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Played for both: 10 names at Crystal Palace and QPR from last decade

| 14.03.2015

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!

Gary Borrowdale
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.

Damien Delaney
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:

Shaun Derry
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.

Kevin Doyle
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.

Fitz Hall
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.

Clint Hill
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.

Andy Johnson
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:

Jordon Mutch
Midfielder Mutch has played for both clubs this season, but is out injured and cannot face QPR after switching to Palace in January.

Peter Ramage
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.

Wayne Routledge
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.



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.