2007–08 Queens Park Rangers F.C. season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

During the 2007–08 season, Queens Park Rangers were playing in the Football League Championship.

Review[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Manager John Gregory began rebuilding the squad before the new season, bringing in Daniel Nardiello, Chris Barker and John Curtis on free transfers. Andrew Howell, Kieron St Aimie and Aaron Goode all signed one-year professional contracts after impressing in the youth team under Joe Gallen, who was later sacked, despite his under 18s winning the league. Gregory also signed more backroom staff, including Paul Hunter as the new physio, Mick Harford as assistant manager, Ed de Goey and Warren Neill as coaches and Steve Brown and Keith Ryan as youth team coaches. Creative left winger Lee Cook was sold to rivals Fulham for a deal reported as potentially worth between £2.5 million and £4.5 million. Michael Mancienne also extended his loan for a further season. On 26 July, QPR completed the loan signing of Ben Sahar for three months (subsequently extended until January 2008). The signings of Lee Camp and Simon Walton followed the day after on 27 July, totalling £500,000.

During pre-season, new signing Simon Walton fractured his leg in a non-competitive 2-1 victory against Fulham and was side-lined for several months.

Tragic start[edit]

The season began turbulently, with a draw against recently promoted Bristol City, a loss in the League Cup 2-1 at home to League One Leyton Orient followed by a further 2-0 defeat at home by Cardiff City. The match against Burnley on 25 August was postponed after promising teenage player Ray Jones was killed in a car crash in the early hours of the morning.[1] A week later QPR crashed to a 3–0 defeat at home to Southampton, followed by a draw with Leicester and a further home defeat by Plymouth (0–2) before picking up only their second point of the month (and the third of the season) at home to Watford on 22 September.

New manager[edit]

On 1 October it was announced that John Gregory had been sacked after 13 months in charge. This came after a comprehensive 5-1 defeat in front of the Sky Sports cameras against West Bromwich Albion on 30 September. First-team coach Mick Harford was placed in temporary charge.[2] Three consecutive fixtures against East Anglian opposition saw Rangers defeated at the hands of Colchester before earning their first win of the season at home to Norwich and salvaging a draw with Ipswich at Loftus Road. After a goalless draw at Preston and a rare victory away to Charlton, Harford left the club later in the month and was replaced by Luigi De Canio. His first game in charge was a 2-0 victory against Hull City.[3]

Signs of recovery[edit]

Following the arrival of De Canio, Rangers endured defeats at the hands of Coventry, Stoke, Blackpool and Crystal Palace before a brief run of four games without defeat in mid-December indicated signs of a recovery. On 11 December 2007 QPR were drawn away from home at Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup, a tie due to be played on 5 January 2008. The fixture would be the first competitive West London derby between the two sides since 1996.

The Christmas and New Year period was largely successful for the club with Rangers bouncing back from a defeat at Plymouth on Boxing Day and picking up wins away from home at second-placed Watford (4-2) and at Loftus Road against fellow strugglers Leicester (3-1).

Investment[edit]

Shortly prior to the traditional Christmas fixture period on 20 December 2007 it was announced that the family of Lakshmi Mittal had purchased a 20 per cent shareholding in the club. As part of the investment Lakshmi Mittal's son-in-law took a place on the board of directors.[4] Continuing the theme of previous seasons a number of loan signings featured for the club including Gavin Mahon, Ákos Buzsáky and Rowan Vine. The investment potential of the club's new backers resulted in a number of speculative storylines in the football press throughout the season including rumoured signings of former World Player of the Year winners Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane (the latter as a possible manager).[5]

New recruits[edit]

Rangers signed several players during the January transfer window: Ákos Buzsáky who had previously been on loan from Plymouth Argyle, Hogan Ephraim from West Ham, Kieran Lee on loan from Manchester United, Gavin Mahon on loan from Watford, Matthew Connolly from Arsenal, Patrick Agyemang from Preston and Fitz Hall from Wigan. Early in January QPR also managed to secure striker Rowan Vine in a permanent move following his brief loan spell which had ended in December.

January onwards[edit]

Around 6,000 Rangers fans made the short trip to Stamford Bridge on the first weekend in January to see QPR put up a determined effort against their Premier League neighbours Chelsea in the FA Cup third round. Ultimately the R's lost 1–0 to an unfortunate deflected own goal from Lee Camp. The Cup defeat was followed by defeat away to Sheffield United. The month ended for Rangers with a 2-0 home win over Barnsley followed by a defeat at Cardiff. As the January transfer window closed, QPR secured American goalkeeper Matt Pickens and Northern Irish defender Damien Delaney and parted ways with a number of players including Marcus Bignot, Danny Cullip, Nick Ward, Dominic Shimmin, Sampsa Timoska, Shabazz Baidoo, Kieron St Aimie, Stefan Moore and Pat Kanyuka. Adam Bolder, Daniel Nardiello and Simon Walton were also put out on loan.

February[edit]

The club started February well defeating third-placed Bristol City 3-0 at Loftus Road followed by a 3-2 away win at Southampton. Showing some signs of a recovery from the start to the season, the Southampton victory left QPR 6 points off the playoffs and 8 points above the relegation zone. At the same time, Flavio Briatore took over from Alejandro Agag as the chairman of QPR's holding company.[6] Briatore's arrival also signalled the demise of the club mascot, 'Jude the stadium cat'. According to newspaper reports, the black cat was incompatible with Briatore's superstitions and the matchday programme on 2 February subsequently announced Jude the Cat had "gone on holiday".[7] On 12 February the club's erratic form then saw them fall to a 6th home defeat of the season, losing to Burnley 2-4 after at one stage leading 2-0.

Taking advantage of their next league fixture opponents Barnsley playing Liverpool in the FA Cup on 16 February, QPR organised a mid-season training camp to the Vale de Lobo resort in the Algarve region of Portugal.[8] Gareth Ainsworth was appointed club captain in place of Adam Bolder following his loan move to Sheffield Wednesday. Rangers closed out February with draws against Sheffield United (1–1) at home and away in the rearranged fixture with Barnsley (0–0).

March[edit]

A televised fixture at home to Stoke on 2 March saw QPR convincingly defeat the second-placed side 3–0, continuing the club's successful form against the top sides in the division.[9] In contrast, Rangers' following game against relegation-zone Coventry City ended in a hard-fought 0–0 draw with Coventry dominating much of the play, acknowledged by the praise directed at Lee Camp for his goalkeeping performance.[10][11] Similarly their next game against a struggling Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough saw them lose 2–1,[12] before returning to winning ways at home to Blackpool (3–2); a result which left them 12th in the league, 8 points outside the play-offs and 7 points above the relegation zone.[13] Reflecting the increasingly high profile of the club, the mid-week Blackpool match was watched from the Directors' Box by Asantehene King Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II as well as Real Madrid's president, Ramón Calderón accompanying the club's three owners Mittal, Ecclestone and Briatore.[14] Continuing their solid home form in which Rangers had lost just once in their previous ten games at Loftus Road and scored 22 goals, the club ran out 3–1 winners against a Scunthorpe side battling relegation. With only seven fixtures remaining, the victory meant QPR remained 12th in the Championship, 7 points from the play-off positions and 8 points clear of relegation.[15] Continuing speculation around the level of new investment in the club fuelled rumours of the possible signing of Luis Figo, although they were promptly dismissed by the player's representatives.[5]

Rangers travelled to play-off hopefuls Wolves on the Easter weekend (22 March) and squandered the lead three times, twice in injury time periods at the end of each half and ultimately conspiring in a 3–3 final score.[16] On 25 March the board announced a five–year kit sponsorship deal with Lotto Sport Italia, which could be worth up to £20 million should QPR win promotion to the Premier League. The contract comes into effect for the 2008-09 season and is the most financially rewarding in the club's history.[17] On 29 March Rangers frustrated Ipswich's play-off ambitions by holding them to a goal—less draw at Portman Road – principally as a result of Lee Camp's goalkeeping heroics.[18] Following the match approximately 15 QPR supporters caused an affray at Manningtree station prompting three arrests.[19]

April[edit]

On 1 April QPR fan website Vital QPR declared an exclusive that Microsoft founder Bill Gates was to invest in the club,[20] which, despite being an apparent April Fools' Day joke, was repeated on general news and QPR fan sites.[21] Striker Rowan Vine fractured his leg in a training incident on 3 April 2008 and was ruled out for the rest of the season.[22] Two days later on 5 April, Rangers narrowly avoided a 2–0 home defeat to an in-form Preston side by dramatically scoring twice in injury time at the end of the second half.[23]

After a Friday which saw Briatore promote his vision of QPR as a global super brand,[24] and with both relegation and promotion now an irrelevance[25] QPR travelled to Hull City on 12 April to face a team who had netted five and kept two clean-sheets in their previous two games. A contentious first-half goal by Rangers was cancelled-out late in the game by Hull's Michael Turner.[26] The 1–1 result left QPR 14th in the Championship and ten points adrift of the play-offs with just 3 games (9 points) remaining.

Rangers nevertheless continued to contribute to the fate of the Championship's promotion hopefuls, despite being unable to affect their own playoff chances, consigning fellow-Londoners Charlton Athletic to a further season in the second tier after beating them 1–0 at Loftus Road courtesy of Dexter Blackstock.[27] A heavy defeat to Norwich at Carrow Road (0–3), where Damion Stewart was sent off after just 4 minutes, drew April to a disappointing close.[28]

End of the season[edit]

QPR's final game of the season on 4 May was at home against Championship title hopefuls West Brom, the team who's comprehensive defeat of Rangers in September signalled the end of John Gregory's reign. Prior to the game QPR unveiled a new badge which was introduced to signify a new era for the club,[29] although newspapers had earlier erroneously speculated that the announcement would reveal Zinedine Zidane as the new manager.[30] Following a red card for Martin Rowlands, Rangers fell to a 2–0 defeat and suffered the indignity of seeing the Championship title trophy presented to West Brom at Loftus Road. The result meant QPR finished 14th in the Championship table with 58 points, 12 points below the play-off zone and 6 points from relegation.

Following the game Martin Rowlands was named both the club's Ray Jones Players' Player of the Year and the Supporters' Player of the Year. Chelsea loan player and England U21 international defender Michael Mancienne was awarded the Supporters' Young Player of the Year award. Akos Buzsaky won the Kiyan Prince Goal of the Season award for his goal against Blackpool at Loftus Road on 11 March. Zesh Rehman was also awarded for his Community Commitment.[31]

On 8 May, QPR announced that Luigi De Canio had left the club "by mutual consent" and that a further announcement regarding a new manager for the following season would be made in due course.[32]

Team[edit]

Squad at end of season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Lee Camp
2 Republic of Ireland DF Damien Delaney
3 England DF Chris Barker
4 England MF Gavin Mahon
5 Jamaica DF Damion Stewart
6 England DF Michael Mancienne (on loan from Chelsea)
9 England FW Dexter Blackstock
10 Hungary MF Ákos Buzsáky
11 England MF Gareth Ainsworth
12 England GK Jake Cole
14 Republic of Ireland MF Martin Rowlands
16 England DF Matthew Connolly
17 Ghana FW Patrick Agyemang
18 United States GK Matt Pickens
No. Position Player
21 England DF Kieran Lee (on loan from Manchester United)
23 England MF Stefan Bailey
25 England MF Hogan Ephraim
26 England FW Rowan Vine
28 Pakistan DF Zeshan Rehman
29 England DF Fitz Hall
32 England MF Mikele Leigertwood
33 Australia GK Reece Crowther
35 England GK Chris Goodchild
36 Colombia MF Angelo Balanta
37 United States FW Romone Rose
–– England DF Aaron Goode
–– England DF Andrew Howell
–– England GK Sean Thomas

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
7 England MF Adam Bolder (on loan to Sheffield Wednesday)
8 Wales FW Daniel Nardiello (on loan to Barnsley)
19 England MF Simon Walton (on loan to Hull City)
28 Pakistan DF Zesh Rehman (on loan to Blackpool F.C.)
- England FW Danny Maguire (on loan to AFC Wimbledon)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee Source
5 June 2007 DF England Chris Barker Wales Cardiff City Free [33]
27 June 2007 FW Wales Daniel Nardiello England Barnsley Free [34]
30 June 2007 DF England John Curtis England Nottingham Forest Free [35]
27 July 2007 GK Northern Ireland Lee Camp England Derby County £300k [36]
27 July 2007 MF England Simon Walton England Charlton Athletic £200k [37]
31 August 2007 MF Antigua and Barbuda Mikele Leigertwood England Sheffield United £900k [38]
2 January 2008 DF England Matthew Connolly England Arsenal Undisclosed [39]
2 January 2008 MF England Hogan Ephraim England West Ham United Undisclosed [39]
2 January 2008 MF Hungary Ákos Buzsáky England Plymouth Argyle Undisclosed [39]
3 January 2008 FW Ghana Patrick Agyemang England Preston North End Undisclosed [40]
4 January 2008 DF England Fitz Hall England Wigan Athletic Undisclosed [41]
8 January 2008 FW England Rowan Vine England Birmingham City £1m [42]
17 January 2008 DF Republic of Ireland Damien Delaney England Hull City Undisclosed [43]
7 February 2008 GK United States Matt Pickens Unattached Free [44]

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee Source
1 July 2007 GK England Simon Royce Unattached Released [45]
1 July 2007 GK Wales Paul Jones Unattached Released [45]
1 July 2007 DF Italy Mauro Milanese Unattached Released [45]
1 July 2007 MF Cameroon Armel Tchakounte Unattached Released [45]
1 July 2007 MF Canada Marc Bircham Unattached Released [45]
1 July 2007 MF Northern Ireland Steve Lomas Unattached Released [45]
1 July 2007 FW England Kevin Gallen Unattached Released [45]
1 July 2007 FW England Paul Furlong Unattached Released [45]
19 July 2007 MF England Lee Cook England Fulham £2.5m [46]
November 2007 DF England Danny Cullip Unattached Contract terminated
4 December 2007 MF Australia Nick Ward Unattached Contract terminated [47]
3 January 2008 MF Northern Ireland Tommy Doherty England Wycombe Wanderers Free [48]
15 January 2008 DF England Marcus Bignot Unattached Contract terminated [49]
17 January 2008 DF Democratic Republic of the Congo Patrick Kanyuka Unattached Contract terminated [43]
17 January 2008 MF England Kieron St Aimie Unattached Contract terminated [43]
17 January 2008 FW England Shabazz Baidoo Unattached Contract terminated [43]
23 January 2008 FW England Stefan Moore Unattached Contract terminated [50]
28 January 2008 DF England Dominic Shimmin Unattached Contract terminated
January 2008 FW Denmark Marc Nygaard Denmark Randers Undisclosed
7 February 2008 DF Finland Sampsa Timoska Unattached Contract terminated [51]

Competitions[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 West Bromwich Albion (C) (P) 46 23 12 11 88 55 +33 81 Premier League
2 Stoke City (P) 46 21 16 9 69 55 +14 79
3 Hull City (P) 46 21 12 13 65 47 +18 75 Qualification to the League Championship playoffs
4 Bristol City 46 20 14 12 54 53 +1 74
5 Crystal Palace 46 18 17 11 58 42 +16 71
6 Watford 46 18 16 12 62 56 +6 70
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 18 16 12 53 48 +5 70
8 Ipswich Town 46 18 15 13 65 56 +9 69
9 Sheffield United 46 17 15 14 56 51 +5 66
10 Plymouth Argyle 46 17 13 16 61 49 +12 64
11 Charlton Athletic 46 17 13 16 63 58 +5 64
12 Cardiff City 46 16 16 14 59 55 +4 64
13 Burnley 46 16 14 16 60 67 −7 62
14 Queens Park Rangers 46 14 16 16 60 66 −6 58
15 Preston North End 46 15 11 20 50 55 −5 56
16 Sheffield Wednesday 46 14 13 19 54 55 −1 55
17 Norwich City 46 15 10 21 49 59 −10 55
18 Barnsley 46 14 13 19 52 65 −13 55
19 Blackpool 46 12 18 16 59 64 −5 54
20 Southampton 46 13 15 18 56 72 −16 54
21 Coventry City 46 14 11 21 52 64 −12 53
22 Leicester City (R) 46 12 16 18 42 45 −3 52 Relegation to the League One
23 Scunthorpe United (R) 46 11 13 22 45 69 −24 46
24 Colchester United (R) 46 7 17 22 62 86 −24 38

Updated to games played on 4 May 2008.
Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Football League Championship[edit]

Date KO vs Opponent Result Scorers Attendance
11 August 15:00 A Bristol City 2-2 Blackstock; Stewart 18,228
18 August 15:00 H Cardiff City 0-2 12,596
1 September 15:00 H Southampton 0-3 15,560
15 September 15:00 A Leicester City 1-1 Leigertwood 21,893
18 September 20:00 H Plymouth 0-2 10,850
22 September 15:00 H Watford 1-1 Moore 14,240
30 September 13:15 A WBA 1-5 Ainsworth 24,757
2 October 19:45 A Colchester 2-4 Ephraim; Vine 5,361
8 October 19:45 H Norwich City 1-0 Rowlands(pen) 10,514
20 October 15:00 H Ipswich Town 1-1 Nygaard 13,946
23 October 19:45 A Preston 0-0 11,407
27 October 12:45 A Charlton 1-0 Bolder 23,671
3 November 15:00 H Hull City 2-0 Ephraim; Leigertwood 12,375
6 November 20:00 H Coventry City 1-2 Buzsaky 11,922
10 November 15:00 A Crystal Palace 1-1 Sinclair 17,010
24 November 15:00 H Sheffield Wed 0-0 15,241
27 November 19:45 A Stoke City 1-3 Vine 11,147
1 December 15:00 A Blackpool 0-1 8,527
4 December 20:00 H Crystal Palace 1-2 Stewart 13,300
8 December 15:00 A Scunthorpe 2-2 Buzsaky; Buzsaky 5,612
11 December 19:45 A Burnley 2-0 Stewart; Vine 13,410
15 December 15:00 H Wolves 0-0 13,482
22 December 15:00 H Colchester 2-1 Buzsaky; Buzsaky 12,464
26 December 15:00 A Plymouth 1-2 Ainsworth 16,502
29 December 15:00 A Watford 4-2 Rowlands (Pen); Stewart; Rowlands; Buzsaky 18,698
1 January 15:00 H Leicester 3-1 Stewart; Bolder; Blackstock 13,326
12 January 15:00 A Sheff Utd 1-2 Agyemang 28,894
19 January 15:00 H Barnsley 2-0 Agyemang; Vine 16,197
29 January 19:45 A Cardiff 1-3 Agyemang 13,602
2 February 15:00 H Bristol City 3-0 Agyemang; Agyemang; Buzsaky 16,502
9 February 15:00 A Southampton 3-2 Rowlands; Agyemang; Agyemang 22,505
12 February 20:00 H Burnley 2-4 Mahon; Agyemang 13,410
12 February 15:00 H Sheff Utd 1-1 Balanta 15,383
26 February 19:45 A Barnsley 0-0 9,019
2 March 13:15 H Stoke 3-0 Leigertwood; Leigertwood; Buzsaky 13,428
5 March 19:45 A Coventry 0-0 15,225
8 March 15:00 A Sheff Wed 1-2 Delaney 18,555
11 March 20:00 H Blackpool 3-2 Buzsaky; Vine; Rowlands 11,538
15 March 15:00 H Scunthorpe 3-1 Rowlands (pen); Agyemang; Vine 14,499
22 March 15:00 A Wloves 3-3 Buzsaky; Blackstock (Pen); Leigertwood 24,290
29 March 15:00 A Ipswich 0-0 24,517
5 April 15:00 H Preston 2-2 Ainsworth; Blackstock 14,966
12 April 15:00 A Hull 1-1 Blackstock 22,468
19 April 15:00 H Charlton 1-0 Blackstock 17,035
26 April 15:00 A Norwich 0-3 25,497
4 May 14:00 H WBA 0-2 18,309

FA Cup[edit]

Third Round Proper
Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance
29 Chelsea 1 – 0 Queens Park Rangers 41,289

1 Score after 90 minutes

League Cup[edit]

First Round (South)
Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance
14 Queens Park Rangers 1 – 2 Leyton Orient 5,260

1 Score after 90 minutes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "QPR's Ray Jones dies in car crash". BBC. 25 August 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  2. ^ Gregory sacked as manager of QPR from BBC Sport
  3. ^ "Former Napoli boss takes QPR role". BBC. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-29. 
  4. ^ "QPR secure huge investment boost". BBC. 20 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  5. ^ a b "Figo dismisses QPR move rumours". BBC. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  6. ^ "Briatore is QPR Holdings chairman". BBC. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  7. ^ Respray fails to save Loftus Road moggy, Daily Mail, 2 February 2008
  8. ^ "Mid-season training camp". QPR.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  9. ^ "QPR 3-0 Stoke". BBC Sport. 2 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  10. ^ "Coventry 0-0 QPR". BBC Sport. 5 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  11. ^ Szczepanik, Nick (6 March 2008). "Coventry cannot break Lee Camp resistance". The Times online (London). Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  12. ^ "Sheff Wed 2-1 QPR". BBC Sport. 8 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-09. 
  13. ^ "QPR 3-2 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  14. ^ "QPR 3-2 Blackpool". QPR.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  15. ^ "Play-offs now a long shot for QPR". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2008-03-17. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Wolves 3-3 QPR". BBC Sport. 22 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  17. ^ "QPR clinch lucrative new kit deal". BBC Sport. 25 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  18. ^ "Ipswich 0-0 QPR". BBC Sport. 29 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  19. ^ "Terrified Town fans attacked". Evening Star. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  20. ^ "Exclusive: Bill Gates Invests In QPR". Vitalfootball QPR. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  21. ^ "Exclusive: Bill Gates Invests In QPR". Newstin. Retrieved 2008-04-02. [dead link]
  22. ^ "Vine out for the rest of season". BBC Sport. 4 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  23. ^ "QPR 2-2 Preston". BBC Sport. 5 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  24. ^ "Briatore wants a QPR super-brand". BBC Sport. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  25. ^ "The Hoops are safe". The Daily Telegraph (London). 26 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  26. ^ "Hull 1-1 QPR". BBC Sport. 12 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  27. ^ "QPR 1-0 Charlton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2008-04-21. [dead link]
  28. ^ "Norwich 3-0 QPR". BBC Sport. 26 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  29. ^ "QPR 0-2 West Brom". BBC Sport. 4 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  30. ^ "Zidane to become QPR manager". Goal.com. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  31. ^ "Rowly reigns supreme". QPR.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  32. ^ "De Canio parts company with QPR". BBC Sport. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  33. ^ "QPR sign Cardiff defender Barker". BBC Sport. 2007-06-05. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  34. ^ "Nardiello completes switch to QPR". BBC Sport. 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  35. ^ "QPR sign Forest defender Curtis". BBC Sport. 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  36. ^ "QPR capture Rams keeper Camp". BBC Sport. 2007-07-27. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  37. ^ "Gregory lands Addicks midfielder". BBC Sport. 2007-07-27. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  38. ^ "QPR complete Leigertwood transfer". BBC Sport. 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  39. ^ a b c "QPR complete trio of new signings". BBC Sport. 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  40. ^ "Agyemang's QPR transfer confirmed". BBC Sport. 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  41. ^ "QPR capture Hall and target Vine". BBC Sport. 2008-01-04. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  42. ^ "Vine completes £1m switch to QPR". BBC Sport. 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  43. ^ a b c d "QPR recruit Hull defender Delaney". BBC Sport. 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  44. ^ "Keeper Pickens seals move to QPR". BBC Sport. 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  45. ^ a b c d e f g h "QPR release eight of their squad". BBC Sport. 2007-05-03. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  46. ^ "Fulham seal deal for QPR's Cook". BBC Sport. 2007-07-19. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  47. ^ "Midfielder Ward exits Loftus Road". BBC Sport. 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  48. ^ "Doherty seals transfer to Wycombe". BBC Sport. 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  49. ^ "QPR defender Bignot leaves club". BBC Sport. 2008-01-15. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  50. ^ "Striker Moore ends spell with QPR". BBC Sport. 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  51. ^ "Defender Timoska joins QPR exodus". BBC Sport. 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2013-04-09.