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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

On This Day: QPR Promoted at Hillsborough...Wimbledon Merger Called Off...Luigi De Canio Leaves QPR...Peter Springett Would have been 67 Today


 - Peter Springett (RIP) - Would have been 67 Today

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12 Years Ago: Merger With Wimbledon Abandoned

"After serious consideration and talks with supporters, the boards of Loftus Road and Queens Park Rangers have decided not to take discussions with Wimbledon Football Club regarding a possible merger, any further.

"Although the proposal had some financial and theoretical merit, the strength of feeling from supporters to maintain the QPR identity and history was overwhelming, and had it gone ahead would have alienated, perhaps irrevocably, a large section of supporters without whom the club could not survive.

"In addition, the board would like to point out that no talks are being held with Ron Noades and Brentford. Discussions, however, continue with other interested parties and the board, together with the administrators, are working hard to secure the best deal for the future of the club."

- Nine Years Ago Today: QPR Win Promotion at Hillsborough

The team for that final game:
Lee Camp - Gino Padula, Clarke Carlisle, Matthew Rose, Richard Edghill- Gareth Ainsworth, Marc Bircham, Richard Johnson, Martin Rowlands, Paul Furlong, Kevin Gallen - Subs: Arthur Gnohere, Jamie Cureton, Steve Palmer

- Five Years ago today: Luigi De Canio "Shock Departure" - By Mutual Consent
QPR Official Site - May 8, 2008
QPR Official Statement - "De Canio departs by mutual consent"

Queens Park Rangers Football Club have parted company with First Team Coach Luigi De Canio by mutual consent with immediate effect.
The Club would like to place on the record its thanks to Luigi for his contribution to QPR and wish him all the best for a successful future.
Mr De Canio also wanted to express his gratitude for the opportunity to manage Queens Park Rangers and also for the fantastic experience he had during his time in England.
The Club will be making no further comment at this stage.
An announcement on a successor will be made in due course. QPR

The Sun/Shaun Custis - Anton Ferdinand - I wanted to stay and help Hoops fight
... but Anton's loving the Turkish sun

ANTON FERDINAND sits in the sun lapping up life on loan with Turkish side Bursaspor.
They have an outside chance of getting into the Champions League and all seems right with the world.
By contrast, back in England there are dark clouds over the club who employ him — Queens Park Rangers.
They have been relegated and Ferdinand admits he would have liked nothing better than to stay in West London and get stuck in to the scrap to try and avoid the drop.
Manager Harry Redknapp told the centre-back he could go in January after what Anton admits was a poor performance in the shock FA Cup thrashing by MK Dons.
Yet he believes he had enough experience of the Premier League dogfight to have made an important contribution to the battle.

He said: “I’ve been playing professional football for 10 years and had never been relegated. I know what it’s all about and I felt I had the right experience to give QPR.
“I didn’t want to go anywhere. I wanted to stay and fight.
“But the manager made it clear I wasn’t in his plans and when they accepted the offer from Bursaspor I had to take it. It’s great playing in Turkey but there’s still nothing like being in the Premier League.
“I’ve been watching out for QPR’s results every week. I’m still contracted to them for another season.
“Bursaspor have an option to buy me but if it’s decided I’m needed to help QPR get back up then that’s what I’ll do.”
Since moving to Turkey, Ferdinand has played in six games and lost only one. That run has put his new club fourth in the league — just five points off a Champions League place.
Bursa’s fans clearly want Ferdinand to stay and they have been holding up a banner on match days urging the club to keep Anton and his US team-mate Maurice Edu.
The Londoner did not quite know what to expect when he moved to Turkey. He admitted: “They still remember my second cousin Les Ferdinand playing for Besiktas in the late ’80s. They loved him because of the way he embraced their culture.
“And, of course, they all know Rio and follow Manchester United.
“So they expected a lot and, hopefully, I’ve been delivering.
“They are football fanatics and want to talk about the game all the time. The day after we beat Besiktas 3-0 I went out shopping to buy a blanket and the guy in the shop said ‘take it for free’. I told him I couldn’t do that but he said he would be upset if I refused because we had made him so happy with the win.”
Ferdinand, 28, is revelling in his new challenge.
He added: “Rio had played in games out here and said how lively it could be. It makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.
“If you’re a football fan it is something you have to see.”
The Turkish League is attracting star names with Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder joining Galatasaray.
And Ferdinand said: “Some real quality players are coming over and, of course, the sun shines a lot which is not a bad thing, is it?”
Courtesy of New Era Global Sports Management.  The Sun

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- Six Years ago: The Blitz Loan

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