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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Bernie Ecclestone's Perspective on QPR (and Hitler)....The July 4th QPR-USA Connection

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- Part QPR owner, Bernie Ecclestone Q&A. Ecclestone's View of Hitler
[Ecclestone re QPR "...It’s not much fun — we’ve always got the wrong players and the wrong manager.”]

- Rumoured Stoke Bid for Buzsaky

- Flashback: Last Year's Q&A With Marc Bircham (now apparently returning to QPR to coach QPR youth)

- Ken Bates Libel Case Aftermath

The July 4th: QPR - USA Connection
- [Suggest any additions to "The QPR-USA connection"]

- QPR & USA- Besides a considerable number of QPR fans who live throughout the United States, there has been a QPR-USA connection. Unfortunately on the playing side, only a couple of US players played for QPR: Juergen Sommer and Roy Wegerle. (Wegerle at QPR remembered)

- - Two seasons ago, QPR had two American goalkeepers in the squad. Matt Pickens who spent a few months with the club, coming from Chicago Fire, before being released. Another American goalie, Dale Crowther, was on the QPR subs bench a couple of times.

- Several QPR players have gone to the USA: Most recently, Gino Padula signed for Columbus Crewe although he's scarely played; while Danny Dichio is with Toronto and is in the running for the MLS all stars team.

- - Others: Juergen Sommer to Columbus Crew (and he is now Director of Soccer with Colorado Rapids; and Roy Wegerle, Steve Morrow, Danny Dichio and John Spencer (Morrow who was recently axed as Chief Coach with FC Dallas; and Spencer having moved into coaching).

- The greatest of them all, Rodney Marsh...

- Ex-QPR manager, Gordon Jago, the man who built the foundations for QPR's 1975/76 "Championship" Team, came to QPR having coached in the US, and after QPR (and Millwall) returned to the US where he's been involved in coaching for the past three decades. (Note: In 1984, Jago was reappointed QPR manager after Terry Venables and then a week later, was "unappointed.") - Gordon Jago Over the Years

- QPR came close to having a link to Milwaukee Brave/Tim Krause.

- In the early 1980s, Dean Neal was transferred from QPR to Tulsa Roughnecks. As was David McCreery. and Barry Wallace (RIP). In late 1970s, Mick Leach (RIP) went to Detroit Express (as did then Birmingham's Trevor Francis).

Addendum: To add: Ex-QPR Terry Mancini, to LA Aztecs in 1977

- A couple of seasons ago, QPR Reserves played a US-Under 20 last season "Generation adidas 2, Queens Park Rangers reserves 0"

US Based Fan Sites:

- Big Soccer Forum - QPR Fans


- QPRUSA Blog and QPR America

- QPR Report and QPR Report Messageboard

- QPR Playing as Tampa Bay Rowdies in 1986

- ADDENDUM: If anyone is interested in sending info for an online "Listing/Directory" of QPR suporters in the USA - but also in Canada and in fact any part of the world outside of the UK and Ireland, just send the information to QPRReport@hotmail.com (And how much information you want put: Name? Poster Name? email?City/State/Country - Any bio.]


- Stuart Pearce's Dark Side

- Year Flashback: A pre-assessment by QPR Italia/Vital Football QPR of QPR's Italian signings/rumoured signings

- (Unlike QPR) Barnsley's Youth part of the FA Premier Academy League (playing the likes) Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton, etc

- Ex-QPR Matt Pickens Speaking

- Football Fan Census: "The Big Issues in Football" Questionaire

Dave McIntyre/BBC606 on Lee Camp Sale and the QPR Rumour Mill from the club

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