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QPR vs Aston Villa: Live stream, what TV channel, team lineups and kick-off time for Championship fixture

QUEENS PARK RANGERS will be looking to secure their third successive league win when they play Aston Villa.
The visitors, who are sixteenth in the Championship table, will aim to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat to Norwich City.
Aston Villa ace James Chester celebrates after he scored against NorwichGetty – Contributor
What time is kick-off?
This match will take place on Friday, October 26 – TONIGHT.
It will kick-off at 7:45pm.
Loftus Road will host the Championship clash.

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Which TV channel is it on and can I live stream it?
This match will be shown live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.
Coverage will start at 7pm on both channels.
If you don’t have a Sky subscription, you can watch all the action live using a Now TV subscription from £7.99. Buy here.
Alternatively, you can keep up to date with all of the action on the SunSport LIVE BLOG.
What is the team news?

Same again, again! #QPRAVL pic.twitter.com/vF1o6Ljdoh
— QPR FC (@QPR) October 26, 2018

Tonight’s team is in! #PartOfThePride #AVFC pic.twitter.com/Kl5mZMcDTf
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) October 26, 2018

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Brentford ace Ollie Watkins can use Mason Mount as his inspiration to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad

MASON MOUNT’S England call-up will have been a huge source of encouragement to any youngster playing outside the Premier League.
It did away with the prerequisite that you HAVE to be playing in the top flight to make the Three Lions squad, boosting the prospects of others like Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins.
Getty – Contributor Ollie Watkins has emerged as one of the best young players in the Championship[/caption]
Reuters The Brentford ace, in action against Arsenal, has five goals to his name so far this season[/caption]
Premier League fans will know all about Aston Villa’s Grealish – particularly those of Tottenham, whom the slick-haired, short-socked starlet was close to joining in the summer.
But Brentford whizkid Watkins may be more of an unknown quantity for those that do not watch Championship highlights or skip over the lower-league coverage in Sun Goals.
A self-confessed “mummy’s boy” thriving in men’s football at an early age, Watkins has come a long way in a short space of time.
The Torbay lad came through the ranks at Exeter under master developer Paul Tisdale.
Getty Images – Getty Watkins, 22, is a silky forward with plenty of pace[/caption]
Getty Images – Getty Watkins celebrates scoring for the Bees in a 1-1 draw at Stoke in August[/caption]
Watkins had won the youth league with the Grecians playing in an academy that also produced Chelsea starlet Ethan Ampadu and landed his big break after impressing in a friendly against Bournemouth’s reserves.
The Premier League side had the likes of Lee Tomlin, Tyrone Mings and Christian Atsu playing and Watkins scored twice.
Tisdale liked what he saw and threw the prodigy in at the deep end against Plymouth shortly after.
The team won and in the first team Watkins stayed, eventually racking up 78 appearances before moving onto Brentford in summer 2017.
Technical improvements are widely considered more important than winning at all costs these days in youth development.

You only have to look at the success of our Lion cubs from Under-21 to Under-17 level over the last few years to see it is working.
But ironically Watkins cited honing a winning mentality under Tisdale as crucial to his development when I interviewed him in March.
He said: “Coming up through the youth team and the transition to the first team at Exeter, it’s about knowing how to win a game rather than just total soccer.
“A winning mentality is what we developed in the youth team. I always want to win and whenever I lose, I don’t take it lightly. I want to make it right the next week.”
Reuters The Bees will be looking to push for the play-offs again this term[/caption]
Getty – Contributor Watkins found the net 11 times for the west London outfit last season[/caption]
That dedicated approach helped Exeter all the way to the League Two play-off final two seasons ago.
Sadly, that day ended in tears – literally for Watkins, who wept as he left the pitch after a 2-1 defeat to Blackpool.
The loss hit the youngster hard as he felt he underperformed on the Grecians’ big day.
But Brentford’s meticulous scouts never make a judgement off one performance and still signed him that summer, safe in the knowledge that Watkins had more than proved his potential after a 16-goal campaign.
The move to London meant shy Watkins finally had to move out of his mum Delsie’s house where he had been living along with their Jack Russell-pug cross dog, Hugo.
Any fears over a switch away from home comforts were soon allayed as he found a two-bedroom flat in the west of the capital, with his brothers Jordan and Dale just down the road.
Getty Images – Getty Watkins is a successful product of the Exeter youth system[/caption]
Rex Features Watkins left the Grecians last summer to join Brentford[/caption]
And despite claiming to be the sort of character who needs time to familiarise himself with his surroundings before feeling at ease, Watkins took to Championship football instantly.
He blasted 11 goals in his debut term last season, thriving in Dean Smith’s free-flowing Bees side that just missed out on the play-offs.
Given his idolising of Thierry Henry as a kid and Cristiano Ronaldo as a professional, it is no shock to learn that Watkins’ dribbling, finishing and athleticism are his strongest assets.
Premier League snobs may consider the Championship to be rough ‘n ready but it is nothing compared to League Two.
Having handled that, Watkins was always likely to flourish in the second tier where you get more time on the ball, given his technical ability.
His work with Bees’ resident psychologist Michael Caulfield, who has previously helped Sam Clucas, has helped him cope better with the game mentally.
AFP – Getty Watkins grew up idolising the likes of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry[/caption]
Watkins often has the club chef cook him a high-carb meal the night before a game, is regularly off to bed no later than 10.30pm and has invested in NormaTec muscle recovery kit – all of which suggest he has the right attitude.
That is encouraged by his agent Paolo Vernazza, who would be the first to admit a lack of professionalism impacted his own career.
Vernazza came through at Arsenal and played a handful of games for the Gunners as well as a couple of England Under-21 games, before dropping down the leagues.
The 38-year-old is helping his clients learn from his mistakes and has built an impressive stable at Platinum One, which also represents Ampadu, Will Hughes, Ryan Fraser and more.
Watkins started like a train this term with four goals in his first six games and has looked a Premier League player in waiting.
PA:Press Association Ex-West Ham striker Dean Ashton wants Gareth Southgate to dip into the Championship talent pool[/caption]
He will now have to cope with the loss of gaffer Smith to Villa but already has a host of admirers.
Whether they include Gareth Southgate remains to be seen – but given his call-up of Mount, you would be shocked if Watkins was not on his radar.
Ex-England striker Dean Ashton urged the Three Lions chief to take a closer look at the Championship and the 22-year-old in particular when analysing for EFL on Quest earlier this term.


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The former West Ham star said: “Absolutely the England manager should be looking at players in the Championship, especially of the quality of Ollie Watkins who’s only going to improve.
“I think that would give lots of players in the Championship a boost if they knew the England manager was watching.”
We know Southgate IS watching, to Mount’s benefit. It is up to Watkins now to catch his eye.

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Roy McDonough: Britian’s wildest footballer was a lothario that scored on and off the field and loved a drink

ROY McDONOUGH certainly lived to up his nickname as “Britain’s wildest footballer”.
On the pitch, the former Birmingham, Chelsea, Colchester and Southend striker scored 150 goals in 650 games over the course of 18 years.
Roy McDonough battled with football’s hard men throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s
Yet he is fondly remembered as a cult hero for his bloody battles with football’s hardest men.
Off it, he was a true lothario, sleeping with different women every week.
And his motto after every game was simple: “Win or lose, on the booze!
“No f***** is going to outdrink me!” McDonough, 59, used to say.

His tally of 22 red cards remains a record in English football
Scoring in the bedroom…
With his long hair and moustache, McDonough was dubbed the “German Porn Star” by Birmingham teammates. “It was a nickname I did my very best to live up to,” he says.
In his incredibly honest autobiography, McDonough claims he slept with 400 women, including orgies with fellow teammates.

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Twice he had to seek medical attention after contracting sexually transmitted diseases gonorrhoea and then crabs.
His most famous conquest was “pulling a Miss UK finalist Christine Houghton with half a pint of larger and £1 petrol money.”
McDonough was a real ladies man and claims to have slept with 400 women
During one 18-month period, while locked in a loveless marriage to his first wife Jackie, McDonough reckons he slept with at least 39 girls.
He says his “failure to keep my trousers zipped up” was a curse inherited from his dad, who was “a terrible womaniser.”
His chat-ups lines weren’t exactly subtle…
McDonough says his “pulling technique had a 95% success rate” and only a few times was he told to “f*** off” for his brashness with the opposite sex.
He says: “I’d patrol the club like a kid in a candy store, picking out whatever sweet little thing I fancied tasting, before ruthlessly moving in for the kill, telling them what we were going to do, and where we were going to do it.
The striker played against the famous Dutch maestro Johan Cruyff at Stamford Bridge
“I’d say: ‘When we get in luv, I’m going to look after you downstairs, then all hell is going to break loose.’
“Alternatively, I could be really classy and ask: ‘So, how many times do you want to c*** tonight, darling?’”
Sometimes, when he was hungover, he’d give his “moustache a quick lick in the morning to find out if I’d done the deed.”
Marriages and divorces…
McDonough married his on-off girlfriend Jackie in June 1988, which he says was “built on lust, not love”.
‘Britain’s wildest footballer’ was not afraid to stick his head where he would hurt
McDonough’s extramarital affair was expoised by The Sun on page seven on August 30, 1995
She was the daughter of developer Gordon Parker, who later became the Colchester chairman.
But his affair with Lizzie, the club groundsman’s wife, only became public knowledge in August 1995.
The story appeared on page seven of The Sun under the headline: ‘Roy of the Ravers – Soccer boss runs off with his wife’s lookalike best pal.’
Despite the scandal, Lizzie ended up being his true love – “my guardian angel,” he said. The sleeping around stopped.
Scoring from the spot against Peter Shilton’s Derby in League Cup in 1987 for Southend
World Cup winners…
Interestingly, McDonough played under three England World Cup winners: Sir Alf Ramsey (at Birmingham), Sir Geoff Hurst (at Chelsea) and Bobby Moore (at Southend).
He held the utmost respect for his hero Moore during their one season together at Roots Hall.
His most prized possession was a match programme in which Moore praised McDonough for his “effort, endeavour and work he puts in for his teammates”.
Having an early bath…
McDonough was sent off a record 22 TIMES.
Playing against Chelsea’s Glenn Hoddle in a friendly at Colchester
His autobiography, which is available in paperback, is one of the honest sports book on the market
McDonough was not afraid to speak his mind and slam ex-pros Tony Pulis and Vinnie Jones in his book
His first red card was received for throttling one-handed the referee…of his local secondary SCHOOL cup final.
His moments of rage saw him receive plenty of suspensions, club fines and trips to Lancaster Gate for a dressing-down from the FA bigwigs.
Taking on football’s hard men…
For McDonough, it was a badge of honour to put his head where it hurt against the warriors of the era.
Graeme Souness was “the hardest player ever to walk the earth.”
Fellow Liverpool enforcer Tommy Smith “was built like Fred Flintstone and had a Frankenstein head, covered in battle scars.”
McDonough was never afraid to swear or try to intimidate a referee
Yet he had little time for Tony Pulis. “Pathetic, a little f****** squirt,” he called him.
As for Vinnie Jones, McDonough said: “Not hard in my book or brave. He was just a bully who never had the bottle to do things face-to-face.”
Boozing it up…
McDonough spent most nights “f***** out of my brains”.
He could easily drink 10 pints a night. His personal record was 18 pints of Stella.
His party piece was downing a pint in seven seconds upside down.
Remarkably, he often drove home despite being blind drunk and yet never had an accident.
Only once was he caught by police. He was just short of being of three times the legal 35mcg drink-driving limit – for which he received a 30-month driving ban.
He guided non-league Colchester United to the league and cup double in 1991-92
Winning the FA Trophy at Wembley…
McDonough’s crowning glory was achieving the 1991-92 league and cup double as a player/manager of non-league Colchester.
They won the Conference with 94 points, 19 home wins, and scored 123 goals in all competitions.
Then they beat Witton Albion 3-1 at Wembley in the FA Trophy final – with their shirts proudly sponsored by The Sun.
He recalls: “As I looked across that sea of blue and white, I thought, ‘The drunken clown didn’t do too badly, did he?’”

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Colchester beat Witton Albion 3-1 to win the 1992 FA Trophy at Wembley

McDonough now lives in Spain with second wife Lizzie, who he calls his “guardian angel”
Happy retirement
Teammates said his drinking was so bad he probably wouldn’t last beyond the age of 35.
He lives in Spain now and is happily married with Lizzie.
This week he flies on holiday to Jamaica to celebrate his 60th birthday tomorrow. And raise a toast to one incredible life in football.
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