Ian Holloway wants his QPR squad to use this weekend's 1967 celebrations as inspiration to become club heroes themselves.

The Rs will use tomorrow's home game against Cardiff City to mark the 50th anniversary of their famous League Cup win, including wearing a special commemorative shirt.

Holloway already holds legendary status at Loftus Road after leading them out of Division Two in 2004, and is just as fondly remembered at Blackpool for taking them into the Premier League.

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He said: “What you want is too be remembered by your crowd, for doing something good for your club. I was desperate to do that with Bristol Rovers, the club that brought me up. I had this dream that I was going to get promoted with them.

“It's great for the QPR players who won us the cup because wow, you're a legend. It's there, and as the years go by it gets tougher and tougher to do it, but they have actually achieved that, and it's a great thing.

“We're all very proud of them, and I want my lads to understand – I want them to be famous. When I went to Blackpool, all the photos on the wall, I eventually changed nearly every one of them to ones of my team, because I wanted my team to rememebered.

Zooming in: A closer look at the kit

“We had an evening with some of the famous Blackpool team, and I know one day I'll be invited back there to do the same. I can't wait to do try and do that here – that's what drives me, that's what it's all about.”

The Rs players have already given the thumbs up to the iconic one-off kit they will be sporting tomorrow, in which the names of the heroes of 1967 make up silver hoops set against an all-white background.

Holloway said: “The lads are all talking about the kit. It is stunning, it is sensational, what can I say? Thanks to that team for doing what you did, the way you played. Deep down, it's about my team playing in a way that makes me and the fans proud so they will be rememebered.

The big day: Action from the 1967 League Cup final

“We're a long way off that at the moment to be perfectly blunt, but the way they're working is much more pleasing and acceptable to me. I'm sure the fans will agree, but what we need to do now is start to make some of our lads heroes – this generation.

“It's a mindset I'm trying to get to, getting them to believe they will be famous. It's whether you're here long enough to build a team to do that – how much you can get it into your lads and how much they believe.

“I feel we're getting there, and I feel we're performing. The players want to get the fans on our side, and hopefully we will notice it in the results.”

League Cup Final, Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion, Wembley ,1967
League Cup Final, Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion, Wembley ,1967

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