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QPR Official Site - December 25, 2008 - HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
Dear Supporter,
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a fun-filled New Year.
Your support over the last 12 months has been incredible and we - the Board, management staff and players alike - are all eternally grateful.
2009 has the potential to be a very special year for the Club and with your on-going support, we can achieve our goals and objectives.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
QPR Board of Directors

December 25, 2007 - QPR Official Site - HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
-Dear Supporter,
- We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a fun-filled New Year.
- Your support over the last 12 months has been exceptional and each and every one of you has played a part in both the 2006/07 and 2007/08 Coca Cola Championship campaigns.
- Your fanatical support in these difficult times is much appreciated, and rest assured, we will be doing everything within our powers to strengthen the squad in the January transfer window, as we attempt to pull ourselves clear of the relegation zone in the Championship.
- The new investors are determined to bring the glory days back to W12 and with your continued support; we firmly believe we can achieve our goals.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
QPR Board of Directors

Christmas Greetings 2006 - QPR Official Site - December 25, 2006 - QPR RESPONSE TO DAILY EXPRESS
- QPR Official Site: Official Club statement by Antonio Caliendo and Gianni Paladini.
- We owe it to QPR fans to respond to the allegations made in the Daily Express on Saturday in an article entitled "Are Rangers Going bust?"
- The article was misleading in many respects and we can assure our many supporters that there is no possibility of QPR going bust whilst we remain on board.
- We have seen too many attacks on QPR in the press that simply don't reflect the reality of today's situation. It seems there is always someone who wants to discredit our club.
- Our goal remains the same as always: to take QPR to the highest position in English football. Despite injuries and recent results, we believe John Gregory will be able to take QPR back to the position it was in when he played for the Club.
We accept that talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. We will only ever prove our critics wrong by taking the Club forward, and we are 100 per-cent committed to continuing with that.
- Finally, we would also like to take this opportunity to wish all of the staff and fans of QPR a very happy Christmas and a successful New Year.
Antonio Caliendo - Chairman of QPR Holdings
Gianni Paladini - Chairman of QPR FC QPR Official Site QPR

QPR Official Site - Christmas 2005 - HAPPY CHRISTMAS
QPR/Snow Photo
- Everyone at QPR would like to wish our fans a very happy Christmas and we would like to thank you for your support in 2005. QPR

QPR Official Site - Christmas 2004 - MERRY CHRISTMAS From Bill Power
- On behalf of everybody at the club I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the finest fans in the land, for your amazing continued support.
- We are only half way through the season so we still have a long way to go but with you all there alongside Ollie and the team, I am certain the best of this season is yet to come.
- There is no need to ask what you all want for Christmas and hope for in the new year and I am just as sure that Ollie and the lads will do their best to give you all what you wish for.
- Thank you again and Merry Christmas from Kevin, Antonio, Carlos and Gianni.
And my very best wishes to you all. Bill

QPR Official Site - 2004 MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Rangers manager Ian Holloway offers his own very special Christmas message to all QPR fans.
It's been quite a year for the club and at this time of reflection, Ollie speaks to Rangers fans everywhere.
To listen to or watch Ollie's message, simply click on one of the icons below.
In the meantime though, and on behalf of everyone at Loftus Road, qpr.co.uk would also like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

Merry Christmas to you all from everyone at QPR! We hope you have a wonderful day and we look forward to seeing you at Loftus Road tomorrow for the Boxing Day clash with Wycombe. Kick off is at Midday.
In the meantime, you can download a QPR Christmas greeting by right-clicking on the icon below and then 'save target as'.

WITH the Rangers team training over the Christmas period, Gerry Francis has a special seasonal greeting for all our supporters.
- Gerry says:" The team have worked very, very hard this year. There's been a great improvement and we are in a reasonable position in the league.
"I hope the fans have a tremendous Christmas because they deserve it for the support they've given me. Also I hope we get a bit of luck in there with all these injury problems that we're having. It's been a bit frustrating, having started the season so well and now knowing that I've got some very good players that are not available for selection.
- "So well done the supporters, well done the players. Hopefully we can have a good Christmas and a Happy New Year."
- Team news for Sunday - Steiner(groin) and Baraclough(virus) will hope to shake off the problems that kept them out of the win at Torquay. Loan signing Darran Ward comes back into contention after being ineligible for the FA Cup. Rangers still have nine first team players out injured.

Christmas 1998 QPR Official Site - CHRIS' CHRISTMAS CHEER
RANGERS chairman Chris Wright has a special seasonal message to the supporters.
He says: "I would like to wish all of our wonderful fans a great Christmas. Enjoy your Christmas Day and get to the ground early on Boxing Day - it’s a 12 noon kick-off as everyone knows. So let’s get some atmosphere going for the Norwich game."
"I’m sure we’ll get a bumper crowd. And the best Christmas present will hopefully be three points on Boxing Day. That’s certainly the Christmas present that I want most! Hopefully the lads on the pitch will be able to deliver it for me."

RANGERS boss Gerry Francis extends Christmas greetings via the internet to supporters around the globe.
Gerry says: "I’d like to wish Rangers fans all over the world a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."
"I thank you for your great support, especially since I’ve been back. You’ve got behind the team and the players have responded."
"We need to keep that going and certainly it’s going to be very important that we get as many points as we can over the Christmas period. With the crowd behind us, it helps the players and it helps me."
"So, have a lovely Christmas, we’ll see you all the Norwich game on Boxing Day and let’s hope we get the three points."
Team news for Rangers' clash with Norwich at Loftus Road on Boxing Day:
Lee Harper is ruled out with flu, but overall Rangers expect to be unchanged.

Ex-QPR Scott Donnelly Turns 21-Born December 25, 1987
Donnelly made 13 league appearances (3 full, + 10 as sub). Made his debut as a 16 year old in October 2004, against Preston. Released last year, Donnelly joined Wealdstone. He's currently at Garry Waddock's Aldershot. See also: Wikipedia/Donnelly

What Donnelly Said in February 2007, re his QPR Departure
Scott sets his sights on league comeback - Ben Kosky/Kilburn Times
SCOTT Donnelly is determined to prove John Gregory wrong for booting him out of QPR - despite dropping down five divisions to kick-start his career.
Donnelly, one of eight Rangers players to be axed by Gregory last month, has been tur ning out for Southern League strugglers Wealdstone in recent weeks.
But the midfield playmaker - once rated as the best prospect to emerge from the yo uth set-up at Loftus Road for several years - is confident of returning to the Football League sooner rather than later.
Referring to his exit from QPR, the 19-year-old told the Times: "I saw it coming, to be honest. I'd been training with the youth team and you pick up signs that you're not really wanted.
"No disrespect to John Gregory or Richard Hill, they'd decided on their squad and unfortunately I wasn't in it.
"It's a kick in the teeth, but I've got to be strong enough to get back in there and make them regret releasing me. Hopefully it won't be long and I'll be back, maybe playing against QPR, who knows?
"When D-Day came, I didn't want to go - not only leaving some of the lads and that, also QPR was a good club to be at. But hopefully I've taken a step back to take two steps forward and I want to achieve that soon."
Donnelly was just 16 when he made his first-team debut for Rangers at Preston and had become a regular on the substitutes' bench by the end of Ian Holloway's reign at the club.
The youngster also featured significantly under Gary Waddock - his old youth team boss - but was given just one appearance by Gregory, against Derby last October.
Offloaded in January, Donnelly had a brief trial at Leyton Orient before John O'Brien, formerly QPR's head of recruitment, recommended him to Wealdstone boss Gordon Bartlett.
"I got a phone call from Gordon about a month ago and he asked me if I wanted to come down, play a couple of games and keep myself ticking over until I found something else," said Donnelly.
"I hadn't played for quite a few weeks, so I jumped at the chance and I'm enjoying myself again. It's just around the corner, so it's easy to get to and I'm trying to get back into the swing of playing football regularly."
So far, the midfielder has played five matches in a Stones shirt and, while the hurly-burly of Southern League football often passes him by, there is little doubt that his ability on the ball exceeds any other at this level.
Wealdstone have won four of those five games and Bartlett has made it clear he intends to get as much as he can out of the youngster, describing him as 'a good player with a lovely attitude'.
Donnelly added: "I can't wait to get back into the Football League - this is a stepping stone and the manager knows what I'm here for. He's very understanding of that.
"I'm more motivated now than in the last few weeks I spent at QPR and when something does come along, I'll be fit, ready and raring to go. Kilburn Times

QPR midfielder Scott Donnelly has had his contract terminated by mutual consent.
The 19 year-old - who made just three starts for the R's in all competitions, as well as featuring a further 11 times from the bench - has left the Club with immediate effect.
Another product of the clubs Centre of Excellence, Donnelly signed a professional contract with the Superhoops in December 2005, just days before his 18th birthday.
Donnelly - who has previously represented England at Under-17 level - made nine appearances in total during the 2005/06 campaign.
However, he has failed to make an impact under the guidance of gaffer John Gregory and has today parted company with the Club. QPR

Past QPR's Official Site Profile -Another product of the clubs Centre of Excellence, teenager Scott Donnelly signed a professional contract with the Superhoops in December 2005, just days before his 18th birthday.Donnelly, who has previously represented England at under 17 level, made nine appearances in total during the 2005/06 campaign, including a strong display at Ewood Park - the home of Blackburn Rovers - in the FA Cup third round.
A talented playmaker, Donnelly is a set-piece specialist, with the unique ability to unlock the meanest of defences with an inch-perfect through ball.

Donnelly was on the Italy tour with QPR

QPR's pre-season trip has begun and each day we'll be catching up with the latest happenings with our players' diary entries.
Today a home sick Scott Donnelly told qpr.co.uk how his first day had been as Gary Waddock walked past three times, unable to get his door key to open his room.
Despite the fact that Monday was pencilled in as a rest day for the players - an hour long meeting this morning, followed by a pre-match meal left little time for any play.
A local tailor then came to measure the players for matching suits and then it was off to Sorrento.
Here's how Scott Donnelly has found the first day of his first trip abroad.
"I didn't mind the flight, it was a nice steady journey all the way - there were a couple of the lads who don't enjoy it as much but thankfully they got here in one piece!
The hotel is unbelievable and the food is lovely. The people are really friendly as well, they just can't understand us!
The pool looks nice, but it's been all work so far and none of us have had a chance to go in it yet.
We had a meeting this morning to go over what we'd be doing throughout the week and what our schedule will be.
We went through everything to do with pre-season so far. We were given the opportunity to go through things that we didn't like, but hardly anyone had any complaints.
It's been spot on throughout and there wasn't very much negative feedback at all. In fact, the only complaints were that some of the lads wanted to do MORE training.
Then we went through tonight's game against Sorrento and talked about how we're going to approach it.
I'm rooming with Jake Cole, I get on really well with him and he's in the same boat as me.
It was a massive thing for me that I got picked to come here and really was made up, this is my first trip away with QPR and it's great to be here and it's a great experience.
I've never been to Italy before, but I'd definitely come back with my family or my girlfriend. I'd like to be able to order my food and drink on my own though without having to ask Mauro or Marc!
I'm looking forward to the game tonight; I've never played a foreign team before so this will be a bit of a change for me." QPR

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