09 December 2018
WHAT'S ON: London Irish v Hartpury
3 December 2018
Get into the festive spirit and join us for the final home game of 2018 when we welcome Hartpury on Sunday 9 December for Round 5 of the Championship Cup (kick-off 3pm).
The Exiles will be looking to continue their unbeaten streak in the cup with a repeat performance of the bonus-point victory in the away fixture in November, whilst the visitors will set out to make things even. With a host of festive activities for the whole family it promises to be a great day out to get you into the Christmas spirit!
Tickets are available from just £15 for adults and £2 for children online at www.lidirect.co.uk or by calling the Ticket Office on 0118 968 1016 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 12pm).
Please note that all ticket prices will increase by £3 on match day, so be sure to book in advance. Click here for full information on tickets and pricing.
Digger's Christmas Dugout
Digger's Dugout will be getting a Christmas makeover on Sunday, with festive tunes, a bouncy castle, player appearances and face painting - and Christmas Digger may even make an appearance! Food and drink will be available in the North Stand concourse from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.
Challenge yourself on our Rudolph Rodeo Reindeer! Great for all ages, see how long you can stay on the reindeer as it spins and bucks.
After the game make sure you head to the Club Room and warm up with a Paddy Irish Whiskey coffee and a free mince pie! There will be interviews with Dec Danaher, George Skivington and the Man of the Match and live music from Gavin Hayes. The Club Room is for members only, and each member can bring in a guest.
Fines Master Gin
Fines Master Gin, created by our very own Pat Cilliers along with best mate and Saracens flanker Mike Rhodes, will be available to sample and purchase in the Windsor Lounge before the game and in the Club Room after the game. They have a special Christmas Edition on sale now which would make a great gift or a tipple for the family to enjoy on Christmas day!
U13 Match Day Experience
The London Irish Community Team will be running a Match Day Experience for local U13 rugby clubs. They will have a coaching clinic before the game at a local school, before heading to the Madejski for a player Q&A, take part in the Guard of Honour and watch the game!
Player signing session
There will be a player signing session in the Megastore at 1.45pm.
The Megastore will be open from 10am until 45 minutes after the final whistle, the perfect opportunity to pick up some Christmas gifts!
London Irish will be supporting Reading's Food Bank ReadiFood at the game to help those in need at a particularly busy time of year. ReadiFood will be accepting food donations outside the Megastore before the game to help ensure that no one goes hungry this Christmas.
If you are able to bring a donation to the game with you it would greatly appreciated by London Irish and ReadiFood. Current items that are in need are:
Tinned vegetables, tinned ready meals, tinned chopped tomatoes, tinned soup, tinned meat, tinned potatoes, biscuits, small bags of pasta, tinned fish, small bags of rice, pasta sauces, tinned fruit, coffee, tea bags, tinned puddings, tinned pies. Please ensure that all food items are within the use by date.
London Irish is synonymous with the warm welcomes and genuine openness of Irish culture. Our club is one of inclusion, support and the best craic! Our hospitality packages will ensure you and your guests leave with fond memories that they take with them long after the game ends. There's never been a better time to join us in hospitality, with special offers on our Boxes and Suites for the Championship Cup fixtures in November and December. Click here to find out more.
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 5 December
Poo Ball Challenge
The Poo Ball Challenge is back at half-time when our competitors will race each other across the pitch pushing giant rugby balls!
The Official London Irish programme will be on sale for £3 from the programme sellers outside the Megastore and Gates 1 and 4.
Food and drink
There are a number of kiosks in the 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.
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 www.lidirect.co.uk up to 3pm on Wednesday 5 December.
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.
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 on Twitter by following @LiRFC .