Fans' Events organised throughout the season give a unique opportunity to meet RFC Staff, Players and Former Players.

STAR Events

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.

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Fans’ Forum with Jaap Stam

On Wednesday 13th September at Reading Town Hall Roger Titford, Deputy Chair, introduced Jaap Stam to the Fans' Forum. For over an hour Reading manager took questions from the fans on tactics, team selection, transfers, coaching responsibilities and the advantages of living near Reading rather than in Milan.

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STAR Remembrance Tour June 2017

At the beginning of June over 40 supporters made a three day tour to visit the graves and commemorations of former Reading FC players who had given their lives whilst serving in the forces during the two World Wars. This was the third such tour arranged by STAR, with previous tours in 2011 and 2014. We have now visited the graves or commemorations of each of the 12 former “Biscuitmen” who we know lost their lives in France or Belgium.

Longueval.jpgMen such as Frank Ibbotson, who was conscripted in 1939 and served with the British Expeditionary Force; was left in France after the Dunkirk evacuation and escaped to England as one of the final troops to be evacuated from a port on the Bay of Biscay. Frank was sadly killed some four days after returning to France in July 1944 as part of the follow-up to the D-day invasion.

Norman Wood, Alex McCurdie and Walter Tull, all of whom appeared for the Biscuitmen whilst serving in the forces during World War 1 and who perished in fierce fighting.

Legendary striker Allen Foster and defender Heber Slatter, whose descendants accompanied us to visit the graves and pay respects to their ancestors.

Whilst visiting the grave of Allen Foster in Corbie, near Amiens, we came across the grave of a 15 year-old soldier. One member of our party was a 15 year-old young man. The parallel was stark.

The memorials we visited included the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing on the Somme Battlefield where, amongst the names of 72,000 soldiers with no known graves, 33 footballers are commemorated. At Contalmaison we saw the memorial to Donald Bell the only professional footballer to be awarded the Victoria Cross. As has been customary on our trips a wreath was laid at the Football League memorial to the 17th and 23rd Battalions of the Middlesex Regiment (The Footballers’ Battalions - shown right) in the village of Longueval just a long clearance from the where Norman Wood was killed, Allen Foster was fatally wounded and former centre half was Ted Hanney was injured by shrapnel.

A comprehensive account of the tour will follow in due course and we are planning a further Remembrance trip in 2020. An extensive and well-researched booklet on the trip has been produced and is available from STAR Base.

Hall of Fame Inductions 2017

On 30 March 2017 over 200 STAR members and guests gathered in the Princess Suite, Madejski Stadium for the second wave of inductions into STAR’s Reading FC Hall of Fame.

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The audience in full quizzing mode

The evening began with a quick-fire quiz compered by Ady Williams and won by Graham Bryant. There was a raffle for match-worn shirts of Jem Karacan and Sean Morrison.

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The image on the right shows Nigel Howe, Reading FC CEO, accepting an award on behalf of Steve Coppell. Look out for the date of the next wave of inductions in Spring 2018 – the evening is open and free to all STAR members.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Since our last Fans' Forum in November we have no new event details to bring you at this time.


Our STAR Events are co-ordinated by Chris Hayman 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 info@star-reading.org

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BBC Radio 5 Live event with audience from STAR

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Annual remembrance service at STAR Memorial Wall

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STAR Community Project - STAR is 10 celebrations

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Face painting as part of our 10th Anniversary

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Match 'n' Meal at Buxton after Barnsley match

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