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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.
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.
The Problems of Ambition - A Look at RFC Accounts 2015-16
Once again we thank STAR member Dave Hunt for his expertise in simplifying, for the benefit of fans, the information in the latest set of Reading FC accounts. His report, 'The Problems of Ambition' can be downloaded and read here (pdf).
RFC Senior Managers Meeting With STAR - January
Our latest meeting with RFC senior managers took place at the Mad Stad on 9th January and included issues over the postponement of the Fulham game, progess on extra parking and away ticketing.
If you have matters for consideration of raising at the next meeting which, will be held late February, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
STAR Predictor Competition Update 1st January
Did you enter this season's Predictor competition for a chance to win the top prize of £300?
The STAR Predictor table as at 1st January shows a new leader in Pryish Mistry as long-time front-runner Abbigale Maye fades back to 4th place. Paula Martin now challenging in second place.
There's still a way to go yet! You can check where you are by downloading the positions here.
Chinese Investors in Reading FC
STAR is aware of the report about prospective new Chinese investors, has asked the Club for comment either on a private or public basis and is seeking to make contact with Hull City supporters and other supporter organisations for any useful background information.
Whole Game Solution Unsolved
The EFL Proposal to go to a five divisions of twenty clubs each structure (WGS) has come unstuck. There is a difference of prioritisation between the FA and the EFL over the scheduling of the FA Cup which would have unlocked the necessary funding. This has led to the EFL ceasing further discussions and consultation.
The STAR Board and the majority of STAR members recently polled were not in favour of the EFL’s Whole Game Solution and therefore we broadly welcome this development. However, having seen at closer quarters some of the EFL’s arguments, thinking and willingness to engage with clubs and supporters, STAR acknowledges the efforts put in by the EFL and their willingness to take a lead within the national game. The problems of fixture congestion and an over-reliance on midweek dates for Championship clubs in particular remain.
Reading Deaf FC; The Opening Two Months
We are now two months in to the season. Time to catch up with the news from Reading Deaf FC.
Reading Deaf FC (sponsored by STAR) play their home games on the 3G pitch at Piggott School, Wargrave Road off the A4 near Twyford. Until the clocks go forward most games will kick off at 1pm. You can download a copy of the latest fixture list from the panel to the right of this page, keep an eye on the STAR website and STAR notice boards around Madejski Stadium or talk to Pete Vickery in STAR Base.
Please come down and support the lads. We will be glad to see you. Admission is completely free.
“Lest we Forget” - Annual Remembrance Service 19th November
Saturday 19th November saw us join the Football Club, the Former Players’ Association and the Vice-Presidents’ Association in the Annual Service of Remembrance before the game with Burton Albion at 1.45pm at the Memorial Wall next to the Players’ entrance.
It is particularly poignant this year as it falls at the end of the centenary commemorations for the Battle of the Somme; a battle so terrible that it is far beyond our comprehension. It tragically resulted in over one million casualties, including a significant number of Reading men, with several battalions of the Royal Berkshire Regiment serving during the battle. Reading men like Arthur Tegg, a bricklayer, who lived on the Basingstoke Road with his wife and young children and who enlisted in 237th (Reading) Field Company of the Royal Engineers. Arthur died on 30th September 1916, as the result of wounds he received during the in the battle while trying to aid an injured comrade and is buried in Reading Cemetery.
Arthur may well have been a Reading FC supporter; coming to pre-war Elm Park on a Saturday afternoon to cheer on the Biscuitmen. A team that contained real stars like Ted Hanney, an England international defender who had played for Great Britain in the 1912 Olympics who, although wounded during the battle, survived; and Allen Foster, a great inside forward who had famously scored the winner for the Biscuitmen against First Division Aston Villa in the FA Cup in 1912. Sadly, Allen did not survive the Battle of the Somme; dying of the wounds he sustained in an attack against enemy positions.
STAR’s wreath was laid by our Chairman, Paul Ellix. A tribute on behalf of the families of former Reading players who fell while serving was laid by Carol Buckell, whose great-grandfather; Heber Slatter was killed in 1918. A tribute on behalf of the club’s young supporters was laid by Will Joyner.
You can read more about Reading playes who lost their lives during the First World War within our Heritage pages.
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 or if recently joined online, your confirmation email showing your membership number.
Tuesday 31st January KO 7.45pm
Depart Mad Stad 3.15pm
West St Rdg 3.30pm
Saturday 4th February KO 3.00pm
Depart West St Rdg 9.15am
Mad Stad 9.30am
Saturday 18th February KO 3.00pm
Depart Mad Stad 8.45am
West St Rdg 9.00am
Saturday 25th February KO 5.30pm
Depart West St Rdg 1.15pm
Mad Stad 1.30pm
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Following our last Fans' Forum on 28th November with Paul McShane and Gareth McCleary, together with a presentation on the RFC Deaf Team, we will be bringing news of our next event in due course.
Reading FC Deaf Team
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 (updated 11th January). For further information come and talk to Pete Vickery on match days and Tuesday evenings at the STAR Base.
STAR are pleased to support the events and activities of the RFC Community Trust. You can visit their website here.
RFC Former Players Association
Find out about events organised by the Former Players Association by visiting their website.
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