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Friday, July 06, 2012

QPR Report: New Stadium Planned...New Coaching Chief Begins...More New Players?...Good Luck to Spark in Tonight's London Mascot Derby...Bill Tidy Cartoons...60 Years of a QPR Marriage


As the club looks for a location for its New Stadium...

                                                     "Wormwood Scrubs in 1902"

   "Prison Officers from Wormwood Scrubs posing with the Coronation Challenge Trophy in 1911"

Additional Photos of Old Shepherd's Bush at the Bushman Photo archives


JOHN TERRY COURT DATE: Tick Tock. Tick Tock.
...The Guardian/Daniel Taylor  "...Case number 1103985595 is listed for 9 July under the charge, denied by Terry, that he "used threatening or abusive or insulting words within hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress, and that the offence was racially aggravated, contrary to section 28 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1988". The trial is expected to last the full week, involving character witnesses, players from both clubs, lip-reading evidence and police officers. Only when it is done can we be sure of Terry's position with the national team and, specifically, whether he can be picked again...." Guardian

                                  " Booking office at Shepherd's Bush Central Line station 1906"

GUARDIAN - QPR chairman Tony Fernandes size up three possible new stadium sites
• Tony Fernandes wants improved new stadium for QPR
• 'I think we have three potential choices'

QPR could be set for a move away from Loftus Road. Photograph: Tom Jenkins
Queens Park Rangers' chairman, Tony Fernandes, has revealed the club are looking at three potential sites for a new stadium.

The Malaysian businessman completed his takeover at Loftus Road less than a year ago and has been quick to try to improve both the playing squad and facilities.

The Rs have already announced plans to move to a state-of-the-art training ground next summer and have now turned their attention to finding a plot for a new stadium. "We're working this week [on the stadium]," Fernandes told the Press Association.

"I am getting a full report on one of the pieces of ground. I think we have three potential choices and we are going to evaluate it and then take it to the shareholders. It has actually not even been a year that we have owned this club and I am very pleased with the kind of progress we have made in one year. If we can continue at this kind of pace, then things should look good at QPR."

QPR, who only narrowly avoided relegation last season, have also brought in a number of new players over the summer. Ryan Nelsen, Andrew Johnson, Robert Green, Samba Diakite and Fabio da Silva have already joined Mark Hughes's squad and more additions are likely before the end of the window.

"We're rebuilding so obviously [we're active]," said Fernandes. "There may be three or four more, we'll have to wait and see. I am guessing, though. The target was to try and do as much as business [as we could] before pre-season so that Mark would have as much time as possible to work on the team. Guardian

Dave McIntyre/West London Sport - New coaching chief starts work at QPR

Ex-Wales international Glyn Hodges has begun work in a newly created role as QPR’s head of coaching.

West London Sport revealed last month that Hodges was being brought to Loftus Road by Rangers manager Mark Hughes.

He will oversee all aspects of coaching from academy to first-team level, with particular emphasis on a revamped youth and development structure at the club.

Hughes wanted to make changes.

Hodges was a Wales team-mate of Hughes and part of his backroom staff at Blackburn, Manchester City and Fulham.

The 49-year-old, whose playing career included spells with Wimbledon and Sheffield United, will work with Steve Gallen and Marc Bircham.

Youth development manager Gallen has played an increasingly pivotal role in recent years and will continue to nurture the club’s youngsters.

The youth system is expected to be given category-two status for the coming season, when all clubs will have academies graded from one to four.

Rangers’ current Centre of Excellence is the equivalent of a category three set-up.

And, in line with a number of other clubs, from this season QPR will have a development squad which will place specific emphasis on bringing through young talent and is likely to be managed by former R’s midfielder Bircham.

Development teams can include a maximum of three players over the age of 21, and are seen as a bridge between youth and senior level and a better alternative to traditional reserve-team football.

It potentially gives talented but slower-developing players a greater chance of eventually making the step up, when they might otherwise fall by the wayside once they are too old for the youth team.

QPR’s west London neighbours Brentford introduced a development squad a year ago in an effort to increase the number of players progressing through the ranks at Griffin Park. West London Sport


Djibril Cisse admits he's champing at the bit to return to action ahead of the start of pre-season training on Monday.
The charismatic front-man just missed out on a place in the France squad for the 2012 European Championships - even though he scored six goals in eight Premier League games after joining the R's from Lazio in January.
And after a summer of rest, Cisse - speaking at a joint event between QPR and Caterham F1 Team ahead of the British Grand Prix on Sunday - told www.qpr.co.uk: "I'm looking forward to starting pre-season.

"I've had enough of doing nothing - I think I need to start moving my legs!
"I was disappointed not be a part of the (France) team, but it's up to me now to fight and score some goals next season to get back into the squad.
"I was close (to making the team), but not good enough to be a part of it. I have to score more goals and then I think I'll be okay.
"I scored six goals in eight games last season, but on the other hand I had two red cards. It was good and bad.
"It could have been more if it wasn't for those red cards. But we (QPR) managed to stay up and that was most important."
As well as the prospect of a return to action, Cisse also insisted that he's looking forward to some added competition in attack following the signing of former Fulham man Andrew Johnson, adding: "He is a really good player.
"He can score goals and he can run a lot for the team. He can make goals as well. It's a good signing.
"Competition is good for everyone. We're going to have to fight for our positions. For me, this is no problem.
"When you have a lot of good players, of course the team is better.
"It's up to the Club now (to decide if they need to further strengthen), but we had some good players last season. It's up to the Club to see if they need more players or not.
"It was important to build on the squad from last season, because if you want to improve and take the Club to another level, you need some new players and you need some quality players - that's what the Club is trying to do."
As well as Johnson, Rangers have made four other acquisitions since the end of last term, with Ryan Nelsen, Robert Green, Samba Diakite and Fabio da Silva respectively all penning moves to W12.
And with the prospect of further additions, the excitement continues to grow ahead of our Premier League curtain-raiser against Swansea City at Loftus Road on August 18th.
"I'm looking forward to starting the season," Cisse continued.
"It's always important to start the season well.
"Our first game is at home and we need to pick up three points.
"If we do start well, we can build our confidence and it's easier to do well in the season after that: QPR

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