Statement regarding the Fans Forum

QPR1st Supporters’ Trust has welcomed the willingness of Chairman Tony Fernandes, CEO Phillip Beard and COO Mark Donnelly, alongside Rodney Marsh, to respond to questions from supporters at last night’s fans’ forum.

We welcome assurances given that the club has a plan for next season’s player wages bill, the support expressed for youth development, pledges for further consultation on the new stadium, to support former players, and to help fans with a disability to enjoy the away play-off game.

We also welcome confirmation that QPR will own the new  stadium.

We hope this forum was a first step to an ongoing dialogue between the club’s owners and management with supporters. In particular, we hope there will be more information on the plans the club has to manage its debt. Plans were referred to, but not their possible implications for purchasing players, ticket prices or other aspects of club development.

To build on the success for the fans’ forum, we ask that Tony Fernandes takes part in a similar meeting at least once a year, and look forward to meetings between ourselves as the Supporters’ Trust and the chief executive.  Together, the club and its supporters can build the strong culture for QPR that the chairman has said he wants to achieve.

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QPR1st Mourns The Death of Former Rs, Clive Clark

QPR1st was deeply saddened to hear of the passing yesterday, of former Queen’s Park Rangers winger, Clive “Chippy” Clark at age 73:   Clive had long been in poor health.

Clive was one of QPR’s finest players to play for the club in our pre-1967 era.  Clive made his QPR debut in September 1958 away to Bournemouth and and played some 60 games for QPR before being sold in 1961 to West Bromwich Albion  for an Albion-record 20,000 pounds. According  to Manager, Alec Stock, he sold Clark to avoid him being kicked to pieces by Third Division defenders.
Clark spent almost a decade at Albion, playing over 300 games and scoring close to 100 goals (including scoring twice against QPR at Wembley in the 1967 League Cup Final!)

Clark briefly returned to QPR in 1969, in a part-exchange for QPR’s Alan Glover, before moving on to Preston North End a few months later. Clark marked his “Second” QPR Debut, scoring against Hull in the season opener at Loftus Road (a game in which Terry Venables also made his QPR debut and in which Rodney Marsh also played).

QPR1st sends it deepest sympathies to the Clark family who can be assured that Clive will always have a prominent place in QPR History.

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Question for Fans Forum Thursday 1st May

A member of QPR 1st will be attending the Fans Forum on Thursday. If you have a question you would like to have raised please let us know at info@qpr1st.com  we will put forward the question that is most popular that isn’t being asked by somebody else. all questions submitted by Monday 28th at 17:30 will be collated and considered

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QPR1st urge all fans to complete the new Stadium Survey

QPR1st urge all fans to complete the new Stadium Survey

Following consultation with fans about what could be included in a stadium survey, QPR1st is very pleased that the official survey launched today addresses many of the issues and areas we felt needed to be highlighted. We feel that the club has taken note of our consultation exercise and should be congratulated for doing so. We hope that the Club will follow the example set by Bristol City and issue a second survey after the initial stadium designs are published to test whether fans feel their views have been taken into account.

We respect that the survey is limited in scope in dealing with initial design considerations. Nevertheless we have been reassured by Mark Donnelly that together with the transport survey this is merely the start of a thorough consultation process.

Certainly the feedback the supporters trust received from our consultation exercise was that fans welcome the idea of having past players being honoured by having sections of the stadium named after them or through statues or murals. This is of something we hope that the club will address with fans at an appropriate stage because these are the very details that will make the stadium a distinctive home for the club.

Please do complete the survey. The more fans that do the greater the accuracy in terms of the Club determining our wishes and aspirations.

Link to survey http://www.qpr.co.uk/news/article/220414-qpr-new-stadium-fan-survey-1493592.aspx

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QPR1st asks Club to follow example of rivals for promotion

If you are a current season ticket holder for Burnley, Reading, Derby, Leicester or Brighton  then you already know what you will be expected to pay for your season ticket next year. It is particular good news for Burnley and Reading fans who will pay the same next year regardless of what league their club is playing in. Both Brighton and Leicester has increased the price of some season tickets, although the increases are minimal- some Leicester fans are expected to pay £9 more while Brighton fans can expect to pay between 2 to 5 %.

We very much hope that QPR will follow the same example and announce Early Bird prices with no or minimal price increase before the end of the season. This will show that the Club values and respects the loyalty of those fans who stuck with the club through the challenging last season and relegation.

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QPR1st AGM held 5th December 2013

QPR1st AGM held 5th December 2013

Present: Chair Stephen Dedridge; Geoff Gibbs; Tina Poyntz; Neil Jackson; Neil Dejyothin; Jeremy Gardner; apologies: Peter Gridneff

Stephen presented his Chair’s report as under:

I am pleased to present QPR1st’s Supporters Trust’s annual report of 2013.

One of the key areas the activity of the trust has focussed on has been to re-establish a system of regular consultation with the Club. Since the Trust’s inception back in April 2001, it has in the past enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with the Club and held regular formal and informal consultation between the Club’s CEO and other Board members.

This relationship between the Club and the Trust began to deteriorate during Briatore’s reign. I believe that this was through no fault of the trust but rather from what appeared to be a deliberate decision by the Club not to have dialogue with groups that were independent of the Club and couldn’t be easily controlled. The Club’s communication with the Trust became progressively worse and completely broke down after Amit Bhatia left, with the Club refusing to speak to us directly. Read more ›

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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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