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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Snippets: Cook's Done Deal...The Radically Different QPR...QPR Headed to for Best Start in Over Decade...Les Allen 40th Anniversary

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Flashback: Forty Years Ago Today: Les Allen in charge of QPR for the first time:
December 7, 1968: Les Allen's First Game in Charge, with QPR at home to Coventry.
QPR lost 1-0. QPR Team: Springett - Clement Watson Hazell Harris - Morgan Sibley Morgan - Marsh Leach Wilks.

Mirror re Lee Cook's QPR Transfer
- "...But [Fulham Manager, Roy] Hodgson did let the cat out of the bag by announcing that Lee Cook has already been sold to QPR for £850,000, rising to £1.2m.
- "To the best of my knowledge, Lee has already been transferred," said Hodgson, before the club's press officer butted in to say "Roy, we haven't made that official yet." Mirror

[An article from a year ago in the Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) re Lee Cook's Immense Generosity to QPR
- "....I’m a Hammersmith boy, know all that area of west London, and where I grew up it was all QPR – I’ve friends and family from White City which is a staunch Rangers area, and I love the club”, Cook says.“All I ever wanted as a kid was to play for QPR, so did every other kid who I grew up with, really, but I’ve been the lucky one because I actually had my dream come true – I ran out in a Rangers shirt with my friends and family there in the crowd, and it was an incredible feeling which will stay with me forever....
- "I just wanted to give something back when I went. I don’t want to go into details, but basically there was a clause in the contract worth ten percent of the £2.5 million deal which was due to be paid to me and I arranged for it to go to QPR instead. I’d been talking to the people at the club and knew how bad things were financially at the time. I think it’s fair to say
there were people interested in the club long term, but in the short term, things weren’t looking good and it was something I was able to do to help out.” FSF

The Evolving QPR: QPR vs Wolves a Year Ago (just under)
(December 15, 2007) QPR drew 0-0 at home to Wolves, and sunk to the bottom of the table (with 2 wins, 4 draws and 5 defeats in 11 home games). Match Reports Just 4 of these were in the 16 yesterday (Stwart, Blackstock, Rowlands and Cole)
QPR: Camp, Barker, Stewart, Blackstock, Buzsaky, Ainsworth, Rowlands, Malcolm, Rehman, Nygaard, Leigertwood. Subs: Cole, Moore, Walton, Sinclair, Balanta
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Hennessey, D Ward, Collins, Olofinjana, Henry, Bothroyd, S Ward, Elliott, Gibson, Foley, Gray Subs: Ikeme, Keogh, Edwards, Jarvis, Eastwood.

- QPR curently, after 21 games, QPR have have 31 points and are 7th in the table. A year ago, after 21 games, QPR had 20 points and were one off the bottom.

Table Look Backs One Year Ago
December 11, 2007: After QPR's win at Burnley

2007/08 - BOTTOM Eight
Sheff Wed 20 24
Blackpool 21 23
Scunthorpe 21 23
Leicester 21 22
Norwich 21 21
Colchester 21 20
QPR 21 20
Preston 21 18

QPR's Points As of December 31

[Currently as of December 7, 2008: 31 points from 21 games]

- On December 31, 2007: 27 points from 25 games.

- On December 31, 2006: 27 points from 26 games.

- On December 31, 2005: 32 points from 26 games (35 points after 27 games)

- On December 31, 2004: 33 points from 26 games (34 points after 27 games)
Full League Table Look backs

[Maybe Stuart Houston's first season and Gerry Francis first full season might be more; haven't checked.]

Also a Year Ago: In The News, Franco Ceravolo
- A year ago, Franco Ceravolo in the news for his behavior at the Watford game.
QPR's Chief Scout Franco Ceravolo In The News at Watford. A couple of weeks later QPR announced Ceravolo's depature "owing to family reasons" departure of Chief Scout, Franco Ceravalo.

Also a year ago, QPR axed their goalkeeping coach, Ed De Goey


First Team Coach - Luigi De Canio
Coaches - Iuri Bartoli, Paolo Pavese, Ed de Goey
Performance Manager - Joe Dunbar
First Team Scout - Filippo Orlando
Kit Man - Gary Doyle
Assistant Kit Man - Bobby Ross
Physiotherapist - Paul Hunter
Assistant Physiotherapist - Shane Annun
Youth - Youth Team Manager - Steve Brown
Centre of Excellence Manager - Keith Ryan QPR
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