Monthly Archives: September 2011

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QPR U18 (5) – Barnet U18 (0)

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Team: Deane, McDonnell, Downes, Champion, Browne, Sendles-White, Sutherland, Webb, Gibbons, Henry-Francis, Fitzpatrick Subs: Koeris, Comley, Monthe, Daly, Hubble No tea or bacon sandwiches were available as the 1st team squad were still training, but the weather at Harlington was glorious. We eventually ascertained that 17-year-old Freddy Champion was in the starting line-up following his recent move from Tottenham. A great ball immediately from the kick-off found Jordan Gibbons who then belted down the right flank and forced a corner. Frankie … Continue reading

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Mick Byrne, His Pub and the Mayo R’s

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Early one Saturday afternoon, I was meandering down Main Street, Castlebar, where things were relatively quiet after the hustle and bustle of Christmas and the New Year in this somewhat typical Mayo town….’where the ocean kisses Ireland and the waves caress her shores’. It was a damp, grey day and it all felt a bit like the day after the night before, indeed a bit depressing, with the locals getting back to reality that is a recession which has hit … Continue reading

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The John Baines QPR Football Card

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It states on the front of my John Baines football card: ‘Play Up Queen’s Park Rangers’. The ‘Special Notice’ on the reverse side reads: ‘Jerseys and shirts will be sent in all cases if the instructions on Show Bills are strictly followed, as there are several competitions. Please examine your Cards before sending, to prevent any disappointment.’ Every 10,000th card produced was a gold card and some interesting prizes were awarded. Wonderful artwork, John Baines is credited as inventing the … Continue reading

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v QPR: ‘Premiership and We’re Having a Laugh’

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QPR recorded their second away win in three with a powerful display at Molineux. Two early goals from Joey Barton and Alejandro Faurlin and a late, late show from DJ Campbell paved the way for Rangers first win at Wolves since 1998. Two hours before kick-off there was a danger of the game being called off due to a huge power failure in Wolverhampton. It was noticeable that Wolves play in the same colours as Duracell batteries. The similarity ended … Continue reading

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The Friends of Wormholt Park Are Raffling a Pair of W12 Club Hospitality Tickets

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The Friends of Wormholt Park are a voluntary group who do a magnificent job looking after the park. The park recently celebrated its 100th birthday. Bob Still, Chair of Friends of Wormholt Park, informs me that Winkworths in the Uxbridge Road have kindly donated a pair of W12 hospitality tickets for the match against Aston Villa on Sunday 25th September. Tickets are ¬£2 each and are available until next Monday from the following local outlets: Winkworths – 97 Uxbridge Road … Continue reading

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QPR v Newcastle – Rolling Back the Years

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Neil Warnock’s newly assembled QPR side were held to a goal-less draw by unbeaten Newcastle in front of the Sky TV cameras. With five players making their debuts and a sixth coming on as second half substitute, it was the hosts who looked the more comfortable in every position on the field. That QPR didn’t come away with all the three points was down to equal measures of bad luck and poor finishing, in particular during a first half in … Continue reading

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Tony Fernandes on Barton, Beckham and the Future of QPR

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The following article was written by Jamie Jackson and appeared recently in the Guardian. Who would have thought a month ago that we would get to read something like this – Steve Russell Tony Fernandes, Queens Park Rangers’ new owner, is clear about why he signed Joey Barton: ‚ÄúYou’ve got to have winners. If they’re all passive and sweet that’s not any good. I would have taken Craig Bellamy – we tried but Liverpool came along. When I came in … Continue reading

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The Comic Connection – No.5 – Roy of the Rovers – 26th February, 1977

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This popular comic has been featured in this series before. Dave Webb appeared on the back page on 26th February 1977 as the latest inclusion in ‘Roy’s Star Team’. As for its contents, first up is ‘Smith & Son’ – Barry Smith, ex-international soccer star was the Manager of 4th Division Grandon Town…and was helped by his son Danny. Barry was shocked when, after at last managing to get a strong first team squad together, his young midfield star, Mick … Continue reading

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Russell Grant Backs the Campaign to Save Cooke’s & the Victorian Buildings in the Goldhawk Road

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As some of you will know, Hammersmith and Fulham Council intend to allow a developer to demolish the Victorian buildings that make up 30-52 Goldhawk Road, which includes of course the very popular pie and mash establishment, Cooke’s. The Goldhawk Road shopkeepers have united against the plan and have spent a huge amount of their own money for a Barrister to represent them in Court. So far they have won permission for a judicial review which should take place later … Continue reading

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From Potato Shop to Premier League: The Remarkable Journey of Christ Church Rangers

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2011 is a landmark in the history of Queen’s Park Rangers. Not only does it mark the club’s return to the Premier League to rejoin the very elite of English football, but it’s also the year Rangers celebrated their 125th anniversary. What better time, then, to look back to the early days to see where it all began. QPR’s Roots in Mission Churches: It’s well documented that QPR was born out of the merger of two church clubs, Christ Church … Continue reading

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