Fans' Events organised throughout the season give a unique opportunity to meet RFC Staff, Players and Former Players.
Throughout the football season we organise a number of our own Fans' Events as well as support events held by other organisations. Normally all STAR organised events are free to members.
Among our most popular events are the Fans' Forums. These involve evenings where members can have an opportunity to hear and question RFC staff and players, past and present, on a range of audience led topics in an informal atmosphere away from the match day pressures.
Previous Fans' Forum with Brian McDermott
Our previous Fans' Forum was held at the Madejski Stadium on 24th March. Our guest for the evening was 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.
Previous Event - STAR Annual Quiz
The 2014-15 season STAR Annual Quiz Night took place on Thursday 22nd January at The British Legion, Tilehurst, Reading. The winners and losers are shown below.
STAR Flanders Trip 2014 - A Journey of Remembrance
On 30th and 31st May this year STAR organised a visit to the battlefields of Flanders for members to view the final resting places of Reading players who had fought in the First World War in what became known as the 'Footballers Batallion'. This followed a similarly successful visit to the Somme in June 2011.
A special edition of Reading Matter - 2014 Flanders Tour of Remembrance - is available covering the visit, a copy of which can be downloaded here (pdf).
Thank you to Pete Vickery for putting the document together and to Mel Bishop for additional photography.
A record of our previous visit in 2011 can be seen on our RFC Heritage page.
Previous Event - Nostalgia Evening Celebrates RFC Cup Tie With Arsenal
Wednesday 5th February 2014 was the 42nd anniversary of Reading’s epic FA Cup tie with Arsenal in 1972. To celebrate a memorable Cup run STAR organised a Nostalgia Evening at the Town Hall. After a look back at Reading’s progress to the 4th Round with Roger Titford, ITV’s Big Match highlights of the Arsenal game were shown – for the first time since 1972! In the audience – and on the platform afterwards to take questions – were three players from the match, pictured below from left to right: John Harley, Will Dixon and Gordon Cumming with Roger Titford of STAR.
STAR in the Community
STAR are proud to support the Royals Community Trust who work with all the schools each week doing PE lessons with the children. In March the Community Trust held a tournament at the RFC training dome for children age 11 to 16. Eight schools were represented from as far as Newbury, Oxford and Slough. At the end of the tournament Dave Strawn from STAR (below left) presented all the participants with a certificate.
STAR were pleased to donate £500 to the RFC Community Trust to enable them to buy some sports equipment suitable for special needs children and adults. Shown below are some of the children using the curling equipment in the gym at the Addington Special needs school in Woodey to watch.
In the picture on the right are the children with the curling set and at the back Georgia Graham RFC Community Trust, Dave Strawn STAR, Daniel Rook RFC Community Trust.
STAR Community Project - 2 Day Soccer School
As part of our 10th Anniversary celebrations, STAR sponsored a number of children with special needs to two days of football coaching by Reading FC. Around 25 children attended the two day event held at the Avenue School in Reading.
Details and photographs from the day can be downloaded here.
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.
Our STAR Events are co-ordinated by Wendie Wakefield with organisational support coming from a wider number of STAR Board and team members.
If you have any ideas for events that you would like considered or are looking for further information on our upcoming events please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
BBC Radio 5 Live event with audience from STAR
Annual remembrance service at STAR Memorial Wall
STAR Community Project - STAR is 10 celebrations
Fans' Forum with Alex Pearce
Face painting as part of our 10th Anniversary
Match 'n' Meal at Buxton after Barnsley match