The first ever meeting between two of England’s oldest clubs paved the way for a disastrous QPR season.

Promoted as runners-up to Ipswich, they soon sank rock bottom scraping only four wins and 10 draws on a plummet that saw them a massive 13 points from safety come April.

This was the campaign of three Rangers managers, four if you count Alec Stock who resigned before the season started, and included a first spell for Tommy Docherty lasting just 28 days.

It's behind you: October 1968, and Tony Hazell (R) tackles Manchester United legend, Dennis Law

And when the season started the South Africa Stand at Loftus Road was still under construction, click here for some great shots including players in kit ‘building’ alongside real workers.

The stand cost £210,000, although Rangers recouped half of it when they sold one of the Morgan twins, Roger, to Spurs in February for a record £110k.

He was on target in this game only to see his strike cancelled by Eric Skeels: they don’t produce football names like that any more.

The man from Eccles, also dubbed Mr Dependable, was largely a defender scoring 10 times for City in a 507 game stint - this was one of them.

Still, this was Rs first away point - and there were precious few to follow.

Taste this! John Kaye of West Brom gets a mouthful of ball on December 26, 1968 as Frank Clarke tries a header. Note the completed South Africa stand
 

Rangers signed former England International Barry Bridges for £55k, also a record for an incoming player, but hero Rodney Marsh was out with a broken foot for the first part of the season in a mostly mishmash side of loyal servants from the Third and Second Divisions out of their depth here.

Stoke were no great shakes themselves and finished fourth bottom finishing while suffering a 2-1 defeat at Loftus Road, click here and scroll down to see match day programme,

And in this September game a mere 15,273 turned up in contrast to the 58,062 at Stamford Bridge on the same day watching a certain Harry Redknapp helping West Ham to a 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

The current Rs boss only scored three times in 42 appearances that season, the last of which you can guess, was against Rangers in a 4-3 win at Upton Park in November.

If you can bear to watch his goal against Hoops allied to the manager's comments, it’s here:

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