Keep ticket prices down

Several Premier League Clubs have announced a freeze on ticket prices for next season; including Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Manchester United.   QPR1st hopes QPR will follow suit – and reduce prices if we are relegated.

Premier League clubs share in the huge proceeds of TV deals and we believe that should help to hold down ticket prices.

The Premier League is already giving clubs £4 million (about £200,000 each) a season, taken from its current TV deal, to help supporters going to away games. As a result some clubs offer reduced price ticket deals while others, including QPR, provide free coach travel. A number of clubs have entered into reciprocal pricing arrangements to reduce the cost of away fans’ admission prices.  Man City applied a £4 discount on away tickets, and Liverpool gives its fans a £2-£4 discount on the ticket price for away games.  

Many supporters have benefitted from the free coach scheme for some matches – but we believe the club should discuss with supporters whether they would prefer that to continue if we are in the Premier League next year, or for a different use for that money.

A meeting took place between the Football Supporters’ Federation and Premier League representatives to discuss ticket prices last week.

The FSF’s contention is that another bumper TV deal for 2016 – currently being negotiated – will bring unprecedented amounts of money into the game, and that some of that should be used to reduce ticket prices.

The issue of match categorisation was also raised, and the impact that has on away fans: if you’re in the position of finding that the club you’ve always supported is currently deemed to be successful and a bigger attraction, then you’ll be expected to pay Category A prices everywhere you go, week in week out. The FSF contention is that all away fans should pay Category C prices. 

Categorisation does not affect QPR away supporters in the Premier League – but would affect us in the championship; where, this season, there have been protests about the high charge for away fans at Norwich, for example.

The PL officials committed themselves to raising the concerns and views of the supporters’ groups with clubs, and to examining mechanisms for securing price reductions to see what costs, benefits and other consequences there might be.

QPR club representatives will be at a meeting of PL clubs shortly and are likely to be discussing these issues. QPR1st believes the club should seek the views of supporters on these issues – and keep home and away ticket prices down.

 

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Premier of ‘R@ Story sponsored by QPR1st

QPR1st are sponsors of ‘R’ Story’, a documentary film charting the history of the Queen’s Park Rangers football club and its local area

 

This ground-breaking documentary film charting the exciting history of both Queens Park Rangers (QPR) football club and the local area. ‘R’Story’ explores the highs and lows of the club over the last 133 years; from inception right up to present day. This fascinating story features the voices of longstanding fans including Rabbi Ariel Friedlander and Robert Elms, former players “Sir Les” Ferdinand and Rodney Marsh as well as current Manager Harry Redknapp and player Joey Barton. Created by over 35 young people as well as local experts and volunteers, ‘R’ Story’ is a 60 minute film that charts the history of the club from its humble beginnings in 1882, through its key milestones up to the present day and promotion back to the Premier League. Running parallel to the unique QPR story is a wider story of what football means to British society, in particular to west London’s working class and diverse local communities. The screening will take place at Westfield London – Vue Cinema on the 26th Feburary

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Call for club to discuss new stadium plans with supporters

Approval has this week been given for the creation of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) to lead planning and development of the Old Oak area, where QPR is proposing to build its new stadium.  The new stadium is proposed to be part of a major regeneration of the area.

 It is expected that the club will submit its planning application for the development to the OPDC soon after it is established in April. 

 QPR1st Supporters’ Trust says it is vital that the club gets this planning  of the proposed new stadium right so that it can gain the backing of supporters.

 QPR1st chair Stephen Dedridge said: “If a planning application is going to be made in April, then the club should be sharing more about their plans with supporters now. 

 “A new video issued by the club this week really tells supporters nothing new. We want supporters to help the club to get their plans right, and to support the club in staying in Hammersmith and Fulham. To do so, the club should update supporter organisations and the wider fanbase on its proposals. 

 “What will be the size and shape of the stadium? Tell us about access, realistic timescales, proposed facilities.  We want to be certain this is first and foremost QPR’s football ground and not a multi-event compromise.

 “Supporters want the best for the club and to work with the Board on this, but the club has to consult with supporters to make this work.”

 More information on the OPDC is here:https://www.london.gov.uk/media/mayor-press-releases/2015/01/plans-to-transform-old-oak-common-receive-seal-of-approval-from

 The QPR video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXRtFOyKmhw

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John Clifford R.I.P

QPR1st mourn the passing of John ‘Gramps’ Clifford  who after sharing his memories on the QPR Report message board decided to put them together in a booklet entitled ‘Those early QPR Days 1939-1970′ a valuable contribution to the history of QPR fandom to pass onto future generations.

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Mauro Zarate

The signing of Mauro Zante has led to expressions of concern from some QPR fans  about an incident four years ago in which he gave a fascist salute whilst playing for Lazio.  Zarate claimed ignorance of why this gesture was considered so offensive and denied any sympathy for fascist views.  We hope that he now looks back on his action with remorse and regret and his actions both on and off the pitch while on loan at Loftus Road will bring credit to both to himself and QPR.

 

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Government Seeking the Views of Disabled Sports Fans – Have Your Say!

Disabled sports fans are being asked by the Government to take part in the largest ever survey of their experiences as spectators.

The survey will close on 28 February 2015, so please make sure you have your say before that date!

Take part in the survey here

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Missing Air Asia Flight QZ8501

The thoughts of all at QPR1st are with the families and friends of the passengers and crew of those aboard Air Asia flight QZ8501.  This is a terrible time for them.   Our thoughts also go out to staff of Air Asia, with its strong associations to Queens Park Rangers FC.

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Clarke Carlisle

We are very sorry to hear about the accident involving Clarke Carlisle today. We understand that he is in a serious condition. Our thoughts and best wished go out to Clarke and his family, hoping for a full recovery.

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QPR must attract the next generation of west London supporters

QPR has emerged as one of the most expensive clubs for junior supporters.

The club tops the league when it comes to charges to be a matchday mascot and junior membership and among the most expensive for junior matchday and season tickets, according to figures published in The Guardian.

QPR1st believes that, rather than charge £450 to parents who want their child to be a mascot, it should think about offering opportunities to be a mascot, for example, to west London schools.  Each child can then go back and tell their mates what they have done and spread the word about QPR.

 We would like to see the mascots reflecting the communities of west London, deepening the community support that is vital for a club like ours; not simply going to the children of parents who can afford £450. 

 And we want the club to hold down junior ticket prices. 

Clearly there is an issue for the club in that we have a small stadium and less match day income than many clubs, but we also want to encourage the next generation of QPR supporters into the club. The long-term financial health of the club depends on youngsters coming to the club who then become life-long supporters.

 Figures published on the Guardian’s website show our most expensive junior matchday tickets are second only to West Ham and we are third in the league for the most expensive junior season tickets.

 QPR is top of the league, with Swansea, with by charging £450 to be a matchday mascot.  (West Ham has a £600 package, but also a £350 deal.)

 It’s free at Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City, Man U and Liverpool, Aston Villa, Everton, Southampton and Sunderland.

 The club does run a prize draw for Junior Hoops to become one of the mascots for home games, but most are paying for the privilege.

 The Guardian figures are not all bad – QPR has is not one of the most expensive clubs when it comes to junior kits; £59 compared with a massive £77 for Chelsea.

 The Guardian published an article in today’s paper, with tables comparing the club on their website.  http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/dec/18/premier-league-clubs-charge-600-children-mascots

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New stadium and training ground plans moving forward slowly?

A year after the club announced its plans for a new stadium at Old Oak, the London Assembly has conformed its support, in principle, for the setting up of a Mayoral Development Corporation to oversee the regeneration of the area.

 The Assembly discussed the proposals for the Mayoral Development Corporation yesterday (17 December).  It set out some concerns, none of which made a direct reference to the stadium, but could affect the club’s overall regeneration plans and timescale for the development.

 QPR1st Supporters Trust believes the club should give supporters an update on how this might affect the timing and practicality of the new stadium.

 We would also welcome an update from the club on Warren Farm.  Local residents were told in October that the club was working through with design teams how it would reduce the cost of the scheme to build new training and community facilities, but supporters are not aware of any revised plans since then. 

 It is expected that, with Assembly approval, the Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) will start work in April, taking all the planning powers currently held by councils for Old Oak and the Park Royal industrial estate.  It is expected that QPR will then submit its planning application for the stadium, housing and commercial buildings to the MDC.

 The Assembly said that there should be a target of 50 per cent for the number of affordable homes that would be built at Old Oak, and had concerns on the timescales for the development of planning documents. The Assembly thinks the timescales are too rushed to allow for good consultation and to prevent “inappropriate” urban design and architecture.

 They also had issues about lack of clarity as to where the money for the regeneration is coming from.

 This Assembly has called on the Mayor to bring forward further proposals on the issues they have raised.

 QPR1st believes supporters would welcome an update from the club and more involvement for supporters in the development of our proposed new home.

 Information on the Assembly discussion is on https://www.london.gov.uk/media/assembly-press-releases/2014/12

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