On August 1st 2013, Queens Park Rangers announced the signing of Charlie Austin from Burnley.
The 29-year-old scored his first goal for Queens Park Rangers in a League Cup tie against Exeter City, and then went on to score his first league goal in a 1-0 win over Birmingham City.
A lot of supporters were over the moon with the club’s decision to secure Austin’s services, as they took to the confirmation on Twitter to express their delight over the signing.
— Prometheus Fitzsnrub (@Georgefine) August 1, 2013
— Simon Hunter (@realsimonhunter) August 1, 2013
— Andy Swan (@Andy_Swan82) August 1, 2013
— Lee Hannan (@LeeHannan1) August 1, 2013
@OfficialQPR brilliant signing just what we need a prolific goal scorer!!
— nathan king (@nathantk28) August 1, 2013
Charlie Austin spent time at four different Non-League clubs, including Kintbury Rangers, Hungerford Town, Thatcham Town and Poole Town.
Interestingly, Austin spent the pre-season of the 2009–10 season on trial with then League Two club Bournemouth. Although Bournemouth’s manager, Eddie Howe, was keen to sign the striker on a permanent deal, Bournemouth were unable to make a move for the striker due to a transfer embargo imposed on the club by the Football League.
The Englishman was prolific during his time at Swindon Town, notching 37 goals for the club. But, he later moved to Burnley, which got off to a disappointing start as he spent most of the second half of the season on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury. He soon made up for lost time as he netted 45 times over the next couple of campaigns.
Austin moved to Queens Park Rangers, on a three-year deal on the 1st of August 2013. The forward scored his first goal for Queens Park Rangers in a League Cup tie against Exeter City, and then went on to score his first league goal in a 1-0 win over Birmingham City. His 20 goals during his first season at Loftus Road helped them secure promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.
And, he managed to score 18 goals in the Premier League for the Hoops but he wasn’t able to help them avoid relegation to the Championship. His last contributions for the club were his nine goals in the Championship in the 2015/16 season as he later joined Premier League side Southampton.
Indeed, it comes as no surprise that supporters were delighted to see the Englishman make the move to Loftus Road, as he went on to make a name for himself as one of QPR’s most prolific strikers in recent times. And, his goals in the Premier League and in the lead up to the play-off final will always be remembered, as he gave supporters some of their best recent memories in the English capital.