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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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QPR at Bodmin Town Tonight - Preview & Warnock Comments

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Bodmin Town vs QPR Tonight

- Gaffer Neil Warnock will again rotate his squad when the R's lock horns with Bodmin Town in their second pre-season friendly of the campaign tonight (Wednesday).
With the exception of Antonio German, all of Warnock's squad were given at least 45 minutes game time versus Tavistock AFC on Monday evening and Warnock expects a similar thing to happen tonight.
"It's important that the lads get game time," he told www.qpr.co.uk.
"It's all about fitness during these first few weeks and we'll do the same tonight and probably on Friday (at Torquay United) too."
The match at Priory Park kicks off at 7.30pm. QPR

This is Cornwall - Warnock's happy to be back in town with Queens Park Rangers to take on Bodmin
NEIL Warnock brings his new team, Queens Park Rangers, to Priory Park tonight as part of the London club's week-long stay in Cornwall.

The Championship outfit take on Darren Gilbert's Bodmin Town (7.30pm) in front of what will be the home side's best attendance of the season.

Former Plymouth Argyle boss Warnock is delighted to be bringing a team back to Bodmin, having previously brought down Crystal Palace (2008) and his beloved Sheffield United (2005) for pre-season training camps.

He said: "Bodmin is always a good place for us to go and have a game. They treat us well and I know their pitch will be in good shape.
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"It's ideal for us because we're based just down the A30 at Trethorne (Golf Club), and we're looking forward to taking on what will be a strong Bodmin squad."

Warnock, who still has a home in South East Cornwall and spends as many weekends as he can in Cornwall, has put off plans to retire down here after being handed a new challenge with QPR.

He said: "I've had a busy summer signing a few players and to be honest I can't wait for the season to start.

"I have brought down all 21 of our first team squad and plan to use all of them at some stage."

Warnock has signed five players in the last month. They are goalkeeper Paddy Kenny from Sheffield United, left back Clint Hill and midfield man Shaun Derry from Palace, and strikers Leon Clarke (Sheffield Wednesday) and Jamie Mackie, who scored eight goals in 42 league appearances for Plymouth Argyle last season.

Bodmin, who missed out on their third successive Peninsula League premier division title on goal difference in May, have lost three players from last season's squad.

Striker Mark Berry has joined Liskeard Athletic, winger Ben Smallridge has been snapped up by Saltash United, and Karl Turner has moved nearer his home by signing for Falmouth Town.

But Gilbert has recruited two of the county's most promising youngsters in winger Ollie Brokenshire from St Austell, and Dobwalls striker Jack Bartlett.

He is also hoping to persuade midfield stalwart Nick Campbell to play on, despite the former St Blazey favourite planning to retire at the end of last season.

QPR, who started their week in the South West with a 8-0 win at Tavistock on Monday, face League Two side Torquay United at Plainmoor on Friday. The squad then return to London but the club are sending a team back down to Cornwall next Monday to face Saltash United at Kimberley Stadium.

Warnock said: "It will be a strong line-up against Saltash with most of the first team squad being involved."

Rangers are training this week at Duchy College, Stoke Climsland, near Callington.

This is Cornwall


The The Football League Supporters Survey 2010 was released a couple of weeks ago but may have been overshadowed by certain events in South Africa. 447 QPR fans completed the survey. Below a few brief excerpts.

- "Loyalty to the club remains the most common reason for buyin a season ticket" (35% down from 42% in 2008 Survey)

- Case Study - Accrington Stanley - "Chief Executive Robert Heys explains "We made significant reductions to our season tickets because we wanted to get local people back involved with the club and coming to the game...We reduced our price..."

Ways to Attract More Support
- "...Unsurprisingly, the provision of cheaper tickets socre the highest marks.
"It is particularly worth noting while better results on the pitch was the next highest, it was only a fraction higher than more entertaining playing style, suggesting that many supporters care as much about attractive football as winning."

"..[A]ttracting and retaining young fans from an early age is crucial to the long term sustainability of clubs in the Football League"

- "Official Club websites remain the best way for clubs to reach their supporters. Some 55% of fans rely on this as the main source of information with fans that go to games much more likely to use the official website than those who do not. However this figure has fallen from 68% in the 2008 survey, with a corresponding rise in the use of unofficial sites and messageboards plus local newspapers and other sports news sites. This is particularly marked among Championship clubs where 23% now use unofficial wesbsites as their main souce compared to 17% in League 1 and 21% in League 2"

- "...[E]ntertaining football was regared as the single most important factor for supporters...Ahead even of winning"

- "There is a strong awareness of and broad support for the League's attemppt to reduce bad language and abusive behavior in family areas.."

- "This season [ie in 2009/2010] The Football League introduced a Home GRown Players rule...The rule requires clubs to field 4 players that have been with them for three years before the age of 21 in their 18 man matchday squad."

" Graham Taylor "...There is nothing that supporters like more than to see local lads coming through the ranks, and it can still be done...."

Some Other Excerpts/Summaries from the Football League

Posted on: June 30th.2010

- Fans of Football League clubs have called on the football authorities to introduce technological assistance for referees in the largest supporter consultation in domestic sport.
The Football League Supporters Survey 2010, which records the views of more than 36,000 fans from across the world's original league football competition, reveals that 87% of those polled would favour the use of technology to assist referees with their decisions.
However, there is continued debate over what form that assistance should take with 39% believing it should be used 'wherever possible', 27% on decisions 'inside the penalty box only' and 21% on 'goal line decisions only'.
An overwhelming majority of supporters (88%) would also like to see technology used by the football authorities in order to take retrospective disciplinary action against players in instances where video replays show they have 'dived' to win free-kicks and penalties.
Asked to identify what The Football League's main priority should be, nearly half of the sample (45%) pinpointed 'ensuring the long term financial survival of its 72 member clubs' as being key. This was followed by 'ensuring fair competition between its member clubs' (18%) and 'developing young football talent for the future' (13%).
With the above in mind, the 2010 Survey also reveals that 56% of supporters would support the use of restrictions on player salaries or the numbers of players clubs can sign.
Fans also took the opportunity to have their say on one of the game's age-old de bates and narrowly plumped for 'entertaining football' over 'winning' as the most important part of the matchday experience.
In launching the report, Football League Chairman, Greg Clarke, said: "Once again, fans have taken the opportunity in their thousands to tell us what they think about The Football League, their clubs and the matches they watch. We value their input greatly and will use it to continue moving our clubs and competitions forward.
"In previous seasons we have given FIFA the opportunity to trial the use of technology in our competitions and that offer remains on the table".

The Football League Supporters Survey 2010 was conducted in December 2009/January 2010, with a total of 36,822 supporters taking part. The results also reveal that:

• 55% of fans believe that The Football League does a good job compared to 11% who feel that it does not.

• Two thirds of supporters (65%) were under the age of eleven when they first watched their club.
• The main reasons why people chose their club were 'locality' (65%) and 'parental influence' (45%).

• 71% of supporters believe that Football League matches provide good family entertainment.
• 79% of supporters feel that football is an important part of their family's life.
• 47% of supporters are aware of The Football League's 'Enjoy the Match' campaign, which aims to curb bad language and abusive behaviour in family areas of grounds.

• On average, fans watched 17 home matches and 6 away matches per season.
• 93% of season ticket holders believe their season ticket offers value for money.
• 70% on non-season ticket holders believe match tickets offer value for money.
• 27% of fans buy their matchday ticket online compared to 17% two years ago, with 61% now expressing an interest in online, print-at-home tickets.

• On a scale 1 to 10 fans identified the following as being the most important elements of the matchday experience:
o Entertaining football (8.6)
o Atmosphere (8.5)
o Clear sightlines (8.5)
o Safety (8.2)
o Winning (8.2)


• 75% of supporters believe that their club's track record in develop its own young players to first team level is good or very good.

• Asked whether they felt valued by their club, supporters gave clubs an average mark of 6.3 on a ten-point scale. The club whose fans feel most valued are Exeter City (8.1) and Huddersfield Town (7.8).

• 57% of supporters believe that the standard of refereeing in The Football League is average or above.

• 87% of supporters were able to enter the name of their club's shirt sponsor unprompted.
• One in three fans indicated that the association of a brand with their club will actually change their consumer behaviour by making them more likely to buy the products in question over other competing products.

• 96% of supporters believed it was important that their club played a role in its local community.
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- QPR will play host to Plymouth Argyle on Friday 30th July, just eight days before the 2010/11 campaign gets underway.
- R's gaffer Neil Warnock, who saw his side beat Tavistock 8-0 on Monday evening in their first pre-season fixture, told www.qpr.co.uk: "I am delighted to help Plymouth out by agreeing to this fixture.
- "Plymouth aren't able to play on their own pitch, and they asked me if we would play them at Loftus Road.
- "I am more than happy to help out my former Club and, in doing so, add an extra fixture to our own pre-season campaign.
- "I am sure the London Branch of the Plymouth Argyle Supporters' Club will be particularly happy with this match!
- "I look forward to welcoming them to Loftus Road."
- The match kicks off at 7.30pm, and tickets are available at the following prices:
Adults: £5 Under 16s: £2 Under 8s: FREE Tickets for this fixture will be available from the Box Office from tomorrow (Wednesday). To contact the Box office, call 08444 777 007. QPR

Plymouth Official Site - WE MEET AGAIN
- JAMIE Mackie will see his former side quicker than he might have expected when Argyle travel to QPR for a friendly on Friday, July 30, kick-off 7.30pm.
- The Green Army will also get a chance to see former Argyle midfielder Akos Buzsaky in action whilst on the sidelines, QPR boss Neil Warnock and his assistant Mick Jones are both former Argyle managers.
- Argyle were defeated 2-0 on their last visit to Loftus Road, thanks to goals from Adel Taarabt and Damion Stewart either side of half-time. - Tickets will be available on the gate and are priced at just £5 for adults, £2 for under 16's whilst under 8's will go free." Plymouth

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