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Thursday, July 26, 2012

QPR Report Thursday: Flashbacks: Council Promise to Stop QPR Move to Heathrow Airport!...Dave Thomas Profiled by Michael Wale...Robbie Steiner Signs



- 13 Years Ago: Robbie Steiner Joins QPR

- Birthday for (briefly-QPR) Dean Sturridge

- 1967 QPR Video: From pre-match Presentations to Post-Match Celebrations in three Minutes of Video: QPR's 1967 League Cup Triumph

- Such Turnover! The QPR Squads of two Years ago and Six Years Ago

- "Uefa tightens player ownership rules under Premier League pressure • England and France ban third-party ownership of players • Uefa regulations close loophole on selling stakes in players"

- Frimpong charged with improper conduct after comments on Twitter

- STILL Waiting for FA John Terry Decision (as Chelsea lose to MLS Allstars)!

SKY/Chris Galea - Cook at ease over his future
Midfielder is in no rush to commit himself to a club for next season

Lee Cook is playing a waiting game as he hopes to land himself a lucrative contract with a Championship team this season.

The 29-year-old is a free agent after his contract at Premier League side QPR ran out this summer and he was released by the west London club he supported as a boy.

The winger was loaned out to a number of League One clubs last season including Charlton where he helped them secure promotion and would consider another spell in the third tier.

Cook revealed he has had a number of offers from other League One sides already, but says he is going to take his time to weigh up his options before committing.

"I have had offers from League One clubs," said Cook. "But I am just waiting for a Championship club to show some interest and make a move.

"At the moment that has not happened and I am surprised by that, but I have spoken to a number of other players who are in the same boat.

"I felt that going out on loan last season and being able to get those games under my belt I might have had an offer from somewhere.

"However if that does not happen then I will look to League One and focus on staying there for just a single season before earning the right to play in the Championship again. Sky

Joey Barton as reported by Blackpool Gazette from on his blog   “....The simple fact is that on top of my much-deserved punishment by the FA and then, of course,QPR, I’ve also been omitted from the senior QPR squad that are now out in Asia, which is, of course, even more gutting than the original punishment.
    "I respect that (manager) Mark Hughes makes his own decisions, of course, and fair play to him for doing what he believes is right. QPR want me to train with the young guys and the reserves in the meantime.
“The possibility of a loan move has been mentioned. There’s been interest from several European clubs and a lot of Championship clubs too, as you may expect.
.." Blackpool Gazette

FLASHBACK: Dave McIntyre/Evening Standard - July 26, 2001

Council promise to stop QPR move

Hammersmith and Fulham Council are to support the campaign to prevent Queens Park Rangers moving out of Loftus Road.

Former director Andrew Ellis, a Knightsbridge property developer, is poised to buy the club, who are in administration, and his eventual plan is to move them to a new stadium near Heathrow Airport.

But a consortium of supporters have tabled a rival takeover bid and pledged to keep the club at the ground which has been home since 1931.

Now councillors have also vowed to do all they can to stop the Loftus Road ground from being sold. Ellis is in talks with owner Chris Wright and has until 6 August to finalise his offer.

But Mayor Andrew Slaughter said: "The overwhelming majority of QPR fans say that the club is associated with the ground. We aim to see QPR survive and thrive at Loftus Road."

Councillor Wesley Harcourt said: "The Council is committed to keeping Queens Park Rangers in the borough. If Andrew Ellis gets control of QPR, our planning policy is such that we can make it very difficult for the ground to be sold at a profit.

"This Council fought the redevelopment of Chelsea's ground and gave planning permission for Fulham to develop theirs. It's about time QPR had the same amount of air time."

Parading the back page of Tuesday's Evening Standard, which revealed that a consortium of Rangers fans had tabled a bid to rival Ellis's, Councillor Stephen Burke told last night's Council meeting: "If QPR leave for Heathrow, it would be disastrous for the club and the borough. It would be the death knell for the club and the fans do not want it."

Tory councillor Greg Hands added: "When clubs have moved, those that have been typically successful have been based in a city or town where there is only one club, like Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

"Moving to Heathrow is not obviously going to work when there are 12 other teams in London competing for children to aspire to them. I very much support attempts to keep QPR in the borough."

Meanwhile, QPR manager Ian Holloway has offered defender Matthew Rose and trialist Alex Bonnot threemonth contracts. The short-term deals have been put in place while QPR sort out their financial future.

But Rose is disappointed that he has been unable to secure a move to a club in the top two divisions.

Rose said: "I played for QPR in a friendly against Watford on Saturday and I was twice as good as most of their players, but I have only heard of some interest, nothing concrete." ... Standard

Flashback: Bushman's Compilation of Former Michael Wale Report Profiles of and Interviews with QPR Stars

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