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A Change of Plan
This report may seem a little sparse (hooray some of you are thinking), because I only considered doing it on the way to the match, a match that I was not going to attend, when I awoke that day.
Lessons to Learn
As Goethe once said “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do”.
A Spot of Admin...
The problem was forged right at the start of the season, it was inevitable and assured and its repurcussions would be far-reaching. Where it would occur we couldn't know but it would almost certainly be a perfect storm when it arrived. I'm not talking about the rugby, this is the Championship, we should do fine, I'm talking about my organizational skills.
This is my third visit to the Goldington road ground; I took my usual place opposite the main stand, against the advertising boards on the halfway line, whilst the teams were warming up.
Revenge, Served Cold.
It had been billed as "The Re-match" since the defeat at Jersey. The plucky islanders with their freakish last-play try from under their own posts had shaken the belief of Irish support and killed the possibility of a perfect season. The few hundred Exile supporters who made the journey still had a good time, I gather it's a great away trip (and I really should make it one day), but a win would've made it so much sweeter.
Was I Mad?
I hadn’t been to an away Friday night match for a while, in fact the last one was the Worcester Disaster last season. ‘Please let there not be a repeat performance this time’!
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.
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