STAR Predictor Competition - Final Positions
Congratulations to Richard Ruffle who is this season's winner of the STAR Predictor Competition! The Predictor is a competition to see who can predict the highest number of winning teams across the season drawn from 17 groups. The entry fees are split between prize money and a donation to RFC Academy.
Over the season Richard accumulated 1230 points, Fiona Butler came second (1221 points) with Paul Ellix in third (1212).The consolation prize of a Swansea mug goes to Jacob Sasaska!
Thank you to all those who took part, The results can be download here. Wendie will be in touch with the prize winners in due course.
Notes from April RFC Senior Management Meeting with STAR
The latest management meeting involving RFC and STAR took place at the Mad Stad on 2nd April. Topics discussed included Royalty points, Beer provision and young adult supporters research proposal 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 on 20th June please let us know at email@example.com
Dave Hunt's Annual Review of RFC Finances
Regular STAR members will know that each year STAR member Dave Hunt delves into the latest published finances of RFC, combines them with answers from specific questions he has raised with the them, and produces a valuable insight into the club finances in a way that can be more easily understood by the majority of supporters.
Woven into the details of Dave's latest article, which covers July 2012-June 2013, are explanations to help fans understand questions such as 'How did we get promoted to the Premiership, spent little on players and made a financial loss?' or 'Why can a club like Bolton have several years in the Premiership and end up with a £100 million debt?'.
Given the club's current push for a playoff position Dave's conclusions are interesting...'Running a club with some ambition is not for the faint hearted. For a club with Reading’s assets and support we are continuing to over achieve. If we do get promoted again we face the same dilemma. A club that buys expensive players to stay up is not guaranteed to stay up but it helps. For a club of Reading’s size the risk is amplified. A club that spends little on new players comes back down again'.
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They are organising for Fans to march on Premier League and Football League demanding “Affordable football for all!” on Thursday 14th August 2014. Supporters will meet in Regent’s Park at 1pm to hear from prominent voices in the fan movement before marching on the Premier League and Football League HQ at 30 Gloucester Place (W1U 8PL).
Supporters Direct, to which STAR are members, continue to campaign against the Chairman’s FA Commission into the proposals for Feeder Clubs or B-Teams (referred to as League Three). This will form part of the backdrop at their annual Supporters Summit on the 26th July 2014 at Wembley Stadium.
The event will also create an opportunity for fans to shape their vision for the game, and there will be debate, discussion and workshops focusing on the identity of clubs, the involvement in the running of the game by fans, and the treatment of matchgoing supporters.
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