Come on you Rs

The new season is underway and we will be cheering on Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and all our playing squad.  We look forward to some great wins, and great performances.

We also know it’s a difficult league and we have a mix of experienced players and others with potential, in a club which is, sensibly, trying to live within its means.  All we ask of the players and team management is that they work hard and do the best they can for the hoops, in preparation and from kick-off to the final whistle.  It will be a long season and we hope all QPR supporters will get behind the team throughout the season.

Posted in All News, Boardroom

QPR1st welcome show of support by club for our Polish community

The club have invited representatives from our local Polish community to attend the first match of the season, following the Polish community centre being daubed with graffiti after the Brexit vote. We fully support this gesture and QPR’s public commitment to challenging racism.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/staff-at-polish-centre-hit-by-racist-graffiti-attack-invited-to-qpr-game-a3312091.html

Posted in Community

Support for former players?

QPR1st Supporters’ Trust welcomes the Club’s announcement of the Forever R’s Club for former players and the first meeting of “Former Players Committee”. This is something that has been long advocated by fans.

QPR1st will welcome hearing whether there are any plans to expand the committee to include additional former players, including those not directly employed by QPR, and perhaps additional fans as well.

This is a start, but we urge the football club to consider how support might be provided to former players who may have served the club well but are facing hardship.

The minutes of the players’ committee state that “this would not be a Club that would provide funds to Former Players who may be ill or experiencing financial hardship. The PFA perform this role for its members”.

Other clubs have adopted a more flexible approach. Reading FC Former Players’ Association links with 200 former players and provides help “including, but not limited to, social and welfare support”.

Everton created a registered charity; The Everton Former Player’s Association. This raises funds at matches, through raffles and special events. According to the charity, money raised goes “towards the medical assistance and other requirements of former Everton players who did not have the luxury of today’s inflated wages. Some players bear the physical scars of giving their all in the Royal Blue jersey, and the Foundation contributes where it can towards medical assistance that improves the lives of these heroes of days gone by.”

We urge the club to look at creative solutions that could provide support to former QPR players where there is genuine need.

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Planning permission at Old Oak a small first step to a new stadium?

QPR has had a plan for more than 600 homes as well as offices at Old Oak approved. This is the first significant decision made by the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation – the body that will decide whether the club will be able to build a new stadium in the Old Oak area.

The new development is called Oaklands, and is being developed by the club and its partner, the Genesis housing association, on a plot of land at Old Oak.  As well as housing, the development will include a new road. This could later become a vital link road into the development area north of the canal and close to Willesden Junction station.

That road, and other pockets of land owned by QPR could prove to be important in future decision-making on proposals for Old Oak.  The club has said that it needs to have interests in housing at Old Oak as part of its plans to raise finance for a new stadium.

QPR1st Supporters Trust believes this planning permission is good news for all those who would like to see a new stadium.  It is good to see evidence of the club working positively with the planning authority for Old Oak; and showing it can deliver on housing and projects than benefit the community.

The story of QPR’s successful planning application was covered in the Standard last night:

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/qpr-housing-development-victory-raises-hope-for-new-stadium-a3295616.html

Car Giant, who had said they would submit a planning application for their plans in December last year, have embarked on a fourth round of consultation on their plans for land thy own at Old Oak.

The new mayor of London is currently reviewing the work of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, and is expected to make new appointments to its board later in the year.

 

Posted in All News

John O’Rourke R.I.P

QPR1st Supporters’ Trust mourns the loss of former QPR forward John O’Rourke, who has died at age 71 from cancer. QPR1st extends our very deepest condolences to his family

   O’Rourke joined QPR from Coventry in late 1971 for 65,000 pounds; signed by Gordon Jago to boost QPR’s promotion push and to assist Rodney Marsh with the goalscoring needs.

   For a variety of reasons, including injuries, O’Rourke didn’t quite accomplish those goals; but in his time at QPR, he still managed to score an average of  one goal every three games. After Marsh’s March 1972 move to Manchester City O’Rourke was a regular for the rest of the season. O’Rourke started the 1972-73 (Promotion) season with few crucial goals (playing alongside Don Givens). Then QPR signed Stan Bowles; O’Rourke got injured and was kept out for team  by the brilliant forward line of Bowles, Givens and Thomas.  O’Rourke subsequently moved on to Bournemouth where he finished his football league career.

  O’Rourke came close to being a QPR player a few years earlier than he did. In early 1968, Alec Stock had almost brought  O’Rourke to QPR from Middlesbrough to bolster our First Division promotion push. Unfortunately Club and Player couldn’t agree terms, so O’Rourke instead joined Ipswich (who were promoted with QPR that season.) 

(Ironically, QPR then signed Frank Clarke from Shrewsbury and a couple of years later, when O’Rourke went from Ipswich to Coventry; Clarke joined Ipswich from QPR)

Starting as a Youth with Arsenal and Chelsea, O’Rourke’s finest years were as a prolific goalscorer at Luton Town in the early 1960s  with some 64 Goals in 84 Games; and then at Middlesbrough 38 goals in 64 games where he was capped for the England U-23 Team. O’Rourke then went on to score 30 goals in 69 games at Ipswich. 17 goals in 54 games  at Coventry before coming to QPR.

RIP: John O’Rourke

Posted in Community, Media

QPR1st AGM

All paid up members of QPR1st are invited to the AGM of QPR1st on Thursday 19th May at 7.30pm.

This will be held at The Pavilion pub, Pavilion Road Wood Lane W12.

Posted in Community, QPR1st

Justice for the victims of Hillsborough

At last there is truth for the relatives of those who died at Hillsborough; now there is a need for justice.

Respect goes to those who have campaigned on this issue for so many years, and our thoughts are with the relatives and friends of those who died that day.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/apr/27/hillsborough-public-interest-prosecuting-police-overwhelming-lord-macdonald

Posted in Community

Olympic stadium deal revealed

Great news that the terms of the deal that has given West Ham the use of the Olympic Stadium has today been made public – after a long campaign by 14 Supporter Trusts, including QPR1st. 

More here: https://oscoalition.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/olympic-stadium-agreement-released/

Posted in Community, QPR1st

Olympic Stadium deal must be made public

The London Legacy Development Corporation has failed in its latest bid to keep secret the deal it made with West Ham to give it the use of the Olympic Stadium. There can be no excuses for secrecy on how taxpayers’ money has been used, and on whether the deal means the taxpayer is giving West Ham an unfair financial advantage over other clubs.  QPR1st Supporters Trust is proud to be part of the campaign calling for openness on this issue

https://oscoalition.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/lldc-appeal-rejected-in-full-full-publication-ordered/

Posted in Community, QPR1st

Statement on Stadium Meeting

QPR1st Supporters’ Trust representatives were pleased to have the opportunity to discuss the proposals for the new stadium with the Alan Sendorek, Head of Strategy, QPR Property.

The meeting was a positive step forward in establishing effective dialogue between the club and the supporters’ trust. 

Club CEO Lee Hoos has said there has been a great deal of work going on in relation to proposals for the new stadium. Alan was able to say something about what that work involves.  As well as discussions with the planning authorities, this includes working with education projects and talking to the NHS, among others on how the new stadium could make a real difference to local people. That could mean facilities to support local health services, educational facilities and a wide range of other projects to support local people. 

The club has been looking at, and learning from, how some other football clubs in this country and elsewhere – from Preston North End to Ajax – have been developing ambitious and innovative initiatives, particularly in health and education, to make sure they are a valued part of the community. Working with the community to provide new multifunctional stadium with community and educational facilities would also allow the QPR in the Community Trust to
do even more.  

We strongly support an approach in the club to win over residents in the neighbouring area and the planners by describing how facilities in the new stadium will build on QPR in the Community’s proven track record in delivering on community projects. We think their ideas on community development are important and we would welcome further dialogue with the Club on this matter.

It was made clear to us that it would be a football stadium – not a compromise entertainment venue – but that it would be multifunctional in offering a range of provision for the community.

Separately, it has become clear that there are significant problems for the overall Old Oak regeneration project, as raised by architect Terry Farrell in the Evening Standard: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/old-oak-common-regeneration-scheme-risks-being-londons-worst-cockup-in-50-years-a3194581.html

The problems he raises are with the area to the south of where Car Giant wants to develop and where the club hopes to build the stadium, but they affect vital  road links in to that area.  It will be down to the new Mayor of London, to be elected on 5 May, to get the project moving; otherwise progress may be very slow. Both leading candidates have been briefed by the club.

The question of stadium ownership remains an issue and we will continue to press the club for a statement making it clear that this will be the QPR stadium, and the club will not be a mere tenant in a stadium owned by others.

We do not want the club to be a mere tenant in a stadium, and we want this issue to be clarified.  But we also believe a well-managed football stadium, providing services for the local community could be something we could all be proud of.

Both Car Giant and QPR have important land holdings in the regeneration area and the planners and politicians who will make the decisions on what will go on to that land are still there to be influenced.  

We support the club is asking supporters to make their support known to the Old Oak regeneration planners. They explain how here http://www.qpr.co.uk/news/article/qpr-new-stadium-support-form-3000872.aspx 

Those who have already filled in this form are also being asked by the club to send individual comments to the planners on how a QPR stadium can benefit the area. We think their ideas on community development are an important part of this.

Posted in Community, QPR1st

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