THE day after our 4-0 win at Shamrock Rovers was one of rest and recuperation for the players following a hectic schedule of double-training sessions.
Following 8am breakfast in the private dining area at Carton House, the squad were able to relax until a light stretch and warm-down in the swimming pool at 11am.
Premier League Productions – the television arm of the Premier League – were on site to capture some great footage, while a reccy was carried out at nearby Crumlin Children’s Hospital, ahead of a potential visit from Rio Ferdinand.
On Friday, a family friend of six-year-old Sean Scully had been in touch with the club to tell us of the brave young boy’s plight. An innocent by-stander, he was caught in the cross-fire of a shooting seven weeks ago which resulted in him being shot in the neck and left paralysed.
With Sean being a huge football fan, the family asked if Ferdinand could visit him in hospital, which was something the R’s defender was keen to do upon hearing Sean’s story.
Meanwhile, Charlie Austin and Joey Barton carried out extensive interviews for Premier League Productions to look ahead to the club’s return to the top-flight.
After lunch, Ferdinand made the 30-minute journey to visit Sean, and gave him a whole host of gifts, including one of his match shirts, signed memorabilia, and a ‘5’ baseball cap.
Sean was the most popular man on the ward as he then took his new best friend on a tour of the hospital to meet other sick children.
Ferdinand’s visit left smiles on many faces, particularly Sean’s, as well as his mum Gillian, dad Carl and brother Shane.
Back at Carton House, preparations began for a live edition of Ireland Call-In with defender Danny Simpson, while striker Loic Remy joined up with the QPR squad shortly before a BBQ was served at 6.30pm.
Prior to going on the air at 8pm with Simpson, Rob Green recorded his daily tour diary, keeping R’s fans up-to-date with what’s going on from within the team camp.
And then it was LCI time (well, ICI time actually) as Simmo answered a host of questions live as they came in on Twitter, discussing the tour so far, and his crazy celebrations of THAT Bobby Zamora goal.