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Saturday, November 13, 2010

QPR Report Saturday...No Leigertwood?...Superstitious Warnock...Camp on QPR...FA Youth Cup Draw: Home to Nottingham Forest

- Made His QPR Debut vs Nottingham Forest and Played for both Clubs.
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- QPR's Last Fan Forum: 1,298 Days Ago......QPR's Last Club/Fan 'Reps' Meeting: 243 Days Ago

- "Probably" No Leigertwood for QPR Today. (He played for Antigua & Barbuda Friday)

- In the FA Youth Cup Third Round Draw: QPR Will Play Nottingham Forest (at home)

- Birthday for the Player QPR Chose Over Tony Currie!

- Also: Birthday for Clive Wilson

- Ex-QPRs: Agent Antonio Caliendo on his Client Dunga, Willingness to Manage Italian Club

- Bernie Ecclestone QPR "Takeover" Assertion

- Ecclestone/QPR "Flashbacks"

- Ex-QPR Damien Delaney on Manager Roy Keane Outbursts

- Video: QPR Academy Players

- Today QPR at Nottingham Forest (QPR have NEVER won there) - Various Previews

- Norwegian International Vaagan Moen Reportedly Signs for QPR - Reported in all the Norwegian Press as Deal Signed/Medical Passed

- Sunderland's CEO on Impact of UEFA's Financial Fair Play Rules (Obviously of future QPR Interest!)

- QPR Players Continue to be very Highly Ranked in the Championship Rankings

Neil Warnock/Independent
Neil Warnock: I'll be freezing in my shorts today – but I hope the lads keep me shivering all winter What I Learnt This Week

The fans wear scarves and woolly hats, but Neil Warnock stays cool in his lucky shorts
I got back from Portsmouth on Wednesday morning about 1am. Bedtime? No, I needed a long soak in a hot bath.

It was three hours after the final whistle, I'd been in a warm bus and my warm car, but I still felt cold in my bones, especially around my hip replacement.

Independent readers are an educated bunch, and I don't suppose it has taken you long to work out why I was cold to the core, not after seeing the photograph above. Yes. I was wearing shorts at Fratton Park, and it was perishing.

Why am I wearing shorts? Well, I have got rid of almost all my superstitions, but not 'lucky clothes'. Back in the balmy days of August I started the season wearing shorts on the touchline. I did think I'd be in tracksuit bottoms by now but we haven't lost a League game yet, so I'm still wearing them. Sharon said I must be bonkers, she's probably right, but I hope my lads keep me shivering on the touchline right through to the spring.

I did think, with a few minutes to go on Tuesday, I'd be packing my trackies for today's match at Nottingham Forest. It seemed as if we were going to lose to a penalty which had been retaken, after a brilliant save from Paddy Kenny.

According to the linesman Paddy had come off his line before Liam Lawrence shot. Well, he might have done, by an inch or two, but as Dermot Gallacher said, if you ordered retakes for that every kick would be retaken. Meanwhile Kanu has put his great size 15s more than a foot into the box, as he did for the kick Lawrence scored.

You can see all this for yourself (above), as Andy Belk, our IT man, was able to freeze-frame the moment on his computer. I took Andy into the press conference to show them it was not just another example of me ranting and raving. As I said to the linesman afterwards, "if you flag for something like that you are in the game for the wrong reasons".

Anyway, my side, down to 10 men as Matt Connolly was sent off for the penalty (I'd no argument with that decision) showed great desire to get a penalty of their own and it felt like a win when Tommy Smith tucked it away.

So now we are getting ready to play Forest. They have gone 27 home games without defeat and have never lost to QPR at the City Ground. With injuries and suspensions we are down to a bare minimum. So we travelled with a lot of confidence, but I'm looking forward to it. And if it all goes wrong at least I can dig out the trackies
....3. I'm with Ollie, there are different rules for the big clubsI see the Premier League are thinking of fining Blackpool for fielding a weakened team at Villa, just as they did Wolves last year. The whole thing leaves a nasty taste in my mouth. The Premier League were not so concerned about the "credibility" of their competition when Manchester United played a weakened team in the last game of the season against West Ham and lost, sending my Sheffield United team down. Nor, even worse, when Liverpool played the reserves the week before and lost to Fulham. Did they investigate? Did they hell. Liverpool were playing the Champions League final three weeks later and the Premier League couldn't give a damn about Sheffield United. When it comes to anything like this the Premier League only looks after the top clubs.

What the League should do is congratulate Ian Holloway for the fantastic job he has done at Blackpool, who have added so much to the season, and then look into why a full-strength Manchester City side decided not to venture over the halfway line against United on Wednesday. How disappointing after the way City beat Chelsea to go about one of the best chances they'll ever have of putting United in their place.

I thought I'd made a mistake in agreeing with Sharon to go out for a meal before I realised the derby was on. I'm now so pleased I went. We had a fabulous meal before coming home and watching the game on Sky+, when I could fast-forward through most of it without missing anything.

4. Welsh wobbles were a great after-dinner treat
I refused to look at the scores during the night but outside the restaurant I bumped into some QPR fans. They were bubbling. They said "Swansea lost at home, Cardiff only got a point". I had to remind them that it is a very, very long season, but sometimes when you feel disappointed with your own result it turns out a good one

5. Barton may be guilty, but what about Huddlestone?

Watching TV show 45 angles of Joey Barton's punch until they got the right one, I thought, "That wouldn't have been spotted when I was playing, people got away with murder then". But answer me this: is his half-punch worse than Tom Huddlestone's stamp on Johan Elmander? As managers we are going to have to ask the Football Association if they could inform us of the club allegiance of the men on that disciplinary committee. There do seem to be some anomalies..... Independent

Nottingham Evening Post - Camp relishing prospect of facing former club QPR at City Ground today
- LEE Camp admits he will need little extra motivation to do well when QPR visit the City Ground this afternoon.
- The keeper concedes that he did not leave Loftus Road on the best of terms, when he signed for Forest.
- And he is looking forwards to having the chance to prove himself this afternoon.
- "It is a club that I had a good couple of spells with," he said.
"It went a bit sour at the end, but it is generally a club that I have fond memories of.
"I don't hold a grudge. I don't think you can carry rocks all of your life about things.
"I left on good terms with many people, which was important. And others knew what I thought of them. But you move on.
- "But their improvement coincides with certain people not being involved any more.
"They now have a manager, a good manager at this level, who has been allowed to sign the players he wants to sign and manage the club how he wants
- "Now they are getting the rewards. It is not rocket science."
Camp is not surprised to see them flourishing in the Championship this season.
"They had the nucleus of a decent squad before I left, but Warnock has added well," he said.
"He has brought in experienced heads, leaders and a couple of nasty so and sos.
"They fit into the way he plays. It is not a surprise that they are hard to beat, because most of his sides are.
"It does not surprise me that they have scored goals either, because of the money they have spent on attacking players.
"I thought they would be in contention and it has proved that way." Nottingham Evening Post

Never mind the football, the biggest story of the week was the news that Shaun Ryder is going into the Australian jungle - TV gold just waiting to happen.

Alas, happy Mondays were in short supply for Cardiff fans returning to work the morning after the night before, when Swansea earned the bragging rights in the South Wales derby.

Swansea supporters turned up at the Cardiff City Stadium wearing Blackpool shirts and clutching orange balloons to remind the old enemy of their Play-Off Final defeat last season. After Marvin Emes' decisive second-half strike, they probably brought out the kiss-me-quick hats as well.

The Bluebirds were taunted with chants of "We saw you cry on the telly" but amid all the insults there was an outbreak of love on Cardiff City Online, with Bluebird23 announcing: "Although it pains me through gritted teeth to say it, but congratulations to Swansea today for a well deserved victory. Well done."

Swansea fan Penarthjack replied: "Thank you. That couldn't have been easy. Good luck Wednesday", with 'Nevermind' adding: "Well in mate."

(Next week, Millwall fans announce plans to put on a barn dance for their West Ham counterparts while Rangers and Celtic enjoy a bike ride together.)

Meanwhile, Dublinblue revealed: "I'm coming to Cardiff for the Preston game and my mum's interested in coming along to see the City play for the first time. She's 70 and is not much into foul language and obscene gestures."

To which 'Clydachmarket' replied: "Well, after today's performance there is every chance she would get a game."

After Sunday's passionate encounter, there was always a chance the Welsh clubs' next fixtures could have an after-the-Lord-Mayor's-show element about them and so it proved as Swansea crashed to a shock defeat at home to Bristol City, while Cardiff snatched a point at Reading following a hotly-disputed goal.

The prolific Jay Bothroyd's effort was adjudged to have crossed the line, although not everyone agreed, with Reading boss Brian McDermott growling: "I've seen the video and the assistant will be embarrassed when he sees it. I took three seconds to know it wasn't a goal."

Opposite number Dave Jones predictably had a slightly different view, insisting: "Our video was a bit blurred but it was clearly over the line." Think that's what you call an oxymoron.

All of which meant QPR are still top of the Championship, despite having two players sent off in four days. Against Reading, a game Rangers won 3-1, you could argue that it was 10 men against 12, with the Royals' brilliantly named Hal Robson-Kanu surely counting as two players?

At Portsmouth, QPR went behind to a retaken penalty and levelled with a last-gasp spot-kick of their own when Liam Lawrence was adjudged to have handled. This provoked a furious response from Pompey boss Steve Cotterill, who groaned: "Liam has a ball mark on his ribs, not a small mark, it's the whole ball. The only thing he didn't have was 'Mitre' written on it."
That made it one point from six for Portsmouth, whose seven match unbeaten run was ended by the Championship's form horses Derby three days earlier.

The Rams then turned over Ipswich thanks to a double from Kris Commons to make it five wins out of six. Not sure if Derby have a chant for their hero yet, but with Pulp announcing this week that they're reforming, surely a reworking of 'Commons People' is on the cards?

Commons' old club Nottingham Forest are also quietly climbing the table, coming from behind to beat Coventry 2-1, which followed a 1-1 draw at Watford featuring yet another Lewis McGugan cracker, his eighth goal in 10 games.

Over on Forest Forum, 'earthworm' was looking to crank up the atmosphere at away matches and asked: "Anyone play the bagpipes? Just thinking it'd be mint to have a piper in the Forest crowd to kick off Mull Of Kintyre at away games."

'Flagman' wasn't so sure, politely pointing out: "The definition of a gentleman is someone who can play the bagpipes, but doesn't."

Coventry, conversely, are going through a sticky patch, with the defeat by Forest following a 3-2 reverse at home to Leeds.

Robert Snodgrass hit a peach of a goal for Leeds, while Yorkshire neighbours Barnsley witnessed another great strike from Adam Hamill, as the Tykes came from behind to beat fellow-strugglers Preston 2-1.

Before the game, 'Reffeet_2000' on the Tykes Mad messageboard, controversially suggested Hamill should be dropped to give them the element of surprise over teams.

This didn't sit too well with 'Pitpony', who exclaimed: "Without Hamill, the opposition could take a flask of coffee and the Telegraph crossword on to the pitch!" Sounds like a typical day out at Chelsea.

Middlesbrough put some distance between themselves and the bottom three with back-to-back wins. Their 1-0 victory at Sc**thorpe United ended a run of six straight away defeats, prompting manager Tony Mowbray to declare: "Hopefully this will show we can win on our travels." Hopefully, Tony?

On Boro's Fly Me To The Moon forum they were talking about "Idiotic shouts from fans". 'Ayresomes_on_fire' volunteered: "A woman near me screams 'wang it one' whenever any of our players are in the opposition half. She also shouts 'come on number (insert squad number here) whoever you are!'"

Meanwhile, 'Uberweiss' mentioned a chap who sits next to him: "Ball is passed backwards - 'Whats the (flipping) point in that! Get it forward!' Ball is passed sideways - 'What's the (flipping) point in that! Get it forward!' Ball is passed forwards and player loses possession - 'What the (hell) are ya playing at. Easy (flipping) ball!'"

Struggling Crystal Palace had a welcome win over Watford, featuring a beauty from Darren Ambrose, in the week that Edgar Davids announced his brief stay at the club was over.

Apollo Fuzz on the Eagles' Holmesdale board admitted: "This is terrible news, I now have six boxes of wrap-round shades with 'Davids is an Eagle' printed on the side. Another business venture goes out the window. Still trying to shift that beauty cream endorsed by Ian Dowie."

On the same board, they were still debating a song for Zaha, with: "That's the way, Zaha, Zaha, I like it", once again put forward three months after it was first mooted.

I can't understand why it hasn't made it on to the terraces yet, although it now has a rival after someone else suggested: "Knowing Me, Knowing You, Zaha." Genius.

There was no action in Leagues 1 and 2 because of the FA Cup and all eyes are on next week's first round replays, with AFC Wimbledon and MK Dons - the team that replaced the original Wimbledon - just one match away from facing one another.
It's the game everyone apart from the two protagonists wants to see, but with ITV gambling by choosing it as one of their televised matches, you just know it's going to end up being Ebbsfleet versus Stevenage.

Elsewehere, Woking held runaway League 1 leaders Brighton to a draw at the Withdean, Dover saw off Gillingham and their old boss Andy Hessenthaler, Tamworth beat Crewe and Vauxhall Motors held Hartlepool, eight years after knocking out QPR, a game that still gives me nightmares.

But the performance of the week had to be FC United of Manchester's stunning 3-2 win at League 1 neighbours Rochdale, including an absolute corker from Jake Cotterill.

And finally, the cyberspace songmiths were in full flow this week..

We had the good, from Charlton Life's 'Bexley Dan':

"Paul Benson whoooa
"Paul Benson whoooa
"He looks like Goldilocks
"But he's deadly in the box"

The bad, from Palace fan Andrea:

"Julian Speroni
"Doo doo doo
"He's made of macaroni
"Doo doo doo
"He likes to drink peroni
"Doo doo doo"

And the downright ridiculous from 'Matt34' on Total Tranmere:

"Dale, Dale, Dale Jennings.
"When he scores the team keeps wenning."


Have a good weekend one and al


BID FOR A QPR POPPY SHIRT!Posted on: Fri 12 Nov 2010

We're giving you - the fans - the unique opportunity to bid for the match shirts worn by the R's players at Fratton Park on Tuesday night.

All jerseys worn by the Rangers players in the 1-1 draw against Portsmouth displayed a poppy woven into the shirt, highlighting the Club's commitment to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

And we are giving supporters the chance to own a unique piece of QPR history by auctioning off each match shirt, with the proceeds from these exclusive auctions going to QPR in the Community Trust and the Poppy Appeal.The shirts are being sold on eBay - with the total monies raised split between the two charities.

Do your bit to support these two charities by bidding for a unique piece of QPR history today.

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