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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Loftus Road Rumoured Site for Ireland Game...Peter Crouch as QPR-Supporting Not Chelsea-Supporter Youngster

Setanta/Mark Doyle - Ireland poised for London friendly
The Republic of Ireland could be set for a trip to London for Giovanni Trapattoni’s second game in charge – but England will not be the opposition.
Trapattoni’s first match at the helm will be against Serbia in Dublin on May 24 and the Italian is desperate to arrange a second friendly for later in the week in an attempt to get to know as much about his new players as he possibly can ahead of the start of their World Cup qualifying campaign, which gets underway in September.
Unfortunately, Croke Park will not be available for a midweek match and, with the Football Association of Ireland reluctant to arrange an away game for Trapattoni's troops, they are now exploring the possibility of arranging a 'home' game in London on May 27 or 28.
”We are looking at London for a friendly,” an FAI insider is quoted as saying by The Star, The Irish Mail and The Mirror.
”The preference to playing an away friendly would be to bring somebody to Europe."
That, of course, throws up the possibility of Trapattoni going head-to-head with his compatriot Fabio Capello, who is just one game into his reign as England's new manager.
However, the FAI have reportedly revealed that that is highly unlikely.
Indeed, the opposition has yet to be decided upon but it is believed that Loftus Road, home of Queens Park Rangers, is very much the preferred venue for the proposed friendly.
Ireland's last trip to London came in 2004 when they participated in The Unity Cup, which was staged at Charlton Athletic's ground, The Valley. Setanta

Pat Nevin/Chelsea Official Site
"...Last week I posed a very sneaky question indeed, which looked just too easy to be true? and it was. Who did Peter Crouch support as a boy? Well from a very large online entry, only 20 per cent got the right answer, that according to the player himself he was a QPR fan and not a fan of the Mighty Blues.
He was a ball boy at the Bridge, his father was a season ticket holder and he did think Kerry Dixon was great, but he claims to have followed the other local blue and whites.
One entrant and former competition winner, Carolyn Cheyney, suggested that: 'His Dad was a fervent Chelsea fan, but his mates were QPR fans and so he ended up going to watch both. I think he now post rationalises that he had more allegiance to QPR than to Chelsea, presumably because QPR are not in direct competition with his current team.' It is an interesting point very well put but because the striker claims otherwise we have to stick to that. The winner who spotted all this and claims the Four-Ever Chelsea set of DVDs is Silvija Paulic from Slovenia. Chelsea

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