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Sunday, October 26, 2008

QPR Snippets: QPR for Sturridge & Folan?...Dowie on Tommasi Flashback....40 Years Since Manchester United at Loftus Road...QPR1st on Pricing

Piece below was written before Iain Dowie's Departure, but given the current restricted role of QPR Managers in signing players, perhaps still relevant

London Informer/Paul Warburton - Sturr crazy
QPR want Daniel Sturridge on loan and have refused to give up on Caleb Folan - despite Hull's insistence on a £500,000 loan fee.
The double swoop underlines just how much the Hoops want to improve their striker options and take the pressure off manager Iain Dowie.
Sturridge at just 19 is considered the future of Manchester City, but has limited options at Eastlands currently with Jo, Robinho and even former Rs' target Ched Evans ahead in the pecking order.
The England U19, whose footballing uncles Dean and Simon played for Derby and Birmingham, has made four starts and scored one goal this term - the first in the 3-0 defeat of West Ham in August. However, Hull are playing hardball over Folan and have demanded not only half-a-million for the Irish international's loan - but around £3m for his full transfer should it get that far in January.
Insiders at Rangers are hoping they can knock both prices down and bring in both targets after discovering Heidar Helguson needs another month to get fully fit.
The former Fulham striker is also on Rangers want list, but is still recovering from injury.
Although Tim Flowers expressed surprise on Saturday at the pressure on the team despite their current seventh place in the Championship, the assistant manager must have been doing it with tongue firmly in cheek at a club where chairman Flavio Briatore has insisted on promotion or bust.
A Rangers insider joked: "Why doesn't Flavio just appoint Tamara Beckwith or Naomi Campbell as boss and have done with it?" A reference to the celebs crowding the directors box at home games. London Informer

Flashback Forty Years: QPR vs Manchester United at Loftus Road - - Flashback Forty Years ago today: October 26, 1968, QPR played Manchester United at Loftus Road, just months after Man Ut had become the first English team to win the European Cup.
To have Dennis Law, George Best, Bobby Charlton, Pat Crerand and Nobby Styles playing on the Loftus Road pitch, just 18 months after we'd been playing the likes of Darlington and Workington, was utterly surreal.
A then-record crowd (with the new South Africa Road Stand complete) of 31,138 saw QPR lose 3-2 with Mick Leach and Alan Wilks scoring for QPR. QPR's Team: Kelly - Harris Hazell Hunt Watson - Keen Leach R Morgan - Bridges Allen Wilks
QPR brought out the, special Gold Cover programme (reserved for the biggest game ) http://www.clubfanzine.com/images/avatar/avatar_1097.gif">golden cover programme

"Flashback" Two Days: Iain Dowie on Tommasi Not Yet Fit
With Damiano Tommasi on the QPR bench yesterday, flashback to what Iain Dowie was saying about him a few days ago:
As Ben Kosky/Kilburn Times reported in a piece entitled " Tommasi must bide his time" "....Damiano Tommasi is still some way from taking his Championship bow, according to QPR boss Iain Dowie. The 34-year-old defensive midfield man signed a nine-month contract with Rangers six weeks ago, but has so far been a regular in the reserve team as he works to build up match fitness.
- "Damiano hasn't played for a long time but he's a terrific pro and, as and when he's fit, I'm sure we'll benefit from his experience," said Dowie.
"He isn't quite ready yet, so we'll see how it goes. But central midfield is an area in which we already have so much competition..." Kilburn Times

From a Couple of Days ago:

QPR1st Statement - "Response to Club statement regarding matchday pricing 22/10/2008
QPR 1st is delighted with the decision by the club's board to abandon it's recently introduced graded matchday pricing policy and reintroduce a standardised pricing policy for the rest of the season.
We are pleased that the board listened to the arguments of QPR supporters and were prepared to reverse their decision. We hope in future that any pricing changes will be the subject of consultation with the various supporters groups in the QPR family." - QPR1st

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