Gallagher Premiership Rugby is back! London Irish will host Worcester Warriors at the Gtech Community Stadium on Saturday 10 September (kick-off 3pm). Here’s all you need to know ahead of the day:
Tickets are on sale from £20 for adults and £10 for kids – book online here.
Family tickets consisting of two adults and two child/juniors are available in the North Stand corner blocks for just £50.
Hospitality is available to book in a variety of lounges, starting from £100 + VAT per person in the 1898 Club including the chance to meet the players post-match! Email [email protected] for more information.
All ticket prices increase by £3 on match day. The Ticket Office at the stadium will be open from midday.
Match tickets can either be sent via email as PDF’s that can be printed or displayed on your phone, or accessed through the London Irish App. Instructions for how to use the app can be found here.
TRAVELLING TO THE GAME:
Parking is available to book through the Club’s parking partner, EST, at Chiswick Business Park or Our Lady and St John’s School for £15, or Lionel Road School for £20. Parking must be booked in advance by clicking here.
There are several bicycle racks available for use at the stadium. You can find space for 88 bicycles in the racks in the North West corner of the ground next to the stairs, and 98 by the bridge linking Capital Interchange Way to the back of the East Stand.
Please note there will be no trains stopping at Kew Bridge station on Saturday. A replacement bus service will run between Barnes and Feltham via Hounslow.
BEFORE THE GAME:
Gates open at 1.30pm.
The London Irish Fan Store will be open from 9.30am until 45 minutes following the final whistle, selling a wide range of clothing and merchandise. Unfortunately the 2022/23 home and away replica kit is not yet in stock, but some of the new BLK training and leisure kit will be available to buy including hoodies, trackies and jackets.
The 301 Bar will be open at the back of the East Stand before and after the game.
If previous encounters are anything to go by, the match is set to be full of drama. So what’s more appropriate than munching on popcorn during the game?! Courtesy of our friends PROPER Snacks, we’ll be handing out FREE bags of popcorn to all supporters before the match (while stocks last!) Grab yours from behind the East Stand, near to the 301 Bar or in the Family Zone in the North/West concourse.
The match day programme will be on sale from sellers situated in the North West corner, South East corner and near the Ticket Office.
Paul Bowen will be performing live in the bowl before the match.
We welcome members of London Irish Amateur Rugby Club to the match as part of our ‘One Club’ day. The junior members, as well as players from other local clubs, will be taking part in a parade around the pitch before the game – give them a cheer!
Grab a drink or bite to eat from one of the concourse kiosks. All four stands contain both Fitzy’s Kitchen and Four Province’s Bars, which contain the following items:
Please note the Brentford Community Stadium is a cashless stadium and only contactless payments will be accepted.
We’ll be introducing a new half-time competition, High Ball Hopefuls! Two competitors will test their skill under the high ball to win a great prize. The winner then has the chance to gamble and win another prize or lose everything! Find out more and sign up here.
Paul Bowen will be back performing live at half-time.
Please note the Brentford Community Stadium is a no smoking stadium. Supporters will not be re-admitted if they leave the ground to smoke.
AFTER THE GAME
Join us in The Craic after the game, with live music and bar open until 7.30pm. Find The Craic in the Dugout bar.
To access the Dugout bar, supporters will need to leave the stadium via their closest exit and make their way to Gate B. Access to the Dugout bar is subject to capacity and on a first come first served basis. Supporters in the Platinum areas have direct access to the Dugout bar from their seats.
The Paul Bowen Band will be performing live in The Craic to keep the party going!
After the Dugout closes, why not visit one of our Pub Partners in the local area? Head to our dedicated Pub Partner page to find out which pubs we recommend and any special offers for London Irish supporters!
Just over the road you’ll find One Over The Ait – a regular hangout for London Irish supporters before and after the game. With a great food and drinks menu it’s worth a visit, London Irish supporters can save 10% on food and drink by using the code EXILE10.
If you plan to stay overnight near the stadium, London Irish’s Official Hotel Partner Clayton Hotel Chiswick is a ten minute walk from the stadium and offers spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi, fitness suite and an onsite bar and restaurant. London Irish Members are eligible for a 15% discount on accommodation – book by calling 020 8996 5200.
An alternative accommodation option is the Coach & Horses Pub on Kew Green. The Coach & Horses has 31 botanical inspired boutique hotel rooms and is a stone’s throw from the BCS. London Irish supporters can save 10% on booking a room. Click here, select ‘business stay’ and use the corporate code LIRISH.
For something a bit more special, our Official Restaurant Partner, Gaucho, has a restaurant just down the road in Richmond. Situated on the bank of the River Thames, the Argentinian steakhouse serves some of the finest beef in the world as part of a broader menu, with an impressive wine selection to match. London Irish Members are eligible for a 25% discount off their food bill by quoting ‘London Irish’ when booking by emailing [email protected] or calling 020 3281 6682.
WHAT’S NEW THIS SEASON
Brentford Football Club have installed barriers in the corners of each stand which separate the stands. This means that it is no longer possible to walk between stands inside the bowl.
You may notice that the cost of food and drink in the stadium has increased slightly. Unfortunately, these are unavoidable price rises implemented by the stadium’s catering company in line with inflation and is out of the Club’s control.
Leicester Tigers head coach, Dan McKellar said: “The group, players and staff were on the go for 23 weeks straight so getting away from the game for a period was really beneficial and we’ve come back in enthused for this challenge this week.
“Ealing are a team full of experience and quality, so we’ll have to be at our best to get the result we want, on a big day for the likes of Hanro and Finn.
“It’s fitting that Hanro leads us on his 100th game. He carried a lot of the leadership burden during the World Cup and continues to be someone the boys can count on to lead with his actions.”
Scott MacLeod is returning to Newcastle Falcons as line-out coach, with the former Scotland lock on board until at least the end of the season.
The Hawick native spent 11 years with the Falcons, making 61 appearances as a player before joining the coaching team in 2016.
Having departed Kingston Park last summer MacLeod will now return to impart his expertise, combining coaching commitments with working for his family’s business in the Scottish Borders.
Newcastle Falcons’ consultant director of rugby Steve Diamond said: “Scott is a well-respected line-out specialist who can help us make some big gains in that area between now and the end of the season.
“He knows and loves the club, he’s very well regarded here and I’m looking forward to getting him back involved.
“We’ve initially said it’s until the end of the season and I know Scott has other business commitments, but if it works well for both parties over the next few months then we’ll be happy to look at extending it beyond that.”
Capped 24 times by Scotland in a playing career which also saw him starring for Border Reivers, Edinburgh, Scarlets, Kobelco Steelers and Newcastle, the set-piece specialist is relishing the prospect of reinvigorating the Falcons’ line-out during the remainder of the season.
MacLeod said: “Our line-out has consistently been in the top four of the Premiership over the past few years, so hopefully I can come in and help get us back up there.
“I’ve been watching the games from afar this season because Newcastle Falcons is still a big part of my life, even though I’ve not been personally involved since the summer. I just want to come in and make a positive difference, get us back to where we should be and help the boys.”
Having spent more than a decade at Kingston Park as a player and coach, MacLeod insisted the opportunity to return was just too good to pass up.
“I’ve missed the place a lot,” said the 44-year-old.
“I’m now working for my family’s business, MacLeod Glass, up in Hawick, but I’m sure any sportsperson will tell you they miss being in and around that team environment. It’s certainly very different going from a Premiership rugby club to working in a factory every day, and it’s been a shock to the system.
“I’ll now get to combine both, and I’ve missed being involved with the professional game. I’ve been coaching my son’s S2 side to get my rugby fix, but I’m buzzing to be back with the Falcons. It’s a really special club for me.”
Setting out with one clear aim, the Scot said: “I just want us to get our identity back.
“I’ll come in, assess our strengths and our weaknesses and come up with a plan accordingly. I know some of the players really well and I don’t know others at all, but luckily with us having this big break before our next game it’s absolutely ideal timing for getting things in place.
“One thing you have to bear in mind with Newcastle is how bad the weather is, in terms of how much you can push it in the line-out, but I just want to get the confidence back into the boys.
“It’s about simple things being done well on a consistent basis, and I’m starting this week to help put it in motion.
“I’ve got a few weeks to get to know the guys I’ve not worked with before, see how it all ties in with the lads I already know and then knit it all together into a game plan which works best for the team.
“As I say, I just want us to have that Newcastle Falcons identity again when it comes to the line-out, and I’m really positive about things. We’ll see how it works between now and the end of the season, and if everyone’s happy then we can see where it goes.”
Newcastle Falcons’ next home game is against Leicester Tigers on Good Friday (March 29), with tickets on sale for the 7.45pm kick-off by clicking here.