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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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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.

Fresh start for vital last third

We’re well aware of the often heated debates amongst Reading fans about our current form and predicament. We have them amongst the STAR Board ourselves. Whether you like it or not the club appear to have made the decision to back the manager, provided him with two experienced players and taken the squad away for a hopefully reviving break in Spain.

There’s still a third of the season left – 15 games. The main thing now is to avoid relegation and the implications that would have for the club finances and Category One Academy status. We’ve got 32 points. We’ll need somewhere between 50-54 to stay up in all probability. That means our form has to improve – but only to a level that looks quite feasible. There are several clubs worse off than us and their recent form isn’t anything to write home about either. As supporters we can affect morale – either way.

We’ve had a ten day break since the last game, a chance to re-charge batteries and wipe the slate clean. Start again time at Forest. Time, regardless of whatever we think of current personnel and tactics, to back our club, back our men and back its future. Make the MadStad a welcome place next Saturday for us to play in, not Derby. This season obviously hasn’t gone to plan but let the management sort that all out in the summer – as a Championship club, still, with our support.

 

STAR’s Reading FC Hall of Fame - The 2018 Inductions

The big night is approaching! On Tuesday 20 March 2018 the next 25 names to be inducted into the Hall of Fame will be announced at our presentation evening in the Princess Suite at the Madejski Stadium. The event is open and free to Reading fans.

Among those to be inducted are internationals, record-holders, managers, club saviours, Olympic gold medallists, captains, local boys, even a journalist. Several great names will be there in person to receive their awards, in the presence of the Mayor of Reading, say a few words and perhaps re-live a few moments of their most memorable televised match action.

These names will be added to the 24 already inducted since the Hall of Fame was launched by STAR in 2016. You can see who’s there already on our Heritage & Hall of Fame page.

This is a celebration night for our football community. Besides the main presentation, which will be compered by Paul Allen and Roger Titford, there will be a chance to inter-act with displays and people from Reading Community Trust, Reading Women’s team, the Reading Collectors & Historians, the Former Players Association, the Tilehurst End podcast and the Reading & District Sunday League (which STAR is sponsoring this year).

The doors open at 7pm, there is a pay bar, the presentations start at 7.30pm and the evening is likely to go on until 10pm. Entry is free to STAR members. The event is also open and free to non-members but we do require that non-members pre-register on the guest list (for capacity reasons) by emailing chair@star-reading.org.

 

STAR Predictor Competition Positions as of 5th February

Did you enter our Predictor competition this season? You can see where you are by downloading the position table as of 5th February.

With 149 entries the leaders remain unchanged from those at the end of 2017 - Alan Wellsted (836 points), Mark Wellsteed (834) and James Cooper (836).

 

RFC Senior Managers Meeting With STAR - 30th November

Our latest meeting with RFC senior managers took place at the Mad Stad on 30th November and included issues on car parking and supporter reasearch amongst others.

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

The next meeting is due 28th February. if you have any supporter issues for consideration of STAR Board ahead of the next meeting please contact ian.maynard@star-reading.org

 

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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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.”

 

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.

Wolves Saturday 3rd March
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Kick Off 5.30pm
Depart Mad Stad 12.00 noon
West St Reading 12.15pm
Cost £16

 

Norwich Saturday 17th March
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Kick Off 3.00pm
West St Reading 8.45am
Depart Mad Stad 9.00am
Cost £20

 

Aston Villa Tuesday 3rd April
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Kick Off 7.45pm
Depart Mad Stad 2.30pm
West St Reading 2.45pm
Cost £15

 

Fulham Tuesday 10th April
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Kick Off 7.45pm
West St Reading 3.00pm
Depart Mad Stad 3.15pm
Cost £12

 

For away ground information visit: 

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Our next event is the STAR Hall of Fame on Tuesday 20th March. Please see news article on the left for more details.

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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