From Wise to Adomah – the local players QPR managed to miss

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QPR fan Albert Adomah scored both Aston Villa’s goals in their 2-1 win at Loftus Road on Saturday, having gone under Rangers’ radar as a youngster despite being on their doorstep.

Adomah played non-League football with Harrow Borough and was picked up by Barnet before spells at Bristol City, Middlesbrough and now Villa.

The winger is in good company. West Londoners like Lee Cook and Martin Rowlands were initially missed by QPR – and previously some of England’s top players also grew up in the area and were not picked up before eventually making their name in the game.

Stuart Pearce

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Born in Shepherd’s Bush, Pearce was a huge QPR fan in his youth and trained with the club for five months but was not signed. He played non-League football for Wealdstone and was later picked up by Coventry before establishing himself as England left-back during a 12-year spell at Nottingham Forest.

John Barnes

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Barnes grew up in Shepherd’s Bush and, like Pearce, was a QPR fan who felt crushed by the club’s failure to sign him after a trial but went on to establish himself as one of the country’s top players. In Barnes’ case he was picked up by Watford, who sold him to Liverpool in 1987.

Les Ferdinand

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QPR’s director of football – ironically now with overall responsibility for improving local scouting – made his name at Rangers but only after being signed from Hayes in 1986 by the then manager Jim Smith, who also signed the likes of David Seaman and Paul Parker. Ferdinand had initially gone under the radar despite having been born and raised in the local area.

Dennis Wise

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A childhood friend of Ferdinand, Wise was a fanatical QPR fan who also grew up a stone’s throw from Loftus Road. But he too went elsewhere, joining Southampton before making his name at Wimbledon and returning to west London with Chelsea, where he became a club legend.