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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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Our supporters around the UK and rest of the world.
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Fans' Events

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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 2017-18 - Join Today

joinstar7.jpg Our membership season runs from 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018. Our membership fees remain unchanged at £10 for adults and £5 for under 18 yrs and over 65 yrs.

You can apply to join online today and pay securely using a credit or debit card or PayPal account.

You can find out more about membership of STAR and benefits on our Membership page or by calling into the STAR Base on match days.

Help Needed With Football Dissertation

We have been approached by Ross Tacey, a third year Football studies student at Southampton Solent University, who is the process of gathering research for his dissertation which will examine the role of anti-racism organisations/groups and how their work with football fans in England can reduce and prevent future fan racism.

He is looking for volunteers to answer questions on the effectiveness of anti racists groups and views about racism in modern day football as compared with the past. Ross would like to interview fans of various cultural backgrounds to gain opinions into current work done by anti-racism groups. He would also like to find out how fans feel about the situation regarding racism in English football, such as compared to the past and what could be improved. Finally he would like to find out how fans and anti-racism groups can work more closely in the future to further eradicate racism in English football.

Ross is looking for 10 people for the dissertation, the questions can be answered by phone or by email and will take place early January 2018. Anyone who is interested in taking part should initially email ian.maynard@star-reading.org.uk.

 

Ron Gourlay at the Fans’ Forum

New Reading FC CEO Ron Gourlay took questions from STAR members for over an hour at the Fans’ Forum on 16th November. Among the topics covered were the development of the Bearwood training ground, the new owner’s approach, the transfer market and parachute payments and the importance of the Academy. A summary will appear in a future edition of Reading Matter.

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STAR Predictor Competition Positions as of 6th November

Did you enter our Predictor competition this season? You can see where you are by downloading the position table as of 6th November.

With 149 entries the early leaders are Alan Wellsted (438 points), Mark Wellsteed (437) and James Cooper (433).

 

Home Programme Stock Surplus

We are in the midst of sorting our huge stock of old programmes into something much more manageable and useful. It is likely we will have to dispose of some bulk stocks of home programmes from the 1970s to 2000s. It would be great if we could give some unsorted batches away to schools or old people’s homes or anyone else who would find them useful / help spread some goodwill for the club. If you think you can help please get in touch via media@star-reading.org.

 

Community Support – Reading & District Sunday League

STAR is very pleased to announce a programme of support for the three cup competitions of the Reading and District Sunday League for 2017-18. The RDSL has operated for over 40 years but like many adult male leagues is seeing a decline in participation from 19 divisions in 1975 to six now. One cause of this is the increased costs of participating that have to be borne by players.

Unlike the professional game success can make the situation worse! The RDSL runs three cup competitions, The Tilehurst Charity Cup, Industrial Cup and the John Lusted Cup. The semi-finalists have to bear the additional costs of playing on a neutral ground and fees for the match officials. This takes the gloss off reaching the semi-finals for many participants. RDSL itself customarily covers the expenses of holding the finals from the entry fees charged to its clubs.

For the 2017-18 season STAR is pleased to be able to cover the expenses for the semi-finals and finals (one of which is held at the MadStad). This will allow the RDSL to lower their competition entry fees for all competing clubs and have a direct benefit to all twelve semi-finalists. STAR’s contribution approaches £1,500. “Back in the 1970s STAR’s predecessor organisation, the Supporters’ Club, had a team in the Sunday League so it’s good for us to be back supporting active participation in football, though I’m not going to be putting my boots back on” said STAR Deputy Chairman and former Sunday player Roger Titford.

Pat Hicks, on behalf of the RDSL said, “The Reading Sunday Football League are honoured and delighted to be connected with an organisation with the reputation and standing of STAR. Their support for our Cup Competitions Semi Finals and Finals will ensure the all our Clubs will benefit from their very generous sponsorship and we look forward to our partnership.” Amongst STAR’s aims as a Community Benefit Society are support for the local community and support for the sport of football. “Our involvement with RDSL complements our sponsorship of the Reading FC Deaf team’s kit and our sponsorship of Hospital Radio Reading’s match day commentaries, said new STAR Chairman Ian Maynard. “STAR seeks to support football in our community at many levels.”

 

STAR AGM and Fans’ Forum with Jaap Stam

STAR held its 15th AGM on Wednesday 13th September at Reading Town Hall. Retiring Chairman Paul Ellix reported a 33% increase in membership to 1,878 and a surplus of over £5,000. Donations and sponsorships were made to the Reading FC Deaf team, Hospital Radio Reading and the Royal British Legion among others.

Kevin Lenton, Sacha Liddiard and Andrew Wearing were newly elected to the STAR Board.

Vice-president Bobby Williams was on hand to receive the Hall of Fame award for his one-time team-mate the legendary goalkeeper Steve Death, on behalf of his widow Sharon. There will be 25 new inductees for the Hall of Fame in Spring 2018.

The winners of the 2016-17 Predictor competition were also presentated with their cheques.

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Roger Titford, Deputy Chair, introduced Jaap Stam to the Fans' Forum. For over an hour Reading manager took questions from the fans on tactics, team selection, transfers, coaching responsibilities and the advantages of living near Reading rather than in Milan.

 

The Real Early History of Reading FC

roger.pngAlmost every history of Reading FC has depended on the first account of its early years written, anonymously, in 1906. It contains numerous errors and biases uncovered by Roger Titford in his 2016 publication of ‘The Lost Years of Reading FC’.

To set the records straight we’re pleased to present an excerpt from his book.
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As well as before all home matches, the STAR Base will be open on Tuesday evenings 7.30 - 9pm (when not playing away) for coach bookings for the below away fixtures. 

Bristol City Tuesday 26th December
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Kick Off 3.00pm
Depart West St Reading 11.30am
Mad Stad 11.45am
Cost £14


Barnsley Saturday 30th December
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Kick Off 3.00pm
Depart Mad Stad 8.45am
West St Reading 9.00am
Cost £20


Stevenage Saturday 6th January

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Kick Off 3.00pm
West St Reading 10.30am
Depart Mad Stad 10.45am
Cost £12

 

For away ground information visit: 

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Thank yo uto all those members who attended our last event, the STAR Fans' Forum with Reading FC Chief Executive Ron Gourlay in November. We have no further events to bring you at this time. 

Reading FC Deaf Team

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STAR is proud to sponsor the Reading FC Deaf Team  who play their home games at Piggott School, Twyford Road, Wargrave. For further information you can download a copy of their 2017-18 fixtures, results and match information (updated 11/10/2017) or come and talk to Pete Vickery on match days and Tuesday evenings at the STAR Base.

STAR are also pleased to support the events and activities of the RFC Community Trust. You can visit their website here.

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RFC Former Players Association

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