Monthly Archives: June 2007

Saturday 4th March 1967 – Sixth Account

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I have many reasons to remember the Season of 1966-67. The double year of Rangers winning the League Cup and the Third Division Championship coincided with my last year in school where I was due to do my A-levels in June 1967. How did I become a QPR supporter in the first place ? My dad worked in the building trade and in the late 50’s he worked on Saturday mornings. On Saturday afternoons he and his workmates would go … Continue reading

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We Just Don’t Have Enough Cash To Take QPR Forward

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The following article was written by Dave McIntyre and appeared in the local Gazette on Friday:- Chairman Gianni Paladini insists QPR will not be bought on the cheap despite the Club’s Italian owners being willing to relinquish control. Paladini last week declared that he and major shareholder Antonio Caliendo, would seek only the money they paid for their shares when they acquired stakes in the Club. That would mean around ¬£650k would be required to purchase Paladini’s shareholding and around … Continue reading

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QPR Holdings 2007 AGM (Cock-ups But No Conspiracies ?)

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Interestingly this year, the Board chose not to mingle with the Shareholders before the AGM and they were all sitting at the top table 15 minutes before it started. John Gregory looked like he wanted to be somewhere else and who can blame him, he’d probably heard about the previous ones ! At the top table this year were: Kevin Steele (Non Executive Director ‚Äì QPR FC), Nick De Marco (Non Executive Director ‚Äì QPR FC), Antonio Caliendo (Chairman ‚Äì … Continue reading

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Departing Bircham Says Gianni Forced Him Out

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The following article by Yann Tear appeared in the local Gazette last Friday:- Marc Bircham insists he bears no hard feelings after being dumped by the Club he loves but blames the breakdown of his relationship with Chairman Gianni Paladini for his departure. The 29 year old midfielder also claims Rangers will never progress while the Italian is on charge. Paladini said that the decision to release Bircham was made entirely by boss John Gregory and expressed surprise at the … Continue reading

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We Are Ready To Sell Rangers

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On the day of the AGM, the following article by Dave McIntyre appeared in the local Gazette:- QPR’s Italian owners are ready to sell the Club for around ¬£4m writes Dave McIntyre. Chairman Gianni Paladini says he is willing to part with his shares for the price that he bought them for and that fellow investors, Antonio Caliendo and Franco Zanotti will do the same. It means that after a year of being merely open to offers, the trio who … Continue reading

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Out Of My Brain In Shepherd’s Bush Market ‚Äì Part Three ‚Äì By Irish Jack

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When the fashion really began to take off, it took any one of us seven or eight weeks to save up to buy something that was old hat after a month. Figure that out, cos I can’t, but that’s how much we cared about how we looked. Mods hated finding themselves out of sync with the leading Faces. We were like an organised army, we were everywhere. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there were Mods in Burnley, Bolton and … Continue reading

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The Phantom Bus Of Ladbroke Grove

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This spooky tale concerns a phantom bus that haunted North Kensington between Cambridge Gardens and Chesterton Road junctions on St. Mark’s Road. Although it seems to have lain dormant for over 50 years, J.A. Brooks wrote about it in his book, ‘Ghosts Of London.’ In June 1934, a young motorist suffered a terrible death when his car, for no apparent reason, swerved off the road, hit a lamp post and burst into flames. At the Inquest, several witnesses spoke of … Continue reading

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The Second Independent R’s Badge

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The second Independent R’s badge became available in April. As with the first one, this too was limited to just 100 and also commemorates the anniversary of that historic day at Wembley in 1967. Currently there are just over 20 left and they are available by post @ ¬£3.00 each plus ¬£1.00 to cover postage and packing for up to 2 badges.Cheques to be made out to, ‘Independent R’s and write to:- 91 Eastcote Lane South Harrow Middlesex HA2 8RN … Continue reading

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A Room With A View

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This is always a talking point when friends/family come round. Well I suppose I am after following the R’s for over forty years, it’s a part of my life. On the wall, you can see a selection of mostly original Press photos. The large one featuring Stan Bowles and Dave Clement, is from an England training session and was taken by Monty Fresco of the Daily Mirror. Others on view are various action shots featuring Terry Venables, Phil Parkes, David … Continue reading

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The Alan Barnes Youth Team Report

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At last ! I have to start the Report with those words because at last we have won the U18 Youth League after coming close in recent Seasons. The league was won by results on the pitch but the many, many problems off it at Youth level didn’t help to make it easy. There was the terrible passing away of 15 year old Kiyan Prince who would have played at this higher level. Ricky Sappleton ‘losing’ his way and leaving … Continue reading

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