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Thursday, February 25, 2010

QPR Sticking With Harford?...Or Warnock!...Bhatia Interview...Non-League Trialist at QPR...The Origins of The Name Queens Park Rangers

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- Helguson: Watford would Like to Keep Him

- QPR NON-LEAGUE TRIALIST...Dave McIntyre/BBC606 - "...As far as I know the Hungarian is no longer there. Volz is, although I was surprised when I read he was close to signing as that wasn't the case. He's has a bad time with injuries and was always going to need some time...Incidentally, they've had another lad down there on trial. Craig Hammond. A striker. He's had a couple of spells at Histon and scored quite a few goals at non-League level." BBC606

- The Prime Minister and MPs Praise the Carling Cup!

- The Bhatia Q&A: Part I & II

Paul Warburton/Fulham Chronicle - Feb 25 2010
Mick Harford will remain as QPR boss, says Amit Bhatia

- THE Mittal family last night vetoed any move for a new manager at QPR and insisted Mick Harford remain until the end of the season.
- Despite noises from fans for either Neil Warnock or previous boss Iain Dowie loud enough to put the Hoops drummer to shame – the new regime wants to wait until the end of this campaign before deciding whether to extend Harford’s contract or look somewhere else.
- It’s understood there has been contact with both Dowie and Warnock – but the clue to a decision that preserves the status quo was in the statement made by vice-chair Amit Bhatia on Wednesday.
- The son-in-law of billionaire shareholder Lakshmi Mittal made it plain a fifth new manager in just under two months was out of the question.
- Bhatia said: "Our vision as a family is to reintroduce stability into the football club. It's of great importance. An organisation cannot succeed if there's no stability at the top."
- It did Harford’s case no harm when Rangers gained their first win in 10 attempts against Doncaster on Saturday – and complications over Warnock’s expected salary and compensation to Crystal Palace muddied the waters further over a potential switch." Fulham Chronicle

FourFourTwo - Exclusive: QPR set to snare Warnock
- Neil Warnock will leave Crystal Palace this week, having agreed terms to take over at QPR.
- Palace's chief administrator Brendan Guilfoyle is currently trying to thrash out a compensation deal with officials at Loftus Road.
- A source associated with the Palace administration told FourFourTwo: “Warnock will definitely leave. In effect he'll still be here as compensation is not yet agreed with QPR, but he has already agreed personal terms with QPR and has told the administrator that he'll resign later in week if compensation can't be agreed.”
- As FourFourTwo reported earlier in the week, Warnock wants one more crack at Premier League football and stands a better chance of achieving his ambition with QPR's financial backing than at poverty-stricken Palace.
- The move is another a huge blow to Palace, who also lost Victor Moses to Wigan in the transfer window...." FourFourTwo

- Next: Middlesbrough vs QPR

- Gianni Di Marzio Apparently Still Involved With QPR

- Lee Camp Very Highly Ranked

- Bardsley Would Like to Manage QPR

- Three Year Flashback: Three New QPR Directors: Nico De Marco, Kevin Steele and Jason Kallis

- Four Year Flashback: Gary Waddock's QPR defeat's Neil Warnock's Sheffield United!

- Flashback: Briatore on His Non-Interference

- Awaiting The Latest Report on Football Agents Fees

- Old Football Videos from 1901 and 1902

Posted on: 25.02.2010

Name: Queens Park Rangers
Ground: Loftus Road
Nickname: The Hoops / Rangers
Home Kit: Blue/White Hoops

The club we now know as Queens Park Rangers has been in existence since 1882 although back then they were known as St Jude's. They were set up by the old boys of Droop Street Board School who were members of the St Jude's Institute, which was used at the club's headquarters, hence the name.

They became known as Queens Park Rangers when they merged with Christchurch Rangers in 1886, taking the name because most of the players came from the Queens Park area of North London.

They started off life playing their home matches at Kensal Rise Athletics Ground and wore a shirt of light and dark blue halves but they swapped and changed their home ground more than most people even changed their shirts with spells at Welfords Field, London Scottish Ground, Home Park, Kensal Rise Green, the Gun Club at Wormwood Scrubs, the Kilburn Ground and the Kensal Rise Athletic Ground again all by 1891.

A year later the club changed their colours to green and white hoops and joined the West London League. They won their first piece of silverware shortly after when they beat Fulham in the final of the West London Observer Cup.

Rangers went professional on 28th December 1898 to prevent players leaving to join other clubs. They also applied to join the Southern League. Their first match as a professional club came nearly 10 months later, when they played at Tottenham on 9th September 1899, losing 1-0.

In the early part of the 20th century the club had teams in both the Southern League and the Western league but in 1920 they were elected to the Football League Third Division and the club has remained in the League since, although there were a few close calls.

At the end of the 1923/24 season they finished bottom of the table with 31 points from 42 matches and had to apply for re-election.

Two seasons later they finished bottom again with just 21 points, the lowest ever recorded in the Third Division. They successfully applied for re-election and for the start of the 1926/27 season, they changed their colours to blue and white hoops for the first time, colours that have remained since.

After a nomadic existence which saw QPR play home matches at 14 difference grounds the club finally settled at Loftus Road in 1917 after Shepherd's Bush Football Club, who previously used the ground, disbanded.

Loftus Road has been their ground for 90 of the last 93 years, after brief spells at the White City Stadium. The first came from 1931 -1933, to accommodate bigger crowds but the club decided against a permanent move and returned to Loftus Road. They spent a second spell from 1962-1963 but again returned to Loftus Road, where they have remained since. Football League

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