20 November 2017
WHAT’S ON: London Irish v Wasps, Sunday 26 November (kick-off 3pm)
We will be welcoming Wasps on Sunday 26 November for the Aviva Premiership Round 9 clash (kick-off 3pm) with adult tickets from £26 and under 13s tickets from just £4 from the Madejski Stadium ticket office and by calling 0118 968 1016 on match day from 10am.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of the day:-
The Craic is Back!
The Craic is back at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday in the North Stand from 1.30pm. Be sure to head there before and after the game where The Lagan will be performing live.
For the Junior Exiles, Digger’s Dugout will be in The Craic with free face painting, a bouncy castle and games, and you can pick up your free London Irish flag or clap banner.
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 chilli con carne & rice with 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!
Black Friday Discounts including bargain St Patrick's Party tickets
Get your tickets for the St Patrick's Party with an exclusive Black Friday 30% discount so that you can guarantee your spot at the party of the season for a bargain price!
You can get your tickets from the ticket office today before and after the game from £18 for adults and just £1 for under 13s throughout the stadium! Don’t miss out - these prices are the cheapest you will see for St Patrick’s Party so gather up your friends and family and book yourself into the party of the season!
Head to the Megastore to make the most of our Black Friday weekend discounts!
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 Madejski Megastore or at www.londonirishshop.com
And what better way to treat your loved ones than spoiling them with a VIP experience at a London Irish match day? Perfect for a Christmas present, to mark a special occasion or even just to get out of the cold during the winter months, we are offering Buy One Get One Free on hospitality tickets in the Guinness Lounge and Platinum Club for home games in December and January!
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 will be sold by the London Irish Supporters Club outside the hospitality reception, in the Club Shop and alongside the programmes.
The Official London Irish programme will be on sale for £4 from the programme sellers outside the Megastore and at Gates 1, 7 and 8. This week features a special interview with James Marshall.
Movember Hanging Bar
The Movember team will be outside the club shop with the Movember hanging bar competition. See how long you can stay on the bar to win Movember goodies and tickets to London Irish v Stade Francais on 16 December.
They will also be outside the Club Room in the Windsor Lounge giving free Mo Trims after the game so that you can finish Movember in style!
This weekend all Aviva Premiership fixtures will be supporting Rainbow Laces, a campaign run by LGBT charity Stonewall to promote LGBT inclusion in sport. As part of this, you will see:
Fields of Athenry
In true London Irish tradition, we will of course be singing Fields of Athenry in the lead up to kick-off, this week led by Ronan MacManus. The perfect way to warm up your vocal chords before the game ready to cheer on the team!
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 [email protected] by midnight on Wednesday 22 November.
To keep you entertained at half-time we’ve got the Poo Ball Challenge, where a pair of London Irish supporters will race a pair of Wasps supporters across the pitch pushing giant rugby balls. The winner will then get to play the London Irish Lucky Prize Board with the chance to win some fantastic prizes.
As well as The Craic being back in the North Stand, the Club Room in the Princess Suite will be open as usual after the game with an acoustic performance from Ronan MacManus. The Man of the Match award will also be presented in the Club Room approximately 40 minutes after the final whistle and there will be a player Q&A.
We will also be offering free 'tache trims from a professional Movember barber in the Club Room after the match. If you've been taking part in Movember then come for a trim to showcase your efforts and end the month in style!
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.
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 3pm on Wednesday 22 November through the Ticket Office (0118 968 1016 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 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 Mereoak park & ride is situated just south of junction 11 of the M4, take the A33 towards Basingstoke and follow the signs for the park & ride site. The post code is RG7 1PB.
For Sunday games, please note the Park & Ride operates one bus per hour and will stop at the Costco bus stop at the roundabout at the bottom of the entrance to the stadium.
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.
Please note, the M4 east and westbound carriageways between junctions 12 and 13 will be closed from 9pm Friday 24 November to 5am Monday 27 November for essential maintenance work. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4 (through Newbury, Thatcham and Woolhampton). Please plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.
Travelling by train to Reading Station is recommended due to busy roads in the area and in-demand parking at the stadium. 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. Buses will operate 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. For more information please click here.
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).