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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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- Young goalkeeper Gareth Deane has been named in the Northern Ireland Under-17 squad.
- The 16 year-old youth custodian has been selected in the squad for a friendly double-header against Slovakia on September 7th and September 9th.
- The matches are in preparation for the UEFA Championships which take place in Portugal between 20th-28th October." QPR

Yann Tear/Ealing Gazette - Adel Taarabt will star on the road, says QPR boss
- NEIL Warnock believes on-fire Adel Taarabt will have an even greater impact on QPR's away games than at Loftus Road.
- The Moroccan was outstanding again in Saturday's 2-0 home win over Scunthorpe – when he was made captain in the absence of an injured Fitz Hall.
- “I actually think Adel will blossom more away from home than at home, as daft as it sounds, because teams have to have a go at us,” said the Rangers boss.
- “There will be periods in the season when he hits a brick wall because there are times when the creative players don't have a good game – but away games may be easier.
- “[Robbie] Savage marked him out of the game down here last season so it will be a good test for him [at Derby on Saturday].
- “But I think we've got enough armoury in our locker to let Adel go for a walk and let somebody else take over.”
- Warnock said he did not think Taarabt was especially inspired by being made captain on Saturday.
- “He couldn't have done better than he did in the first half, but I think he's been like that in all the games,” Warnock said.
- “He wanted it [the captaincy]. I had a word with the senior pros and I don't think anyone was too concerned, so we said 'why not?'
- “He's been a cracking lad since his comeback and he's put a lot into his work because he's going to get some kicking. It shows character if you want the ball, knowing you are going to get kicked.” Ealing Gazette

Yann Tear/Fulham Chronicle - Josh Parker does QPR u-turn
- JOSH Parker thought his chance of making it at QPR were as good as over after a humiliating month on loan with AFC Wimbledon in January.

The teenager made just two sub appearances for Terry Brown’s Blue Square Bet Premier side and had a three month stay cut short after just 28 days.

For a 19-year-old who already knew the heartbreak of rejection from his own father - his dad told him to ‘forget about him’ when he was eight - it felt like the end of the world.

"I lost quite a bit of passion for the game," he told the Chronicle. "I thought, if I’m not going to play at Wimbledon, I’ve got no chance of succeeding at QPR. I’m just never going to play here. My confidence was at an all-time low."
- Roll on a few months and Parker, who still lives with mum Kim and his two younger sisters in Slough, is on cloud nine thanks to the faith shown by Neil Warnock.

The Rangers boss was impressed enough by the raw pace and energy shown in reserve team games that he gave him the striker a debut at the tail end of last season - albeit as a defender - and a one year contract.

Parker started the first two games of this season and was on the bench at Sheffield United.

"The boss has been brilliant with me," Parker said. "He’s always giving me advice and encouraging me to keep listening to him and to keep improving.

"Maybe because I grew up without a dad, Rangers feels like a family to me. Players like Fitz Hall and Peter Ramage have really looked after me, like mentors.

"My life would have been different if I’d had a father around, but I have no regrets. It’s made me who I am. Maybe I wouldn’t have been a footballer if things had been different and I honestly haven’t a clue what I’d do if I wasn’t a footballer."

Parker, whose footballing hero is Thierry Henry, may one day repay the faith shown in him by Rangers.

He added: "I would like to become a legend at QPR like Henry is at Arsenal. I didn’t really follow QPR as a kid, but my mum did and I’d like to be the sort of player fans look to to bring a bit of magic. Certainly, I feel I’m the only one who let myself down now."
- Parker was speaking courtesy of Texaco, official motor fuel partner of the Football League. Fulham Chronicle

- RIP: Three Years Ago, Ray Jones RIP

- Closed Door Friendly/Scrimmage with West Ham Yesterday: (QPR Lost 5-0 and Rowlands played for 30 minutes)

- Videos: QPR's FA Cup Quarter Final Victory vs Crystal Palace and QPR's 1975/76 Championship Battle at Home to Derby County (Sadly NOT the 5-1 away win at Derby County that same season)

- Jon Walters Scores Stoke

- On This Day Flashback: Three Opening Games of the Season for QPR

- Flashback Four Years: What the QPR Staff Directory looked like

- Five Year Flashback: The QPR Boardroom "Coup"

- Ex QPR Jamie Cureton Joins Exeter

- Ex-QPR Loan Mancienne Returns to Wolves on loan. Chelsea High Selling Price Demand. Mancienne High Wage

- Leicester Takeover NOT Yet Approved by Football League

- Manchester United/Glazers' Financial Situation

- England U-21 Squad Announced (No QPR)

- Scotland Squad Announced (No QPR/No Mackie)

- Video: QPR Fans Speaking at Scunthorpe Game

- Congratulations to Gareth Ainsworth: Five Hundred Appearances

- Could-Have-Been QPR!: Marlon King Set for Coventry

- Pellicori Set for Italy Return?

- Online Streaming Fails With Viewers

- English Clubs Made Big Money From Champions League

- Kitson's Record/Articles re Kitson]

- Other 2010/11 QPR Photos Available for Sale from the Club

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