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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.
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 here or 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.
STAR Predictor Competition Update 1st November
Did you enter this season's Predictor competition for a chance to win the top prize of £300? The first five places as at 1st November were:
Abbigale May (403 points)
Sue Hayman-Jones (396)
Pryish Mistry (395)
Richard Ruffell (394)
Mick Bullock (393)
There's still a long way to go and only 30 points separating the next 69 entries! You can check where you are by downloading the positions here.
The EFL Trophy – STAR’S Position
The STAR Board has taken the view that the changes made to this competition for 2016-17, now called the Checkatrade Trophy, are mis-conceived and should not be supported. Many other supporters’ trusts, other supporters’ organisations and individual supporters are of a similar view and attendances at the matches played so far have been startlingly low.
As Reading are putting out an age-limited side we have not treated these fixtures as first team games and have not provided an away travel service, as is our general policy. On 9th November Reading have their first home match in the competition against Yeovil. Again we will not be treating this as a first team match and will not be opening STAR Base in the evening.
In our very recent survey 50% of members supported STAR’s position, 36% opposed it and 14% didn’t know or didn’t care. However it is likely Reading will progress out of the group stage into the knock-out phase and there will probably be more supporter interest in the games. The survey indicates that the proportion of members (and non-members) endorsing us continuing our stance should Reading continue in the competition falls to 35%.
The Reading FC management have said to us quite directly that they view participation in the competition as of great benefit to younger, non-first team players as it gives the experience of playing against League first teams and before a larger crowd than they would normally experience. The club’s management has asked us to encourage supporters to attend the match and support the team.
We understand this is a benefit to the club and we respect its view; nevertheless we believe it is more important for us to demonstrate to the game’s authorities our opposition (as STAR and as part of the network of supporter organisations) to the concept of mixing lower league clubs with age-limited / B / nursery sides.
Going forward, we’re faced with three difficult and imperfect choices:
- STAR maintains its stance of non-support knowing the value that the football club places on the competition and that it is likely that a majority proportion of the supporters would become interested in the competition. To do so we could be accused of intransigence.
- STAR abandons its stance of non-support for the Yeovil game and also its credibility and solidarity with the supporters’ movement in general. To do so we could be accused of infidelity to our principles.
- STAR makes its point of opposition with regard to the Yeovil fixture, knowing that the point about this one year experiment has been well made by others too, and then accept the views of the club and of interested supporters, if the club should progress. To do so we could be accused of inconsistency.
We believe that supporters should make up their own minds on what value they put on each of these arguments, whether to support our young players or to hold back in support of a larger idea endorsed by fan groups across the country. If we progress in the tournament STAR will assess on a game by game basis what support we will give in terms of publicity and away travel – and stand ready to be called inconsistent in what is an impossible situation.
The survey has now closed, so thank you to everyone who took part. We are currently analysing the information and will post details in due course.
RFC Senior Managers Meeting With STAR - October
The latest of our meetings with RFC senior managers took place at the Mad Stad on 27th October and included issues over match day parking and suspension of season tickets for some holders following behaviour at Arsenal match, amongst other items.
If you have matters for consideration of raising at the next meeting which, will be held early January, please email them to email@example.com.
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.
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 3rd December KO 3.00pm
Depart West St Rdg 11.15am
Mad Stad 11.30am
Tuesday 13th December KO 7.45pm
Depart Mad Stad 1.15pm
West Street, Rdg 1.30pm
Saturday 17th December KO 3.00pm
Depart Mad Stad 7.45am
West Street, Rdg 8.00am
Monday 2nd January 2017 KO 3.00pm
Depart West St Rdg 11.30am
Mad Stad 11.45am
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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.
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.
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 4th November). For further information come and talk to Pete Vickery on match days and Tuesday evenings at the STAR Base.
RFC Former Players Association
Find out about events organised by the Former Players Association by visiting their website.
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