Queens Park Rangers’ ’06-07 campaign began with the sad news that a £3 million bid for defender Danny Shittu had been accepted from West Bromich Albion. Shittu’s been an iconic figure at Loftus Road, but given Rangers’ precarious financial standing….well, £3 million buys a lot of bullet-proof vests.

Almost on cue, QPR dropped today’s season opener, 2-0 at Burnley, as former R’s transfer target Steve Jones scored both goals.

Peter Taylor was a winner in his Crystal Palace debut this afternoon, and while Ipswich’s performance no doubt left many at Portman Road feeling sick, Sir Bobby Robson was the only patron sent away in an ambulance.

Other thriling scorelines from the Football League :

Chester 2, Accrington Stanley 0.  The latter’s first League match in 44 years ended, well, as expected.

Bournemouth 0, Chesterfield 3
. I’ve already made arrangements to TiVO Sky’s highlights show at 7pm EST and I suggest you do the same ; apparently, Colin Larkin’s 2nd goal for the visitors was gifted by a particularly moronic attempt at a clearance by Bournemouth keeper Gareth Stewart.

For those looking for entertainment of a more continental flavor, Werder Bremen are leading Bayern Munich, 1-0, midway through the 2nd half of the Bundesliga’s preseason League Cup on GolTV.   Inter have scored a pair of early goals to take a 2-0 advantage on FC Porto (21 minutes) in the 2nd day of the Amsterdam Arena friendlies, with Ajax v. Manchester United to follow later today on Setanta U.S.