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Friday, May 20, 2011

QPR Report Friday: Pre-Season Friendly...Season Ticket Price Increase?...QPR Bid For Watford's Graham?...No Fans Meetup?.


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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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- 2006 FLASHBACK 2006: QPR Tried for Danny Graham

BBC - Watford reject bids for Danny Graham and Will Buckley
Watford have rejected a bid for around £2.5m for striker Danny Graham from QPR, BBC Three Counties Radio reports.

It is also believed the Hornets have dismissed more than one offer from Brighton for winger Will Buckley.

Graham, 25, is the Championship's top scorer with 24 goals, and has found the net 41 times in 98 games since arriving from Carlisle in 2009.

Buckley, 22, a signing from Rochdale 16 months ago, has gone on to make 43 Watford appearances.

The Hornets have suffered much publicised financial problems and selling leading marksman Graham would help ease their worries.

But boss Malky Mackay has spoken of his determination to keep hold of Graham, and at the turn of the year the club handed him a two-year deal with the option of a further 12 months.

If Graham were to leave Vicarage Road Carlisle would be entitled to a sell-on fee as part of the deal that saw the frontman move to Hertfordshire.

Buckley has epitomised Watford's young enthusiasm this term, playing 37 times as the Hornets defied pre-season expectations by finishing 14th" BBC

WATFORD OBSERVER - Queens Park Rangers make £2.5m bid for Watford striker Danny Graham
By Frank Smith »
Queens Park Rangers have made a £2.5m bid for Watford striker Danny Graham, Sky Sports are reporting.

Graham was the Championship’s leading scorer this season with 24 goals in the league and 27 in all competitions.

And it is reported QPR boss Neil Warnock has made Graham his first target of the summer following Rangers’ promotion to the Premier League.

Graham joined Watford from Carlisle United in the summer of 2009 in a deal which has so far cost the Hornets £350,000 and could rise to £550,000 if Malky Mackay’s are promoted next season." Watford Observer

Paul Warburton - Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle
Fans group issue QPR celebration warning

May 20 2011

A QPR fans group are praying thousands of supporters do NOT turn up to Sunday's Championship celebration on Shepherd’s Bush Green after they organised the bash without permission.

A massive audience heard Anthony Haley-Hassan on BBC Radio London on Tuesday invite all west London to turn up at midday and party.

The QPR ‘Til I Die group also announced via Facebook they wanted to revel and have fun – and hoped everyone in hoops would do the same – but now potentially face a police bill of £10,000 as well as the fallout to any public disorder on the Green.

Hammersmith and Fulham events and football office, chief inspector Steve Riley admitted the get-together was done with best intentions – but was hopelessly na├»ve.

"From what I can establish there is no public liability insurance, no permission from the council, and even if they do call it off – it is very likely that I will have to deploy at least 25 officers on overtime to be at the Green to make sure order is maintained. At such short notice that will be at a cost to the public purse of around £10,000," he said.

"Frankly, it’s a shambles."

The fans wanted to hold the festival as a means of enjoying the club’s return to the Premiership for the first time in 15 years after the club pulled the plug on its own official celebration.

CI Riley added: "We together with the local authority have had discussions with QPR up to six or seven weeks ago about a formal parade that would close roads, need policing and stewarding. QPR made a commercial decision not to hold it – that’s up to them."

Kishan Parmar from the fans group was going ahead with the celebration as late as Wednesday night until alerted to the danger by Chronicle sport and local police.

He added: "I owe you a drink sometime. It’s a mess." Fulham Chronicle

Fulham Chronicle/PauL Warburton - Season Tickets
QPR season tickets are set to rise by a staggering £250 for the most expensive option when the Championship winners take on the Premier League in August.

We have learned there was even a discussion at top level considering a 90 percent rise on all 2010-11 prices – before a modest 35 percent increase was agreed.

Fans ready to make a dent in their credit cards when the details are officially announced next week will need to know there are just 400 more season tickets available than last season.

Around 8,600 had a regular view of Rangers’ winning campaign in the second tier of English football – but only 9,000 will be available for those wanting a guaranteed entry to the mouth-watering clashes with west London rivals Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool and the other 15 clubs. Fulham Chronicle

Posted on: Thu 19 May 2011

Having met the QPR Board earlier this week, Rangers gaffer Neil Warnock is working tirelessly behind the scenes in a bid to get the wheels in motion ahead of the R's return to the Premier League.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Warnock revealed work is already well underway as Rangers prepare for a return to the top-flight following a 15-year absence.

"We had a meeting and they reiterated their pleasure at the job I've done," he said.

"They said they're happy with how I've gone about my business in my time here and we're all planning for next season now.

"I'm just concentrating on our return to the Premier League and I'm so excited about next season."

The silly season is well underway in the national papers, with speculation rife about Warnock being forced to sell his top stars.

However, the Rangers boss has denied that's the case, commenting: "I've been given assurances that I won't have to sell my better players.

"I'm working hard behind the scenes in a bid to improve the squad ahead of the new campaign."

Fulham Chronicle/Jacob Murtagh

Neil Warnock staying put at QPRBy Jacob Murtagh
May 19 2011

NEIL Warnock's job at QPR is safe, the Chronicle understands.

Reports this week suggested the Rangers boss was facing the axe, with Bernie Ecclestone poised to sell his 62 per cent share in the club.

Former Chelsea chief Claudio Ranieri and Marcello Lippi have been linked with the role, although the latter has distanced himself with the post.

But your favourite local paper has been told Warnock's position at Loftus Road is safe after leading the club to the Championship title in his first full season in charge.

Meanwhile, former QPR boss Paulo Sousa has been confirmed as the new manager of Hungarian champions Videoton.

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