Played for both: 10 names at Crystal Palace and QPR from last decade
Ahead of Crystal Palace’s televised London derby with QPR, rumours have surfaced that the Eagles will seek a summer swoop for Hoops top scorer Charlie Austin.
That got Coral’s football experts thinking about who has played for these two capital clubs in recent times?
Palace are odds-on to win their latest meeting with QPR (4/1 outsiders), and both have been managed in the Premier League by big football personality Neil Warnock.
Read on to discover our 10 that have played for both!
Left back Borrowdale may not be a familiar name to Premier League audiences, but the fact is the Eagles and Hoops have spent most of this century outside the top flight.
Making his Palace debut aged 17 just before Christmas in 2002, Borrowdale went on to make over 100 outings for them by the time he was 21.
Leaving Selhurst Park on a free transfer for Coventry City in 2007, he returned to London by signing for QPR, then coached by ex-Portugal midfield and current Basel boss Paulo Sousa, on loan in November 2008, which was then made permanent. Borrowdale was never a Loftus Road regular, though, and was farmed out several times before departing in 2013.
Republic of Ireland international and Eagles vice-captain Delaney had a year-and-a-half at QPR (2008-09) before moving to Ipswich Town. When released by the Tractors Boys, he was offered a short-term contract by Palace in 2012 and proved his worth.
Delaney scored a memorable Premier League goal last term in the 3-3 that contributed to Liverpool’s title challenge collapsing, and is 9/1 to net anytime against the Hoops. Relive that crazy game below:
Midfield destroyer Derry is presently cutting his teeth coaching at Notts County, but made over 200 Eagles appearances across two spells (2002-05 and 2007-10).
When Warnock left Selhurst Park the first time to take over at Loftus Road, Derry came with him the following summer, and stayed at QPR for over three years (2010-13). He’s one of only two players listed here that earned Premier League promotions with both clubs.
Another Republic of Ireland international, centre forward Doyle struggled to make much impact at either the Hoops or Palace in respective loan spells at either end of 2014.
This versatile defender has been a cult hero wherever he’s played, because fans love chanting ‘one size Fitz Hall’. First working with Iain Dowie at Oldham Athletic, he joined the Eagles during their last Premier League stint (2004/05), but failed to keep them up and was snapped up by Wigan Athletic when they failed to get promoted straight back.
Hall then joined QPR in January 2008, and served a succession of managers as he saw out his four-and-a-half-year contract.
Left-footed defender Hill, like Derry, is another Warnock disciple, but has remained at Loftus Road since 2010 following three years with Palace. He is a long shot at 16/1 to score against his former club.
We’ve got one of those what might have been stories with diminutive striker Johnson. In 2004/05, only Arsenal icon Thierry Henry scored more Premier League goals than the ex-Palace frontman.
Injuries ruined Johnson’s career, with subsequent spells at Everton, Fulham and the Hoops (2012-14) all dogged by fitness issues. His exploits in front of goal during four years at Selhurst (2002-06) were enough for supporters to vote him into the Eagles’ all-time XI.
Here’s a compilation of some Johnson’s best goals:
Midfielder Mutch has played for both clubs this season, but is out injured and cannot face QPR after switching to Palace in January.
Presently loaned out by the Eagles to Barnsley, utility man Ramage joined both sides on free transfers. QPR (2008-12) initially loaned him to Palace in the 2011/12 campaign, with a brief temporary stint at Birmingham City coming in between that and his permanent transfer.
Now on Swansea City’s books, winger Routledge completes our 10 selections, and earned promotions with both teams. He reached double figures for assists with the Eagles in the 2004/05 Premier League campaign, and aged 20 signed for Tottenham when Palace went down.
Routledge would later have two spells at Loftus Road, the first being a calendar year between January 2009 and 2010, but five goals in 20 league outings at the back end of 2010/11 on loan from Newcastle United helped the Hoops clinch the Championship title.