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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Four QPR Birthdays Today: Alan McDonald (RIP) Would have been 50...Flashback 45 Years: Two Wins in a Row in Division One...QPR Fans Forum of 2006


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Yesterday: Rodney Marsh Turns 69: His QPR Career in Photos

 Ex-QPR (three times!)Mark Lazarus Attend Exhibit at Jewish Museum Football Exhibit where he's featured!

- QPR Top Social Media League for Championship Clubs


Ex-Manager, Don Howe Turns 78

- Born October 12, 1935...Great coach at Arsenal. Took over as manager of QPR after Trevor Francis left. Was in charge of QPR for a year and a half before being replaced by Gerry Francis. Signed Wilkins and Wegerle. Gave Ferdinand his chance. Guided QPR to their amazing 3-1 win at Anfield.

Alan McDonald [would have been...50

- Born October 12, 1963, For over a decade, McDonald was QPR and Ireland's Center half. QPR's most-capped international. Was assistant manager of QPR under Gary Waddock. He's now manager of Glentoran. Even after he was axed by QPR, continued to say very nice things about the club.
- See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_McDonald_(Northern_Irish_footballer)
See Also: QPRNet Interview with McDonald

Paul Goddard Turns 54

- Born October 12, 1959. In 1979/1980, QPR had a teenage striking duo of Paul Goddard and Clive Allen.In the Summer of 1980, this duo. Goddard was sold to West Ham by Tommy Docherty/Jim Gregory in August 1980 for around million pounds (and Clive Allen, of course joined Arsenal for a million +). Both went on to play for England Goddard See Also: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Goddard

Chris Plummer Turns 37

Born October 12, 1976...Capped by England U-21 before making his QPR debut in the Summer after QPR were relegated. Often injured, so his career didn't take off as hoped.

- Flashback: RIP: Alan McDonald

45 Years ago:

First we beat Ipswich: After 13 games, our first-ever win in Division One.

A few days later, we beat Sheffield Wednesday...

We can do it....!

(Unfortunately only won two more games all season. (But we WERE unlucky!)

From Bushman... Photos from QPR vs Sheffield Wednesday


Bushman's Archives for 1968/69..


QPR Fan Forum from Seven years ago


There was talk of finances, transfers and even tears at Thursday evening's Fans Forum.

Hosted by BBC London's Tom Watt, Chairman Gianni Paladini and gaffer John Gregory answered a series of questions in front of an audience of 100 QPR fans.

Here's a selection of what they said...

JG on his group of players: I really couldn't have asked anything more from them. They've worn the shirt with pride and they've done themselves and the Club very proud indeed so far. Without wanting to get carried away, I'd say they've been first class.

GP on the John Gregory appointment: We were in a desperate situation after the defeat to Port Vale. I was looking for a reaction from the players at Vale Park but there was nothing, so we needed to make a change. I've known John for years and I'm convinced it's a fantastic appointment for the Club and for him. The two results since he arrived have been fantastic and the morale within the whole Club has lifted.

GP on the gaffers tears: I walked into his office an hour or so after the Hull victory and he was sitting in his office in pitch dark with a bottle of beer. There were tears rolling down his face and that's when I realised just how much this Club meant to him.

JG on his tears: That afternoon was a two finger salute to the rest of the footballing world bar QPR. It was me saying 'go and do one the lot of you.' It was a huge day for me and things have gone from strength to strength ever since.

JG on the future: I honestly believe that the 24 Club's in this division are fighting a relegation battle. I spent the day with Dave Jones (Cardiff manager) on Wednesday and even though they're riding high at the top of the table, he's still focused on getting to the magical 52 point barrier. No Club can afford to go down - the financial implications are just too great. There's no reason why can't dream of a return to the Premiership, but it's just a question of time. With the right kind of infrastructure we can achieve our goals.

GP on finances: Since this board took over here last September we've paid £14m of bills, creditors and loans to the club. The directors, they will take no interest back on this until the club can afford it. If things go badly then we lose our money. When we first took over last September we paid £4.9m to creditors straight away - we county courts, winding up orders and creditors that I didn't know about left right and centre. Without the directors we'd have gone into administration right then. This summer we've got some money from Danny shiteeetu and another £600k coming from that in August next year. We got £750k from Danny to spend on £500k on Blackstock, £200k on Rehman, Stewart and Nicky Ward. Then we paid £250k to Charlton as part of their, you know, and 5% to the Football League and the rest went straight to the tax man. The problem is, if you say to people we desperately need this money they won't give you a million, they won't even give you half a million. We're £1.2m down on season tickets which hasn't helped cash-flow, but I'm not worried. If we can be successful under John people will come back and the cash-flow will increase.

JG three weeks in: The last three weeks have been a dream. I've lad to pinch myself at times. All the staff are pulling together in the right direction, yet despite two wins on the spin, we need to keep our feet on the ground.

JG on transfers: I've looked at the squad and we've got 35 players, which is far, far too many. It's not there fault but we need to make some drastic changes. The playing staff needs to be reduced as soon as is possible and we need to improve the strength in depth in terms of our overall quality. Maybe if we can get one or two out on loan - to join the three already of course - then we can do a few deals in January. There are 16 or 17 lads here that are more than good enough to not only keep us in this league but to push on and finish in the top half of it. Keeping them fit isn't easy of course - we've got eight games in 30 days coming up. We may have a little money to spend in the transfer window and we are targeting Premiership clubs in the vicinity for loans

GP on AKUTR'S: I didn't take this man to court. People think I take people to court because the coffee is too cold. There was nothing in the Evening Standard about our win at Southampton, not one line, but there was a big report on the police. We took action against them last season and won and they don't like us because we beat them. The magazine, I never said I would take them to court, I wanted a chance to respond to serious things that were said about me in that magazine, he never had the decency to get in touch with me for a discussion and my side, I'm talking about the journalist here not the man who edits the magazine. If you don't do anything about this, you're guilty. The allegations he made against me are wrong. If they are true then I shouldn't be the chairman. If they are right I'd resign tomorrow.


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