A “must read” for anyone who cares about QPR

The link below is to comprehensive analysis of the astonishing financial “management” of QPR in recent years.

Although we are told repeatedly that lessons have been learnt, QPR1st Supporters’ Trust believes the club needs to be honest and open with supporters on how it plans to get the club on to a stable financial footing, and on issues such as how the proposed new stadium will be funded.

 We hope the new chief executive, Lee Hoos, will communicate with supporters and will be able to bring clarity to the club. We look forward to meeting him.

http://swissramble.blogspot.ch/2015/05/queens-park-rangers-do-you-believe-in.html 

Posted in Boardroom, QPR1st

Andy King R.I.P

QPR 1st Supporters Trust notes the sudden passing of Andy King. A midfielder who made his name at Everton, Andy Joined QPR in 1980 playing 30 times and scoring 9 goals. Over his career Andy had an excellent midfield goal to game ratio of about one goal every four games. 

Andy’s main claim to fame at QPR is that he was the first person to score a goal on the Omniturf pitch in 1981 against Luton.

Andy left the club in 1981 to join West Bromwich Albion to get more first team football. 

QPR 1st Supporters Trust sends its condolences and best wishes to Andy’s family.

Posted in Community, QPR1st

Season Ticket Prices

QPR1st welcome the Club announcement that the price of season tickets have been frozen from the last time QPR competed in the Championship. The rise in the age of supporters who qualify for junior season tickets is also appreciated.

 This was a wise decision by the Club and we hope represent a renewed commitment by the Club to connect with and respect its fan base

Posted in All News, Boardroom, QPR1st

R’Story now available via Video on Demand

R’Story: The Story of Queens Park Rangers Football Club is now available on Video-On-Demand via the project’s website www.storyofqpr.co.uk

 An updated version of the film (52mins) will be available to rent for a limited time to precede its DVD release in Summer.

 R’Story captures the highs, the lows and the silver linings of the QPR journey through a series of  visuals, hitherto unseen archive and captivating interviews with “Sir Les” Ferdinand, Rodney Marsh, Joey Barton, Mark Lazarus and Kevin Gallen to name a few. But this is not only the club speaking – it’s a film by the fans, for the fans.

QPR1st supporters’ trust was among the organisations providing financial support to the project.

 Audiences are invited to examine not just the fascinating rise (and fall, and rise again!) of QPR, but also to look at a wider story of celebrity culture, race relations, tribalism and belonging.  These are all explored through the prism of football. The film climaxes at last year’s Wembley Play-off final.

The film has sold out in venues such as Bush Theatre and the Lexi Cinema and had steady audience attending local cinemas such as Gate Picture House, Tricycle Theatre and Watermans since its launch VIP film premiere at Westfield in February.

 Richard Williams in his Guardian column “QPR fans’ big screen venture shows bigwigs what really makes a club” said:

Now the fans are getting their own time on the screen in a film called R’Story, which paints a portrait of the club’s modern existence largely from the fans’ perspective. In doing so it reminds us that even at a time when clubs throughout English football are having their traditions and stability undermined by changes of ownership, certain things remain constant – and they are mostly to be found passing through the turnstiles.

The most powerful words in R’Story come from Robert Elms, the radio presenter and a lifelong QPR supporter. A long time ago, Elms says, he realised that when you give your allegiance to a club, what you are really supporting is your fellow supporters.”

 The Octavia Foundation and the QPR in the Community Trust partnered in the creation of the film project which has additionally had the social benefit of helping 37 disadvantaged, unemployed young people to gain valuable skills to help them get into work and education. 

Max Robson, who was given paid work on the project and one of the film’s young directors was also interviewed for London Live.

 To access the film online go to www.storyofQPR.co.uk       

Posted in Community, QPR1st

QPR supporters deserve a fair deal on ticket prices next year

Last weekend, before the Newcastle game, QPR supporters were represented alongside fans from Everton, West Ham, Hull, Newcastle and Spurs, all playing that day on London, to back the Football Supporters’ Federation campaign to reduce Premier League ticket prices (and have a swift pint).

 Now, with the last game of the season gone, QPR supporters are still waiting to see if the club will reduce ticket prices significantly for the new season in the Championship.  The dedication of QPR supporters throughout this season should be recognised by a decent reduction in ticket prices.

Posted in Community, QPR1st

QPR1st Welcomes new CEO Lee Hoos

The appointment of Lee Hoos as chief executive for QPR has been welcomed by QPR1st Supporters’ Trust. 

It has been announced that Lee Hoos will be taking up the post at QPR later in the summer. 

The Trust looks forward to meeting Lee Hoos and believe his appointment gives the club an opportunity to reconnect with its supporters.

The club is in need of a CEO who is capable of improving the club’s infrastructure, ensuring the proposed training ground moves forward and that there is progress towards a new stadium  – and of talking to and listening to supporters.

We believe it is possible to build a real partnership between the club and its supporters.  Lee Hoos has an opportunity to make a real difference and ensure our club moves forward through realistic, planned sustainable development.

We note that Mr Hoos has a track record of good communication with supporters at clubs he has previously worked for including Burnley and we look forward to meeting him in the coming months.

 

Posted in Boardroom, Media, QPR1st

Good Luck Chris Ramsey

QPR1st Supporters’ Trust wishes Chris Ramsey well as the newly appointed chief coach.

Chris and the Director of Football Les Ferdinand face a big job in rebuilding the squad over the coming year.  We hope they will be given the support they need to do that job – ensuring we get the systems in place to recruit young and up and coming players and bring youngsters through from our youth development work; and to get the best from the whole squad.

A lot of work needs to be done but we hope this is step towards a sustainable squad building system for our club, rather than continually reaching for “big names”. 

Posted in All News, Community, QPR1st

The Story of QPR -Opportunity for QPR fans aged 16 – 25

The Story of QPR Project invites 16 – 25 year olds to join us at Loftus Road Stadium next week (26th – 29th May) for 4 days of digital magazine training and activities.

Volunteers will take part in training workshops with a range of professionals, including the QPR Press Team, a top branding agency, graphic designer, researcher and more, and will have the opportunity to create their own piece which will be included in a digital magazine documenting the heritage of the club and the area.

Whether they want to write an article or a poem, create a piece of artwork, edit the layout of the publication, or something else, they can get involved and join the team. Contact The Octavia Foundation on 0208 3545675 or email QPRfilm@octaviafoundation.org.uk

Click to view Brochure

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Back where we started minus the odd 200M

QPR’s relegation from the Premier League is very disappointing – but not surprising. 

The Trust believes the club needs to get the basics right if it is to ever see sustained success – and is asking for a meeting with club chairman Tony Fernandes to talk about the future.

We thank all those at the club – on the pitch and off – who have worked hard to keep us in the Premier League. But, we have just not been good enough.

The Trust believes the club needs a coherent plan for its development.  We would like to meet with the chairman, Tony Fernandes to find out what his plans are.

Supporters want to know what is going on at our club. Supporters have passionately and loyally followed the team throughout this season – and deserve more than tweets from the chairman and brief statements on the club website.

We have been relegated for the second time in three years. The playing squad needs radical rebuilding. Will we have the team management in place that can do that?

At the same time the club is in debt; we may face Financial Fair Play sanctions; and the club is without a chief executive or permanent chief coach. The promised training ground seems to have made little progress and the club has gone silent on the proposed new stadium.

On top of that supporters still have had no indication of season ticket prices for next year when in years past many have already renewed by now for the following season.

It is not unreasonable for supporters to ask “what is going on”. Yet, there has been no fans’ forum this year – an opportunity for supporters to put questions to the club. A meeting of senior board members with supporter organisations is long overdue.

 Our view of getting the basics right includes:

A coherent financial plan; so the club avoids future penalties and managers are clear about the money they have to spend – not the boom and bust we have seen in recent years

A system and the right people in place to strengthen the team – developing young players and feeding them into the first team, and effective scouting and selection  of up and coming players to join the club

Developing a style of play, a philosophy – something that clubs like Swansea and Southampton have done successfully; a consistent approach that allows players and coaches to build team spirit, strength in depth, and sustainable success on the pitch

Involving supporters – the club’s greatest asset.

Posted in All News, QPR1st

Improving stewarding at Loftus Road

Representatives of QPR1st, the Loyal Supporters Association (LSA) and disabled supporters recently met with club operations manager Jenny Winstanley and safety officer Jim McNeil to talk about issues including stewarding at Loftus Road.

It was a good meeting with the two club representatives being very open about the challenges of improving stewarding at the stadium; while at the same time we recognise the general standard of stewarding is better than it was several years ago.

 One issue raised by supporters was recent publicity around an incident where supporters were badly treated by stewards. The case was taken up by the Football Supporters Federation, to which QPR1st is affiliated.

 The incident took place several years ago and Jenny and Jim said that stewarding company was no longer providing stewards at QPR. The club now has a different stewarding company.

 At the end of each season they review how the stewarding company has performed. They have a detailed view on how stewards are operating in each part of the ground and are able to ask for improvements where they are needed. 

 If you have any issue with actions by stewards, let the club know, or tell us and we will pass them to these two officers for action.

Posted in All News, Community

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