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Saturday, August 08, 2009

QPR Season Previews...Two QPR Birthdays...40 QPR Factoids...Blackpool!

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- Forty Factoids About QPR

- What All The "Experts" (and just fans) Say re QPR's Championship Chances

- Championship Promotion Odds --- Championship Leading Goalscorer Odds

Chris Kamara/Championship Preview
- "... Of the rest, QPR fans are bouncing at their prospects of finally recapturing their glory days, after a good pre-season and, in Jim Magilton, they have a top man in charge.
- In fact everyone at Loftus Road believes this could be the year they retake their place with the big guns.
- Supremo Flavio Briatore will certainly back his manager to do the business - as long as results are going their way, that is - and the Londoners should make a good fist of it..." The Sun

- Clubs Warned Not to Exploit Fans

- "What Makes A True Football Fan?"

- Craziness in Scotland: Demoted Livingston Refusing to Play

- Danny Dichio's Toronto Crushed by Real Madrid

- Masters Cup Final Draw

- Three Years Flashback: On This Day, Rehman Signs and Baidoo equalizes in Injury Times vs Leeds

QPR Birthdays Today - Phil Parkes & Damion Stewart- Stewart turns 29...Parkes turns 59
- Damion Stewart:- Stewart Stats - Stewart/Wikipedia

- Phil Parkes: Possibly QPR's greatest-ever goalkeeper (competing for that honour with Ron Springett, Reggie Allen and maybe David Seaman)...Phil Parkes. Parkes turns 58: Born August 8, 1950.
- Then QPR-Manager, Les Allen signed Parkes from Walsall in the summer of 1970 for 15,000 pounds (and recouped the money by sellig then QPR-goalie, Mike Kelly to Birmingham for slightly more.) One paper at the time of his transfer characterized Parkes as "strongly tipped for England U-23 honours.)
- Parkes made his debut at home to Leicester, in August 1970. QPR lost, but Parkes was brilliant from the first game on.
- Parkes crazily played only ONE game for England - kept out by first Gordon Banks; then Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence.
- Parkes played an integral part in getting QPR out of the second Division; and almost winning the First Division Championship...
Parkes was sold to then Division-Two West Ham in February 1979,for a world record goalie fee of 550,000 pounds. (But it still wasn't enough!). Played 344 games for QPR and the 344 for West Ham! (+ 52 games for Walsall)
- Whether Parkes was QPR's Greatest-ever goalie can always be argued. (Also Reg Allen, Peter Springett, David Seaman, etc.) But he was brilliant, consistent, and almost an ever-present for QPR.
- Parkes Stats

QPR Official Site - QPR v Blackpool - Saturday 8th August 2009 - Kick-off 3.00pm

East & West Paddocks SOLD OUT
Limited Availability in South Africa Road and Loftus Road Lower
Please purchase tickets today either by calling Box Office on 08444 777 007 or online at www.qpr.co.uk
*Supporters are reminded that they should go to the correct entrance, otherwise their bar-coded Season Ticket will be rejected.
*Supporters are also advised to arrive early QPR


Posted on: Fri 07 Aug 2009
It's almost time for the talking to stop and the serious business to begin, as the R's kick-off their Coca Cola Championship season against Blackpool on Saturday afternoon.
- Jim Magilton's side head into their opening day showdown against the Seasiders in buoyant mood, following a productive pre-season campaign, which culminated in a comfortable 3-0 victory against Southampton last weekend.
- Goals from Kaspars Gorkss, Angelo Balanta and Adel Taarabt sealed the win, to set things up nicely for the visit of Ian Holloway's new charges to W12.
- Team News
- Magilton has a strong pool of players to pick from for his maiden competitive outing as Rangers boss.
- With the exception of Argentinean midfielder Alejandro Faurlin (thigh) and Lee Cook (knee), the R's gaffer has a fully fit squad to select from, including Matt Connolly, Akos Buzsaky and Mikele Leigertwood, who all returned to full training earlier this week.
- Blackpool, buoyed by a midweek triumph over a strong Everton outfit in their final pre-season outing, could hand debuts to summer signings Charlie Adam and Jason Euell.
- The duo are both likely to start for Holloway's side, but the Seasiders will be without defender Danny Coid, who sustained a hairline fracture to his tibia in pre-season, and is set to be sidelined for around three months.
Former Rangers striker Danny Nardiello could also feature for the Tangerines.
Star Man
Paul Rachubka - Goalkeeper
- A winner of the Player of the Year award last season, Seasiders number one Paul Rachubka is set to embark on his third full season in a Blackpool jersey.
- The American-born 28 year-old, who started his career at Manchester United and made his debut for the Club in the Maracana, is now playing his most consistent football at Bloomfield Road and agreed a new contract at the end of last season.
Previous encounter
- Blackpool 0, QPR 3 (Helguson (2), Ephraim) - January 27th 2009
Heidar Helguson bagged a brace and Hogan Ephraim notched a late third, as Rangers chalked up a vital victory at a rain-soaked Bloomfield Road.
The Icelandic international bagged a goal in each half, the second from the penalty spot, before Ephraim capped a vintage away day with a third in added time.
If anything, the final scoreline flattered the hosts, who played second fiddle to the R's throughout the 90 minutes.
Match odds with Bet365
QPR win 8/11 Draw 5/2
Blackpool win 4/1
Match Coverage
QPR Player will be providing live commentary of this fixture, as well as offering extended highlights next week. QPR

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