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Thursday, January 29, 2009

QPR Interest in Michael Johnson?...Sunderland's Murphy: Sale Only...Gorkss' Motivation ..."Ask Vinnie Jones"...Year Ago: QPR's Situation..Ex-Birthdays

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On the QPR Report Messgaeboard Today:

- The Recent Club-QPR Fan Groups Meeting: Links to the different, partial reports (prior to the official minutes)

- Video: Richard Langley "Tribute" Compilation

- Interesting article about the problems in the Football Conference ("Division Five")

- Coming Soon: Latest Football League Agents Fees Report (and past Reports re QPR Spending on Agents)

Tabloid: QPR Interest in Michael Johnson?
"QPR have a launched a £2m bid for Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson. (Daily Star) BBC Gossip"

Jan 29 2009 by Mark Douglas, The Journal - Ricky has transfer rethink
- RICKY Sbragia has revealed that Sunderland are focusing on a new set of targets after conceding defeat in their bid to lure one of their priority defensive signings.
...Sunderland have had more success lightening their wage bill, with Graham Kavanagh, Ross Wallace and Pascal Chimbonda among the significant outgoings.
- And the Black Cats are hopeful of selling one more before the end of the month. That is believed to be Rade Prica, the subject of £1m bids from Danish sides FC Midtjylland and Aalborg.
- “We might try and get one more out, which would help us. That’s at a crucial stage at the moment – it depends on the player,” Sbragia said.
- QPR have an interest in Daryl Murphy but Sbragia said yesterday that he will not allow the striker to leave on loan.
- “QPR did enquire in the summer. But we won’t let him go out on loan – somebody would need to buy him,” he said
. The Journal

EPL Talk - Vinnie Jones Interview: Questions Please
January 28th, 2009 By The Gaffer --> Comments
Deadline, Thursday 5pm ET (10 pm London Time)
- Vinnie Jones will be the next guest on the EPL Talk Podcast. If you have any questions you’d like host Johnathan Starling to ask him on air, please post them in the comments with your name, and we’ll pick out the best ones to ask the former Wimbledon player.
- Jones is an accomplished actor and footballer. As a footballer, he was part of the ‘Crazy Gang’ at Wimbledon which famously won the FA Cup in 1988. He also played for Leeds United, Sheffield united, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers. In international football, he earned nine caps for Wales and even captained the side.
- He made his feature film debut in “Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels.” And has appeared in many other memorable roles in films such as “Snatch,” “X-Men,” “Swordfish,” “Gone In Sixty Seconds” and many more.
- Please submit your questions before Thursday, January 29 at 5pm ET. Ask Question

Blackpool Gazette/Steve Canavan - I didn't leave for the money - Gorkss
- QPR defender Kaspars Gorkss has claimed his departure from Bloomfield Road had nothing to do with money.
- Speaking for the first time about his reasons for leaving Blackpool in the summer, Gorkss told The Gazette that he had wanted to realise his dream of playing in the Premier League.
- He felt he had more chance of doing that with QPR than with the Seasiders.
- "In your career you never know how many opportunities you'll get to play for a team that is really trying to push for the Premier League," said the 27-year-old.
- "QPR had very big ambitions and that was my main reason for going.
- "I know a lot was spoken about money but it wasn't the most important thing.
- "The thing that's most important to me is my dream to play in the Premier League and the move has enabled the dream to get a bit closer."
- Gorkss had the last laugh when he returned to Bloomfield Road on Tuesday and helped QPR record a comfortable 3-0 victory.
- But the Latvian admitted he was touched by the reception he received from some fans, who at one point began chanting his name.
- "I want to say a big thank you to the supporters who clapped and shouted for me the other night and gave me a nice reception," added Gorkss.
- "Blackpool will always be my first club in England and I think it is the club where I spent my best season so far in my career.
- "I have only warm memories about this place, I enjoyed every day there and I want to thank the fans for that.
- "I still keep in touch with a lot of the Blackpool lads, especially good mates like Ben Burgess.
- "Ben has been telling people I've got a big mansion with a swimming pool in the back garden but he lies. Don't believe a word he says! Every fifth word is true at best.
- "I think the minimum aim for QPR now is the play-offs but I think and I hope that Blackpool can stay up.
- "I think the new managers had done well in the last few games prior to Tuesday.
- "Blackpool are always going to be my second favourite team in the Championship. I have followed their results all season and I hope they do well." Blackpool Gazette

Year Flashback: QPR 19th With 33 Points from 29 Games
- A Year ago, QPR lost 3-1 at Cardiff (Pat Agyemang scoring for QPR. This was QPR's team: Camp, Delaney, Mahon, Stewart, Buzsaky (Ephraim 62), Rowlands, Connolly (Blackstock 45), Agyemang, Vine, Hall (Mancienne 38), Leigertwood. Subs: Lee, Crowther. - Cardiff vs QPR Match Report
QPR were 19th, with 33 points from 29 Games. (This season, after 29 games, QPR have 45 points and are 7th. 45 points)

League Table January 29, 2008
17 Leicester 29 1 34
18 Blackpool 29 -1 34
19 QPR 29 -9 33
20 Coventry 28 -15 32
21 Sheff Wed 28 -5 31
22 Preston 29 -8 30
23 Scunthorpe 29 -17 27
24 Colchester 28 -8 26

Also One Year Ago: Simon Walton "Confusion":

- "...Simon Walton has joined fellow Championship side Hull City on loan until the end of February....

HULL OFFICIAL SITE - City Agree Walton Loan
- The Tigers have signed midfielder Simon Walton on loan from Queens Park Rangers.
....[Walton] will be with the club until the end of the season. QPR Report

- And from QPR Report, a Year Ago "The Changing Face of QPR"> "...Much has been made in the press about QPR's "big spending" and signing of some nine or ten players. But QPR have also released a slew of players. Added to the players they released last summer (and the year before), and there's been an ongoing turnover of players at Loftus Road. ..." "The Changing Face of QPR"

Ex-QPR BIRTHDAYS TODAY: Steve Yates and Mark Stein

Steve Yates - Born January 29, 1970. Signed by Gerry Francis from Brisol Rovers as a replacement for Darren Peacock. Spent several years with QPR -

Mark Stein Turns 41
Signed by Jim Smith in 1988 from Luton for 300,000 pounds (at the same time Simon Barker joined QPR) Played for QPR from 1988-1989. Was a great scorer for subsequent clubs Stoke and Chelsea!

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