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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Next: QPR vs Sheffield Wednesday & The Return of the 1967 Squad

It's a crucial, crucial game for QPR this Saturday. With 11 games to go, QPR need at least three and perhaps four more wins. With various very tough games against promotion-chasing teams still ahead, QPR take on Sheffield Wednesday without any promotion or relegation fears. So if QPR can't win this game, they're in big trouble.
Earlier this season, Sheffield Wednesday looked like they might be headed for relegation. However the appointment of a new manager got the team surging and they truly are a middle of the table team.
Sheffield Wednesday are 13th with 48 points and a pretty impressive away record: 7 wins - 4 draws - 7 defeats: 26 goals scored. 25 goals conceded. (QPR at home have won 6 drawn 4 lost 6. Scored 23. Conceded 23. Table
Hopefully the team will be distracted by their reported pending takeover by a Chinese consortium. - Consortium Talks
A slight note of irony: The last time players from the 1967 team were at Loftus Road (en masse), QPR were also playing a team from Sheffield. It was that other Sheffield team, Sheffield United, and the date was a day that for QPR fans "will forever live in infamy" - August 13, 2005. The changeover since that August 2005 day, in the QPR Board, Managerial and coaching (and administrative) staff as well as the playing staff has been considerable.

League Table - Table
Sheffield Wednesday - Season's Results
Sheffield Wednesday - Squad

Memories of 1967: The team & photos

From the Official Site:
Video Highlights from the 1967 Final - Video

Official Site - Memories of 1967 - Memories

Saturday is set to be a special day in W12 - as Rod-nee et al return to Loftus Road to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our League Cup Final triumph.
Marsh, Lazarus, Hazell and co will all be at Loftus Road this weekend, as the R's lock horns with Sheffield Wednesday in a crucial Coca Cola Championship fixture.
March 4th 1967 is a day ingrained in the hearts of R's fans and Commerical Manager Gary Hooper and his team have pulled out all the stops to ensure the squads homecoming will be one to remember.
"The response from the players has been fantastic,'' Hooper told www.qpr.co.uk.
"The history of this Football Club should be celebrated and in this - our 125th year - it's vitally important we rejoice everything QPR.''
Marsh is pencilled in for a Q&A with QPR World prior to kick-off and will then join eight of his '67 team-mates on the pitch during the half-time interval.
Hooper added: "Each player will be introduced to the crowd at half-time and then we've got a very special surprise in store for the fans.
"It's something very few of them would have seen before and hopefully it will spur the present day side on to pick up the three points we so dearly crave.''
Over 12,000 tickets have alreay been snapped up for the clash with the Owls, but tickets are still available, in a fixture which has been designated as a 'Local Promotion'.
Season ticket holders can purchase additional adult tickets for the exceptional price of only £10 per person.
Members can purchase tickets at the normal price and any additional adult tickets at £10.00 each.
Please note this offer is only available prior to Matchday.
Tickets now on General Sale on available in all areas. QPR

Brian Laws described the Owls as a 'good mid-table side' when he took over in early November and his assessment appears to be spot on.
Wednesday currently occupy 13th place in the Championship - sitting a comfortable 13 points clear of the drop zone and 14 points adrift of the play-off's.
If truth beknown, Laws' initial task when he was appointed Owls boss was to improve the good work started by Caretaker Manager Sean McAuley. He didn't disappoint either.
Results were highly impressive at first under the new manager, with Laws' Wednesday side winning six and drawing one of his first 10 games in charge.
"I could have stayed at Scunthorpe for another 10 years," said Laws.
"But I wanted to really test myself at a club like Wednesday. They have had nine managers over the last 10 years - a ridiculous ratio that I want to change."
But the honeymoon period ended at the turn of the year and last weekend's victory at Elland Road - the home of rock-bottom Leeds United - was only their second of 2007.
''I wanted to really test myself at a club like Wednesday. They have had nine managers over the last 10 years - a ridiculous ratio that I want to change." Brian Laws
Laws has put a plan in place to ensure long-term improvement, while staying mindful that he will not be given the time that he had at former Club Scunthorpe United.
"We have got processes put in place already,'' he said.
"We have got our scouting network all over looking at players availability and their contractual situations.
"We will whittle it down to half a dozen in different positions and monitor them very carefully. It is not a quick process - it takes time and patience.''
Time and patience have been in short supply at Hillsbrough in recent years, but Laws is determined to make sure that he eventually takes them in the right direction.
Top scorer (league goals only): MacLean, Brunt, Tudgay (all nine)...
Last league game:
Sheffield Wednesday 1, Plymouth Argyle 1.
Coca Cola Championship.
March 6th 2007.
Sheff Wed: Turner, Bullen, Wood, Simek, Spurr, Whelan, Brunt, Watson, Johnson (Small 69), MacLean, Burton (Graham 72).
Subs Not Used: Adamson, Lunt, Gilbert...
Superhoopsbet.co.uk match odds: QPR 7/5 Sheffield Wednesday 8/5 Draw 9/4

....Head to head: QPR wins: 16 Sheffield Wednesday wins: 22 Draws: 11
Last meeting:
Sheffield Wednesday 3 (Tudgay (2), MacLean), Queens Park Rangers 2 (Blackstock).
Coca Cola Championship.
August 25th 2006.....QPR

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