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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 - join online today
Our membership season runs from 1st July 2014 to 30th June 2015. Our membership fees remain unchanged for the last 12 years 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 where you can also join online.
Welcome to Steve Clarke
STAR would like to welcome Steve Clarke to our Football Club in the warmest terms. Steve’s record as a coach is first class and we believe that his appointment is undoubtedly a positive step in changing the Club’s on-field fortunes; bringing the consistency that has been missing in recent weeks. We are confident that he will be able to move the Club in the right direction and we are sure that all supporters will rally behind him and the team during his first match on Saturday.”
We look forward to supporters having an early opportunity of meeting him at a Fans' Forum and hearing his vision for Reading FC.
Dismissal of Nigel Adkins
Given performances over the last couple of months the dismissal of Nigel Adkins is understandable, if perhaps a little premature given that the new owners have only been in place for three months. However something had to change. The verdict on any managerial sacking can only be delivered when the replacement is known.
Nigel deserves credit for the dignified way he coped with the immense difficulties of the last two years without complaint and it is fair to say that he never had the financial support he would have anticipated when taking on the job. As supporters we really need to get behind the team on Saturday and make a fresh start.
Travel Problems Anticipated For Brighton Match
The Boxing Day match is always a popular game and STAR Travel are running their usual coaches to the away fixture against Brighton and tickets are still available from the STAR base at only £10 per person. This is likely to be one of the most convenient methods of travel leaving from the Mad Stad or town centre at Reading with convenient coach parking immediately outside the ground.
For those planning to travel independently, as this will be Brighton's first home game on this day since the move to the Amex Stadium, we have had contact from Liz Costa from Brighton Supporters Club, with some local advice due to potential travel problems.
"The best solution is Park and Ride - the nearest one to you is Mill Road which is at the end of the A23, on the outskirts of Brighton BUT that is usually completely full by about 1.30pm. The next one is Mithras House which is in Lewes Road and which would normally be expected to be the easiest for the Amex Stadium but due to the vagaries of our local Council, Lewes Road is basically a no-go area due to the construction of new roadway and cycle lanes!"
Liz advises "The best park and ride site is the Race Course. Folk driving should set their Sat Nav for the Race Course and the transport is quick and regular (in fact the most efficient of the 3 sites we use), and the return buses usually are quicker than the other two sites.
The final alternative is to contact the club to book a space in either the Bridge Car Park (about a 10 minute walk to the south of the stadium) or the University which is across the main road from the stadium with again about 7-10 min walk depending on where you are parked. It will cost £15 if booked in advance (park and rise is free) but it is generally quite full so book soonest is the advice."
Thank you Liz. We hope the above is of help to those not travelling by coach.
RFC Subject to Financial Fair Play Rules for 2013/14
The 2013/14 season is a watershed for financial constraint in football. For the first time, all English professional divisions have rules in place that restrict their spending. Faced with increased wage costs, losses, debt and insolvency, the new rules will place a transfer embargo on clubs that overspend. Monitored through their annual accounts Reading Football Club will have their finances for the 2013/14 season scrutinised for compliance with the rules.
Regular STAR members will know that each year member Dave Hunt delves into the published finances of RFC and produces a valuable insight into the club finances in a way that can be more easily understood by the majority of supporters. Dave is currently analysing the figures for 2013/14 and we will be publishing his report when complete.
In the meantime you can find out more about the Financial Fair Play rules at www.financialfairplay.co.uk.
STAR Meet With New RFC Director
STAR met with Jack Srisumrid, one of the new Thai directors of Reading FC, for the first time on 10th December. We introduced ourselves as an organisation and outlined our role and history. We learned a little more about the background of the Thai consortium, the current restricting situation as regards FFP (Financial Fair Play) and discussed matters relating to supporter representation.
Jack will be one of the main representatives of the new owners and we look forward to continuing our discussions with him in the New Year.
STAR Page Match Day Programme - Bolton
If you were unable to make the game or decided not to buy the match day programme for the Bolton match you can download a copy of the STAR page here.
STAR Quiz Night - Date for your Diary
We are currently putting the final touches to our next event, the STAR Quiz Night, to be held at the Tilehurst British Legion Club, Downing Road, Tilehurst, Reading on Thursday 22 January - full details will be published soon.
FSF Event - A Woman's Place is at the Match
The Football Supporters’ Federation and Kick it Out are holding a panel discussion for female football fans to share their experiences of following the men's game from the Premier League to non-league.
When? Monday 8th December (7pm- 9pm)
Where? Amnesty International UK, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA.
For further details visit the Football Supporters’ Federation website.
STAR Predictor Competition Update
If you entered this seasons Predictor competition then you can check on your progress below. The Predictor is a competition involving selecting one team from each of 17 groups – 17 teams in all. The entrant scores the number of points that team ends the season on (after any deductions). The person with the most points wins 35% of all entry fees, the second highest gets 10% and the third highest gets 5%.
As of 16th November Colin Ford currently leads the table with 448 points with Alan Wellsteed close behind on 447 and Roger Titford 3rd with 432 points.
Participants can check their position by downloading the scores table here.
Fri 26th December KO 3.00pm
Depart West St Reading 10.45am
Mad Stad 11.00am
FA Cup - Huddersfield
Sat 3rd January KO 3.00pm
Depart Mad Stad 8.45am
Depart West St Reading 9.00am
Sat 17th January KO 3.00pm
Depart West St Reading 11.45am
Mad Stad 12.00 noon
The date of this fixture is the same as the FA Cup 4th Round and so may be postponed depending on both Reading and Millwall results in round 3. To avoid the possibility of managing large numbers of refunds, tickets are only available at this time to members who, in the event of postponement, are able to attend any rearranged new fixture.
Sat 24th January KO 3.00pm
Depart West St Reading 10.45am
Mad Stad 11.00am
For away ground information visit:
STAR Quiz Night at the Tilehurst British Legion Club, Reading on Thursday 22 January - full details coming soon.
Why not find out more about RFC Former Players Association on their website?
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