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Thursday, January 14, 2010

QPR Report Thursday: Tabloid: Hart Axe?...No Folan to QPR...Holloway's Last QPR Win...Greatest QPR Goal?


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- Kevin Gallen Unwanted at Luton?

- Portsmouth Fans Set up Supporters Trust

- When Saturday Comes (WSC) Ian Plenderleith: Premier League fans invest in success

- English Football's Elite Take the Money Game to Asia - "...Indian steel czar Lakshmi Mittal has also DABBLED in the sport, joining Formula One's Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone as part owners in unfashionable lower-league club Queen's Park Rangers in 2007..."

- Two Year Flashback: Marcus Bignot Released by QPR

- West Ham vs Millwall Disturbances: Football Association Verdict: West Ham Guilty; Millwall Not Proven

- Briatore/Juventus "Update"
- Briatore Not Planning to Rush Back to F1
- Pellicori Close to Move

Hull Daily Mail - HULL CITY: Folan's happy to leave – if deal is right
- CALEB Folan has told Hull City he is happy to leave – but only if the club finds a move he considers suitable.
- The Tigers are actively seeking a new club for the out-of-favour striker as chairman Adam Pearson looks to cut a £39m wage bill.
And Folan is one of those being offered around, having already spent an unsuccessful loan spell at Middlesbrough this season.
The Mail understands City manager Phil Brown has been told he will not be able to bring in a new forward himself until Folan moves on.
The 27-year-old has twice written himself into the Tigers history book, by becoming City's first £1m signing when joining from Wigan in August 2007, then scoring the winning goal against Fulham in the club's first-ever Premier League clash a year later.
- He had looked set to join Championship club Queens Park Rangers on loan last week, along with Daniel Cousin, who has agreed to a move on his return from the African Cup of Nations.
- However, despite a deal being agreed by the two clubs, the Republic of Ireland striker opted out of the move after holding talks with Rangers boss Paul Hart.

- Brown has publicly admitted Folan has no future at City, and with that in mind, Folan's agent Hayden Evans insisted he was still open to moving on.
And he said he wouldn't rule out Folan playing his football elsewhere come the end of the month.
- He said: "The deal between Hull and QPR was agreed between the two clubs and then they brought that to us.
"Caleb spoke to Paul Hart and he was initially interested in possibly playing for him as he knew him from their time at Leeds, but in the end he decided it wasn't right for him at this time.

- "Caleb hasn't put in a transfer request at Hull City and he has a contract which runs until the end of next season.
"Obviously Hull have made it clear that they want to move him out on loan, and Caleb wants to play football so is not being obstructive.
"He just wants to make sure that when he moves on he is fully recovered from his recent injury and fully fit and able to do a job for the team he joins.
"He also wants to ensure it is a move that is suitable for him.
"At present, Hull have not come to us with any other offers, but there are still two weeks left before the window closes so he could yet move on."
- TIGERS' unwanted striker, Daniel Cousin, scored the only goal as Gabon made a winning start to their African Cup of Nations campaign against Cameroon. Cousin struck in the 17th minute. Hull

[As posted last night]
Mirror/James Nursey - Hart facing QPR axe over Taarabt row - exclusive
- Paul Hart is fighting to save his job as QPR manager after falling out with Adel Taarabt.
- Former Portsmouth boss Hart, 56, was put in charge of Championship Rangers in December until the end of the season.
- Hart got the post after Jim Magilton was sacked - as revealed by MirrorFootball - following a dressing-room bust-up with Akos Buzsaky .
- But now Hart’s own position is being reviewed after just one win in five games.
- Hart is being undermined by Rangers outspoken Moroccan midfielder Taarabt.
- Mercurial Taarabt, 20, on loan from Spurs, is unhappy after starting just twice under Hart.
-And the fiery Taarabt has been moaning constantly to most people at the club about Hart.
- Taarabt came off the bench in Rangers’ 3-2 FA Cup home defeat to Sheffield United on Tuesday night.
- Rangers were 3-0 down when Taarabt was introduced and he is now expecting a start this weekend at Blackpool. Mirror

Flashback: Holloway's Last QPR Win
Four years ago today, January 14, 2006, Ian Holloway chalked up his his final victory for QPR as QPR beat Southampton 1-0 at Loftus Road (Also Waclott's last game before off to Arsenal)..
QPR were 5 points out of a playoff spot.
- After this match, QPR lost their next three games: (Luton, Away; Leicester, home and Leeds, away and Holloway was placed on Gardening Leave.
- The two teams:
QPR: Royce, Bignot, Shittu, Rose, Ainsworth, Santos, Cook, Baidoo, Furlong, Lomas, Langley. Subs: Milanese, Evatt, Moore, Donnelly, Taylor.
- Southampton: Smith, Lundekvam, Powell, Oakley, Quashie, Higginbotham, Kenton, Blackstock, Balmadi, Walcott, Dyer. Subs: Bialkowski, Fuller, Jones, Cranie, Prutton.
Times Match Report

January 14, 2006: QPR Official Site - Holloway's Post Match Comments
- Ian Holloway heaped praise on comeback king Steve Lomas, after the Hoops beat Southampton 1-0 at Loftus Road.
Returning to the Rangers line-up after a three month absence due to injury, Lomas was instrumental as Rangers jumped to 11th in the Championship.
"We played really well. I thought we were terrific from start to finish.
"Steve Lomas made a huge difference and we looked a lot more solid with him in the side. He's the voice that the team needs.
"He's a fantastic leader and alongside Richard Langley, the pair of them were absolutely fantastic.
"It was a big result for us and we worked very hard to get it.''
Rangers, who have now registered 10 points from their last four matches, are just five points adrift of the play-off's and with the addition of two new players in the last 24 hours, Ollie is in buoyant mood.
"We had a good balance today and that was key.
"We've got young kids knocking on the door and it's nice to have some genuine, young quality in the squad now.
"All my players worked their socks off today and I'm delighted with the three points.
"We've got a huge list of transfer targets. I'm really grateful to Blackburn for giving me Andy Taylor. He looks quality and the addition of the Polish lad, who can play right back or centre back, is a huge signing.
"He's 21, big, strong and quick and we've beaten a lot of clubs to his signature so I'm delighted.'

- From Francis to Ferdinand and Ainsworth to Allen, everyone has their own favourite Queens Park Rangers goal of all time - but which is truly the number one?
- We have compiled ten of the greatest goals in the R's illustrious history and we want you to decide which one will have the honour of being labeled the Club's best ever.
- So, sit back, read on and relive some truly wonderful moments, as we take a walk down the Blue and White hooped path of memory lane to finally decide what really is Queens Park Rangers' greatest ever goal of all time…

Rodney Marsh v West Bromwich Albion
March 4th 1967
League Cup Final
A goal on QPR's most famous day from one our greatest ever players - the maverick Rodney Marsh and his strike in the 1967 League Cup Final. Picking up the ball 30 yards from goal, Marsh skipped past two defenders before sliding the ball in off the past from edge of the box past West Brom custodian Putz Sheppard. A goal worthy of the occasion, that drew Rangers level, as they fought back from 2-0 down to become the first Third Division side to lift the League Cup in the first ever Wembley final.

Gerry Francis v Liverpool
August 16th 1975
First Division
Loftus Road
A sweeping, passing QPR move that was the epitome of the side that ran Liverpool so close to the title that season. Ironically, this goal was against Liverpool on the first day of the campaign and would later be voted as the BBC's 'Goal of the Season.' A move that started from the back, included a cheeky back-heel from Stan Bowles and then found Gerry Francis, who played a well-timed one-two with Don Givens, before slotting the ball into the back of the net. It was Rangers' first-ever win over the Merseyside outfit and a goal and win that set the tone for a truly memorable season, where Dave Sexton's men were a mere one point away from being crowned League Champions.

Clive Allen v West Ham United
March 31st 1984
First Division
Upton Park
The Allen family have created a whole host of memories panning four decades, but no goal was better than this one from Clive. Receiving the ball on the edge on the penalty area, the Rangers striker was under pressure from two defenders in claret and blue. Allen didn't panic though and bamboozled both players with a series of wonderfully skilled drag-backs and a flick that gave him the time and space to slide the ball past the Hammers keeper. It would be one of 15 strikes that the Rangers forward contributed in the Clubs first season back in the top-flight for five years.

Trevor Francis v Aston Villa
September 23rd 1989
First Division
Villa Park
Trevor Francis may well have been in the twilight of his career in his time at Loftus Road, but he still showed some of the brilliance that made him Britain's first million pound player - including a real wonder goal against Aston Villa during his Player / Manager spell. A long QPR throw was eventually headed out of the Villa box, but only as far as Francis on the right-hand edge of the penalty area. With poise and prowess, Francis flicked the ball up with one foot and volleyed it with the other, as it looped over the helpless Villa goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net. Unfortunately, it all ended sour for Francis two months later, as he was sacked and replaced by Don Howe.

Roy Wegerle v Leeds United
October 20th 1990
Elland Road
First Division
It takes a special kind of player to wear the Rangers number 10 shirt and Roy Wegerle had that special something in abundance - and didn't he just show it against Leeds United in the 1990/91 campaign.
Picking the ball up on the left flank, Wegerle nipped past the first defender, put it through the legs of the next, fooled another with some clever footwork and out-fought two more United players, before his mazy run ended with a powerful shot into the bottom corner. A special goal, from a truly classic Rangers number 10.

Les Ferdinand v Manchester United
December 10th 1994
Loftus Road
Premier League
Les Ferdinand scored nearly 100 goals for Queens Park Rangers in his nine year stint in W12, but none better than a spectacular strike against then Champions, Manchester United, during Rangers' Premier League heyday. After picking up possession from Trevor Sinclair 30 yards from goal, the R's number nine - with his back to goal - fought off the challenge of Paul Ince before firing a wonderfully placed shot into the top corner, giving the great Peter Schmeichel absolutely no chance in front of the School End. It was one of a career best 28 goals Les scored in his final season at Loftus Road.

Trevor Sinclair v Barnsley
February 25th 1997
FA Cup
Loftus Road
For a player who played in the Premier League for the majority of his career and represented England at the 2002 World Cup, it's maybe a surprise that Trevor Sinclair will be best remembered for a goal in a fairly unattractive FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Barnsley. But this was no ordinary goal! John Spencer crossed a long hopeful ball towards Sinclair, who - with his back to goal - instinctively caught the ball with a bicycle-kick volley that dipped over the Barnsley keeper and into the back of the net from fully 30-yards. The goal was so good it later beat David Beckham's famous halfway line effort to win the BBC's Goal of the Season accolade.

Gareth Ainsworth v Rushden and Diamonds
August 25th 2003
Second Division
Nene Park
Since joining the R's in 2003, Gareth Ainsworth has achieved cult-status with the QPR faithful, thanks to his never-say-die, all action displays and moments like this against Rushden and Diamonds. We've picked the first of Ainsworth's goals in the 3-3 draw, but - in truth - the second could have easily made the cut as well. Kevin McLeod sprayed the ball across field from the left flank and a raging Ainsworth met it on the volley from 25 yards out, crashing the ball into the roof of the net. In typical Ainsworth style, he celebrated with a flash of the rock and roll devil horns!

Paul Furlong v Sunderland
August 14th 2004
Stadium of Light
Paul Furlong's legacy at the Club will probably be best remembered for the winner against Oldham in the 2003 Play-Off semi final, but arguably his finest strike in a hooped shirt was a superb solo effort against Sunderland. Picking up the ball inside his own half, Furlong motored forward and muscled his way through two tackles before unleashing an unstoppable drive into Thomas Myhre's top corner. It was the best of 18 goals the 34 year-old scored for Rangers that season on our return to the second tier of English football.

Adel Taarabt v Preston North End
October 17th 2009
Loftus Road
Current Tottenham loanee Adel Taarabt has been described by Spurs Manager Harry Redknapp as one of the most skilful players he's ever seen, and it was easy to see why after his brilliant goal during Rangers' 4-0 win over Preston back in October. Collecting the ball on the chest from Radek Cerny, the Moroccan international showed his full array of tricks as he danced through the Preston defence, nut-megging Michael Hart before curling the ball beyond Andy Lonergan and into the top right hand corner. Jim Magilton and the R's faithful will hope for many more moments like this from Taarabt between now and the end of the season.'
TO VOTE…Simply e-mail the goal of your choice to numberonegoal@qpr.co.uk with the subject header 'Greatest Goal.'
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