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Aldershot Official Site - Shots to play Premiership opposition in pre-season friendly
- Aldershot Town FC are pleased to announce that Premiership side Queens Park Rangers will be at the EBB stadium to play a pre-season friendly on Tuesday, July 24th.
Rangers, who are managed by former Welsh international Mark Hughes, retained their Premiership status on the very last day of the 2011/12 season and played their part in the dramatic conclusion of the title chase.
QPR were previously at the EBB in 2009, also for a pre-season friendly, a game which they won 4:0
The match will kick-off at 7.45pm Aldershot
The Football League - CHAIRMEN CALL FOR SPORTSMANSHIP
At their Summer Conference, Football League clubs have voted unanimously to support proposals aimed at encouraging sportsmanship and curbing gamesmanship in matches.
The proposals, which were put forward by Exeter City Chairman Edward Chorlton, have three central themes:
Gamesmanship has no place in our game. Football League matches should be played within a culture of sportsmanship not gamesmanship.
Clubs will undertake to instruct managers, coaches and players accordingly - in particular to discourage actions which bring the game's reputation into disrepute, such as:
a) showing disrespect to match officials; and/or
b) those actions that undermine a sporting culture including diving/simulation, time wasting and feigning injury.
In the first year of this initiative, The League will request that referees support this initiative by taking more robust action, particularly in the following situations:
a) obstructing the quick taking of free-kicks
b) stealing ground at throw-ins.
Football League Chairman Greg Clarke said: "As a collective of clubs we have a responsibility to protect the image and long term health of the game of football.
"In supporting these proposals, League clubs have shown a determination to give a lead in this important area.
"We will now use them as a platform from which to engage with those parties that can help us change our game for the better." http://www.brentfordfc.co.uk/page/LatestNews/0,,10421~2794066,00.html
MAIL - Hughes prepares £5m bid for Foster after weighing up Gordon, Gomes and Given
QPR are ready to step up interest in Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster by making a £5million bid.
Manager Mark Hughes had also shown interest in Sunderland's Craig Gordon, Tottenham's Heurelho Gomes and Aston Villa's Shay Given but Foster's form following a strong season on loan at West Bromwich Albion has convinced Hughes he is the right man.
Once Foster is signed, Hughes will allow Paddy Kenny to join Leeds United. Daily Mail
West London Sport/Dave McIntyr - Faurlin: They thought I wouldn’t be able to play in England
Alejandro Faurlin’s return to action cannot come soon enough – both for the player himself and the QPR fans who hold him in such high esteem.
His immense popularity was underlined by the stick I took last season for suggesting he was seen by some opposing managers as a potential weak link in the Rangers side and might find the going tough in the Premier League.
It didn’t go down well with the many supporters who believe Faurlin is tailor-made for the top flight.
And until the knee injury which ended his campaign in January, he was ever-present and reportedly attracting interest from the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham.
Faurlin, who is about to enter his fourth year at Loftus Road, enjoys the feeling of proving doubters wrong.
Mark Hughes has described Faurlin's absence as "deepy frustrating".
“It’s funny because in football people have opinions and as a professional you accept that,” he says.
“I am used to it because at the beginning there were people who didn’t think I would be a player. Then they said I wouldn’t play in the first team and I did.
“When I came to England some people said to me: ‘England? Never – it’s too fast’ and they thought I wouldn’t be able to play in this country, but I did.
“Then going into the Premier League I did my best and just kept trying to improve as much as possible.
“You can always prove yourself at every level you move up to if you have the quality and the belief in yourself.
“It’s all about hard work and humility. If you believe in yourself and you know what you can do then that is what matters most.”
Faurlin’s time at Rangers has been challenging to put it mildly.
He was admired for the way he handled the furore of an FA investigation into his move to west London.
But even before the events of last spring, he had shown great maturity to settle quickly in a new country - and at a basket-case of a club that simply didn’t do stability.
“I think I’ve grown up a lot in English football I have to say,” he says.
“It’s been tough at times – very tough – but there are also people who helped me.
“First of all there was Jim Magilton, who I must thank a lot. Neil Warnock too. I really hope I can continue improving with Mark Hughes.
Joined QPR in 2009
Player of the year in 2010
Has made 101 starts for the club
21 of them last season
Scored in 3-0 win at Wolves
“I just look forward to carrying on working and keep improving myself. It’s what I always try to do.”
Faurlin’s next big challenge is to return for the start of the new season.
He was recently given the green light to step-up his recovery and is hopeful of being able to join his team-mates for full pre-season training.
In the meantime, he will spend most of the summer completing his rehabilitation at Rangers’ Harlington training ground – often with only Kieron Dyer for company.
“Everyone is happy with the way the knee is recovering and now it’s a case of building up the muscle around it,” Faurlin explains.
“It will mean a lot to me to play again because the last few months have been difficult, but I keep smiling because you must always enjoy your life.
“It’s really frustrating because we worked so hard to be promoted and have the chance to play in the Premier League, and then I couldn’t play for six months.
“But now, thanks to the guys, we have stayed up and I will have that chance again, which is fantastic.
“I don’t care about holidays. I just want to stay here and make sure I do everything I need to do to get back.
“All I care about is the games – being in the dressing room, being with the other guys. I really look forward to it because I miss it. I really, really miss it.” West London Sport
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Five questions with Mat Hodgson, director of "The Four-Year Plan"
6a01310f90b709970c016766a9d0a2970b-200wiWhen billionaire owners purchased the history-rich but talent-poor English club Queens Park Rangers, they gave themselves four years to reach the Premier League. Mat Hodgson's film, The Four Year Plan, chronicles the journey. The documentary bounces from the boardroom -- where QPR's leadership clashes with one another and fires coaches on a whim -- to the field and locker room as the team attempts to return to the world's richest soccer league.
The Four Year Plan screens at Kicking + Screening Film Festival - New York on Friday, June 29, as part of Night 3 along with Meister vs. Meister and L’equipe petit. (BUY TICKETS)
Hodgson spoke with K+S about the road to the EPL, the incredible cast of characters in the QPR boardroom, and the epic end to QPR's 2011-2012 season.
Why did you choose to film QPR?
It wasn't me that originally approached QPR. However, when the story broke that QPR had been bought by billionaires it was clearly going to be a great journey and therefore lend itself hopefully to good documentary.
I knew the angle to take would be on the boardroom as that's where the club had something different, dynamic and exciting. They were the story.
You get incredible access to the QPR braintrust. Was there anything you wanted to see/film that you couldn't?
Access was so key and I worked hard at everyone feeling comfortable with me around. I think the board deserve huge credit for opening their doors to me. No documentarymaker is ever likely to be 100% happy that they got everything. We saturated filming but still some events we didnt cover or were restricted. I imagine that is pretty normal though? I think all things considered we can't really complain too much with what we did and didn't get!
Did you initially know that the QPR ownership and decision making committee were going to be such great characters or was that a happy accident?
A bit of both. The owners (Briatore & Ecclestone) brought with them a profile which you just knew was going to be conducive to strong characterisation. But I think I was fortunate that several other (at the time unknown) protagonists were so strong in their own right and offered something different: Amit Bhatia for his cool head and measured management style that develops, Gianni Paladini for his extraordinary drive and passion, and even Neil Warnock coming in to offer a new strong dynamic at just the right time. The melting pot of characters is kinda unique, diverse and creates fantastic dynamics. I think I was fortunate to that extent, yes.
Did you initially think the actual four-year plan was going to work (i.e. that QPR reach the EPL)? If not, at what point did you begin to believe?
I hoped! You can't guarantee anything of course. What I would say is that I was lucky the board said it was a four year plan as I had a hook then. With that I could keep the film alive unless it exceeded the four years. Luckily for me it didn't and they achieved it in four years. I am a football fan and a filmmaker, both of which rely upon being a bit of a dreamer. So when the two worlds collide your level of optimism, hope and dreaming are magnified. I did believe they would succeed ultimately yes, even at the lowest points. I knew it must not be given up on as a film, and am proud of the fact I kept going with it.
Queens-Park-RangersQPR barely survived on the last day this season. Did you watch the match against Manchester City? What was going through your head?
It was an epic day. I had friends over to my house for a day of food and football. The range of emotions were extraordinary. My friends couldn't quite believe the level to which I celebrated QPR's goals (I support Sheffield Wednesday), but it showed how I'd grown an emotional attachment to the club and I really cared that they stayed up. It would have been tragic to see all that hard work of last year for nothing. I was delighted for the club and it's fans. Sheffield Wednesday achieved a promotion this year and QPR stayed up so it was a great season for me!
As for the way the EPL ended... I don't think we will ever see anything quite like it again. Aguero's goal was received with shocked silence amongst my friends and I before we all erupted in reaction as we processed what had just happened. It was a moment so dramatic that only sport can really provide.