Stan Bowles

Our thoughts are with Stan Bowles and his family following the announcement that he has developed a form of Alzheimer’s.

 Stan is one of few QPR players who are only referred to by their first name, such is the love and respect he is held in at Loftus Road. 

 We welcome reports that the club is in contact with Stan’s family and offering support, and understand that more information on how we can best help in these difficult circumstances will be available in due course.

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Car Giant hits the accelerator on Old Oak while QPR stalls

Car Giant has received a wave of positive publicity for its proposals for Old Oak in local and Londonwide newspapers, on TV news and in specialist building publications. This has included positive responses from those who will make the planning decisions for Old Oak.

At the same time, the club has been silent on its proposal for a stadium at Old Oak and has not published a meaningful update since November last year.

The TV news coverage reported that QPR turned down a request to be interviewed for the story. The club did not even provide a statement and so the positive coverage for the Car Giant bid was undiluted.

The club website does not record positive publicity in the media for the QPR proposal since September 2014.

We believe that the club should break the silence and share with supporters real information on the latest proposals and options for a new stadium.

We are asking for a meeting with the club’s chief operating officer Mark Donnelly to discuss these issues.

Some of the publicity for the Car Giant scheme includes apparently supportive comments from the local council leader and from the chair of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, which will decide who will develop Old Oak.

In January, the club welcomed the comments by Sir Edward Lister, who is now chair of the Development Corporation. A club statement reported that Lister said that the “Old Oak regeneration should be stadium-led – ‘we would like to see one (a stadium)’.” The club described this as “a significant boost to the club’s hopes of building a new stadium near Loftus Road”.

This week, Lister said on BBC London News; “Do I think a stadium is essential to a redevelopment – no”. 

He also said: “I think there is scope within the Old Oak Common area for QPR to find a suitable site. I think that is perfectly possible and I am sure it will happen over the course of time”.   He seemed to be referring to parts of Old Oak where the land is not owned by Car Giant.

 We would like to know the club response to this comment and what it means for the stadium proposal.

 As we reported earlier this month, more than 3,000 QPR supporters answered the call from the club to send in messages of support for the stadium to the Development Corporation. It is time the club treated supporters as intelligent partners and shared its proposals with us.

Posted in Community, QPR1st

Ruben Gnanalingam becomes co Chairman of QPR

The appointment of a co-chair, Ruben Gnanalingam alongside Tony Fernandes means another change at the top at QPR.

 With the appointment of a new chief executive, Lee Hoos, and co-chairman arrangements, there are big changes off the pitch, while the director of football and new chief coach appointments lead change on the pitch.

Ruben Gnanalingam is not new to the club. With Tony Fernandes and Kamrudin Meranun, he controls just over 66 per cent of shares in QPR. Since the new stadium has been proposed, the three are the sole shareholders of Rangers Development Ltd and its subsidiary, Rangers Stadium Development Ltd.

 We hope the new arrangements will bring success to the club and look forward to meeting the chief executive and chairmen.

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Car Giant revs up its message for Old Oak – club stays silent

Car Giant are next week holding a number of meetings to update some influential people; politicians, community organisations and others, about their latest thinking on their proposals for Old Oak. They will also be telling them about their upcoming programme of public consultation.

Car Giant and QPR are developing rival plans for the redevelopment of Old Oak.

Some of those Car Giant meetings will involve their partners, including London and Regional Properties, a company that claims to have 9bn-worth of developments underway in projects from Park Royal to Panama.

QPR seems to have been less pro-active. We met Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter to discuss the stadium and other QPR issues this week – and although he has been invited to one of the Car Giant events, he has not been updated by QPR.

He did sign the pre-election pledge supporting the club’s proposal to keep the club in Hammersmith – but, like us, has not had an update on the club’s plans for some time.

 This emphasises the urgent need for the club to share information with supporters and supporter organisations so we can play our part in influencing the outcome of decision-making around the new stadium and Old Oak. 

 Car Giant will be holding seven public consultation meetings from 18 June to 4 July.

for further details see link below

Posted in Community, QPR1st

Helping the police with their inquiries

Supporters from a number of London football clubs, including QPR, attended a meeting at New Scotland Yard this week to review the policing of football matches.

The meeting was chaired by the  Acting Commander for Public Order, Colin Morgan and attended by officers from the Met and Transport Police. It was facilitated by the Football Supporters’ Federation.

Commander Morgan was clear that one objective for the police was to reduce the number of officers involved in football.  As a result, management of queues at some tube stations, for example, would be done by stewards rather than police officers – so the police can spend more time dealing with crime.  His view was that stewards were also better at stewarding than cops (his word) were.

He said there were three big issues for the police:

  • bad behaviour at transport interchanges – at London Bridge, for example where the behaviour of rival supporters was unpleasant for other members of the public
  • racist behaviour, which he felt was improving, and
  • flares – he thought it was only a matter of time before someone was injured by a flare thrown at a game.  Flares are, of course, rare at QPR.

A number of issues were raised by supporters.  

On ticket touting, there was discussion about whether more tout-free zones could be created – emulating the regulations around Wembley.  The Transport Police agreed to be more alert at White City where, occasionally, touts have formed a tight cordon round the station entrance.

A London-based Leeds supporter was concerned about the relative ease with which Leeds supporters could get tickets for home areas in some London clubs and the problems this might cause, particularly in relatively small grounds like Loftus Road. QPR1st, LSA and disabled supporters representatives discussed the issue of away supporters in the home areas with club staff last season – and we will confirm to staff that this might be a particular issue for the Leeds game next season.

Videoing supporters was raised. Commander Morgan recognised that police officers sometimes videoed football crowds more than was necessary.  He thought it was reasonable for some videoing to be done to establish a scene, and if there was concern about particular individuals, but that it was sometimes more continuous. He believed too much filming could be counter-productive when it came to keeping the peace. He and other officers said they had on occasion spoken to their own officers to tell them to reduce filming.  They had no control over police officers outside London and could only advise policemen who might come from a club’s home area.  

There was a plea for better communications around issues such as pub closures for some fixtures.  Commander Morgan said closures were generally up to pub landlords as the police rarely asked pubs to close.  In answer to questions about the police dictating the start times for football matches, he said this was also rare, and that the police advice was not always followed in any case.  For next season, the only games on which the Metropolitan Police will give advice on their timing would be those between Arsenal and Spurs.  The police would advise against, for example, a late Saturday kick-off.  

Posted in Community, QPR1st

Old Oak Stadium Development Update

More than 3,300 QPR supporters responded to the call from the club to tell the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation they support a new stadium at Old Oak.

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), established by the Mayor of London, has started work and has taken over planning responsibilities for Old Oak and Park Royal from local authorities. They will be making the decision on whether QPR gets to build a stadium, housing and commercial buildings in the area.

One of the Corporation’s first acts has been to look at a report on a recent consultation on the planning priorities for the regeneration area.  Once these are agreed we expect QPR and Car Giant to submit planning applications – with very different approaches to the first phase of regeneration.

In all 3,414 supporters commented. Most supported the move but 86 opposed it. QPR1st Supporters’ Trust believes the response would have been even greater if the club was more open with supporters and was keeping us all up to date and involved with what is going on.

What is clear from the paper work is that QPR must have sent in a sizeable response to the consultation. The OPDC’s report shows that the club responded under a number of headings; from effects on some roads, through to policy on building height, ensuring local people have access to the canal, and limiting disruption during construction.

The bottom line there is that club has been doing a tremendous amount of planning in recent months, with little consultation with fans, or solid information on the financing and ownership of the proposed stadium.

 A regeneration catalyst?

One of the big issues for the planners is whether the development of Old Oak would benefit from a “regeneration catalyst” – a landmark project that could help give the development a kick-start.

 QPR assert that a new stadium would be an ideal large-scale catalyst.

 Residents who responded supported the delivery of a regeneration catalyst.

 Car Giant, who own most of the land ear-marked for the first phase of development, argue that catalysts for regeneration was being overplayed. It suggests that a range of smaller scale uses and facilities could actually provide better resilience and integration with a predominantly residential and employment led neighbourhood. In addition, Car Giant “alleged that imposing large-scale facilities such as football stadia on the Old Oak area could potentially damage the emerging character of the area and such uses would also reduce the ability of the area to deliver much needed new homes and jobs”.

 Cargiant stated that new homes and jobs would be served by a broad range of ancillary services and facilities such as recreation, arts, leisure, education and health related uses.

Brent and Ealing councils, who have seats on the OPDC board, have asked for further work be undertaken to understand how a large-scale catalyst could be accommodated without compromising open space provision.

One thing is sure. If the planners agree that a catalyst is desirable, then QPR is in the driving seat.  The consultation report showed 12 people supported a “cultural or education use” and the stadium got the vote of 3,336 QPR supporters.

 Open space

 Another area of controversy is how much open space there should be in the development. The three councils – Hammersmith and Fulham, Brent and Ealing – are concerned there is not enough open space proposed in the planning framework. 

 In contrast, QPR asserted in their representations that the quantum of public amenity space shown in the draft masterplan is too large.


 QPR supported the proposed upgrades to Willesden Junction station. QPR also stated that having a high quality public transport offer will be critical in terms of ensuring a “high PT modal share” from development (in normal English that’s ensuring there would be a high percentage of people using public transport, cycling and walking rather than driving).

 In line with that, “QPR agreed that on-site car parking should be carefully controlled to help maximise the extent of sustainable non-car travel. QPR also noted that importance of providing car parking facilities for wheelchair users.”

 QPR also asserted that the delivery of Hythe Road Overground station as early as possible would help with expediting development.


 QPR is keen to get development underway, while Car Giant warns that starting some of the development too early will add to costs, because of the infrastructure that would have to be provided early.

 Car Giant say it would be unlikely that development would start pre-2022. In contrast, QPR asserted that development across the Old Oak area should start as early as possible.


 For further information please visit the OPDC web site

Posted in Boardroom, Community, QPR1st

Listen up football clubs – pay the London Living Wage!

Even though QPR are no longer in the Premiership we still believe that the Club should pay the living wage to all staff including contractors

Reposted London Assembly Press release, see link to original article below

The London Assembly today urged the Mayor to advance the case for the London Living Wage among Premier League football clubs in London.

With several Premier League clubs benefitting from the Mayor’s support in building new or expanding existing stadiums, it is essential he encourages more clubs to pay the London Living Wage to full and part time staff. 

Murad Qureshi AM, who proposed the motion said:

“Low pay is a critical issue for our capital and it’s one that requires urgent attention. Modern London is increasingly being characterised by wage inequality and professional football is a prime example of just how stark wage inequalities can be. It’s great to see more Premier League clubs paying the London Living Wage, but it’s also incredibly disheartening that two-thirds of London clubs have yet to follow suit.

“With several Premier League Clubs benefitting from the Mayor’s support for stadium-led regeneration, it’s now time City Hall used some of its influence to urge clubs to pay the London Living Wage.”

Gareth Bacon AM, who seconded the motion said:

“Premier League clubs are set to benefit hugely from the recently announced £1bn TV rights deal, and it’s only fair that the proceeds are shared by all employees, not just the players. We need to do what we can to boost pay for the lowest earners. I’ll work closely with the Mayor and make sure he uses his influence to make that happen.”

The full motion text reads:

Low pay is an increasingly critical issue in London, with average pay rates continuing to fall in the capital. Office for National Statistics data shows that in 2013, average weekly pay was £613 compared to £700 in real-terms (adjusted for RPI) in 2009.[5] The most recent London Poverty Profile shows the number of jobs paying less than the London Living Wage has also increased sharply since 2007 in both absolute terms (from 420,000 to 600,000) and as a proportion of all jobs in the capital (from 13% to 17%). [6]

Few industries highlight the income disparities that characterise modern London better than the highest levels of professional football. This was highlighted by the London Assembly’s January 2014 motion, which denounced the wage inequality between the highest and lowest earners at Premier League football clubs.  

Since that motion was passed, this Assembly notes the positive decision by some Premier League clubs to pay their staff the London Living Wage. Nevertheless, two-thirds of Premier League clubs in London are currently failing to pay their employees enough to live on in the capital. Whilst star players can earn up to £180,000 per week, some contract staff employed by the same club earn the minimum wage of £6.50 per hour.  

This Assembly therefore welcomes the Premier League’s recent announcement that its clubs will pay the London Living Wage to full-time staff from the start of the 2016-17 season[7]. However, this commitment should be extended to include those employees who work part-time. These employees make up much of the workforce employed by football clubs and are typically amongst their lowest paid. 

The Mayor has supported, and been actively involved in, stadium-led regeneration to create job opportunities and improve facilities for local people. With several Premier League clubs benefiting from the Mayor’s support in building new, or expanding existing, stadiums, it is essential that he urges clubs to pay the London Living Wage. 

Furthermore, this Assembly calls upon the Mayor to use his influence during stadium-led development schemes to advance the case for the London Living Wage and to urge London’s other non-Living Wage employers to pay their workers a fair wage.

Posted in Community, 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

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. 

Posted in Boardroom, QPR1st

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