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Interesting Video about QPR
at 14:41 17 Jun 2021

This was great! What a great idea to visit proper stadiums and help educate people, some interesting tidbits in there too.

Not sure about the recommendation for the Springbok though
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Austin official
at 15:28 2 Jun 2021

Welcome home, Chaz. I'm not as hyped as some, mainly cos weve known it was coming a while and there are still some questions - but it's a big statement of intent and I trust the board to have manufactured the deal to fit in our structure.

Looks like we're going for it this year, just a season after no revenue. Big call, but this genuinely feels like something of a turning point, after treading water for years we've got our wages to a manageable level, have developed and sold players for profit and have a young squad of prospects that we're adding to. Maybe we can finally start the season ready to compete for more than 16th!

If Johansen or an equivalent can be added, it's big boy pants all season.
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QPR win the Cup
at 13:35 26 May 2021

Amazing news!
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Summer transfer rumours thread
at 13:34 26 May 2021

Dillon Barnes being signed another year is weird af. He's not progressing or developing through the loans as he doesn't play anyway, meanwhile he's also not being kept around just to be number 2, so we're signing someone else?? Odd.

Onyedima to Luton is a good move for both I feel, interesting to see if they keep hold of Mehmeti and Stewart. Assume the Admiral is back out to sea now.
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End of term report 20/21 – Attack
at 13:28 26 May 2021

It's a tough decision and there's always some nuance to consider with ratings, so I don't pay too much attention to A's or B's, etc. Overall as a talisman and culture shifter/definer, he's been an absolutely incredible signing and worthy of the highest rating. There was a specific cross near the end of the season from Kakay that wasn't converted by Dykes, but instantly there was a big shout and thumb up from Austin, letting him know that it's appreciated and to try and maintain that kind of contribution. I would imagine that's massive for a player like Ossie coming from a proven pro like Charlie- we shouldn't undervalue those little things

On the pitch he's been very good, not *incredible*, but about as good as you can expect from a January loan signing, fulfilling the very specific need we had to just be in the right place to score whilst giving belief to everybody else around him. Not just that, but being loud, assertive, vocal to teammates and officials, etc.

The fitness and availability is a very valid point though, he's only 31 but is already being managed like he's 35. You would hope that if we do sign him he gets a proper pre-season and the medical team get him on a strict regime that he sticks to, hopefully that helps as not being able to consistently do 90mins is not good enough for whatever contract we will be offering to get him.

B and a half
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Joe Lumley has gone......
at 17:00 19 May 2021

Yeah top man and deserves a starting spot. He knows he's behind Dieng - rightly - so makes more sense for him to move on.

All the best Joe! Let's hope he's the 1st choice for Boro next season so we can give him a good reception.
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NFL 2021
at 15:49 19 May 2021

Thought Cowboys had a slightly odd draft, likely because it seems your 2 first choices went before your pick, but the reaction from Parsons was fun. I'm also pleased Dak got paid - but question marks over him coming back at the same level pre-injury...

NFC East was definitely a bin on fire last time but at least this season it should be more competitive, everyone seems to have improved slightly and we all have our key positions sorted. Eagles though have a really tough schedule and are still early in their transition, and whilst I don't rate Jones at NY - they have great new additions and Barkley will be back.

It'll all come down to those last 5 games IMO and as you say, it's WFT v Cowboys for the title. I think that particular match up will come down to if Fitzmagic can hit the heights he's shown glimpses of at Miami and if Dak and Zeke return to form and fitness... Can't wait to find out!
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NFL 2021
at 12:27 19 May 2021

Zach Wilson the new messiah

New HC and potential franchise QB has Jets thinking they won't be shite again, but I'm not convinced... That being said you drafted well, have protection for the new boy wonder and Corey Davis was an incredible signing. The only way is up...

Meanwhile the Washington Football Team are entering a QPR level of optimism for the new season, but our schedule is particularly tough - 5 of our last 6 games are divisional match ups too - it'll all come down to that for playoffs I think. In the meantime Fitzmagic at QB with a host of new WR's should be fun!
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Amos on the way back
at 17:22 18 May 2021

Hmmm, it's a really tough call from the group we have, but Field and 1 other would be my choice as it stands. Depending on his recovery I'd maybe have Carroll. I know he's not liked by some others but I think his skillset is a Johansen-lite. Left footed, tidy in possession, lots of Championship experience, etc.

Maybe we could have just Field and then Chair Willock Dykes and Austin (if he signs) ahead. We did that system/formation towards the end of the season and it didn't seem unbalanced, but I think it's a lot to ask. Whatever we choose it's a massive downgrade though - Stef is that good.
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Amos on the way back
at 16:57 18 May 2021

I'm really intrigued to see what happens with Amos now. Not so much his injury and recovery, although that's obviously part of it, but were he fits in this new look team...

I mentioned before but IMO he was bought specifically to be that pressing 10 that Warburton really liked in our old way of playing, to win the ball back in the opposition half with his energy and tactical awareness. Now we play with 2 up front or Chair/Willock types supporting a front man, where does he go? Does he have the physicality/composure under pressure to sit deep and break up play or recycle possesion? Does he have the creative ability to play incisive passes forward?

He's not like Field, he's not like Chair or Willock and he's not a Johansen (although not many are, granted). So to me he's got to compete with Thomas as a kind of support / number 8 player to take advantage of tired teams later in games. At the moment he isn't getting into this 11, even fully fit, and others are ahead of him. Like I say I'm interested to see what happens and how we use him next season.

EDIT: Oh and I should add - great to see him back. Horrific luck so far and I really hope this latest injury is his last!
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NFL 2021
at 16:47 18 May 2021

Not to wish my life away, but between going back to Loftus Road and the NFL starting again, I can't wait for these next few months to pass
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Hopes for the next 5 years
at 16:37 18 May 2021

Fair enough Gaz, QPR can be whatever you want it to be to you personally and I think that's all good. For my own part I feel that as much as football is an escape from the 'real world', clubs were started from their communities and have a responsibility to be aware of the realities for the people that live in them.

Teams like Arsenal sh*t all over their N London fans because PR aside, they couldn't give a toss. They will happily price out their community and kick them out of their homes and businesses because they'd rather have a stadium of corporate hospitality anyway - to bump up their share prices. Maybe it's fanciful to suggest QPR and the owners feel otherwise, but I feel a lot more connected and part of my club than any of my friends or colleagues that support a 'big' team, and that's mostly due to QPR's view on community work and fan engagement. I wouldn't trade on the pitch success for that connection - there's no way it's worth it. When we started to move towards that kind of thing under Phil Beard, etc it was the worst it's been for me personally. It's OUR QPR, and for me, that's how it should be.
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Hopes for the next 5 years
at 15:33 18 May 2021

Even before the BLM/Grenfell national attention stuff that the club have been involved in, there was lot's of trying to help the community - going back since I was a kid. I used to go to some Saturday training days they'd arrange and let's not forget the annual Jack Tizard visits that were/are always beautiful to see.

More recently, just read a few of the recent testimonies from people that Andy Sinton, Andy Evans or others in his team have got in touch with for the R U OK initiative, or hear from that James lad who by his own admission would have ended his own life had it not been for the work and support of our community projects. Listen to Dave Thomas talk about his guide dog and how that's changed his life or from the parents of some of the Tiger Cub kids.

If things like taking a knee are not for you and the stuff on the pitch takes priority, that's cool - each to their own, but I find it odd for someone to see all of these examples and not take huge pride in them coming from your club and care about them enough to want them to continue.
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Hopes for the next 5 years
at 12:13 18 May 2021

You don't really care about the club doing great work in the community? What?
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Jordy signs - 3 year deal
at 20:37 13 May 2021

All saved and ready to go in the Darren Ambrose file folder
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Neil Taylor from Aston Villa
at 14:21 13 May 2021

Almost certainly more shit at the wall from The S*n and agents, etc, but we already have a 30 something left back - we need a younger, faster, better LWB as an alternative to Wallace and so we can loan Niko. Nothing else.
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Dom Ball - Top Fella
at 14:16 13 May 2021

What is it we always say about Dom Bantz and any other player like him? If you're lacking in the natural technique/ability of some of your counterparts, you can always make up the difference through application, fitness, work ethic, support of your team mates and now... Community work.

What an absolute credit to our club. He's done a great job all over the place, is always available, role model on and off the pitch, got a biz degree and the people's goal of the season.

I love it. Roll on next season for more of the same
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Charlie interview on the offish
at 14:13 13 May 2021

"Did a volley in training the other day, casual, thought nothing of it. The gaffer said afterwards everyone stayed out after trainng trying to copy me... Of course they couldn't and I didn't even think anything of it, just a volley top bins - whatever - but yeah, that's the kind of thing you see...."

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ST credit and refund info
at 13:20 12 May 2021

Any ideas on when ST sales are coming? I'm desperate to give the club my money and Hoos isn't usually shy with it :-D

Maybe they're waiting for a little more guidance on capacities, etc? If we're restricted to a certain amount - say 50-60%, that will be a logistical ballache.
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This week's podcast - Warbs the guest
at 13:02 12 May 2021

Who conducted the interview in this?
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