FA Rejects Hull City name change

QPR1st Supporters’ Trust has welcomed the news that the FA Council has rejected the application to change the name of Hull city Football Club to Hull Tigers.

This is a victory against capricious club owners who fail to respect the traditions of the clubs they own.

We also welcome the fact that the FA took notice of supporter organisations.  QPR1st was among many organisations to ask the FA to reject this proposal, during a consultation held by the FA at the beginning of the year.

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QPR1st marks 13th Birthday

Today marks the Thirteenth anniversary of the existence of QPR1st, which was founded back on April 4th 2001 in the aftermath of the Club announcing that it was entering administration.

Take a trip down memory lane and read up on the report from the initial meeting that took place at Hammersmith Town Hall.

In the meantime, why not give us a like on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You Rs!

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We want you to have a say on the new stadium – draft survey published

QPR 1st Supporters’ Trust has drawn up a first draft of a comprehensive survey to ask fans what they want to see in the club’s planned new stadium.

The Trust is asking for comments from supporters before the survey is finalised.

Trust chair Stephen Dedridge said: “If the club are to get the new stadium right, then it is vital that those who will be using it – the supporters – get a say on its design and facilities.”

“We have worked with Supporters’ Direct and supporter trusts of other clubs to find examples of surveys that have actually made a difference. The draft we are now publishing is based on the best examples we have found, and made relevant for QPR. We want to hear from supporters if they think the right questions are being asked, and if there are other issues they want to see covered.”

QPR1st wants the club to take up the survey and use it to make sure supporters have their say on the new stadium.

Last year QPR chief executive Philip Beard promised there would be consultation with supporters on the new stadium. Since then the club asked supporters to fill in on-line survey forms on how they travelled to the recent Wigan and Blackpool games at Loftus Road, but has yet to ask fans about the stadium itself.

Stephen Dedridge said “The club’s programme for the Blackpool game reminded us how things can go wrong. The move to a larger stadium in the 1960s resulted in plunging attendances because the stadium was just not right for the club and its supporters.”

“We don’t want that to be repeated,” he said.

A good example of supporters being surveyed was around proposals for a new stadium for Bristol City. Working with the supporters’ trust, the club surveyed supporters on a wide range of issues. The findings were shared with the architects for their proposed new stadium nearly a year before they published their design for the stadium. Supporters were surveyed again on the published designs.

It was a win-win situation; supporters could see their views had been considered and often taken up, and the club could see that involving supporters led to an increase in support for the project.

Supporters are asked to comment on the survey and its questions before it is finalised. Comments should be sent to info@QPR1st.com by 27 April.

Download the QPR1st Stadium Survey Draft or view the draft online.

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In Rod We Trust: Open All Rs Announces End of Season Live Show

Open all R’s, the QPR fan podcast, has announced that Rangers legend Rodney Marsh will be the special guest for it’s first ever live show on Monday 5th May.

Taking place in the Horse Bar in Waterloo, Rangers fans are invited to join Rodney and the podcast team for what promises to be an unforgettable night. As well as recording the end-of-season podcast itself, there will be full evening of entertainment including a quiz, Q & A, the chance to meet and chat with Rodney and a few yet-to-be-revealed surprises. Tickets are limited and are on sale now for £10 via: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/268919. Doors open from 6pm, with the podcast kicking off at 6.45.

Marsh, who was the first ever guest on Open all R’s back in 2011, said:

“I’m really looking forward to joining the podcast guys for the live show. It’s only a few days before the play offs and if Rangers are involved it’s going to give us plenty to talk about. QPR are my team and I always have a good time catching up with the fans, so it should be a really good night. ”

Open all R’s is the number one QPR podcast and is listened to by thousands of fans around the world every week. Hosted by regulars David Fraser, Paul Finney, Chris Charles and Chris Mendes, the show is a weekly look at all things QPR and has interviewed a range of QPR favourites over its 100+ shows, including the likes of Tony Fernandes, Neil Warnock, Joey Barton, Shaun Derry, Amit Bhatia, Charlie Austin & Ale Faurlin. Previous episodes and download links for Open all R’s can be found at www.qprpodcast.net and the show can be followed on twitter @QPRPodcast

Tickets for the live podcast can be purchased at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/268919 and are priced £10. Fans are encouraged to book early as tickets are limited and sold on a first come, first served basis.

The Horse bar is located on Westminster Bridge Road. For more information: www.thehorseandstables.co.uk.

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Football Ticket Pricing Survey

This is a request received by a student, if you would like to give your views please click on the link below.

As part of my final project for my university degree course I’m researching football ticket pricing. I’m trying to get views from as many football fans as possible from as many different British clubs as possible. Could you post the link to my survey on your forum please?

We have had a really good response from other supporters clubs and are keen to get the views of your members too.


If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me

Thanks for your help!

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Warren Farm – Judicial review application rejected

QPR1st Supporters’ Trust welcomes the news that new training and academy facilities for the club have come a step closer.

A High Court judge has rejected an application for a judicial review of the redevelopment of Warren Farm in Ealing, made by a local community organisation. This opens the way for the progress to be made in developing the centre.

QPR 1st chair Stephen Dedridge said: “It really is good news for the long-term future of the club and its ability to attract, develop and retain young talented players.   Bringing together facilities for the first team squad and the academy in one place must be a good thing.

“We hope the club will work with local people to overcome the fears that some of them have, both during the construction of the centre and to ensure that they are among those using the community facilities when it is complete.”

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Statement on the club’s 2012/13 accounts

QPR1st Supporters’ Trust is concerned about QPR’s rapidly growing debt and how this will affect the future of the club.

The latest financial statement by the club shows that, in 2012/13, it made losses of £65 million – much higher than the losses of any comparable club. That brought the club’s overall deficit to £127.8 million.

Supporters want to see their club successful, but run financially stable. We ask the Board to call an Emergency General Meeting to which both majority and minority shareholders are invited. This will provide an appropriate platform for the Board to make a clear, detailed and coherent statement on how they plan to reduce the debt and place the club on a firm financial footing.

We regret the decision made by the previous owners to cease Annual General Meetings, which were once an annual event at QPR and open to all shareholders. Whilst we understand the Board is not legally obliged to hold them, we believe they should be restored as a means of enabling effective consultation between the Board and the fan base on financial governance.

The club have made some progress in terms of consultation and brought back regular consultation meetings with supporter groups and Fans Forums, and we hope the club acknowledges it now needs to do the same with shareholder AGMs.

We appreciate the current owners have tried to ensure success of the club, but it is obvious that this is not sustainable at the current level of spending.

We believe the board has a duty to ensure that the club will be in good financial order should they decide to move on in due course. QPR supporters have seen what happens when high spending owners fall out of love with the club. We do not want to see it again.

Club boards change. Supporters are for life.

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Hoops Fund Supports Story of QPR

QPR 1st Supporters Trust back historic community project

QPR 1st Supporters Trust is donating £8,000 in support of QPR in the Community Trust’s intergenerational media project engaging fans, young people and the local community to chart the history of QPR FC.

The Story of QPR, being produced by QPR in The Community Trust in partnership with the Octavia Foundation, takes a historical look at the club from the point of view of the R’s fans.

The project will provide opportunities for fans and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to contribute and be involved throughout the research and planning stages. A further 40 young people will be recruited and trained in film-making, media, research and heritage skills as part of the production of the film and other accompanying materials, including a podcast, soundtrack and website.

Hoops Fund Cheque Presentation

Left to Right – Andy Evans, Stephen Dedridge, Neil Jackson, Serena Williamson

Andy Evans, CEO of QPR in the Community Trust, said: “QPR in the Community Trust wants to involve young people and fans. We are delighted to be working with QPR 1st in a project that will give the opportunity to local young people to produce their own DVD, interviewing fans about their relationship with QPR and their history of the club.

“This project is particularly relevant as the club prepares to move away from Loftus Road and will provide an important record of the club, staff, players, and fans alike as the club begins a new chapter.”

The cheque was presented prior to Saturday’s Championship clash with Burnley at Loftus Road as part of the Trust’s 20 year anniversary celebrations.

It follows an award made by the Premier League Charitable Fund and the PFA (Professional Footballers Association) to QPR in the Community Trust to support the costs of the project.

“This is a project that will celebrate the close relationship between QPR and its supporters,” Chair of QPR 1st Supporters Trust, Stephen Dedridge, added.

“At a time of planned change it is particularly important to look at the heritage of QPR, and what makes us a very special club. That link between the club, its supporters and the communities of west London is an important part of its heritage and vital for the future too.

“QPR 1st has been looking after the Hoops Fund since it was raised by supporters at a time of dire financial crisis for the club ten years ago. Now some of that money is being used to give something back to supporters with what should be an excellent record of the club and its fans.”

The film will receive a preview screening at Loftus Road this summer, before beginning a screening tour of cinemas, schools and community centres across London. 

A DVD will be available for sale later.

Want to get involved in The Story of QPR? Email qprfilm@octaviafoundation.org.uk for more information.

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The Transfer Window

QPR1st Supporters Trust welcomes players who have joined the club during the January transfer window.

Trust chair Stephen Dedridge said “two of our new loan players made an impact straightaway and we welcome all the new players to the club and wish good luck in their time with QPR.”

While most Of the January additions were loan players, one was 18-year-old Coll Donaldson who signed a two and a half year contract.  Stephen said: “loan signings can be important, but we are particularly pleased to see the club make a signing with the longer-term future development of the club in mind too.”

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Statement on the Hull City naming situation

QPR 1st, the supporters’ trust for Queens Park Rangers supporters, opposes the intention of the owner of Hull City AFC, Dr Assem Allam, to change the name of the Club without consultation with fans, and in opposition to a strong local campaign.

Football clubs are a part of their communities. The names of the clubs are part of the history and tradition of communities and of football itself.  English football will be the poorer if the names of its clubs are changed without good reason and the support of fans.

We urge the football authorities to listen to the views of Hull supporters and to reject this name change. We believe a dangerous precedent would be set if this change was agreed in the teeth of local supporter opposition.

We call for The FA to ensure that no such changes take place without proper, meaningful consultation with supporters.

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