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Loftus Road - 31st December 1966. Queens Park Rangers v Watford



- From the 1880s and on! - The Bushman QPR Photo Archives (including the above) -

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- Tony Fernandes Coming Over for the Transfer Window...
 ‏@tonyfernandes -Used to stay in Watford during school days with the becketts.Nice people in Watford.Really wanted to go. over next week for the window.

- Birthday for Kieron Dyer


- Anelka's "Salute" - And aftermath

- Next Saturday: Everton in the FA Cup

- Lakshmi Mittal Steel...

- 74th BirthdayYesterday for Frank Mclintock

- Christmas Eve Birthdays:  Stan Bowles Turned Sixty-five!....Brian Bedford Turned Eighty!

QPR at Watford Today....
In August 1969, QPR ended a horrific run of 22 Away games without a win (including the entire 1968-1969 Season) by winning at Watford!...
- After QPR's relegation to what was really "Division 3," it was ex-Watford players who played a big part in our return: From Kenny Jackett to Chris Day to Steve Palmer and others.

BBC December 29, 2007 -Watford 2-4 QPR

QPR's remarkable victory leaves Watford without a home win since 20 October.

Martin Rowlands' penalty gave QPR an early lead, with Damion Stewart heading home a corner for the visitors' second.

Rowlands burst into the area and fired in a third on 40 minutes, before Watford's Damien Francis finished from close range early in the second half.

QPR substitute Buzsaky stole in and rounded Richard Lee before angling home a drive to make it 4-1, with Danny shitetu poking in Watford's second goal.

Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd:
"We dominated for long periods in the first half and yet ended up 3-0 down at half-time.

"I was pleased with our attacking play but not some of the defending. It was schoolboy stuff.

"There was no ranting or raving at half-time, we just talked about what we had to do to. We got back into it and then left ourselves open."

QPR manager Luigi De Canio:
"I think the team is playing better and better. We took our chances which meant the losses of concentration we sometimes have didn't cost us.

"In the dressing room we only talk about our opponents, not what might happen tomorrow or in January.

"Everyone needs to do his duty. That is a sign of maturity and each one of these players has that."

Watford: Lee, Doyley (O'Toole 79), DeMerit, Jackson (shitetu 46), Stewart, Smith, Williamson, Francis, McAnuff, Darius Henderson, Ellington (King 68).
Subs Not Used: Mariappa, Ainsworth.

Booked: Doyley, Smith.

Goals: Francis 52, shitetu 84.

QPR: Camp, Barker, Rehman, Stewart, Malcolm, Bolder, Rowlands, Ainsworth (Vine 64), Balanta (Buzsaky 73), Nygaard (Walton 90), Blackstock.
Subs Not Used: Cole, Moore.

Booked: Nygaard, Barker.

Goals: Rowlands 13 pen, Stewart 29, Rowlands 40, Buzsaky 80.

Att: 18,698

Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside).



...."And most welcome return

Life had been quiet for the QPR squirrel since 2012's pitch invasion – a televised cameo that spawned a rash of "official" QPR squirrel Twitter accounts. But a long overdue reappearance in December during the game against Leicester thrust the scamp back into the spotlight. @qprsquirrel told fans: "For a fee I am available for interviews. #justsaying."

Clearest clarification

"I'll just reiterate for a lot of the buffoons tweeting me. I WILL NOT BE PLAYING IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP NEXT SEASON. Hope that clears that up," tweeted Joey Barton in May. Last week, he played his 20th game of the season for QPR … in the Championship.

For full awards see The Guardian Alternative Awards

Flashback - SAFE WATERS

After an eventful 2005, Paladini has issued the following statement to supporters of Queens Park Rangers:

"As you all know, as a club we went through difficult times and the new board had to bear quite a challenge and responsibility.

"Thanks to some huge efforts in renewing its organization and bringing in some new investments, QPR are now sailing in safe waters.

"We are optimistic when looking ahead for the New Year and for the whole of 2006, especially as we know we can always count on your continuous support.

"Our hope and aim is that QPR will never again have to struggle against organizational confusion and financial distress that have badly hit the good name of our glorious club.

"A special mention must go to Ian Holloway, who has shown his passion and devotion to the club and as someone who gives us positive hopes for promotion.

"We are proud of our players and we are confident that we can continue to strengthen our team with some new arrivals at the beginning of the next year.

"A special thanks must also go to all our colleagues and staff and of course to all our fans who, from generation to generation, continue to support the club.

"We wish to embrace them all, one by one, with our motto "We are QPR!"

"We wish you all the best for a wonderful 2006."  QPR Report

Flashback - April 2012 - Gianni Paladini and Watford

Watford Observer  owner Laurence Bassini denies takeover and investment claims

12:00pm Friday 27th April 2012 in Sport

Watford owner Laurence Bassini has vehemently denied claims he is looking to sell the club or seek new investment.

Rumour and speculation surrounding a potential new owner and investment has increased in recent weeks.....

Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo, former QPR chairman Gianni Paladini and ex-Watford boss Gianluca Vialli have all been mentioned as potential investors.  Bassini stated he has never spoken to anyone from Udinese and when it came to Paladini, he confirmed the Italian had shown an interest in buying Watford several months ago but the Hornets owner said he was not interested.
He said: “There are always people that want to buy football clubs but Watford is not for sale....Watford Observer

"....No owner could be more enthusiastic or well-meaning than Tony Fernandes at QPR, but even he has since admitted he knew nothing about the football business and if he had his time again, I’m sure he would do a lot of things differently. .."  Neil Warnock/Independent

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