Tuesday, January 1, 2008

January 1: Two Ex-QPR Birthdays...New Year's Day, 1992 - Man Ut 1 QPR 4....Ward's Strong Start...Bircham's Worst Year


- Preston Confirm Patrick Agyemang Set to Join QPR

- New Year's Birthday for Two Ex-QPRs

- Sixteen Years ago today: One of QPR's Greatest Victories: - Recalling New Year's Day 1992: Manchester United 1 QPR 4

- Victoria Melbourne, with Nick Ward starting, won 5-2 against the Central Coast Mariners. Melbourn Match Report Also: Pre-Match

Sportal.com.Au "Too little, too late for Victory
The West Australia - "Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek has been urged to put aside the Melbourne Victory's disappointing A-League championship defence when it comes time to select his squad for next month's World Cup qualifier....And a selection bolter for Verbeek's first squad since his appointment last month may be Olyroos midfielder Nick Ward, who impressed in his first start for the Victory since returning to Australia following an ill-fated stint in England." The West Australia

Yeovil Express/Steve Sowden - Yeovil Town midfielder's 'worst ever year' in football
YEOVIL Town midfielder Marc Bircham will be hoping for a better 2008 after describing the past 12 months as the worst he has ever experienced as a footballer.
Bircham, who is just coming back to near first-team action following a lengthy injury lay-off which has seen him to yet make his League One debut for Yeovil since arriving at the club from QPR in the summer, said on his own personal website that it had not been the best of years for him.
"In fact, it has probably been my worst ever year in football and I haven't played a full game since January," he said.
"In a way a broken leg or knee ligaments would have been better because at least then you have a definite period when you know you'll be off.
"I've had operations and false starts and it's all been very stressful. It's like Groundhog Day and there were times when my head was all over the place.
My family, friends and the club have all been supportive and without that and my own mental toughness I'm not sure I would have made it
Yeovil Town midfielder Marc Bircham
"We were thinking of moving to Canada or the US at one point and then we had a little girl. It just wasn't the right time for a move like that."
Bircham added: "The move to Yeovil was a great one, but the frustration of not being able to play has been terrible.
"My family, friends and the club have all been supportive and without that and my own mental toughness I'm not sure I would have made it."
Bircham, who was an unused substitute on Boxing Day during the 1-0 defeat against Swindon Town at Huish Park, said: "I don't really do New Year resolutions, but I do have a wish for the New Year and that is to stay fit and able to play football. That would do me." Yeovil Express

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