Ex Men: QPR

by Ashley Houghton

A select few who have played for both SAFC and QPR.

Brett Angell
Signed by Mick Buxton on transfer deadline day in 1995 for a fee believed to be around £750,000, Brett Angell never really lived up to expectations in the top flight.

Angell made 11 appearances for the Black Cats in his 20 months at Roker Park before joining Stockport County where he enjoyed one of the most successful periods of his career – reaching the League Cup semi-final in 1997.

He played for QPR at the end of his career, joining Ian Holloway’s side for 13 games at the end of the 2002-03.

John Byrne
John Byrne spent four years at QPR after the Hoops paid York City £100,000 for his services.

He scored 30 league goals in 126 games with Rangers before joining Le Havre and subsequently Brighton and Hove Albion.

Denis Smith signed him from the south coast for £225,000 in 1991 and Byrne went on to play a vital part in the Black Cats progress to the 1991-92 FA Cup final.

The Irishman’s record of seven FA Cup goals in eight matches included strikes in every round up to and including the semi-final.

Daniele Dichio
A youth graduate at QPR, Dichio made 75 league appearances for Rangers before leaving to join Italian giants Sampdoria.

Dichio struggled to settle at Sampdoria and made the move to the Stadium of Light in 1998, making most of his appearances in his first term at the club as a substitute.

England U21 international Dichio battled manfully for a place in Peter Reid’s side, in competition with Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips, his first opportunity came when an injury to the former gave him a run in the first-team.

Dichio picked up a Player of the Month award whilst also becoming one of four Sunderland strikers to notch double figures during the season.

After making 76 league appearances for Sunderland, Dichio moved to West Brom in 2001.