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Thursday, August 06, 2009

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A QPR statement issued August 5, 2009 re Fan Behavior

QPR Official Site Statement - BE ON YOUR BEST BEHAVIOUR
Posted on: Thu 06 Aug 2009
" Following a growing number of complaints last season, we are keen to remind our supporters about their code of conduct on matchdays ahead of the new campaign.
Queens Park Rangers Football Club Statement
- Queens Park Rangers Football Club is known by other football fans to be a family Club.
- We pride ourselves on being a family Club; yes, we are loud and proud as our true fans support our team with passion, but we do not welcome hooligans.
- We have supporters whose attendance at Loftus Road goes back generations and those fans expect to be able to bring their children to our Stadium.
- Foul, abusive, violent language and behaviour committed by a small number of people who attend the home areas is spoiling our real fans’ enjoyment and kids are now not always so keen on coming back.
- Likewise we receive complaints from our fans about the behaviour of others who travel away from home. We need our real fans, not hooligans, to support our team away from home.
- Entering the pitch during a game is equally not acceptable and leads to our Club being in jeopardy with the Football Association.
- We condemn hooligan behaviour and entering the pitch, with those found to be committing such disgraceful acts facing a lengthy (or for specific offences lifetime) ban from attending our Stadium or purchasing tickets for away games.
- QPR are determined to ensure that supporting our team continues to be a great experience and to remove from the Stadium those who do not share our goal of ensuring the Club remains suitable for young and old to attend." QPR

Skysports - Championship 09/10
- Some big names will be looking to mount a promotion push when the Coca-Cola Championship season kicks off. We take a look at each team's chances of making it to the Premier League...Skysports.com looks at each team's chances....
Manager: Jim Magilton
Position last season: 11th
Ground: Loftus Road
Capacity: 18,682
- Players in: Alejandro Faurlin (Instituto, £3.5million), Adel Taarabt (Spurs, loan), Alessandro Pellicori (Avellino, free)
- Players out: Liam Miller (released), Zesh Rehman (Bradford, free), Jake Cole (Barnet, free), Danny Maguire (released), Chris Arthur (released), Damien Delaney (Ipswich, undisclosed), Lee Camp (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed), Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed), Jordi Lopez (Swansea, free)
- Key man: Akos Buzsaky
- Chances: The Championship's billionaires row return for another tilt at the Premier League and if Jim Magilton is still in a job come May they will not be far away.
- Prediction: 6th- Sky Bet odds: 14/1
Skysports Complete Championship Preview

Evening Standard/Dean Jones - Peter Ramage: QPR are on the up, unlike my beloved Newcastle
- Peter Ramage was reluctant to leave Newcastle United for Queens Park Rangers, fearing it was a step down from one of the Premier League's biggest clubs.
- Now, though, the defender couldn't be happier as he looks back on a well-timed escape.
- Ramage had been attached to St James' Park since he was 13 and found it painstakingly difficult to head south when his contract expired last year.
- The 25-year-old was not only having to tear himself away from Premier League football, he was also leaving family and friends.
- He said: "I found the move to London harder than I thought it would be. It was the first time in my life I'd ever had to do that.
- "I missed my family and girlfriend, too, and that showed over the Christmas period when all the lads were going home to their families. I was going back to an empty flat, it was hard. And London is very different to Newcastle."
- One year on from his transfer, Ramage's fortunes have transformed almost as rapidly as those of his previous club have fallen.
- Ramage is now thriving at one of the richest clubs in the world with genuine hopes of pushing for top-flight football this season, while his beloved Newcastle are spinning into freefall following relegation, with managerial uncertainty and takeover problems.
"You could see the club was going down but there were also signs they were too good to go down," said Ramage as he reflected on Alan Shearer's failed attempt to save Newcastle from the drop into the Championship.
- "I never hide the fact I am a Geordie, I always will be. I went to their last few games of the season and they were hard to watch."
- Newcastle's demise does mean, though, that Ramage will return to St James' Park with QPR on 30 September for a Championship game.
- He said: "I would have preferred it if they stayed up but they are down now and we look forward to facing them.
- "It was always one thing that if I left them and could not go and play for them again, that I could play against them.
- "I get the chance to do that now. My girlfriend is also moving down to live with me and I am enjoying myself and my football again, so I'm happy."
- Now it needs to be proved that QPR can finally live up to expectations.
- So far co-owners Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone have refused to plough huge sums of cash into the club but Ramage is confident the Hoops are set up for an encouraging future.
- While Newcastle supporters were spending the past three months wondering whether Shearer would remain in charge and how many of last year's squad would stick with them, QPR were drawing up a new blueprint for the future.
- The arrival of former Ipswich manager Jim Magilton and new signings Alejandro Faurlin and Alessandro Pellicori may not be the famous names Rangers fans would have expected when Briatore and Ecclestone initially took control.
- And injured Faurlin will miss the opening day game at home to Blackpool. But Ramage has seen enough during pre-season to be convinced QPR are heading for success.
- He said: "Pre-season has gone well and I just can't wait to get started. Akos Buzsaky, Martin Rowlands, Patrick Agyemang and Rowan Vine are back and we missed them for the majority of last season.
- "Now the manager has competition for places, which will please him.
- "The top six is our target. We set that last season and fell short but this year we have a very good manager and coach in place and we are going to try to produce to achieve it.
- "We are all ready to go and I hope we can maintain the high tempo we have set during pre-season because we all believe this can be a good year at QPR
Evening Standard

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