Back to the big time for @OfficialQPR

Sunday, 25 May 2014

When QPR (@OfficialQPR) beat Derby County (@dcfcofficial) to win the #PlayOffFinal at Wembley on Saturday, their prize was arguably the richest in UK football — a place in the @PremierLeague next season.

The moment was instantly cherished by players, fans and management across Twitter, with more than 30,000 mentions of fan rallying cry #WeRTogether.

Chief Executive Philip Beard (@philipb1) tweeted within seconds from his perch in the Royal Box:

And player Danny Simpson (@dannysimpson) shared his perspective from the dressing room with a selfie:

The passion of the dressing room celebration was captured in two Vine videos, the second featuring the whole team singing out the name of their goalscorer Bobby Zamora:

The players then paid their collective tribute to Twitter fans around the world, receiving the Championship Play-off trophy on the pitch, while wearing bespoke shirts with #WeRTogether in pride of place: 

In his post-match interview with @SkySports, QPR midfielder @Joey7Barton was even asked what his first Tweet would be. He saved that exclusive for his 2.5 million followers on Twitter: 

It was almost so different — the day had started off with QPR revealing its team in a Vine video:

But there were also signs pointing in favour of Derby in the teamsheets, as revealed in a Tweet by global band @Coldplay:

And, rallying behind their own cry of #BePartOfIt, @dcfcofficial fans saw the game turn in their favour at 0-0 in the second half, when Gary O’Neil (@Gazoneil) was sent off for a professional foul.

Before Zamora’s winning goal had even been scored, O’Neil was apologising to @OfficialQPR fans on Twitter: 

After the club’s victory, QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes took time out to quietly reflect on the achievement of his team back at the club’s stadium:

Loftus Road was not quiet for long. After a team celebration on Saturday night, the fans returned on Sunday for a public event: 

@OfficialQPR were not the only team celebrating this weekend. @RealMadrid rejoiced in #LaDecimatheir 10th European Cup / Champions League triumph.

And in recent weeks, it has been the turn of @PremierLeague winners Manchester City (@MCFC) via their rallying hashtag #Together and #FACup winners @Arsenal via #GunningForTheCup.

Twitter continues to be the place where football fans celebrate their successes. Now onto the biggest event of them all, #WorldCup