WHAT'S ON: London Irish v Bayonne

19 November 2019

London Irish continue their European campaign at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday 23 November when they host Bayonne in Round 2 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game…

Tickets

Tickets are available from just £24 for adults and £5 for kids if you book in advance by calling the Ticket Office on 0118 968 1016 or online by clicking here.

  • There is a 25% discount for 10 or more adults.
  • All ticket prices increase by £3 on the day.
  • For full information on ticket pricing, including match day prices, please click here.
  • Family tickets are available from just £44 and include two adults and two concessions.

Hospitality Bundles

For the European fixtures, you can book hospitality at one game and receive another game for half price, or book hospitality at two games and get the third fixture free!

Click here to find out more about the hospitality packages we have available, and email [email protected] to book.

Digger’s Dugout

For the younger supporters, Digger’s Dugout will be in the North Stand concourse where there will be free face painting, inflatables and games.

Club Room

Head to the Club Room after the game where there will be a Q&A with summer signings Adam Coleman and Allan Dell, as well as the St Patrick's Distillery Man of the Match.

Fines Master Gin

Pat Cilliers gin brand, Fines Master, will be in the Club Room after the game. You'll be able to try a sample and buy a bottle!

Half-time

Our High Ball Catching Challenge (with a catch!) is back at half-time! A London Irish player will kick a ball in the air and our competitor will have to catch it whilst wearing inflatable boxing gloves.

If you fancy a go, email [email protected] by midnight on Wednesday 20 November.

If you catch it, we’ll send you a signed photo of you with the kicker!

Also at half-time, Joe will be doing a Q&A with Waisake Naholo on the pitch.

Patron Prize Draw

Patrons - don't go anywhere at half-time as we'll also be having our Patron Prize Draw!

Player Signing Session

Players will be at the gazebo in the Supporter Village at 1.30pm for autographs and selfies!

Charity

We’re delighted to have UK Care of Police Survivors attending the match, in aid of the PC Harper Memorial fixture. The charity supports the families of police officers and staff who have lost their lives whilst on duty. UKCOPS provide practical and emotional support, ensuring survivors have the help they need to cope with such a tragedy, and that they remain part of the police family as they rebuild their lives. 

If you see any volunteers from UKCOPS please have a chat about the great work they do, and donate if you can.

In addition UKCOPS will be hosting the PC Harper Memorial Charity Match 2019, with London Irish players in attendance.

On Wednesday November 20 Thames Valley British Police Rugby will play SCO19 XIX RFC at Maidenhead Rugby Club in honour and memory of PC Andrew Harper who died on duty on August 15. For more information please click here.

Big Screen

If you would like a message, whether it be birthday or celebration, to be shown on the big screen during half-time, please email your message to [email protected] by midnight on Wednesday 20 November.

Merchandise Store

For the 2019/20 season we are operating our own, dedicated, 700 square foot London Irish Store at the Madejski Stadium selling BLK replica, leisurewear and gifts. You can find it in the VIP car park outside the ticket office.

If you can't make it to the game, our Online Merchandise store is now live. Click here to visit the online store.

Programme

The Official London Irish programme will be on sale for £3.50 from the programme sellers outside each set of turnstiles (Gates 1, 3, 7 & 8). This edition features an interview with Ruan Botha.

If you can’t make it to the game, you can download the programme from MatchDayInfo, click here for more information.

Food & 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, wraps, 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, lager and cider.

All of the concourse bars now accept contactless payment. Most kiosks will have one till that will still be accepting cash payment. Please refer to the signage surrounding the kiosks.

Please note, the early bird meal offer will not be running in the Windsor Lounge this season.

Travel

By car:

Parking is £10 at the stadium subject to availability. You can pre-book car parking through the ticket office by calling 0118 968 1016 or online at ticketing.londonirish.net up to 3pm on Wednesday 20 November.

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.

By bus:

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. For more information on the additional bus services provided for London Irish match days, click here.

The buses will accept cash or contactless payment. It is £4.50 for an adult return, £2.50 for a boost return (18 & under) and £5 for a group return (four passengers travelling together).

Security

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).

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