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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Holloway Returns as Blackpool are First Up for QPR...

The fixtures for next season were released today and the R's kick off with a home game against Ian Holloway's, Blackpool. This is followed by two long trips to Exeter and Plymouth respectively. Although when you take a look, the fixtures computer has been reasonably kind to the QPR supporter this time around, especially the away followers amongst us, with all the midweek aways within reasonable distance and a rare home Boxing Day fixture. The only real disappointment is that the eagerly awaited trip to Newcastle is to take place on Wednesday 30th September.

As mentioned, other than that it has been pretty kind and the weekend's away to Blackpool(twice) and Newcastle, albeit when we take on Middlesbrough, are already being planned. Bring it on...

QPR, Coca Cola Championship 2009/10 fixture list

Sat Aug 8 Blackpool H
Wed Aug 12 Carling Cup 1
Sat Aug 15 Plymouth Argyle A
Tue Aug 18 Bristol City A
Sat Aug 22 Nottingham Forest H
Wed Aug 26 Carling Cup 2
Sat Aug 29 Scunthorpe United A

Sat Sep 12 Peterborough United H
Tue Sep 15 Crystal Palace H
Sat Sep 19 Cardiff City A
Wed Sep 23 Carling Cup 3
Sat Sep 26 Barnsley H
Wed Sep 30 Newcastle United A

Sat Oct 3 Swansea City A
Sat Oct 17 Preston North End H
Tue Oct 20 Reading H
Sat Oct 24 Derby County A
Wed Oct 28 Carling Cup 4
Sat Oct 31 Leicester City H

Sat Nov 7 Sheffield Wednesday A
Sat Nov 21 Doncaster Rovers A
Sat Nov 28 Coventry City H

Wed Dec 2 Carling Cup 5
Sat Dec 5 Middlesbrough H
Tue Dec 8 Watford A
Sat Dec 12 West Bromwich Albion A
Sat Dec 19 Sheffield United H
Sat Dec 26 Bristol City H
Mon Dec 28 Ipswich Town A

Sat Jan 2 F.A . Cup 3
Wed Jan 6 Carling Cup Semi-Final (1)
Sat Jan 9 Plymouth Argyle H
Sat Jan 16 Blackpool A
Wed Jan 20 Carling Cup Semi-Final (2)
Sat Jan 23 F.A. Cup 4
Tue Jan 26 Nottingham Forest A
Sat Jan 30 Scunthorpe United H

Sat Feb 6 Peterborough United A
Tue Feb 9 Ipswich Town H
Sat Feb 13 Coventry City A F.A. Cup 5
Tue Feb 16 Watford H
Sat Feb 20 Doncaster Rovers H
Sat Feb 27 Middlesbrough A
Sun Feb 28 Carling Cup Final

Sat Mar 6 West Bromwich Albion H F.A. Cup 6
Sat Mar 13 Sheffield United A
Tue Mar 16 Reading A
Sat Mar 20 Swansea City H
Tue Mar 23 Derby County H
Sat Mar 27 Preston North End A

Sat Apr 3 Sheffield Wednesday H
Mon Apr 5 Leicester City A
Sat Apr 10 Crystal Palace A F.A. Cup Semi-Final
Sat Apr 17 Cardiff City H
Sat Apr 24 Barnsley A

Sun May 2 Newcastle United H

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

QPR Welcome John Gorman and Face a Tricky Cup Trip to Exeter...

QPR yesterday appointed John Gorman as their no 2 to new Manager, Jim Magilton.

The very experienced, 59 year old coach has signed a 2 year deal with the club and yesterday, told the Official QPR Website;

'I am honoured at being given this exciting opportunity and I thank the Club's management for choosing me.

QPR has plenty of history and a big following. I know most of the players and have great respect for them. I rate them highly and look forward to working with such good players.

"The expectations are high and I will do my very best to meet them, assisting Jim and working hard to have our best shot at getting the Club promoted.'



Carling Cup 1st Round Draw

QPR face a tricky opening round and will make the long trip down to League One, Exeter City in the first round of the Carling Cup.

The tie will be played in the week commencing August 10th 2009.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

QPR Welcome Jim Magilton...

QPR have today confirmed the appointment of former Ipswich Town boss, Jim Magilton as their new manager on a two year contract.

Owner Flavio Briatore told the Official QPR Website of his 5th permanant Manager;

"We had an incredibly high number of applicants but Jim was the stand out candidate for the role. We sat down with him on four separate occasions over the last month to discuss our goals and ambitions and he has really impressed myself, Mr Ecclestone, Mr Mittal and Mr Bhatia with his knowledge, understanding and passion for football. He did a very good job at Ipswich Town playing some fine, attacking football and he has ambition to achieve in this next chapter of his career. We are all really looking forward to working with him"

On his appointment, Magilton himself added;

"I am really looking forward to the challenge of managing this great football club. The board are highly ambitious but they are realistic at the same time. I have huge ambitions to succeed as a manager though and our aim is to keep progressing year after year. There is a very strong group of players at the club and with one or two additions over the summer we can expect to be in a position to drastically improve upon the eleventh placed finish secured last season"

It is pleasing to hear that Magilton will retain Gareth Ainsworth as part of his coaching staff, but is rumoured to be keen on former Wycombe manager John Gorman as his assistant.

Okay, so maybe a surprise choice for many and not the big name we all had hoped for? But be honest, who else would want to come to QPR at the moment?? And for that, I will give my full support and I wish Jim Magilton all the VERY best of luck, your gonna need it!!