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Thursday, September 25, 2008

QPR's Vice Chairman, Amit Bhatia Official Site Statement of Thanks...Rowlands Called up For Special Ireland Squad

Very nice words from the Vice Chairman - who perhaps unfortunately, is not the Chairman! Of course just to note, no mention of the ticket price issue or what the final resolution may be.

QPR Holdings Ltd Vice-Chairman, Amit Bhatia, has today (Thursday) issued the following message to QPR supporters.

Dear Supporters,
May I start by saying how ecstatic I am feeling by our triumph over Aston Villa in the Carling Cup last night.
I felt both proud and honoured watching this moment unfold, when we succeeded not only in defeating a Club which currently stands fourth in the Premiership, but also in enjoying success at a Premiership ground for the first time in 12 years.
It was a fantastic victory for Queens Park Rangers; an undeniable demonstration of a Club heading in the right direction.
The football which our players displayed last night was supreme; they strode out confidently - undeterred by the giants of Villa - and played to a high level and displayed great quality.
I am especially grateful to the supporters who tirelessly travelled to Villa Park to support the Club they love so dearly.
From where I was seated, I was overcome with emotion with the noise and raucous which you generated last night. You gave our team the boost they really needed to turn the match our way. Your enthusiasm was inspiring, your passion never ceasing. This was your win, as much as it was the players' and staff's.
I hope that we continue our success as the season progresses. QPR has a promising future ahead and results like those we have had so far this season make our dreams seem ever nearer.
Once again, my enormous thanks to all of you for contributing so much to the Club and being the essence of Queen Park Rangers.
Yours Sincerely,
Amit Bhatia
QPR Holdings Ltd Vice-Chairman QPR

Martin Rowlands included in special Ireland Squad:

Eleven A Side - Trap names fringe squad for friendly clash
Giovanni Trapattoni has named a squad of 22 for a friendly clash with Nottingham Forest in Dublin next month.
The game takes place at Dalymount Park on Thursday, October 9th - six days before Cyprus visit Croke Park for an important World Cup qualifier.
Several members of the fringe squad have already played senior internationals under Trapattoni, including Wolves forward Andy Keogh and Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan.
There are three Blackburn Rovers players in the party, with defender Eddie Nolan and winger Keith Treacy stepping up from the under-21 grade and Keith Andrews making the leap to international football a month after joining Rovers from MK Dons.
Stoke winger Liam Lawrence and Hull City striker Caleb Folan, both of whom were included in Irish squads under Steve Staunton but have yet to win a cap, are summoned once more, while Coventry City goalkeeper Keiren Westwood will be hoping to catch the eye after making a fine start to life with the Sky Blues and Reading’s Noel Hunt, the 25-year-old younger brother of senior international Stephen, receives a first international call since his under-21 days.
Trapattoni said: ”This game will give me an important opportunity to work closely with many of our talented players. We have another eight games ahead of us in our challenge for World Cup qualification and I have no doubt that some of this squad will be called upon to play their part.
”I want to thank our scouting team and our U-21 manager Don Givens for identifying many new players who are performing well this year. I have already worked with some of this squad during our time in Portugal and I look forward to working with those I have not already seen.
”The October 9th game will form part of an important build up to our first home World Cup qualifier match against Cyprus the following week.”
The match will kick off at 7.30pm on Thursday, October 9th, with tickets on sale from Monday September 29th in Dalymount Park (Adults €10, children €5 - open 10am to 6pm, Mon - Fri) or online from Ticketmaster.
Republic of Ireland squad (v Nottingham Forest, 9/10/2008)
Goalkeepers: Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe United), Keiren Westwood (Coventry City).

Defenders: Kevin Foley (Wolves), Alex Bruce (Ipswich Town), Darren O’Dea (Celtic), Paddy McCarthy (Crystal Palace), Eddie Nolan (Blackburn Rovers).

Midfielders: Darron Gibson (Manchester United), Stephen Ward, Darren Potter (both Wolves), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), Martin Rowlands (QPR), Owen Garvan (Ipswich Town), Liam Lawrence (Stoke City), Keith Treacy, Keith Andrews (both Blackburn Rovers).

Forwards: Andy Keogh (Wolves), Shane Long, Noel Hunt (both Reading), Caleb Folan (Hull City), Sean Scannell (Crystal Palace), Anthony Stokes (Sunderland).

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