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Friday, November 28, 2008

Snippets: QPR Price Reductions?...Previewing Crystal Palace vs QPR..."On This Day" Don Howe Appointed....Recall for Ex-QPR Greg Goodridge

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Football Clubs VAT Reductions and Price Reductions(QPR?):
- A number of clubs are reducing prices because of the reduction in VAT from 17 ½% to 15%. A number of other clubs have alrady announced they are going to reduce club prices in some form - or at least to consider reductions. For instance: Liverpool, Everton, Spurs, Sunderland, Newcastle, Bolton, Reading, Crystal Palace Dagenham, and Lincoln have all made announcements re VAT/Reductions. Probably a number of other clubs have or will follow suit. Nothing from QPR re what, if any plans they may have re this. "QPR to Reduce Ticket Prices - or Club Shop Prices?". QPR's opponents on Saturday, Crystal Palace, for instance:"Crystal Crystal Palace Football Club are revising their prices for both matchday and season tickets to reflect the new VAT ruling introduced by the government..."Crystal Palace.

Don Howe:
"On This Day" November 28 (1989) Don Howe was named Acting Manager (or Acting First Team Coach) to replace the axed Trevor Francis. Howe's First Game in charge? Crystal Palace Away. Also making his debut in that game: Ray Wilkins. Result? Crystal Palace QPR 3.

Crystal Palace vs QPR:
Saturday, QPR travel to Crystal Palace, for their third successive London Derby. A win for Palace will put them above QPR. Latest Table -- Crystal Palace's Squad -- Crystal Palace Stats this season
- Last November, QPR drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace...and then the following month QPR lost 2-1 at Loftus Road. At Palace, QPR took the lead before a late Morrison equalizer. (No more worried about Morrison - or Freedman - scoring for Palace against QPR!) - The teams for the last time the two clubs played at Palace:
- Crystal Palace: Speroni, Lawrence, Hudson (c), Fonte, Hill, Songo'o (Hall HT), Watson (Bostock 65), Soares (Feedman 72), Kennedy (Soares 72), Ifill, Morrison.
Goal: Morrison 88. Subs not used: Idrizaj, Hills.
- QPR: Camp, Barker, Stewart, Mancienne, Bolder (c) (Rahman 90), Buzsaky, Rowlands (Ainsworth 87), Vine (Sahar 90), Timoska, Leigertwood, Sinclair. Subs not used: Cole, Nardiello Goal: Sinclair 45. . Match Reports
- Crystal Palace vs QPR - Head to Head.
QPR may have their two new loan signings making their debuts: Forward Heidar Helguson and defender, Gary Borrowdale. (Of course QPR fans a week ago, expected to see Heglguson's debut against Watford - not realizing...!)

- Rangers are on their travels again on Saturday afternoon, for the final part of their November London derby trilogy.
- After defeat at Watford last weekend was followed hot-on-the-heels by victory in W12 against Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night, the R's make the short coach ride to Selhurst Park this weekend, to face a Crystal Palace side slowly but surely finding their groove once again, after initially suffering from a bit of a hangover from last season's whirlwind campaign.
- Indeed, the Eagles came from nowhere to snatch a play-off place last time out, only to be beaten by Bristol City in the semi-finals.
- So far this season, however, Palace have begun in an inconsistent fashion. Indeed, Eagles fans had to wait until the fifth game of the season to see their side register their first win, a 2-0 victory over Swansea City.
- Ironically, the match against the Swans saw the return of the exiled Ben Watson to the starting line-up. The creative midfielder has refused to sign a new deal at Selhurst Park, prompting widespread speculation over his future, but Watson opened the scoring that day.
- Predictably, he has kept his place ever since and has netted a further four times, including a crucial equaliser against Sheffield Wednesday.
- He has been aided in his revival by the re-emergence of another outcast, in Shefki Kuqi, and winger Paul Ifill, who have weighed in with three goals apiece.
- But form has not come as easily as the business end of last season, with results ranging from losing at home to struggling Nottingham Forest, to winning away at Coventry City, and earlier this week, at Norwich City.
- A controversial Craig Beattie strike and a fine John Oster finish helped Palace clinch a 2-1 victory at Carrow Road on Tuesday night.
- The Eagles took the lead when Patrick McCarthy's long ball found Beattie, who poked the ball under keeper David Marshall despite suspicions of offside.
- Palace doubled their lead just before half-time when Oster chipped the ball brilliantly over a stranded Marshall.
- The Canaries pulled one back when Matthew Pattison nodded in Lee Croft's cross, but the Eagles held on, to move up to twelfth in the Championship - and just three points shy of the play-off's.
- Despite being buoyed by Dexter Blackstock's double on Tuesday night, the final instalment of the R's London derby trilogy may prove to be the toughest to date, as forecasting which Crystal Palace side will turn up is unpredictable at best.

This is Local London/Graham Moody - Warnock disappointed at Styles appointment
- Neil Warnock has admitted his unhappiness after Rob Styles was appointed referee for tomorrow’s clash with QPR at Selhurst Park.
- The Yorkshireman has been a long-standing critic of Styles after the official awarded a controversial penalty to Liverpool against his Sheffield United side on the opening day of their Premiership season two years ago and then failed to award a cast iron penalty to the Blades at Old Trafford.
- Of the latter incident, Warnock wrote in his autobiography: “It was the most obvious of penalties and the most obvious of red cards.
- “Everybody said so but Rob Styles didn’t give it. Let’s face it he doesn’t give much against the big teams. He hasn’t quite got the courage.”
- Styles has made a number of high profile blunders this season, including awarding Christiano Ronaldo a penalty at Bolton when Jlloyd Samuel clearly got the ball and then sending off Habib Beye in the 12th minute of Newcastle’s draw against Manchester City, a decision that was later rescinded and led to Styles being dropped from the Premiership programme.
- Warnock said: “I am disappointed that we have been given Rob Styles again simply because of the comments I made about him in my book.
- “I feel strongly about two of the decisions he made that season. I was hoping I would never get him again and I am disappointed I do.”
- Paul Ifill will face a late fitness test ahead of tomorrow’s match while Alan Lee and Danny Butterfield are set to play in a reserve fixture next Wednesday against Reading at Bromley’s Hayes Lane as they continue to recover from hamstring injuries.
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Evening Standard - Jose Fonte will achieve a lifetime's ambition when he faces boyhood hero Paulo Sousa tomorrow.
- The Crystal Palace defender was a huge fan of Queens Park Rangers boss Sousa when he was growing up in Lisbon.
- Sousa is an icon in Portugal after winning 51 caps as part of the country's 'golden generation' and claiming two Champions Leagues at Juventus and Borussia Dortmund. Fonte, 24, has been filled in on his coaching prowess by his brother, Rui, an Arsenal trainee who played for Sousa in Portugal's Under-18s.
- Ahead of tomorrow's clash at Selhurt Park Fonte said said: "Sousa is a huge figure in Portugal. He gained so much respect because he was a massive player for the national team and he played for some of Europe's biggest clubs.
- "Maybe there was a bit of surprise that he is managing QPR but he is very respected in Italy and Flavio Briatore is Italian so that must have played a part.
- "He knows the game extremely well and I have so much respect for him. It will be an honour to play against him." Standard

Who knew! Greg Goodridge is still playing
- Barbados -Lalu recalled for finals Nation News/Barbados by EZRA STUART
LIKE GOOD OLE WINE, former national captain and English professional Gregory "Lalu" Goodridge is back in the Barbados football firmament.
The 37-year-old Goodridge has been recalled to the Barbados team, selected for the finals of the lucrative Digicel Caribbean Championships starting in Jamaica next week.
The Barbados footballers will have a tough opening match on Wednesday night against host country Jamaica at the National Stadium, which is known as "The Office".
The Bajan Tridents will then oppose the seven-time champions Trinidad and Tobago on Friday at Jarret Park in Montego Bay, followed by another Group match against Grenada at the Trelawny Stadium on Sunday as they hunt a first prize of US$120 000 and a berth in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The evergreen Goodridge, who played for Queen's Park Rangers in the English Premier League in 1996 following stints at Torquay, Bristol City and Cheltenham, makes a return to the national team after a two-year "retirement" following the 2006 Digicel Cup finals in Trinidad and Tobago.
"I'm very grateful to hear that they (coaching staff) wanted me to come back and play. I always put my country first. I consider it an honour to represent my country and will never refuse an opportunity to do so because playing for Barbados, it doesn't get any higher," Goodridge told WEEKENDSPORT yesterday.
Goodridge said he attended a couple of training sessions with the national team and was able to match the younger players in the fitness drills.
"The only people who look at age in sports are Barbadians. Trinidad are playing with Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy in their World Cup matches. As long as you have the legs, can read the game and willing to play, you will come through," he pointed out.
With Goodridge returning, his Brittons Hill teammate Bryan Gay, who made his senior debut in St Kitts but did not play in any of the three games in Cuba, has been excluded....
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