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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

QPR January Move for Beckford?... Reading Tonight...Football League Statement re Biatore...Briatore Hearing Date Set

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- QPR 4 Reading 1 - Match Reports and Comments

- An Open Letter from News Now

- Needing to Win 11-0, nine goals in last 10 Minutes

- Updated: Dennis Wise Interest in Buying Charlton

- Martin Allen Suspended by Cheltenham and BBC

- Ken Bates' Leeds Bans the Guardian Newspaper from Elland Road (over The Guardian's coverage of 'Who Owns Leeds?')

- On This Day: Seib Dysktra Birthday...Jan Stejskal QPR Debut...The Wegerle Goal against Leeds United..and bottom-of-the-table QPR drew at home to Jim Magilton's Ipswich

- Richard Langley Promised speedy Decision by Mansfield

- A Look at Serie A...Heskey was the England Texter...The Manager/Director of Football issue at Portsmouth

Posted on: 20.10.2009
- The Football League has noted the decision by Queens Park Rangers Director Flavio Briatore to commence legal proceedings against the FIA in the French Courts.
- Lord Mawhinney, Chairman of The Football League, met with Mr. Briatore on Friday, where they discussed the recent decision of the World Motor Sport Council. Mr. Briatore informed Lord Mawhinney of his intention to take legal action against the FIA.
- The Football League will now await the Court decision before taking any further action. Football League Statement

November 24 Hearing Date for Briatore
AP -Former Renault team principal Flavio Briatore asks Paris court to overturn Formula One ban14 PM CDT, October 19, 2009
- Former Renault team principal Flavio Briatore will have a Nov. 24 hearing in an effort to overturn his Formula One ban.
- A representative for Briatore said lawyers presented a motion to the court Monday. Briatore wants the court to annul last month's decision by the World Motor Sport Council.
- Briatore was indefinitely barred for arranging for driver Nelson Piquet Jr. to deliberately crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to help teammate Fernando Alonso win the race. Briatore on Sunday called the ban a "legal absurdity."
- Auto racing's governing body and the Renault team declined to comment Monday on Briatore's legal action.
- Renault chief engineer Pat Symonds was suspended for five years because of the scandal. Alonso, a two-time world champion, is leaving to join Ferrari next season. AP

Autosport - Date set for Briatore's case against FIA
- By Jonathan Noble Monday, October 19th 2009,
- Former Renault boss Flavio Briatore's legal action against the FIA for his lifetime ban from motor racing will be heard by the French courts next month.
- A preliminary hearing took place at the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris on Monday to consider his application against motor racing's governing body, and the court confirmed that the matter was worthy of a hearing.
- A hearing date has now been set for November 24, where Briatore will bid to get his lifetime ban overturned and seek damages from the FIA." Autosport

Daily Mail/Sami Mokbel - EXCLUSIVE: QPR set to launch £1.5m swoop for Leeds hitman Jermaine Beckford
- QPR are plotting a £1.5million January move for Leeds United's prolific striker Jermaine Beckford.
The 25-year-old has yet to sign a new deal at Elland Road and looks set to leave Yorkshire on a free transfer next summer.
- Loftus Road boss Jim Magilton is ready to swoop for the 25-year-old striker, who has scored eight goals this season.
United boss Simon Grayson is reluctant to let the London-born forward leave for nothing at the end of the current campaign but knows that letting Beckford go in January could spell disaster for his side's bid to climb out of League One.
- Magilton wants to bolster his strike force once the transfer window re-opens at the turn of the year.
Sportsmail revealed last week that the Rangers manager is also eyeing a move for Wigan's out-of-favour striker Marlon King.
Rangers hope to do a deal for Beckford in January but are prepared to wait until the end of the season when he is available on a free.
But if at all possible the west London club want to avoid what will become a transfer scramble for Beckford next summer by nabbing him at the start of 2010.
- Premier League hopefuls Newcastle are interested, while Bolton are also monitoring Beckford's situation and the prospect of top-flight football next season could be the major factor in where the forward ends up. Daily Mail


- Tonight: Reading at Loftus Road on Tuesday - A look back at last season's Two QPR vs Reading Games

- Reading Manager Brendan Rodgers
"....The Royals now go to QPR on Tuesday evening, and Brendan is keen to bounce back quickly. "It's another tough game. We'll go again and be determined to get a result. Our away form has been good. When we're on our game we're a match for anyone." Reading Official Site

Bracknell Forest Standard/Jonny Fordam - Rodgers: Reading FC still lacking my type of player
- Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Reading are still missing the type of player he would like to get them playing his way.
- Royals are sitting in 21st place and travel to Queens Park Rangers tonight (7.45pm kick-off) in a tough Championship fixture against a team who have scored nine goals in their past two league games.
- Rodgers’ side have managed just nine from 12 league games and the 36-year-old admitted his Royals revolution was still not complete.
- He said: “We've had some real good bits of football and our players have been brilliant.
- “But we probably don't have the type of player, at the moment, to do what we want them to do. I've been able to reflect on what I need, the problem is I may not be able to get that straight away.
- “We have to work with the players to get positive results and that brings confidence, then success.”
- After a disappointing start to the season some fans have called for the managers head after he has only guided Reading to two wins in the Championship from 12 games.
- But despite scores of fans commenting on getreading.co.uk that Rodgers should go, the former Reading Academy boss is fully focused on the job in hand and lifting his side up the table as quickly as possible.
- He said: “I’ve come in here on a three-year contract, I'm three months into that, and I know the journey I want to go on, and that I can't do it on my own.
- “We need to get the basics right, get some results, and sometimes that might not be by playing well.
- “It might be just doing the ugly things to get results, because that breeds confidence and then we can move on from there.
- “It's a similar process to the one I had at Watford, finding out about players. Coming here, something had to be changed around, players were leaving and young players coming in.
- “I wanted to give people chances, and there's no doubt I thought we would have more than ten points from 12 games. But, I’ve given players an opportunity.”
- And Rodgers is hopeful that Reading can turn their season around by putting in a performance for a full 90 minutes at Loftus Road tonight and doing the simple things right.
- He added: “There's no getting away from it, we haven't had a great start for a number of reasons. I have great hope that we will get back to it.
- “I think what we need to do is get back to being basic in our play.” Bracknell Forest Standard

Bracknell Forest Standard/Jonny Fordham - Shaun Cummings: We can do a job at QPR
-Shaun Cummings is confident Reading can cause an upset against QPR tonight (7.45pm kick-off).
- Royals have had a slow start to the season and have lost their last two league games, the last time they slipped to three successive league losses was in April 2008- Jim Magilton’s side have netted nine goals in their last two league games with Brendan Rodgers’ side scoring just once.
QPR thrashed sixth-placed Preston 4-0 on the weekend, but Cummings believes that will mean nothing when Reading travel to West London.
He said: “We know what we can do so that’s not a problem.
“In this league anyone can beat anyone, so the fact that they beat Preston 4-0 is nothing.
“We could go there and do a job, it’s not a problem, especially if we play like we did for the first 20 minutes at West Brom against one of the top teams in the league.”
With Rodgers’ side in 21st place they could be dumped into the relegation zone tonight if Peterborough United win away at Doncaster Rovers and Royals pick up no points.
If Plymouth Argyle beat Bristol City then Reading will also need a draw or more to keep their heads above the water at the foot of the table.
And Cummings admits it has been tough recently.
“It’s been difficult these past few weeks,” added the 20-year-old right-back.
“We haven’t played badly in the past few games, but it’s just about the mentality in trying to keep the lead and knuckle down.
“Everyone is disappointed after going 1-0 up that we let West Brom get back into it and you can’t do that.
“We probably let go of the pedal a little bit when we didn’t get the second goal. Baracknell Forest Standard

Bracknell Forest Standard/Jonny Fordham - Ryan Bertrand ruled out for QPR match - October 20, 2009
- Ryan Bertrand has been ruled out of tonight’s Championship clash with QPR after he picked up concussion in the 3-1 defeat by West Brom on Saturday and Matt Mills is also a doubt.
Left-back Bertrand has started every single one of Reading’s 12 league games so far this season and is the only outfield player to have done so.
It is likely the on-loan Chelsea defender will be replaced by another loanee, Darren O’Dea from Celtic as Royals travel to Loftus Road for the mid-week fixture tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).
Joint top-scorer and centre-back Mills is likely to be in contention after he suffered a dead leg in the same game, but if he doesn’t make it is expected either Kalifa Cisse or vice-captain Alex Pearce will fill in.
Republic of Ireland striker Noel Hunt will be out for several weeks with a reoccurrence of his knee injury and Simon Church missed the trip to West Brom on the weekend after picking up a knock with Wales.
Right-back Julian Kelly will also be ruled out until January as he undergoes surgery on his shoulder to prevent it from dislocating after experiencing problems with it.
Left-back Chris Armstrong is still making his way back from knee surgery and is expected to start full training in around a months time. Bracknell Forest Standard


The R's will be gunning for a third home win on the spin at Loftus Road when Reading make the short journey to W12 tonight.

Rangers have notched nine goals in their last two outings in the Championship against Barnsley and Preston North End respectively, and go into the match in touching distance of the play-off's, with a game in hand on all of their nearest rivals.

Reading, meanwhile, have made a sluggish start to the new campaign.

Saturday's 3-1 defeat to table-toppers West Bromwich Albion left Brendan Rodgers' side just two points clear of the relegation zone.

However, despite their defeat at The Hawthorns, it's worth noting that it's on their travels that Rodgers' men have been at their best, picking up two wins and a draw from their six fixtures to date.

Team News

Ben Watson is free to return to the Rangers squad following the completion of his one match ban.

The R's loanee missed Saturday's 4-0 thumping of Preston owing to the red card he received against Swansea City prior to the international break, but is likely to return to the Rangers midfield for the visit of the Royals.

However, Jim Magilton is still without no fewer than seven First Team squad members owing to injury or illness.

Martin Rowlands (knee), Hogan Ephraim (ankle), Alessandro Pellicori (knee), Matthew Connolly (Glandula Fever), Angelo Balanta (groin), Lee Cook (knee) and Mikele Leigertwood (virus) all remain sidelined.

Reading are expected to give late fitness tests to defensive duo Ryan Bertrand and Matt Mills ahead of tonight's match.

Both defenders were forced off against West Brom at the weekend.

Bertrand was forced from the fray owing to a clash of heads, whilst Mills sustained a shin injury.

Last Time Out

QPR 0, Reading 0.

Coca Cola Championship - Saturday 31st January 2009

In front of a season's highest attendance of 17,120, QPR extended their unbeaten run to eight matches with a closely-fought draw with high-flying Reading.

For the second time in the season, the free-scoring Royals - English football's highest scorers - failed to find a way past the R's.

In a match of few clear-cut chances, Leroy Lita twice tested Lee Camp, who stood tall to deny the visiting striker, whilst for Rangers, Heidar Helguson came within inches of finding the net on two occasions.

With both sides looking for the winner at the death, there was just time for Damion Stewart to brilliantly deny Kevin Doyle.

But ultimately in remained goalless, with both sides having to make do with a share of the points.

Pre-match Talk
R's gaffer Jim Magilton...
"It's important we follow up Saturday's win with another victory this evening.
"Reading haven't enjoyed the best of starts to the new campaign, but they've got a very good, young hungry Manager and a very capable squad.
"We'll need to maintain the standards we set on Saturday - and if we do that, I'm confident we will keep climbing the table."

Reading boss Brendan Rodgers...
"It's another tough game.
"We'll go again and be determined to get a result.
"Our away form has been good. When we're on our game we're a match for anyone."

Match odds with Bet365 QPR win - 5/6 Draw - 12/5 Reading win - 7/2

Match Coverage
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- R's legend 'Sir' Les Ferdinand will be back at Loftus Road tonight, as the Hoops lock horns with Reading in the Coca Cola Championship.
- The former QPR hot-shot, who is now an established pundit with the BBC, is coming to W12 to run the rule over Jim Magilton's men prior to our trip to Derby County this weekend - a fixture which will be screened live on the BBC.
- Ferdinand will also be on hand to present R's goalkeeper Radek Cerny with the Puma Golden Glove award he scooped last season.
- The Rangers stopper - who has been in fine form again this campaign, saving two spot-kicks in as many matches last month - was the joint recipient of the Championship award last season.
- Awarded to the goalkeeper who keeps the most clean sheets over the course of the campaign, Cerny topped the charts alongside Sheffield United stopper Paddy Kenny.
- The Czech custodian enjoyed a remarkable maiden season at Loftus Road, recording 19 clean sheets from 47 appearances in all competitions.
- Ferdinand will present the award to Cerny at 19.40pm this evening - so make sure you arrive early to show your appreciation. QPR

- Serbia: Police Charge the President of Serbia under anti-Hooliganism Law!

- Heidar Helguson Still Not Yet Fit for Watford

- Wayne Routledge (but NOT Adel Taarabt) makes Football League's Championship Team of the Week.
- Also in the team: Ex-QPR Dexter Blackstock and Jerome Thomas)

- Team of the Week

- Briatore Fights Back: Is Suing the FIA in France - Various Reports

- On This Day: Dave Thomas Signs and Gary Waddock "Departs QPR" (and "Flashback to David Conn/The Guardian 'The ABC of Boardroom Intrigue at Loftus Road'

- QPR 4 Preston 0: Compilation of Match Reports (including Fan Reviews) and Managerial Comments and Video

- Adel Taarabt January Departure?
"...I have a clause that if a Premier League club wants me, I can leave in January...Spurs wanted me to sign a contract (extension) in the summer but I wanted to go to Spain or Italy. They wouldn’t let me, so I went back to the Championship to show what I can do, and hopefully I’ll be in the Premier League soon." Daily Mail/Phil Gradwell and The Times

- Telegraph - Queens Park Rangers' finance director Gavin Taylor quits football club to set up hedge fund

- Football Against Racism Week: October 15-27

- QPR's New Sponsor, Toyo: Who Are Toyo? (Various Possibilities - If anyone actually knows for sure...]

Winkball - QPR v Preston 17th October 2009
"A video wall by Sports Reporters - WinkBall reporters went to Loftus Road to ask Rangers fans. How do you think QPR will cope with the loss of Flavio Briatore?
Do you think QPR will get promoted this season?"

Click here link to Wall

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