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Saturday, April 19, 2008

QPR's "25 Million Summer Spending Spree"

One that sounds rather, rather unlikely!

From BBC Gossip! "QPR are set to go on a £25m summer spending spree to try to achieve promotion into the Premier League next season. (Daily Express)" BBC

Elsewhere: Birthday for QPR's Former Player and Manger, Trevor Francis, who turns 54.
Born April 19, 1954.
Brilliant, brilliant player whose period as (Player) manager for QPR wasn't completely happy.
Signed by Jim Smith on a free transfer in the Spring of 1988, Francis replaced Smith the following season, in late 1988 when Smith joined Newcastle. A little over a year later, Francis was himself replaced by his coach Don Howe. In his time as QPR manager, Francis signed a number of players including Peter Reid, Nigel Spackman, Colin Clarke and Andy Sinton. His last-arranged signing (completed after his departure was Ray Wilkins!) At QPR, Francis scored 12 goals in 32 appearances, including a hatrick at Aston Villa. His most "famous" act as QPR Manager (still sometimes noted in profiles, two decades later), was to fine a player Martin Allen (now manager at MK Dons) for missing a game to attend the birth of his child.
Obviously his most famous days as a player were at Birmingham where he was the teenage wonder kid: 15 goals in 15 games as a 15 or 16 year old; then joined Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest in the first million pound transfer.

See also: Sporting Hero/QPR Profile and WIkipedia/Trevor Francis Profile

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