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Monday, July 18, 2011

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Mon 18 Jul 2011

Jamie Mackie is continuing to make good progress as he works hard to overcome a double leg break which ended his season in January.

The R's forward suffered the injury during our FA Cup fixture at Blackburn, and Head Physio Nigel Cox has complimented the work ethic of the 25 year-old.

"Jamie has been doing really well," Cox told www.qpr.co.uk. "He has worked very hard throughout the summer and has done everything he can to speed up the recovery process.

"His own personal aim was to be fit for our first game of the season, although that was always going to be a very tight target.

"When we previously saw the surgeon he was happy for Jamie to step up his rehab, which he has done recently with some outdoor running.

"We visited the surgeon again last week for a check-up, and it appears the fracture site itself needs a little more time to heal, so we need to be careful.

"It's a mother-nature thing more than anything else. There is nothing Jamie could have done which would have helped speed up this part of the process, it is simply a case of waiting for the bone to heal.

"It means Jamie's target will have to be adjusted but the good thing is that he is a naturally fit lad and very strong."

With Mackie still focused on making a return in the early part of the new campaign, Cox is now working on a revised plan which will continue to push him towards a full recovery.

In a bid to get the former Plymouth man fit as quickly as possible, the decision has been taken for him to miss out on our upcoming pre-season tours to Cornwall and Italy.

"Over the coming days we are going to back off completely with the outdoor running but we will continue to use water rehab, along with cycling and cross-training," Cox added.

"We are also using a sophisticated treadmill which utilises compressed air to prevent the player putting 100 per-cent bodyweight on his legs when he is running, which is ideal for Jamie.

"The facilities Jamie needs are all available at our training ground in Harlington or locally, which means it makes sense for him to remain here while the team travel to Cornwall and Italy next week.

"The two tours we're going on incorporate a lot of games, which is contrary to what Jamie needs at this moment in time, so he will stay back and do some specific work which will be of greater benefit to him." QPR


Once again it gives me great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all spectators, officials, and everyone associated with our Barclays Premiership opponents, Queens Park Rangers, for this evening’s prestigious pre-season friendly.

It was several years ago Neil kindly agreed to the request of his friend and our late Chairman Robin Fenner, to bring his then Sheffield United side to Tavistock. This evening will be the fifth time he has brought his team to Langsford Park and we do not take his generosity for granted and appreciate the support he has given us over a number of seasons.

Last year I mentioned in my programme notes that, in general, Neil’s pre-season ventures to the West Country had resulted in much success for his sides in those seasons, with promotion to the Premiership and reaching both FA Cup and League Cup semi-finals. Once again last year’s pre-season tour to the West Country was followed up with promotion to the Premiership. So with all the good omens, we hope you QPR fans will not be too disappointed that, for the second year running, you are on a pre-season-tour of the South West and success will follow you. We do hope you have an enjoyable stay in the best part of our country and a safe journey home.

We expect to face a QPR side that is very similar to the one we faced last season, but we will be expecting to give you a much sterner test this time around.

Last year we had spent most of the pre-season rebuilding our first team squad, but this time around we have had a quiet close season period with no transfers out and three new signings. The first of the new signings in our camp is 24-year old John Wyatt, the highly rated right back from Ivybridge Town. His signing was followed by the capture of 19-year old goalkeeper Dean Smith from Elburton Villa, who is a very promising prospect and he will be hoping to establish himself as our number one ‘keeper ahead of Andy Meeds and Jamie Castle. The last of our new signings is 26-year old Kofi Gyasi, an attacking right-sided midfielder who is a team mate of Lambs favourite Kojo Ofori in the British Army side. I would like to welcome all of our new players to Langsford Park and I hope that you will have a long and enjoyable stay at Tavistock AFC.

I would also like to remind our supporters that on Friday the 29th July Peter Reid will be bringing a Plymouth Argyle side to Langsford Park for Andy Meeds’ Testimonial Match. ‘Meedo’ is now close to reaching the remarkable milestone of having played 750 games for the Lambs. Andy has shown great loyalty to the Club and has enjoyed many good times as well as some very tough times. I hope this evening will be a fitting occasion for us to show our appreciation to Andy, for everything he has done at this Club and many of you will be here for the occasion.

Whilst tonight will hopefully be a great occasion, there will be a tinge of sadness as many of us will be missing the familiar face of Mike Halfyard, who sadly passed away in June. Mike leaves behind two sons, Kevin and former Lambs favourite Darren, and our thoughts are very much with them and his close friends, in particular Eric, at this difficult time. Mike was an absolute gem of a bloke and will be missed by many.

On behalf of all my management team, I would like to thank you all for your continued support and I hope that you enjoy this evening’s game and the season ahead.



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- To inaugurate QPR Report's 2011-12 series of interviews with a Fan of our "Opposing" team: Aan interview with Plymouth's Ian Newell who runs Plymouth Fan Site, PASOTI (Plymouth Argyle Supporters on the Internet). Many thanks to Ian for doing this interview. Many QPR fans have a soft spot for Plymouth and wish them very well.

- To note - and Highlight - one rather significant change (improvement) in these QPR Report Interview in 2011-2012. These interviews are now being conducted by QPR Report's Maudefishnchips. Many many thanks to Maudefishnchips for agreeing to take on these interviews.

How long have you supported Plymouth?
44 years.

How long have you been involved with your Website? How did you get to your site?

Since its inception (1996). http://pasoti.co.uk/talk/

How do you get on with the other Plymouth fan sites: Are there any serious inter-board conflicts (as there certainly are between certain QPR boards!)?

Vital is fine, we have one called GoS which is regarded as the Plymouth Argyle bible. http://www.greensonscreen.co.uk/ There are no others of any note.

Who's Plymouth biggest Rival (or Rivals)?

Exeter City.

Are you happy with your team and how things are? - Can you explain/do you understand how things got to this point?

How long have you got? You can see what has happened and these are the darkest days of our club.

What do you think of the current - and previous- Owners? WHY are they involved? WHO ARE THEY?! What do you expect? Could they realistically have done more to boost your chances?

The previous owners took us into admin with £17m debts, they are despised by most Argyle fans. We have no new owner yet, but the one who is the preferred bidder, is not welcome by many, he is thought of as a Cornish Del Boy.

How do you think Plymouth treats its fans? Appreciates them? Listens to them? Screws them?

We've been screwed over big time, and we are still being screwed by the Admin process.

Who are you Dangermen/Most valued/most overrated/most underrated players?

Not relevant at this moment in time, it's not about football at this moment in time, our club is on the edge of a precipice.

Who would you say was the greatest Plymouth player that you yourself personally saw? (You can name more than one if it's that close!)
Mariner, there is no doubt. We bought him from Chorley and anyone who saw him on his debut ( a cold night against Rochdale) knew we were in the presence of greatness.

Your prediction for Plymouth this season?
Survival is all we care about.

How much did you rate Jamie Mackie/ Akos Buzsaky when at Plymouth?
I never rated Mackie, he's fast but ran down blind alleys, but others loved the lad. Akos was a big fan's favourite but many say that the club's trouble went downhill from the day we sold him. I was at Loftus road, sitting about 5 seats from the big hat, when he scored a cracker against QPR. It was a great goal.

What is your view and the general Plymouth view of QPR (If we even feature in your consciousness) or of Neil Warnock?

QPR are remembered with fondness at PAFC, you were classy in defeat when we won the Championship of the 3rd tier (unlike Luton 18 months before when we won the 4th tier CHampionship) Neil Warnock is a bit Marmitey down this part of the country, but he does love his football.

What are your past Encounter Memories - Best Memory/Worst Memory of Past QPR- Encounters? Who is your favourite QPR Player over the years?

3-0 at Loftus Road in the League Cup in the 70's. QPR equalising in (it seemed like) the 101st minute, when we were 2-0 up (first season in the Championship I think it was). Rodney Marsh and Stan the Man, were my two favourites by a country mile.

Are you looking forward to playing QPR?

No, not really, our staff are still owed about 5 months wages and some of us think it wrong for us to support PAFC until that is sorted (not all people think this way, but a lot do).

Score prediction for Plymouth -QPR?


Where, realistically, do you think Plymouth will be in five years time?

In the football league hopefully.

What one or two questions do you wish I had asked you (and how would you have responded?!)

Do you like Ian Holloway?
No comment!

Ian Newell.

I would like to thank Ian for taking part in this Q&A, and I would also like to wish Plymouth FC and it's supporters a successful outcome in what is a very worrying time for their club.

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QPR Pre-Season Fixtures 2011/12

Monday 18th July - Tavistock (a) 7.00pm
Wednesday 20th July - Plymouth Argyle (a) 7.45pm
Friday 22nd July - Bodmin Town (a) 7.15pm
Wednesday 27th July - Cesena (a) 8.30pm
Saturday 30th July - Trofeo Bortolotti Tournament (a) 8.00pm onwards
Tuesday 2nd August - Crawley Town (a) 7.45pm QPR


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