Reading Fans Join Support For Attacked Watford Supporter Nic Cruwys
Reading supporters at Saturday's away match at Watford joined home fans in a minute’s applause in the 44th minute of the game in honour of father-of-two Nic Cruwys, 44, who was viciously attacked following Watford’s 2-2 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers the previous weekend, suffering a serious head injury.
Watford fan group The 1881 movement, supported by the Watford Supporters Trust, also arranged a banner and the release of 44 yellow balloons. Following the attack, a Wolves supporter created a donation page called the Nic Cruwys’ Future Football Fund which has currently raised more than £32,000.
You can find out more about the Fund by visiting the Campaign page.
Tribute Laid at Bradford City Memorial
As a sign of remembrance and respect, to mark the 30th anniversary of the the Bradford City fire on 11th May 1985 that tragically cost the lives of 56 Bradford City and Lincoln City supporters, STAR laid a floral tribute at the Memorial at Valley Parade before the FA Cup 6th Round match on 7th March.
Y19 - Club Apology
STAR welcomes the Club's apology to the two supporters who, the Club accepts, were wrongly ejected on Saturday and we are pleased that the unfortunate incident can be put behind us. The Club is initiating a full review of its match day processes and STAR is pleased to accept the invitation to play a part in this review and also to continue its work with Club to improve and enhance the atmosphere.
STAR Comment on Incident in Y19 - Saturday 28th February
The atmosphere in the first half on Saturday was great but the incident in Y19 changed that. We’ve seen conflicting reports from fans about what happened and we’ve now had the official response from the Club. STAR unequivocally supports their statement that both fans and the club want the same thing - a loud, supportive atmosphere at all our games. It was obviously an unhappy and unsatisfactory situation on Saturday but we recognise that the club has committed to an investigation of the incident and we offer to play a full part in that.
We applaud the Club's recognition that issues such as safe standing are important to fans and are supported by the Club, and look to continue to work with the Club to bring about changes as soon as possible. The whole issue of what is acceptable behaviour nowadays and how it differs between home and away fans is a complex and long-running one. The rules say one thing, custom suggests another and managing the difference requires sensitivity from both stewards and supporters.
We call on all supporters to channel their efforts into giving the players the maximum support at the rest of the games this season and especially at Bradford on Saturday. At the same time we ask the Club and staff to do all they can to allow the fans to provide that support. Finally we ask the manager and players to play their part on the pitch as we all know it's easier supporting a winning, competitive team.
Breach of Rules Warning
We recently had an incident where a STAR member had allowed a non-member, in this case a junior, to travel on his membership card. This is strictly against STAR rules as indicated on the back of the card. Membership is not transferable. In this instance the junior got into ‘difficulties’ – which could have been worse – on an away trip and we had no record of his presence or identity.
We have written to the member concerned about this incident and we would gently remind all members that STAR reserves the right to refuse or remove membership for this kind of breach of rules.
Dave Hunt's Annual Review of Latest 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, adds his opinions 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 2013-June 2014, are explanations to help fans understand the impact of player's wages, transfers, club assets, the present Board structure and impact of Financial Fair Play and the new Thai ownership.
A 'must read' for every Reading supporter! You can download and read a copy here.
STAR Meet With New RFC Director
STAR met with Jack Srisumrid, one of the new Thai directors of Reading FC, for the first time on 10th December. We introduced ourselves as an organisation and outlined our role and history. We learned a little more about the background of the Thai consortium, the current restricting situation as regards FFP (Financial Fair Play) and discussed matters relating to supporter representation.
Jack will be one of the main representatives of the new owners and we look forward to continuing our discussions with him in the New Year.
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