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STAR (Supporters Trust At Reading) is a non-profit Supporters’ Trust set up in March 2002 by Reading supporters for Reading supporters.
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Welcome to STAR
Welcome to the Supporters Trust At Reading (STAR), a non-profit making, democratically accountable Supporters’ Trust registered with the Financial Conduct Authority. Staffed and organised by volunteer Reading FC supporters our formal title is Reading Football Supporters’ Society Limited and we are the successor to the Reading Football Supporters’ Club (est. 1930). You can find out more information about our organisation in the About STAR page.
Join STAR Online now
Our annual membership runs from 1st July to 30th June each year. Our membership for 2013/14 remains at £10 for adults and £5 for under 18 yrs and over 65 yrs. So to enjoy a season of benefits, including 10 Royalty points on your RFC Member account, free entry to Fans' Forums, a voucher for 10% off a Megastore purchase (not valid online), regular email updates and access to all away coach bookings with STAR Travel, sign up for the 2013-14 season today!
Online payments can be made securely and quickly via PayPal, you do not need to have a PayPal account but can pay by Debit or Credit card. You can apply for up to four members, with each member gaining Royalty points.
Alternatively you can download an application form and send it with a cheque by post or bring it with you to the STAR base on home match days.
If you live local to Reading you will normally be expected to collect your membership card and benefits pack from the STAR base at a Home match. This reminder to collect will be sent in an email from the Online Membership team, along with your membership number, after your application has been processed.
If you live outside the Reading area you will be sent your membership card and benefits pack by Royal Mail post.
You can find out more about membership of STAR on our Membership page.
Book Your Away Travel Early
If you are planning on following Reading away this month with STAR Travel please book your seat early. Because of the Christmas period we will need to finalise our numbers with our travel partner Horseman Coaches earlier than normal. Thank you.
STAR Trip to Flanders Friday 30th - Saturday 31st May 2014
Are you interested in joining members on a trip to Flanders in May next year? STAR are organising a coach trip to visit the last resting places of a number of former RFC players who lost their lives during the first world war.
The provisional programme is:
Friday 30th May: Depart Madejski Stadium and travel via Dover and Calais to
Longueval (Football League Memorial) - Delville Wood - Guillemont (where Allen Foster was wounded).
Visit Borlon / Anneux (where Freddie Wheatcroft was killed and is buried)
and Bethune (where Edward Mitchell is buried).
If there is sufficient time we shall re-visit Festubert / Le Touret (where Joe Dickenson was killed and is commemorated, and / or Leivin / Bruay (where Ben Butler was killed and is buried). These sites were visited on our trip in 2011.
We will overnight in B&B in the Lille area.
Saturday 31st May: Visit Ploegsteert - Ploegsteert Memorial - Berkshire Cemetery and 1914 Christmas Truce Cross.
Visit Ieper (Ypres) - Perth (China Wall) Cemetery (where Jack Huggins is buried). If there is sufficient time we may be able to visit other sites of WW1 interest from Tyne Cot / Essex Farm / Hill 60.
There will be some free time to explore the city of Ieper before visiting the Menin Gate (last post ceremony and where James Comrie is commemorated).
We plan to depart Ieper at approximately 20.30 to return to the Madejski Stadium via ferry from Calais to Dover.
Historian Jon Cooksey will be our guide and Graham McKechnie, formerly BBC Radio Berkshire, has also been invited.
The cost will be £100 which may be slightly more if single occupancy hotel room is required. This includes:
Return coach travel from Reading;
Return ferry crossing (Dover to Calais);
Bed & Breakfast accommodation at a hotel in Lille.
Please note that the cost of the trip does not cover lunch or dinner on either day.
To secure your place on the trip a deposit of £25 per person is required which can either be brought into the STAR HQ during our normal opening hours, or by cheque payable to STAR and posted to STAR Flanders Trip, 55 Foresters Park Road Melksham SN12 7RW.
The balance will be required by the end of February 2014. If you have any questions please visit us at the STAR base or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STAR's Meeting with TSI
STAR Board representatives met with Christopher Samuelson, Chairman of Thames Sports Investments Ltd. and Director of Reading Football Club Ltd. for the first time on 21st October. Discussions covered TSI’s objectives for the future of the Football Club. STAR described the role and workings of a Supporters’ Trust and was briefed on the background to TSI. It was pleased to be assured of TSI’s respect for the traditions of the Club in terms of names and colours and had its concerns over the delay in the takeover eased. Both STAR and TSI welcome the opportunity to work together to discuss more detailed issues of supporter and stakeholder representation at a further meeting planned for a few weeks’ time.
Notes from September STAR meeting with RFC Senior Management
The latest management meeting involving RFC and STAR took place at the Mad Stad on 1st September. Topics discussed included kits, the transfer window and abuse on social media amongst others.
You can download a summary here.
If you have any questions or concerns that you would like raised at the next Management meeting on 5th December please let us know at email@example.com
STAR & ReadiBus Accessible Travel to Away Matches
Accessible transport, with wheelchair access, for football supporters who are not able to physically access the official STAR coaches is provided by ReadiBus in conjunction with STAR.
We offer accessible transport to away games, including on Bank Holidays, for those supporters, together with their helpers, who are unable to travel on the official STAR coaches because of restricted mobility or are wheelchair users. To be eligible for this service you must be a STAR member (membership can be taken out on the day on the bus) and you will be responsible for purchasing your own match tickets in advance.
Star and ReadiBus would like to thank Nigel Adkins and Shaun Morrison for breaking off from training to help promote the service.
For those living in the Greater Reading Area we collect and drop off at home addresses and for those living outside this area we collect and drop off at the Madejski Stadium where there is free parking.
Coach travel costs are supported by ReadiBus and STAR, you pay the same as other supporters travelling on official away coaches. Travel costs are payable on the coach on the day of travel and this cost will be advised upon booking your place.
ReadiBus can also offer transport to home games. For more information, or to book your place, contact ReadiBus on 0118 931 0000 or by firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat 14th December KO 3pm
Depart Mad Stad 8.45am
Depart West St, Reading 9.00am
Thurs 26th December KO 3pm
Depart Mad Stad 10.30am
Depart West St, Reading 10.45am
Sun 29th December KO 3pm
Depart Mad Stad 6.30am
Depart West St, Reading 6.45am
For away ground information visit:
We will be organising a remembrance to ex-reading footballers who lost their lives in the world wars on Saturday 9th November ahead of the early QPR game. See the news item on the left for details.
You can also view news and events from the RFC Former Players Association on their website.
Not yet ready to join STAR as a full member?
Not to worry, you can still join us as an E subscriber by signing up to receive our occasional E-Star Newsletter and keep up to date with our events and news for Reading supporters.
We don't share your email with any one else, simply add it below and we ask you to verify it from the email we will send you. We look forward to welcoming you to our virtual STAR community!
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