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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Thirty Years Since QPR's UEFA Cup Run Ended at AEK Athens

Thirty years ago (as of two days ago) since Dave's Sexton's (virtual) League Champions side tragically got knocked out of the UEFA Cup on penalties. In the UEFA Cup, Stan Bowles scored 11 goals in that run

March 16, 1977: QPR lost 7-6 on penalties to AEK Athens (Webb missing the penalty. QPR had won the home leg 3-0...and then lost the game in Athens 0-3...

QPR's team that night was missing three of QPR's England players: Clement, Francis and Thomas and also QPR stalwart, Mick Leach. Shanks, Kelly and Eastoe deputized.
QPR's Team for that night:
Parkes Shanks Webb McClintock Gillard, Hollins, Masson, Leach, Eastoe, Bowles and Givens

QPR's 1976-77 UEFA Cup Run

(Bowles 3, Masson)

BRANN BERGEN (NOR) A 7-0 (Agg 11-0)
(Bowles 3, Givens 2, Thomas, Webb)

(Bowles 2, Givens)

(Givens 3 (1 pen) Bowles, Clement

3 1 F C KÖLN (GER) H 3-0
(Givens, Webb Bowles)

1 F C KÖLN (GER) A 1-4 (Agg 4-4)
Queens Park Rangers won on away goals

(Francis 2 (2 pens) Bowles

A E K ATHENS (GRE) A 0-3 (Agg 3-3)
Queens Park Rangers lost 7-6 on penalties



Ex-QPR Youth, Danny Blanchett Signs for Peterborough

Petebrough - Posh Pip Host Of Top Clubs In Transfer Coup
Peterborough United have beaten a whole host of clubs to secure the signing of highly-rated left-back Danny Blanchett for an undisclosed fee from Cambridge City.
Chairman Darragh MacAnthony has signed the youngster despite interest from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford who he was due to train with this week. Blanchett has had a trial period at Premier League giants Liverpool and will become 'the fastest left-back in League Two'.
Blanchett (19), speaking exclusively to theposh.com, said: 'I am really exited about this move, it is a good club to sign for. Peterborough are an ambitious club, the chairman wants to go places and the manager matches that ambition.
'I want to play first team football and hopefully I will get that opportunity here. A few clubs have watched me at Cambridge City, but I just kept my head down and did my job. I thought as a young player Peterborough would be the ideal club for me.
'I am a left-back, I like to play football and play with players that like getting the ball down. I have had a few chats with Darren Ferguson on the phone and his style seems to suit my game. He wants to get promotion and the club still has the chance this year,' Blanchett said.
Manager Darren Ferguson said: 'He has been tracked by loads of clubs including Wolves and Everton, he has good size and pace. We have brought a lot of young players in and he is no different. He has good potential, is ambitious and that's what we want at this football club.' Peterbrough

[QPR Youth come from 0-2 down to draw vs Southend (with 14 minutes of stoppage time! Scorers according to QPR Rivals report Kieron St Aimee and a trialist.
- See Southend Match Report - "...Southend United's assault on the Puma Youth Alliance League title was derailed in stoppage time as two late goals from QPR denied them all three points in west London. With just 75 seconds of normal time remaining at the Imperial College Sports Ground in Harlington, Blues Youths led 2-0, but they were undone twice in the dying moments of this top-of-the-table clash, with the referee eventually playing an incredible 14 minutes of stoppage time. .."Southend Report

Also QPR Rivals Report of Youth Game - Report

KEVIN GALLEN looks certain to quit QPR and head for pastures new this summer.
The Loftus Road fans' hero is currently on loan at Plymouth until the end of the season and at the end of June he'll become a free agent.
Leicester City and a string of other Championship clubs are keeping tabs on the 31-year-old striker who grew up close to Loftus Road" Mirror

The Mirror/BBC Gossip
"Luton want Colchester assistant boss Mick Harford as their new manager to replace Mike Newell, with Plymouth's Tim Breacker also on the shortlist (Mirror). BBC Gossip

On-Loan NICK WARD missed Brighton's game vs Scunthorpe - He's with the Australia National Team Squad - Brighton

"...Manager Ian Holloway is delighted with the progress Sinclair has made. Holloway has known the youngster for many years and the 17-year-old is fulfilling the promise he showed as a kid at Bristol Rovers...."Our chief scout Gary Penrice knows Brendan Rogers, who runs the Chelsea youth set-up and Gary set the whole thing up.
"Gary and I spent hours and hours at Scott's home a few years ago trying to persuade him to come to QPR. He had the choice of a lot of clubs. I was a bit concerned when he went to Chelsea because he is such a lovely lad, but he has come on leaps and bounds.." Plymouth

It was Terell Forbes vs Ian Evatt (with Matt Rose and Marcus Bean,remaining on the bench) in Blackpool's 1-0 win at Yeovil - Report

And of course on Friday evening, it was two more goals for Jamie Cureton (to make 16 for the season) in Colchester's 2-1 at Southampton.

For Tony Roberts after a 1-1 Draw it was his Testimonial Disco Night
Robbo's Disco - Testimonial

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