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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Ask Rodney Marsh....Delaney to Ipswich?...Flashback: Chris Wright Bids for QPR....Nick Blackburn Becomes QPR Chairman

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- Damien Delaney to Ipswich?
- MIRROR - DEL BOY 30/05/2009 - Ipswich boss Roy Keane could swoop for £500,000 Republic of Ireland defender Damien Delaney, who fell out of favour at QPR under Iain Dowie and Paulo Sousa.
- Delaney's lack of matches at Loftus Road has affected his international prospects, as Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has not picked him in recent squads. Mirror

Loewestoft Journal/May 29, 2008 - Roy Keane eyes up move for Delaney
- IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane is eyeing fellow countryman Damien Delaney as his first signing.
- The left-back, or central defender, would cost around half a million pounds with his current club Queens Park Rangers looking to recoup most of the £600,000 they paid Hull for his services 18 months ago....
- Delaney was a regular at Loftus Road under manager Luigi De Canio, but became an increasingly forgotten figure when first Iain Dowie and then Paulo Sousa took over the QPR hot seat.
- Delaney lost his place to Matt Connolly in the closing weeks of the season but returned for the final day defeat at Preston.
- With Dan Harding and Matt Richards having been released by Keane, Ben Thatcher is the only left-sided defender currently in the Ipswich squad.
- Keane is targeting this area to strengthen and the 27-year-old who was a successful Gaelic footballer in his younger days could fit the bill.
- Delaney, who played with Jon Walters while with Hull, made his international debut against Serbia 12 months ago. He made one further appearance - soon afterwards - against Colombia.
- When Hull won promotion to League Two in 2003/04, Delaney played as a central defender and won the player of the year award, scoring the last goal at Boothferry Park before the move to the KC Stadium.
- Delaney's contract at Loftus Road runs to the summer of 2011 although they are prepared to sell him if the price is right.
- He failed to earn rave reports last season but still chalked up 42 appearances and in total made 59 appearances and scored three goals for Rangers. Lowestoft Journal

Thirteen years ago today....: The Independent/Steve Bale - May 30, 1996 - Pounds 10m offer to link QPR with Wasps
- Combining football and rugby clubs, much touted since rugby union went professional nine months ago, will become reality if Queen's Park Rangers and Wasps accept bids from a music magnate who intends to bring them together at Loftus Road.
- Chris Wright, majority shareholder of the television and entertainment group Chrysalis, yesterday tabled an pounds 8m offer to buy the recently relegated football club from Richard Thompson. At the same time he proposed paying pounds 1.75m for a 49.9 per cent stake in Wasps, with another pounds 1m available for players' contracts.
- Rangers director Alan Hedges said that Wright's was just one of three offers for the football club. One is fronted by the former Guinness chief, Ernest Saunders.
- "I have been a supporter at Loftus Road for 20 years. That's why I want to get involved - because I am a fanatic," Wright said yesterday. He said that Ray Wilkins would definitely continue as manager, and would have money to buy new players.
- Wright believed he had the deal "in the bag" two days ago but said that Thompson "changed the parameters - and that usually means asking for more money".
- Wasps have asked for 21 days to consider Wright's offer, which is contingent on their playing first-team matches at Loftus Road and using their present facility at Sudbury near Wembley for second-team fixtures for both the football and rugby clubs, though Wright is reportedly interested in developing Sudbury if his QPR interest goes unrequited.
- Wright's plan received the immediate endorsement of their captain, the England flanker Lawrence Dallaglio, and the Wasps players.
- "The QPR link-up would undoubtedly be good for Wasps," Dallaglio said yesterday. "It would provide us with the best stadium facilities in the country and help us go into the new era of professional rugby in the right environment to produce a trophy-winning side."
- He added: "The surface is like a bowling-green and would be fantastic to play on." Quite how long it would stay in such pristine condition is arguable, though, remembering the experience of Cardiff City when the Cardiff rugby league side played at Ninian Park in the early 1980s. Then, the rugby, even without union's churningly intensive scrummaging, rucking and mauling, played havoc with the turf.
- That would be just one of the implications that the Football League would want to investigate. "Any member club wishing to share its ground with another sporting activity would need our permission," League spokesman Chris Hull said.
- "There would be obvious concerns as to the standard of pitches for League matches if another sport were to be staged on the same ground."
- There are also potential problems with the pitch size. On the few occasions rugby has used football facilities - for instance, when the North played New Zealand at Anfield in 1993 - the pitch has had to be shortened in order to accommodate even a truncated in-goal area.
- "These proposals not only offer both clubs financial security but also the chance to establish London's premier sporting venue at Loftus Road," Wright said. "We would ensure that Wasps and QPR retain their individual identities but are able to benefit from the huge marketing and commercial opportunities that the joint organisation would provide."

Seven years ago today: Nick Blackburn appointed QPR Chairman
May 30, 2002 -BBC Blackburn takes charge at QPR[/b]
- Nick Blackburn has been installed as the new chairman of QPR, following the club's exit from administration last week.
Blackburn was vice-chairman to Chris Wright, and then acting chairman following Wright's resignation last year.
Rangers chief executive David Davies had been strongly tipped to take on the role of chairman, having helped steer the club through its crisis period.
However, Davies will be staying in his current job, while director Ross Jones has taken over as chairman of parent company Loftus Road plc. BBC

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