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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.
STAR Membership - join online today
Our membership season runs from 1st July 2014 to 30th June 2015. Our membership fees remain unchanged for the last 12 years 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 where you can also join online.
Email Your Questions Today For Steve Clarke at Fan's Forum
Just a reminder that we would like to receive your questions for our forthcoming Fans' Forum with Steve Clarke to be held on Thursday 5th March at 7.30 p.m. at the Madejski Stadium (see below for full details).
Whether you are attending or not we would like to hear what questions you would like put to Steve, whether they be football related or not. Email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include whether you will be there on the evening to ask the question yourself or you would like our Host to ask on your behalf.
Extra Opening For Bradford Travel Bookings - Monday 2nd March
With away fixtures preventing the usual opportunity for members to make coach bookings (STAR shop will not be open when we are at an away match), the STAR base will open on Monday 2nd March from 7.30pm to 9pm for the last chance to make a coach booking for the Bradford City FA Cup fixture. We will be open as usual before the home match on 28th February.
We anticipate being busy on these dates so if you are intending to join STAR prior to making a coach booking then we suggest to save you time that you join online, and we will have your card ready for collection, or bring a completed paper application form with you which you can download here.
We have put together a number of Questions and Answers for those looking to join STAR and take advantage of our Travel Service for the Bradford fixture. You can download a copy here.
STAR Page Match Day Programme - Wigan
If you were unable to make the Wigan game or decided not to buy the match day programme you can download and view our contribution to the programme here, ‘POT OF GOLD', which takes a brief look at the money drawn to top clubs in English football.
Free STAR Fans' Forum With Steve Clarke - Thursday 5th March
We are pleased to announce that our new manager Steve Clarke has agreed to meet supporters and answer questions at one of our popular Fans’ Forums. This will be held on Thursday 5th March at 7.30 p.m. in the Princess Suite at the Madejski Stadium (doors open at 7.00 p.m.)
This free event is open to STAR members only. If you are not a member, but would like to attend, you can join STAR online from this website, or by visiting the STAR HQ outside the ground, or on the night.
If you have any questions for the evening please send them to email@example.com and also please indicate whether you will be attending the event to ask the question or not. For those not able to attend a summary of questions and answers will appear in a future edition of our Reading Matter newsletter.
Match Day Programme STAR Page - Leeds
If you were unable to make the Leeds game or decided not to buy the match day programme you can download and view our STAR Notes page from the programme which includes comments on the price of away tickets. Download a copy here.
Breach of Rules Warning
We recently had an incident where a STAR member had allowed a non-member, in this case a junior, to travel on his membership card. This is strictly against STAR rules as indicated on the back of the card. Membership is not transferable. In this instance the junior got into ‘difficulties’ – which could have been worse – on an away trip and we had no record of his presence or identity.
We have written to the member concerned about this incident and we would gently remind all members that STAR reserves the right to refuse or remove membership for this kind of breach of rules.
STAR Page Match Day Programme - Sheffield Wednesday
If you were unable to make the Sheffield Wednesday game or decided not to buy the match day programme you can download and view our contribution to the programme on our STAR Notes page which includes comments on the success of supporters against attempts by some owners to make sweeping changes at their club. Download a copy here.
No Bank Holiday Football At Blackpool
STAR is particularly disappointed that Reading’s match at Blackpool on Easter Monday has been re-scheduled for an evening kick-off the following day. An away trip to Blackpool on a Bank Holiday is a highlight of the season for some fans who will have made weekend or travel plans around the fixture when it was announced over six months ago.
The reason for the switch is not the usual one of TV coverage – and we realise we have to accept those for the general health of the game. It is simply for the ease and convenience of the clubs, getting an extra day off after their matches on Easter Saturday. There is a good reason why matches have been scheduled on Bank Holidays for the last hundred years – it’s because that’s when more fans are available to watch them! The choice for Reading fans here is going to a game on what for most people is a day off or, effectively taking two days off work to get to Blackpool and back for an evening kick-off.
The prime purpose of having a professional football club sometimes seems to get lost these days. It’s there to provide football on a regular, frequent and accessible basis for the local paying public. Too often this purpose is ignored by people working within the game in order to suit their own narrow ends. Yes, maybe it is a bit more difficult to play two games in three days but it’s the same for both clubs and Bank Holiday football is part of what English football is all about. And why wait until January to make this decision? It could have been made last June when the fixtures came out – and supporters’ expectations would have been more ‘comfortably managed’.
STAR and RFC Senior Managers Meeting January
On 13th January representatives from STAR held their regular meeting with Senior Managers from the club. Topics discussed included preparation for marking the anniversary of the Bradford fire disaster, Player of the Season, Academy Honours board among others.
A summary of the notes can be downloaded here.
If supporters have any questions, concerns or observations suitable for consideration at the next meeting please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Hunt's Annual Review of Latest RFC Finances
Regular STAR members will know that each year STAR member Dave Hunt delves into the latest published finances of RFC, combines them with answers from specific questions he has raised with the them, adds his opinions and produces a valuable insight into the club finances in a way that can be more easily understood by the majority of supporters.
Woven into the details of Dave's latest article, which covers July 2013-June 2014, are explanations to help fans understand the impact of player's wages, transfers, club assets, the present Board structure and impact of Financial Fair Play and the new Thai ownership.
A 'must read' for every Reading supporter! You can download and read a copy here.
Government Seek Views of Disabled Sports Fans
Disabled sports fans are being asked by the Government to take part in the largest ever survey of their experiences as spectators. Level Playing Field, to which STAR are affiliated, welcomes this announcement with the government commissioning the largest ever survey of disabled sports fans across the UK. This is a great opportunity for disabled people across the UK to have their say, including those that are regular match going fans and those that can still only aspire to attend matches at their favourite club or venue.
The survey will close on 28th February 2015, so please make sure you have your say before that date! You can read more and take part in the survey here.
STAR Predictor Competition Update December
If you entered this seasons Predictor competition then you can check on your progress using the link below. The Predictor is a competition involving selecting one team from each of 17 groups – 17 teams in all. The entrant scores the number of points that team ends the season on (after any deductions). The person with the most points wins 35% of all entry fees, the second highest gets 10% and the third highest gets 5%.
As of 13th December Colin Ford retains his lead with 577 points with Alan Wellsteed and Mike Bullock close behind on 565.
Participants can check their position by downloading the scores table here.
We would like to ensure as many members as possible can benefit from our travel service. To avoid disappointment please book early.
Tues 3rd March KO 8.00pm
Depart Mad Stad 1.00pm
West St Reading 1.15pm
Bradford City (FA Cup)
Sat 7th March KO 12.45pm
Depart Mad Stad 6.00am
West St Reading 6.15am
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Our next event is a Fans' Forum with manager Steve Clarke. See item on the left for details.
Why not find out more about RFC Former Players Association on their website?
Not yet ready to join STAR as a full member?
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