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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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.
Those who completed a standing order last season will not need to re-apply. Payment will be taken on or shortly after 1st July and they will have their membership automatically renewed. All renewals will be confirmed by email.
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.
2016-17 Membership Card Collections from 29th July.
For those members who have already joined us for the 2016-17 season you can collect your Membership, Mega Store Discount cards and badge outside the STAR Base ahead of the Bournemouth friendly on Friday 29th July or ahead of the Preston match on 6th August. After these dates they can be collected from inside the STAR Base before any Home match or Tuesday evening between 7.30pm and 9.00pm (except when playing away).
New members are most welcome to join on these days as well (and may save time to download and complete an application form and bring it with you on the day).
Those members who live outside the area and have requested their packs be posted will be receiving them in due course.
STAR 2016-17 Predictor Competition - FREE Member Entry
The STAR Predictor competition is back for 2016-17 with a top prize of £300! And it could take you as little as a minute to enter and cost you nothing.
The competition is based on the number of points gathered by the 92 league clubs during the season. You pick 17 of them and if your 17 have the highest aggregate points total you win the 1st prize. 2nd prize is £100 and 3rd prize is £75. All will become clear when you download the entry form (see below).
The FREE Predictor entry is another benefit of STAR membership. Members can buy one extra chance to win for £5 (as can non-members). Last season only about 10% of members entered the competition so there was a decent chance of winning. Obviously you have to join STAR before the Predictor competition entry deadline of 1st September 2016. And to make it even more interesting for early joiners and entrants there is a special £25 prize for the best entry received before a ball is kicked by Reading on 6th August.
Alternatively, and if you are looking to pay for an entry, you can download the pdf version, complete and send it by post or better still hand it in with your payment at the STAR base.
Good luck to all who enter!
STAR is very pleased to see Reading FC take the lead on ticket pricing in the Championship in 2016-17 with its £20 structure for fans in the Eamonn Dolan Stand and away fans. The initiative was commended at the national Football Supporters' Federation summit at the weekend, alongside the £30 cap on away ticket prices in the Premier League and Arsenal and Swansea subsidising their away fans ticket costs.
In October 2015 STAR organised a march around the Madejski Stadium behind the ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ banner and gathered a 300 signature strong petition backing the campaign. The subject of ticket pricing and reciprocal away ticket pricing has been raised by STAR in meetings with the Club senior management throughout last season (30th September, 9th November, 17th February, 11th April and 23rd May) and noted on this website. STAR’s sustained efforts will have had some influence on the decision.
STAR sincerely hopes that Reading’s £20 deal works both in terms of increasing numbers at home games and “inspiring” other Championship clubs to follow suit.
Eamonn Dolan RIP
STAR is deeply saddened today to learn of the death of the Club’s academy manager Eamonn Dolan. Eamonn had long been part of the fabric of Reading FC and his good influence stretched far wider than the academy itself. But it was the academy he led that has made a real difference to Reading FC, an area where the club really does now compete at the top level of the English game. Eamonn will be greatly missed and we send our sincere condolences to his family.
Appointment of new RFC Manager
STAR wishes Jaap Stam all the best and every success at Reading. He's our first non-British manager and we look forward to hearing more from him at a future Fans Forum.
More about the appointment can be seen on the RFC website.
Prospects and Plans for 2016-17 – the view from the inside...
RFC Managers Meeting With STAR - May
The latest of our regular meetings with RFC senior managers took place at the Mad Stad on 23rd May and included supporter issues such as away ticket prices, RFC Academy and the Football League amongst others.
If you have matters for consideration of raising at the next meeting please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sacking of Brian McDermott
STAR is disappointed that Brian McDermott has been sacked as Reading manager after only 30 games in charge of a squad that was not of his making. We would also like to say we are shocked, but unfortunately we are not. Now looking for their fourth manager in less than two years the owners appear to be chasing success at a desperate pace.
Brian has been a great servant of the club in his two spells. His re-appointment last year suggested a clear strategy was in place for the club to return to methods and a style that had brought success in the past. Together with the recent departures of Nicky Hammond (director of football) and Ian Wood-Smith (director) Brian’s exit indicates firmly that we are moving into a new era for Reading FC.
These kind of managerial changes are no guarantee of success as fans of Leeds, Forest and Charlton would attest. But we will wish the new man, more or less whoever he is, every success with Reading FC.
Winners of £500 Prize Fund in STAR Predictor Competition 2015-16 are...
As a STAR member did you make your free entry to this years Predictor Competition?
Congratulations to Alan Wellsteed for winning this seasons competition with 1203 points out of a possible maximum of 1333 to scoop the top prize of £300 ahead of 159 other entrants!
He was closely followed by David Jones with 1201 who wins £100, Pam Downing in third with 1198 winning £75 and Geoffrey Stevens with 1192 taking fourth place and £25.
The organisers will be in touch with the winners in due course to arrange collection of their prizes.
Thank you to all those who entered, you can download and check on your final positions here.
The STAR Predictor Competition simply involves using your judgement to select one team from each of 17 groups – 17 teams in all. You score the accumulated number of points which your teams end the season with. We hope to repeat the competition this coming season so look out for details when we open for 2016-17 membership. Full details will be announced soon.
Ali Al-Habsi voted supporters Player of the Season
Congratulations to Ali Al-Habsi who was awarded the 2015-16 Player of the Season ahead of the final home game against Preston on 30th April. Seen presented with the award from Sir John Madejski is STAR Board member Helen Bullen who organised and co-ordinated this year's award. Thanks go to all those volunteers who helped behind the scenes, especially with the distribution and counting of voting cards.
We will be opening the STAR shop ahead of the friendly against Bournemouth on 29th when coach bookings can be taken for the first away matches. After these dates we will be open as usual before home games and Tuesday evenings between 7.30 and 9.00pm when not playing away.
Away coach travel is only available to current STAR members. The 2016-17 membership cards can be collected outside the STAR Base from 29th, you will need to produce your 2016-17 membership card before booking.
We look forward to you travelling with us this season.
Saturday 13th August KO 3pm
Depart Mad Stad 9.30am
West Street Reading 9.45am (outside Primark)
Wednesday 17th August KO 7.45pm
Depart Mad Stad 10.30am
West Street Reading 10.45am
Saturday 27th August KO 3.00pm
Depart West Street Reading 10.30am
Mad Stad 10.45am
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Date for your Diary
AGM / Fans Forum Thursday 1st September from 8pm. Full details to be published 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. They offer a safe environment to care for, develop and educate the disadvantaged or at risk young people within the Reading and surrounding areas.You can visit their website here.
or checkout events organised by the RFC Former Players Association on their website?
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