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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

QPR Football Snippets Wednesday...Rose Returns...Middlesbrough Helguson Interest?....Ex-QPR Danny Dichio Retiring...Kuslcar's Menigitis Flashback

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- Romone Rose Has Returned to QPR from Northampton Loan

- Recalling the QPR-Chelsea "Thriving Relationship"

- Football Museum Moving from Preston to Manchester?

- Flashback: George Kulscar & QPR's Menigitis Scare/Game Cancellation: One Decade Ago Today!

- England U-19 Win.....England U-21 Draw

- Burnley's Gracious Help to Accrington Stanley -- To Contribute to Save Accrington Stanley

- Updated "Worst 50 England Internationals List (21-50)

- LoftforWords' Clive Whittingham writing in GoalFood on his Fifteen Hour Football Marathon: "7 games, 15 hours, a fridge full of beer and trying to avoid Gary Birtles...the ultimate TV football endurance test"

- Guardian's David Conn on Football Academies

- QPR vs Peterborough: The Ref will be Mr. O Langford

Middlesbrough Helguson Interest?
(Same story as last week)
Mirror/James Nursey - Derby striker snubs Middlesbrough for second time- Derby striker Rob Hulse has turned down Middlesbrough for the second time in a week.
Boro boss Gareth Southgate desperately wanted Rams ace Hulse, 29, to boost his attack following the sale of Tuncay and Stewart Downing.
He originally tried to sign Hulse on transfer deadline day last Tuesday with a big-money £4million bid which tempted cash-strapped Derby.
And Southgate returned yesterday with an offer to take Hulse on loan before completing a permanent move in January.
But Hulse, who scored 18 goals last term after signing from Sheffield United in July 2008 for £1.75m, has once again declined Boro’s advances.
And Southgate is now turning his attention to other targets, including QPR marksman Heidar Helguson. Mirror

Ex-QPR Danny Dichio Retiring From Football
CBC News - John F. Molinaro, CBC Sports
- Toronto FC's Dichio set to retire - Veteran striker will announce retirement Wednesday

- The Major League Soccer club has called a media conference for Wednesday morning, when veteran striker Danny Dichio will officially announce his retirement, a source told CBCSports.ca.
- Dichio, who turns 35 in October, is expected to join Toronto's coaching staff immediately.
- The Englishman is walking away from the game as a player at the same time his team is desperately trying to secure its first playoff berth since entering the MLS as an expansion franchise three years ago.
- Toronto sits 11th overall in the MLS standings with 31 points and is three spots behind Real Salt Lake, which occupies the eighth and final playoff position.
- The Reds are involved in a seven-way dogfight for the final four post-season berths but, with just six games left in the season, time is running out.
- Renowned for his combative and confrontational playing style, the six-foot-three Dichio cemented his status as a club icon on May 12, 2007, when he scored the franchise's very first goal in a 3-1 win over the Chicago Fire.
- To this day, whether he's on the field or not, fans still burst out into song and chant his name in the 24th minute during home games — his goal against Chicago came in the 24th minute — a tribute to the most popular player ever to wear the team's trademark red-and-white jersey.
- Dichio's status a hot topic
Dichio, who back in March declared he planned to retire at the end of the 2009 MLS season, is also Toronto's all-time leading scorer with 14 goals in 59 appearances.
- The Englishman's status with Toronto has been a hot topic since he didn't travel with the team to Los Angeles on Aug. 22, when Toronto dropped a 2-0 decision to Chivas USA.
- Asked about Dichio's absence, coach Chris Cummins said the striker was too banged up physically to travel to West Coast games and be an asset to the club, and would only be asked to make such road trips in an emergency.
- But Dichio subsequently flew to Seattle and Denver for road games the past two weeks, and played the final 20 minutes in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids.
- Before the Colorado game, Dichio's last appearance in a regular-season contest had come in a 3-2 loss to the Columbus Crew on July 25, when he played three minutes as a late substitute.
- Dichio played for handful of English clubs during a 14-year spell before joining Toronto in 2007.
- After making his professional debut in 1993 with Queens Park Rangers, Dichio spent time at Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, Millwall and Preston North End. He also had brief stints with Italian clubs Lecce and Sampdoria. CBC News

Two Ex-QPR Birthdays - Simon Royce and Kevin Brock

- Former QPR Goalie, Simon Royce, now with Gillingham Turns 38: - Born September 9, 1971. Spent two periods on loan at QPR, before signing for QPR. Was also at Southend, Charlton, Leicester. See Also Simon Royce/Wikipedia

Former QPR player, Kevin Brock Turns 47 - Born September 9, 1962.
Signed by Jim Smith from Oxford in August 1987(a year after he helped destroy QPR in the League Cup Final), Brock played a year and bit for QPR, before following Jim Smith to Newcastle, when Smith took over as Newcastle manager in December 1988. Managing Ardley United. See Also Kevin Brock

- QPR Reserves and Brentford Reserves Draw: Reports from Both Perspectives

- Ex-Arsenal (and now Hibs) Goalie Graham Stack on him and his family being QPR Fans

- re Briatore/Renault Assertion - Updated

- Mutu's Open Letter to Chelsea

- Steve Coppell Going to the Wrong club!

- Northampton Axe Stuart Gray

- Recalling Pat Agyemang's signing (on a 4 1/2 year contract). (After his initial 8 goals, scored in six successive games, subsequently scored 3 times in 30+ games)

- Recalling QPR Chief Scout, Franco Ceravolo

- Eight Year Flashback: QPR1st Met with one of the consortia trying to take over QPR: The Brian Melzac consortium with Haleem Kheralla

- Zesh Rehman Settling in with Bradford

- How's Sousa Doing?...Harbin at Swansea...Another Swansea Signing

- Alan McDonald World Cup Memories

- August Championship Manager of the Month Nominees

- Ex-QPR John Beck and Gareth Ainsworth at Lincoln? (Beck denies)

- QPR re "Loyalty Points"

- Special T-Shirt Available From The Club Shop

- T-Shirt Club Announcement ---(Offer Your Opinion about the T shirt!)

- [Football] Boots for Africa and PFA Team Up for Charity (Individuals can contribute own boots)

QPR Fan Petition to bring back to QPR, Former Scout, Mel Johnson
- Petition Preamble
- Petition: - "We, the undersigned, call for Jim Magilton, John Gorman, Gianni Paladini, Amit Bhatia and Flavio Briatore to strongly consider re-employing Mel Johnson as a scout at Queens Park Rangers Football Club. -- Click Here To Sign The Petition
- Also Facebook: "Get Mel Johnson Back at QPR"

New Book re QPR "Hooped Dreams -Billionaires, QPR and the Premiership Promised Land." By Mick Kelly. (Foreword by Rodney Marsh) - Book Description

- Own Flavio Briatore's old Car!

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