QPR 1st Supporters’ Trust echoes the voices of all QPR supporters in wishing Mark Bircham all the best for the future and thanking him for his hard work at the club. His departure from the club has been announced.
A supporter of QPR “through and through” Marc has has served the club as a player; giving 100 per cent on the pitch. And, whether as youth coach or as part of the first-team coaching staff he gives 100% pitch side and on the training ground too.
We are pleased the club offered him a position – helping to bring young players through from the academy to the first team – but we absolutely respect his desire to move on in order to continue working at first team level.
We love you Bircham!
Members of supporters’ trusts for QPR, Brentford, Fulham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man U were at Loftus Road to hear the shadow sports minister announce Labour’s support for safe standing to be allowed in Premier League and Championship grounds.
Also at the launch was 17-year-old Owen Riches, the Ipswich fan who started a petition in favour of safe-standing. This gained 112,000 signatures and means the issue will be debated in parliament later this month. Local Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter also spoke.
We hope all parties, and of course, the government, join in allowing clubs to give football supporters the choice of sitting or standing safely.
And well done to the club for hosting the launch.
Message from the Football Supporters Federation
Safe standing was in the news again this morning as the Premier League claimed that only 5% of fans want to stand and actually use a dedicated standing area for 90 minutes – apparently backing the Sports Minister’s claims about the safe standing campaign being a “vocal minority”. Their claims were immediately challenged by supporters across the country and those in the Football League, such as Brentford FC, who sell out their standing accommodation week in, week out.
Since the minister’s decision to block a safe standing pilot at the Hawthorns last week, momentum has gathered behind Owen Riches’s safe standing petition on the Government’s official petition page – surpassing 70,000 signatures at the time of writing.
Now we’re urging all of our affiliates across the divisions to back the petition and share it among their memberships. It takes 30 seconds to fill in and sharing it across your social media and other networks could help it reach that all-important 100,000 mark.
If you support Safe Standing please sign and share the petition at the link below
Our thoughts are with the relatives and family of Ray Wilkins whose death was announced today. He made a special contribution to our club, making 213 appearances as a player and, of course served as manager too.
He was a key part of one of our most successful teams and will live long in the memories of QPR supporters.
The next QPR Supporters Consultation Committee meeting is scheduled to take place w/c 29/01/2018 . Representatives from QPR1st will be attending. if you have any issues that you would like to be raised during the meeting please let us know via email@example.com by Friday 26/01/2018.
The Metropolitan Police’s football unit is meeting with representatives of football trusts on Thursday evening. QPR1st will be represented. On the agenda are discussions on anti-terrorism arrangements and on child protection.
Are you aware of any policing issues you would like us to raise? If so, let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org
QPR1st has been supporting the Olympic Stadium Campaign, made up of football supporter organisations, calling for openness on the deal that saw taxpayers money supporting West Ham at the former Olympic stadium. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has now said he will take control of the London Stadium in order to “renegotiate deals” and “minimise ongoing losses”.
The campaign has released this statement today:
Huge credit must go to the 14 organisations that have made up this campaign, and continued to work on it whilst the story disappeared from the headlines.
This doesn’t mark the end of the campaign, but it does finally place in the public domain, the recognition of one of our central arguments.
Our condolences goes to the family and friends of young QPR supporter Jason Issacs who died on Tuesday following an unprovoked knife attack by a group on mopeds in Northolt last Saturday.
The Metropolitan Police has announced a £20,000 reward for information that leads to the identification, arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the killing.
Our sympathy goes to the family and friends of former QPR defender and assistant manager Allan Harris who has died, aged 74.
As a player Allan came to QPR in 1967 and was a member of the 67-68 side that won promotion to the First Division for the first time in the club’s history.
Harris played more than 90 games for the club before transferring to Plymouth Argyle and later Cambridge.
After his playing days he returned to QPR for more success with the club as assistant manager to Terry Venables, helping the team win promotion to the First Division and to reach an FA Cup Final.