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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.
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.
100th Anniversary Commemorations
Before the Preston match on Saturday 30th April STAR held a short ceremony to remember the deaths 100 years ago of three former players. Ben Butler, Alfred Hall and Charles West all died whilst serving with the forces during World War I. The ceremony took place outside the Players’ Entrance and was led by STAR Chairman Paul Ellix who gave a short speech of commemoration.
Reading Deaf Football Club League Winners
Congratulations to Reading Deaf FC who have become Southern Champions of the English Deaf League, an amazing feat given this is their first season in the league!
Having been formed in 2013 with support and sponsorship from within the community, the team have represented RFC Community Trust including a number of players who have gone on to represent England and Great Britain. STAR are pleased to have been able to provide kit sponsorship for the team this season.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
That's it for this season....
Thank you to all who travelled with us this season, our travel partners Horsemans coaches and Readibus, to all our stewards and those who have worked hard behind the scenes, and particularly to Colin and Mel who have co-ordinated another season of STAR Travel.
We look forward to you travelling with us again next season!
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STAR Membership 2015-16
Our membership season runs from 1st July 2015 to 30th June 2016. Our online application form is now closed until the new 2016-17 season and we will post details of how members can renew for the new season in the near future.
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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