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|*If* we can stay up reasonably comfortably, this will be one of my fave seasons|
at 13:03 21 Feb 2019
We still need to grit our teeth, break out of the current dip, and get enough points to secure our future in the division, but if we can do that – and we must not be complacent, it is not a given – this will be one of my favourite seasons for a long while.
Don’t get me wrong, it has not been perfect and we have a lot of major issues to address (minor stuff like long term financial viability, the new ground conundrum), plus I was unhappy to see Ollie go, but I think there are a lot of positives to take from this season so far. Most of all, I like the way we have – so far- defied the odds and kept ourselves away from the dropzone in spite of the limitations imposed on us by the ludicrous and flawed FFP regulations and fine, while at the same time establishing some of our home-grown talent. I love to see our unfashionable club overcoming obstacles and often unfair and unjust decisions and regulations. In your face!
This is not meant to be “happy clapping,” but these things amongst others have made me proud and quite upbeat:
- The youngsters coming through
- Excellent loan signings
- McLaren’s willingness to work on things and to change his tactics if they don’t work, plus his drive, professionalism, and dare I say it, pride in his role and his players
- The effort and commitment the players have shown; they all look up for it and there are no passengers any more
- The training ground is moving forward
- 10 years of QPR in the community
- Some surprise results (FA cup run, Forest away, a reasonable number of away wins)
We face a very tough future, mainly thanks to the football authorities, and it is going to be hard to stand still, let alone progress, but I am probably more proud of our battling little club now than I have ever been.
“I say stay long enough to repay all who caused strife” – Alice in Chains
|The no pressure* match thread: QPR v Portsmouth (* irony)|
at 13:46 5 Feb 2019
So, barring an amazing upturn in our form or a prolonged slump, our season all comes down to this game.
I just hope we can at least compete and stay in the game. Anything can happen in a one-off game but please please please, Rangers, put in maximum effort and give the fans a performance!
I think it will be close but I just can't call it. Come on my team!
|Which international are you watching?|
at 20:59 16 Nov 2018
Liechtenstein v Macedonia chez nous, and it's pretty spicy! Horror tackles, red card, players getting "physical", dreadlocked physio, what look like paramilitaries doing the security....
|Ch'ship clubs led by Leeds, Derby threaten EFL breakaway in row over TV rights|
at 17:09 14 Nov 2018
From The Times....
A majority of the Championship’s 24 clubs have written to the EFL threatening to form a breakaway league if the board signs a £590 million television deal with Sky Sports for the 2019-2024 seasons.
The Times has seen documents sent by 15 clubs to Debbie Jevans, the EFL interim chairwoman, last week in which they warn of “drastic action” if their demands to reject the proposed Sky deal and return to the market are not met.
The letter makes clear that they are threatening to leave the EFL by referencing an anonymous survey of 16 clubs conducted last Tuesday in which all those present were asked whether they would be willing to “leave the EFL and form a new League, eg PL2”.
Andrea Radrizzani, the Leeds United owner, called for the creation of a Premier League 2 last month and he is understood to be the driving force behind the clubs’ rebellion alongside Mel Morris, the Derby County owner.
In a letter sent by the EFL to all the Championship clubs last Friday updating them on the situation, the extent of the threat to the existing league structure is made clear. “While the letter received from a number of clubs only referred to ‘more drastic action’ if an agreement [with Sky] was reached, it was made clear during Tuesday’s meeting that the threat of a breakaway had been discussed,” the EFL wrote.
Earlier in the week the EFL had received the letter from 15 Championship clubs containing the threat of a breakaway. The letter spelt out the clubs’ opposition to “entering into a binding multi-year agreement with Sky” and their proposal to create “a new task force comprising certain Championship club owners and/or senior executives” to pursue a new commercial strategy.
In addition to the leading duo, the 15 signatories are believed to include Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Norwich City, Reading, Preston North End, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Swansea City and Birmingham City, with smaller clubs such as Rotherham United and Millwall siding with the EFL. Brentford are understood to be the only club of the 16 who attended the meeting not to support the threat to leave the EFL.
The Championship rebels believe that the deal on offer from Sky, which at £119 million per year is an increase on the existing contract of £88 million a season, undervalues their television rights and they want the EFL to reopen the tender process.
Such is the strength of feeling that 16 Championship clubs met in secret last Tuesday morning before a planned meeting with the EFL later that day.
The organisers of the first meeting insist that all 24 Championship clubs were invited, with some choosing not to attend, while others have claimed that they were lured to the meeting under false pretences.
“A significant number of Championship clubs who deliver the majority of the EFL TV audiences were sufficiently concerned about signing this agreement that they felt compelled to convene outside the formal meeting,” the clubs wrote to the EFL. “Furthermore, in this meeting — when surveyed anonymously — almost all attendees expressed the view that if the EFL were unwilling to give these clubs more involvement in the process of commercialising their rights, they would, in extremis, be forced to contemplate more drastic action.”
The survey contained nine multiple-choice questions, with question five asking: “If the only way to control our future direction as a league, achieve fair value for our media rights and league sponsorship deals required us to leave the EFL and form a new League, eg PL2, would you be in support?” The responses available were “a. No, we would not support a breakaway league under any circumstances” and “b. Yes, we would support a breakaway league if it was necessary/advantageous.”
Hammering home their intentions, question six asked: “If you answered no to supporting a breakaway league, but the majority of Championship clubs proceeded to create a breakaway league which adequately addressed the frustrations, concerns, media/sponsorship rights revenues and governances issues discussed, would you then change your stance?” Again the choice of answers was stark, being “a. No, we would still remain with the EFL” and “b. Yes, we would join the breakaway league if it offered better terms and conditions”.
The EFL held an emergency meeting on Monday with all the Championship clubs, which broke up without resolution. The EFL has secured an extension to its provisional agreement with Sky until next week, but the contract must be signed by 4pm on Monday, with the broadcaster understood to be concerned by the stand-off.
The EFL board has the authority to sign the contract without the support of the biggest Championship clubs, as those in League One and League Two are all in favour. While they are planning for both scenarios, they have made it clear that their preference remains to complete the deal with Sky, which was provisionally agreed in September 2017.
There is no other offer on the table from any other broadcaster. The contract is due to start next season.
The disgruntled Championship clubs have yet to contact the Premier League, who would have to endorse the creation of a PL2 and sanction promotion and relegation. The Premier League is believed to be opposed to such a project.
|Huddersfield Town fans|
at 12:14 6 Nov 2018
The gold standard in this season's Premiership? They make some of the other clubs' fans look pathetic in my humble opinion.
I'd love The Terriers to stay up at the expense of some "big club".
|QPR v FLD: Match filament|
at 13:48 5 Oct 2018
I don't think I have started one of these before, so be gentle with me.
The Rams, oh, sorry, I mean Frank Lampard's Rams , have only won one in five in the league and the pressure must be building on the Chelski old boy, so they should be well up for it.
Goodness knows which Rangers will turn up, but if McClaren resists the temptation to go back to his ill-conceived 4-4-2 set up and sticks with 4-5-1, we should be able to give them a decent game. I want to say we'll win it but I reckon a draw would be a very good result for us.
|LoftForWords hacked? I am seeing ads for Chelsea mechandise. Grrr|
at 13:28 28 Sep 2018
I have just come back from cleansing myself in fire after seeing said ads
I expect it's all down to algorithms because I have not been secretly visiting the blues' website. Although I do have at least one Chelski supporting colleague. Hmm...
Anyone else seeing them?
|The 7th extinction thread AKA are there any younger (e.g. 1st season) fans here?|
at 17:54 24 Aug 2018
For every ying there is a yang and all that. Sifting through all the posts by old gits like me on the oldest fan thread made me wonder if there are many Loftforwords posters who are new to Rangers, young people even.
Or is Loftforwords going the way of the great auk and in need of cryogenic assistance?
Come on, don't be shy! Anyone just passed their A Levels and about to do a BSC in Football Club Mismanagement?
|Our next manager?|
at 13:56 1 Feb 2018
Johnson from "Peepshow" voice: "It says "trains". "Trains" and "academy!"".
Seriously, it's a nice story and simply incredible that someone so far from HQ would support our dysfunctional little club, especially given our current plight. Respect to him, I hope he gets over to see a game. Perhaps that can be the one in which we go 4-2-3-1, in his honour.
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