If you support Reading FC then why not join your fellow supporters in the Supporters Trust At Reading
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.
STAR Membership 2016-17 - Join Online Today
Our membership season runs from 1st July 2016 to 30th June 2017. Our membership fees remain unchanged at £10 for adults and £5 for under 18 yrs and over 65 yrs.
You can find out more about membership of STAR and benefits on our Membership page.
Online payments can be made securely 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 20 Royalty points which will be added to your account by RFC. You can apply online here.
We were much saddened to hear, during the course of our Board meeting last Thursday, of the passing of Denny Fullbrook, aged 80. A life member of STAR, Denny was a stalwart of the old Reading Football Supporters’ Club committee and for many years the travel organiser, very well-known to supporters old and young. He loved his football and his travel to grounds up and down the country. Even though unwell he continued his fantastic support for the club, home and away, right until his end.
Our thoughts are with Ann, his widow, and his family at the difficult time for them.
Take part in the STAR Survey
In seeking views of supporters we canvass opinion through our short surveys. This year’s on-line survey packs in questions about the EFL changes (trophy, division structure), home kit, car parking and things that STAR do – or don’t do!
Click here to access the survey. Please help us by taking part.
STAR Predictor Competiton Update
Did you enter this season's Predictor competition for a chance to win the top prize of £300? The first five places as at 2nd October were:
Abbigale May (280 points)
Richard Ruffell (273)
Norman Bullock (272)
Geoff Stevens (271)
Mick Bullock (271)
Not one of the top 5? Don't worry there's a long way to go yet! You can check where you are by downloading the positions here.
Fans' Forum with Japp Stam
Jaap Stam was the guest at the Fans' Forum held at the Madejski Stadium on 1st September.
Over 200 members took part in a Q & A session with our new manager in an event hosted by STAR’s Ian Maynard (left of photo), as Jaap talked about his footballing philosophy, the Academy prospects, great strikers of the past, recent refereeing decisions, passion, calmness and transfer deadlines.
A summary has been sent to members via STAR Bulletin email.
Did you receive our Bulletin okay? If not see our article on 'Keeping Updated With Our Email Bulletins' below.
RFC Senior Managers Meeting With STAR - September
The latest of our regular meetings with RFC senior managers took place at the Mad Stad on Wednesday 7th September and included supporter issues such as Reciprocal ticketing, Royals Rendezvous and EFL Trophy amongst others.
You can download a summary of notes from the meeting here.
If you have matters for consideration of raising at the next meeting please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The STAR AGM 2016
The STAR annual general meeting was held on 1st September 2016 with about 200 members present. Chairman Paul Ellix gave the annual report, the highlights of which were:
- Launch of STAR’s Reading FC Hall of Fame in March
- STAR procures Asset of Community Value for Madejski Stadium
- STAR consultation with and representation of supporter concerns over Royal Elm Park plans
- Development of a formal ‘structured relationship’ with RFC in line with the Government’s Expert Working Group on supporter representation
- STAR’s participation in the national ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ campaign to cap away ticket prices
- Protocol for supporter representation agreed with club
- Organising the popular card vote for Player of the Season
- Membership down 15% to 1418 (due to football-related reasons!)
- 3000 passengers taken in 65 coaches to 26 stadia by STAR travel
- STAR sponsorship of Reading FC Deaf team
- Planning for Remembrance trip to northern France in June 2017 (places still available).
Four board members were re-elected: Vicci Elliott, Mel Bishop, Paula Martin and Roger Titford. There are currently four vacant positions on the Board and co-opted board members are sought, please get in touch with email@example.com
The AGM agreed to increase the ‘ring-fenced’ sum of money brought over from Reading Football Supporters’ Club in 2002 to £17,500 to take account of inflation and to agree the three general purposes for which it might be used in future. There are no current plans to spend this sum.
From time to time STAR makes an award for ‘Services to Reading Supporters’ in memory of Sybil Ford. This year the award was given to the football commentators of Hospital Radio Reading – Ian Bruce, Graeme Collyer and David Downs – for all the good work they have done over the past 59 years since the service was started by the late Les Warne.
EFL Trophy – no travel
Neither STAR nor Reading FC regard these matches as first team matches and therefore we will not be organising away coach travel to them, certainly not in the group stage.
STAR understands the Club’s view of the benefits of participation in the EFLT (to give some ‘real competitive’ experience to younger players) but believes this is out-weighed by the disadvantages to the game as a whole.
The EFL did not, in our view, consult fans widely or properly about the inclusion of U21 sides in this competition. STAR disagrees with the principle of mixing first teams with age-limited / B sides, feels it detracts from the prospects of lower league clubs reaching Wembley in what is supposed to be ‘their’ competition and, whatever the reassurances given by the authorities, still worry this sets an awkward precedent. In this, we are in agreement with most other supporters’ trusts.
2017 Remembrance trip to France
STAR is arranging a Remembrance trip to France to visit the graves of former Reading FC players who lost their lives whilst serving in the forces during the two World Wars.
The trip is to take place over 3 days / 2 nights from 1st June 2017. The total cost will be £300 per person, payable in instalments, with a deposit of £50 per person to secure your place payable by the end of September. The cost includes executive coach travel throughout, ferry crossings and 2 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation in Mercure hotels.
We are still finalising the initinery but it will include visits to:
Frank Ibbotson’s grave in Caen,
Normandy; Pegasus Bridge and Merville Battery,
Allen Foster’s grave in Corbie near Amiens;
Alex McCurdie’s grave in Villers-Plouich in Picardie;
The Thiepval Memorial, where Norman Wood is commemorated;
and The Arras Memorial where Walter Tull is commemorated.
For 2017 places are limited so if you are interested please call in at STAR Base or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we shall provide you with further details.
RFC Senior Managers Meeting With STAR - July
The latest of our regular meetings with RFC senior managers took place at the Mad Stad on 12th July and included supporter issues such as RFC Womens fotball, EFL Trophy and Supporter Survey amongst others.
If you have matters for consideration of raising at the next meeting please email them to email@example.com.
Keeping Updated With Our Email Bulletins
As part of our continued efforts to improve email communication to members we operate a strict member e-mailing list incorporating the latest best practice. When completing your membership application we use the email address from your application to contact you with our Bulletins and Reading Matter newsletters.
As with other organisations, we have found in the past that some email accounts on our mailing list become outdated, become full or otherwise unavailable, especially web based accounts such as Gmail and Hotmail and repeated attempts to send to those addresses can unfortunately be interpreted by internet providers as spam. To help improve deliverability and avoid problems associated with spam filtering, emails returned to us as undelivered or unavailable are removed from our main mailing list. We will make a further attempt to contact those account holders to re-subscribe but if unsuccessful those email addresses will remain off future circulations.
You can also help by marking our address of firstname.lastname@example.org as a 'friendly' email in your spam filters or if you are changing your email address you can update this using the 'Update Preferences' link in the footer of our Bulletins. If you prefer not to receive these emails you can of course use the 'unsubscribe' link, also in the footer.
We hope this will lead to an improvement for the vast majority of our members. Should you find you have not been receiving emails from us, and have checked your spam filter, please contact email@example.com with your details.
We will be opening the STAR shop for coach bookings before all home games and Tuesday evenings between 7.30 and 9.00pm when not playing away. You will need to produce your 2016-17 membership card before booking.
Saturday 5th November KO 3.00pm
Depart Mad Stad 7.45am
West St Reading 8.00am
Saturday 3rd December KO 3.00pm
Depart West St Rdg 11.15am
Mad Stad 11.30am
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Following the successful Fans' Forum with Jaap Stam on 1st September there are currently no other events to bring you at the moment. We will publish details of our next event as soon as everything is finalised.
In the meantime why not find out more about the events and activities of the RFC Community Trust, an organisation we are pleased to support. You can visit their website here.
STAR is also proud to sponsor the Reading FC Deaf Team 2016-17 who play their home games at Piggott School, Twyford Road, Wargrave. You can download a copy the team fixtures here. For further information come and talk to Pete Vickery on match days and Tuesday evenings at the STAR Base.
or checkout events organised by the RFC Former Players Association on their website?
Not yet ready to join STAR as a full member?
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