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FLASHBACK to May 2001
In Division III for the first time since 1966/67....In Administration.....No Money for Players....and many of the Players released...But from Ian Hollway did we hear kvetching or negativity (or talk of big money signings?)
QPR OFFICIAL SITE - May 24, 2001
OLLY'S TIME TO PLAN
RANGERS boss Ian Holloway has spoken about his plans to rebuild the team at Loftus Road, both on and off the field.
Olly said:" There are an awful lot of changes going on at QPR at the moment. But if you ask me, I feel we've needed that. I'm sure the fans will agree. We want to see a new atmosphere around the place.
"Everyone is working hard to try to correct the club's financial state and give us a chance to move forward. At the moment, we carry on in administration.
"Sometimes you have to bring players in from a lesser standard on not-so-much money who will grasp the opportunity and can still play well and with pride for this football club. Pride in the blue and white hoops is what the supporters here deserve.
"You can also bring through the youth team players. If they are good enough, they are old enough.
"Hopefully one or two exciting things can be sorted out in the next few weeks. I'm also looking to appoint an assistant manager and some of the staff that I would like to work with. We will then be able to move forward and I am very, very excited about the start of next season."
QPR Official Site - May 2001
15 PLAYERS RELEASED
Following discussions with players and their representatives, the management and directors of QPR have decided to release the following out of contract players;
# Ian Baraclough
# Paul Bruce
# Alvin Bubb
# Lee Harper
# Chris Kiwomya
# Danny Maddix
# Terry McFlynn
# Ludek Miklosko
# Steve Morrow
# Michel Ngonge
# Karl Ready
# Matthew Rose
# Keith Rowland
# Tony Scully
Loftus Road chief executive David Davies said: "We've had to make a lot of hard choices and the simple fact is we had to cut the wage bill substantially. It's disappointing for staff and fans alike to see some of our favourite players leave, but it's about time we started dealing with reality. We're in Division Two, we can't afford to carry on with the number of players we had.
"In all honesty we have needed a clearout for a while. It's a very painful process to go through but a very necessary one if we are to build for the future of this club and put it on a sound footing. We have to lay the right foundations on which to build in future seasons.
"However, should the club find new owners before the start of the season, a number of players have been told that we would like to renegotiate with them at the earliest possible stage."
BBC - Friday, 25 May, 2001,
QPR release 16 players
Troubled QPR have released 16 out-of-contract players in order to cut the wage bill following the club's relegation to Division Two.
Chris Kiwomya, Danny Maddix, Ludek Miklosko and Steve Morrow lead the names of those who are not being offered new terms by the Loftus Road club.
And Michel Ngonge, Lee Harper, Ian Baraclough, Karl Ready, Matthew Rose, Keith Rowland, Bertie Brayley, Paul Bruce, Alvin Bubb, Alex Higgins, Terry McFlynn and Tony Scully have also been released.
Rangers are in administration with debts of around ï¿½11m, and chief executive David Davies explained that a reduced playing staff was necessary following relegation.
We can't afford to carry on with the number of players we had
Chief executive David Davies
"We've had to make a lot of hard choices and the simple fact is we had to cut the wage bill substantially," said Davies.
"It's disappointing for staff and fans alike to see some of our favourite players leave, but it's about time we started dealing with reality.
"We're in Division Two, we can't afford to carry on with the number of players we had.
"However, should the club find new owners in the summer, a number of players have been told the club would like to renegotiate with them at the earliest possible stage."
Midfielder George Kulscar recently had his contract with the club terminated by mutual consent.
QPR Official Site - May 24, 2001 - STRIKER SIGNS
QPR have today completed the signing of Leroy Griffiths from Hampton and Richmond Borough.
Pacey striker Griffiths, 24, boasts an impressive goalscoring record at non-league level having scored 22 goals in 58 appearances for the Ryman League Premier club.
Before joining Hampton and Richmond, he scored 23 goals in 49 games for Ryman Division 3 outfit Corinthian Casuals. He joins QPR for an undisclosed fee.
OLLY ON FIRST SUMMER SIGNING - Leroy Griffiths
Ian Holloway is delighted with the signing of Leroy Griffiths,24, from Ryman League Hampton and Richmond Borough for an undisclosed fee. The R's boss has a fine track record for unearthing players from the non-League level.
When Holloway was in charge at Bristol Rovers, he signed Barry Hayles from Stevenage Borough, Nathan Ellington from Walton and Hersham and Dwayne Plummer from Chesham United. He also plucked former Hayes striker Jason Roberts from Wolves reserves.
All of those players prospered under Holloway's tutelage. And the boss seems confident that he has found another gem in Griffiths.
Holloway said:" I am very excited about this signing. Leroy is someone that our scouting department have been tracking for quite a while. I sent my director of football Gerry Francis down to Hampton to see a game and Gerry felt that this was a very exciting player.
"We invited Leroy over for a trail and he did exceptionally well. He is hungry, very strong and very quick. He's an entertainer. The QPR fans do appreciate someone with a bit of flair and a bit of skill. Leroy started off as a young player with Charlton before drifting into the non-League game, so he wants to make a name for himself.
"With full-time training everyday, I am sure that Leroy can hopefully improve on what he has got already and excite our supporters.
"I like to do my homework and scout around the non-League levels. I've never been scared to take a gamble. It is not where you have come from, but where you want to go.
"There are an awful lot of talented players out there who haven't been given the opportunity to play at the professional level. Or maybe they had the chance before and wasted it. I always find that the desire they've got within them makes them a successful player at the end of the day."
Griffiths scored 22 goals in 58 appearances for Hampton and Richmond Borough. He previously played for Corinthian Casuals, where he hit the net 23 times in 49 games.
SEASON TICKET PRICES 2001/02
WATCHING QPR will be better value than ever next season with kids costing as little as Â£3 per match and adults from a little over Â£7 per game.
Families will also benefit from the new prices with a joint ticket for one adult and two juniors working out at just Â£12 per match.
Other great value prices and offers include;
# Adult season ticket prices from Â£169 and Â£69 for juniors
# Family season tickets for one adult and two juniors from Â£273 - ranging from as little as Â£494 for two adults and three juniors
# Savings for tickets purchased before June 30
# Save 10 per cent on the price of your ticket if you introduce a friend
# Special prices for students
The club will be writing to fans shortly with full details of the season ticket prices and offers. Fans will also be able to buy their tickets on-line.
QPR SEASON TICKET PRICES 2001/02
Early Bird and Renewal price Adult Junior OAP/Student
South Africa Road Â£299 Â£119 Â£149
Alfred McAlpine Homes Stand Â£249 Â£99 Â£125
Loftus Road Upper and Lower Â£199 Â£79 Â£99
East and West Paddocks Â£169 Â£69 Â£85
Non-Discounted price Adult Junior OAP/Student
South Africa Road Â£339 Â£138 Â£170
Alfred McAlpine Homes Stand Â£283 Â£115 Â£142
Loftus Road Upper and Lower Â£227 Â£92 Â£114
East and West Paddocks Â£193 Â£80 Â£97
Family Season Tickets 1 Adult 1 Adults 2 Adults 2 Adults 2 Adults
2 Juniors 3 Juniors 1 junior 2 Juniors 3 Juniors
South Africa Road Â£478 Â£567 Â£688 Â£777 Â£866
Alfred McAlpine Homes Stand Â£398 Â£472 Â£573 Â£647 Â£721
Loftus Road Upper and Lower Â£318 Â£377 Â£458 Â£517 Â£576
East and West Paddocks Â£273 Â£325 Â£390 Â£442 Â£494
Season tickets will be available at the early bird renewal prices until June 30. After that the non-discounted prices will apply. Family season ticket prices are only available until June 30. To qualify as a junior you must have been born on or after August 1 1985. To qualify for student prices you must be in full-time education and hold a valid NUS card. All tickets are subject to availability.
QPR Official Site
PLAYING GREEN'S MAIN MOTIVATION
12:00 22nd May 2013
QPR keeper prioritises regular first team football over everything else next season ...
I am a professional footballer and being part of a professional footballer is playing games."
PLAYING regular first team football is goalkeeper Robert Green’s motivating factor next season, not the division he will be playing it in.
The QPR stopper admitted his experience this season has reaffirmed his belief that playing football is the most important consideration for him next season.
And following the R’s relegation into the Championship Green confirmed his desire to give his all for Rangers unless he is told otherwise.
He told www.qpr.co.uk: “I am a professional footballer and being part of a professional footballer is playing games. I made my 500th club appearance recently at the age of 33. I want to add more games to that and I feel like I have a lot more years and games to play.
“A lot of keepers are still playing at the top with the likes of Brad Friedel and Mark Schwarzer, and they both have years on me.
“I want to carry on playing, to play football is my life.”
Following Brazilian stopper Julio Cesar’s arrival at Loftus Road, Green found first-team opportunities limited this season, and he admitted: “Not playing is not something I have had to deal with for the best part of 15 years. To deal with that I’ve used one of the few positives from it and that is the support from the fans I have had when I have played.
“I’ve used that as a motivation and a tool for working hard and keeping going.
“It has been a big aid to my season in something that has been very difficult. I have gone from playing every week in a team that won promotion and then going to European Championships to then sat watching one.
“That has been tough but one of the few crumbs of consolation has been going out playing and feel like I have been supported by the QPR fans.”
As for Green’s immediate future as Rangers prepare for life back in the Football League, the experienced custodian said: “I see my future wherever I am told it is really.”
“Life of a keeper, particularly an English one, is very different to an outfield player where you get 25 squad places with rotation and maybe European games if you are at one of the bigger clubs.
“You get the need for a lot of players whereas with a keeper there are not many teams where you have two first choice keepers - here is one of them.
“You see people saying it is up to us if we stay or go but sometimes it really isn’t.
“If I get told I am here next season then I am here next season and I will do my utmost for the team. If I get told I am here next season and I am on the bench then that is my life and you have got to take it how it is. That is something I have learned from this season as much as anything that it is not all laid for you on a red carpet.”
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