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Friday, March 21, 2008

Ex-QPRs: Wycombe Trying for Paul Furlong...Garry Micklewhite Turns 47

Bucks Free Press - 'I want Paul for the final Furlong'
WANDERERS boss Paul Lambert will make a fresh bid to sign Luton Town striker Paul Furlong.
The Blues chief sees the 39-year-old former Chelsea and QPR hitman as the final piece in his promotion jigsaw.
Lambert has already failed with one move to sign the Hatters top scorer - but he will go back with a renewed offer before the deadline on March 29.
He will offer Furlong a loan deal until the end of the season with the promise of a one-year deal for the following season on better terms than his previous offer.
Lambert said: "We have got until next Thursday to do it. I am still trying to get Paul in. He is the one I want, He is experienced, he has great enthusiasm for the game and can do the job we want at a vital time of the season.
"He would have the right effect on the dressing room."
But Lambert faces stiff competition. Luton boss Mick Harford has already said he doesn't want to offload one of his star players and other clubs are also sniffing around.
But Lambert is hoping that the carrott of a guaranteed contract next season, coupled with his own ambitions for the Adams Park club, could swing it.
Lambert said: "Getting a striker in remains my number one priority. I have seen him, I know what he can do for us and he is head and shoulders the one we want."
Lambert has got one or two other players on his B-list but Furlong is clearly his front-runner.
Lambert is unable to offer him the wages he is currently on at Kenilworth Road but is hoping the carrot of a full year next season could swing it.
He said: "It worries you that if anything happens to Scott McGleish, Leon Knight or John Sutton we are going to be short." Bucks Free Press

Micklewhite was signed from Manchester United on a free transfer by Tommy Docherty but was given his chance by Terry Venables. Micklewhite was a substitute for Clive Allen in the FA Cup Final and played in the replay. He got the last-minute 5th goal in QPR's magical 5-5 draw against Newcastle in 1984-1985.

FROM WYCOMBE Fan Site -Gary Micklewhite in Profile
Born: Southwark 21 March 1961
Playing Career:Manchester United March 1978-May 1979 (apprentice)QPR July 1979-Feb 1985 127 apps-17 goalsDerby County Feb 1985-May 1993 288 apps-43 goalsGillingham July 1993-May 1996 113 apps-4 goals
Gary Micklewhite came to Wycombe at the start of the 1998/99 season as Assistant to Neil Smillie. He had spent the previous two seasons as Youth Team Manager at QPR and was a team-mate of Neil Smillie during his final playing years at Gillingham.
Micklewhite began his professional football at Old Trafford under the reigns of Tommy Docherty but he never made the first team. Then in the summer of 1979, with Docherty now at QPR, he arrived on a free and began a succesful spell at Loftus Road. In 1982 he appeared in both games against Spurs in the FA Cup Final at Wembley - playing in midfield alongside former Wycombe Manager John Gregory. A year later he gained a Division Two Championship with Rangers. A £90,000 move to Derby County in 1985 began an eight year spell at The Baseball Ground before his move to Gillingham. Wycombe

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