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Jesus £40 to watch Premiership football is bad enough nevermind CCC. I know QPR is in an expensive part of London but there is no justification to charge that much to away fans for a game in the second tier of English football not when you are one of the richest clubs in the world. On the BBC article they say that QPR are charging up to £50 for home fans for some games this season which is frankly ridiculous. I think something needs to be done about this sort of thing as if QPR get away with it now what's to stop the teams in our division doing similar (aside the obvious Leeds of course).

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And the QPR side (stoled off another site):

 

Hold them up by the ankles and see what falls out I say

It would be hilarious if it wasn't true. On Sunday morning I took a call from an Ipswich supporting friend of mine who now lives in North London. He and his flat mates were at a loose end and wanted to know if they could get tickets for the Southampton game for anything less than the £25 each (£75 for the three of them) they had been quoted by the box office. I had to be honest with him and tell him I was surprised he'd even managed to get them that cheap. So they didn't go. And once again QPR played out a home fixture in front of 5000 empty seats. Next week those tickets will cost £40. Some seats will cost £50.

 

It's hard to know where on earth to start with the frankly ludicrous decision by our club to raise the ticket prices again after only six matches of the season. Especially as the price rises inflicted on us in the summer were extortionate as it was. Fans have roundly criticised the suggestion that they will see an improved product this season - the catering is still hideous in both price and quality, the leg room still has you waking up on Sunday morning feeling like you've been for a night out with Danny Guthrie, the bar in the South Africa Road stand is gone and been replaced with two less than enthusiastic, thick as pig :censored: blokes with back packs that don't work. The name plates we were promised for our seats as season ticket holders are in fact strips of sellotape, you still can't get to the toilets or the refreshment kiosks at half time without leaving early or missing the start of the second half, you can't put a bet on and we have a goalkeeper that can't catch the ball. If you wanted to speak to the club during the summer you got put through to some thick oik in Manchester who wouldn't let you pay with the same cards QPR accept, whenever you buy anything you have to pay a frankly mean £3.50 booking fee and the noise from the club is still deafening - no fans' forums, no Q and A's, no nothing. Just terse and often clearly untrue statements on our official website.

 

For example after being told that season tickets were selling in record numbers (after only be on sale for an hour) we were then told they had sold out and that there was unprecedented demand for Barnsley tickets on day one. Hmmmm one wonders why Barnsley at home was played out in front of empty seats and hasn't made its way onto our record books as a highest ever attendance. They must think we came down the river on the last onion boat. Unprecedented demand?> Did 6000 people who bought tickets not turn up?

 

As our club only now speaks to us through the medium of spin, our official website is blocked on Alistair Campbell's PC as 'porn', allow me to engage in some truth telling. Queens Park Rangers have not sold out a home game yet this season and are not likely to do so any time soon. That's a fact. We've actually only exceeded 15,000 once. That's a fact. I could have bought a ticket for Liveprool v Man Utd last weekend for less than my seat would cost if you bought it for the Derby match. That's also a fact. I can actually buy a season ticket at Liverpool cheaper than the one I paid to watch QPR underperform against Barnsley. These are facts. Not unproveable nonsense spinning so fast it's hard to read it as it whizzes past.

 

That's without going into the immoral practise of increasing ticket prices mid season. People will have made a decision not to buy a season ticket on the basis of the matchday prices published in full at the start of the season - now not even two months in that's all out the window. And don't give me any nonsense about bronze tickets being available for £20 - you try and buy a ticket in a bronze area for that Derby match. There are next to none to be had.

 

I paid up in the summer for my season ticket but had I not I would not be paying £40 to watch us play Derby frickin County - a team so poor even their own fans can't help but laugh at their predicament and yet classed as a category A game. For the record our last two matches against those opponents have been played out infront of sub 13,000 attendences. Category A my arse as a wise scouser might have said.

 

Derby County, facing the prospect of telling their fans that it will cost them £40 to sit in one of the division's worst away ends, have posted a small story on their official website saying that they have withdrawn QPR tickets from sale because of a stock issue. There is a rumour going around that they're considering refusing the allocation at the ridiculous, scandalous, prices QPR are asking for. I'd would encourage them to do just that. Apologise to their supporters but state clearly why they are refusing the allocation. ITV are featuring the Derby game as their top Championship match that day and the sight of an empty away end in protest at this piss take will speak a thousand words - even more than the pathetic and frankly embarrassing sight of our club's precious W12 and C Club sitting almost totally empty in front of the Sky cameras at the weekend. That's the W12 and C Club that we were so desperate to have we moved season ticket holders from their long held and much treasured South Africa Road seats.

 

One wonders if the people making decisions at our club actually live in the ground, coming out only on matchdays to blink at the sunlight and watch Gavin Mahon and Mikele Leigertwood play together in midfield while Martin Rowlands sits on the bench. Surely if they were to step out onto the pavement, use the tube, or go anywhere else ever it can't have escaped their notice that nobody currently has any money. Pay rises are being capped if handed out at all, inflation is inflating, companies are folding. These are hard times. If they think in amongst all this people are going to pay £40 to sit in the outdated South Africa Road and Ellerslie Road stands and watch QPR v Derby County then I'm sorry but I fear for their mental stability.

 

The club need to be asked some serious questions very quickly. Firstly has this increase been planned at this point all along - if not why is it now necessary? Have we set ourselves an overly ambitious target? Has somebody not achieved the sales they were supposed to? Is the fact that our swanky new executive areas are completely empty at home something to do with it? If it is that should it really be the other fans paying for the club's laughably over optimistic idea that people will pay £10,000 for a season ticket to watch QPR play Doncaster bleedin Rovers?

 

I could go on but I won't. What's the point. We've been told by Briatore that people who turn up and pay £20 once a week (if only) will have no say in it. We've been lied to over ticket prices in the first place, doesn't Agag's suggestion that raises would be "10% or something normal" now have a hollow ring to it, and now they've gone up again. I hang my head in shame at the thought of away fans paying £40 to sit in the :censored:ty School End. Remember what a fuss we kicked up when Palace charged is £30? In fact I'm thoroughly ashamed full stop. I'm ashamed of my club for this.

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And the QPR side (stoled off another site):

 

Hold them up by the ankles and see what falls out I say

It would be hilarious if it wasn't true. On Sunday morning I took a call from an Ipswich supporting friend of mine who now lives in North London. He and his flat mates were at a loose end and wanted to know if they could get tickets for the Southampton game for anything less than the £25 each (£75 for the three of them) they had been quoted by the box office. I had to be honest with him and tell him I was surprised he'd even managed to get them that cheap. So they didn't go. And once again QPR played out a home fixture in front of 5000 empty seats. Next week those tickets will cost £40. Some seats will cost £50.

 

It's hard to know where on earth to start with the frankly ludicrous decision by our club to raise the ticket prices again after only six matches of the season. Especially as the price rises inflicted on us in the summer were extortionate as it was. Fans have roundly criticised the suggestion that they will see an improved product this season - the catering is still hideous in both price and quality, the leg room still has you waking up on Sunday morning feeling like you've been for a night out with Danny Guthrie, the bar in the South Africa Road stand is gone and been replaced with two less than enthusiastic, thick as pig :censored: blokes with back packs that don't work. The name plates we were promised for our seats as season ticket holders are in fact strips of sellotape, you still can't get to the toilets or the refreshment kiosks at half time without leaving early or missing the start of the second half, you can't put a bet on and we have a goalkeeper that can't catch the ball. If you wanted to speak to the club during the summer you got put through to some thick oik in Manchester who wouldn't let you pay with the same cards QPR accept, whenever you buy anything you have to pay a frankly mean £3.50 booking fee and the noise from the club is still deafening - no fans' forums, no Q and A's, no nothing. Just terse and often clearly untrue statements on our official website.

 

For example after being told that season tickets were selling in record numbers (after only be on sale for an hour) we were then told they had sold out and that there was unprecedented demand for Barnsley tickets on day one. Hmmmm one wonders why Barnsley at home was played out in front of empty seats and hasn't made its way onto our record books as a highest ever attendance. They must think we came down the river on the last onion boat. Unprecedented demand?> Did 6000 people who bought tickets not turn up?

 

As our club only now speaks to us through the medium of spin, our official website is blocked on Alistair Campbell's PC as 'porn', allow me to engage in some truth telling. Queens Park Rangers have not sold out a home game yet this season and are not likely to do so any time soon. That's a fact. We've actually only exceeded 15,000 once. That's a fact. I could have bought a ticket for Liveprool v Man Utd last weekend for less than my seat would cost if you bought it for the Derby match. That's also a fact. I can actually buy a season ticket at Liverpool cheaper than the one I paid to watch QPR underperform against Barnsley. These are facts. Not unproveable nonsense spinning so fast it's hard to read it as it whizzes past.

 

That's without going into the immoral practise of increasing ticket prices mid season. People will have made a decision not to buy a season ticket on the basis of the matchday prices published in full at the start of the season - now not even two months in that's all out the window. And don't give me any nonsense about bronze tickets being available for £20 - you try and buy a ticket in a bronze area for that Derby match. There are next to none to be had.

 

I paid up in the summer for my season ticket but had I not I would not be paying £40 to watch us play Derby frickin County - a team so poor even their own fans can't help but laugh at their predicament and yet classed as a category A game. For the record our last two matches against those opponents have been played out infront of sub 13,000 attendences. Category A my arse as a wise scouser might have said.

 

Derby County, facing the prospect of telling their fans that it will cost them £40 to sit in one of the division's worst away ends, have posted a small story on their official website saying that they have withdrawn QPR tickets from sale because of a stock issue. There is a rumour going around that they're considering refusing the allocation at the ridiculous, scandalous, prices QPR are asking for. I'd would encourage them to do just that. Apologise to their supporters but state clearly why they are refusing the allocation. ITV are featuring the Derby game as their top Championship match that day and the sight of an empty away end in protest at this piss take will speak a thousand words - even more than the pathetic and frankly embarrassing sight of our club's precious W12 and C Club sitting almost totally empty in front of the Sky cameras at the weekend. That's the W12 and C Club that we were so desperate to have we moved season ticket holders from their long held and much treasured South Africa Road seats.

 

One wonders if the people making decisions at our club actually live in the ground, coming out only on matchdays to blink at the sunlight and watch Gavin Mahon and Mikele Leigertwood play together in midfield while Martin Rowlands sits on the bench. Surely if they were to step out onto the pavement, use the tube, or go anywhere else ever it can't have escaped their notice that nobody currently has any money. Pay rises are being capped if handed out at all, inflation is inflating, companies are folding. These are hard times. If they think in amongst all this people are going to pay £40 to sit in the outdated South Africa Road and Ellerslie Road stands and watch QPR v Derby County then I'm sorry but I fear for their mental stability.

 

The club need to be asked some serious questions very quickly. Firstly has this increase been planned at this point all along - if not why is it now necessary? Have we set ourselves an overly ambitious target? Has somebody not achieved the sales they were supposed to? Is the fact that our swanky new executive areas are completely empty at home something to do with it? If it is that should it really be the other fans paying for the club's laughably over optimistic idea that people will pay £10,000 for a season ticket to watch QPR play Doncaster bleedin Rovers?

 

I could go on but I won't. What's the point. We've been told by Briatore that people who turn up and pay £20 once a week (if only) will have no say in it. We've been lied to over ticket prices in the first place, doesn't Agag's suggestion that raises would be "10% or something normal" now have a hollow ring to it, and now they've gone up again. I hang my head in shame at the thought of away fans paying £40 to sit in the :censored:ty School End. Remember what a fuss we kicked up when Palace charged is £30? In fact I'm thoroughly ashamed full stop. I'm ashamed of my club for this.

 

 

Amen to all that!

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