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Friday, May 20, 2011

QPR Pre-Season Schedule Update: Two New Friendlies...Honoured at City Hall


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Posted on: Fri 20 May 2011

THE return of Neil Warnock and two Westcountry derbies have been pencilled in for the Pilgrims' Home Park pre-season campaign in July.

Warnock will be bringing his Premier League Queens Park Rangers side to his old stamping-ground on Wednesday, July 20.

That encounter, which will see ex-Argyle favourite Jamie Mackie return to Home Park, will be the first event in Le Testimonial - a year marking French goalkeeper Romain Larrieu's 10 seasons at Argyle.

A week later, on Wednesday, July 27, another familiar managerial face will be in the away dug-out when Lee Hodges brings Southern league Premier Division champions Truro City to the Theatre of Greens.

The Pilgrims' home pre-season campaign will kick-off against another Westcountry side - npower league 1 side Bristol City - on Friday, July 15. Plymouth

Falmouth Packet - Queens Park Rangers set to play Bodmin and Truro in pre-season friendlies
- Cornish football fans will get the chance to see a Premier League team in action next month when Neil Warnock brings his Queens Park Rangers side to Bodmin Town for a pre-season friendly, on Friday, July 22.
- QPR, who were promoted from the Championship this season, came to Cornwall last summer - taking on Bodmin as well as their Devon rivals Tavistock.
- In last season's match Rangers cruised to victory thanks to strikes from Hogan Ephraim (2), Jamie Mackie, Antonio German and Josh Parker, as well as an own goal.
- A Queen's Park Rangers' reserve side is also due to play Truro City, at Treyew Road, on the same evening, Friday July 22.
- As it stands QPR have no plans to play any other Cornish teams during their pre-season tour. The Packet

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London Borough Hammersmith - Champions visit Town Hall

QPR manager Neil Warnock joined the Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham for a Civic Reception to celebrate the club’s promotion to the Premier League.

Mr Warnock arrived at Hammersmith Town Hall together with the Championship Trophy decked in QPR’s famous blue and white colours.

The manager and top club officials including Chairman Gianni Paladini and head physio Nigel Cox met Mayor Adronie Alford in a reception in the Mayor’s Parlour.

Cllr Alford presented Mr Warnock and club chairman Gianni Paladini with a plaque of the borough’s crest to mark the occasion.

Mr Warnock said he knew from the start of the season he had a “special” team.

“It seemed a good mix and you get that feeling, it was a special group and pre-season went really well,” he said.

“I knew we needed the icing on the cake in Taarabt and I worked hard to get him. I had a feeling we would finish in the top five or six but not top all season.We improved as the season went on.”

“When you are going home after a good result you think about everyone else going home happy. Everyone seems to get involved, from the kids to the grandparents, and it’s a lovely feeling when you’re in charge of something like that.

While the players are taking a well earned break, Mr Warnock says he has been working "harder than ever" to prepare the club for its first season in the top flight since 1996.

“This week has been the hardest I’ve had for a long time, it makes the football side look easy. I’ve been talking to players and agents, meeting with owners, there’s not enough hours in the day.”

Cllr Alford said she was looking forward to hearing Mr Warnock’s “words of wisdom” on Match of the Day next season.

She added: “I am absolutely thrilled that the club has been promoted to the Premier League and we are honoured to have you all here tonight.

“This borough is only four and a half miles long so it really is remarkable that we are now home to three Premier League clubs.”

Councillor Harry Phibbs, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, said the promotion was a huge boost to residents and is estimated to be worth more than £700,000 to the Shepherds Bush economy.

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