Proposal for 38th game abroad

QPR1st Supporters’ Trust is concerned at the emergence of proposals for each Premier League teams to play one of its league fixtures abroad. It has been widely reported that the Premier League is considering this proposal.

Several years ago it a proposal that an additional game would be played abroad was put forward and then dropped, but the suggestion now is that the “foreign” fixture would be part of the 38 game regular season.

Such a proposal should not be considered without taking into account the views of the supporters who loyally go to games week in, week out, during the season.

Such a proposal may be useful to the Premier League in marketing itself world-wide, but is not in the interests of the league as a competitive sport.

The proposal would mean half the teams in the league would lose a home game, and would therefore be put at a disadvantage.  In each club either travelling supporters – who add so much to the atmosphere of a game – or home season ticket holders will be deprived of a game.  For some teams the ‘missing’ game will be one of their most attractive fixtures.  Potentially local derbies could take place in another country and a different time zone.

The tradition for English football clubs is that they are rooted in their local community. This proposal flies in the face of this.

The Trust will be working closely with other Club trusts and fan bodies in a coordinated response to these proposals.

 

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London Assembly New Stadium Survey

The London Assembly are running an online survey on the impact of new stadium developments in the London area.

“The London Assembly Regeneration Committee is investigating the impact that a new or redeveloped stadium can have on the local area.

They are interested in whether new stadiums help to improve neighbourhoods and if local communities are consulted during planning or development.

If you live or work in an area where a new football stadium has been built or is planned, we would love to hear from you. Complete our 3 minute survey and you could win £100!”

The Link to the survey is

http://talklondon.london.gov.uk/content/impact-new-stadium

You need to register or already have an account to take part. QPR1st encourages QPR supporters who live in the London area to take part.

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A record transfer window spend but what about supporters?

The statement below was released recently by the supporters trusts mentioned below via Supporters Direct. Although QPR1st have had no input into the statement we publish it here as we support generally the points made and will be taking up the issue of how QPR will be spending the £200,00 set aside for initiatives with club reps.

A record spend but what about supporters?

Joint statement from Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Aston Villa Supporter Trusts:

Pop open the champagne corks. Ring the Guinness Book of Records. It’s another record breaking achievement for the Premier League. No wonder it’s celebrated with such fervour. £835 million spent in a single transfer window. Doesn’t it leave with you with a warm, fuzzy feeling inside?

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New stadium consultation meeting

QPR1st Supporters’ Trust, welcomed the club’s decision to hold a meeting on Wednesday (3 September) with supporter groups and websites to discuss progress towards moving to a new stadium.

 We welcome the club sharing information with supporters and that the club is holding consultation meetings over the next few weeks at Loftus Road, Acton and Kensal Rise.

We hope the club takes note of and acts on comments coming from supporters, local residents and businesses – including those at Wednesday’s meeting to name streets around the stadium after former QPR players and managers.

 The club expects to submit a planning application for the Old Oak area, covering housing, space for businesses and a stadium next year.

 We look forward to further, more detailed updates on the proposals and greater involvement for supporters and supporter groups. Supporters need to be more fully involved in developing the plans and given more information on the on proposals if they are to effectively support the club in achieving a new QPR stadium.

 Supporters also want clear and unequivocal assurances that the stadium will be directly owned by the club, rather than any arrangement that sees, for example, the current major shareholders establishing separable companies for the club, and for property including the stadium. We believe that any arrangement regarding ownership of the stadium needs to be based on the best interests of Queens Park Rangers Football Club in being the stadium’s primary occupant for years to come.

 We strongly encourage all fans to visit the website www.new-queens-park.co.uk to find out how they can become involved in the consultation process. It is essential that fans take this opportunity to ensure that their views and opinions are clearly stated and acted upon.

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New ground proposals and Car Giant

QPR1st, the supporters’ trust, asked for a meeting with the club to discuss the new stadium project and to see if supporters can help the club to make progress and a meeting with supporter groups is now expected.

 The Trust is concerned that there have been conflicting reports on progress for the project, including media reports that suggest there are problems with the new stadium project and that a move within the club’s traditional home of Hammersmith and Fulham may be in doubt.

The Trust was approached by Mr Mendes of Car Giant to discuss its position in relation to the proposals and a meeting has taken place this Wednesday between QPR1st reps and Mr Mendes. Car Giant is a major landowner in the Old Oak area where the new stadium is proposed.

 The trust looks forward to meeting the club to see what can be done to help make progress towards a new stadium for QPR.

 

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Warren Farm and Tony Fernandes recent quotes

 

We have noted with interest and also some concern the comments attributed to QPR chairman Tony Fernandes regarding the proposed development of Warren Farm and the possibility of scrapping tis development and instead further improving the existing facilities at Harlington.

When plans for the development of training facilities at Warren Farm were put forward they included not only first class training and coaching facilities but also significant benefits to the local community in terms of improved sporting facilities.  We would be disappointed if delays in the development caused by what appears to be a relatively small local opposition caused the development of Warren Farm to be cancelled and it would perhaps not send out a positive signal to potential partners looking to work with QPR on future large-scale projects.

Of course it is only sensible for an organisation to have alternatives and contingency plans and if Warren Farm is eventually legally blocked then an alternative solution must be found but bearing in mind the work that has been put in so far and the long term benefits for the football club (deemed essential in past statements by the club)  and the local community we would hope that every avenue is pursued and some patience applied in order to make the move to Warren Farm a reality.

We look forward to an official statement from the club outlining its current position in relation to Warren Farm

 

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In Tony We Trust

As QPR fans get over their hangovers, their thoughts will perhaps now start to turn to how much promotion could put them out of pocket- and we are not talking about any huge Credit Card bill run up during Saturday’s Celebrations.

 

The last time we were promoted to the premiership, the sense of euphoria quickly evaporated when a huge ticket price increase was announced and Amit Bhatia felt compelled to resign.

 

Our situation now feels very different. We are sure that the Club appreciate that those fans who continued to buy season tickets after relegation deserve recognition and reward. It was the 12th man who kept the squad going through this challenging season.

 

We hope the Board will not rule out following Burnley’s example of a price freeze for current Season Ticket Holders or at the very least only a modest rise. This is an essential step to keeping the feel good momentum going to help us progress in the Premier League.

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Congratulations QPR

QPR 1st Supporters’ Trust  congratulates the team on an extraordinary success at Wembley, taking us back to the Premier League. We are delighted with the determination of the players on the the pitch, the great performance by supporters, the work of the manager and back-room staff and the commitment of enthusiasm of club chairman Tony Fernandes, Amit Bhatia, and the rest of the Board.  All this came together to get us back to the Premier League.

We look forward to a genuine partnership between the club and supporters to make us a strong long-term member of the Premier League. Our hope now is that the club will be able to thrive in the Premier League with lessons learned from our last two seasons.

Derby players and their supporters were sporting opponents who contributed to one of English football’s great occasion. We wish them well in the future.

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Petition against creation of B teams league

QPR 1st Supporters’ Trust is urging support for a petition that has been launched against the proposal for the creation of a B teams league, detailed in Greg Dykes’ report for the Football Association.

The proposal of the FA Commission led by FA Chairman Greg Dyke, would break up the English league system. It could benefit the most powerful clubs but would potentially damage other clubs and their ability to recruit and develop talented players.

The proposal was drawn up without the involvement of supporters and without consultation with Supporters Direct or the Football Supporters Federation despite their combined membership of one million.

The resulting #NoToLeague3 campaign came from the grassroots and nearly 30,000 supporters have signed its on-line petition in a matter of days.

And please sign and share the petition: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/football-association-say-no-to-b-teams

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Supporters Summit – have your voices heard

MP leading Football Governance reform campaign in Westminster calls on fans to get involved on July 26th

Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe, and the man responsible for the cross party supported Football Governance Bill has come out strongly in favour of Supporters Direct and the FSF’s call for proper consultation with supporters about the future of our national game, and urged fans to attend the Supporters Summit on the 26th July.

His Bill is designed to tackle some of the issues long campaigned on by SD and the FSF, including the most recent Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee reports – the fifth report in forty years demanding big changes to the way the game is run in England.

Much of the recent focus has been on the widely panned proposals for B-Teams and ‘Strategic Loan Partnerships’. The deeply unpopular ideas were tabled by Greg Dyke’s FA Commission on the ‘Future of the England team’, with the response summed up in grassroots #SayNoToLeague3 campaign.

Despite Dyke’s Commission claiming to have ‘engaged widely with football’s stakeholders’, SD only had their submission acknowledged days after the report had been published, the FSF merely had their submission ‘acknowledged’, and neither were invited to give evidence formally to the Commission. This is despite both representing a combined membership/activist base of some one million fans, members of supporters’ trusts and other supporters’ organisations.

More recently, the way that important decisions are being made across Leagues and governing bodies has moved into sharp focus, particularly in recent days.

In his message, Collins said:

“Football is nothing without the fans and any reform of the sport must include consultation with supporters including representative bodies such as Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters’ Federation. I would urge fans to attend the upcoming SD/FSF Summit and have their voices heard.”

Robin Osterley, Chief Executive of SD, commented:

“We welcome Damian’s work on the running of the game, which is a continuation of the work done by John Whittingdale’s Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. Fans need to unite on the big issues, along with our other allies in the game – at grassroots, in non-league, and across football. So many of us share a desire to see the way the game is run changed to benefit the fans and all those who care about it, and not just a privileged elite. We urge you to seize the opportunity on the 26th July, and help us to create a real manifesto for change that we can all campaign on together.”

Five things you can do

1. You can sign up for the Supporters Summit via a specially dedicated website: www.supporterssummitt.co.uk

2. You can watch a video about Damian’s Bill via his You Tube Channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T8QonHpu9s  and ask for your MP to support it via www.writetothem.com

3. You can sign and share the #SayNoToLeague3 petition via: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/football-association-say-no-to-b-teams

4. You can read SD’s submission to the Dyke Commission www.supporters-direct.org/homepage/research/policy/response-to-the-fa-chairmans-commission

5. You can read the FSF’s submission to the Dyke Commission www.fsf.org.uk/assets/Downloads/Misc/2014/England-Commission-FSF-evidence.pdf

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