After QPR equalled the record of 15 games without a win from the start of the season set by Swindon Town in 1993-94 we take a look at that much-maligned team and wonder how QPR are in this situation given the wealth of talent in their squad.
QPR have now equalled the unenvious record of going 15 games without a win from the opening fixture of the Premier League season. They now share the non-coveted title with the Swindon Town team of 1993-94 who also failed to secure a win in their first 15 games of the season.
On the 24th November in the 16th game Swindon Town won 1-0 through a Keith Scott strike to defeat, you guessed it, QPR. The week after they earned a memorable 2-2 draw at Anfield but John Gorman’s side still failed to stave off relegation; finishing bottom of the league 13 points adrift of safety in a 42 game season.
With all these parallels what about the teams, how do they compare?
Well of course first of all it is important to remember that in 93-94 there was a significantly lower amount of foreign players plying their trade in the UK so that makes any Swindon team highly likely to be below the standard of the current crop of QPR players.
However this is an example of a regular starting XI for Swindon Town…
GK: Fraser Digby
RB: Nicky Summerbee
LB: Paul Bodin
CB: Adrian Whitbread
CB: Shaun Taylor
RM: John Moncur
LM: Martin Ling
CM: Luc Nijholt
CM: Kevin Horlock
ST: Andy Mutch
ST: Jan Age Fjortoft
The likes of Taylor, Whitbread, Ling and Mutch never seemed to be Premier League standard while Summerbee and Horlock were youngsters making their way into the game so all-in-all the Swindon Town team was considerably weaker than the current crop of QPR players. Only the comparative talents of Fjortoft and Digby could be considered Premier League standard in this day and age.
Swindon Town did the double on QPR that season and after this weekend gone it is becoming harder and harder to figure out how Harry Redknapp is going to stop this current incarnation from slipping out of the Premier League. The game against Aston Villa last weekend was tipped by many as being the turning-of-the-tide opportunity and despite encouraging performances, in particular from Shaun Wright-Phillips, it is difficult to see them getting a win at the DW Stadium against Wigan in their next Premier League fixture.
Come the end of next weekend the much maligned Swindon Town team of 93-94 may very well see their long standing record finally disappear, passing over to the team that broke their spell almost 20 years ago.
Which team is worse? Swindon 1993-94 or QPR 2012-13?
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