Notes from January STAR meeting with RFC Senior Management
The latest management meeting involving RFC and STAR took place at the Mad Stad on 22nd January. Topics discussed included announcing of away team line up at matches, safe standing, match day experience and STAR season ticket rep amongst others.
You can download a summary here.
If you have any questions or concerns that you would like raised at the next Management meeting please let us know at email@example.com
Future Investment in Reading FC
10th January 2014
STAR is concerned to see a good outcome from the current negotiations about investment in Reading FC. The Football Club is keeping STAR informed in general terms of progress.
STAR takes from its dialogue with the Football Club three messages:
- there is a lot going on behind the scenes;
- there are hopes of a positive outcome soon and;
- that we supporters should continue to be patient.
As other information fits with this picture we are content, for the time being, to put our trust in this process, as indicated in our earlier statement in December.
The Football League is currently canvassing opinions from clubs over whether it should approach the authorities to make the changes necessary to re-introduce standing areas at football grounds www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/25526329. The subject is scheduled for discussion at the Football League meeting in February.
STAR fully supports the introduction of “safe standing” areas along the lines of the rail seat system that is in widespread use in Germany (www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/25237347) and has written to Reading FC urging it to express support at the Football League meeting. STAR considers that the introduction of “safe standing” areas will give supporters a choice on whether to sit or stand and will lead to increased attendances and an improved atmosphere.
If anyone would like further information on safe standing please visit the Football Supporters’ Federation website http://www.fsf.org.uk/campaigns/safe-standing
STAR in the Community
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. The equipment purchased was a curling set, bowls and 24 footballs. On Tuesday 10th December Dave Strawn from STAR went to the Addington Special needs school in Woodey to watch some of the children using the curling equipment in the gym. The children spent the whole lesson playing the game and had a great time.
In the picture are the children with the curling set and at the back Georgia Graham RFC Community Trust, Dave Strawn STAR, Daniel Rook RFC Community Trust.
STAR & ReadiBus Accessible Travel to Away Matches
Accessible transport, with wheelchair access, for football supporters who are not able to physically access the official STAR coaches is provided by ReadiBus in conjunction with STAR.
We offer accessible transport to away games, including on Bank Holidays, for those supporters, together with their helpers, who are unable to travel on the official STAR coaches because of restricted mobility or are wheelchair users. To be eligible for this service you must be a STAR member (membership can be taken out on the day on the bus) and you will be responsible for purchasing your own match tickets in advance.
Star and ReadiBus would like to thank Nigel Adkins and Shaun Morrison for breaking off from training to help promote the service.
For those living in the Greater Reading Area we collect and drop off at home addresses and for those living outside this area we collect and drop off at the Madejski Stadium where there is free parking.
Coach travel costs are supported by ReadiBus and STAR, you pay the same as other supporters travelling on official away coaches. Travel costs are payable on the coach on the day of travel and this cost will be advised upon booking your place.
ReadiBus can also offer transport to home games. For more information, or to book your place, contact ReadiBus on 0118 931 0000 or by firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will of Footballers Battalion & Former RFC Player Ben Butler Uncovered
In June 2011 military historian Jon Cooksey and BBC radio presenter Graham McKechnie guided a group of STAR members in a visit to the last resting places of a number of former RFC players who joined 'the footballers battalion' and lost their lives during the First World War. One such former player was Cpl Albert Victor (Ben) Butler.
The last wishes, thoughts and concerns of more than 230,000 soldiers who died on the front line during World War I are to be made available online as part of a larger project to make all war wills publicly available, dating from the Boer War to the Falklands. Final handwritten wills were kept by troops in their pocket service books and tucked into their uniforms and give a fascinating insight into the thoughts of those brave men.
You can find out more about the project and some of those wills, including that of Ben Butler, by reading Jon's articles written for the launch of the project:
You can view more on the STAR trip, including photographs and video, in our RFC Heritage section.
Click on the title to read more about these other football news items:
Robin Friday: The greatest player you never saw was football's most marvellous misfit
Joe Mewis looks back on the life of the infamous Reading FC legend
Robert Maxwell's phantom club, the Thames Valley Royals
The Team That Never Was - a look again at the attempted merger of Oxford Utd and RFC in 1983 by BBC South