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.
Government Seek Views of Disabled Sports Fans
Disabled sports fans are being asked by the Government to take part in the largest ever survey of their experiences as spectators. Level Playing Field, to which STAR are affiliated, welcomes this announcement with the government commissioning the largest ever survey of disabled sports fans across the UK. This is a great opportunity for disabled people across the UK to have their say, including those that are regular match going fans and those that can still only aspire to attend matches at their favourite club or venue.
The survey will close on 28th February 2015, so please make sure you have your say before that date! You can read more and take part in the survey here.
STAR Predictor Competition Update December
If you entered this seasons Predictor competition then you can check on your progress using the link below. The Predictor is a competition involving selecting one team from each of 17 groups – 17 teams in all. The entrant scores the number of points that team ends the season on (after any deductions). The person with the most points wins 35% of all entry fees, the second highest gets 10% and the third highest gets 5%.
As of 13th December Colin Ford retains his lead with 577 points with Alan Wellsteed and Mike Bullock close behind on 565.
Participants can check their position by downloading the scores table 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.
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.
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Article on Thai investors seemingly following one after another to buy overseas football clubs - including Reading FC.
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Conservative MP Damian Collins' Football Governance Bill would let the Football Association block potential club owners it considered unsuitable.
Give Fans a Voice
Chris Williamson, MP for Derby North has written exclusively for RamsTrust about Labour's proposals to give fans a voice via their supporters' trust.
5,308 fans responded to away fans survey
Reading FC came second in the Football Supporters' Federation away fans' survey for the Championship last season.
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.