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Monday, June 30, 2008

Snippets: Supposedly Turning Down QPR...Job Opening at Loftus Road

Setanta/Jure Bohoric - Pecnik reveals English league snub
Nejc Pecnik has revealed he has rejected offers from Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers.
The Slovenian striker has signed for Slavia Prague from Celje instead after being attracted to the idea of playing alongside Czech idol Patrik Berger.
"It is no secret that I was in Leicester for a few days," said 21-year-old Pecnik.
"I talked with City about a transfer and later also went to London.
"The offer from QPR was much better than this one from Sparta. But I am convinced I made the right choice.
"Sparta put a lot of effort in to bring me to the club.
"I was talking with them since last December and they were watching me in many games.
"They want to be the best team in the Czech Republic again and have also bought Patrik Berger.
"It will be an honour to play with such an eminent player." Setanta

Ex-QPR Aaron Brown Joins Lincoln -- BBC-

As noted by a keen-eyed board poster!

Job Description - Press & Publications Executive
Queens Park Rangers Football Club have a vacancy for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and hard-working professional to join our busy Press & Publications team. Experience of working within the media is desired, as well as a keen interest and knowledge in football.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills are of paramount importance, as is the ability to work flexibly as a team player and under pressure to strict deadlines.
Duties will include helping to promote the name of Queens Park Rangers Football Club, both through written and spoken media.
The successful candidate will have sole responsibility for the proposed new Quarterly Magazine, as well as future publications, and will be required to write for the Club's official website www.qpr.co.uk and the matchday programme.
Reporting to the Press Manager, the role also involves offering full public relations support, so you will need to have a comprehensive understanding of the issues facing football in general and Queens Park Rangers Football Club in particular.
We are looking for a dedicated professional with experience of working in a media environment and with a keen interest in the sporting and business world.
This is an excellent opportunity for a media professional to gain new skills and promote the expanding name of Queens Park Rangers Football Club to a football audience through all our communication outlets.
One year's journalism experience is desired and please also state your current salary.
The closing date is 5.00pm on Monday 7th July 2008.
If you are interested in this position, please send a covering letter, your CV and current salary and notice period to:
Ian Taylor, Press & Publications Manager
Queens Park Rangers Football Club
Loftus Road South Africa Road...QPR

Snippets: "Back to Work" for QPR Players...Foodtime...Flashbacks: Two Years to Waddock and Paladini Looking Forward...Mike Sheron Joins QPR.

Update: Photos from today's first day back on the job.

Back To Work: It's back to work today (today or tomorrow!) for QPR players...The players will be joined by the four new sigings made since the end of last season, with three more supposedly coming this week (according to both messageboard rumours - and QPR Sporting Director Gianni Paladini! Still officially at the club are a handful of players that one might have thought would have moved on. Today is actually the last day of players' contracts, so presumably throughout football, the transfer floodgates will now open!

It's all change at the Club's Harlington Training Complex, with the introduction of new caterers. At the request of Chairman Flavio Briatore, the Club have introduced new caterers from one of London's top restaurants - and the early feedback appears to be very positive.
"It's the best food I've tasted for a long while here," Player / Coach Gareth Ainsworth told www.qpr.co.uk. "The taste and the flavours are exceptional and all the lads are delighted with it."
Coupled with the new-look gymnasium and the on-going refurbishments at Loftus Road, it appears the Club are leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit for perfection this season. QPR

Flashback: Two Years Ago
Flanked by Chairman Gianni Paladini, Gary Waddock met the press today (Friday) for the first time since being appointed R's manager.
After being named as Ian Holloway's successor on Wednesday afternoon, Waddock oversaw his first training session yesterday, before taking time out this morning to meet the national press.
"It's my dream job - without a doubt,'' said Waddock.
"I've played and coached the Club and this is the final step for me.
"It's good for everyone that the situation is resolved; for me, the Club and for Ian Holloway - the timing is great.''
Waddock revealed he has tried calling Ollie to wish him all the best, saying: "I've tried ringing Ian, but the phone has been engaged non stop. I'll try him again today, because I genuinely wish him all the best at Plymouth - except when we play them!''
Waddock continued: "It was a great experience last season. I learnt a lot in that period of time as Caretaker and it should stand us in good stead for next season.
"The players are back and the buzz is back. We've got a fantastic set-up and we're all really looking forward to the new campaign.
"Our first league game is the one I'm really looking forward to. The next game is always the most important in football.
"We've got to be realistic, but we - the staff and the players - think we can drastically improve on last season.
"There are some big, big sides in the Championship, spending a lot of money, but we believe the players we've signed, and those we're targeting, can take us to the next level.
"We'd love to go out and match the spending power of the Coventry's and Birmingham's of this division, but we need to balance the books at the same time.''
Paladini also expressed his delight at the appointment, commenting: "I trust Gary, I believe in him and I'm sure he can take this Club to a new level; back to where I and the fans think we belong.
"We made the decision that Gary was the natural replacement. They type of football he plays is fantastic; his attitude is second to none; and he's QPR through and through.
"Myself and the board aim to take this Club forward and with Gary in charge we're confident that will be the case.
"This is a new era for the Club. We're trying to put this Club back to where it belongs.
"Our aim, our ambition is to make the play-offs. You've got to set yourself targets and that is our aim. It might not happen immediately, but if you don't set yourself targets there is nothing to aim for.''
Paladini also reserved praise for Holloway, saying: "I'm glad for Ian and I'd like to thank him for the job he's done here. I wish him all the best at Plymouth.
"He was fantastic for this Club, but things change. The past is the past and we're focusing on the future. That's what counts most now.''
Paladini also revealed that the search for new players in continuing: "We're still on the look out for players.
"We're interested in one who has played in the World Cup and one who is with a Premiership side, but we'll have to wait and see.
"We'll not take any risks. We've got a few irons in the fire, but until we're convinced by the players 100 per-cent, we won't sign them.''
And finally, Paladini had a message for the fans: "The board is united, the Club is together. We're working towards being financially stable and I can definitely say that any problems we had in the past are now firmly behind us.
"We're moving forward for the good of this Club. Success breeds success and I'm confident that under the guidance of Gary Waddock, his staff, and the players, we can progress" QPR

And 'Flashbacking' Eleven Years ago (tomorrow) to one of those "ruinous" signings
QPR's Record Signing: Stoke's Mike Sheron-
July 1st, 1997, after a "bidding war" with Birmingham, QPR's Stuart Houston paid Lou Macari's Stoke some 2.5 million pounds for their forward, Mike Sheron. Still our record signing (hopefully to be broken soon!). Joining up with John Spencer and Trevor Sinclair (and a recovering Kevin Gallen), the "on paper" unbeatable forward line, looked a good for promotion. Unfortunately not! Sheron's signing really marked the beginning of the end.
Some 18 months later, after 56 league games and 13 goals, Gerry Francis sold him to Barnsley for 1 million pounds plus (in part to cut down on QPR wages).
After playing for a number of other clubs, Sheron was recently appointed youth team manager at Bury (after previously being in charge of Bury's Center of Excellence... QPR

Sunday, June 29, 2008

QPR Video Nostalgia From 1975-76

Nice bit of QPR nostalgia from the 1975/76 season - QPR vs Stoke City at Loftus Road in 1975/76 season (Game played November 29, 1975). And also Liverpool vs QPR that same season.

Also the 1975/76 home opener between QPR vs Liverpool

Snippets: Paladini: More Coming....Lakshmi Mittal Profiled...Buzsaky's Return....Andy Johnson to QPR?....John Curtis Signing Anniversary

BBC - More to arrive at QPR - Paladini
Queens Park Rangers Chairman Gianni Paladini has said the club are set to increase their summer spending.
Paladini told BBC London 94.9: "By the end of next week we should be able to announce another three new signings.
"The team's already strong, we've got very good players but we need a good depth to our squad, we should bring in another two from Italy.
The expected additions follow the signing of Argentinian midfielder Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma on Friday.
Interview: Gianni Paladini And Paladini added: "He's one of the best Argentinian players around at the moment." BBC

Lakshmi Mittal: QPR's Partial owner, Lakshmi Mittal profiled in today's Observer. "....Mittal is proud to be Indian, but he considers himself a 'global citizen'. Despite his immense wealth - his family's 44 per cent stake in ArcelorMittal worth £24bn - he doesn't seek the limelight: you won't see him at Ascot, Wimbledon or the Proms, although he does attend football matches, after buying 20 per cent of London club QPR, where Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is also on the board..."

Mittal Update - "Steel tycoon Mittal, Britain's richest man, joins board of Goldman Sachs" "Lakshmi Mittal, Britain's wealthiest man, has joined the board of the Wall Street banking giant Goldman Sachs, where his role will include overseeing bankers' remuneration and corporate governance....Mr Mittal settled in London in 1995 ...Last year he followed the path of another billionaire, Roman Abramovich, in not only moving to London but buying into a local football club. Mr Mittal joined his friends Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone on the board of QPR in December after he bought a 20 per cent stake in the club." Independent

SkySports/Juha Pal - Buzsaky eyes September return
QPR midfielder Akos Buzsaky is hoping to make his return to action in September.
The 26-year-old will miss the start of the new Championship season after undergoing ankle surgery earlier this month.
Buzsaky has been informed by new manager Iain Dowie he is an important player for the team next term, although the former Charlton boss will not rush the Hungarian ace back into action.
"The surgery went well," Buzsaky told Skysports.com. "I expect that I'll be fully fit for the beginning of September.
"I want to impress. I've already spoken to our new manager Iain Dowie who's told me that he's expecting a lot from me, but stressed that he wants me healthy first.
"Then he is going to find the best way to build me into the team as soon as possible."
The former Plymouth Argyle man, who joined from Rangers permanently in January, has backed his decision to leave Home Park for Loftus Road.
"I made a good decision when I accepted the offer of QPR last year, I had a wonderful season here," he continued.
"I also felt good in Plymouth but after three years I needed a change.
"Plymouth is a great place but London is completely different, I think this change had a very good effect on me." Sky Sports

For what it's worth!
Qpr boss Iain Dowie is planning to hijack Middlesbrough's move for his old pal Andy Johnson (pictured). Dowie, who was AJ's manager at Crystal Palace, is desperate to rekindle his partnership with the Everton striker.
Wigan boss Steve Bruce also wants to nab the eight-cap frontman and a call from the Latics would mean Johnson would not have to up sticks. The player has also been linked with West Ham. Sunday People

One year ago, today, QPR announced the signing of John Curtis from Nottingham Forest on a free transfer. Unfortunately this was one of those signings that didn't work out and Curtis moved on after a few months. Saying Goodbye At the time of his signing, then manager John Gregory declared "Manager John Gregory spoke in glowing terms of the R's new signing, commenting: "I'm delighted to have someone of his experience and ability joining us. "I've done my homework on him. He's a fantastic lad, a great professional and I'm sure he'll be an instant favourite with our supporters. "He's a very versatile player and will give us great options in a variety of positions.'' .." Said at the time of his signing: Curtis Joins QPR.
As of a few weeks ago, Curtiss was looking for a new club and saying nice things about his former clubs: "I keep an eye on most of my old clubs and it was great to see QPR turn their season around and Forest doing so well. I was really sorry to see Leicester relegated though....." Curtiss/Icons

Ian Dowie appeared yesterday, on Sky Sports . Vital Football QPR reports on some what Dowie said.

Meanwhile, QPR Italia blog has a video snippet of QPR's new Argentinean Signing, Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma. Also About Genoa Football Club --- Genoa Football Site (in Italian)

Ex-QPR Barry Silkman - Terry Venables first signing for QPR - turns 56. Today he's a football agent. Silkman/Wikipedia Profile


Saturday, June 28, 2008

Ronaldo for QPR?

Think not! Rather bizarre to even mention it and I don't recall any "serious" rumours re this. I DO recall the Briatore quote cited below; but as I remember it, Briatore didn't seem to be serious; was more of a quip exemplying the new QPR.

Goal.com - 28/06/2008 18:42 - Ronaldo Cut To The Quick Over Milan
Brazilian legend Ronaldo admits that he is disappointed with the way Milan have treated him since his career threatening injury in February. The striker is making a good recovery but he has grumbled after not hearing from the club.
The player has slowly made progress with his recovery as he continues with rehabilitation but he is not too happy with the lack of communication he has received from Milan.
Reports claim that his relationship with the Rossoneri maybe over when he finally recovers and it seems as if the player himself has had enough of being left in the lurch.
“Milan have not made me any promises, every now and then I hear from Leonardo but that’s it,” Ronaldo told Stadio News.
“I would have liked to hear from the club a little more.”
Ronaldo’s future at Milan is uncertain and it seems as if the club will only take him back if he makes a full recovery.
He may go on to play in Brazil if he does not return to Serie A but there have been reports that he could move to English side Queens Park Rangers who, despite being in the second tier of English football, are backed by incredibly wealthy owners and are looking to push into the Premier league.
However, Rangers chief Flavio Briatore has all-but closed the possibility with a fairly harsh assessment of the legendary striker.
“Ronaldo? If he loses weight then we can talk,” concluded Briatore.

Snippets: Reporting Back for Training...Further Signings Next Week?...Flashbacks: Joe Gallen's Departure...Gary Waddock Appointment Announced

Reporting Back: QPR players should enjoy this weekend because on Monday, they report back for training under the new Ian Dowie (Tim Flowers/John Harbin/Gareth Ainsworth) coaching regime.

Ledesma signing: Friday saw the announcement of the year-long loan/option to buy signing of Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma. That brings to four, the number of signings made thus far during the close season.

Further Signings Forthcoming: July 1st, marks the official opening of the transfer market. According to various messageboard posters and the media, next week should see "a feast" of further signings, with the names of those coming pretty much "known" such as Fiorentina's Samuel Di Carmine (But of course until players actually sign, nothing is definite).

Interestingly, last season QPR had an Italian coaching staff, with predominantly English players (although after the De Canio appointment was made, fans expected an influx of players coming from Italy). Now if rumours are correct, the club, with their new English coaching team, seem to be branching out a little more, if signing rumours are correct.

Other developments this week: Continued "dispute" regarding Blackpool's Kaspars Gorkss and statements from Blackpool's Chairman. (Although thus far, have heard only from Blackpool. There has been no official comment from QPR.)

Flashback one Year, June 28, 2007: Youth Team Coach, Joe Gallen was dismissed by John Gregory, despite reportedly doing a great job. (Gallen quickly bounced back, and after a short time at Exeter, joined Millwall and is now their First team coach, under ex-QPR, Kenny Jackett.) (From a couple of years previously: An interesting Joe Gallen Interview with QPR Net.)

[New Coaching Hires: One year ago, tomorrow, June 29, 2007, QPR announced the hiring of ex-Wycombe coaches Steve Brown and Keith Ryan (both still at QPR)

Also one year ago (yesterday): coach, Warren Neil remaining at QPR announced; and Danny Nardiello's signing confirmed.

Flashback Two Years ago, today: Waddock Appointed -- Gary Waddock OFFICIALLY appointed Manager of QPR (after lengthy "Acting Manager") while Ian Holloway was appointed manager of Plymouth. A;; wished him well but many found Waddock's appointment a little strange given that the club had not had had a great record in his temporary time in charge.

(Also two years ago today: "The Trial" came to a "not guilty" conclusion.)

Still to come: The New Team Strip and "The Awarding" of Team Numbers. Who'll get the #1 shirt?

Friday, June 27, 2008

QPR Announce Signing of Genoa's Argentian Midfielder Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Loan With Option-to-Buy)

After reports in the Italian press and on the message boards, now official confirmation.

Queens Park Rangers have swooped to clinch the signing of highly-rated Argentinean midfielder Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma.
The 20 year-old attacker, who was born in Quilmes but has an Italian passport, has agreed a season-long loan deal with the R's and Rangers will have the option to buy the player for three million Euros at the end of his year-long stay in W12.
The R's have beaten off stiff competition from a number of Serie A Club's for the youngster's signature, to the delight of First Team Coach Iain Dowie.
"It's a very exciting signing," he told www.qpr.co.uk.
"I went to watch him in Italy and although Genoa lost that particular fixture, he was the outstanding player on the pitch.
"He's incredibly creative and has exceptional ability on the ball. He can play across the front line and has a great range of passing.
"He's one for the future, but technically he's ready now. He'll need time to adapt to the style of the English game, and the Championship in particular, but I'm very excited about him."
Dowie praised the contribution of Chairman Flavio Briatore in his efforts to bring the player to West London, commenting: "We're very fortunate in that Flavio has good contacts in the Italian game and that has helped us tremendously to pull off this signing.
"I'm ever so grateful to him and he's as excited as I am about this."
Flavio Briatore added: "I am extremely grateful to Mr Enrico Preziosi (the owner of Genoa) for giving QPR the opportunity to sign Emmanuel.
"He is a great, young talent and we are looking forward to welcoming him to QPR."
Subscribers to Queens Park Rangers' SMS Service were the first to receive official confirmation of this news. To sign up, click here. For UK subscribers only, text CLUB QPR GOLD to 88442." QPR

Nice Item: QPR, Chelsea and Fulham Jointly Helping Youths Educationally - Jude The Cat Lives On?

Seems Jude the Cat lives on!

Chelsea Football Club hosted an end of project celebration event in partnership with the borough's Playing for Success projects based at Chelsea, Fulham and QPR football clubs.
Carlo Cudicini and Graeme Le Saux were there to meet the pupils and to award certificates and prizes for their hard work.
The joint Playing for Success project gave children the opportunity to take part in educational activities at each of the Playing for Success centres at Stamford Bridge, Craven Cottage and Loftus Road. Each centre focused on a different curriculum area, Chelsea focused on literacy, Fulham on ICT skills and QPR on numeracy.
Fifty participating children from local primary schools and their parents were then invited to Chelsea FC to celebrate their achievements.
Rebekah Orr, PFS Manager at Chelsea FC, said: 'The joint Playing for Success project has given the children a unique opportunity to benefit from the fantastic facilities and expertise at each of the Playing for Success centres at the three football clubs in Hammersmith & Fulham.'
The pupils from St Augustine's, Avonmore and Kenmont primary schools were very pleased to have the opportunity to take part and to meet the three football clubs' mascots; Chelsea FC's Stamford the Lion, Fulham FC's Billy the Badger, and QPR's Jude the Cat who were there to join in the fun. Guests also included Chelsea FC directors, Alan Shaw and Simon Greenberg, and H&F Council's cabinet member for children's services, Cllr Antony Lillis.
Playing for Success is an out of school hours study support programme, which is supported by the DfES and local authorities, as well as football clubs and other sports grounds nationwide.The initiative uses sport to inspire and motivate local pupils, who may be demotivated or at risk of under-achieving. Projects focus on increasing pupils' confidence and enjoyment of learning as well as raising literacy, numeracy and ICT skills. The centres are fun and colourful and equipped with state-of-the-art classroom technology." Chelsea

Also: Another positive help-the-community act, noted on today's QPR's Site

Ex-QPR Players: "Where Are They Now?" - The Answer!

Thanks to someone who has done an awful lot of research, the old question of "Where Are They Now" receives a comprehensive answer. Originally posted on the QPRDot.org site by the author under the moniker, "nethqpr88" they have been reposted on QPR Report thanks to the very kind permission of the author, "nethqpr88". Some of these names will probably evoke a "What a player!"; while others "who: Did he play QPR?" In betweeen these two responses, are the many names, who evoke warm memories of past QPR seasons. A great debt is owed to "nethqpr88" for doing this.

(Originally Posted: Mon May 26, 2008)

" 18 months has passed since part #9, so maybe it was time to post something. Some former R's have actually had successful seasons in the form of promotions with their teams.

We all know about GARY WADDOCK and Aldershot, who had NIKKI BULL in goal (it's been reported today that he will be released as they've not been able to agree a new deal) and SCOTT DONNELLY, Unfortunately, he was injured most of the season and only played a handful of games towards the end and managed to score a few goals as well.

Of course, former loanee DEAN MARNEY enjoyed Wembley euphoria with Hull City.

Former youth player BERTIE BRAYLEY played in all but one league game scoring 15 goals for Ryman League Premier champions Chelmsford City.

"Yesterdays Monaco GP winner" LEWIS HAMILTON played in about half of the games (mostly out due to injury) as Lewes clinched the Blue Square Conference South title. HAMID BARR joined him in January from Tonbridge Angels but only managed 8 apps, scoring once.

The Conference North title went to Kettering Town who had LEE HARPER in goal. He missec only three games out of 42.

Farnborough are champions of Southern League Division South & West althouhg probably not thanks to LUKE TOWNSEND who only managed 5 apps in Sept/Oct.

And last but not least, Salernitana Calcio from the city of Salerne are Italian Serie C Group B champions and promoted to Serie B, which enabled MAURO MILANESE to pop the bubbly. At age 36 he made 27 apps out of 34. Not bad Mauro!

It's nice to be able to write something positive on former players and I would like to express my congratulations to all of these lads. There seems to be life outside QPR, although I sometimes doubt it.


(Originally Posted on the QPRDot.org: Sun Jun 01, 2008)

I must be getting old as in part #10 I forgot to mention a few former R's who also had a successful season. So even if it is well known, I think they are worth another mention.

At Hull there was another former loanee in the form of WAYNE BROWN. Following his move from Colchester last summer he was a regular with 41 apps and one goal. DEAN MARNEY made the same number of apps in the regular season, scoring 6 goals.

On the books of Stoke we find loanee MARLON BROOMES but he has not played a single game for them for two seasons due to injury.

Promotion with Nottingham Forest was enjoyed by two former R's. JUNIOR AGOGO scored 13 league goals in 35 apps. He also managed 4 goals in 6 apps for Ghana and played for them in The Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
Former reserve player MATT LOCKWOOD assisted with 11 apps as a full back, having moved from Leyton Orient in the summer after nine years, 328 apps and 50 goals.

And of course we have MK Dons, promoted from Div Two, who have KEVIN GALLEN and loanee LLOYD DYER in their ranks. King Kev made 24 league apps scoring 8 goals while Dyer made 45 league apps and adding 11 goals to the cause.

Then we have SCOTT MULHOLLAND, who helped Thamesmead Town to clinch the Kent League Premier Div title. He made 31 league apps out of 32, scoring 4 goals. Next season Thamesmead will play in the Ryman League North Division for the first time in the clubs history.

Finally, manager ANDY SINTON lead Fleet Town to their best ever season (2nd place) in the Southern League South & West Div and they will play next season in the Ryman League South Div for the first time in club history.

Well done to all of these lads!

So who else played last season outside the football league that I haven't mentioned in part #10 or 11?

PAUL BRUCE moved last summer to St.Alban's City in the Ryman League South Div and made 30 league apps scoring 7 goals.

OLIVER BURGESS moved last July from Nuneaton to Hemel Hempstead in the Southern League Prem Div, making 26 apps scoring 7 times.

TREVOR CHALLIS made 18 apps for Weymouth in the Conference.

KARL CONNOLLY made 23 apps scoring once for Prescot Cables in the Unibond League before his January move to Welsh side Nevi Cefn Druids where the made a further 12 apps and scored 3 times.

WES DALY played 34 times for Maidenhead United in the Ryman League South Div following his move from AFC Wimbledon last summer.

RYAN JOHNSON also started his season with Maidenhead but only managed 3 apps before he was injured for most of the season. Having recovered, he moved to Sittingbourne in the same division in March and managed another 3 apps and a goal.

PATRICK GRADLEY also played briefly (4 apps) for Sittingbourne from January to March, before he "quit to travel around the world".

Former youth player SONNY FARR was with Chertsey Town in the Combined Counties League.

LEROY GRIFFITHS played for Havant & Waterlooville up to November (5 apps and one goal) before his switch to Gillingham. Also moving to Gillingham were DENNIS OLI from Grays Athletic (17 apps) and ADAM MILLER from Stevenage Borough (16 apps, 4 goals) in the Conference.

RICHARD PACQUETTE also played for Havant & Waterlooville and of course made the headlines with his FA Cup goal at Anfield. In the league the made 22 apps scoring 8 goals but all was not well and in March he moved to Maidenhead United where he made another 5 apps scoring twice.

MATTHEW HISLOP had a troubled season first at Hayes & Yeading United and then Harrowborough in the Ryman South Div but only made 3 apps for each club before being released.

PAUL JONES made two apps for Bognor Regis Town in the Conference South League before hanging up his gloves.

Former Youth player DEAN LODGE made 38 apps scoring 8 goals for Kingstonian in the Ryman South Div.

JON MUNDAY made 3 apps for Kiddderminster in the Conference but could not establish a regular place and was loaned out to Worcester City in the Confrerence North Div in January. He remained there until the end of the season making 18 apps scoring twice. He has since been released by the Harriers.

Former Youth players DANNY MURPHY and ADAM THEO both palayed for Northwood in the Ryman League North Div. Murphy made 30 apps scoring twice, while Theo managed 27 apps scoring once before switching to Farnborough in March where he made a further 2 apps.

SIMON OSBORN played for Bromley in the Ryman League Premier, making 25 apps. In January he also became the manager.

KEITH ROWLAND is player/coach at Barking in the Essex Senior League. He made 7 apps for them.

STEVE SLADE also made 2 apps scoring twice for Barking back in January.

Everybody's favourite GEORGE SANTOS made 17 apps for Farsley Celtic in the Conference.

DOMINIC SHIMMIN only managed two apps for Crawley in the Conference before being released.

Former youth player NATHAN STAMP played regularly for Uxbridge FC in the Southern League South & West Div.

Another former youth WES THOMAS started the season at Thurrock where he made 8 apps scoring 2 goals before moving to Fisher Athletic in the same Conference South Div. His tally at Fisher was 15 goals in 26 apps.

TONY THORPE only managed 7 apps adding one goal for Tamworth in the Conference North Div before injury curtailed his career in October.

BEN WALSHE briefly made two apps for Wealdstone in the Conf. South Div.

CHRISTER WARREN was a regular for Wimborne Town with 39 apps and 3 goals in the Wessex League.

Former youth RHYS WHYBORNE made 39 apps for Hastings United in the Ryman League Premier.

Loanee CALLUM WILLOCK switched from Port Vale to Stevenage in the Conference in January and scored once in 9 apps.

Finally, former youth player KARL YELLAND started off with Poole Town in the Wessex League making 21 apps before moving to Conf. South with Wealdstone in March. He added a further 6 apps to his season tally.

So there's the season summary. Lots of important and maybe not so important facts you may or may not have known and may or may not find interesting!

If I can find the energy, perhaps I'll add a summary of former R's abroad, unless you prefer for me to be quiet.

NEWS ON FORMER R's - #12 -
(Originally posted on the dot.org, Mon Jun 23, 2008)

A few weeks ago I kinda promised to put something out on former R's playing abroad so here we go:

AZIZ BEN ASKAR has been playing in Qatar for the last two seasons, first at Umm Salal Club on loan in 2006/07 and then with Al-Shamal who were relegated from the top flight at the end of the season. It's a bit difficult to tell how he's been doing as I don't speak or read arabic script, perhaps someone is better familiar with it than I am.

SERGE BRANCO was with Krylja Sovetov Samara in the Russian league for the last two seasons. Made 38 apps scoring 3 goals and was converted to a full back in the process. He left in January and was reportedly having a trial with Greuther Furth in Germany in April but is apparently currently a free agent.

FERNANDO DE ORNELAS found a home in Norway with Odd Grenland at the end of 2004 and played for them for three seasons. Apparently he became something of a hero there and the fans thanked him for his services last fall when the season ended. Not sure if he retired as he does not seem to be playing for another club and apparently he is still around there, as his son became junior member at Odd Grenland in May.

Another cult hero is DANNY DICHIO at Toronto FC in the MLS league. Danny scored the first ever MLS goal for them in April 2007 and his season tally was 7 goals in 22 apps. This season he has scored 5 goals so far in 11 apps.

At Toronto we also find former loanee ROHAN RICKETTS who signed for them in April following his release from Barnsley. He has managed 9 starts and two goals so far. Incidentally, you also find former Newcastle star Laurent Robert at Toronto, he also signed in April.

Another MLS player is of course GINO 'GIIINNOOO' PADULA, who went to Columbus Crew following his release from French side Montpellier in January. Gino didn't enjoy the best of times in France and last season only managed two apps for them. He's made 3 apps for Columbus so far.

His teammate at Montpellier, EGUTU OLISEH had a decent season. He made 29 apps (19 starts) scoring twice for them.

In Belgium you find loanee DOMINIC FOLEY, who's been with KAA Gent for the past three seasons. Last season his tally was 10 goals in 32 apps as Gent finished 6th in the table.

SAMPSA TIMOSKA returned to his native Finland and MyPa, the team he signed from. He has made 8 starts so far in the Finnish Veikkausliiga.

In the Polish league we find two former R's. First we have MARCIN KUS, who plays for Korona Kielce. He made 21 starts out of 30, scoring once. He was also capped twice for Poland during the winter but did not make it to the Euro2008 squad.

The other player in Poland is none other than UGO UKAH who seems to have found regular football with Widzew Lodz. He made 24 starts as Widzew Lodz just escaped relagation from the top flight, finishing 15th in the table.

One player who is definately not playing in Poland is ADAM CZERKAS. In fact, I have no idea where he spent last season.

Finally, we have SAMMY KOEJOE, who has played in Germany for the past three years, first with SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga against the likes of Dimitar Berbatov and Bayern Munich in front of crowds of 30-40.000 in 2005/06, believe it or not. He made 12 apps and scored 2 goals in the top flight although Freiburg finished last and were relegated.
The following season he was in the 2. Bundesliga for Eintracht Braunschweig and Dynamo Dresden for 6 months each in 2006/07 (he was not a success at Braunschweig but at Dresden he scored 8 goals in 16 apps) and last season for FSV Frankfurt, although he only made 6 apps, all as a sub and did not find the net except for the reserves.
He has now returned to Austria to Wacker Innsbruck with whom he signed a 12 month deal at the end of May.

Next time I'll give you some more updates on our "foreign" players.

(Originally Posted on QPRdot.org, June 25)

I'm concluding my review of ex-R's playing abroad and how theu did last season, so here's the remaining information.

Let's begin 'down under'. In the A-league in Australia we had no fewer than four ex-R's.

Of course, NICK WARD went to Melbourne Victory and managed 5 apps and a goal before the season ended.

RICHARD JOHNSON is with Wellington Phoenix. He made 14 apps without scoring.

Then we have former youth RUBEN ZADKOVICH who has signed for Derby in April from Sydney FC. He managed 17 apps out of max. 21 games.

The last one is TERRY McFLYNN, who also played for Sydney FC having signed in February 2005 from Morecambe. He made 17 apps and scored 2 goals.

If we move closer to home we had a few in Scotland (if you can call Scotland 'abroad').

ANDY THOMSON was with Stenhousemuir until March. He made 7 apps scoring twice plus a couple of cup appearances to add. At 37 his career may well have come to an end.

PAUL MURRAY was with troubled Gretna, making 32 apps and scoring once. He has since signed for Shrewsbury at the end of the season.

Loanee BOB MALCOLM chalked up 8 apps for Motherwell, having moved back north in February.

Another player who started with Morherwell was DANNY MURPHY. He nade just two last minute sub apps in August, so it was probably a good choice to move back to Ireland with Cork City. He has made 14 league apps so far in the ongoing Eircom league.

In Italy we had GENEROSO ROSSI who was almost ever present for 2.5 years for Triestina in Serie B before he was dropped in November. By that time he had made 13 apps, 94 in total for them. He moved to Catania in Serie A on loan in January but did not make an appearance.

Then we go to a more exotic place for many, namely Georgia (not the US state, though). Many fans all time favourite NED ZELIC actually won the national championship with Dinamo Tbilisi. He had joined them in February 2007. The stats are incomplete but it appears he was virtually ever-present. Well done then at the age of 36.
Since leaving us he's played in Germany, France, Japan, Austria, Australia, Holland and now Georgia. He has certainly collected some frequent flyer miles in his career!

Finally we go to Denmark. MARC NYGAARD had a good spring season, although injury prevented him from playing regularly. He managed 6 goals in 9 apps as his team Randers FC finished 6th in the table. Btw, the head coach at Randers was Colin Todd, whom I'm sure slightly elder fans remember well.

Also in Denmark we had SAMMY YOUSSOUF, who played for Vejle Boldklub in the second tier of Danish football. Vejle won the league and were promoted to the SAS liga for next season. Sammy made 9 apps (5 starts) scoring 2 goals from August to October but did not feature any more after that. He appears to still be with Vejle though, unless any Danish R's know better.

From now on I will enjoy the summer break with Euro2008 finals to look forward to. Let's see next season where some former R's end up.

Thanks & Cheers

Thanks again to, "nethqpr88" for doing this great compilation and for granting me permission to repost it. Future (and past) posts on this subject, hopefully forthcoming!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

QPR's Italian Influx

Daily Mail/This is London - QPR believes Inter Milan youngster Destro is the right man
Queens Park Rangers are close to signing Inter Milan teenager Mattia Destro on a season-long loan.
The 17-year-old forward has been recommended to Rangers by former Inter boss Roberto Mancini following his outstanding displays for the club's youth team last season.
Destro could become the fourth player from an Italian club to join Rangers this summer.
Midfielder Matteo Alberti has already moved from Chievo, while Rangers have secured young Fiorentina forwards Samuel Di Carmine and Matthias Lepiller on loan.
Rangers boss Iain Dowie is also keen to sign Manchester City forward Ched Evans on loan. This is London

Bad, Terrible, Awful QPR

Blackpool's Chairman continues to express his deep discontent with Queens Park Rangers over the Gorkss proposed transfer. The football authorities have yet to issue any ruling re the Blackpool complaint. And obviously every club should follow every rule. But even IF, hypothetically, they were to rule that QPR had done something they shouldn't have done - the reaction of Blackpool seems very "strong." Given the premise of "innocent till proven otherwise," perhaps the assertions should be tempered. To at least this fan, who knows nothing about this assertion other than what he's read in the press, but who's never been at all reluctant to criticize the actions of his own club: In the great scheme of things occurring in football, even the allegation of what QPR supposedly did would seem to pale in comparison to so many other allegations about football-related activities and actions with which many are familiar.

BBC -Oyston issues Gorkss QPR warning

Gorkss joined Blackpool from Ventspils in January 2007
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has revealed he will do everything possible to stop defender Kaspars Gorkss from joining Queens Park Rangers.
The Seasiders lodged a formal complaint with the Football Association earlier this month accusing QPR of making an illegal approach for the 26-year-old.
"I am happy to leave the FA and the Football League to resolve this," Oyston told BBC Radio Lancashire.
"But if I've anything to do with it he would go to any club other than QPR."
They just seem to refuse to follow the basic rules or think they are above the basic rules
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston
And the chairman is refusing to back down from his belief their Championship rivals have breached the rules.
"QPR, in my opinion, have behaved really badly and it's probably as blatant as I have seen during my time in football.
"They just seem to refuse to follow the basic rules or think they are above the basic rules which of course they are not. We'll just wait and see how it turns out.
"I have spoken to Kaspars directly about all this and there have been other clubs coming in and showing an interest in him."
Gorkss has made 57 appearances for Blackpool since arriving at Bloomfield Road from Ventspils in January 2007.
The Latvia international scored eight goals during last season - including two against Derby in the Carling Cup in August. I will not comment on rumours and this is the time of year when they are rife
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston
"We all hope he stays with us at Bloomfield Road but we are again in a situation where he has one of these terrible clauses in his contract," said Oyston.
"On one hand it looks as is if we may lose one of our better defenders but manager Simon Grayson seems confident he can find a good replacement if Kaspars leaves and of course we will be doing everything in our powers to try and keep him here with us for next season."
Oyston also refused to be drawn on whether fellow Championship sides Burnley and Preston have enquired about Gorkss.
"I will not comment on rumours and this is the time of year when they are rife. Our players are back in training on 3 July so there's not too much time for people to do their business anyway.
"We'll just wait to see how the Gorkss situation unfolds and go from there." BBC

Ex-QPR Snippets: Ned Zelic...Leroy Rosenoir...Trevor Challis...Stefan Bailey

Speaking at the UK Union, Unison Conference
Guest speakers - Leroy Rosenior
Leroy Rosenior started his football career at Fulham in 1980, where he quickly became aware of racism on and off the pitch. In fact, he puts most of the low points in his career down to racial discrimination in one form or another.
He went into coaching hoping to be a positive role model, believing a black football manager would help to break down the barriers.

"But I was wrong," he says. "I left the game disillusioned with the attitude of many towards black and minority ethnic people and felt that to have any effect I needed to take a more hands-on approach."

That was when Show Racism the Red Card got in touch with him. "I realised that this could be an opportunity for me, through my own experiences, to help change things."

This time his hopes were proved right. He feels he's made more progress in his work with the charity during the past year than in the whole of his professional career.

"This has made me even more determined to help eradicate racial discrimination in our society, mainly through our young people, and many other likeminded people."

Mr Rosenior played for Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, Charlton Athletic, Bristol City and West Ham United as a striker in the 1980s, as well as winning caps for Sierra Leone and the England Under-21 team. He went on to become one of the few black football managers in England, and works frequently for the BBC as a pundit. Unison

Ned Zelic Mentioned

WINNERS of the Cup Winners' Cup 27 years ago, Tbilisi were the dominant force of Georgian football in the 1990s - winning the league every year through to 1999.
They play at the 60,000-capacity Boris Paichadze Stadium, though their squad doesn't throw up many big names.
Their main man is Ned Zelic - the Australian centre-back who played for QPR and Borussia Dortmund.
Ground: Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi (Capacity: 60,000)...

Trevor Challis Hampshire Daily Echo
Jordan has company for promotion drive/By Wendy Gee

TOM Jordan won't be short of a travelling companion after completing his signing for Blue Square South outfit Eastleigh this week.

Also new in at the Silverlake Stadium is former Weymouth left-back Trevor Challis who, like Jordan, will commute to Stoneham Lane from the Bristol area.

Challis, a no-nonsense 32-year-old left-back formerly with QPR, Bristol Rovers, Telford and Shrewsbury, was part of John Hollins's summer clearout at the Wessex Stadium.

His forthright style made him a firm favourite with the Terras fans and, like centre-back Ashley Vickers who joined Eastleigh from Weymouth last season, his determination to win is legendary.

Jason Tindall, the ex-Weymouth player-manager, once commented, "One thing with Trevor is you know what you are going to get week in, week out.

"He is like Ashley Vickers - he would put his head in front of a train if it passed him."

advertisementTowering centre-back Jordan, who has finally put pen to paper for Eastleigh after months of wrangling with Havant & Waterlooville, is confident the arrival of players like himself and Challis will give the Spitfires the added steel they need for a BS South promotion push.

"I watched Eastleigh a few times last year and I've been aware of their progress through the leagues," said the 27-year-old son of Portsmouth coach and ex-Saints striker, Joe Jordan.

"Ambition is what it's all about for me and I know that the other lads who have come here are very ambitious as well. Everyone wants to take that extra step up."

For full story see today's Daily Echo. Daily Echo

Northampton Evening Telegraph - Money talks as Cooper misses out on transfer target

Cooper misses out on target

Cooper insists Kettering Town will have to accept losing out on players to clubs with bigger budgets after revealing he missed out on one his transfer targets.
The Poppies boss had got to the stage where he was due to meet former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Stefan Bailey – who had looked set to sign a one-year contract with the Blue Square North champions last week.

However, the player failed to show and two days later signed a one-year deal with Blue Square Premier rivals Grays Athletic to become their ninth summer signing

And while the situation with 20-year-old Bailey left Cooper frustrated, he conceded it is a problem the Poppies may have to get used to.
"I was due to meet him last Tuesday after we had agreed a one-year deal," the Kettering manager said.
"He didn't turn up and then signed for a club who were offering him more money. He has gone there for that reason and we can't moan about it.
"Yes, I am disappointed with the way it was handled. But what has
happened is a fact of life and we just have to carry on working hard to try and bring the best players in who are within the budg
Cooper, however, remains undeterred in his search for fresh blood and he is confident of landing at least two or three more players before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August...." Report

"The Horror! The Horror!" - Recalling 1968-1969

Forty years ago, the euphoria of QPR's two previous seasons of glory and more glory; of two successive promotions and a League Cup Win, came to a crashing, humiliating, grinding halt.

1968/1969 was perhaps the most humiliating season in QPR history (although over the years QPR of course, have their individual humiliating results: Vauxhall Motors, to cite but one). Having experienced the incredible euphoria of gaining promotion to the then-called First Division (see "Greatest Day in QPR History", QPR then experienced a season of humiliation and a then record-low number of Points (18) (subsequently and thankfully "bettered" by Stoke) and 4 wins all season (all at home);without a single away victory. And every QPR fan old enough to remember that year will recall the numerous occasions, in which QPR were unlucky to have lost.

The season started with just such euphoria. The feeling of just complete amazement and disbelief that "little QPR" were playing in the same Division as Manchester United and Leeds and Liverpool and Arsenal and Manchester City and Chelsea and Spurs and Everton. Just beyond belief for QPR fans. Something any QPR fan of that era will forever remember.

PHOTOS and MEMORABILIA - Photo of the individualQPR Players from 1968-1969 --- QPR Team Photo from that Era --- QPR vs Manchester United Programme --- More QPR Programmes from that era --- Newcastle vs QPR Programme --- Manchester United vs QPR --- QPR Home programmes from that era

In 1968-1969, QPR had far and away, the worst defensive record in the Division (with 95 goals conceded. The two previous seasons, 36 in 1967/68 amd and 38 in 19666/67, they had the best defenses in their division.

1968-1968: A season that saw
- QPR axe Alec Stock without a single game in charge
- Manager, Tommy Docherty - "The Doc" come and go within one month to be replaed by Neophyte Les Allen as player-manager.
- The South Africa Road Stand built (not complete before the season began)
- Record transfer signing fee broken: 55,000 pounds for former England International, Barry Bridges
- Record transfer sale: The break up of the Morgan twins, with Roger Morgan joining Spurs for 110,000 pounds.
- The League debut of future England captain, Gerry Francis

The season that began in August in the sunshine at Loftus Road with a 1-1 draw against Leicester City (who had British record signing fee: Alan Clarke, signed in the summer from just-relegated! Fulham for 150,000 pounds) And a season that ended in April with a 2-1 loss at Chelsea.

QPR's pre-season Transfer Activity: Signing Dave Metchick from Peterborough for 5,000!
Rodney Marsh missed the start of the season due to a broken foot.
QPR's only ever-present, defender Ian Watson.
QPR's top goalscorers: Barry Bridges 8 goals from 28 games and Mick Leach 8 goals from 31 games.
Goalkeeping was divided beween Ron Springett, Mike Kelly and then Alan Spratley playing in QPR's final 11 games.

Among the lowlights of the season (and there were many): The 8-1 defeat at Manchester United at the top. The 5-0 defeat at Coventry. And the 0-4 home defeats to Cheslea and WBA. And a League Cup defeat to lowly Peterbrough.

QPR's team for its opening game vs Leicester
Finch Watson Hazell Harris
Morgan Keen Sibley Morgan
Leach Wilks -
Sub Les Allen

QPR Official Site History - On 1968-1969
"In 1967/68 QPR were promoted to the First Division for the first time by finished second in the table. In 1968/69 the South Africa Road Stand was completed. QPR were relegated after only one season in Division One with only 18 points. Alex Stock left the club, Tommy Docherty came and went in 28 days, and Les Allen took over. On 7th February 1969 Roger Morgan became the first QPR player to be sold for a six-figure fee." QPR

It's a fascinating, counter-factual, impossible-to-resolve question: If QPR hadn't won promotion in 1967/68, would another season in Division II have better prepared the team for Division One? Was 1968-1969 "A Bridge too Far?" - Or would QPR have just fallen away?...
Or if QPR had rather than spending on the South Africa Road stand, instead, strengthened the team: Say by buying Terry Venables a season earlier, etc; a goalkeeper, a forward, would that have made enough of a different?
If Rodney Marsh - Rodddd-neeeee had started the season, fit, would that have made a big enough difference?
Were QPR wrong to basically stick with their team which had got them out of the Third Division?

Final 1968/1969 English Division 1 (old) Table
Leeds 42 18 3 0 41 9 9 10 2 25 17 67 .5384
Liverpool 42 16 4 1 36 10 9 7 5 27 14 61 .625
Everton 42 14 5 2 43 10 7 10 4 34 26 57 .1388
Arsenal 42 12 6 3 31 12 10 6 5 25 15 56 .0740
Chelsea 42 11 7 3 40 24 9 3 9 33 29 50 .3773
Tottenham 42 10 8 3 39 22 4 9 8 22 29 45 .1960
Southampton 42 13 5 3 41 21 3 8 10 16 27 45 .1875
West Ham 42 10 8 3 47 22 3 10 8 19 28 44 .32
Newcastle 42 12 7 2 40 20 3 7 11 21 35 44 .1090
West Brom 42 11 7 3 43 26 5 4 12 21 41 43 .9552
Man Utd 42 13 5 3 38 18 2 7 12 19 35 42 .0754
Ipswich 42 10 4 7 32 26 5 7 9 27 34 41 .9833
Man City 42 13 6 2 49 20 2 4 15 15 35 40 .1636
Burnley 42 11 6 4 36 25 4 3 14 19 57 39 .6707
Sheff Wed 42 7 9 5 27 26 3 7 11 14 28 36 .7592
Wolves 42 7 10 4 26 22 3 5 13 15 36 35 .7068
Sunderland 42 10 6 5 28 18 1 6 14 15 49 34 .6417
Nottm Forest 42 6 6 9 17 22 4 7 10 28 35 33 .7894
Stoke 42 9 7 5 24 24 0 8 13 16 39 33 .6349
Coventry 42 8 6 7 32 22 2 5 14 14 42 31 .7187
Leicester 42 8 8 5 27 24 1 4 16 12 44 30 .5735
QPR 42 4 7 10 20 33 0 3 18 19 62 18 .4105
NB: In English Division 1 (old) 1968/1969 goal average applied instead of goal difference - 1968/1969 First Division Table

QPR 1968/1969 results and fixtures

English Division 1 (old) QPR 1-1 Leicester 10-08-1968
English Division 1 (old) Leeds 4-1 QPR 14-08-1968
English Division 1 (old) Wolves 3-1 QPR 17-08-1968
English Division 1 (old) QPR 2-2 Sunderland 20-08-1968
English Division 1 (old) QPR 1-1 Man City 24-08-1968
English Division 1 (old) Ipswich 3-0 QPR 27-08-1968
English Division 1 (old) Arsenal 2-1 QPR 31-08-1968
English Division 1 (old) Liverpool 2-0 QPR 07-09-1968
English Division 1 (old) QPR 0-4 Chelsea 14-09-1968
English Division 1 (old) Stoke 1-1 QPR 21-09-1968
English Division 1 (old) QPR 1-1 Southampton 28-09-1968
English Division 1 (old) West Brom 3-1 QPR 05-10-1968
English Division 1 (old) QPR 2-1 Ipswich 08-10-1968
English Division 1 (old) QPR 3-2 Sheff Wed 12-10-1968
English Division 1 (old) Newcastle 3-2 QPR 19-10-1968
English Division 1 (old) QPR 2-3 Man Utd 26-10-1968
English Division 1 (old) West Ham 4-3 QPR 02-11-1968
English Division 1 (old) QPR 0-2 Burnley 09-11-1968
English Division 1 (old) Everton 4-0 QPR 16-11-1968
English Division 1 (old) QPR 2-1 Nottm Forest 23-11-1968
English Division 1 (old) QPR 0-1 Coventry 07-12-1968
English Division 1 (old) Sheff Wed 4-0 QPR 14-12-1968
English Division 1 (old) QPR 1-1 Newcastle 21-12-1968
English Division 1 (old) QPR 0-4 West Brom 26-12-1968
English Division 1 (old) QPR 1-1 West Ham 11-01-1969
English Division 1 (old) Burnley 2-2 QPR 18-01-1969
English Division 1 (old) QPR 0-1 Leeds 24-01-1969
English Division 1 (old) Tottenham 3-2 QPR 29-01-1969
English Division 1 (old) QPR 0-1 Everton 01-02-1969
English Division 1 (old) QPR 1-1 Tottenham 15-02-1969
English Division 1 (old) Coventry 5-0 QPR 25-02-1969
English Division 1 (old) Nottm Forest 1-0 QPR 04-03-1969
English Division 1 (old) QPR 0-1 Wolves 08-03-1969
English Division 1 (old) Leicester 2-0 QPR 12-03-1969
English Division 1 (old) Man City 3-1 QPR 15-03-1969
English Division 1 (old) Man Utd 8-1 QPR 19-03-1969
English Division 1 (old) QPR 0-1 Arsenal 22-03-1969
English Division 1 (old) QPR 1-2 Liverpool 29-03-1969
English Division 1 (old) Southampton 3-2 QPR 05-04-1969
English Division 1 (old) Sunderland 0-0 QPR 07-04-1969
English Division 1 (old) QPR 2-1 Stoke 12-04-1969
English Division 1 (old) Chelsea 2-1 QPR 19-04-1969

English League Cup Peterborough 4-2 QPR --
English FA Cup Aston Villa 2-1 QPR --

For Further Match Details: See QPR Net - 1968/1969 Record

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Camp on Dowie...Luton Unhappy re Ex-QPR Furlong

Lee Camp - Teamtalk -Dowie Can take us up -

QPR goalkeeper Lee Camp believes manager Iain Dowie's experience can take the Hoops into the Premier League.
Camp highlighted Dowie's success at Crystal Palace where he led the Eagles into the top flight by beating West Ham in the 2004 play-off final.
"It is a very good appointment," Camp told the club's official website. "He has proven at this level that he can take a team out of the division in a relatively short period of time."
Dowie was appointed Rs manager in May and Camp is looking forward to working with the former Charlton and Coventry boss.
Camp added: "Everybody wants to play for a manager that you respect and look up to. If you can get a manager who can push your buttons to make you play to your best it is a really good thing." Teamtalk

Bedford Today/Mark Wood - Hatters left shocked by Furlong exit
Frustrated Town disappointed to see striker depart
Frustrated Hatters have been shocked by the news that last season's joint-top goalscorer Paul Furlong has signed for Southend United without their knowledge.
The 39-year-old striker is still technically under contract at Kenilworth Road and, although Southend may have broken the rules in his signing, LTFC2020 director Stephen Browne does not think the club will take any action.
He said: "The first we knew about it was the Southend website.
"As far as we were aware he was still a player contracted to Luton Town.
"We would have expected him to report back for pre-season training.

"We will hopefully be out of administration by the end of July and we would have had an opportunity to speak to him.

"Paul is a great guy and of course we wish him the best.

"He is what you would call a model pro but we are a little bit frustrated that the rules haven't been followed, but I'm sure he will have a good season with them."
For the full story pick up a copy of today's News/Gazette. Bedford Today

QPR Chasing Ched Evans...Lee Cook Obstacle...Watson, Di Carmine and GorkssHopes

Further "confirmation" of some hoped-for developments - All of which has been reported elsewhere or on the boards.

Ben Kosky/Kilburn Times - Good Evans! Rangers chasing Ched

QPR have turned their attention to Manchester City hotshot Ched Evans after failing to persuade Bobby Zamora to drop down to the Championship.Rangers are keen to snap up 19-year-old Evans, whose goals played a vital role in saving Norwich from relegation last season, on a loan deal.
But they face competition from several Championship rivals, including the Canaries - for whom Evans netted 10 goals in 20 starts, the last of them in the 3-0 win over Rangers that secured their safety.
West Ham striker Zamora had been considering a loan move to Loftus Road, but would prefer to remain in the Premiership and has now attracted interest from Fulham.
The Cottagers are favourites to sign the out-of-favour Zamora - and are also obstructing another of QPR's wide-reaching transfer ambitions, the proposed return of Lee Cook.
Rangers have attempted to re-sign Cook three times since they sold the winger for £2.5m last summer, but Fulham are refusing to let the winger leave without recouping the full fee they paid.

Cook has not played a first-team game for the Cottagers and spent the end of last season on loan at Charlton in an attempt to regain match fitness.
It seems, though, that the Rs' frenzied attempts to swell their squad before the start of pre-season training will bear fruit, with Fiorentina frontman Samuel Di Carmine set to agree a season-long loan deal.
And the club moved a step closer to success in their pursuit of Crystal Palace midfielder Ben Watson after the Eagles signed Bristol City playmaker Nick Carle this week.
Rangers had a £1.5m bid for Watson rejected last month, but the player has refused to sign a new contract at Selhurst Park and manager Neil Warnock has earmarked Carle as a replacement.
And Watson's previous association with new QPR boss Iain Dowie makes Loftus Road his most likely destination - even though Palace chairman Simon Jordan is reluctant to sell any player to his former manager.
Meanwhile, Rangers have declined to comment on Blackpool's decision to report them to the FA and the Football League, accusing the Londoners of an illegal approach for defender Kaspars Gorkss.
However, it is understood that the Latvian international will put pen to paper for the Rs next week, when the first-team squad report back to Harlington for pre-season training. Kilburn Times

Snippets - Gorkss "Dispute"...Di Carmine Transfer...Cook on Fulham...Ben-Sahar Loan...Dichio Voting...Rehman Anti-Racism Efforts

Blackpool Gazette QPR Gorkss row
"There appears to be no movement yet on Blackpool's complaint about an alleged illegal approach for defender Kaspars Gorkss by Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers.
"The matter is still on-going," said a spokesman for the Football League, who are dealing with the complaint.
Blackpool Gazette

The Sun - Hoops set up Di Carmine deal
QPR boss iain Dowie looks set to sign highly-rated Fiorentina striker, Samuel Di Carmine, on a season-long loan-deal this week.
The 19-year-old’s agent, Moreno Roggi, said: “There is strong interest for QPR and the player is happy about that.” The Sun
[See also Monday's Fiorentina's Di Carmine Happy to QPR Transfer"

Lee Cook on his Icons Diary: He talks only about Fulham and his injury. If he's switching clubs (QPR or other), there's no hint of it on his site. - Cook/Icons

Ben Sahar: Ex-QPR Loan, Ben Sahar supposedly set for season-long Portsmouth loan - SkySports.

MLS All-Stars: Ex-QPR Danny Dichio still in the running, with one more week of voting to go! MLS

Zesh Rehman's Anti-Racist Efforts: PFA Give Me Football - Football stars urge grassroots involvement in London 'One Game' evening
Footballers Jamie Lawrence and Zesh Rehman joined Kick It Out, football's anti racism and inclusion campaign, at Soho Square this week to debate a range of topical issues within grassroots football.
Coaching, refereeing, club development, funding and increasing participation of minority communities, were all on the agenda.
The event, at the FA headquarters, was chaired by Kick It Out Director, Piara Powar and showcased an expert panel of guests who not only drew on their own experiences from the grassroots game, but offered guidance and advice for aspiring footballers on how to make the progression into the professional game.
Jamie, who made his name as a flying winger with Leicester City and Bradford City in the late 90s, is no stranger to adversity.
He spent time in jail before being spotted by Sunderland shortly after his release. "The grassroots arena is a fantastic breeding ground for the next generation of footballers," said Lawrence, who now runs his own football academy.
"However, those involved do get disheartened when important issues aren't addressed or challenged. This event was a perfect opportunity for these groups to speak up about any aspect of the game they feel needs highlighting."
Zesh became the first ever British-born Asian player to play in the Premier League, making his Fulham debut at Anfield in 2004.
He now plays for neighbours QPR, but rose through the schoolboy ranks at Craven Cottage. "Football is the perfect opportunity to bridge social and cultural gaps.
"I'm only too aware of the hurdles that can be faced by footballers further down the ladder than myself. I'm keen to use my own experiences and status to offer advice and information to those at the lower end of football spectrum who might need it."
The evening also featured one-to-one sessions, advice on encouraging local involvement and addressing needs through sport. The event was held in conjunction with Essex, London and Middlesex County FAs.
*For further detail about the London 'One Game' initiative, or any other aspect of the campaign, please contact Danny Lynch on 020 7684 4884 or danny@kickitout.org PFA

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Ex-QPR's Gary Waddock Staying Longer at Aldershot

All QPR fans wish Waddock the very best of luck.

Aldershot Official Site - Management Team Sign New Contracts

Aldershot Town FC are delighted to announce that manager Gary Waddock and Coach Martin Kuhl have signed new three year agreements with the club. This news was exclusively announced on The Shots Online SMS text service

Manager Gary Waddock and Coach Martin Kuhl have signed new three year deals with the club.

Boss Waddock joined the club at the start of last season after an extensive playing career accumulating over 500 senior appearances including spells at QPR, Luton Town, Millwall, Bristol Rovers and at Charleroi (Belgium).

In addition he made 21 international appearances for the Republic of Ireland. He was responsible for the reserve and youth structure at QPR before serving a period as first team manager at Loftus Road.

He arrived at Aldershot in May 2007 and led the club into the Football League at his first attempt in addition to winning the Setanta Shield . He has, however, always praised the efforts of Martin Kuhl.

Talking to 'The Shots' the boss said, "Both Martin and I are delighted to sign the new agreement.

"We had an extremely good season last year and we want to build on that and we have the time to do that.

"It was a gamble coming to Aldershot last season and I am sure some of the fans were wondering if it would work out.

"Everybody worked hard and Martin's knowledge of the Conference was a major, major help.

"We have a young and enthusiastic squad who worked extremely hard and did so well but that is part of the clubs history now. We want to push the club forward as we step up a level".

Martin Kuhl was appointed Caretaker Manager upon the departure of Terry Brown in March 2007 and, upon the
appointment of Gary Waddock, reverted to First Team Coach in May 2007.

Frimley born Martin started his career at Birmingham City and, in total, made over 400 appearances including spells at Sheffield United, Watford, Portsmouth, Bristol City and Derby County.

He joined Aldershot as a player in 2000 when he was signed by former manager George Borg.

In his eight years at the club he has also served as Community Officer, Reserve and Youth Team manager . He is also a UEFA 'A' badge qualified coach.

Martin added, "Gary and I have a great belief in this squad. We have a great understanding and are similar in our football beliefs.

"Our first object was to get back to the Football League where we were both players and we have achieved that.

"We have always had respect for each other.

"We have a confident squad with pace and ability to score goals. We are stepping up a level and everything about the club expectation wise is higher.

"There are great games to look forward to with local derbies against the likes of Brentford and AFC Bournemouth but you have to earn the right to succeed and it will be all about plenty of hard graft".

Chairman John McGinty added, "This is a great day. We have just secured the services of two great guys who are a great combination and a real credit to Aldershot Town FC.

"We had a great season last time around but we are aware that today's newspapers have tomorrow's chips on it.

"We have to be careful and sensible in order to do this job properly but the stability of the management and playing staff is so important as we prepare for the new season."

Comprehensive audio interviews with John McGinty, Gary Waddock and Martin Kuhl will shortly be available on The Shots Online. Aldershot

Q&A With Zesh Rehman About QPR, His Future and Pakistan

PFA's Give Me Football/Dave Smith June 24, 2008 - Q& A With Zesh Rehman

Zesh Rehman is looking forward to playing a big part in the Rangers' revolution and believes exciting times lie ahead for the West London club.
Wealthy Italian owners and a new manager with a top reputation means QPR have already been installed as favourites for promotion next season...and Zesh can't wait for the new campaign to start.

Rehman, the first Asian to play at the top level in this country, made over 20 first team appearances for Rangers last season, and he says: "I played in the final game of last season, and intend to start the first game of next in a QPR shirt. I want to carry on where I left off.

"I have not met new manager Iain Dowie as yet, but I am still contracted to QPR for another year and am totally committed to the club. The appointment of Iain is an excellent one because he has experience of managing at this level, and in the Premiership too.

"Everyone knows about the people backing the club and it promises to be an exciting period in the history of Rangers. But obviously, because of the money, the level of expectancy has soared and that brings extra pressure. We have to rise to that challenge.

"We had three different managers last season so I was pleased to have played over 20 games, and I'm looking forward to impressing the new man when we report back for pre-season next month.

"There will no doubt be new faces, but we already have a good pack of players here and we are a match for anyone in this league. We just need to find a bit more consistency and we'll be up there."

It's been a frustrating summer for Zesh who was looking forward to representing Pakistan in the South Asian Football Federation Cup, but had to withdraw after going down with food poisoning.

"It was really disappointing to have to come home without kicking a ball but there was no way I was going to be fully fit after the illness," says Zesh. "The doctors advised me to pull out and I suppose it was the right decision.
"Unfortunately, Pakistan lost all three games - and conceded quite a few goals in the process - so that just added to the disappointment. I'd like to think that, had I been fully fit, I could have made a bit of a difference. Hopefully, next time.
* Hear more from Zesh here on givemefootball over the coming months.

Snippets: Ex-QPR Striker, Paul Furlong Finds a New Club

Paul Furlong Joins Southend

Veteran striker Paul Furlong has completed a move to Southend United this morning on a free transfer.
Furlong, who will turn 40 in October, has signed a one-year contract at Roots Hall as manager Steve Tilson adds some experience to his squad.
Wood Green born Furlong has Premier League experience with Chelsea where he spent two-years following a £2.3million move from Watford.
More recently the six foot forward spent last season with financially stricken Luton Town where he bagged an impressive 12 goals in 38 appearances as the Hatters were relegated from League One.
Having commanded over £4million in transfer fees over his career, Furlong has played for no fewer than eight sides including Coventry, Birmingham and Queens Park Rangers scoring over 190 career goals.
Blues boss Tilson was keen to secure the service of a player he hopes can fill the void left by Shaun Goater two seasons ago.
Furlong is Southend's fourth summer signings and follows defender Osei Sankofa through the entrance doors at Roots Hall.
Paul's reaction to his move to Roots Hall will appear shortly on southendunited.co.uk and Blues Wor

Southend Official Site - FURLONG CAN GO THE DISTANCE
New signing Paul Furlong believes he can still go that extra mile despite rapidly approaching 40-years-old.
The former Chelsea striker put pen-to-paper on a one-year deal at Roots Hall this morning to make him Blues fourth capture of the close season.
And the veteran forward has his sights firmly set on being a regular fixture next season.
"First and foremost I don't want to be a bit part player," Furlong exclusively told Blues World.
"I want to play a big part if I can but that will be down to me and my performance on the park.
"I am not here to make up the numbers, I might be coming towards the end now but the hunger is still there and I want to do my best for this football club."
At 39-years old and 267-days once Furlong steps onto the pitch at the start of the season he will become United's oldest ever player.
Previous record holder Mick Gooding was 39-years and 143-days when he played his final game for United.
And having scored 191 career goals Furlong will shatter that record with the experienced frontman set to turn 40 on October 1.
"Last season I was able to play a lot of games and I always felt at the start of the season that once I got my chance I would take it," he said.
"It's funny as when I was 28 I said I always wanted to keep playing for as long as I could, in my mind that was until the age of 38.
"Having gone past that marker I still feel I can play and I will do this year and see where that takes me.
"At my age chances are few and far between, so I am just happy that Southend had the faith to be interested in me.
"I bring a lot of experience to the table, hopefully I am able to pass on my knowledge to the younger players here."
You can watch the full interview with Paul over on Blues World now. Southend

Also: Wikipedia/Furlong Profile

Emmanuel Ledesma to QPR?

From the QPR Italia Site - QPR Italia - Emmanuel Ledesma ai QPR
"Emmanuel Ledesma, talento argentino della Primavera, è passato in prestito con diritto di riscatto al Queens Park Rangers di Flavio Briatore. Lo ha voluto fortissimamente l’ex tecnico rossoblù, e attuale dg del Qpr, Gianni Di Marzio, che lo considera - in prospettiva - un grande campione.
Di Marzio, all’epoca osservatore per la Signora, fu il primo a segnalare alla Juve un ragazzo prodigio che rispondeva al nome di Diego Armando Maradona; in Italia le frontiere erano chiuse e l’operazione saltò...."

English Web Translation:QPR Italia - Web Translation

Looking Back at December's Fans Groups Consultative Meeting...Marking Four Years Since Blackburn Departure

Last December, a fe months after the takeover, an assortment of QPR Fans Groups took part in a "Fans Consultation Group" meeting with QPR. QPR1st wrote up a report, in bullet form, which can be read on the QPR1st site.
- In attendance at the December 13 Fans Consultation Group meeting with QPR:
In attendance: Alejandro Agag (Chairman of Queens Park Rangers Holdings PLC) Gianni Paladini (Chairman of Queens Park Rangers Football Club) Nick De Marco (Legal Advisor to Queens Park Rangers Football Club and Chairman to the Fans’ Consultative Group)) Bev (Representing Disabled Supporters) Stephen Dedridge (Representing QPR 1st and QPR Rebuild) Karen & Pat (Representing the Official Supporters Club) John Reid (Representing LSA) Vic & Spencer (Representing Friends of QPR) Neil Dejyothin (Representing QPR 1st)

The Full Consultation Report: -Report on QPR Fans Consultative Meeting

Flashback - Four Years Ago: On a nostalgic note: Four years ago today, QPR Chairman Nick Blackburn brought an end to an era, by resigning. His departure followed by a few days, the departure of CEO David Davies and marked the beginning of the Bill Power-Gianni Paladini period. "BBC - June 24, 2004 QPR chief stands down: Nick Blackburn has resigned as Queens Park Rangers chairman.

See also re Board Changes: End of an Era

Monday, June 23, 2008

Fiorentina's "Di Carmine happy to QPR transfer"

The impending move of Fiorentina's Samuel Di Carmine has been reported here, there and everywhere! - Video of Di Carmine Scoring on his European debut --- Celebrating his goal --- Fiorentina Website De Carmine Profile

EXCLUSIVE TMW - Roggi: "Di Carmine happy to QPR transfer"
23.06.2008 15.14 by Redazione TMW
Moreno Roggi, speaks of the fourthcoming transfer of Fiorentina's jewels Samuel Di Carmine, facing the the position of Giandomenico Mesto. "Actually I think that there is a strong interest for QPR. Within this week should close. The boy is so happy of his choice. They where so fast, showing more interest of other teams. Then they start for the first July the training. The championship start in August, was a necessity, I think that will do a loan with right of ransom of half property. Is one of the greatest talents of Fiorentina. In Mesto are interested Fiorentina and Sampdoria, we will see. Morrone has several offers, as Paci, that Lazio want, and others boys of Parma. But I don't think that they will risk to lose him. They want to build a great team". Report

Also June 20 "Snippet re Fiorentina's Di Carmine and Lepiller Supposedly to QPR"
As "noted" on QPR Report, the Daily Star reports that "QPR are close to aggreeing loan deals for Fiorentina youngsters Samuel Di Carmine and Matthias Lepiller." - Teamtalk
Samuel Di Carmine Stats --- Brief Soccer Profile
Matthias Lepiller --- Brief Soccer Profile
QPR Report

June 19 "Luigi De Canio Update: QPR Supposedly Pursuing Samuel Di Carmine and Mathias Lepiller"

Snippets: Nardiello re His QPR Career Under Gregory, De Canio and Dowie

Vital QPR has an interview with Danny Nardiello in which he speaks for signing for John Gregory and his Luigi De Canio and his future under Ian Dowie. The interview can be read at - Vital QPR

Ex-QPR manager Ian Holloway being touted as one of the favourites for the now-vacant MK Dons Position..... While Ex-QPR 's Kevin Gallen was highly praising Paul Ince...Freddie Eastwood to QPR Rumours continue

Year Flashback - Chairman Paladini Talking About Selling and Bill Power Returning....Nostalgia: 2007 & 2006 Squads (Pre-Season)

One year ago, Chairman Paladini was talking About Selling - But Not just to Anyone - and Bill Power Possibly Reinvesting

Dave McIntyre, The Gazette, June 23, 2007 - "We Just Don’t Have Enough Cash To Take QPR Forward "
CHAIRMAN Gianni Paladini insists QPR will not be bought on the cheap despite the club's Italian owners being willing to relinquish control.
Paladini last week declared that he and major shareholder Antonio Caliendo would seek only the money they paid for their shares when they acquired stakes in the club.
That would mean around £650,000 would be required to purchase Paladini's shareholding and around £4million to take overall control of the club.
But Paladini has warned that simply writing out a cheque for those amounts will not be enough.
He said: "The offer is there for anyone who can take the club forward. I will only want what I paid for my shares.
CHAIRMAN Gianni Paladini insists QPR will not be bought on the cheap despite the club's Italian owners being willing to relinquish control.
Paladini last week declared that he and major shareholder Antonio Caliendo would seek only the money they paid for their shares when they acquired stakes in the club.
That would mean around £650,000 would be required to purchase Paladini's shareholding and around £4million to take overall control of the club.
But Paladini has warned that simply writing out a cheque for those amounts will not be enough.
He said: "The offer is there for anyone who can take the club forward. I will only want what I paid for my shares.
"But it has to be on condition that they have serious money to invest and can show they can move QPR to the next level.
"We're a club that can compete in the Championship and if someone can take QPR further than that, then there is no way we would stand in their way.
"I would leave tomorrow for the price I paid for my shares if that kind of person wanted the club. I would want any other money they had to go into QPR."
Paladini added: "The vultures are circling. That always happens with QPR. But we're not saying we will sell to anyone. It has to be the right people.
"We're committed to the club, we just realise we don't have the money to take it further and want others to come in and either help us or take over the club."
A number of parties have expressed an interest including an Israeli group fronted by former Tottenham and Liverpool striker Ronnie Rosenthal, which has failed to prove it has sufficient funds.
And a consortium has this week been discussing approaching the club with an offer.
But at this stage the most likely addition to the Rangers board is Bill Power - the former chairman who was booted out by Paladini and Caliendo in 2005 following a bitter battle for control.
Power has invested in Swindon since his public fall-out with Paladini and has been involved in a takeover bid for the Wilt-shire club.
But the pair have recently rebuilt bridges and Paladini believes Power may return.
"The door is open for Bill," said Paladini.
"I don't think he wants to buy the club but the opportunity is there, if he wants it, to come back and work with me."
Bar an angry exchange with disenchanted club president Harold Winton and a couple of questions about ongoing financial concerns, Paladini and other directors were given a fairly easy ride at last week's annual general meeting of shareholders.
It was confirmed that Rangers made a loss of £3.3million in 2006 - up from £2.6m the previous year. A loss of around £2.6m for 2007 is predicted. Ealing Gazette

Flasback: The 2007 and 2006 Squad Numbers

2007-2008 Squad: Just under a year ago- June 29, 2007 QPR Announced the 2007-2008 Squad Numbers. Left Open: #1 and #10...Among Players still at QPR not listed: Nygaard and Doherty<

2007-2008 Squad: QPR Official Site - Squad Numbers Announced
2. Marcus BIGNOT
3. Chris BARKER
4. Danny CULLIP
5. Damion STEWART
7. Adam BOLDER
11. Gareth AINSWORTH
12. Jake COLE
14. Martin ROWLANDS
15. Dominic SHIMMIN
16. Ray JONES
17. Lee COOK
18. Stefan MOORE
20. Kieron ST AIMIE
22. Shabazz BAIDOO
23. Stefan BAILEY
27. Samspa TIMOSKA
28. Zesh REHMAN
29. Nick WARD

2006-2007 Squad
The previous year, the announcement of the squad numbers came a little later in the summer.
2006 Pre-Season Squad - July 12, 2006: QPR Announce Team Numbers-["List included a number of people who are transfer listed"]
Official Site - "Next season's squad numbers have been released ....." {Not listed/not acknowledged to be still at the club: Ugo Ukah!]
1. Simon Royce
2. Marcus Bignot
3. Mauro Milanese
4. Ian Evatt
5. Dan Shittu
6. Tommy Doherty
7. Matthew Rose
8. Marc Bircham
9. Nick Ward
10. Kevin Gallen
11. Gareth Ainsworth
12. Jake Cole
14. Martin Rowlands
15. Dominic Shimmin
16. Steve Lomas
17. Lee Cook
18. Stefan Moore
19. Tchakounte-Armel
20. Scott Donnelly
21. Paul Jones
22. Shabazz Baidoo
23. Stefan Bailey
24. Pat Kanyuka
25. Damion Stewart
26. Sean Thomas
29. Paul Furlong
30. Marc Nygaard
34. Matthew Hislop
35. John Munday

Obviously even after the squad numbers were listed, players continued to arrive and depart (and arrive and depart; and arrive and depart!)
Subsequent pre-season additions: Egutu Oliseh (La Louvière) Adam Czerkas (Odra Wodzislaw) season loan, Armel Tchakounte (Kitchee) free, Damion Stewart (Harbour View) free.
Departures had included; Richard Langley (Luton), Dean Sturridge (Kidderminster) free, Ugo Ukah announced as released, George Santos.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Year Flasback: QPR's "China Brawl" Penalty Imposed


UPDATE: Omitted the China Brawl Video!

One year ago today, June 22, 2007, QPR received their punishment from the FA for the part they played in the notorious "China Brawl." The penalty could have been worse!

FA News - QPR hearing result
Friday, 22 June 2007.

At a Disciplinary Commission hearing today, Queens Park Rangers FC were fined £40,000 for their involvement in a brawl with the Chinese U22 team on 9 February, £20,000 of which is suspended until 31 May 2008. It can be reactivated in full or in part in the event of a proved similar offence.
The club admitted a charge of failing to ensure that its players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from violent and/or threatening and/or provocative behaviour.
A charge of violent conduct against assistant coach Richard Hill was found proved. He has been suspended from all football and football management until 30 September 2007. He has 14 days to appeal. FA

At a Disciplinary Commission hearing today (Friday), Queens Park Rangers FC were fined £40,000 for their involvement in a brawl with the Chinese Olympic team on February 9th, £20,000 of which is suspended until May 31st 2008. It can be reactivated in full or in part in the event of a proved similar offence.
The Club admitted a charge of failing to ensure that its players and / or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from violent and / or threatening and / or provocative behaviour.
A charge of violent conduct against Assistant Coach Richard Hill was found proved. He has been suspended from all football and football management until September 30th 2007. He has 14 days to appeal.
The Club will be making no further comment at this stage. QPR

See Also: QPR's Disciplinary Hearing Today Over China Brawl

- Sunday Mirror "ROW ISN'T BRAWL OVER "

QPR Report Background Report QPR Report - China Brawl Update --- QPR Report

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