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Sunday, June 24, 2012

QPR Report Sunday: Alan McDonald (RIP)


 - RIP: Alan McDonald Aged 48. 400+ Games for QPR. 50+ Caps for Northern Ireland - Flashbacks and Tributes (Fans and Players)
QPR Official Site - ALAN MCDONALD - R.I.P

Queens Park Rangers Football Club is desperately saddened to learn of the passing of former Captain and Assistant Manager Alan McDonald.
The 48 year-old - who made nearly 500 appearances for the Super Hoops spanning over a 17-year period - died suddenly this morning (Saturday) while playing golf in his native Northern Ireland.
Belfast-born McDonald, who would go on to be crowd favourite at Loftus Road, originally signed for Rangers as a schoolboy.
He gained valuable experience in a loan spell at Charlton Athletic in 1983, before returning to W12 to eventually hold down a regular starting spot.
In his time as a player, McDonald led the R's to the 1986 Milk (League) Cup Final, in what was a memorable run to Wembley.
He scored an extra-time goal in our replay win over Chelsea in the quarter-finals, before QPR beat Liverpool in the semis. Rangers were unfortunately beaten by Oxford United in the Final.
McDonald also featured in a number of other famous R's victories, including a certain 6-0 win over Chelsea on Easter Monday of 1986, as well as a 4-1 drubbing of Manchester United at Old Trafford on New Year's Day in 1992.
He was part of the Rangers side which finished as the Premier League's top London Club at the end of 1992/93 campaign.
The Northern Ireland skipper also won 52 international caps for his country. He is the most-capped player in the history of QPR.
After finishing his playing career at Swindon Town, McDonald would eventually return to football - and Loftus Road - when he joined the Club as then-boss Gary Waddock's assistant in 2006.
He would later lead Glentoran to the Irish League championship in 2009.
The Club would like to extend its deepest condolences to Alan's family and friends at this sad time.
May he rest in peace. Reaction to follow on www.qpr.co.uk in the coming days. QPR

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JOEY BARTON looks set to be thrown an amazing lifeline right out of the Last Chance Saloon.
The man Fabio Capello said was “too dangerous” to play for England is expected to be given one final opportunity to mend his wayward ways with QPR.
The Londoners considered showing him the door after a lengthy inquiry into his shocking behaviour against Manchester City in last season’s final game.
But the legal cost of doing so – and his undoubted talents – mean that the volatile midfielder, who is banned from playing for a considerable chunk of the next domestic season anyway, looks likely to escape becoming an international outcast as well… for the time being.
QPR are expected to pull back from the brink and give Barton his final public warning within the next 48 hours along with a move to curtail his Twitter outbursts which have also frequently landed him in hot water.
The man Fabio Capello said was “too dangerous” to play for England is expected to be given one final opportunity to mend his wayward ways with QPR

Far-reaching legal strings are also likely to be attached to protect QPR from him repeating the sort of behaviour that got Barton a 12-match ban for violent conduct during Rangers’ 3-2 defeat by City.
That was the latest blackspot in a controversy-littered career that started to go off the rails eight years ago when he was sent off for the first time, ironically at City.
It was the beginning of a downward spiral that many feared would see him ending up as a global pariah this time. But thanks to manager Mark Hughes and the club’s legal advisers the doors of that Last Chance Saloon look like staying open for a little longer for a maverick whose CV – crime vitae, that is – reads as follows:

Fined six weeks’ wages by Manchester City after stubbing a lit cigar in the eye of a young team-mate at the club’s Christmas party.
Fined eight weeks’ wages and sent home after an altercation with a 15-year-old Everton fan in Bangkok during a pre-season tour.
Suspended after a training-ground scrap with Ousmane Dabo which got him a four-month suspended jail sentence for assault. He was also banned for 12 games by the FA and fined £25,000.
Moved to Newcastle for £6million but within months was charged with common assault after a late-night incident in Liverpool and missed the club’s New Year fixtures.
Jailed for six months after admitting the charges.
Banned again by the FA after punching Blackburn winger Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Transfer-listed after a series of Twitter comments criticising the club.
Branded the FA “Orwellian” and in need of a “drastic shake-up”.
Now Barton is understood to have made certain promises about his future behaviour. Whether he can keep them remains to be seen… some time around early November when his present ban expires.
Hughes has promised several new faces at Loftus Road this summer and has already brought in Andy Johnson, Ryan Nelsen and Rob Green. Now he has Leicester defender Paul Konchesky in his sights for a £1m deal.
Barking-born Konchesky, who was sold by ex-Fulham boss Hughes to Liverpool in 2010, wants a return to the capital and is keen on a switch to west London. The two-times capped England left-back could also be joined at Loftus Road by Manchester United’s Fabio, who is set to move on a season-long loan. Express

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