R.I.P. Dave Sexton

The phrase QPR legend can be over-used but it fits exactly with the name Dave Sexton, the manager of the greatest-ever team to play in the hoops.

Sexton died last weekend, aged 82, and his memory will be marked by a minute’s applause before the Villa game this Saturday.  It would be appropriate for the club to consider a more permanent way of remembering him too.

As QPR manager he led a team that came agonisingly close to winning the league in 1975/6, pipped by Liverpool on the last day of the season. Importantly he did this with style too. He took the principles of Dutch “total football” and ensured players such as Gerry Francis, Stan Bowles, Frank McLintock, and Don Masson played attractive, free-flowing football.

In doing so, he became perhaps our greatest manager; he put QPR on the footballing map, ensuring a generation of football supporters knew that QPR could produce top-class stylish football.