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Thursday, June 18, 2009

QPR Confirm Forest Green Rovers Friendly...Taarabt Linked to Malaga...Another Ipswich Player Praises Magilton...Rowlands Looks Forward.

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- Rangers will lock horns with Forest Green Rovers in a pre-season friendly fixture ahead of the 2009/10 Coca Cola Championship campaign.
- Jim Magilton will take his R's side to the New Lawn on Tuesday 21st July 2009 - 7.45pm kick-off.
- The Blue Square Premier division side are currently managed by Jim Harvey, who was Assistant Manager of the Northern Ireland national side when the R's boss played for his country of birth.
- Entry prices for the friendly fixture are as follows: Adults £10; Concessions £5; Children (under 16 yrs) £2.
- *A further update on our pre-season schedule will follow shortly...
Aldershot Town v QPR - Saturday 11th July 2009 (3.00pm)
Forest Green Rovers v QPR - Tuesday 21st July 2009 (7.45pm)
Oxford United v QPR - Friday 24th July 2009 (7.45pm)
Wycombe Wanderers v QPR - Tuesday 28th July 2009 (7.45pm)

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- "Taarabt could leave Tottenham for Malaga"

- Midfielder Martin Rowlands is relishing an opening day reunion with former R's boss Ian Holloway, when his Blackpool charges visit W12 on Saturday 8th August.
- The 30 year-old played arguably some of the best football of his career under Ollie, yet whilst he still holds him in the highest regard, he insists all friendships will be put on hold for 90 minutes when the two Clubs meet on the first day of the new campaign.
- "It's a good start for us and it will be great to see Ollie again," Rowlands told www.qpr.co.uk.
- "I wish him all the best at Blackpool and I hope he's very successful there, but I won't be befriending him on the opening day.
- "You can't underestimate how important it is to get off to a good start. It's massive."
- Rowlands added: "The first few games give us a good chance to get out of the traps early.
- "We want to underline our intentions for the season right from the off.
- "If we can string some good early results together, it would give the team confidence.
- "Of course, no game is going to be easy in the Championship this season, but we've got to be happy with the start."
- Looking towards the very end of the campaign, Rowlands spoke with gusto about the prospect of Newcastle United coming to W12, adding: "Newcastle is a fantastic final game for us.
- "It should be a full house and hopefully we'll go into it with something to play for, or even better, having already achieved something notable.
- "It's a fixture everyone will be looking forward to, because Newcastle are a massive Club, and I'm certainly excited by it being our final game of the season." QPR

[b]The Lowestoft Journal - Ipswich's David Wright Praises Magilton[/b]
- DAVID Wright today insisted that Ipswich Town missed two golden opportunities to win their way back to the Premier League.
- And the experienced full back is predicting that 10 teams will be fighting for the two automatic promotion places from the Coca-Cola Championship next season......
- Wright, 29, also expects Jim Magilton to do well at Queens Park Rangers, and says that the man he still refers to as the 'Gaffer' received a rough deal from some quarters last season at Portman Road.
- “Jim brought me to this club and believed in me, so I feel very loyal to him.
- “The criticism he received snowballed after one or two calls for protests and was crazy. It was well out of order
....." Lowestoft Journal

Blackpool Gazette/Steve Canavan - Burgess Looking Forward to Reunion
- BEN Burgess is looking forward to meeting up with an old mate on the first day of the season.
- The Seasiders striker is close friends with Kaspars Gorkss, who departed Bloomfield Road to join QPR last summer.
- Burgess was gutted he didn't get the chance to play against Gorkss when the sides met last season.
- Gorkss didn't play in the Loftus Road encounter, while Burgess was injured for the return.
- "I watched that home match from the stands – they beat us 3-0 and gave us a bit of a spanking so it's time to get our own back I think," said Burgess.
- "It's mad how it's turned out, with Ian Holloway going back to his old club.
- "But for me it will be good to play against Kaspars because he's a good friend and we got on really well when he was at Blackpool.
- "It will be nice to have a good battle with him for 90 minutes and I'm sure he'll kick me up in the air a few times!"
- The Seasiders have a miserable record at Rangers. They have only ever won once at Loftus Road, in 1972 when a Keith Dyson strike secured a 1-0 victory.
- And with QPR determined to get their season off to a flying start under new manager Jim Magilton, it will be a big ask to kick off with a three-point haul.
- "I wanted a home fixture first up and we've got that," said Magilton.
- "The fact it's Ian Holloway adds a bit of spice to the occasion.
- "Both managers will be really looking forward to it for obvious reasons – it will be a really special day." Blackpool Gazette

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