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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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- Raising Funds for a WWI Footballers Memorial - Including QPR

- An apparent answer to the question regarding the "whereabouts" of Nigel Quashie and Marcus Bent

- Magilton Coaching Youth Football in Belfast

- Dates for LSA and QPR1st AGMs

- Young Americans Going into Football (Soccer)

- "The Case of the Soccer Con Artist: How a French Impostor Nearly Got a Job With a Top Pro Team"

- Charlton Want Borrowdale to Stay and Borrowdale Speaking to Charlton Fans

Ben Kosky/Kilburn Times - Mahon set to sit it out until next season
14 April 2010

MIDFIELDER Gavin Mahon is unlikely to be risked in QPR's last four games of the season, according to manager Neil Warnock.

Mahon, who has captained Rangers several times during his two and a half years at the club, has not played since he underwent knee surgery five months ago.

"It's still a possibility Mahon could play," Warnock told the Times. "He hasn't written himself out yet, he's talking about being match fit for the end of April.

"But we'll have to think seriously about it. If he's coming back a week before the end of the season, it might be better for him to think about having a good summer instead."

The 33-year-old is coming towards the end of his contract and may face an uncertain future, along with some of the players currently on loan at other clubs.

Watford have already agreed a deal to re-sign Heidar Helguson - who has been on loan at Vicarage Road since November - on a permanent basis in the summer.

But Warnock will make no snap decisions on the status of defender Fitz Hall or striker Patrick Agyemang, on loan with Newcastle and Bristol City respectively.

The pair both have a year left on their current deals at QPR and Warnock added: "Hall and Agyemang have got injuries, so I haven't seen them play yet.

"Anybody's part of my plans if they're good enough. I won't think about any replacements until I know whether they're going to play for us. Kilburn Times

Ben Kosky/Kilburn Times - Ramage fights for the centre ground at Rangers

PETER Ramage pleaded for an extended run in central defence after his stop-gap performance helped QPR to a priceless victory at Crystal Palace.

Ramage was switched from his regular role at right-back and impressed alongside Kaspars Gorkss after Damion Stewart's shocking head injury in the opening minute at Selhurst Park.

And the Geordie defender looks certain to stay there for Rangers' next four games, with neither Stewart nor Matthew Connolly - whose ankle injury has yet to heal - expected to play again this season.

"It was a bittersweet pill to go in there after Damo's injury, but I loved every minute of it," Ramage told the Times. "Hopefully I can get a run in the team in that position.

"Centre-half is my position, if I'm honest. It's where I feel more comfortable and I played most of my games for Newcastle there in the Premier League, so I've been there and done it.

"But I've had to stick at right-back and bide my time because we've got good centre-halves here - Matty Connolly's been magnificent wherever he's played and then you've got the big two, Damo and Kaspars.

"Now my chance has come and I thought I did well, but it wasn't just me in that back line. Kaspars was magnificent, Tosic was outstanding on his debut and Mikele was Mr Reliable.

"We owed the fans a performance and a win and a clean sheet as well and we got all of them. Every single player put in a great shift and the win's dedicated to Damo."

Stewart suffered a small fracture in his skull and bleeding after his clash with Palace striker Calvin Andrew, but hospital tests on Monday revealed no further damage.

He is likely to remain in hospital this weekend, when Rangers attempt to make certain of Championship safety in their home game against play-off contenders Cardiff.

That could pit Ramage directly against his friend and former Newcastle team-mate Michael Chopra and the Rangers defender has warned against any hint of complacency.

"We've given ourselves a massive chance, but the job's not done yet," he added. "Until we're mathematically safe, anything can happen and we've seen that in this league in the past.

"We've got to keep working hard, putting in performances like we did at Palace. Hopefully we can get there sooner rather than later and enjoy the rest of the season.

"Cardiff have got fantastic firepower - Chops, as well as Jay Bothroyd and Ross McCormack - and they'll come into the game looking to consolidate their position in the play-offs, so it's not going to be easy.

"But we're going in there with a huge amount of confidence - I think we can give anyone a game in this league and we proved that earlier in the season.

"It's been a very tough year - turbulent to say the least and hopefully the kind I'll never experience again. We want to give the fans something to hope for next season and putting on a little run would do that."

Victory against the Bluebirds would mathematically secure QPR's safety on Saturday, irrespective of other results, and a single point would almost certainly be sufficient.

Manager Neil Warnock could recall Gary Borrowdale from his loan at Charlton ahead of the weekend to provide additional defensive cover. Kilburn Times

Paul Warburton/Fulham Chronicle - Moritz Volz missed his chance, says QPR boss

NEIL Warnock reckons Moritz Volz shot himself in the foot by turning down a deal at QPR.

The former Fulham full-back has been training with Hoops, but spurned the offer only to see an expected move to a Danish Premier club fail to come off.

And with regular right-back Peter Ramage filling in for crocked centre-half Damion Stewart, Warnock has been forced to use Mikele Leigertwood out of position instead.

Warnock added: “With the current situation, Moritz would have been in the team. But we can’t sign him now outside the transfer window.” Chronicle

QPR defender Peter Ramage ready to take his chance
Apr 14 2010 By Paul Warburton

IT IS an ill wind that blew Peter Ramage some good at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

When Damion Stewart was taken off with a fractured skull three seconds into the 2-0 win, it required the Geordie defender to switch from right-back to Stewart’s central role, where he had an outstanding game alongside Kaspars Gorkss.

Ramage admitted he’s been waiting his chance.

“To be honest we’ve got good centre-halves here,” he said. “Matt Connolly, Kaspars and Damo have been outstanding – but I thought I did well, and that’s the position I think I’m best at.

“Cardiff are coming to us on Saturday looking to consolidate their position in the play-offs, so it’s not going to be easy, but we want to make sure we’re mathematically certain of avoiding the drop.” Chronicle

Evening Chronicle - Hall fitz perfectly as Colo’s deputy - Hughton
Apr 14 2010 by Lee Ryder, Evening Chronicle

CHRIS HUGHTON hopes that Fitz Hall’s return from injury has eased his defensive concerns after Fabricio Coloccini hobbled out of the Madejski Stadium with a hamstring problem.

The £10million defender did not re-appear for United after picking up the muscle injury but Hall has shaken off a similar problem sustained at Bristol City and is ready to return for the final three games of the season.

The on-loan Queens Park Rangers man has not featured since Ashton Gate last month, but with Steven Taylor out for the rest of the season and Danny Simpson ending last night’s game at centre-half, Hughton is keen to see Hall back in business with the trip to Plymouth coming up in five days’ time.

He told the Chronicle: “Fabricio just felt his hamstring slightly.

“We just very much hope it is a slight one, but we won’t know until we assess it. I would think he’ll be a doubt, but we’ll find out.

“We’re hoping Fitz will be available.

“He’s trained the last two days, so he’ll train right the way through and be available for Plymouth.”

Hughton was a delighted figure last night and now wants to end the season on a high.

He said: “We have three games left, and we’d like to go through to the end of the season and put ourselves in a position to win all three games.

“That’ll be one of our targets, but the initial one is to try and secure this title.”

And the Toon boss believes that fighting spirit like United showed in the closing stages in Berkshire can help them achieve that.

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He said: “When you’re on the sidelines, you go through all of the emotions.

“After a game you get quite emotionally drained, but these lads also get emotionally and physically drained. It’s a real hard stint they did, and they deserved it all.

“To win was nice – it’s always nice – but it’s the players that have put in the 97 minutes.

“There are a few sore bodies. They put in a lot of blocks, particularly late on, and they deserved it all.” Chronicle

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