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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Lee Cook Reportedly Out for Four Months...QPR Supposedly Want Rose Loan...Ron Springett Finally Gets His 1966 Medal

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The Mirror: Cook Out...Rose to QPR?
- "...QPR want Danny Rose on a season-long loan from Spurs after learning Lee Cook will be out for four months.
- Winger Cook, 26, had an operation on his knee last week to clean up a niggling injury and is likely to be sidelined until October.
- Rangers will now try to sign Redknapp's highlyrated former Leeds trainee Rose, who turns 19 next month" Mirror


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Sheffield Star - A medal at last for Owls' World Cup winner- OWLS

legend Ron Springett has finally been awarded his 1966 World Cup winner's medal – declaring it "one of the greatest days of my life".
- Ron, aged 73, was watched by his proud daughter, Terry, as he received his medal from Prime Minister Gordon Brown in Downing Street.
- He and England squad colleagues who missed out on medals were then guests of the FA at the England v Andorra match.
- When England beat West Germany 4-2 in 1966 only the players were awarded medals. Ron was part of the squad but did not play in the tournament.
- Gordon Brown said: "Justice has finally been done. The medals you deserve are finally being awarded."
- Ron said: "I thought I would be in the cemetery before I got this. It was a wonderful, wonderful day - one of the greatest of my life. There are of course others - signing for Sheffield Wednesday was the other one."
- Terry, who is football secretary at QPR, said: "Dad is so proud. It is a massive honour for him and he has been looking forward to it since he was told he would be getting a medal 18 months ago." Sheffield Star

- Ron Springett described picking up his World Cup winner's medal from Downing Steer yesterday as an "absolutely fabulous" moment.
- The former R's goalkeeper - who started and finished his career at Loftus Road - was a member of England's successful 1966 squad, but didn't receive a medal as, up until 1974, they were only handed to the 11 men who played on the victorious side in the final itself.
- Springett joined 10 other members of England's squad to pick up their medals yesterday from the Prime Minister after Fifa changed the ruling.

"Gordon's a lot smaller than I thought he was," Springett said with a chuckle.

"I told him that I could get him in my local side, but he would need to start on the subs' bench, and work his way into the team. He roared laughing!"

"But it was absolutely fabulous to finally get a medal, it was even more special than I hoped it would be.
- "Gordon said well done, and told us we fully deserved this recognition."
So what does Springett intend to do with his medal, now that he has got it after 43 years of waiting?
"I'm going to have to put it into hiding," he joked.
"My wife Barbara is very protective of it. I wanted to take it out today to show some friends but she wouldn't let me!
"But it's beautiful, and I am very, very proud."
Springett remains an avid follower of the R's, missing only three home matches last term. And he intends to be a regular in W12 once again next season.
"Our aim has to be the play-offs," he added. "It is going to be very tough because some big teams have come down from the Premiership.
"But fingers crossed, this will be our year. QPR

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