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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.
Would You Like To Join The STAR Board?
STAR would welcome members putting themselves forward for election to the Board at the next AGM in September. The Board are all volunteers who meet once a month and help run STAR on behalf of its members. You can find out more about the Board on our About STAR page or by calling into the STAR base near entrance 5 of the Mad Stad on any home game.
There are eight vacancies and in order to stand for election you need to be a fully paid up member of STAR and be aged 18 or over.
You can download an application form here, which includes more information on applying to join the Board. Please note that the closing date for receipt of nomination forms is 31 May 2016.
STAR statement on Hillsborough Inquest
The Hillsborough Inquest verdict exonerating the fans on the day comes as little surprise to those who attended matches in that era. The families are to be commended for their persistence in the face of the cover-ups by the authorities. Sad to say such attitudes towards football supporters and their side of the story have not entirely disappeared today.
You can read more comment on the FSF (Football Supporters' Federation) website.
100th anniversary commemorations
STAR will be commemorating the deaths during World War I of three former players at a short ceremony by the Players’ Entrance before the Preston match on Saturday 30th April at 2.15pm. The players who died 100 years ago were Ben Butler, Alfred Hall and Charles West. All supporters are welcome to attend.
RFC Managers Meeting With STAR - April
The latest of our regular meetings with RFC senior managers took place at the Mad Stad on 11th April and included supporter issues such as 2016/17 car parking, ticket prices and kit, policing at the Crystal Palace game and pre-season tour amongst others.
If you have matters for consideration of raising at the next meeting please email them to email@example.com.
STAR Secures ACV Listing For The Madejski Stadium
On 13th April STAR were informed that Reading Borough Council had granted our nomination to have the Madejski Stadium listed as an Asset of Community Value. This means that should the owners ever wish to sell it STAR has the right to be informed about this and to make or be part of a bid to purchase it. STAR believes there is no present danger whatsoever of such a sale happening.
Supporters Trusts and other bodies at other clubs have been granted ACVs, notably at Old Trafford, Anfield and St James’ Park (Newcastle). In Reading some of our finer pubs and King’s Meadow Pool are also listed as ACVs.
STAR’s ‘Reading FC Hall of Fame’
In front of a packed house of STAR members, vice-presidents and guests the first eleven names were inducted into STAR’s Reading FC Hall of Fame at its launch on Thursday 24 March at the Madejski Stadium.
Among those receiving their awards in person were former skipper Graeme Murty and former chairman Roger Smee who each said a few words to the audience. Also present was 87 year old Johnny Walker, a Reading captain of the 1960s and relatives of two other inductees, Gordon Neate and Allen Foster.
“The Hall of Fame is a major project for STAR,” said Deputy Chairman, Roger Titford, “and over the next few years we expect to get up to 150 people inducted from across the whole history of the club. At first the Hall of Fame will reside on-line at STAR’s website but we hope it will get a more ‘physical’ presence as the years go by.”
Among this year’s inductees are an England international (Edward Haygarth of the 1870s), a Scotland international (Murty) and a Wales international (Ady Williams). Also featured are a war hero (Allen Foster, 1910s), a celebrity supporter (John Arlott the cricket commentator), two players who became directors (Smee and Joey Warburton) and a centre forward who the Supporters’ Club helped to buy (Tommy Tait, 1930s). To see the full list of inductees and citations please visit our Hall of Fame page.
Fan's Forum with Brian McDermott
Following the launch of the Hall of Fame on Thursday 24th March at the Mad Stad, the audience were entertained by another fascinating fan's forum with Brian McDermott who was joined by Graeme Murty fresh from his induction into the Hall of Fame!
(L to R) Richard Langley STAR chairing the Forum with guests Brian McDermott and Graeme Murty
The audience posed a range of questions during the two hour event which gave fans a fascinating insight into the club. STAR would like to thank all those who attended the Forum and made the evening such a memorable one.
Jack Mansell RIP
Reading manager April 1969-October 1971. You cannot judge a man by results alone. Jack created one of the best footballing teams Reading has ever seen, albeit all too briefly. In doing so he also created a swathe of supporters who continue to follow the club to this day and who sang, back in his day, “na-na na na, hey, hey, hey, Reading football.” Thanks for the memories, Jack.
Did You Receive Our Last Email Bulletin?
We regularly update STAR members with news, events and away travel information via our STAR Bulletins. These are sent to the email registered as part of your membership application. The last Bulletin was sent out on Monday 21st March and included a link to download our latest edition of Reading Matter newsletter.
As with many sources of email, some can be inadvertently caught in spam filters or it is found that the mailbox is unavailable, particularly web based email accounts such as Hotmail or GMail.
If you have not received our Bulletin, or have changed your email address, please initially check your spam filter (you could also add firstname.lastname@example.org as a 'friendly' email, particulalry with accounts using strong spam filters by default such as AOL and Btinternet) and let us know at email@example.com, please include your membership number when contacting us.
Reading FC Accounts 2014-15
Once again we thank STAR member Dave Hunt for his expertise in simplifying, for the benefit of fans, the information in the latest set of Reading FC accounts. His report can be downloaded and read here (pdf). STAR will be addressing the company structures in a soon-to-be forthcoming issue of Reading Matter.
STAR Predictor Competition Update February
Did you make your free entry to this years Predictor Competition? If so you can see where you are in the competition by downloading the scores as of 10th February. The member with the most points at the end of the season wins £300, the second highest wins £100, the third wins £75 and the fourth £25. The person with the lowest points wins a booby prize of STAR’s choice!
Edward (Ginger) Mitchell
Before the Sheff Weds match on 23rd January STAR laid a wreath to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death in action of soldier and former Reading player Edward (Ginger) Mitchell. The ceremony took place outside the Players’ Entrance and was led by STAR Chairman Paul Ellix who gave a short speech of commemoration.
Percy Freeman RIP
STAR was dismayed to learn of the recent death of Percy Freeman, one of the iconic players of the early 1970s, who will be remembered by all who saw him.
The photo and article shown on the right about Perce by Roger Titford appeared in the Reading programme on 20 August 1994.
You can download a copy here.
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STAR Membership 2015-16
Our membership season runs from 1st July 2015 to 30th June 2016. 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.
The launch of the Reading FC Hall of Fame and our Fans' Forum with Brian McDermott on 24th March was our latest event. Check back here regularly to see details of our next event.
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?
Not yet ready to join STAR as a full member?
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