Previous STAR News
Chinese Investors in Reading FC
STAR is aware of the report about prospective new Chinese investors, has asked the Club for comment either on a private or public basis and is seeking to make contact with Hull City supporters and other supporter organisations for any useful background information.
Whole Game Solution Unsolved
The EFL Proposal to go to a five divisions of twenty clubs each structure (WGS) has come unstuck. There is a difference of prioritisation between the FA and the EFL over the scheduling of the FA Cup which would have unlocked the necessary funding. This has led to the EFL ceasing further discussions and consultation.
The STAR Board and the majority of STAR members recently polled were not in favour of the EFL’s Whole Game Solution and therefore we broadly welcome this development. However, having seen at closer quarters some of the EFL’s arguments, thinking and willingness to engage with clubs and supporters, STAR acknowledges the efforts put in by the EFL and their willingness to take a lead within the national game. The problems of fixture congestion and an over-reliance on midweek dates for Championship clubs in particular remain.
Reading Deaf FC; The Opening Two Months
We are now two months in to the season. Time to catch up with the news from Reading Deaf FC.
Reading Deaf FC (sponsored by STAR) play their home games on the 3G pitch at Piggott School, Wargrave Road off the A4 near Twyford. Until the clocks go forward most games will kick off at 1pm. You can download a copy of the latest fixture list from the panel to the right of this page, keep an eye on the STAR website and STAR notice boards around Madejski Stadium or talk to Pete Vickery in STAR Base.
Please come down and support the lads. We will be glad to see you. Admission is completely free.
RFC Senior Managers Meeting With STAR - January
Our meeting with RFC senior managers took place at the Mad Stad on 9th January and included issues over the postponement of the Fulham game, progess on extra parking and away ticketing.
If you have matters for consideration of raising at the next meeting which, will be held late February, please email them to email@example.com.
STAR is very pleased to see Reading FC take the lead on ticket pricing in the Championship in 2016-17 with its £20 structure for fans in the Eamonn Dolan Stand and away fans. The initiative was commended at the national Football Supporters' Federation summit at the weekend, alongside the £30 cap on away ticket prices in the Premier League and Arsenal and Swansea subsidising their away fans ticket costs.
STAR organised a march around the Madejski Stadium behind the ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ banner and gathered a 300 signature strong petition backing the campaign. The subject of ticket pricing and reciprocal away ticket pricing has been raised by STAR in meetings with the Club senior management throughout last season (30th September, 9th November, 17th February, 11th April and 23rd May) and noted on this website. STAR’s sustained efforts will have had some influence on the decision.
STAR sincerely hopes that Reading’s £20 deal works both in terms of increasing numbers at home games and “inspiring” other Championship clubs to follow suit.
Reading Deaf Football Club League Winners
Congratulations to Reading Deaf FC who have become Southern Champions of the English Deaf League, an amazing feat given this is their first season in the league!
Having been formed in 2013 with support and sponsorship from within the community, the team have represented RFC Community Trust including a number of players who have gone on to represent England and Great Britain. STAR are pleased to have been able to provide kit sponsorship for the team this season.
STAR Secures ACV Listing For The Madejski Stadium
On 13th April STAR were informed that Reading Borough Council had granted our nomination to have the Madejski Stadium listed as an Asset of Community Value. This means that should the owners ever wish to sell it STAR has the right to be informed about this and to make or be part of a bid to purchase it. STAR believes there is no present danger whatsoever of such a sale happening.
Supporters Trusts and other bodies at other clubs have been granted ACVs, notably at Old Trafford, Anfield and St James’ Park (Newcastle). In Reading some of our finer pubs and King’s Meadow Pool are also listed as ACVs.
Click on the title to read more about these other football news items:
Just how restrictive is the law around football fans' travel? Even the most jaded football fan may be suprised, FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks tells us more about football fans, coach travel and the law.
The BBC's Price of Football survey shows the figures paint a mixed picture. Prices for 70% of tickets examined, across 13 leagues, were reduced or frozen compared with last year. FSF chief exec Kevin Miles said: "The encouraging thing for us is that dedicated campaigning by supporters over the last two years is beginning to have an effect."
Article on Thai investors seemingly following one after another to buy overseas football clubs - including Reading FC.
Conservative MP Damian Collins' Football Governance Bill would let the Football Association block potential club owners it considered unsuitable.
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.