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Are we nearly there yet?
After a long while London Irish returned to the Madejski Stadium for a meaningful match in the Greene King Championship against Richmond. It has felt like an absolute age since the last game - for the record it was October 27th against Pirates, 77 days. Sure there's been a bit of cup rugby that leaves Irish in the Quarter Finals against Coventry coming-up but it almost felt like a new season starting on Sunday.
A Glass Full of Christmas Cheer
It's a time to put away doom & gloom, relax,and to enjoy the good company of your fellow man and so it was we came to Hartpury College, where healthy young folk of wealthy descent come to be schooled in equine or rugby matters.The rugby team has long been a feeder to Glaws, who train there, and it's a college fed outfit, stiffened with grizzly old warriors acquired for a few pieces of silver and a beer or two.
Open Letter to Brian Facer
The waiting is over, Irish have announced that they're moving their home games to Bremtford Community Stadium at the start of the 2020/21 season. It's been in the air for a long time and it's good to finally know what's happening. As a member of the Reading 4 - so called because the marketing manager at the time of the move to the MadStad said that every supporter lost from West London would replaced by 4 from Reading - it's bittersweet news. We obviously want what's best for the club but worry this may signal the end of our active support for the team. Irish CEO Brian Facer wrote me (and all season-ticket holders I assume) a letter detailing his, and the team's. excitment for the move so I've written a response which I hope sums up the feelings of similarly placed supporters.
Bedford v London Irish - part III
The cup Match between Bedford and Irish served to highlight the ambitions of both clubs, Bedford were down to the coach and some fringe players starting for this match on the horizontally challenged pitch. Irish had a pretty much, full strength pack and a reasonable, starting back line.
Should I stay or should I go?
I was in two minds whether to attend the match on Sunday, as most of Saturday was spent watching the Autumn Internationals. It is said that watching live sport, is like watching true theatre, although some plays are a lot better than others.
Winter is Here!
London Irish welcomed Cornish Pirates to the Madejski Stadium for the second time in a month for their clash in the Championship cup. The first encounter was probably the game of the season so far (judging by others' comments - I missed it sadly) and Irish had named a pretty-much full-strength team so the possibility for another hum-dinger was there.
Only the Lonely
One of the major problems of being in the lower leagues, for this website, is that fewer people attend games. This means there are fewer people who could write us a match report. For a trip away this is amplified, for an away trip in a cup-competition that no-one really cares about? One man and his dog. Fortunately, for The Craic, that man (or his dog, we're not judging) posts here and, in the absence of anything else, that will have to stand for out match report. Many thanks to Ecksile for the comments, it's good to know someone was watching.
Never attempt to win by force...
Firstly, a massive thanks to Jersey RFC and the people of Jersey for what was another great weekend spoilt, once more, only by the rugby. Fortunately, that is not the overwhelming driver otherwise I would watch neither London Irish nor England.
Winter is Here…
Saturday saw us host the Cornish Pirates and it’s fair to say, most of us were in a pretty confident mood that we could get the job done and bag five points before the away day to Jersey. It was bitterly cold in the bowl and I must confess that I took very few notes in the second half as my fingers felt like they were dropping off, but here’s my observations for what it’s worth.
A Tale of One Half
My mate picked me up outside my house and then we gunned it up the M1 to Donny. On arrival we were shown our way to parking next to the main stand, (£3 parking). Picked up our tickets (£22 each), Match day Programme (£2.50), two drinks (£3.50 each) and Pie, Chips, Mushy Peas with Gravy (£5.50 each), all this thrift put me in a good mood.