Every year on 10 September mental health organisations around the world support World Suicide Prevention Day. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented. We are pleased that QPR is supporting this initiative today by promoting The Samaritans and its Real People Real Stories thread. https://www.qpr.co.uk/news/club-news/dont-keep-it-in/
If you, or someone you know is feeling suicidal The Samaritans helpline is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day call 116 123 for free or visit samaritans.org
QPR1st were saddened to hear today the Mike Ferguson has passed away at the age of 76.
Mike played for the R’s between 1969 and 1973 including a period as captain and was inducted into the Forever R’s club last season. He is fondly remembered by supporters who saw him in the Hoops. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
QPR1st wishes to offer sympathy to the fans and employees of Bury Football Club. As a Supporters Trust we are part of a national movement that believes that Football clubs should be recognised and protected as vital community assets.
Unfortunately as we know from QPR’s own history, clubs are too often treated as commodities to be exploited by speculators who prove themselves to be incompetent, unscrupulous or both. It is difficult to think of any British industry that impacts on the lives of so many and yet is so badly regulated and governed.
The expulsion of Bury and the ongoing decline of grassroots football in this country whilst obscene sums of money are being splashed about and pocketed in the premier league provides a undeniable case for radical reform. If the football league does not have the will or authority to achieve this then the only solution is Government intervention.
We would like to congratulate Chris Ramsey who was awarded and MBE in the Queens honours list.
There is a video interview with Chris on the Club website
We are saddened and shocked to hear of the passing of Justin Edinburgh, aged 49.
Our condolences and thoughts go out to his family and friends as well as everyone that worked alongside Justin at Orient.
One Orient supporter said: “It is hard to explain how much this man lifted our club when it was on its last legs . He made supporting the Os seem like fun again and we all fell back in love with the club.”
Edinburgh led Orient’s promotion back to the Football League in May, less than two years since he became manager at Brisbane Road.
The Football Supporters Federation is asking London football supporters for their views on policing and stewarding. Views gathered will inform the work of a newly established Independent Advisory Group working with the police on football issues in London. The Group includes representatives of supporters’ trusts, including QPR1st. Please fill in the survey, and also let us know if there are issues you would like to be raised with the police or the club on policing and stewarding. The survey link is below:
Less than a year ago, in May 2018, we thanked Ian Holloway for all his hard work as he was replaced as QPR manager. We said “Supporters have a range of views of his recent time as manager ; but he was tasked with the job of keeping the club in the Championship with a team in transition, and he achieved this. He had to keep the show on the road in an environment where the wage bill had to be cut and experienced players would leave the club.”
Although Steve McClaren does not have the same great history with QPR As Ian Holloway, we could make a similar statement today. We also thank Steve McClaren for doing his best in difficult circumstances.
We hope his successor will be chosen after a clear process, and given clear objectives. The board needs to stop selecting names from England’s footballing past who have no track record in managing in a difficult financial environment such as QPR today faces. We want a manager capable of creating a committed, well-organised team, making the best of the resources we have. We want that manager to be given the time to develop an entertaining, committed QPR style, good enough to keep us in this league and to build on for the future.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council has launched a survey on the future of the Linford Christie stadium – which could include a new stadium for QPR if there is local support for a major redevelopment of the site.
The survey is very short and asks for views on three options for the stadium – do nothing, a modest improvement, and redevelopment of the site. If QPR are to keep alive the hope of moving to a new stadium then support for the major redevelopment will be important.
This survey does not deal with the detail of a major redevelopment – a 45,000 stadium is just one idea produced by consultants working for the council and not by the club. Support for the principle of major development would mean more detailed options would be drawn up.
It will be inevitable that the council will regard comments from users of Linford Christie Stadium and from people who live nearby as the most important, but it is also important that the voices of QPR supporters are heard, whether they live locally or not. A stadium for the club at the Linford Christie could be good for the club, and benefit the community with community-focused projects based there, including the work of the QPR in the Community Trust.
The council survey is here: https://lbhf.citizenspace.com/growth-and-place/linford-christie/
Too many games have their dates changed to suit the TV companies. The Football Supporters Federation is supporting a petition started by Tooting MP Rosena Allin-Khan calling for a scheme to ensure supporters would not have to pay more for train tickets if their fixture was changed.
That sounds like a good initiative . you can support the initiative by signing the petition at the link below:
It is with sadness that we learned today that Matthew Brazier passed away yesterday following a battle against Non-Hodgkin Follicular Lymphoma.
Matthew made 49 appearances for QPR between 1994 and 1998 before moving on to Fulham, Cardiff City and finally Leyton Orient. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.