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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.

You can find out more about membership of STAR and benefits on our Membership page

STAR Membership for 2014 - 15 Season - join online today.

Our membership season runs from 1st July 2014 to 30th June 2015. You can now join or renew your STAR membership for the 2014-15 season here online. Our membership fees remain unchanged at £10 for adults and £5 for under 18 yrs and over 65 yrs.

joinstar6.jpgOnline 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 Royalty points.

Alternatively you can download a paper application form and send it with a cheque by post or bring your completed application form with you to the STAR base on home match days.

If you live local to Reading you will normally be expected to collect your membership card from the STAR base at a Home match. This reminder to collect will be sent in an email from the Online Membership team, along with your membership number, after your application has been processed.

If you live outside the Reading area you will be sent your membership pack by Royal Mail post.

STAR Shop Openings for Away Coach Bookings and Member Card Collection

The STAR shop (outside the East Stand) will be open from 7.30pm - 9pm on Tuesday 29th July for those members wishing to make coach bookings to the Wigan, Notts Forest and Middlesbrough matches - see panel on right for details. Bookings can also be made before the Swansea friendly on Saturday 2nd August, at the Newport match on Tuesday 12th August or after this date on the regular openings before Home matches and Tuesday evenings between 7.30pm - 9pm.

Please note coach bookings for Sheffield Wednesday are not on sale until 12th August.

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You will need your 2014-15 STAR membership number in order to make a booking and if you have already applied your membership cards and Mega Store 10% discount voucher will be available to be collected before making a booking, or you can take along your confirmation email which contains your new membership number.

Members will also be able to collect their 2014-15 membership card and voucher from a marquee outside the STAR shop before the Swansea friendly match on Saturday 2nd August, the Newport cup match on Tuesday 12th August or before the Ipswich match on Saturday 16th August. After these dates cards can be collected from the membership desk within the shop.

If you haven't yet completed your 2014-15 membership and intend to renew then an early application online makes it easier to have your card ready for collection and avoid the queues that sometimes occur when signing up at the start of the season.

 

STAR AGM & Fans' Forum with Nigel Adkins - 4th September

Our Annual General Meeting will be taking place at 8pm on Thursday 4th September in the Princess Suite at the Madejski Stadium. All members are welcome and this provides an opportunity to get to meet the new and existing volunteers who provide support to run STAR on your behalf. You can find ou tmore about how STAR is run and download a copy of last years minutes on our About STAR page. This will be followed by our first Fans' Forum of the season with Nigel Adkins as our guest.

This is an ideal opportunity for supporters to put questions to Nigel in an informal atmosphere, perhaps find out the real stories behind last seasons headlines and find out about the plans for building this seasons team? The evening and content is shaped around your questions. If you cannnot attend in person you can email your question to info@star-reading.org and we will endevour to include it during the evening. The questions and answers will appear in a future edition of our newsletter Reading Matter.

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A relaxed Nigel Adkins speaking with members during a break in last season's Fans' Forum

The AGM and Fans' Forum are open to members only and entry is by production of your current (2014-15) membership card although new members can join up on the night. If you can make it to the event we look forward to seeing you on the night.

 

STAR Represented in Parliament Consultation

On 2nd July STAR Board member Roger Titford attended a consultation with the shadow sports minister Clive Efford MP at the Houses of Parliament. Around 25 delegates from supporters trust, supporters clubs, Supporters Direct and the National Federation were present to ensure the views of supporters are being put forward.

The discussion covered football governance, supporters representation and ownership models. We will continue to monitor and contribute to this ongoing debate.

 

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STAR has a framed Hal Robson-Kanu shirt for auction by sealed bid. The shirt is a match day shirt worn by Welsh International Hal Robson-Kanu and has been signed by twenty-two Reading players and members of staff.

The money raised will go to The Avenue School, Reading. Closing date for the bids is Thursday 4th September 2014 at 8.30pm and the winner will be revealed, subject to their permission, at the STAR AGM that night.

Please send your bid to chair@star-reading.org or drop it into the STAR Base at the start of next season.

 

How does STAR feel about the Reading FC ownership situation?

First published 13th June

Constrained. Suspended. Saddened.

Constrained.

For the last 18 months we’ve been trying to engage the club and its various owners in a dialogue.  This began with the small issue of what was going to happen to our (and others’) small shareholdings when the TSI takeover was completed.

For some months there was a wall of silence and when we piped up to say something about this in October 2013 we were constrained upon to pipe down, in a somewhat heavy-handed manner, for the sake of the future of the club.  This tone however quickly changed and a dialogue with TSI representatives began.

In these meetings we were told various things in strict confidence, which we kept, but most of which have since appeared in statements or rumours from others.  This agreement imposed a constraint on what we could tell our members and supporters.  By January 2014 it was clear that the Zingaverich deal was dead but positive-sounding and plausible new deals were likely to be on the table.  We communicated as much as we could about our general feelings on developments via short statements on our website.  Essentially our message was ‘we’ve been told to trust in the process and it sounds OK to us.’  Frankly, with delicate negotiations in progress, to which we were not party, what else could we say?  We would need to and want to work with whoever completed the deal so that too was a constraint. We were told, when there is good news we would be among the first to hear it.  This may of course still be true.

Suspended.

No deal happened in January. STAR has several times requested updates on the situation.  Other than re-iterating what was already in the public domain we have had no new feedback from the club.  This is not unexpected - and not unreasonable either.  There probably has been no real news and they have been spending all their time trying to find new investors.  While this is going on we feel in a state of suspended animation.

Saddened.

We really do not want to see the Madejski era end like this but none of the various parties involved in this situation have covered themselves in glory.

Reading FC’s main target this season on the pitch was a return to the Premier League via automatic promotion.  Hand on heart we were never in real contention.  In our view Nigel Adkins did well, given the background situation and limited resources, to take us within a minute of the play-offs.  But apart from the odd game we were never convincing promotion material.

Reading FC’s main target this season off-the-pitch was to effect an orderly transition to new ownership.  Those involved faced an unusually complicated situation.  We believe a great deal of effort has gone into trying to find a buyer.  Many have viewed, some have offered, none has bought.  Whether it was the wrong buyer, the wrong price, the wrong conditions we just don’t know.  We can only judge by results.  There was no sale and the sale is now in the hands of those whose interests are, shall we say, more financially-driven.

The combination of these two factors has led to a fall in the notional value of the club from (maybe) £25 million to (apparently) £1.  The value is a reflection of the assets, debts and prospects of the enterprise.  This sudden reduction saddens us greatly, as no doubt it does those with a far greater financial stake.  Those brokering the sale say they will consult stakeholders and there will be no immediate fire-sale.  We would like to think as both shareholders and representatives of the supporters, without whom there would be no need for professional football in the town, we would be counted as stakeholders.

What next?

STAR’s interest is the long-term continuation of the club and the enjoyment of its supporters.  We believe an organised body of supporters has a role to play in achieving both these objectives and it is best equipped to do so when working in conjunction with the football club.

Therefore we will welcome any new ownership, at its outset, and seek to develop a relationship that both meets our objectives and supports the club.

STAR Board
13th June


Wigan

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Sat 9th August KO 3pm
Depart Mad Stad 7.45am
West Street Reading 8.00am
Cost £20

 

Notts Forest

nottsforest.gifSat 23rd August KO 3pm
Depart Mad Stad 9.45am
West Street Reading 10.00am
Cost £15

 

Middlesbrough

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West Street Reading 6.00am
Depart Mad Stad 6.30am
Cost £30

 

Sheffield Wednesday

sheffieldweds.gif*ON SALE FROM 12th AUG*
Sat 20th September KO 3pm
West Street Reading 9.00am
Depart Mad Stad 9.15am
Cost £20

 

Just a reminder that to enjoy STAR Travel supporters must have taken out STAR membership for the 2014-15 season. This can be done online or at the time of booking (to avoid delay you should download and take a completed membership form with you).

For away ground information visit: 

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STAR AGM and First Fans' Forum of 2014-15 Season

See details in the news section on the left.

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