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Monday, April 27, 2009

PFA Championship XI of The Year...Ex-QPR in PFA League Two XI....QPR Still "Richer Than Chelsea"...Another Kanyuka Injury

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The PFA Team of the Year (voted by Players: None from QPR)
- Championship Teams of the Year – Voted by the Players - Championship PFA Team of the Year 2008/09 - By Dave Smith April 26, 2009

Keiren Westwood – Coventry City
It’s not been the best of seasons for Coventry, but it could have been a whole lot worse but for the impressive form of a keeper who has been attracting a lot of interest from Premier League clubs this season. That form earned him a call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad in February.

Kyle Naughton – Sheffield United
Kyle established himself as first choice right back at Bramall Lane but has also played in central midfield at times and impressed on each occasion. Kevin Blackwell reckons the England Under 21 international has a ‘massive future’ and he has been a key player in United’s push for promotion this season.

Daniel Fox – Coventry
Highly-rated left back Daniel has won many admirers this season, not least Newcastle United who expressed an interest during the January transfer window. Fox, who has said recently that he would like to commit himself to Coventry, has been knocking on the door of the England Under 21 squad, although he is also eligible for Scotland.

Roger Johnson – Cardiff City
Ever-present Roger has made more league appearances for Cardiff than any other City player this season and has carried on the excellent form that earned him the club’s Player of the Year award last term. His consistent performances have led to interest from other clubs but promotion-chasing Cardiiff see him as a future captain.

Richard Stearman – Wolves
Former Leicester defender Richard has impressed at club and international level alike this season, his performances for promotion-chasing Wolves catching the eye of England Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce. His debut against the Czech Republic last November earned him glowing praise from Pearce who has earmarked the Wolves man for the Euro finals.

Michael Kightly – Wolves
Having sadly been ruled out for the rest of the season with a metatarsal injury sustained earlier in the month, Michael can take some comfort from the fact he has been named in the PFA Team of the Year – and that he will probably be playing Premier League football with Wolves next season, although he will also miss out on the Under 21 Euro finals.

Stephen Hunt – Reading
Everton, Middlesbrough and Wigan were all reported to be showing an interest in Republic of Ireland international Stephen in the January transfer window, but the Reading fans’ favourite delighted those who admire him for his ability and total commitment by putting pen to paper on a new deal that will keep him a Royal until 2012.

Joe Ledley – Cardiff City
The Cardiff playmaker is recognised as one of the most naturally gifted midfield players in the Championship – and Joe has certainly impressed Welsh boss John Toshack on the international stage too. Toshack also believes the City skipper would be a hit in the Premier League too and is backing him to get there with his hometown club.

Jordi Gomez – Swansea City
The 23-year-old Spaniard has enjoyed a fine debut season for the Swans since moving on-loan from Espanyol, and manager Roberto Martinez is keen to extend his spell at the Liberty Stadium beyond the end of the season – although a move to Celtic, if rumours are true, might prove tempting for Gomez who is one of the players who make this slick Swansea side tick.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake – Wolves
With well over 20 goals to his name already this season, Sylvan has played a huge part in Wolves’ push for promotion. Having begun his career at Manchester United, the big striker who initially made his name with Plymouth, is keen to get back to Premier League level. Since joining Wolves midway through last season he has averaged more than a goal every two games.

Jason Scotland – Swansea
Whilst Ebanks-Blake has been leading the goals race in the Championship, Jason has never been far behind and he too has broken the 20 goal barrier this season – many of them spectacular, sole efforts too. Like Ebanks-Blake, the Trinidad and Tobago striker also boasts an English league ratio of over one goal in every two games. PFA

PFA - League One
The PFA present the League One team of 2008/09 season…
Joe Murphy – Sc***horpe United
Neal Eardley – Oldham Athletic
Jack Hobbs – Leicester City
Sean O’Hanlon – MK Dons
Dean Lewington – MK Dons
Fabian Delph – Leeds United
Matt Oakley – Leicester City
Chris Taylor – Oldham Athletic
George Boyd – Peterborough United
Rickie Lambert – Bristol Rovers
Matty Fryatt – Leicester City

League Two Teams of the Year – Voted by the Players
League Two PFA Team of the Year 2008/09 - The PFA present the League Two team of 2008/09 season…

Scott Shearer – Wycombe Wanderers
Neil Austin - Darlington
Simon King – Gillingham
David McCracken – Wycombe Wanderers
Thomas Kennedy – Rochdale
Omar Daley – Bradford City
Dany N’Guessan – Lincoln City
Ben Davies – Shrewsbury Town
Tommy Doherty – Wycombe Wanderers
Doherty is treading on familiar ground after being named in the 2006-07 League Two divisional team of the year. The feisty midfielder has been sent off twice this year but his tigerish performances have given Wycombe a real chance of lifting the League Two title.
Andy Bishop – Bury
Grant Holt – Shrewsbury Town PFA

QPR - "Richer Than Chelsea"
- "QPR are Richer Than Chelsea" is a chant no longer heard - even as some clubs and press still characterize QPR as "moneybags QPR". And of course, it was never-ever valid in real terms: It's the owners' money, not the clubs!

Sunday Times - Sunday Times Rich List: Bonfire of the billionaires wipes out £155bn fortune
- "....The unprecedented collapse, revealed in the 2009 Sunday Times Rich List, published today, is the biggest annual fall since it was first compiled 21 years ago....
"...The Rich List’s biggest loser, Lakshmi Mittal, has seen £16.9 billion evaporate from the collapse of the world steel market this year. Now worth £10.8 billion, Mittal remains the richest person in Britain.
- He has sustained losses of more than three times the level of Roman Abramovich, his nearest rival in the downshifting stakes, who was down £4.7 billion. The Russian’s surviving £7 billion makes him the second richest person in the UK...". The Times

BBC - "...Meanwhile, Formula 1 motor racing chief Bernie Ecclestone lost £934m, leaving him at £1.46bn, the list reported. ..."

1. Lakshmi Mittal and family, steel (£10.88bn)
2. Roman Abramovich, oil and industry (£7bn)
3. The Duke of Westminster, property (£6.5bn)
4. Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli, pharmaceuticals (£5bn)
5. Hans Rausing and family, packaging (£4bn)
6. Sir Philip and Lady Green, retailing (£3.83bn)
7. Charlene and Michel de Carvalho, inheritance, brewing and banking (£2.96bn)
8. Sammy and Eyal Ofer, shipping and property(£2.68bn)
9 = John Fredriksen, shipping (£2.5bn)
9 = David and Simon Reuben, property (£2.5bn)
9 = Kirsten and Jorn Rausing, inheritance and investment(£2.5bn)
9 = Joe Lewis, foreign exchange and investment(£2.5bn) BBC

News re Ex-QPR Pat Kanyuka
Swindon Advertiser/Anthony Marshall
- Crocked Kanyuka set for lengthy spell on sidelines
- PATRICK Kanyuka’s Town career could be over as the defender looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The 21-year-old was taken off after just 13 minutes of Saturday’s victory over Bristol Rovers with suspected damage to the cartilage in his knee, following an innocuous looking fall.
And it is the latest in a long line of injuries which have blighted Kanyuka’s time at Swindon.
The former QPR man was making his first start since the end of February following groin and calf knocks, and is out of contract at Town in the summer.
Boss Danny Wilson refused to be drawn on Kanyuka’s future, but admitted his injury record is a concern.
“We think it’s his cartilage, but we’re not sure,” revealed Wilson.
“It was nothing really – he’s just gone for a header, landed on his knee and twisted a little bit.
“We’re hoping it’s not as serious as we first think, but there’s a likelihood that it is.
“He’s out of contract but at this moment in time I wouldn’t like to comment on it. We’ll have to see the extent of it first.
“He’s had a few injuries this season and it’s disappointing from his point of view.
“I quite like the lad and think he can play, but he’s had a lot of injuries so we’ll have to take all that into consideration.” Swindon Advertiser

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