WHAT’S ON: London Irish v Bath Rugby, Sunday 19 November (kick-off 3pm)
Bath are back at the Madejski on Sunday 19 November for the Aviva Premiership Round 8 clash. This is a game not to miss with fun for all ages and a musical performance direct from the West End. With adult tickets from £23 and under 13s tickets from just £3 if you book in advance it’s a great value day out for the whole family!
Tickets are available by calling the Ticket Office on 0118 968 1016 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to noon and Sunday 10am to 1pm) or through www.lidirect.co.uk with adult tickets from £23 and under 13s tickets from just £3 if you book before 11.30pm on 18 November. On match day, tickets are available from the Madejski Stadium ticket office and range from £26 for adults and £4 for under 13s.
In support of London Irish first team player, Darren Dawidiuk, who is receiving treatment for testicular cancer, the club will be making a donation of £4 per adult ticket and £2 per 65 and over ticket bought for the game from Tuesday 7 November onwards to the Movember Foundation which supports research into all men’s health issues including testicular cancer. For full information on ticket pricing, including match day prices, please click here. To find out more about Darren's story and how you can donate, please click here.
Here’s all you need to know about the day:
Early Bird food and drink offer
We will be running an Early Bird food and drink offer in the Windsor Lounge before the match. You'll be able to purchase curried butter chicken & rice and a pint of beer, glass of wine or a soft drink for just £8.50 between noon and 1pm. All the more reason to get to the MadStad early, enjoy the craic and make a day of it!
Player signing session
Members of our senior squad will be outside the front of the Megastore at 2pm to meet supporters and sign autographs. The players love to get to know supporters so come and say hi - and don't forget to bring something to get signed!
For the Junior Exiles, Digger’s Dugout will be in the North Stand with free face painting, a bouncy castle and games, and you can pick up your free London Irish clap banner.
We’re excited to welcome some special guests direct from the West End who will be performing live in the stadium in the lead up to kick-off. The cast of the musical, Seven Drunken Nights: The Story of the Dubliners, will perform a 15 minute set which brings to life the music of Ireland’s favourite sons - ‘The Dubliners’ and guarantees to have you laughing and singing along. They will be touring the UK from March to May 2018 with the opening night at The Hexagon, Reading on 8 March. Narrator and lead vocalist Ged Graham will also be leading the traditional rendition of Fields of Athenry before kick-off.
London Irish legend Seilala Mapusua will be back at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday and will be having a chat with Caimh at half-time so make sure to listen out.
As well as performing before the match, Ged from Seven Drunken Nights will also take to the mic again at half-time to keep your feet tapping during the break!
Do you have a special occasion coming up? If you would like a message to be shown on the big screen during half-time, please email your message to commu[email protected] by midnight on Wednesday 15 November.
Head to the Megastore to browse our replica kit, training range and leisure wear, including our new winter range to keep you warm as the weather turns colder.
Stuck on stocking filler ideas? We've got you covered! London Irish have released an Official 2018 Calendar, and £1 from every sale goes to the Movember Foundation which supports research into all men's health issues. Pick yours up from the Megastore at the Madejski or at www.londonirishshop.com
The London Irish Supporters Club will be selling Oddballs hats outside hospitality reception to help raise money and awareness in support of #Dukey2.
Offering you access to live commentary throughout the match as well as the chance to listen to the referee's mic, the radios are just £10 and can be used at every Premiership club ground throughout the season. The batteries are replaceable, and they even double up as an FM radio! They'll be on sale in the Club Shop.
The Official London Irish programme will be on sale for £4 from the programme sellers outside the Megastore and Gates 1, 7 and 8. This week features a special interview with Darren Dawidiuk.
The Club Room in the Princess Suite will be open as usual after the game with live music from Paul Bowen and a special interview with Topsy Ojo and Justin Bishop. Make sure you're there to hear what Justin has to say about Topsy recently breaking his all time appearance record!
Food and drink
There are a number of kiosks in the East Stand, Lower West Stand and Upper West Stand concourses selling a range of food and drink options including pies, hot dogs, gourmet burgers, pizza and soup, as well as crisps, chocolate bars and sweets. A selection of hot drinks, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks are also available from the concourse kiosks including draught bitter, cider and Guinness and bottles of craft lager and real ale.
There are a number of meal deals:
• Hot food item and beer or wine: £8
• Snack and hot drink or soft drink: £3.50
• Hot food item and hot drink or soft drink: £5.70
For more refreshment options head to the Fanzone outside the East Stand where you’ll find the Yo Beef Burger stall selling a selection of deluxe burgers, bacon rolls, hot dogs and steakhouse chips and the Oinker Hog Roast stall offering roast pork rolls and baguettes and steakhouse chips. You’ll also find the Piglets Pie Cart selling sausage rolls, pies and chips and the Heineken bar and Real Ale truck selling Good Old Boy bitter.
Parking is £10 at the stadium and can be booked in advance until 5pm on Wednesday 15 November through the Ticket Office (0118 968 1016 Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm, Sat 9am to noon) or on the day subject to availability.
The Mereoak Park & Ride will also be operating, for more information visit http://www.reading-buses.co.uk/park-and-ride/
The Madejski Stadium can be approached from the A33 Reading Relief Road which links to the M4 Motorway. Exit the M4 at Junction 11 heading for Reading on the A33. At the first roundabout, take the 2nd left onto the Reading Relief Road, passing the Stadium on your left. At the next roundabout (past McDonalds) take the first left onto Northern Way and follow signs to car parks. Click here for a map.
Please leave extra time for your journey because of roadworks around the stadium and on the M4.
Reading Buses operate a frequent R1 service between the Southwest Interchange bus station by Reading Station and the Madejski Stadium on match days. Buses depart from the Southwest Interchange up to 3 hours before kick-off and work as a frequent service until roughly 20 minutes before kick-off.
Returning from the Madejski, services depart from Northern Way after full-time and operate for around two and a half hours until 7.15pm.
Please note that you will need to pay in cash - £3.50 for an adult return and £2 for an Under 19 return ticket. Click here for more information.
Please be aware that stewards will be carrying out bag checks on entry to the stadium. We encourage you to only bring a bag if necessary and to leave extra time to enter the stadium. Please note that alcohol is not permitted to be brought into the stadium.
If you aren't able to make it to the game, you can follow the action at the MadStad on Twitter (@LiRFC) and Snapchat (londonirishrfc).