Fans' Forum Success
Thanks to all those who attended our first Fans' Forum of this season at the Madejski Stadium after our AGM on 4th September, and to those who contributed questions ahead of the evening. Our guest for the evening, Nigel Adkins, was also joined by his Assistant Manager Andy Crosby for a fascinating and enlightening evening.
For those members unable to attend and particularly those Exiles living outside the area, a summary of questions and answers have been circulated to members via our EStar News email. If you haven't received your EStar - sent Sunday 14th September - let us know at email@example.com with your details and membership number (please check your email filter first) and we can email you a copy.
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.
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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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.
August saw supporters marching on the Premier League and Football League which brought the issue of ticket prices back onto the media's agenda. Fans from dozens of clubs were involved and a delegation met with Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore and representatives from the Football League.
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.