In the next month, STAR (Supporters’ Trust At Reading) are holding two big events. First is the Fans’ Forum with Jose Gomes on Thursday 28 February, followed by the Hall of Fame Induction evening on Sunday March 17.
Jose Gomes makes his Forum debut at the 1871 Suite this Thursday; doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. STAR chairman Ian Maynard will be hosting the session and, given Jose’s recent media interviews, it promises to be a really interesting one.
You can send a question into firstname.lastname@example.org. The Tilehurst End will be along to have a few words with Jose before the Forum begins, and STAR will endeavour to get out a bullet-point summary of the highlights the following day for those who can’t attend. The event is free but open only to STAR members. You can join STAR online or at the door on the night.
Then on Sunday March 17 comes the next batch of 25 inductions into STAR’s Reading FC Hall of Fame. This has become a significant event in the life of the club, and last year we were honoured with the presence of Sir John, Nick Hammond, Brian McDermott and Michael Gilkes among others.
We can’t promise quite such a glittering cast this year but there will be at least one member of the ‘106’ team with us and another – Dave Kitson – let his cat out of the bag by revealing on Twitter that he too will be inducted! We’ll also have players from the successful teams of the 1980s and 1990s, and the descendant of one of the very founders of the club as the Hall of Fame stretches back to the 1870s to recognise the contributions of people from every decade of our history.
The show gives a real insight into the history of the club and will feature video clips going back as far as the 1920s. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start to the presentation in the Princess Suite, and there will be opportunities to hear from and speak to our guests. Around the hall there will also be stalls showing the work of the collectors and historians, the Community Trust, STAR and the Tilehurst End. To make this event as inclusive as possible entry is free and open to all Reading supporters.