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Two QPR Forwards Share Birthdays

One current...One Past: Dexter Blackstock and Clive Allen:

Current QPR star, Dexter Blackstock Turns 21
Wikipedia Blackstock Profile Made his QPR against Southend, back in August and scored (QPR winning 2-0). Ended the season as QPR's top scorer with 13 goals.
Blackstock's Playing Record at Oxford, Southampton, Derby and Plymouth on loan. and QPR - Blackstock Record
Blackstock Profile
Four Four Two Interview with Blackstock

Former QPR star, Clive Allen turns 46
Wikipedia Allen Profile
Son of QPR great,Les Allen...Brother of Bradley Allen....Cousin of Martin Allen...
Made his debut in 1978/79 including a hatrick versus Coventry, on his full debut.
The following season was leading scorer in the old Second Division (playing alongside Paul Goddard).
Allen was then Sold to Arsenal...First Million Pound Teenager...
After a month at Arsenal, joined Crystal Palace.
And the following year was back at QPR, where he spent three season (including the Cup Final Season) and played three times for England, before going to Spurs. (Allen was injured early during the Cup Final. Otherwise, who's to say the final result)

August 2006: QPR Official Site - STRIKING A BALANCE
QPR have added to their attacking options by completing the signing of Southampton striker Dextor Blackstock, for an undisclosed fee.
The 20 year-old front-man today penned a three year contract at Loftus Road, and in doing so becomes Gary Waddock's seventh signing of the summer.
A scorer of three goals in just seven first team starts last season, Blackstock - who is a quick, athletic and powerful predator - is in line to make his debut against Southend United this weekend.
"It's great to be here,'' Blackstock told qpr.co.uk moments after putting pen to paper.
"It had all gone a bit stale for me at Southampton and the chance to move to London was just too good to turn down. It's a fresh challenge for me and I couldn't be any happier.
"I had a nice chat with Gary Waddock, who told me about the hunger and desire of the Rangers squad, so there was never any doubt I'd sign.
"I've always enjoyed playing at Loftus Road in the past, so I'm really excited about making my debut here.''
Waddock believes Blackstock will perfectly complement the group of strikers he currently has at his disposal, commenting: "He was at the top of my list when I first took over as Caretaker Manager, so I'm ecstatic.
"I've been monitoring his progress since he was a kid, so it's magnificent that we've finally got him on board.
"He's quick, intelligent and is a natural goalscorer.''
Chairman Gianni Paladini is delighted that the R's prolonged search for a striker is finally over, saying: "It's a huge signing for us - we've been after him for the last four months or so.
"He's the type of player Gary has been looking for and I'm delighted we've beat a number of top Club's to his signature.
"He's a young player, with superb potential and I'm confident he can achieve big things here.
"It's a sign of our intent that we've signed a player of his calibre and I'm sure the fans will join me in wishing him a successful stay at Loftus Road.''
QPR Official Site

Southampton Official Site
Dexter Blackstock has joined QPR for an undisclosed fee.
The 20-year-old striker has moved on to the Londoners after three years on the south coast.
He joined Saints as a scholar from Oxford United but quickly became popular amongst fans after bagging a hat-trick against Colchester and scoring against local rivals Portsmouth in the 2004/5 season.
The arrivals of Grzegorz Rasiak and Bradley Wright Philips this season however have pushed Blackstock down the pecking order prompting his switch to the capital.
Blackstock has today put pen to paper on a three year deal at Loftus Road.

Skysport - Rangers agree fee for Blackstock
By Peter ORourke - Created on 8 Aug 2006

Skysports.com understand Queens Park Rangers have agreed a fee with Southampton for striker Dexter Blackstock.
Rangers opened negotiations with The Saints over a possible transfer and, after the Loftus Road outfit were initially thwarted, the club have now agreed a price in the region of £500,000.
Blackstock was also the subject of a failed bid from Championship rivals Wolves, while Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday have registered an interest as well.
Rangers boss Gary Waddock is a keen admirer of the front man and made his interest known after Bradley Wright-Phillips's arrival at St Mary's restricted the former Oxford man's first team opportunities.
Rangers now appear to have jumped to the head of a queue of clubs for Blackstock, and are expected to open contract talks with the 20-year-old shortly.
Blackstock joined Saints from Oxford in May 2003 for a fee of £275,000 and, after a loan spell at Plymouth in the previous season, spent two months of the last campaign at Derby Skysports

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