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One to Watch - Jamie Mackie

Name: Jamie Mackie

Date of Birth: 22/9/1985

Nationality: Scotland

Former Clubs: Wimbledon, MK Dons, Exeter, Sutton United, Plymouth, QPR

League Appearances (Goals): 310 (56)

International Appearances (Goals): 9 (2)

Stat of the Day: Jamie Mackie`s first 8 goals for QPR came from just nine shots on target

Player Profile: Jurgen Klopp, manager of one of the world's most revered and forward-thinking football clubs Borussia Dortmund, recently explained the strategy and ethos behind his team's recent success: 'Fighting football, that is what I like. Rainy day, heavy pitch, everybody dirty in the face and goes home and can't play football for the next four weeks.' It seems bizarre then, that English football is so injudicious to condemn their players' for a lack of technical ability when the future of European football is applauding and employing their own traditional methods against them. You would also think that QPR, reeling after an embarrassing relegation filled with a distinct lack of the aforementioned fighting football, would even consider, let alone get rid of, a player who would dirty everything from his face to left toe before even contemplating leaving the football pitch. Jamie Mackie arrived at QPR amidst a swirling wind of discontent, following largely unnoticed stints at Exeter and Plymouth, but quickly went from zero to hero following a succession of lung-busting committed performances and a classy eight goals in nine matches scoring streak. Only a broken leg in a meaningless FA Cup match against Blackburn Rovers cut short his debut season in a hooped shirt and stopped the winger from snatching the Player of the Year Award from Adel Taarabt in QPR's promotion season.

Mackie became the 'go-to man' when describing QPR's pathetic attempts at staving off an inevitable relegation from the Premier League: 'We need 11 Jamie Mackie's out there', 'At least Mackie cares', 'Boooooo' etc. etc. In true QPR fashion they surrendered to the bright lights of the overpaid big name player and the winger barely made the bench, let alone the starting 11, as fans were left longing for the committed and desired performances they had grown to love. The ability vs effort debate raged on, but as most Rs fans' would testify they wouldn't care if the team lost as long as they gave their all. In truth, yes, Mackie probably couldn't compete with the big boys on technical class, but the club's handling of the 28-year-old has epitomised their detestable ethos the past few seasons. And so Rangers face up to Mackie on Boxing Day, knowing they've struggled greatly against teams that have actually given it a go against; expect anything less from Mackie 'giving it a right old go' on Thursday and you clearly weren't watching the same player I was when he was at Loftus Road.

Player History:

Jamie Mackie began his career at non-league Leatherhead before joining Wimbledon as a trainee in 2003. He made his way through the youth ranks at Wimbledon but following the clubs relocation to Milton Keynes he finally made his breakthrough to the first team at the National Hockey Stadium as an MK Dons player.

He moved to Exeter City in 2005 and following a brief loan spell at Sutton United he became an established member of Exeter`s first team. He made nearly 100 appearances in all competitions for The Grecians, scoring 20 goals.

Plymouth Arglye managed to fight off interest from a host of other interested clubs and having handed in a transfer request at St James` Park, Mackie eventually moved to Home Park for a fee of 145, 000. He scored within eleven seconds of his Plymouth debut against Barnsley in 2008 and went on to become a key figure in Plymouth`s Championship team. He played 44 times during the 2009/2010 campaign, scoring a total of 8 goals, but couldn`t prevent his side`s relegation to League 1.

Mackie was to stay in the Championship, however, as Neil Warnock swooped to sign the winger for his new look QPR side. He signed a four year contract at Loftus Road in 2010 and having scored on his debut against Barnsley, again, went on to score 8 goals in his first 9 league appearances for the club. An unfortunate, and well documented, collision with El Hadj Diouf in a FA Cup tie in January ended Mackie`s first season at QPR as he was ruled out with a broken leg.

He made his long awaited return in the Premier League in a 6-0 defeat to Fulham and seven league goals, including memorable strikes against Liverpool and Manchester City, helped QPR avoid relegation by the skin of their teeth. He fell victim to QPR`s reckless transfer policy the following season and was limited to substitute appearances to help Rangers try and avoid relegation. He became disillusioned with life at Loftus Road and made the move to Nottingham Forest for a fee of 1 million in July of this year.

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Date:Wednesday December 25 2013

Time: 11:30PM


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