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Friday, February 26, 2010

Warnock Set for QPR - If QPR and Palace Administrators Can Agree Terms...Bhatia Continues His Q&A...QPR Non-League Trialist...Watford Want Helguson

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- The Bhatia Q&A: Part I & II

- Next: Middlesbrough vs QPR

- Ex-QPR John Gregory Profiled/Interviewed re His New Job in Israel

- 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

Mirror/James Nursey Warnock set for QPR job, with Palace top scorer Darren Ambrose to follow
- QPR caretaker Mick Harford is set to take the team for the final time tomorrow at Middlesbrough.
- Harford yesterday named the Rangers side for their match tomorrow at Championship Boro.
- But the game is certain to be Harford’s last outing at the helm with Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock waiting in the wings.
- Warnock is keen on taking charge at Loftus Road on a lucrative two-and-a-half-year contract.
- And he plans to take Palace’s top scorer Darren Ambrose with him on loan ahead of a permanent summer transfer.
- But Ambrose’s old club Ipswich are also interested in re-signing their former midfielder, who has 17 goals this term. Mirror

Daily Mail - QPR must pay £1m to prise manager Neil Warnock away from Crystal Palace
- Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock moved closer to becoming QPR boss as the clubs began talks over a compensation package.
- Warnock's first signing could be Wolves' 6ft 7in centre forward Stefan Maierhofer, whom Rangers want on loan.
- Ready to go: Crystal Palace's manager Neil Warnock
Warnock was expected to seal his move to replace QPR caretaker manager Mick Harford by tomorrow.
Rangers' weekend visit to Middlesbrough is likely to be the last in charge for Harford.
Palace want £1million in compensation for Warnock and Gareth Southgate is favourite to take his place. Mail

South London Press/Richard Cawley QPR begin negotiations for Palace boss Warnock
- NEIL Warnock looks set to take charge of his final game as Crystal Palace boss tomorrow – but will only leave if QPR can agree an adequate compensation package for his services.
The Eagles boss has refused to pledge his long-term future to the South London outfit but he will be in charge for the crucial match at Doncaster Rovers.
- But the South London Press understands that discussions have now started between QPR and Palace’s administrator Brendan Guilfoyle as they try to hammer out an agreement for him to become the new boss at Loftus Road.
- Warnock is determined that the manner of any exit is totally professional – and there is no threat of him walking out on the Eagles if the two clubs cannot thrash out a deal.
See tomorrow's South London Press for the full story. South London Press

- The Prime Minister and MPs Praise the Carling Cup!
- Gianni Di Marzio Apparently Still Involved With QPR
- Lee Camp Very Highly Ranked
- Three Year Flashback: Three New QPR Directors: Nico De Marco, Kevin Steele and Jason Kallis
- Awaiting The Latest Report on Football Agents Fees

- 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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