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STAR Page Match Day Programme - Charlton

If you were unable to make the game or decided not to buy the match day programme for the Charlton fixture you can download a copy of the STAR page here.

Remembrance Ceremony for Former Reading FC Players

Outside the Players’ Entrance on Saturday 8th November 2014 before the Charlton match, almost 100 years to the day that World War One began, a service was held in front of the memorial for our former Reading players who tragically lost their lives in battle in the First and Second World Wars.

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Supporters joined Reading FC Chaplain Steve Prince as the Rev. Vernon Orr took the service. Wreaths were laid by Sir John Madejski on behalf of Reading Football Club, Pete Vickery on behalf of STAR, Ron Grant on behalf of The Reading FC Former Players' Association, Blake Meier for the young Reading Supporters, relatives of fallen players and the British Legion.

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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.

STAR and RFC Senior Managers Meeting

On 22nd October representatives from STAR held their regular meeting with Senior Managers from the club. Topics discussed included the direction of the club following ownership change, impetus and momentum of the club, the new family area at the stadium and the Royalty Points scheme among others.

A summary of the discussions can be downloaded here.

If supporters have any questions, concerns or observations suitable for consideration at the next meeting please contact us at info@star-reading.org

Sandy Hook Shirt Auction - First Scholarship Award

Last year STAR joined a number of supporters groups and football clubs from around the world in donating a signed football shirt with a number 26 to help raise money for a scholarship fund in memory of teacher Rachel Marie D’Avino. Rachel was one of the 26 victims of the tragic shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.

Dave Clarke, Head Women's Soccer Coach recently updated STAR with the project and first scholarship award.

Dave writes, "Proceeds from the online auction totalled $26,000. This project was coordinated with Ms. D'Avino’s cousin, Lauren (Carmody) Grenier ’03, a Quinnipiac women’s soccer alumna. The Rachel D’Avino Memorial Endowed Scholarship will be made annually to a graduate of Newtown High school with a strong academic record of achievement. Preference will be given to a student who was enrolled at Sandy Hook Elementary School during the 2012-13 academic year and/or to a student pursuing a career in teaching.

The first Rachel D’Avino Scholarship was awarded to Christopher Miller, a resident of Sandy Hook who is currently a senior at Quinnipiac University. He is majoring in History with an interest to enter the Education program upon graduation this coming May.

On behalf of Quinnipiac Soccer and the family of Rachel D’Avino we would like to say a heartfelt thank you for your generous donation of a signed Reading FC shirt to the Quinnipiac SHES26 Soccer Auction".

Match Day Programme STAR Pages - Blackpool and Derby

STAR have a regular page in the match day programme for each of the home matches. If you were unable to get to the match, or decided not to buy a programme for the Blackpool game on 25th October you can download a copy of our STAR page notes here.

The notes for the previous home match against Derby on 18th October can also be downloaded 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.

You can click here to complete the 2014-15 season survey.


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Football's fit and proper person test set for legal boost

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
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Price of Football:
Ticket increases outstrip cost of living

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.

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