Representing One-QPR were Pat Harrison from the Official Supporters Club, John Reid of the LSA, Spencer Schwartz from FOQPR, Neil Jackson from QPR 1st and myself from the Indy R’s. On behalf of the Club were Ali Russell, Sheila Marson, Gavin Taylor and Ian Taylor. AR’s PA Laressa Kelly, took the minutes.
We were there united under the banner of One-QPR and the meeting was to last around 1.5hrs. The only topic on the agenda was the contentious ticket price hike and its implications. I basically spoke about the growing divide between the Club and the loyal hardcore, the perceived conception that the Club wasn’t listening, the timing and justification of implementing such a massive ticket hike and the worsening economic climate etc. This continued along the table more or less un-interrupted.
Gavin Taylor spoke about the major increase in player’s wages on last season and Ali Russell mentioned lower projected television revenue and the large amounts spent on the Ground. It was pointed out that not everyone had benefitted from those improvements. I added that at the same time the Club had secured record sponsorship deals and even received £500,000 for Simon Walton. It was stressed that most fans did not expect the owners to throw their money at the Club. We acknowledged that the Club was being run more professionally and obviously welcomed that but surely it doesn’t make any kind of sense from their point of view to create such a negative feeling amongst many fans despite the reasonable start the team had made this season. AR confirmed that refunds would be given to fans who had paid the excess.
I know that John Reid will put up his own more detailed report very soon and I think that it’s for each group/person to say for themselves what they thought about it. AR acknowledged that there should be more meetings, probably quarterly and I put it to him that they should also hold regular Fans Forums which I think he sort of agreed to. I also made a plea to AR: “Fill the ground and lets all move forward TOGETHER.” He promised that he would report back to the Board and we shall see what if anything transpires ?