BIRCH: 'WE NEED YOUR BACKING' Posted on: Wed 05 May 2010 Marc Bircham has called on the QPR fan-base to turn out in great numbers on Thursday evening, when the R's Under-18's lock horns with Stockport County in the Football League Youth Alliance Final at Loftus Road.
Former QPR midfield stalwart Bircham, now Youth Development Assistant Manager, believes a partisan home crowd could play a big factor against County.
"It would be good if we could get as many Rangers fans as possible down to Loftus Road and hopefully it'll be a nice day for the fans to come out and see the future QPR," he said.
Article continues Advertisement MPU "I know R's fans have always had a great interest in the young teams and the QPR youth set-up, so hopefully we can get a good turnout."
Bircham added: "I'm looking forward to it, mainly for the lads. They've had a long, hard season - a very good one at that.
"They've done very well in the League and the Cup.
"The players have also gone to Sardinia and played teams such as Roma, Cagliari and Azerbaijan, getting through to the semi finals against some of Europe's biggest Clubs."
Tickets for the tie - which kicks-off at 7.00pm - are available, priced: Adults - £3; Senior Citizens & Under 16s (no student reductions) - £1; Under-8s - free.
Call the Box Office now on 08444 777 007 to reserve your seat!
YOUTH ALLIANCE CUP - LISTEN LIVE www.qpr.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10373~2044185,00.html Posted on: Wed 05 May 2010 QPR Player will be providing live commentary from tomorrow night's Football League Youth Alliance Final between QPR and Stockport.
The match kicks off at 7pm at Loftus Road, but if you can't get along to support Steve Gallen's Under 18s, we'll make sure you won't miss a kick.
The R's reached the Final last year but suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Grimsby and will be looking to go one better this time round.
YOUTH team boss Steve Gallen wants his players to emulate Josh Parker when they take on Stockport in the Football League Youth Alliance final on Thursday.
Parker scored in last year's final against Grimsby and, although Rangers lost the game 2-1, the teenager has gone on to break into the first team in recent weeks.
Now the Rs' current under-18 side - whose title hopes were ended when they lost their final league game at Northampton last weekend - have another opportunity to win the tournament at Loftus Road (kick-off 7pm).
"Last year Josh played in the final, now he's in the first team and the manager really likes him," said Gallen. "Antonio German has also come through in the last year or so.
"Losing to Grimsby last year was bad, but the other way of looking at it is that we're in the final again, which suggests we're doing something right. If we can get one more kid from this year's final playing in the first team this time next year, that's an achievement.
"The most important thing is that we're getting the lads playing at Loftus Road and getting experience in a big game, with a bit of a crowd and some pressure on them.
"Of course we also want to win the competition. I saw Stockport in the northern final against Macclesfield - they're a decent team and they will be so up for it at Loftus Road."
Tickets for the final are available at £3 for adults and £1 for senior citizens and under-16s. Entry is free for under-eights.
GALLEN: 'ENJOY THE OCCASION' Posted on: Thu 06 May 2010 Steve Gallen admits Rangers will 'probably start as favourites' when they lock horns with Stockport County in the Football League Youth Alliance Final this evening - but insists his side will take nothing for granted.
Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk ahead of tonight's 7.00pm kick-off in W12, Gallen said: "We will probably start as favourites, because we're at home and we're a Championship Club, but I don't mind either way, we've just got to do our best and try to win the tie.
Article continues Advertisement MPU "Some people would say it's an advantage (playing at home); others would say it's a disadvantage.
"We played here last year in the Final and lost. Grimsby came down and deserved to beat us 2-1."
Gallen added: "Loftus Road is a great ground - Birchy just said it's pretty much the best ground in the whole League and the Premiership as well! I'm not quite sure I agree with that - there might be a bit of bias going on there!
"But in all honesty, it's a great ground and when there are a few fans in it, there can be a decent atmosphere.
"Stockport will come here and raise their game. It's a great occasion for them.
"I'm not really sure if it's an advantage for us in that respect, although we trained here and it's a familiar environment for the lads.
"Listen, all we can do is go out and perform to the best of our ability and hope we get our hands on the trophy."
Gallen admits he doesn't know too much about tonight's opponents, having only watched them on a couple of occasions recently. However, he is in confident mood.
"We don't know too much about them to be honest," he said.
"I watched them in their Northern Area Final a couple of weeks ago and the game was very tight.
"It was a game of two halves, with Stockport deservedly coming back into it in the second half.
"The tie ended up going to penalties and they prevailed. Their a decent side. They're a very hardworking team and it should be a decent game.
"But we've been very good at the start of games.
"We've scored a lot of goals in the first ten minutes of games this season and not conceded many at the same time.
"We do start quite brightly - it's something we encourage of the lads and work hard on in training.
"We'll have a right go at them and see what we can get.
"We've just got to stay strong when we're defending and be a little bit more clinical in front of goal than we have been in recent weeks.
"If we do that, then I'm sure we'll win the game."
Livewire winger Elliott Cox is a doubt for the R's after injuring his ankle last weekend - but Gallen is willing to give the midfielder every chance to prove his fitness between now and kick-off.
"Elliott hasn't trained this week and it's a big blow, but we'll give him every chance to prove his fitness.
"He did a little bit with the physio yesterday and if he's ok, he'll play - no doubt about that.
"I'd like the fans to see him - he's got pace and determination.
"Birchy likens him a bit to Gareth Ainsworth - he's a similar style, all action and very strong.
"Fingers crossed he'll be fit."
Tickets for the tie are available, priced: Adults - £3; Senior Citizens & Under 16s (no student reductions) - £1; Under-8s - free.
Call the Box Office now on 08444 777 007 to reserve your seat!
From Stockport offy COME ON BOYS! Posted on: Thu 06 May 2010 Craig Madden has named two schoolboys in the starting eleven to face Queens Park Rangers this evening.
Ian Ormson, who has impressed in two recent Manchester Senior Cup ties, starts in goal with Danny Whitehead, who hit a brilliant hat trick in his last Youth Alliance game, partners leading scorer Cameron Darkwah up front.
The Youth Boss also received a boost when Tom Fisher declared himself fit after recovering from a double hernia operation. The influential striker, who has hit 13 goals this season, was named on the bench.
Kick-off time at Loftus Road is 7.00pm and updates will appear here on stockportcounty.com throughout the game.
Everyone connected with Stockport County wish the young Hatters all the luck in the world in their bid to win the Football League Youth Cup for the second time in three seasons.
Come on boys!
County: Ormson; Disney, S Barnes, Lee, L Barnes; Murty, Williams, Hare, Rowe; Whitehead, Darkwah.