Category: UK Football
QPR, or Queens Park Rangers Football Club, is a well established English football club based in the northwest London area of White City. It competes in the English Football League Championship, which is England’s second-highest division of English league football, after the Premier League. This division is often referred to as the Sky Bet Championship for sponsorship purposes. As of mid-November, Queens Park Rangers ranks 10th out of the 24 clubs competing. So far, the club’s won three of its nine home matches and four of its away matches. Forward Nahki Wells has landed the distinction of becoming one of the league’s joint top five goal scorers, with eight goals to his name. The club’s name is commonly abbreviated to ‘QPR’; its nicknames include ‘The Superhoops’, ‘The Rs’ and ‘Rangers’.
Queens Park Rangers is doing quite well in the English Football League Championship, though there are still quite a few important matches to be played. One of the most eagerly anticipated matches is the one against Fulham, which is scheduled for 22 November and will have Fulham as the home team. The reason this particular match is one to watch is because Fulham is one of the club’s biggest rivals. The two will face each other again on 21 March next year. Another key rival is Brentford, which Queens Park Rangers will face for a second time on 11 January. The two have already played at Queens Park Rangers’ home stadium, with Brentford winning 3-1.
The home ground for Queens Park Rangers is Loftus Road, a grass-pitch stadium that was constructed back in 1904. Located in Shepherd’s Bush, it’s an all-seating stadium with a maximum capacity of 18,439 and measurements of 112 by 72 yards. In June, the stadium’s naming rights were formally handed over to the Kiyan Prince Foundation, a charity set up in honour of the Queens Park Rangers youth player Kiyan Prince, who was fatally stabbed at just 15 years old in 2006. Following on from this, the stadium is commonly known as the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
Queens Park Rangers started using this stadium as its home ground in 1963. Prior to this, the club used no fewer than 15 different venues throughout London as its base. There have been plans to construct a new stadium, tentatively called New Queens Park, with a bigger capacity, however nothing has come to fruition as of yet. It’s also been proposed that instead of constructing an entirely new stadium, the existing Loftus Road stadium could be expanded to cope with the increasing demand for watching the club’s matches.
The Twitter handle for the Queens Park Rangers official Twitter account is @QPR. The account has 427,000 followers and is fairly active, with close to 100,000 tweets posted, of which just less than a third contain photos or videos. There are two other official Twitter accounts worth following: Queens Park Rangers Football Club Women, for which the handle is @QPRWFC; and Queens Park Rangers in the Community, which you can follow using the handle @QPRtrust.The club’s also very active on Facebook (QPR FC) and Instagram (officialqpr). Follow the club across its various social media pages for all the latest updates, news and fixtures. There’s a wealth of content to scroll through, with new updates posted very regularly.
To keep up with all the latest fan discussion about the club, join the WeAreTheRangersBoys online forum. The site not only has an active discussion forum, but also regular blog posts and articles about pretty much anything to do with the club and football in general. There are currently several thousand members. There’s another active online forum over at Loft For Words, as well as a sub-forum dedicated to the club at Not606. These forums offer the chance to interact with other fans of the club and find out what all the latest updates are. Many fans enjoy visiting unofficial forums and reading the content posted there just as much as they enjoy visiting the club’s official site and social pages.
If you want to purchase tickets to watch Queens Park Rangers matches, the best place to do so is the club’s official website. For season tickets, there are five price brackets; from least to most expensive, these are Blue, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Adults aged 24 and above pay the most, while under-18s pay the least. Concessions are in place for young adults aged 18-23, senior citizens over the age of 60 and those who are disabled but still capable of walking. Those under the age of 8 can attend matches for free, so long as they’re accompanied by an adult who has a fully paid ticket of their own. The price of a Bronze season ticket for an adult is £480.