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.
RFC Subject to Financial Fair Play Rules for 2013/14
The 2013/14 season is a watershed for financial constraint in football. For the first time, all English professional divisions have rules in place that restrict their spending. Faced with increased wage costs, losses, debt and insolvency, the new rules will place a transfer embargo on clubs that overspend. Monitored through their annual accounts Reading Football Club will have their finances for the 2013/14 season scrutinised for compliance with the rules.
You can find out more about the Financial Fair Play rules at www.financialfairplay.co.uk.
STAR Meet With New RFC Director
STAR met with Jack Srisumrid, one of the new Thai directors of Reading FC, for the first time on 10th December. We introduced ourselves as an organisation and outlined our role and history. We learned a little more about the background of the Thai consortium, the current restricting situation as regards FFP (Financial Fair Play) and discussed matters relating to supporter representation.
Jack will be one of the main representatives of the new owners and we look forward to continuing our discussions with him in the New Year.
STAR Welcomes Football's Fit and Proper Person Test Legal Boost
STAR warmly welcomes Damian Collins MP's Football Governance Bill and wishes it every success. Even in the USA clubs have more protection from undesirable and secretive owners than clubs in the UK. Frankly, this should be an uncontroversial measure supported by all sides of the House. In a period of little legislative activity we would hope this can be enacted within this Parliament and not just become the subject of another manifesto commitment to football governance reform.
STAR has recently queried with the Football League the lack of any supporter voice in the Owners and Directors Test process and awaits a full reply on this related matter.
You can read more about the bill here.
Readibus Available For Away Travel
A reminder to members who may have restricted mobility that STAR, in conjunction with Readibus, offer an Away Travel service to the majority of games. This service is supported by STAR so that prices charged are comparable with those provided on STAR Travel coaches. The Readibus can take 2-3 wheelchair passengers (staying in their wheelchair) and accompanying carers can travel for free.
Readibus have only a small team of volunteer drivers to help on this initiative and are always keen to hear from any one who has minibus driver experience, or who knows someone who has experience and may be willing to be part of the team of drivers for our away games.
For Readibus bookings or driver interest please contact Christine Henderson
Football Supporters Federation Launch Away Fans Survey
The FSF are encouraging anyone who has been to an away game so far this season to complete their survey and for those who plan to go to an away game in the future to complete this afterwards. This is the second such survey which aims to measure the experience of away fans in the Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two, Conference, Conference North/South and League of Wales throughout the season.
The results of last years survey compiled from over 5,000 fans can be found on the FSF website.
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The time has come for a “new FIFA” following years of scandal and corruption, say campaigners who are meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels later in Janaury to discuss how to make it happen.
Conservative MP Damian Collins' Football Governance Bill would let the Football Association block potential club owners it considered unsuitable.
Give Fans a Voice
Chris Williamson, MP for Derby North has written exclusively for RamsTrust about Labour's proposals to give fans a voice via their supporters' trust.
5,308 fans responded to away fans survey
Reading FC came second in the Football Supporters' Federation away fans' survey for the Championship last season.
The average price of the cheapest tickets across English football has risen at almost twice the rate of the cost of living since 2011. BBC Sport's Price of Football study analysed how much fans are charged at 207 clubs.