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Saturday, March 19, 2011

QPR Report Saturday Update...1968 Flashback! "We are Staying at Loftus Road"



- Flashback to 1975 QPR Pre-Season
- "...[W]e have decided that - come what may - we are staying at Loftus Road. We have decided, after a lot of discussion and speculation that our future is here and that we mean to stay. We have now decided to spend something in the region of £150,000 on improvements at the ground. When the work is finished we hope to have one of the most compact and comfortable grounds in League football. Our aim is to get as many people as possible seated and to cover the greater part of the standing space" - QPR Programme Editorial vs Cardiff City, April 12, 1968, Talking about the coming (not yet named) South Africa Road Stand
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- Gino Padula no longer at Columbus Crew

- QPR Report "Spot The Ball #4"

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- Doncaster Perspective: QPR Report Q&A

Dave McIntyre/Twitter - March 18
- "Mentioned a while ago that Cook seemed to have had some kind of setback. Now back in full training."

- Next: Doncaster Rovers

- Neil Warnock's Weekly Column (Nothing of QPR Note)

- Ex-QPR Simon Walton Praised for His Attitude

- Cardiff City Director Arrested

- Clubs Owe Millions in Taxes

- Steve Claridge on QPR and Other Clubs' Promotion Prospects

- Blackburn's Steve Kean and Blackburn Owners

- Crystal Palace Statement - including re the crowd behaviour at QPR

- Thirteen and Twelve Years ago for QPR...Scully and Barraclough Join QPR...Success of Leon Jeanne

- Video Compilation (of Stills) from QPR's 1975-76 Season

- Why Football Clubs Matter More than Results

Doncaster Official Site - SEAN: TAARABT IS KEY

Doncaster Rovers are preparing themselves for a massive clash against top-of-the-table Queens Park Rangers this weekend, with the aim of halting what appears to be a march towards the Premier League for the London side.

Rovers go into the clash off the back of a fantastic draw against another promotion contender in Nottingham Forest last weekend, but Doncaster manager Sean O'Driscoll anticipates something very different from Saturday's Championship opponents at the Keepmoat Stadium.

"In a division as tight as the Championship, to go ten points clear and concede twenty-three goals - if you're at the top of the table by ten points, then all of the stats will add up to that," said O'Driscoll ahead of the clash against QPR.

"But to concede only 23 goals and to score probably more goals than anybody else - and have a player like Adel Taarabt, who they have really tried to nurture, then you have to say that they are doing something right."

And O'Driscoll goes on to emphasise the importance of QPR's talismanic skipper, who has been tipped to win many of the Championship Player of the Year accolades.

"We're not very good at nurturing talented players in English football," says the Rovers manager.

"It always seems to be 'he can't do this' or 'he can't do that', instead of looking at the positives and admitting that the boy's got undoubted ability. He's just trying to add a bit of responsibility to that and I think that the QPR team, the players that play with him and the staff - the management - have done a really good job with him. He's never going to be a tackler or a header or a player who tracks back, but he plays with responsibility and the games that he has been brilliant in are the games where they want him to do the special things - and that makes a difference."

"He's arguably one of the best or the best player in the division."

With Swansea City sitting in second place in the league - ten points behind QPR - it's understandable why it looks as though the R's could be taking on the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal next season.

"They've ticked a lot of boxes. And if you are going to put together a team in the Championship that is going to be successful, then they need to defend when they need to and attack when they need to. They're there on merit, not luck - they are there because they are the best team in the division and it will be a difficult game for us on Saturday."

BBC/Dave McIntyre - Martin Rowlands loan frustrates QPR boss Neil Warnock
QPR manager Neil Warnock has spoken of his disappointment that Martin Rowlands has made only a brief substitute appearance since joining Millwall.

Warnock expects the midfielder to return to Rangers when his loan spell at The Den is due to end next week.

"There were other clubs interested in him, and I wouldn't have agreed for him to go there had I known he wasn't going to play," said Warnock.

"I let him go there because I thought he was going to get some games."

Rowlands, 32, is QPR's longest-serving player, having joined them from Brentford in 2003.

But he suffered cruciate ligament damage while playing for the Republic of Ireland in October 2009, and has made only four appearances for Rangers this season.

His only outing for Millwall since joining the Lions on a month's loan came during their 3-0 victory at Burnley on Saturday.

Meanwhile, R's defender Peter Ramage has returned to full training after six months out with a knee injury.
The former Newcastle trainee has been given the all-clear to play in a reserve match next week. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/q/qpr/9428119.stm

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