Monthly Archives: June 2009

The (Alternative) Takeover

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The Chairman sat forlornly at his desk, staring at the pile of bills and invoices in front of him. Whatever anyone said, he knew that he’d tried his very best, but now the time had come to face facts. There was so much more money going out than there was coming in, and try as he might, he just couldn’t see a way out. As if that wasn’t bad enough, every single day he was suffering a torrent of abuse … Continue reading

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The Alan Barnes Youth Team Report

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For some reason, it was a strange season to me. Amazingly, the U18 team played 46 games including pre-season, games in Germany, league matches, Youth Alliance Cup, FA Youth Cup, friendlies and two tournaments in Italy. When we lost to Grimsby in the YAC Final, someone remarked that we looked tired. Well, I ain’t surprised ! Not so many players would have played this season, 31 to my knowledge and 5 of those moved up from the U16’s for the … Continue reading

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Rangers Change Manager’s Role

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New QPR boss Jim Magilton has vowed to assess ‘every aspect of the club’ writes Dave McIntyre in the local Gazette. Magilton has been given the green light to take over control of football matters, which will include identifying transfer targets and improving areas such as scouting and youth development. It appears to signal a re-think by Rangers owners, who favoured a continental-style set-up following the Flavio Briatore-led takeover 2 years ago. That meant Paulo Sousa and Luigi De Canio … Continue reading

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Introducing Ryan McLaughlin

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I introduce you to Ryan McLaughlin, the latest QPR fan ‚Äì straight out of the factory who was born on 15th May. He weighed in at nine pounds nine and a half which was heavier than Wayne Fereday but lighter than Sammy Lee. Extra time in the delivery suite meant that I was forced to miss opening time. I am really looking forward to inflicting the misery of Loftus Road upon him along with his brother as punishment ! His … Continue reading

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The London Masters – Heat 3 At Wembley Arena

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James Taylor from Masters Football has been in touch regarding the six a-side legends tournament at Wembley Arena this Saturday. The R’s squad includes Danny Maddix, Steve Palmer, Michael Meaker, Bradley Allen, Tony Thorpe, Andy Tilson and Tony Roberts with David Bardsley still to be confirmed. The other London sides competing are: West Ham, Fulham, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea. Clive Wilson will be playing for Tottenham whilst Rufus Brevett and Steve Lomas will turn out for West Ham. Masters football … Continue reading

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The UEFA Cup 4th Round Tie With AEK Athens In 1977 That Could Have Been Played At Wembley.

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I have a flyer in my collection which was written by QPR Secretary, Ron Phillips, who made the following announcement regarding the intention to play the UEFA 4th Round tie against AEK Athens at Wembley:- ‘Due to difficulty in guaranteeing that the Rangers pitch will be in a playable condition, the venue for this Cup Tie will now be Wembley Stadium. We had also found that the demand for tickets for this game was so enormous that only the National … Continue reading

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‘Put Me Back On My Bike’ ‚Äì Tim Burrows

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Tim Burrows is a QPR fan from Brouncker Road in London W3 who I’ve known for a good few years now.¬† Sadly, his dad passed away last year but it’s prompted him to attempt a very tough bike ride up Mount Ventoux to raise awareness and some funds for the following:- Diabetes UK A Centre for Disabled People The National Association For Disabled Supporters Two teams from ‘The Positive Mental Attitude Football League ‚Äì QPR Ealing and the Hounslow Hawks¬† … Continue reading

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The Appointment Of Jim Magilton – A Media View

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Queen’s Park Rangers have appointed the former Ipswich Manager Jim Magilton on a two-year contract to replace Paulo Sousa, with the Chairman Flavio Briatore describing him as ‚Äúthe stand-out candidate for the job‚Äù. The 40-year-old, who spent three seasons at Portman Road before being sacked in April for failing to secure a play-off place, has signed a two-year deal at Loftus Road, and becomes the fifth permanent Manager since the new owners arrived in October 2007. John Gregory, Luigi De … Continue reading

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