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STAR Exiles

14 October 2012

Reading fans all over the UK and the world

For those Reading supporters who live away from the town, whether North or South, UK or abroad, then STAR Exiles is for you. We aim to cater for all exiled Royals fans, putting you in touch with others in your area and keeping you up to date with news from the Madejski Stadium, via the STAR website and our newsletter - Reading Matter.

If you've ever been to a Reading away game and wondered how many others live nearby and have made a similar journey, now's your chance to find out. Whatever the reason you're living away, either through work or family commitments, or perhaps whilst studying at University or College, your local STAR Exiles branch is there for you.

We have established UK branches covering the north and Scotland, midlands and parts of Wales and the south-west. Elsewhere we already have many STAR Exiles members and have recently launched STAR USA and STAR Australia/New Zealand.

Our main aim is to put fellow Royals supporters in touch with each other and our UK branch members meet up for social events and regularly travel to local away games and the Mad Stad together. As well as the normal STAR benefits (eg, 10% megastore voucher) we are also able to arrange block seat bookings for most Reading games both home and away.

For Exiles living overseas we can still help you meet other Royals fans, maybe to watch televised games together until you can get to the UK and hopefully join us at a match. Despite the distance, we want you to be as much part of the STAR Exiles group as our UK members.

STAR regularly meet the football Club management who take a genuine interest in our members views. Trevor Mossman, the Exiles Co-ordinator is an active member of the STAR Board representing exiled fans and giving you a voice within the organisation.

So whether you're based in the UK or abroad, we want to help you support Reading from afar and hope you decide to join STAR Exiles. You'll find a warm welcome amongst our members, and if there's not yet a local group in your area, together we can get one going, we're sure you'll find membership worthwhile.

To join STAR Exiles or for more information, please contact exiles@star-reading.org.

STAR USA

In April 2008, STAR confirmed the launch of its newest Exiles branch - STAR USA Royals - to cater for fans based in the United States.

Branch affairs will be handled stateside by joint Chairmen: Jeff Reihle and Mark Laudenslager in Pennsylvania, and both are keen to encourage other US Royals fans to join them.

STAR USA Royals can put you in touch with other supporters in the States, sharing your interest in the club via the STAR Exiles forum, or maybe you live close enough to watch televised games together.

Members will have the full benefits of STAR membership, including a 10% Megastore voucher, and if you're able to come to the UK you can get help with matchday tickets to watch Reading play.

You can contact STAR USA Royals by e-mailing usa.royals@star-reading.org

Trevor Mossman, STAR Exiles Co-ordinator said, "It's exciting for STAR to be launching an exiled supporters branch in the States. Since we've reached the Premiership, fans across the world have seen the way we like to play football and appreciated what we have achieved.

"Several fans in America have adopted Reading FC as their English club, rather than the more established clubs like Man Utd and Liverpool, and contacted STAR about the possibility of a local fans group.

"We are grateful to the two joint chairmen Tom and Mark, who will be looking after things Stateside, and are both eager to link up with other Royals fans in the States. STAR will be supporting them in any way we can and we would encourage anyone who has family or friends in America to contact us and join the group.

"Hopefully this is only the start of a worldwide Royals following, and STAR are already working on the next exiled supporters group in Australia, so watch this space!!"

For more details and how to sign up email usa.royals@star-reading.org

STAR Australia

Following the successful launch of the USA Royals branch last Spring, in April 2009 the Exiles net was cast wider with a new branch for supporters down under. STAR Australian Royals aims to co-ordinate Royals fans living in Australia & New Zealand and will be run by Paul Hill from Adelaide, South Australia.

With such vast countries to cover, our exclusive Exiles Forum will enable STAR Australian Royals members to get in touch with other Royals fans in their part of the world. Through the Forum, they can also link up with all STAR Overseas and UK Exiles, to share their interest in Reading FC.

Members will receive the usual STAR benefits including a one-off discount via the RFC online shop - hopefully a bit more useful than the away travel coaches!! But for those who can get to the UK, then STAR can help with matchday tickets to most Reading games. Like all of our exiles groups, we want members to feel part of the wider fan base regardless of location and we are here to help however we can.

We have a handful of Royals fans ready to join at the moment, but fully expect this to grow once everyone knows the branch exists. If you live down under or have family and friends who do, please e-mail Paul at australian.royals@star-reading.org for more information or follow this link to join STAR Australian Royals now via the FSF website (credit card payment for overseas exiles only).

Added Branches

STAR is delighted to welcome the latest Exiles branches serving Royals supporters in Ireland, Malta and Jersey. These are in addition to our branches in the USA, Australia and Scandinavia.

If you live in these areas, know someone who does or maybe you're visiting on your travels and want to meet up, just e-mail them to get involved.

STAR Irish Royals - contact David Corbett (Dublin) star.ireland@star-reading.org

STAR Maltese Royals - contact Paul Schembri malta.royals@star-reading.org

STAR Jersey Exile Royals - contact Jonathon Corfe jerseyexile.royals@star-reading.org

STAR USA Royals has also changed leadership recently, with Tom Crabtree handing over the reigns to Jeff Reihle. Many thanks to Tom for his efforts guiding the group since its launch in 2008, and despite the reduced US coverage since relegation there is still a core of supporters keeping the group very much alive and kicking. To get in touch, e-mail usa.royals@star-reading.org

Closer to home, we are searching for a volunteer to look after the STAR South West branch. There are over thirty STAR members living in the area, but the group has yet to achieve its potential. With benefits such as help getting match tickets and FREE parking at Welcome Break service stations, meeting up for games couldn't be easier. So if you fancy sharing your trips to the Mad Stad and away games with others living in the South West, please get in touch and we'll let you know how you can help southwest.royals@star-reading.org
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