of the 1986 – 87 season, under new manager, David Pleat, Allen scored a hat-trick against Aston Villa.
In that season Allen set new goalscoring records at Tottenham, beating those set by legendary goalscorer, Jimmy Greaves. Playing as a lone striker, he scored 33 League goals and 16 in the two Cup competitions. Unfortunately, this didn’t lead to trophies as Tottenham managed to fall short in each competition – 3rd in the League, losing FA Cup Finalists and losing League Cup semi-finalists. In total he scored 60 League goals from 105 appearances in his four years at the club before joining Bordeaux for £1 million. He played for England on five occasions but failed to score.
Terry Venables joined Spurs from Chelsea in May, 1966 for £80,000 and the following season helped Tottenham win the FA Cup. He remained at the club for three seasons before joining QPR for £70,000 but was never totally accepted by fans who had been spoiled by the skills of the team of the early 1960s.
He was at QPR for five years and then moved to Crystal Palace but injury forced him to retire. Venables then turned to coaching and became manager at Crystal Palace. He went to QPR in 1980 and helped them reach the 1982 FA Cup Final where they lost to Spurs after a replay. He had three seasons in Spain as manager of Barcelona before returning to manage Spurs.
As manager at Spurs, Venables brought star players like Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne to the club and in a difficult financial situation he led Tottenham to the 1991 FA Cup Final triumph. He was also instrumental in working with Alan Sugar to save the club from going out of existence. In the early 1990s, however, just as the team was showing promise, he lost his position of Chief Executive at Spurs because of disagreement with Sugar over the financial issues at the club. He later went on to manage England.
Twins, Ian and Roger Morgan were part of the exciting Queen’s Park Rangers team of the late 1960s and scored their first goal at Wembley as they won the League Cup. In 1969 Bill Nicholson paid £110,000 to sign Roger who made his Tottenham debut against his former club. It took him time to settle in to the team but early in the 1970 – 71 season he sustained a serious knee injury playing against Sheffield United. Morgan never fully recovered and although he made attempts at a comeback he didn’t regained full fitness and was forced to retire in 1973.
Terry Venables gave Terry Fenwick his first chance at Crystal Palace and then took him to QPR. Fenwick also followed his mentor to Spurs in 1987. He took time to settle but scored eight goals for Spurs, all in the one season, 1988 – 89 and all penalties. He broke his leg in 1989 and on recovering he broke his ankle early in 1991 in pre-match preparation for an FA Cup tie at Portsmouth, missing the opportunity to appear in the Final against Nottingham Forest.
He joined Swindon in 1993 and was manager at Portsmouth for three years from 1995.
Radek Cerny joined on loan as reserve goalkeeper at Tottenham, behind Paul Robinson for three seasons from 2005. He was an experienced and reliable goalkeeper when required to play. He joined QPR in 2008 and remained at Loftus Road for 5 years until signing for Slavia Prague last summer.
Current QPR Squad
Steven Caulker joined QPR during the summer from Cardiff City and was re-united with one of his Tottenham managers, Harry Redknapp, and three former Spurs players – Bobby Zamora, Jermaine Jenas and Adel Taarabt.
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More Players who Played for both Clubs
Many players have appeared in both the white of Tottenham and the hoops of QPR although not all have been direct transfers between the clubs. Some younger players have also had periods on loan at QPR to further their development. Stephen Kelly, Dean Marney, Kyle Walker, Andros Townsend and Tom Carroll spent time at Loftus Road to gain experience as part of their career development. Benoit Assou-Ekotto spent last season on loan with Queen’s Park Rangers.
Luke Young made 76 appearances in four years at Tottenham. He played mostly at full back but with Stephen Carr having such an influential role in Spurs play Young’s opportunities to develop his career were limited. He joined Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2001 for £4 million. He progressed at The Valley and after six seasons was transferred to Middlesbrough. He also represented England and joined Aston Villa in 2008, returning to London and QPR in the summer of 2011. An industrious player, he has an eye for goal, scoring for Boro against Spurs with an absolute screamer. He was released by QPR at the end of last season.
Les Ferdinand started his League career at QPR before joining Newcastle United and then Tottenham. He returned as a coach under Harry Redknapp and was Tim Sherwood’s assistant last season.
Mark Falco left Spurs for Watford but later had a time at Loftus Road.
Andy Sinton was at QPR for four years before he signed for Sheffield Wednesday from whom he joined Spurs in 1996.
Others players included: Ossie Ardiles, Alan Brazil, Steve Hodge, Neil Ruddock, Andy Gray, David Kerslake, Paul Walsh, Clive Wilson, Steve Slade and Dave McEwen.
Older players who were at both clubs were:
Defender Horace Woodward who played for Tottenham in the 2nd Division after the war before moving to QPR in 1949.
Harry Gilberg also had two seasons at White Hart Lane after the war until 1948 and was with QPR in the early 1950s.
Three payers from Tottenham’s earliest days in the Football League, Frank Drabble (goalkeeper), Bert Middlemiss (winger) and Charlie Rance (defender) spent time with QPR towards the end of their careers.
Middlemiss was in the Tottenham team that made its Football League debut in September, 1908 defeating Wolves 3 – 0. He was an ever present that season scoring 13 goals as Spurs won promotion to the 1st Division.