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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.
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.
Stadium Car Parking Charges
We’ve received some negative feedback from members about the 2017-18 stadium car park fee. The first STAR knew of the increase in charges from £180 to £230 per season was when the club made the public announcement. In percentage terms STAR agrees it’s a very substantial increase and from a PR point of view would have been better staggered over two years, given there was no increase last season.
In effect the new price offers no discount over current on the day pricing around the stadium which has risen to £9 in some places (eg Holiday Inn) or may rise to that level next season, given that the loss of Worton Grange and tighter enforcement of restrictions (Green Park, Costco) will increase demand. If we assume 23 home league games and two cup games then £230 divided by 25 matches is £9.20 per game.
It is fair to say far more people will benefit from the season ticket price reductions than will suffer from this increase in parking charges. Nevertheless STAR strongly believes that convenient and economic access to the stadium has been a crucial component in the success of the Madejski Stadium attracting higher attendances – and that making access to the stadium more difficult and expensive, especially at times when the club isn’t doing well, is a real danger. We have a significant proportion of supporters who come from places where public transport to the stadium isn’t a realistic option. We also have a significant number of supporters who would choose not to use public transport, especially for midweek matches, because they come with young children, or they find walking and standing for long periods difficult or don’t wish to travel alone.
Over the past year, and in the light of the proposed Royal Elm Park development (which eventually will be built on the Red Car Park anyway), STAR has repeatedly raised concerns about this issue and offered a couple of constructive suggestions, one of which the club is actively pursuing. STAR has also formally objected to the Royal Elm Park planning proposal on the grounds of lack of car parking provision. Twenty years ago the plans for the stadium suggested up to 2000 car park spaces and the possibility Green Park rail station might be with us!
All STAR can do is continue to implore the club to take notice of this issue and not put all its eggs in the public transport basket, to do what we can to unlock the potential / wasted spaces around the stadium on match days and to suggest that the Mereoak P&R option can actually be a good, cheaper alternative for some people. The club has been informed of our views this week.
Reading FC Hall of Fame - Free Admission - 7.30 pm Thursday 30th March
Our annual STAR’s Reading FC Hall of Fame event will be on Thursday 30 March at The Princess Suite at the Madejski Stadium. Doors will open at 7.30pm and ahead of the main event – at which 13 new names will be inducted.
Admission is free and this year the event is open to non-members of STAR. But we do ask non-members to register in advance for the guest list at firstname.lastname@example.org in order for us to be able to manage the capacity.
There will be displays, a quick-fire quiz run by Ady Williams, and a raffle for the shirts Sean Morrison and Jem Karacan wore at Old Trafford.
For more information about the Hall of Fame and our current inductees visit our Heritage & Hall of Fame page.
RFC Senior Managers Meeting With STAR - March
Our latest meeting with RFC senior managers took place at the Mad Stad on 2nd March and included issues on buses for home matches, ticketing and safe standing amongst others.
If you have matters for consideration of raising at the next meeting which, will be held late February, please email them to email@example.com.
STAR Predictor Competition Update 2nd March
For those who entered this season's Predictor competition your position as at 2nd March can be checked by downloading the points table here.
Pryish Mistry (882 points) retains top position with Abbigale Maye (881 points) closing in second place. Mark Sugar, John Roberts and Paul Wheler complete the top 5. We will continue to publish updates so check back here regularly to see how you are doing.
Reading Deaf FC - FA Disabilities Cup Finalists
After a rather embarrassing defeat against Barnet on Sunday 15th, Reading Deaf FC stepped up to their next challenge on Saturday 21st January when they played in the quarter Finals of the FA Disabilities Cup. Three games were played during the day.
The first game against Sutton United turned into a hard fought 0-0 draw. The second match was against St. Albans and we came out on top with a 6-0 win! The last game of the day was a harder affair against Sussex Representatives but at the final whistle Reading Deaf FC were the 2-1 winners. This puts RDFC in first place and into the finals.
The final will be played in May with the date and venue still to be announced. We hope to see a good crowd to back the boys at the final. Keep an eye here and the notice boards around the Mad Stad for the latest information.
You can keep up to date with the team fixtures and results on the panel on the right.
The Problems of Ambition - A Look at RFC Accounts 2015-16
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, 'The Problems of Ambition' can be downloaded and read here (pdf).
Chinese Investors in Reading FC
STAR is aware of the report about prospective new Chinese investors, has asked the Club for comment either on a private or public basis and is seeking to make contact with Hull City supporters and other supporter organisations for any useful background information.
Whole Game Solution Unsolved
The EFL Proposal to go to a five divisions of twenty clubs each structure (WGS) has come unstuck. There is a difference of prioritisation between the FA and the EFL over the scheduling of the FA Cup which would have unlocked the necessary funding. This has led to the EFL ceasing further discussions and consultation.
The STAR Board and the majority of STAR members recently polled were not in favour of the EFL’s Whole Game Solution and therefore we broadly welcome this development. However, having seen at closer quarters some of the EFL’s arguments, thinking and willingness to engage with clubs and supporters, STAR acknowledges the efforts put in by the EFL and their willingness to take a lead within the national game. The problems of fixture congestion and an over-reliance on midweek dates for Championship clubs in particular remain.
Reading Deaf FC; The Opening Two Months
We are now two months in to the season. Time to catch up with the news from Reading Deaf FC.
Reading Deaf FC (sponsored by STAR) play their home games on the 3G pitch at Piggott School, Wargrave Road off the A4 near Twyford. Until the clocks go forward most games will kick off at 1pm. You can download a copy of the latest fixture list from the panel to the right of this page, keep an eye on the STAR website and STAR notice boards around Madejski Stadium or talk to Pete Vickery in STAR Base.
Please come down and support the lads. We will be glad to see you. Admission is completely free.
We will be opening the STAR shop for coach bookings before all home games and Tuesday evenings between 7.30 and 9.00pm when not playing away. You will need to produce your 2016-17 membership card before booking or if recently joined online, your confirmation email showing your membership number.
Saturday 8th April KO 3.00pm
Depart West St Rgd 8.45am
Mad Stad 9.00am
Saturday 15th April KO 3.00pm
Depart Mad Stad 10.15am
West St Rgd 10.30am
Saturday 22nd April KO 3.00pm
Depart Mad Stad 9.45am
West St Rgd 10.00am
Sunday 7th May KO 12.00am
Depart Mad Stad 6.30am
West St Rgd 6.45am
For away ground information visit:
STAR’s Reading FC Hall of Fame event will be on Thursday 30 March at The Princess Suite at the Madejski Stadium.
See news item on left for details.
Reading FC Deaf Team
STAR is also proud to sponsor the Reading FC Deaf Team 2016-17 who play their home games at Piggott School, Twyford Road, Wargrave. You can download a copy the team fixtures and results here (updated 5th March). For further information come and talk to Pete Vickery on match days and Tuesday evenings at the STAR Base.
STAR are pleased to support the events and activities of the RFC Community Trust. You can visit their website here.
RFC Former Players Association
Find out about events organised by the Former Players Association by visiting their website.
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