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Thursday, April 25, 2013

QPR Report Thursday: QPR Training Ground Approved....15 Year Flashback: Jamie Pollock's "Brilliant" Own Goal Saves QPR...QPR-India Update



Club gets go-ahead to progress plans for new training ground ...

QUEENS Park Rangers football club is delighted to confirm it has been given the go ahead to progress its plans for a state-of-the-art training ground facility at the Warren Farm site.

At a meeting this evening (Wednesday 24th April), Ealing Councillors voted in favour of granting planning permission for the club's proposal to build a full multi-purpose Elite Training Facility and Community Sports Complex on the Warren Farm site.

It is intended that works will begin in the coming months, with the facility set to be ready ahead of the 2015/16 season.

QPR CEO Philip Beard told www.qpr.co.uk: “This is a landmark day for Queens Park Rangers Football Club.

“We are hugely grateful for the support shown by all parties, especially the local residents, who we hope will benefit extensively from the range of facilities and activities that will become available over the course of the coming years.

“There is a lot of hard work ahead of us as we finalise the design details and tendering of the project, but today’s news is a massive step forward and a significant milestone for the club.”

The Elite Training Facility will house the entire football department, including our thriving Academy.

It will provide: grass pitches for the first team and academy, an indoor 3G pitch, an outdoor 3G artificial pitch, extensive gym, sports science and rehabilitation areas, Academy classrooms, a large number of changing rooms, media, catering and grounds maintenance facilities.

The Community Sports Complex will use the extensive experience of QPR in the Community Trust to develop participation programmes and forge stronger and deeper local connections.

QPR in the Community Trust will create a progressive programme of sporting, educational and social activities, leading to enhanced life experiences for Ealing residents and its neighbourhoods.

The facility will encourage participation in sport and will promote healthy and active lifestyles in a purpose built and safe environment. 

The new site - explained

The Warren Farm site will be developed into a full multi-purpose First Class Professional Elite Training Facility and Community Sports Complex, which will incorporate state-of-the-art facilities.

These facilities will be used by both our professional and academy footballers, as well as the community, and echo our ethos of being ‘more than just a Football Club.’

The development will be designed to meet the Club’s professional training requirements, and will meet the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) Category 1 criteria, with a layout of natural and artificial training pitches and grids. These facilities will provide a platform for the development of home grown talent.

Community facilities will be developed in line with Sport England and National Governing Bodies standards. The community facilities and community development programme will be managed by QPR in the Community Trust.

We see this element of the proposal as a true partnership with the council, local sports clubs and wider community users.

The community will have some of the best facilities for people of all ages and levels of ability to participate in a wide variety of sports including football, rugby, cricket, basketball and netball. Sporting programmes and activities led by professionally qualified coaches will be implemented, and will include input and appearances from professional players from QPR.

The development will incorporate Secured by Design recommendations and will meet with the Council’s Sports Strategy and public sports participation targets. QPR

- Also: Ealing Council/Warren FarmsPlanning Officer Report

15 YEARS AGO - The Greatest Own Goal in History?

QPR: Lee Harper, Ian Baraclough, David Bardsley, Danny Maddix, Neil Ruddock (Antti Heinola 70), Steve Yates, Nigel Quashie, Vinnie Jones, Mike Sheron (Matthew Rose 46), Steve Slade (Gavin Peacock 79), Kevin Gallen.

Manchester City: Martyn Margetson, Richard Edghill, Tony Vaughan, Kit Symons, Kevin Horlock, Jim Whitley, Ged Brannan (Craig Russell 88), Jamie Pollock (Ian Bishop 84), Georgi Kinkladze (Paul Dickov 73), Shaun Goater, Lee Bradbury.




RANGERS had a large and noisy following at Manchester City on Saturday. The club's offer of free travel to season ticket holders and members resulted in 11 coaches being filled. A total of 1959 R's fans attended the game.

The Rangers goals were greeted with a spirited chorus of "Stand up if you’re staying up..." as the whole Superhoop contingent rose en masse. And the travelling fans stayed inside Maine Road for nearly half an hour after the game to sing their anthems of celebration.
Boss Ray Harford said:"Our fans have been absolutely fantastic since I’ve taken over. I’m really pleased for them that we got the result we needed at Maine Road. And I’d like to thank all the supporters for their loyalty, because we wouldn’t have been able to get the results we've picked up recently without the tremendous backing we've received from the fans."


MANCHESTER CITY captain Jamie Pollock scored the most spectacular own goal in the history of QPR in Saturday’s crucial clash!

Let’s savour the details! The goal came in the 22nd minute after Kevin Gallen chased Dave Bardsley’s long ball out of defence. Pollock stepped in to intercept and deftly flicked the ball over Gallen’s head with Brazilian-style arrogance. He then followed up to send a bullet header looping over the advancing Margetson from nearly 25-yards. The ball bounced once before bulging the net right in front of the ecstatic travelling R's fans.
It was the most dramatic own goal for Rangers since Aston Villa’s Keith Bradley applied the finishing touch to put the R’s into the First Division for the first time in their history at the end of the 1967/8 season. Bradley was actually kissed by two QPR players after his 82nd minute intervention gave the Superhoops a 2-1 advantage at Villa Park!



BOSS Ray Harford was in jubilant mood after the draw at Manchester City, as Rangers secured First Division safety courtesy of the 2-2 draw.

Ray said:"I’m very relieved. It was a very entertaining game and a bit too open for the heart at times. We looked dangerous on the counter-attack and so did they, to be fair. We showed terrific spirit and character to bounce back from the early goal. But the players I have brought in have added those qualities to the team. They are real men.
"Our fans were fantastic once again. I’m really pleased for them that we are now safe."



BOSS Ray Harford feels that the experience of his senior players and the backing of the Rangers supporters will be crucial in Saturday's big game at Manchester City.

Ray says:"We don’t fear anybody. We’ve been going away from home and playing three forwards, so I don’t think that should change. We’re ready for the battle. It is important to have people in the team who can handle the occasion as well as the game. I’m very pleased with Vinnie Jones and Neil Ruddock in particular, as they've strengthened us emotionally, physically and football-wise as well.
"If we get a draw or a win on Saturday, we’re safe. It’s as simple as that. I’d also like to say a great big thank you to the supporters who’ve been following us recently. Without your backing, we wouldn’t have been able to get the points we’ve been picking up."

Team News...Karl Ready is suspended, whilst Tony Scully is unable to play under the terms of his transfer from Man City.
RANGERS will have a large and noisy following at Manchester City on Saturday. The club’s offer of free travel to season ticket holders and members has resulted in 11 coaches being filled. And nearly 2000 match tickets have been sold to Rangers supporters. It's an all ticket match and no more free transport is available.

1997/1998 Results 

Pos Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1. Nottingham Forest 46 28 10 8 82 42 94
2. Middlesbrough 46 27 10 9 77 41 91
3. Sunderland 46 26 12 8 86 50 90
4. Charlton Athletic 46 26 10 10 80 49 88
5. Ipswich Town 46 23 14 9 77 43 83
6. Sheffield United 46 19 17 10 69 54 74
7. Birmingham City 46 19 17 10 60 35 74
8. Stockport County 46 19 8 19 71 69 65
9. Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 18 11 17 57 53 65
10. West Bromwich Albion 46 16 13 17 50 56 61
11. Crewe Alexandra 46 18 5 23 58 65 59
12. Oxford United 46 16 10 20 60 64 58
13. Bradford City 46 14 15 17 46 59 57
14. Tranmere Rovers 46 14 14 18 54 57 56
15. Norwich City 46 14 13 19 52 69 55
16. Huddersfield Town 46 14 11 21 50 72 53
17. Bury 46 11 19 16 42 58 52
18. Swindon Town 46 14 10 22 42 73 52
19. Port Vale 46 13 10 23 56 66 49
20. Portsmouth 46 13 10 23 51 63 49
20. Queens Park Rangers 46 10 19 17 51 63 49
22. Manchester City 46 12 12 22 56 57 48
23. Stoke City 46 11 13 22 44 74 46
24. Reading 46 11 9 26 39 78 42

QPR Metro Blog:  Remembering QPR history: Four memorable Anniversaries (Repost)

   - QPR Confirm There will be No Player of the Year Event this Season...
 Voting for this seasons awards will open over the course of the next 48 hours, with the awards set to be presented at our final home fixture of the season against Newcastle United

1982/83 REUNION IN W12
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Title-winning squad to return to Loftus Road
MEMBERS of the R’s 1982/83 title-winning squad will return to Loftus Road next month, as the club celebrates the 30th anniversary of our famous second division triumph.

After finishing runners-up to Tottenham Hotspur in the 1982 FA Cup Final, Rangers – managed by Terry Venables – won the old Second Division title at a canter twelve months on, finishing ten points clear of second placed Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

For our final home fixture of the season against Newcastle United on Sunday 12th May, members from that squad – including Warren Neill, Gary Waddock and Wayne Fereday to name but a few – will be back in W12, as the club pays tribute to a golden age of R’s players.

Amongst other planned activities on the day, the players will be presented to the crowd at half-time, as well as being available for autographs and photos in and around the ground. Our matchday programme will also look back on the superb season, including an exclusive interview with Venables, as well as a detailed review of the campaign.

#ForeverRs  QPR

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