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Monday, October 27, 2008

Next: Birmingham at Loftus Road

Briatore/Ainsworth's QPR take on top-of-the-table, Birmingham at Loftus Road tomorrow. Birmingham, unbeaten away this season, with 3 wins and 3 losses - Championship Table -- Birmingham's squad --- Birmingham's Results --- Other Birmingham Stats for the season

Last Meeting:
In a throwback to how home and away games against the same team, used to be played,
QPR again meeting Birmingham, three weeks after the two teams played in Birmingham! It was really after that game that the "Dowie-on-Thin Ice" stories began anew
QPR: Cerny, Delaney, Stewart, Mahon (Buzsaky 68), Hall, Leigertwood, Blackstock, Agyemang, Rowlands (Ledesma 80), Ramage (Connolly 87), Cook - Subs: Camp, Parejo..
Birmingham City: Taylor, Murphy, Ridgewell, Larsson, O'Connor, Phillips (Jerome 80), Agustien, Jaidi, Owusu-Abeyie (McFadden 75), Carsley (Nafti 50).
Subs: Doyle, Taylor, Jerome.
See Match Reports: - Match reports of Birmingham 1 QPR 0 --- Match Reports and Comments II

- QPR vs Birmingham Head-to-Head Results:
Over the years, there have been quite a number of QPR losses to Birmingham - with the exception of course, of their great League Cup Semi-Final victory there back in 1967. - Head to Head Results. In League encounters: Birmingham have won 20; QPR have won 9; and 13 have been drawn. In their last 12 league encounters against each other, QPR failed to win once.

- QPR last beat Birmingham 3-1 in September 1985, with goals from Rosenoir, Bannister and that rarity: an Ian Dawes Goal. Team: Barron (QPR debut) Dawes, Fenwick, Wicks, Mcdonald, Kerslake, Waddock, Gregory, Fereday, Rosenoir, Bannister.
- Over the years....Birmingham's 3-0 victory over QPR ending QPR's 4 wins and a draw start in 1969, thanks to a Tony Hateley inspired debut (and a Bert Murray hatrick)...The battle of the teenage titans: Gerry Francis vs Trevor Francis (QPR winning!)

- QPR vs Birmingham last encounter was at Loftus Road, Boxing Day, 2006. Birmingham won 2-1.
QPR's team: Simon Royce, Marcus Bignot, Mauso Milanese, Zesh Rehman, Marc Bircham, Lee Cook, Damion Stewart, Paul Furlong, Dexter Blackstock, Jimmy Smith, Michael Mancienne. Subs: Nick Ward, Martin Rowlands, Stefan Bailey, Ray Jones, Jake Cole.

- Played for Both Clubs:
Players who've played for both teams include Mark Dennis and Trevor Francis (who managed both teams as did Jim Smith). QPR "reject" DJ Campbell, Mike Kelly. Dennis Bailey. Don Givens. And of course, Barry Bridges, David Seaman and Paul Furlong. The latest: Rowan Vine.

Birmingham Mail/Colin Tattum: Quincy fit for Birmingham City but not guaranteed a return place
- QUINCY will be fit for tomorrow's game at QPR - but not guaranteed a return.
- The winger has missed Blues last two match because of a thigh problem.
- "He was close Saturday," said manager Alex McLeish. "But I don't think he was 100 per cent sure himself.
- "The physio felt he wasn't convinced he could make it, so he missed out.
- "But, saying that, it would have been difficult to get him in the 16 anyway given what we saw the other night [against Crystal Palace]. Also, you've got to think about other players and keep their morale up too."
- "Quincy will be available Tuesday," McLeish added.
- "McFadden just made it. He wasn't quite 100 per cent because of his groins. He has had a tough couple of months with the Scotland games and everything else.
- "He is seeking that wee bit of sharpness. When he is at his sharpness he will be very difficult to leave out." Birmingham Mail

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