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Monday, September 29, 2008

QPR Weekend Overview: Derby Loss...Man Ut Draw...Bowles Criticizes...QPR Name Change Talk: Claim and Denial...Price Protest...One QPR Speaks

A few QPR-related items for the QPR Fans who might have turned off their computers on Friday...!

No elaboration is needed about QPR's disappointing 0-2 home loss to Derby County, before a crowd of just over 14,000 - Match Reports and Comments.

And every QPR fan in the world pretty much, must be aware that QPR were drawn against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Fourth Round of the Carling Cup! Game to be played week of November 10!


- The proposed Protest against the increase in ticket prices came and went without too much fanfare. (Although most of the Monday press match reports made mention of the ticket prices: Monday Reports)

- "One QPR" Statement - A Statement by "One QPR" - " GREAT FOOTBALL, SHAME ABOUT THE PRICES - ["One QPR" comprises QPR LSA, QPR Official Supporters club,QPR 1st, Friends of QPR, Indy R’s.]

- QPR Name Change to QPC Discussed? - A story by Charles Sale in the Daily Mail, claimed that QPR's owners had discussed a Name Change to Queens Park City!

- Club Statement Categorically Denies Name Change Discussed and Mentions Possible Legal Action vis-a-vis The Daily Mail! - Within hours of the story coming out, the Official Site posted a statement by Briatore Denying any consideration of a name change and mentioning possible Legal Action

- Stan Bowles Expresses Criticism of QPR Owners: - Stan Bowles Criticizes QPR Owners

A Couple of The Articles in Full:

Stan Bowles Perspective:- Sunday People/Peter Ward - 28 September 2008 - TIGHT Rs BLASTED - EXCLUSIVE
QPR legend Stan Bowles has branded the club's billionaire owners skinflints after being sidelined from his hospitality role.
"Billionaires? They're tighter than a coat of paint," said Bowles, 59, once voted Loftus Road's greatest ever player.
Rangers are owned by Formula One big wheels Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore, and Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal.
Bowles said: "On the last day of last season Iwas asked on the pitch to draw a raffle. Then I was told there was no budget left to pay me.
"This season I was asked to unveil the new mascot, which was a man dressed up as a furry aeroplane - I suspect he was on more money than I was.
"I was handed £100 which didn't even cover my train fare"
He was due to act as a club ambassador again - but says the club have never got back to him. Sunday People

The Daily Mail Story which precipitated the following QPR Statement on its Official Site:

Daily Mail/Charles Sale - QPC is definitely a move too far, Flavio
The super-rich owners of London Championship team QPR have been discussing
changing the name of the club to Queens Park City in order to emphasis its location in the capital.
Renault boss Flavio Briatore, in Singapore preparing his Formula One team for the first night grand prix this weekend, has been openly debating the idea with friends in football and motor racing.
But Rangers fans, already not happy about the huge hike in prices at Loftus Road which has seen the introduction of the first £50 ticket in the Championship this season, won’t be impressed with losing a club name that has been in existence since 1887. The team was called St Jude’s for its first two years.
Nor will Briatore and his billionaire co-owners, Bernie Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal, whose combined wealth makes QPR currently the second richest club in the country behind Manchester City, find the Football League in agreement. Commercial motives for name changes are not approved in the lower divisions or the Premier League.
Briatore has also made public that the three owners, who easily have the resources to buy their way out of the Championship, would prefer to fine-tune their football vehicle outside the top flight and bide their time in reaching the top flight, especially in the current state of flux with club ownership. Daily Mail

Following a report in one of today's national newspapers, titled 'QPC is definitely a move too far, Flavio,' QPR Holdings Ltd Chairman Flavio Briatore has issued the following statement:
"This is pure fabrication and I don't know where the story has come from. I haven't spoken to anybody about this subject.
"I don't know the journalist, but I know the story is totally untrue and we will be contacting our lawyers to pursue this matter further.
"I can categorically deny that there is any truth in this article."
The Club will be making no further comment. QPR Official Site

ONE QPR STATEMENT - GREAT FOOTBALL, SHAME ABOUT THE PRICES.[One QPR is made up of, QPR LSA, QPR Official Supporters club, QPR 1st, Friends of QPR, Indy R’s.]
- We are delighted by the football of the Superhoops so far this season. The victory over Villa on Wednesday was our best performance for years. We welcome the investment into the club, which has brought us exciting football and the hope of a return to the top tier of English football. However, we want all of our fan base to enjoy this success and not to be priced out of Loftus Road.
- Price increases in the Loft were only withdrawn after opposition by Derby County and their fans, and the united action of QPR fans groups, with the aid of the Football Supporters’ Association. The Football League told QPR to honour its charter with away fans and to restore prices in the 'away end ' to their original levels. The club could have kept the prices in the Loft at the increased level, but pressure from fans and the coverage in the media thankfully persuaded the board to put prices in the Loft back to their original level. However, increases for other areas of the ground were not withdrawn, we demand that these too be restored to their original levels.
- We want Loftus Road to be full every game and a return of the famous Rangers Roar. Let us make our ground a fortress. But to do this we need to fill the ground with fans, not price out our loyal fan base.
- The club at our meeting with them on the 23 September, listened to our views and the views of the fans and promised to take those views back to the Board. We urge the board to now withdraw all price increases and match banding.
Printed and published by ONE QPR.
One QPR is made up of, QPR LSA, QPR Official Supporters club, QPR 1st, Friends of QPR, Indy R’s. Posted on LSA and Posted on QPR 1st.

Numerous Other QPR-related stories over the past 72-hours can be read at QPR Report, by just scrolling through QPR Report!

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