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Next Up - QPR & Preston (Published in Sheffield Wednesday's Official Matchday Programme)

QPR 31/08, 3:00PM

Wednesday host the R's on the last day of August, with Mark Warburton having rung the changes this summer.

The former Rangers manager has overseen a vast overhaul of personnel, yet still implemented his style of play on the newly- formed squad.

QPR are a side rich in history and have proud status as the first team to win the League Cup in a one-off final at Wembley. Previously, the final was contested over two legs but for the 1966/67 season the structure was changed.

The Third Division Londoners defeated the holders and First Division outfit West Bromwich Albion; QPR came back from a 2-0 deficit to triumph 3-2.

The 98,000 strong attendance were treated to a real spectacle as West Brom were 2-0 up at half time, Clive Clark scoring both goals.

Alec Stock's Rangers team fought back heroically, though. Roger Morgan scored a header just after the hour and the maverick Rodney Marsh made a name for himself on the big stage as he fired QPR's equaliser in off the post.

Mark Lazarus completed the monumental comeback with less than 10 minutes left on the clock as QPR became the first team from the third tier to lift a major trophy in England, which remains their only major honour to this day.

PRESTON 24/08, 3:00PM

Wednesday's next game on the road is this Saturday at Preston — another side steeped in history

The Lilywhites achieved a feat that has never been repeated as they went a full season unbeaten in both the league and FA Cup.

The legendary 'Preston Invincibles' posted this incredible accomplishment in the 1888/89 season.

The Football League was founded in 1888 and Preston were one of 12 teams that took part in the inaugural campaign.

Two points were awarded for a win and one for a draw, and goal average was used instead of goal difference to separate teams who were tied on points.

In all, Preston won 18 of their 22 games scoring 74 goals and conceding only 15.

Accrington were the first team to stop Preston winning as they drew 0-0 in late October.

It was a tremendous achievement to go a whole league season unbeaten and maybe had the Preston team and fans known it was to be over 100 years until the next team matched the feat - Arsenal in 2004 - the celebrations may have been even more joyous!

Peter Jones


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