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RIP Tom Finney...Trial for #Briatore....Flashback: "The Crazy World of #QPR" and Life President Harold Winton Statement re QPR...Julio Cesar's Toronto Press Conference...45 Years: Roger Morgan Tottenham Debut


RIP - Preston and England's Tom Finney: Obituary by Brian Glanville/Guardian

Just two weeks till the Updated QPR Crest/Logo supposedly has to be complete
 As Chairman Tony Fernandes tweeted in December "“I can confirm to all QPR fans that we will look at updating our badge for 2015 season,” Fernandes tweeted.“Must be done by end of Feb. Feeling is it will be based on Old logo ams refresh. Will get all your views. I’m excited.”

Seven years ago: "The Crazy World of QPR" and Other Press Stories-


The crazy world of QPR: Loftus Road heads for meltdownAn assistant manager suspended over a brawl, claims of a gun in the boardroom and a fatal stabbing are just some of the incidents that have rocked a once-proud club

By Jasper Gerard

Published: 15 February 2007

If Wimbledon were the "Crazy Gang", what are Queen's Park Rangers? Try the maddest club in world football.

It has been a rather quiet week at Loftus Road. So far Richard Hill, the assistant manager, has been suspended by the club and arrested by the police on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after a training-ground "friendly" against China's Olympic team was abandoned due to a mass brawl which left a player with a damaged eye socket. The Championship club's accounts have been queried and a goalkeeper, Lee Camp, has been hastily signed on loan from Derby County following one of the worst results in the club's history, a 5-0 thrashing by lowly Southend United. Oh well, it's only Thursday; plenty of time in the extraordinary world of QPR for something unusual to kick off.

Gianni Paladini, the QPR chairman, says there is "no place for violence". Actually, violence has found all too snug a nest in west London. Paladini, a former football agent, took the witness stand last year after alleging a gun was held to his head in the boardroom, though a group of men including a fellow director were later cleared of conspiracy to blackmail, false imprisonment and gun possession. One of QPR's brightest prospects, 15-year-old Kiyan Prince, was stabbed to death last year. Another player left the club after being accused by team-mates of theft, sparking a fight down South Africa Road. Oh, and if the right hook Hill is alleged to have thrown looked silkier than Rangers' footwork of late, he is a former trainer to Lennox Lewis.

But shocking though this might sound, violence is incidental to the decline of a club once swashbuckling in a different way. Having written frequently about my traumatic love affair with QPR, I was invited two years ago to sit on a new executive board, so have observed the running first-hand; boy, has it been sobering. Happily ignorant of what goes on behind the scenes of a football club, I have sat slack-jawed hearing of earlier mismanagement. It has been called a soap opera, but have you ever seen a soap opera this gripping? The frightening bit is that while the theatricals and thuggery are all QPR, I now suspect tangled financial problems are rife throughout football.

As a fan it is hard to believe QPR are in such a plight. A little over a decade ago Rangers were one of the capital's top clubs. From David Seaman in goal to Les Ferdinand up front, they made their old rivals Chelsea look ordinary.

I fell in love with QPR in 1976, when Stan Bowles jinked them to within half an hour of the championship. Bowles, who sometimes spent kick-off in the bookies, calls this the most skilful team never to win a major honour. Then Terry Venables installed an artificial pitch, but the football became as authentically brilliant as anything you might see in Italy. Rangers oozed flair through Glenn Roeder, Simon Stainrod and Tony Currie, whose long passes were unequalled.

Even Venables could never expunge the side's most enduring habit: Rangers could hit the woodwork half-a-dozen times and end up losing to a bunch of car mechanics - literally in recent years, against Vauxhall Motors in the FA Cup in 2002.

Yet however shocking performances on the pitch, nothing has rivalled the drama of late in the boardroom. Like so many of the burnt-out Premiership volcanoes scarring the Championship, the root of Rangers' sorrow - and predicament - is financial.

QPR have never recovered from falling out of the top flight in 1996 under the disastrous reign of Ray Wilkins. Chris Wright, chairman of Chrysalis, "invested" �30m; he may as well have hurled the cash off the Westway. QPR went into administration and even fell down into the third division.

Rangers are back - for now - in the Championship, but saddled with debt. The club is owned by a Monaco consortium that has struggled to pay even modest bills. Plans to sell the ground and move further west have not progressed.

Fans criticise Paladini, yet few have rushed to take over. I have sat with Paladini and shared his frustration when he has found money to pay �3,000 or �5,000 a week to a player who turns out to be a drifter.

Hanging over the club has been a �10m loan taken out by the previous board from a mysterious Panamanian outfit called ABC. Paladini cannot even establish the people behind ABC, who charge QPR a crippling rate of interest. After Paladini questioned the deal, Dave Morris, a rival director close to the previous chairman, Bill Power, queried a transfer Paladini negotiated. Then, Paladini alleges, a gun was drawn to his head and he was ordered to sign a letter of resignation before he escaped. Last June Morris and six other men were cleared of the offence at Blackfriars Crown Court.

The dugout this last year has scarcely been more serene, QPR changing managers like models change gowns. Ian Holloway's press conferences - he once likened an ugly win to "scoring" with an unattractive woman - were more diverting than his agricultural team. So last season Paladini sacked him, believing a return to silky ball-playing could gain that elusive promotion. But Gary Waddock presided over a team devoid of steel. QPR were in freefall, so in September Paladini fired Waddock and appointed another old boy, John Gregory.

A stalwart from Venables' day, Gregory found the manager's office had not enjoyed a lick of paint since then, but the team soon looked brighter. He has some sparkling attacking players, notably winger Lee Cook. Astutely - if humiliatingly - he has taken Chelsea youngsters on loan. However, all season the defence has left gaps wider than the Grand Canyon.

Rangers say they are too gifted to go down; but Rangers always say that. Even Kevin Gallen, who has hung around Loftus Road like a pair of comfy old slippers as the side pinged between three divisions, has finally had enough and departed. Is Gregory safe? Well, could the club afford to pay off yet another manager?

Commentators love describing clubs as "big". Perhaps Queen's Park Rangers was never quite that. But the game would have been a lot less beautiful without those blue and white hoops. I do not know the source of the madness gripping Rangers. But I do know it's a footballing tragedy.

Hoops history: How League runners-up and Wembley winners fell on hard times

Honours: Div 1 runners-up 1975-76; Div 2 champions 1982-83; Div 3 champions 1967-68; Div 3 South champions 1947-48; FA Cup r-up 1982; League Cup winners 1967, runners-up 1986.

Most Capped Player: Alan McDonald (52, N Ireland).

Most League Appearances: Tony Ingham, 519 (1950-63).

Record Transfer Fees:

Paid �2.75m Mike Sheron from Stoke City, July 1997. Received �6m Les Ferdinand to Newcastle United, June 1995.

League Record: 1920 Original Members of Div 3; 1921-48 Div 3 South; 1948-52 Div 2; 1952- 58 Div 3 South; 1958-67 Div 3; 1967-68 Div 2; 1968-69 Div 1; 1969-73 Div 2; 1973-79 Div 1; 1979-83 Div 2;1983-92 Div 1; 1992-96 Premier League; 1996-2001 Div 1; 2001-04 Div 2; 2004- Championship.

Most recent managers: Ray Wilkins (1994-96); Stewart Houston (1996-97); Ray Harford (1997-98); Gerry Francis (1998-2001); Ian Holloway (2001-06); Gary Waddock (Feb-Sept 2006); John Gregory (Sept 2006-). Independent

Also Seven years ago: February 15, 2007

THE TIMES - FA will use Hartson case in forming QPR charge - Aidan Magee

The FA will use John Hartson’s assault on Eyal Berkovic eight years ago as the precedent to bring charges against Queens Park Rangers after their brawl with the China Olympic team.
Rangers face censure from the governing body after a China player suffered a fractured jaw as the friendly at the club’s Harlington training ground descended into chaos and was abandoned last week. Soho Square officials say that they will look at the case of Hartson, who was suspended and fined £20,000 for a training ground altercation with Berkovic in 1998 caught on a fan’s video camera. Hartson kicked Berkovic in the head.
The FA is waiting until police conclude their investigation over possible criminal charges against QPR, after the club’s decision to suspend Richard Hill, the coach, in the wake of his arrest last weekend. QPR also face an outstanding charge of failing to control their players during an FA Cup defeat by Luton Town last month. The Times

John Gregory's QPR Future - Press Rumours-

Ealing Gazette - February 15,2007 By Yann Tear "Gregory job sensation

Crucial week will decide whether Rangers boss is to become unexpected managerial casualty
BOSS John Gregory will have more than just three points to worry about at Leeds United on Tuesday night - if the rumours are to be believed.
Find out why in an amazing article in tomorrow's edition of the Gazette.
Plus: More on the fallout from Chinagate and that 5-0 defeat at Southend - we analyse the mood ahead of that crucial relegation battle with Dennis Wise's men at Elland Road. Gazette

The Sun - February 16, 2007
QPR boss John Gregory could be sacked at an emergency board meeting on Wednesday.

He has come under pressure after some poor results while his No 2 Richard Hill was suspended following the brawl with the Chinese Olympic side." The Sun

The Times - Alex Wade February 16, 2007

The football club that keeps brushing with the law

It seems that Pete Doherty enjoys appearing in court as much as he does performing on stage. This week the Babyshambles frontman paid his respects to Thames Magistrates Court, where District Judge Jane McIvor fined him £300 and disqualified him from driving for two months for driving without insurance and an appropriate licence. Doherty admitted both charges in what was his umpteenth appearance before a court but - as far as I know - the fact that he supports Queens Park Rangers football club was not mentioned when asking for leniency.

It should have been. The humble West London club has developed an affinity for tangles with the law that make Doherty look like a semi-professional toiling in the lower reaches of the Ryman League. I admit that QPR’s unerring ability to generate legal work pleases the lawyer in me. What could be better than a client that seems condemned to spend its meagre resources not on players but on lawyers? But as a QPR supporter since the age of 10, with my own roots in West London, the club’s seemingly inexorable metamorphosis into little more than a lawyers’ cash-cow is depressing. It is not difficult to believe that Doherty is similarly afflicted.

Consider the following recent examples of QPR’s brush with the law. Last week, the “Great Brawl of China” occurred when the club played China in a friendly. This low-key fixture would barely have made the local papers had it not degenerated into a scrap notable for who didn’t throw a punch or attempt a karate kick. China’s Jiang Ning was left with a broken jaw and this week the police arrested Richard Hill, QPR’s assistant manager, on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

One photograph widely published in the press suggests that Hill enthusiastically embraced tips from the club’s sports performance manager, Joe Dunbar, who previously trained Lennox Lewis. The conflagration with China followed a fracas during QPR’s FA Cup defeat by Luton Town last month. The Football Association is currently considering a charge against the club of failing to control its players.

So far, so feisty – perhaps. After all, the club is fighting relegation and a bit of spirit among the players is no bad thing. This approach might be sustainable were it not for the fact that after the Great Brawl, QPR capitulated without even a whimper to Southend United, losing 5-0 in what football pundits like to call “a six-pointer.”

The club’s recent history is so scarred by legal drama that it is no wonder that six-pointers are being thrown away. On November 23 last year, a Vietnamese student was tragically killed when he fell onto the tube tracks at Earl’s Court. Three members of QPR’s youth team were questioned and released on bail after the death. Last May Kiyan Prince, a gifted 15-year old QPR youth team player, was stabbed to death outside his London School. Last year also saw the remarkable trial of seven men on charges of conspiracy to blackmail, false imprisonment and handgun possession, after club chairman Gianni Paladini alleged that a gun was held to his head before a home game against Sheffield United. The men were acquitted.

Against all this, Pete Doherty’s predilection for courtroom drama seems prosaic but, as his lawyers should note, slightly more comprehensible. He, at least, flirts with the real world, while – as he wrote in an anthem to QPR – the club enjoy “a life on Mars.”

What on earth will come next in the saga of insanity that is QPR FC? Perhaps the club will do something really daft, like appoint an in-house lawyer. One who is a fan. And who will do the job for nothing. This is, after all, Mars that we’re talking about. Here on Earth’s nearest planet, I am open to offers. The Times

February 16, 2007 QPR Life President Harold Winton Statement re QPR Developments
Statement from QPR Life President, Harold Winton

Q.P.R have always been regarded as a friendly family Club � Now we appear to have degenerated into a dysfunctional, discontented and despairing bunch.

As Life President, I am overwhelmed and ashamed that our once respected Club has become synonymous with violence, thuggery, threats, foul language and a constant sense of drifting out of control.

We appear to have abdicated the moral high ground on which the Club�s reputation was based.

Events that have overtaken Q.P.R are nearly always blamed on Gianni Paladini.
Personally, I have supported his successful efforts to raise finance that has ensured the Club�s survival. It also needs to be recognised that Antonio Caliendo (in particular) has been most generous in funding an always difficult financial situation.

The greatest loss has been the destruction of the true Q.P.R identity. At the time when the two English directors were removed from the Board I warned that this action could leave fans and shareholders feeling disenfranchised. Unfortunately, this has been proved to be true. There is a widening lack of understanding between the fans and management.

Loyal staff are removed on minor grounds without genuine regard for their service and enthusiasm. As a result, any attempt to deal with problems are often avoided by remaining senior staff members.

The Directors also appear to forget that 36% of the company is still owned by outside shareholders to whom they owe a duty of care and consideration

It is therefore time for the Board to accept that Q.P.R need to employ the services of an independent full-time Chief Executive and also an experienced finance director (on a full or part-time basis) whose integrity would be unquestioned.

The Board need to be advised at all times as to the true financial position and the essential role of dealing with debt management. Its time to end the plague of writs and judgements that are so costly not only in financial terms but also in regards to the Club�s reputation and credibility.

It is therefore my intention to ask for the support of shareholder�s and fans for the requisitioning of an Extraordinary General Meeting of the club�s shareholders in order that the following resolutions can be raised and clarified. This will benefit the Club, Board, Supporters Groups and all persons who wish to see the reputation of Q.P.R safeguarded.

The resolutions will be that the Board Of Q.P.R Holdings Limited will:-

1. Appoint an independent full-time Chief Executive.
2. An independent Finance Director.


February 14, 2007 -QPR's Staff Directory/Staff Page

Chairman - Gianni Paladini
Non-executive Directors - Franco Zanotti, Olga Paladini, Antonio Caliendo
Club Secretary - Sheila Marson
Financial Controller - Akin Yilmaz

First Team Coaching Staff
Manager - John Gregory
Coach - Richard Hill
Sports Performance Manager - Joe Dunbar
Goalkeeper Coach - Tony Roberts
Physiotherapist - Prav Mathema
Head of Youth - Joe Gallen
Box Office
Box Office Manager - Jenny Elliott boxoffice@qpr.co.uk
Press Office
Press & Publications Officer - Ian Taylor: 020 8740 2541 iant@qpr.co.uk
New Media Manager - Paul Morrissey: paulm@qpr.co.uk
Commercial Department
Commercial Manager - Gary Hooper: 020 8740 2518 garyh@qpr.co.uk
Commercial Sales - Julie Newman: 020 8740 2588 julien@qpr.co.uk

Football in the Community
Community Scheme Manager - Andy Evans andye@qpr.co.uk
Ladies Football - Martino Chevannes martinoc@qpr.co.uk
[*NB: A year ago, Press Manager, Jackie Bass had just departed]

February 14, 2008 STAFF DIRECTORY

QPR Holdings Limited Chairman - Flavio Briatore

QPR Holdings Limited Vice-Chairman - Amit Bhatia

QPR FC Chairman - Gianni Paladini

Managing Director - Alejandro Agag

Deputy Managing Director - Ali Russell

Stadium Director - John MacDonald

Financial Controller - Gavin Taylor

Club Secretary - Sheila Marson

First Team Staff

First Team Coach - Luigi De Canio

Coaches - Iuri Bartoli, Paolo Pavese

Performance Manager - Joe Dunbar

First Team Scout - Filippo Orlando

Kit Man - Gary Doyle

Assistant Kit Man - Bobby Ross

Physiotherapist - Paul Hunter

Assistant Physiotherapist - Shane Annun


Youth Team Manager - Steve Brown

Centre of Excellence Manager - Keith Ryan

Box Office

Box Office Manager - Jenny Elliott boxoffice@qpr.co.uk

Press Office

Press & Publications Manager - Ian Taylor: 020 8740 2541 iant@qpr.co.uk

New Media Manager - Paul Morrissey: 020 8897 5419 paulm@qpr.co.uk


Operations Manager - Steve Pike: 020 8740 2579 stevep@qpr.co.uk

Club Shop

Retail & Merchandise Manager - Francis Atkinson: 020 8749 6862 clubshop@qpr.co.uk


Commercial & Marketing Director - Ali Russell

Deputy Commercial & Marketing Director - David Orman: 020 8740 2594 dorman@qpr.co.uk

Commercial Sales - Julie Newman: 020 8740 2588 julien@qpr.co.uk

Public Relations

Public Relations Manager - Elena Sainz de la Peña: 020 8740 2523 epena@qpr.co.uk

Football in the Community

Community Scheme Manager - Andy Evans andye@qpr.co.uk

Ladies Football - Martino Chevannes martinoc@qpr.co.uk

Girls Football - Steve Quashie steveq@qpr.co.uk QPR

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