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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Snippets...Dowie on Lee Cook...Another Ticket Price Comment...Two QPR Birthdays..Flashback: McDonald Departs

London Informer/Paul Warburton -Half Cooked
- LEE COOK is nowhere near the fabulous levels that saw the QPR winger sold to Fulham for £2m a year ago - and he's going to need another three games at least to regain some of that form. Manager Iain Dowie's honest assessment of the fans' favourite comes after the ever-present Cookie ploughed through seven games this season - but has often looked a bit-player rather than the star attraction.
Cook is back from Fulham on a year-long loan after a barren spell in which he never pulled on a white shirt in a meaningful game, and his fourth boss in 14 months thinks he knows why.
Dowie said: "A year out when you've had a bad injury, will do for anyone's confidence. "Lee's worked ever so hard in training - especially during the international break and he's gradually getting fitter and fitter,but it's going to take time.
"At the moment, anything up to 10 or 11 games might be needed."
Cook has yet to score in his second spell at Loftus Road, and suffered a knee injury this time last year needing corrective surgery after the first operation was found wanting.
Rangers have the option of buying back Cook from their neighbours - but the deal is dependent on what the dyed-in-the-wool Hoops' fan produces this season.
* HE SCORED twice for QPR in the 4-1 win over Southampton on Sunday - but the reason why striker Dexter Blackstock has bagged five goals already was a heart-to-heart with his boss before a ball had been kicked.
Dowie has always been known as a boss with very fit sides, and could see his striker was easily capable of upping the tempo in training.
"Some players are just game players - they're not interested in training as much," Dowie said. "But I told Dexter in pre-season he's got to train as he plays, and he's done that. He's intensive, and a striker wants to get 20 goals-a-season." London Informer

News of the World - QUEEN'S PARK RIP-OFF
IF you want to go and watch QPR play Derby next Saturday, you will probably have to fork out £50 for the privilege.
If you do, you are a mug. Taking fans’ loyalty for granted is the curse of modern-day foreign ownership. News of The World

QPR Forward, Rowand Vine Turns 26 - Born September 21, 1982.
Joined QPR on loan a year ago, before signing permanently in January for a reported one million pounds. Then broke his leg, and still returning to fitness.

QPR Official Site October 2, 2007 - EXCLUSIVE: ROWAN'S A RANGER
Queens Park Rangers have completed the emergency loan signing of Birmingham City front-man Rowan Vine.
The 25 year-old signed a one month loan deal this afternoon and is expected to go straight into the R's squad for Wednesday's Championship fixture against Colchester United.
Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Vine said: "The major factor for me was the opportunity to stake a claim for a first team spot.
"I've been surplus to requirements at Birmingham and this is a fantastic opportunity for me."
Vine worked with Mick Harford during his time at Luton Town and the former Hatters striker has nothing but admiration for the R's new Caretaker Manager.
"Obviously knowing Mick was a big pull. He knows what I can do as a player and it's up to me to produce the goods," said Vine.
"He's a great coach and a good man and I'm looking forward to working with him again."
On the subject of tomorrow's trip to Layer Road, Vine added: "I know Layer Road like the back of my hand after my time there and what better place to start.
"I'm here to do a job for QPR and I can't wait to pull on the shirt.
"I've always had a lot of admiration for QPR fans. They are a passionate bunch and I've always enjoyed playing in front of them."
Vine joined Blues from fellow Championship side Luton Town in January 2007 for a substantial but undisclosed fee.
During his time at St Andrews, Vine has been used sparingly and has made a total of 19 appearances, scoring one goal.
His two appearances for the Blues so far this season have both come in League Cup fixtures.
Vine, who scored against the R's for Luton in an FA Cup third round tie at Loftus Road last season, will wear squad number 26. QPR -- See Also: Career Stats and Vine/Wikipedia

Former QPR Kevin Gallen Turns 33 - Born September 21, 1975.
Gerry Francis gave Gallen his debut as an 18 year-old in the game at Manchester United (August 20, 1994). In his two periods at QPR, Gallen played 300+ games for QPR scoring nearly 100 goals. Gallen

See also:
- Daves' Unofficial Queens Park Rangers Website for Gallen Profile - Kevin GallenC
- Wikipedia/Gallen

Flashback: QPR Official Site, September 21, 2006 - MACCA DEPARTS
Alan McDonald has been given notice to terminate his employment at Queens Park Rangers Football Club.
After making 483 appearances for the Hoops in a successful 16-year spell as a player, McDonald joined the R's as Caretaker Assistant Manager in February 2006, prior to taking up the position of Assistant Manager towards the end of June.
Chairman Gianni Paladini told qpr.co.uk: "I'd like to thank Alan McDonald for all the hard work he's done here since February.
"He's been a great servant for this Club, both as a player and in his role as Assistant Manager, and I wish him all the best for the future.''

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