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:
We are going up say we are going up pic.twitter.com/uTDfmJsfSH— Danny Simpson ( @dannysimpson) May 24, 2014
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:
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:
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:
Back at Loftus. Alone and reflecting. Thank you to all 40k qpr fans who made the journey. What a day pic.twitter.com/747LrI1AeP— Tony Fernandes ( @tonyfernandes) May 24, 2014
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 #LaDecima, their 10th European Cup / Champions League triumph.
Twitter continues to be the place where football fans celebrate their successes. Now onto the biggest event of them all, #WorldCup…