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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.

2018-19 STAR Membership - Apply Online Today

Our membership season runs from 1st July 2018 to 30th June 2019.  You can apply to join online today. joinstar6.jpg

Our membership fees remain unchanged again this season at £10 for adults and £5 for under 18's and over 65's. Payments are taken securely online via PayPal.

Full details of our membership and benefits can be found on our Membership page.

Statement On Recent Dramatic Changes

Five weeks ago STAR called for those in charge of the club to do something dramatic or significant to stop what we feared was a drift to relegation (see below).

We are pleased, indeed surprised, therefore to see so much action taken in the past few days. Doubtless other factors than our statement came into play! We welcome Nigel Howe’s return as CEO and note with interest and approval that the next managerial appointment should “fit the Reading mould”. There has been some dislocation in the last couple of years with the club trying to be something that doesn’t match the identity that its supporters recognise. Let’s hope, in the words of that blunt chant, “we get our Reading back”.

Paul Clement came in at the end of last season with a very difficult brief and just managed to keep us in the Championship. He came across as a decent, open and hard-working man and we have some sympathy that it didn’t work out for him here.

It appears that the owners are taking a slightly more upfront role, which is good, and that the changes of CEO and manager represent a major shake-up at the club, which is needed.

Roy Bentley's Stationary Club

book.pngSTAR Board member Roger Titford has a new book out. It’s about Reading in the 1960s, and it’s called Roy Bentley’s Stationary Club. It takes a close look at Roy’s time as manager from 1963-69 and the struggle he had to move the club forward in a fast-changing era. There are a few surprising parallels with the club today – including an early version of Club 1871 and a new club song that lasted one match!

The book is available from the Megastore or online via When Saturday Comes for £12, postage free. Roger will be doing a signing session in the Megastore before the Sheffield United game on Saturday 8th December.

 

To All Those In Charge Of Reading Football Club

As supporters we understand that the fortunes of the club go up and down and that insiders know of constraints, plans and hopes that we do not. We know there is a time for patience – but believe that it’s coming to an end.

The Academy shows great promise and the new training ground at Bearwood will be good news. But, sadly, in almost all other areas the fortunes of the club are in decline.
- The league position has been poor in four of the last five seasons and this season the story will be a relegation battle to stay in the Championship.
- The entertainment value of the football and the match experience at the Madejski Stadium has dissatisfied and alienated many.
- Ticket sales, and more particularly home match attendances, are down.
- There is less energy, enthusiasm and connection around the place and supporters are looking to the owner(s) to provide some leadership and sense of hands-on mission control instead of what seems like more of the unending drift we’ve had since 2013.
- The goodwill the club has built since around 2000 is eroding – it’s not just this season or these owners, to be fair, but that’s where the buck currently stops.

There is real concern and that is now generating widespread comment amongst supporters. Something dramatic or significant needs to happen to create an upturn – and it has to start on the pitch. There’s only so much that marketing and well-meaning efforts like Club 1871 can do when faced with seven defeats in the last ten home games.

We’re not the people to say specifically what has to happen – that’s your job. But we are the people to say that something has to change to prevent a fall back into the third tier. We wish you all the best with it.

Supporters’ Trust at Reading (STAR) Board

 

Remembrance Service - Saturday 10th November

Our act of remembrance this year took place on Saturday 10th November at the Memorial Wall outside Gates 1 and 2 of the stadium. Kingsley and the Reading FC Academy U12's Squad took part in the laying of poppies ahead of the service at 1:45pm. Members of the public were also invited to lay their own poppy at the Memorial Wall.

 

Fans' Forum with Paul Clement Thursday 6th September

Our AGM took place in the Princess Suite at the Madejski Stadium on Thursday 6th September and was followed by our first Fans' Forum of the season with guest Paul Clement. There were many questions put to Paul from the 150 or so members in the audience, in what was his first fans' forum. A summary can be seen below.

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The international break? You do want to win the game before but it’s not all doom and gloom. There’s only 6 players away so we had 11-a-side match today. McCleary and Harriott were involved. Obita is in the US working on his knee with a strengthening coach.

Performances so far? The margins are fine, single goal defeats. Only Bolton and Sheff Weds were disappointing. First half against Derby probably the best we’ve played so far.

Systems? We’re looking for consistency, clarity, not constantly changing tactics. 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 is the route for me – some games we might need the extra midfielder. Ideally we’d like to defend higher but in the Championship it goes back to front so quickly so you have to defend long balls. A lot of very direct play against us. We’re trying to get a balance. I don’t want to be a team that lumps it back to front.

Bringing young players in? You need to be dominating games at U23 level first. Some are starting to do the things you need to in order to get in first team.

Transfers in? Saeid Ezatolahi is away with the Iranian national team at the moment. He will be a big physical presence, 6ft 2ins, strong in the tackle. I’ve signed eight in this window. All the signings come in with my blessing. Some I’ve pushed for very strongly.

Transfers out? Liam Moore is staying, he’s signed a five year contract. The owner was determined not to sell. We’ll need the next two windows to get the right blend and to trim the squad. But it is better to have more than less!

Morale? We’ve got a good team spirit, a strong culture in the dressing room. The players are suffering like you’re suffering as fans right now. The group has potential to improve. I think when we win a couple of games there will be a momentum shift.

Final words?  Thanks for giving me a relatively easy time tonight! I understand your frustrations but you can be a big help when you get behind the players. Thank you for your support – we want to turn the corner and give you something to be proud of.

 

RFC Senior Managers Meeting With STAR - 16th August

Our latest meeting with RFC senior managers took place at the Mad Stad on 16th August.

You can download a summary of notes from the meeting here.

 

STAR’s offer for 2018-19 season

STAR membership is available from 1st July and runs to 30th June 2019. It costs £10 for adults aged 18-64 and £5 for under 18s and 65 and overs. This season the benefits of STAR membership are:

  • Access to great value away travel by coach for every first team away game

  • Free entry to STAR Fans Forums and Hall of Fame event

  • One 10% off discount voucher for shopping at the Megastore – if you spend £100 there, it’ll pay for your membership!

  • 20 Ticketing Points (for all) and 50 Royals Rewards Points (if you’re a season ticket holder) will be added to your RFC account

  • Your STAR membership card now includes a first team fixture list

  • Free collectable commemorative STAR badge for the first thousand to join

  • Free first ever match day programme at the Madstad (v Luton, 1998) for under 18s only, while stocks last

  • Regular update by email STAR Bulletin of matters of interest / benefit / concern to members and free annual ‘Reading Matter’ magazine

  • A £1 share in STAR which entitles you to vote at the AGM, in any elections and to stand for election yourself (18 and over only)

  • Supporting our work, size and reputation as one of the larger supporters’ trust in England

STAR will continue to represent the interest of all Reading supporters in meetings with:

  • RFC management

  • Safety Advisory Group and Fan Engagement Panel

  • Football Supporters Federation and Supporters Direct

  • National and local government (on issues such as safe standing, Royal Elm Park)

STAR will continue to monitor the activity of RFC and its associated companies through Companies House records and other sources.

On request, STAR will continue to help supporters, whether members or not, who are in dispute with RFC or its opposing clubs.

We hope supporters will find this an attractive package and join us – at the same membership fees we have been charging for the past 15 years. You can join online here or by post (see Membership page for details) or in person at STAR Base.

 

Safe Standing Petition Debated In Parliament

The great majority of Reading fans we recently polled believe there should be provision for ‘safe standing’ at Premier League and Championship matches. STAR supported the petition to have the issue considered for debate in Parliament. The petition had over 111,000 signatures and was debated on 25th June where the Sports Minister has promised to conduct a review over the next six months of safety/injury evidence of standing in seated areas. This could be taken as a softening of the Government’s previously hostile stance to change. A recording of the debate can be viewed via Parliament TV here.

 

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.


We will be opening the STAR Base before every Home match and Tesday evening (when not playing away) from 7.30pm to 9pm for away coach tickets. 

Millwall

millwall.gifWeds 26th December KO 3pm
Depart West St Reading 10.45am
Mad Stad 11.00am
Price £12

 

QPR

qpr.gifSaturday 29th December KO 3pm
Depart West St Reading 11.45am
Mad Stad 12 Noon
Price £12

 

Man Utd (Cup)

manutd.pngSaturday 5th January KO 12.30pm
Depart Mad Stad 5.45am
West St Reading 6.00am
Price £30

 

For away ground information visit: 

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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 come and talk to Pete Vickery 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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