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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sympathy For The Devil

It may well be that Marlon King ends up elsewhere but it does seem to be the topic du jour among Rangers fans. I have no intention of trawling every message board but here's a sample thread :

QPR Report Message Board Thread

I would like to make a couple of points. Firstly, one poster, who goes by the name of "bowles" firstly says


and then follows it up with

"is it really worth it for a average 30 year old player??? "

Either this is a moral issue or it isn't. Adding in how good he is as a player is effectively saying that if it was Wayne Rooney that would be fine. And where are your morals then ? Do we have to start checking the background of every single player and weighing it against his ability before deeming him fit to "wear our shirt" ? Another recent QPR signing Bradley Orr served a brief jail sentence in 2006. Should he be "booed and spat on" by his own fans as people are suggesting King should be ?

Secondly, what I would say to the people who are so opposed to King joining QPR is this. That's all absolutely fine with one proviso. If Rangers fail this season, then you say "Well, never mind, at least we have morals and nice guys in our team, that's what's important". Is that what they will say ? These forum posters who are already frothing at the mouth at the prospect of a transfer that hasn't even happened yet ? We will see.

Finally, when you hitch your fortunes to a football club, this is what you sign up to. This is what you get. Your club might sign anyone in any capacity, and a lot of them might be bad people. Warnock himself has been called one of the most disliked people in English football. But here he is. What are we supposed to do, switch allegiance and follow whichever team, I don't know, Sven Goran Ericsson manages, he seems like a nice guy ? Nope. This is it. I've said it before, I'd cheer the Devil himself if he scored 30 in a season for QPR. I don't have to like him but if he scores I'll go "Yes ! Stitch that, fans of the opposing team !" That's football.


  • At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I hated it when Vinny Jones played for us.

    Similarly I wouldn't want John Terry, Ashley Cole, Keiron Dyer, Lee Bowyer, Jonathon Woodgate or Craig Bellamy playing for Queens Park Rangers.

    Bradley Orr got into a fight outside a nightclub, these things happen.

    Marlon King spat in one womans face, chased another down the street with a belt wrapped round his knuckles and broke yet anothers nose. It's all very well saying he's served his time, let's moved on.. but this guy has been convicted of 14 offences. He is a one man menace to women. He is on the sex offenders register for 7 years ffs.

    Birmingham fans successfully stopped them signing Bowyer a few years ago, let's hope Rangers fans can do the same.

    Absolutely I would rather stay in the Championship than get promoted because of King's goals.

    btw. bowles is obv an idiot.


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