Maddix finally Masters the art of winning trophies

By Ben Kosky DANNY Maddix paid tribute to his team-mates following his first trophy as a QPR player on Saturday – eight years after leaving the club. The centre-back captained Rangers over-35 team to their first ever London Masters success as they beat W

By Ben Kosky

DANNY Maddix paid tribute to his team-mates following his first trophy as a QPR player on Saturday - eight years after leaving the club.

The centre-back captained Rangers' over-35 team to their first ever London Masters success as they beat West Ham in a penalty shoot-out at Wembley Arena to reach the national finals.

And the Rs' victory was all the more impressive given that they lost two of their nine-man squad - Steve Palmer and Bradley Allen - to injury early in the evening.

"I take my hat off to the lads," Maddix told the Times. "To do it with seven men shows how much work the others put in. We didn't expect to win it with some of the other teams and the players they had.

"It's a real achievement and it feels great. I said to the lads in the changing room 'that's the first time I've won anything for QPR!'

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"Obviously you have pre-season trips where you might win a cup, but it's not the same as when it's televised. I didn't realise the number of QPR supporters that were here until I lifted the trophy.

"It's good to meet up with the boys I used to play with a good 10 or 15 years ago - some of them playing for other teams. Maybe they should have come and played for us instead!"

Rangers' squad will travel to Liverpool in September to contest the national Masters title with the seven other regional winners.