RFC Managers Meeting With STAR - September
The latest of our regular meetings with RFC senior managers took place at the Mad Stad on 30th September and included supporter issues such as access to U21 matches, at home ticket printing and fan matchday consultation 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
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.
If you don't use Twitter you can follow the tweets from the panel on our home page.
Statement On FA Fine
STAR is disappointed with the level of fine imposed by the FA for the pitch invasion that followed the FA Cup 6th Round replay with Bradford.
STAR believes that the Club did everything it could reasonably do to prevent a pitch invasion and was correct to defend its position at the FA hearing. When it was clear that the invasion could not be prevented STAR considers that the Club took the necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of all supporters, which must be seen as its prime responsibility.
Whilst clearly the vast majority of those supporters who encroached onto the pitch did so to express their joy at the result the harshness of the fine on the Club should act as a salutary lesson to fans thinking about invading the pitch in future.
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