Richard Pacquette first joined Boro’ from QPR on a one-month loan in October 2002, with first team opportunities hard to come by at Loftus Road. That deal was twice extended by a further month each time, however, as Pacquette proved a hit at Broadhall Way. With his thirst for first team experience, he brought an eye for goal that had been missing after Kirk Jackson and Jean-Michel Sigere left.
Before we go too much further, a note. This piece was written after Pacquette left Boro’ in 2003. He came back to make two further appearances in January 2005.
In his time here, Pacquette got on the score sheet four times in his 10 matches; his pace, flair and ability to hold up the ball always causing a threat. His inexperience also showed, however, with two red cards that put him on the side-lines for seven matches.
On debut, it was quiet enough; a 1-0 loss at home to Burton Albion. But his first goal didn’t take too much time to come, scoring in the next match to decide our Boro’s 2-1 win over Swansea in the LDV Vans First Round. That was followed up with a goal at Southport; a match where referee Lee Probert, with the help of the opposition skipper, sent him off for two fouls not even worth a caution.
Pacquette added to his LDV Vans goal tally against Luton Town, before seeing red for a second time in his short spell away to Halifax. This time it was Mellor responsible for the unbelievable decision. Packers received his marching orders after jumping up to contest a ball, only for Monington to collapse to the floor holding his head. Mr Mellor let it go until he saw a cut, which lead him to hastily brandish the red card.
Richard Pacquette: After Boro’
Wayne Turner left his role as Boro’ manager in late 2002 and, after bagging four goals in his 10 matches, caretaker John Dreyer let Packers return to QPR. He did, however, get a crack at the first team when he did go back. After scoring a number of goals, he played in QPR’s play-off final defeat to Cardiff – but left the Rs in 2004.