Jack Mansell RIP
Reading manager April 1969-October 1971. You cannot judge a man by results alone. Jack created one of the best footballing teams Reading has ever seen, albeit all too briefly. In doing so he also created a swathe of supporters who continue to follow the club to this day and who sang, back in his day, “na-na na na, hey, hey, hey, Reading football.” Thanks for the memories, Jack.
Reading FC Accounts 2014-15
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 can be downloaded and read here (pdf). STAR will be addressing the company structures in a soon-to-be forthcoming issue of Reading Matter.
STAR Predictor Competition Update February
Did you make your free entry to this years Predictor Competition? If so you can see where you are in the competition by downloading the scores as of 10th February. The member with the most points at the end of the season wins £300, the second highest wins £100, the third wins £75 and the fourth £25. The person with the lowest points wins a booby prize of STAR’s choice!
Percy Freeman RIP
STAR was dismayed to learn of the recent death of Percy Freeman, one of the iconic players of the early 1970s, who will be remembered by all who saw him.
The photo and article shown on the right about Perce by Roger Titford appeared in the Reading programme on 20 August 1994.
You can download a copy here.
RFC Managers Meeting With STAR - February
The latest of our regular meetings with RFC senior managers took place at the Mad Stad on 17th February and included supporter issues such as 2016/17 ticket prices and kit, Royalty Points and STAR organised Remembrance trips amongst others.
You can download a summary of notes from the meeting here.
If you have matters for consideration of raising at the next meeting please email them to email@example.com.
Gary Deards’ Readibus
Players and management at Reading FC were at the launch of a new ReadiBus that will be enabling disabled fans to continue to attend home and away games. Disabled supporters have been able to travel to matches direct from their front door on ReadiBus for many years - the new bus replaces the existing one. The service to away games is provided courtesy of STAR and is for supporters with restricted mobility who cannot get to games by car or by other public transport.
The new bus is dedicated to the memory of Gary Deards, a former user of the service, board member of STAR and Vice-Chair of Level Playing Field, the national charity that campaigns for better access for disabled people in football. Gary Deards passed away in March 2014.
The bus has been given the fleet number 106 – a number known to Reading fans for the record points total in the 2005-6 championship winning season and is able to take up to five seated passengers plus three travelling in a wheelchair and will be driven to matches by volunteers who have been trained by ReadiBus staff.
Ian Maynard, Board Member of STAR commented, “It is a honour for STAR to be involved with this. Gary was well liked and he worked very hard and effectively on behalf of disabled football fans.” We look forward to the new bus being well used in this season and in the future.
Peter Absolon, General Manager of ReadiBus, added, “it is a great testament to Steve Clarke and the players that they took the time to come and join in and to meet some of the bus-users and Gary’s father.”
If you are a fan who would like to become involved as a volunteer to drive the minibus to home or away games or if you have restricted mobility and would like to use the bus to travel to home or away games, contact ReadiBus at www.readibus.org.uk. (Note that you need to join or be a member of STAR in order to book for travel to away games).
Service Of Remembrance For Former Players
The annual Service of Remembrance took place at the Memorial Wall near the players' entrance at 1.45pm on Saturday, 31 October. The service was conducted by Rev. Vernon Orr.
STAR member, Mick Stocks laid a wreath on behalf of STAR in memory of former players who lost their lives during the two World Wars in the service of their country.
Tributes were also laid by Carol Buckell, representing the families of the fallen players, Oliver Pring on behalf of the young supporters and Sir John Madejski on behalf of the Football Club.
Representatives from the Vice Presidents' Club, Former Players' Association and the Royal British Legion were also invited to lay tributes.
Thank you to all supporters who joined us.
Twenty's Plenty "Weekend Of Action" - 3rd October
STAR was happy to add its support to this national campaign on 3rd October with banners at the Middlesbrough match. Thank you to those members and non-members who joined us and the Boro fans before the game to show support goes across all clubs with the short march from the STAR Base and signed the petition we’re collecting.
During the weekend fans across the country were demonstrating against the rising cost of following their teams away from home, demanding their clubs adopt Twenty's Plenty. Banners calling for the £20 cap on away tickets were to be at every Premier League ground this weekend, as well many in the Football League.
The protests will shine the media spotlight on the issue of high ticket prices and hopefully encourage clubs to limit the price of away fan tickets to £20. It is worth noting Reading took over 2000 fans to Portsmouth on 25th August when tickets were £10.
You can find out more about the campaign and how you can show support by visiting the Football Supporters Federation website.
120 Kilometre Cycle To Bristol Game For #21forDolan
Congratulations to Ben Strickland and Will Davis who completed their 120 kilometre cycle ride to Ashton Gate ahead of the Bristol fixture on Saturday 19th September in not much over five hours. Will and Ben are raising money for charity Cancer Research after taking inspiration from the #21forDolan initiative in support of Reading’s Academy Manager. They have already over-reached their target of raising £1000 but you can still give at their JustGiving fundraising page.
POWER OF THE PAST - is today a lucky or unlucky day for Reading?
This season we’ll be tweeting before every game about how lucky / unlucky each day has been for Reading in the past. Based on all our results since 1920 we can calculate how successful Reading have been on this particular day of the year. Is this match day one of our lucky days? We’ve given three points for a win and one for a draw based on past results and then worked out the % of ‘points’ we would have gained on this day. The higher the % the better it’s been for us. Anything above 54% is a lucky day, anything below 44% is an unlucky day, anything between is ho hum.
The stats come from Reading fan and legendary statistician Strap’s wonder database but the calculations are the responsibility of STAR. Whether you bet on this information is entirely down to you. But we’re (as in a few STAR Board members using our own money) going to have a cheeky quid on each one and see how profitable the Power of the Past can be.
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