Supporting Stan Bowles

Supporting Stan

It was great to see Stan Bowles on the pitch on Saturday so obviously enjoying the applause and chants of support from all four sides of Loftus Road.

QPR1st Supporters’ Trust welcomes the success of Stan Bowles Day, a celebration organised by the club in support of Stan and his family.

Let’s all get behind the fund raising effort to support the Bowles family caring for Stan, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and the Alzheimer’s Society, the research and support charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.

To donate to the Stan Bowles GoFundMe account, click http://www.gofundme.com/StanBowles/

To donate to the Alzheimer’s Society, click https://www.justgiving.com/stanbowlesday

To learn more about the Alzheimer’s Society, click http://www.alzheimers.org.uk

Posted in All News

London football supporter coalition calls for Olympic stadium deal inquiry

QPR1st Supporters’ Trust has joined other supporter groups across London in launching a petition calling for a public inquiry into the deal agreed between West Ham United and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) for the rental of the Olympic Stadium.

A petition has been launched on the UK Government and Parliament site: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/106355

This call for an inquiry comes in the wake of the recent BBC documentary that exposed the level of taxpayer subsidy being provided to West Ham United to occupy the stadium, and the subsequent calls for a public inquiry made by MP’s Chris Bryant and David Lammy.

The supporter groups believe this deal, many of the details of which remain secret even after a Freedom of Information Act request, raises serious questions about the level of taxpayer subsidy given to a private company. We are also deeply concerned about the competitive advantage given to one club over others through this taxpayer subsidy.

The coalition says: “The fact that so many supporter groups have come together to call for this inquiry shows that the issues raised go beyond football tribalism. As football fans and as taxpayers, we want to see the preservation of fair competition and full transparency in public finances. This deal is not in the interests of the game of football and does little to promote public confidence in the way our money is being spent.”

The organisations supporting this call are:

• Arsenal Supporters’ Trust
• Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust
• Chelsea Supporters’ Trust
• Crystal Palace Supporters’ Trust
• Fulham Supporters’ Trust
• Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust
• QPR1st Supporters’ Trust
• Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust

Petition:

Title: Launch a full public inquiry into the deal agreed between West Ham United and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) for the rental of the Olympic Stadium.”

Background: We believe public money should be used responsibly, fairly, and in a way which does not distort the competitiveness of independent sports bodies and businesses. Yet, West Ham has only contributed £15m towards the £272m conversion costs of the Olympic Stadium, with the taxpayer footing the rest of the bill. The club has been allowed to keep the entire proceeds of the sale of their current stadium, last valued in their own accounts at £71m. Rental is said to be £2.5m per annum, dropping by half to £1.25m should West Ham be relegated, but recent revelations show that the taxpayer will also be picking up the costs of stadium utilities, security, maintaining the pitch, and even the goalposts and corner flags – estimated to be worth between £1.4m and £2.5m a year. Considering the cost to the taxpayer, and the effect of this taxpayer subsidy on competition between clubs, a full public inquiry into the deal is needed.

Posted in All News

Club Crest survey

The long-awaited consultation on a new crest for QPR is now underway.  The club has published a survey and is inviting supporters to give their views. Closing date for the survey is 28 August.

 See the survey here 

http://www.qpr.co.uk/news/article/qpr-crest-fans-survey-2596025.aspx

Posted in Community, QPR1st

QPR 2nd worst run club according to Telegraph article

QPR1st Supporters’ Trust notes that the Daily Telegraph has named QPR in a top ten of badly run clubs.  This can’t be a surprise as it is based on the extraordinary £135 million plus debt built up by the club in recent years.  We have raised this issue and have made our view clear – that over-spending on this scale could put the future of our club at risk. 

We hope change has come. The Daily Telegraph article does not reflect what appears to be a change in transfer policy based on dealings in the current window so far; with more emphasis on bringing in up and coming players rather than hugely expensive big names. Also, the cub has appointed a chief executive with a track record of financial competence in football.  Our hope is that the club is entering a new phase, and our first meeting with the new chief executive, Lee Hoos, gives us room for optimism. We trust that a major part of improved management will be more openness, consultation and the involvement of supporters in decision-making, and we look forward to supporting the club in achieving this.

Our sympathy goes to supporters of the club identified as the worst run in the country – Blackpool.

Here is the Telegraphs’ view:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/11770309/The-10-worst-run-football-clubs.html?frame=3391150

Posted in Boardroom, QPR1st

Supporters Trust and the LSA meet with the new CEO

Club: Lee Hoos the new QPR Chief Executive Officer and Andy Rees, the Supporters Liaison Office

LSA: Vic Stevenson. John Reid

QPR1st: Stephen Dedridge, Jeremy Gardener, Neil Jackson

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This was primarily intended as a ‘get to know you’ meeting with Lee speaking about his previous career in football as well as seeking to find out from us our thoughts and feelings as QPR fans. Lee emphasised that he was keen to consult with fans and expressed many positive sentiments which we found very encouraging.

The Supporters Trust presented Lee with the list of requests which were recently published on our website and he promised to give them his due attention. The LSA representatives also discussed issues of concern.

We hope that this meeting marks the start of a constructive dialogue between our new CEO and the Supporters Trust

Posted in Boardroom, QPR1st

Requests to the Club for the 2015/2016 season

QPR1st Supporters’ Trust believes that if something positive is to come out of relegation then the opportunity should be taken not only to rebuild the playing squad, but also to restore the covenant between the club and the fans; rebuilding QPR as a club that is part of the community.

 Given his background and track record, the appointment of Lee Hoos seems to be a step in the direction and in the tradition of the Supporters’ Trust we will seek to work closely with the new chief executive in a mood of co-operation and partnership.

 Throughout this season we will be campaigning on the following aims and are looking forward to your support and suggestions.  Please email us on info@qpr1st.com.

 Our requests

The club will genuinely consult and involve supporters in decision-making. Consultation does not mean a just quick and dirty online survey, or tweeting – it means actually talking to and listening to supporters and supporter organisations, and reporting back on action taken as a result. Our suggestions are:

  1. A minimum of three scheduled meetings between representatives of the club, including the chief executive, and representatives of QPR1st and the LSA to discuss issues of organisation and management at the club.
  2. At least one Fans’ Forum with the chief executive in attendance but with consideration of how this event could be better organised and more inclusive.
  3. The creation of a fans’ focus group or groups as a sounding board to obtain opinion and influence decision-making about a range of issues to improve the match-day experience and on issues listed below.
  4. Continued liaison between the media team and fans led media bodies such as AKUTRs, the QPR Podcast and large internet based fans discussion groups.
  5. A clear commitment to obtaining the views and opinions of a wide spectrum of disabled fans in particular in relationship to how the new stadium could be an exemplary model of inclusion beyond just meeting legal requirements.

 

Genuine consultation and involvement of supporters in decision-making on:

  • The proposed new stadium; building layout, design, facilities and also involvement in the ongoing management of the stadium – important if it is not directly owned by the football club.
  • The badge, and kit design – including a restoration of the traditional hoops.  Discussion of the badge should be more than an online vote on worked up designs.
  • Ticket prices for 2016/17.
  • Any significant changes proposed to the current stadium arrangements – on the family area, for example.
  • More affordable mascot and kit sponsorship packages; for example by reintroducing the option to sponsor part of the kit at a cheaper rate.  A national paper “exposed” that charges to be a QPR mascot were the highest in the Premier League last season. This needs to be looked at, as do junior season ticket prices – again among the most expensive.
  • Restoration of the traditional Player of the Year event as an opportunity for staff, players and fans to come together to celebrate the season.
  • Family days – this has been successful over the last years. Supporters may have ideas for making them even better.

 

QPR1st will also continue to press the club to pay all staff at least the Living Wage  – currently £9.15 in London, and ensure contractors are similarly paid. We raised the issue with Premier League staff in February, and were pleased when PL clubs later agreed to pay directly employed staff from the 2016/17 season. We hope the club will keep to that pledge and also make sure subcontractors pay staff the Living Wage, as set out by the Living Wage Foundation.  QPR1st regrets the fact that it is Chelsea and not QPR that has won praise for adopting the Living Wage for staff and contractors.

Posted in Boardroom, QPR1st

There’s a Hoos in the house

QPR1st Supporters’ Trust welcomes the club’s new chief executive, Lee Hoos.

We have asked for a meeting with Mr Hoos. The club needs to build a new, more open, and trusting relationship with its supporters.  We look forward to meeting Mr Hoos and discussing how we and the club can take this forward.

Posted in Boardroom, QPR1st

Hull City name change stopped

Congratulations to Hull City supporters on their successful campaign to stop the club owners from changing the name of the football club. Well done to the Football Association Council for listening to supporter views and for respecting tradition; by rejecting, for a second time, the proposal to change the club name.

 It is shocking that club owner Assem Allam has reportedly threatened to sell the club should he not get his way. Football clubs have history and are important to communities. A club’s name is an important part of its identity. Changes to a name should not be made without support from that community.

More information at the link below

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/football/hull/hull-city-fa-again-say-no-to-tigers-1-7354435

Posted in Community, QPR1st

Car Giant gets sarcastic

Car Giant’s programme of public presentations on their plans for Old Oak are underway – and they are promising a further wave of public exhibitions and consultation in September and October.

That’s before they submit their application for outline planning permission in December.  They say there will be further consultation in early 2016.

Their current presentation contains a seemingly sarcastic reference to QPR’s bid to build on the site.

They say “With a regeneration area of over 170 acres there are several more appropriate sites which could host a future stadium and we wish QPR well in being able to identify a site which it is actually able to deliver.”

The claim that QPR can’t deliver on Old Oak is definitely giving the club an aggressive poke in the eye. 

The remaining parts of the regeneration area they refer to are in Park Royal. It would be good to hear from the club if this is a realistic option.

Car Giant’s own proposals for the area look good but are very short on detail. They have a cultural area but no information on what would be in it, and they claim they will create an exceptional place; but it is hard to see anything exceptional about it.

However, they are pushing ahead and have given a timescale for their next steps. QPR1st Supporters’ Trust would like the club to follow their example and share their latest ideas.

Car Giant gave reasons for not including a stadium at Old Oak;

“The overriding need at Old Oak common is for homes, jobs and community facilities for local people, especially on land which is so close to the transport infrastructure. As the first major site to come forward, it is also vital that we create the critical mass that forms the new neighbourhood.

“A stadium on our land would take up huge space, significantly reduce the number of homes, jobs and community benefits that could be delivered and all for a use which would lie largely dormant for the vast majority of the year. We own and control our entire 46-acre site and believe that would be quite wrong here.”

No decision on planning applications is expected until well into next year.

Posted in Community, QPR1st

Stan Bowles

Our thoughts are with Stan Bowles and his family following the announcement that he has developed a form of Alzheimer’s.

 Stan is one of few QPR players who are only referred to by their first name, such is the love and respect he is held in at Loftus Road. 

 We welcome reports that the club is in contact with Stan’s family and offering support, and understand that more information on how we can best help in these difficult circumstances will be available in due course.

Posted in Community, QPR1st

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