QPR Report Twitter Feed

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

On This Day: Rodney Marsh Makes QPR Debut...Also: OTD Humiliation at Manchester United...Four QPR Birthdays - Including Mike Keen...Cisse on Qatar....Chairman Fernandes Reaffirms He Stays...Club-Fan Meet Last Night (Details to Follow!)...



- On This Day: Rodney Marsh Makes His QPR Debut....Also On This Day: QPR Destroyed at Manchester United

- March 19, 1966 away to Peterbrough
. QPR drew 1-1 (Marsh didn't score) QPR Team for Marsh Debut:
Peter Springett
Langley, Hunt Sibley Watson -
Lazarus, Keen, Roger Morgan, Allen,
Collins, Marsh.

  And from Rodney Marsh's Blog (in response to a query)
   "Remember it very well. I was useless! QPR were in the third division and it was my first game outside of the top league. As a twenty one year old it took me time to adjust !"

- Ten Wealthiest in F1 - Bernie Ecclestone at top...Tony Fernandes also.

- Blackburn Rovers Axe Another Manager

- Michael Owen Announces His Retirement

CLUB - FAN MEET Last Night
QPR1st March 6, 2013 Fans group meeting – Tell us your concerns -QPR1st along with Representatives of the LSA and the OSC are scheduled to meet with the club on the 18th of March in the first in a series of planned quarterly meetings... QPR1st

[Just to note: The OSC Committee resigned en masse a couple weeks ago - Resignation Statement]



 18th March 2013

R’s Chairman urges fans to focus on the future …
QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes has spoken of his “lifelong commitment” to QPR following Saturday’s disappointing loss at Aston Villa.

Rangers find themselves seven points adrift of safety after the 3-2 loss at Villa Park, and while Fernandes admits he is “feeling miserable,” he has urged R’s fans to “show the world what type of club we are” and says they should be excited about the future.

In a personally written message that he has asked to be shown to “all our fans and staff,” Fernandes said:

“I sit here in Malaysia feeling miserable. I am down. The fact that I and my other shareholders are feeling so miserable just means we care.

“We should have won at the weekend and made it easier for ourselves, but we didn't. So what!

“There are still eight games to go. We beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and showed against Southampton and Sunderland that we are capable of putting wins together.

“And we have scored seven goals in our last three fixtures, so anything can happen.

“We fight and we fight. I am not despondent at all. QPR has come a long, long way from where we were, and the plan continues.

“We inherited a club that lacked so many things, and we are rebuilding every aspect. That's a huge challenge.

“In any business there will be hiccups. But this is not a one-year or two-year project. This is a lifelong commitment.

“The shareholders have that commitment. The journey ahead is so exciting.

“We need a new training ground, a new stadium, a more successful academy. That's so exciting. How can anyone feel down for too long?

“Forget Aston Villa. Focus on the future. The path in front of us is exciting.

“So come on, let's show the world NOW what type of club we are. We’re a club that believes, a club that has passion, and a club that never gives up.

Kind regards
Tony  QPR Official Site


Four Ex-QPR Birthdays Today: Mike Keen, Andy Sinton and Roy Wegerle and Warren Barton-

1967 Hero and Captain, Mike Keen, would have been 70
Born March 19, 1943. Keen made more than 400 QPR appearances from 1959 to 1968/1969, midfielder/winghalf and Captain, Mike Keen. Captained QPR from 3rd to 1st Division and in the League Cup Final.
Keen was probably not very well treated by QPR at the end. He was sold to Alec Stock's Luton when we were in our Relegation Fight...and Keen then proceeded to lead Luton to promotion out of Division 3 (and returned to Loftus Road with Luton in 1970/71, scoring the winning goal!). Keen then joined Watford. Managed Watford and Northampton and then-non-League Wycombe,. Was briefly a coach at QPR when Frank Sibley was manager. His son played for West Ham and Wolves. Keen was recently back at Loftus Road with several members of the 1967 squad.

From Sunday Times, April 6 2003 "Where are they now"
"Mike Keen - One of the old school of half-backs Keen was a skilful player who enjoyed delivering long passes, and he was a strong, clinical tackler. He was a QPR stalwart who joined the club in 1958, and played in 393 League matches. After a change of managers, he moved to Luton before finishing his playing career at Watford. He was appointed manager at Vicarage Road and enjoyed four years at the club, where he set about engendering the spirit he had experienced as a player at Loftus Road. He managed Northampton for a year before taking charge of Wycombe part-time and then Marlow while he concentrated on running Sport and Ski, a shop in Wycombe. He lives in Flackwell Heath in Buckinghamshire, and is manager of a shop in Oxfordshire that sells outdoor gear and ski equipment." Paper
See Also: Photo (Front row, sitting next to Chairman, Jim Gregory)

Andy Sinton Turns 47 (born day Marsh made his QPR Debut)
Born, March 19, 1966 (the day of Marsh's debut!)
Signed by Trevor Francis from Brentford for 350,000 pounds. Sold 4 years later to Sheffield Wednesday for almost 3 million pouns

Roy Wegerle Turns 49
- Born March 19, 1964 Wegerle's Record - Don Howe's first signing when he became QPR manager. Signed from Luton for 1 million pounds. Sold a couple of years later by Gerry Francis to Blackburn for just over a million pounds.

Brief QPR Signing, Warren Barton - 44
Barton born March 19, 1969 (the day of QPR's humiliating loss to Manchester United!

The Peninsular

Striker Cisse getting used to life in Qatar
Monday, 18 March 2013

DOHA: Influential French striker Djibril Cisse (pictured below) has played in the most glamorous leagues for some of the biggest teams in the world.

He’s a striker who was born to score goals; someone who has never given up or shied away from a challenge. Cisse is a player who recovered from breaking both legs in the space of a couple of years – before going on to become fitter than ever.

It’s that determination to prove people wrong that brought him to Qatar. He has left the glitz of the English Premier League (EPL) behind to help improve and raise the profile of the Qatar Stars League (QSL). When Cisse left QPR to sign for Al Gharafa at the end of the season in January, people sat up and took notice.

By his own admission, the move to Qatar has been harder than Cisse first imagined.

Today he will face Al Arabi in the semi-finals of the QNB Cup. It will be a chance to pull the boots on after a short break from QSL action.

That game is something Cisse is looking forward to. Because like everything else, the Frenchman wants to use his talent and sheer determination to make sure his time in the QSL is a success.

In a chat with www.qsl.com.qa, Cisse, 31, spelt out the reasons why he’s had a tough landing in the Qatari capital.

“Qatar is completely different to anything I’ve known. It’s a different country, a different way of living and different football. It’s been hard but it’s getting easier,” Cisse.

“The change in the style of football really surprised me. It’s not what I was used to, not when you compare it to England, France or Italy. It just takes some time to get used to.

“It’s a different rhythm but that’s something I need to adapt to. The one thing about this move is it’s a great experience. In years to come I will be able to look back and say: ‘I played there, I helped the league’.

“For the time that I am here I would like to do as well as I can. I don’t know if it will be longer than the loan period but I am trying to do my best and give the best impression of me as a footballer.”

Cisse’s settling in period was disrupted when French boss Alain Perrin suddenly left his post as Al Gharafa coach. Perrin was replaced by Habib Al Sadiq.

The 31-year-old refuses to use that as an excuse for his form though. Instead he believes everything will fall into the place on the pitch now he has settled off it.

“The first month was different for a number of reasons, it wasn’t just the manager it was everything. When you change country you change your life but I like challenges and this was something that excited me,” the former Liverpool, Marseille and Lazio star

“I don’t feel pressure or expectation. I’ve been playing football for 12 years now and I’ve always been one of the key or star players in the teams I have played with. I know how football works. I know how to deal with the pressure. I know how it works with strikers because you can be in the team and then out of the team.

“We also have cycles where you can score goals you can’t even imagine and then you will miss the easiest of chances. That’s only the players who understand that. We know that at times it won’t always go the right way.

“The players who last the longest are the ones who know this but still have belief in their own talent.

“I know I can score goals in any league, I don’t have any doubt about that. It just takes time because it’s a big change.

“I didn’t just change city, I changed country and changed culture. Hopefully I’m doing okay considering what I have experienced.”

Today’s game kicks off at 6.30pm at Qatar Sports Club.

- 10 Years Ago Today: 11,000+ See QPR Beat Cheltenham at Loftus Road

- Save The Date: The 2013/14 Championship Season Begins August 3...The Premier League Begins August 17

- Sean Ingle/The Guardian -  Dropping pilot doesn't stop ship going down – Reading, please note Sacking a manager is, on average, more harmful to a team's performance in the short term than doing nothing 


QPR1st - March 19, 2006 QPR Holdings Ltd AGM Report
March 19, 2006

Blog Archive