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Thursday, November 24, 2011

QPR Report Thursday: Loan Window Closes...Flashback: QPR Axe Long-Serving Club Secretary Sheila Marson...QPR Play Huddersfield in Youth Cup..Injuries

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- Third Round of the FA Youth Cup: QPR Will Play Huddersfield at Loftus Road

- Three Year Flashback: QPR Axe Long-Serving Club Secretary Sheila Marson

- Ten Year Flashback: Brentford 0 QPR 0

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West London Sport/David Mcintyre - QPR eye non-League prospect Chambers

QPR are monitoring Dulwich Hamlet defender Michael Chambers – a 17-year-old who only made his first-team debut a month ago and has already attracted serious interest from Manchester United.

Several other Premier League clubs are aware of the highly-rated centre-back, who caught the eye with his performances as Hamlet’s youth-team captain.

He has continued to impress since recently being promoted to the Ryman League club’s senior side and Rangers are considering making an offer for him in January. West London Sport

Martin Samuel/Daily Mail - Cut and dried for QPR

Seldom misses a trick: Neil Warnock

Not a particularly edifying afternoon at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, with Stoke City physiotherapist Andy Davies sent off in a row about a towel, but Queens Park Rangers were well within their rights to demand one.

Neil Warnock, never slow to miss a trick having so many of his own, instructed his players to use the Rory Delap gambit and procure linen from the ball boys for drying purposes before launching any throw-in. The ploy worked so well that, with the home side 2-1 down at half-time, the young men were sent out for the second half empty-handed.

Warnock then dispatched his own staff in search of towels, and an argument ensued, resulting in Davies’s dismissal.

Either drying the ball is legal or it is not. It cannot be allowed only until the home side is losing, and the same opportunity must be afforded both teams. The Premier League should either ban the practice entirely, or remind Stoke of their responsibility to fair play. Mail

David McIntyre/West London Sport - QPR are discussing a new contract for goalkeeper Paddy Kenny.

Rangers are set to reward the 33-year-old for his outstanding displays since moving to Loftus Road from Sheffield United in 2010.

Kenny, the club’s current player of the year, looks likely to sign an improved deal in the coming weeks.

He kept 24 clean sheets as Rangers stormed to the Championship title last term and has impressed in the top flight this season.

R’s manager Neil Warnock regards Kenny as one of the best keepers in the country and once recommended him to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

The Republic of Ireland international has played under Warnock at QPR, Sheffield United and Bury. West London Sport

The Sun- Tomkins is R’s — Gold

WEST HAM will snub any bid from QPR for talented defender James Tomkins.

Tomkins, 22, has been linked with a £3million move to the West London club following his superb displays for the Hammers this season.

QPR boss Neil Warnock is ready to bring in a number of new players in January and wants to bolster his defence.

Tomkins has played a major role in helping West Ham cement their position in the top two of the Championship.

But West Ham co-owner David Gold said: "He's not for sale for £3m. Nobody is up for sale.

"There's no plan to sell. We'll do all we can to keep our top players. Our goal is promotion." The Sun


DJ Campbell is hoping to give QPR fans an early Christmas present with a return to action next month.

The 30 year-old striker has been sidelined since fracturing his metatarsal in training almost two months ago. But after coming out of his protective boot last week, Campbell - a lifelong QPR fan - is now working hard to make himself available to Manager Neil Warnock.

"The recovery is going well," he told www.qpr.co.uk

"The foot feels good now, and I am concentrating on doing strengthening work on my calf and thigh."

Campbell didn't waste much time opening his goalscoring account for his beloved Hoops following his summer arrival from Blackpool.

In his third appearance - and second as a substitute - the former R's schoolboy netted the final goal in our 3-0 win at Wolves.

Which makes his non-availability all the more painful - for both himself and the fans.

"Not being able to play has been really frustrating," he admitted.

"I love playing football and throughout my career all I have wanted to do is play, especially now that I am home at QPR.

"It's difficult but it's part of the game. We all get injured at some point but the important thing is to come back stronger. Hopefully when I do come back I can fire the goals in."

With the hectic Christmas fixtures just around the corner, Campbell is looking to be in contention for a place in Warnock's matchday squad.

"Three to four weeks is the target for my return," he added, "and if I can get back sooner that would be great.

"We have always said December and that's looking good at the moment. Touch wood there will be no setbacks, and I will be back soon."

While he has not been able to play, that hasn't stopped Campbell from supporting the R's and, like all QPR fans, he has been impressed with what he has seen.

After beating Chelsea in a fierce West London derby, Rangers produced a competitive second-half performance at Tottenham and followed that up with a great display which ended in agonising defeat against Manchester City.

Last weekend, Rangers continued where they had left off with a 3-2 victory at Stoke.

"We have played really well in the last few games," said Campbell.

"The lads have been superb.

"You can see the quality that we've got and you can see how well the Gaffer is doing.

"Being a fan myself, I have enjoyed seeing how happy the fans are. Even though we lost to Man City at Loftus Road, our fans were superb.

"Hopefully we can continue this good form and get the results we need. We are showing good signs that we are moving forward." QPR


Neil Warnock has been assessing his walking wounded this week after a series of injuries in the lead up to Saturday's game at Stoke City left him able to name only five subs for the Britannia Stadium clash.

Brian Murphy suffered a calf injury in the warm-up, while Jason Puncheon was sent home on the morning of the fixture with a bout of Tonsilitis.

In the second half of our 3-2 win over The Potters, Luke Young was forced off with a knee injury, while Heidar Helguson played on despite suffering a bad facial injury in the opening minute of the contest.

Speaking at the Harlington training ground this morning, Warnock told www.qpr.co.uk: "Sadly Brian Murphy is going to be out for a few weeks with the calf injury he picked up, but Jason Puncheon is back in training.

"Unfortunately, Heidar has not joined in yet this week and there's a doubt over him for Saturday's game at Norwich.

"Luke came off with a knee injury as a precaution, but we are optimistic he is going to join in training on Thursday."

Warnock revealed after the Stoke clash that Armand Traore had requested to come off in the latter stages but managed to last the game, and he added today: "He has got a persistent thigh problem that we're managing."

Meanwhile, Jay Bothroyd - who missed the trip to Stoke with a hamstring injury - and Danny Gabbidon - who is feeling the effects of an intense introduction from injury - are both expected to resume light training on Thursday.

Long-term absentees Matt Connolly (ankle) and Kieron Dyer (foot) stepped up their running this week, while DJ Campbell (foot) continues to do strengthening work on his calf and thigh. QPR

- Murphy Out for about a Month?

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The Independent - Correction - Jim Magilton
Tuesday 22 November 2011

Our article,"Inside the 'basket case':the film that will shock football"(29 October 2011) http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/article2377262.ece was a feature on a fly-on -the wall documentary film,The Four Year Plan,which has just been released about the recent turbulent history of Queens Park Rangers FC. In it we mentioned an allegation made in the film by the former QPR Chairman, Gianni Paladini, to the effect that Jim Magilton, the former Manager, had head-butted a player. Mr Magilton has always categorically denied this allegation and we are happy to record his denial. Independent

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