FOR a club with such fond memories of the League Cup, there will be no great feelings of optimism about Tuesday night's second round tie against Carlisle.
Rangers will be attempting to reach the third round of the competition for only the second time in a decade and the last time they managed it, they were easily brushed aside by Man City at Loftus Road.
It is only the fourth time they have reached the second round in 10 attempts, which is a poor return for a club that should be amongst the strongest of first round opponents.
No QPR fan will need reminding that 41 years ago, their team enjoyed the most romantic moment in their history when they triumphed in the first League Cup final to be played at Wembley. And they were a Third Division team too.
But that success was by no means typical, even though the Rs made it to the final again in 1986 - when a very good Oxford United side swept to an easy 3-0 win in the days when the competition was sponsored by the Milk Marketing Board.
Rangers last reached the fourth round (the last 16) in 1995 when they lost 1-0 at Aston Villa.
They last reached the quarter-finals in 1989 when eventual winners Nottingham Forest beat them 5-2 at the City Ground.
Although they flopped in the 86 final, Rangers have good reasons to remember that glorious cup run because they beat Chelsea 2-0 away in a quarter final replay and ousted Liverpool 3-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals after a 1-0 home win.
The results since then have been in stark contrast and Rangers fans will feel it is high time the club re-connected with those happy League Cup moments.