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Queens Park Rangers the family club

Season Tickets Petition

Whereas Queens Park Rangers football club has, since 1882, represented the best values of footballing found anywhere in the world, and

Whereas QPR only exists today due to the concerted efforts of supporters to oppose ill-conceived merger plans with Fulham and Wimbledon, and

Whereas QPR fans have demonstrated singular generosity when the club management declared a financial crisis, manning buckets at numerous matches to raise funds requested by manager Ian Holloway to acquire a player he identified as vital to our promotion push in 2003-04, and

Whereas a sizable number of QPR supporters are of modest economic means, performing jobs that, although vital to the economic life of England, pay wages that make making ends meet a continual struggle, and

Whereas many of said supporters are raising children, further adding to the economic vice in which many QPR supporters are forced to live, and

Whereas an examination of season ticket plans for clubs similarly situated as QPR suggests QPRs approach is out of line and constitutes a hardship on its loyal fanbase, and

Whereas that fanbase is turning out in numbers exceeding those of the time when QPR was a charter member of the Premiership,

We, the undersigned, call upon the management of QPR to

1) put the season-ticket price increases announced on 12 April 2005 into abeyance
2) re-examine its financial model for the upcoming season with an eye towards minimising the financial impact of season-ticket price increases on current holders, especially those with children,
3) take measures to offer an instalment payment plan at 0\% interest for supporters for whom lump-sum payments represent considerable hardship
4) reconsider its decision to end student concession on match days, possibly with a pre-qualifying/registration scheme for students who wish to make use of such a system for individual matches
5) revert with a revised season-ticket plan at its earliest convenience.


Queens Park Rangers the family club
Some research

After conducting some research on other London/South East based Championship football clubs we found the following information regarding season ticket child prices (early bird) at these clubs for the 2005-06 season were:
Reading Cheapest 70 ~ Dearest 115
Millwall Cheapest 50 ~ Dearest 135
Gillingham Cheapest 53 ~ Dearest 319
Watford, Luton and West Hams prices were unavailable at the time of writing.

Other Championship clubs prices we researched for the forthcoming season were:

Coventry City (at their new stadium) Cheapest 50 ~ Dearest 125 (kids under 7 will go free for the forthcoming season)

Leicester City Cheapest 57 ~ Dearest 240 (kids under 8 go free)

Stoke City Cheapest if taken advantage before April 15th prices ranged from 20 - 149 otherwise up to May cheapest 79 ~ Dearest 179

Queens Park Rangers the family club Cheapest 208 ~ Dearest 262

The above are for the early bird renewals. If a parent/guardian wished to purchase a season ticket for his/her child for the first time for the forthcoming season the cost would range between the cheapest price at 230 to the dearest at 290. In one area of the ground, concessionary prices for OAP/Students has increased by 92\%. The largest junior increase has increased by 81\% and the biggest adult increase has been 63\%.

Whilst we accept the economics of the situation (CEO Mark Devlin has commented this week on the clubs official website that the club ran out of money in January) the increases ranging between 29\% - 92\% (depending on where fans sit in the stadium) is surely a step too far when fans on average receive wage rises of between 2-3\% per annum? Increases of between 15-20\% would surely be a far more reasonable percentage?

For the 2004-05 season there were 1944 junior season ticket holders. Take them out of the equation and that leaves 8500 season ticket holders. An estimation for the amount of oap's and students probably reached the same mark as per the junior numbers. Take them out of the equation and that leaves 6500 adult season ticket
holders.

How many of those adults go with their kids? How many go with their elderly relatives? If you can't afford to take your kids then you're not going to bother yourself. Again if you go regularly with your elderly relation/s and they can't afford to renew, are you going to bother? Even if half, or even of those amounts mentioned above for the kids/oaps/students renew, the knock on effect caused by those unable to attend could well lead to serious consequences for the future well being of Queens Park Rangers FC. We urge the Board to reconsider the factors and issues that have been raised in this petition.

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Marion BaileyBy:
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