'Houdini' Harry back in Premier League

Basingstoke Gazette: Harry Redknapp with the Championship play-off trophy Harry Redknapp with the Championship play-off trophy

Harry Redknapp may have seen it all in football but even the QPR boss was stunned by their dramatic victory in the Championship play-off final.

The ex-manager of a string of clubs, including Saints and Portsmouth (twice) saw his Rangers side down to ten men and clinging on for dear life when substitute Bobby Zamora broke Derby’s hearts with a last-minute Wembley winner.

It was Rangers’ first and only shot on target but it will be worth an estimated £120million to the west London club, who secured promotion back into the Premier League at the first attempt, and probably kept Redknapp in a job.

The 67-year-old, who has been promoted with West Ham, won the FA Cup with Portsmouth and led Tottenham into the Champions League, admitted: “It was an amazing finish.

“We were hanging on for extra time and maybe penalties, that was our only hope,” he said after celebrating with the play-off trophy, above.

“We were down to 10 men and under the cosh, it was a real backs to the wall job, but then Bobby sticks one in the top corner.”

The writing appeared to be on the wall for Rangers when, moments after Charlie Austin fired their best chance wide, Gary O’Neil was shown a straight red card for a foul on Johnny Russell.

With half an hour still to play Derby sensed their chance but found Rangers goalkeeper Robert Green in inspired form.

Then QPR embarked on one last counter-attack and Junior Hoilett’s cut-back was mis-controlled by the otherwise impeccable Derby skipper Richard Keogh for Zamora to score.

His chairman Tony Fernandes will certainly be grateful, with the club a massive £177million in debt thanks to the reckless spending of their last stint in the top flight.

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8:48pm Sun 25 May 14

InCortesewetrust says...

Houdini? More like a irritating reoccurring rash! Just when you think you finally got rid of it, the frucking thing comes back!
Houdini? More like a irritating reoccurring rash! Just when you think you finally got rid of it, the frucking thing comes back! InCortesewetrust
  • Score: 12

8:54pm Sun 25 May 14

Rocket 1 says...

So Churchill the Nodding Dog is back, Derby were far the better Team, I blame Gulley..
So Churchill the Nodding Dog is back, Derby were far the better Team, I blame Gulley.. Rocket 1
  • Score: 4

9:49pm Sun 25 May 14

Block 42 says...

glad they won.we saints fans hate derby fans after their play off win..glad to see their teary faces.funny as ****
glad they won.we saints fans hate derby fans after their play off win..glad to see their teary faces.funny as **** Block 42
  • Score: -1

10:46pm Sun 25 May 14

Freddie Flowerpot says...

Good, I can enjoy watching them get relegated all over again next season.
Good, I can enjoy watching them get relegated all over again next season. Freddie Flowerpot
  • Score: 7

6:25am Mon 26 May 14

PTID1898 says...

hahahahahahaha he's coming for you,he's coming for you Harry Houdini he's coming for you ,
hahahahahahaha he's coming for you,he's coming for you Harry Houdini he's coming for you , PTID1898
  • Score: -1

7:38am Mon 26 May 14

iow-is-red-and-white says...

PTID1898 wrote:
hahahahahahaha he's coming for you,he's coming for you Harry Houdini he's coming for you ,
You'd love to have the twitchy one back even though he robbed you all blind. But that will never happen you are stuck with Andy Awful for another relegation battle in league 2. Bet you can't wait.
[quote][p][bold]PTID1898[/bold] wrote: hahahahahahaha he's coming for you,he's coming for you Harry Houdini he's coming for you ,[/p][/quote]You'd love to have the twitchy one back even though he robbed you all blind. But that will never happen you are stuck with Andy Awful for another relegation battle in league 2. Bet you can't wait. iow-is-red-and-white
  • Score: 4

10:00am Mon 26 May 14

Block 42 says...

iow-is-red-and-white wrote:
PTID1898 wrote:
hahahahahahaha he's coming for you,he's coming for you Harry Houdini he's coming for you ,
You'd love to have the twitchy one back even though he robbed you all blind. But that will never happen you are stuck with Andy Awful for another relegation battle in league 2. Bet you can't wait.
who da **** is andy awford anyways..and as for portsmouth fc..are they even recognized anymore..no one cares about them ever.small pathetic club with no ambition to be huge .
[quote][p][bold]iow-is-red-and-white[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PTID1898[/bold] wrote: hahahahahahaha he's coming for you,he's coming for you Harry Houdini he's coming for you ,[/p][/quote]You'd love to have the twitchy one back even though he robbed you all blind. But that will never happen you are stuck with Andy Awful for another relegation battle in league 2. Bet you can't wait.[/p][/quote]who da **** is andy awford anyways..and as for portsmouth fc..are they even recognized anymore..no one cares about them ever.small pathetic club with no ambition to be huge . Block 42
  • Score: 0

12:45pm Tue 27 May 14

PompeySaves says...

Block 42 wrote:
iow-is-red-and-white wrote:
PTID1898 wrote:
hahahahahahaha he's coming for you,he's coming for you Harry Houdini he's coming for you ,
You'd love to have the twitchy one back even though he robbed you all blind. But that will never happen you are stuck with Andy Awful for another relegation battle in league 2. Bet you can't wait.
who da **** is andy awford anyways..and as for portsmouth fc..are they even recognized anymore..no one cares about them ever.small pathetic club with no ambition to be huge .
Pompey are a club with no ambition???? What and Southampton are? Your manager is off to a bigger and better club, your top players are also on their way to better things. If you were indeed a big club with ambition to match maybe you would of held on to them? We know where we are, we know who we are, no excuses there. Andy Awford, he's a loyal and honest football manager. Not too many of those around anymore are there?
[quote][p][bold]Block 42[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iow-is-red-and-white[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PTID1898[/bold] wrote: hahahahahahaha he's coming for you,he's coming for you Harry Houdini he's coming for you ,[/p][/quote]You'd love to have the twitchy one back even though he robbed you all blind. But that will never happen you are stuck with Andy Awful for another relegation battle in league 2. Bet you can't wait.[/p][/quote]who da **** is andy awford anyways..and as for portsmouth fc..are they even recognized anymore..no one cares about them ever.small pathetic club with no ambition to be huge .[/p][/quote]Pompey are a club with no ambition???? What and Southampton are? Your manager is off to a bigger and better club, your top players are also on their way to better things. If you were indeed a big club with ambition to match maybe you would of held on to them? We know where we are, we know who we are, no excuses there. Andy Awford, he's a loyal and honest football manager. Not too many of those around anymore are there? PompeySaves
  • Score: 1

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