QPR’s League Cup triumph has ‘never left me’ says Mark Lazarus

Mark Lazarus (centre) says the memories of QPR winning the 1967 League Cup have never left him. Pict

Mark Lazarus (centre) says the memories of QPR winning the 1967 League Cup have never left him. Picture: BACKPAGEIMAGES - Credit: BPI / Jed Leicester

Mark Lazarus, one of the heroes of QPR’s 1967 League Cup triumph, revealed the memories of that day have never left him.

Third Division Rangers shocked top-flight West Bromwich Albion to take the trophy in a memorable final, the anniversary of which coincides with this Saturday’s game at home to Cardiff City.

It was the first time the final had been played at Wembley and QPR had to come from two goals down at half-time to win 3-2.

Roger Morgan started the comeback before Rodney Marsh equalised.

That set the stage for someone to be a hero and it turned out to be Lazarus.

“It’s gone so quick,” he said. “It’s like the blink of an eye.

“The occasion has never left me. It’s not so much the memories come back, they’ve always been there. They never go away. It is something that will never be forgotten.

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“I remember the occasion so well; us in the third division, the first time at Wembley, being 2-0 down, scoring the winning goal; how can I ever forget?

“Our goal was to get to Wembley. Once we got there, we knew we could play but there was nobody getting told off when we were 2-0 down at half-time. We were just told to go out and put on a better performance in the second half than we did in the first.

“Our goal was to get to Wembley and we deserved it. It was a lovely day and one I’ll never forget.”

The 82nd minute winner would be considered controversial in these days with the ball running loose to Lazarus after a challenge on the goalkeeper by Ronnie Hunt.

But it was allowed to stand then and Lazarus said it was a true pleasure to get the winner.

Lazarus said: “I’m proud of the moment I scored the winning goal for QPR in a cup final. QPR was in me at the time.

“We had so much success. I had so much respect for the players; I had so much respect for Alex Stock and for Jim Gregory.

“It was a real pleasure and if you ask me of all the clubs I played for, who would I have liked to score a winning goal in a cup final at Wembley, it would have been QPR.”

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