LISC Guide to the Play-offs

LISC Guide to the Play-offs
Page Updated – 21st May 2017

Having successfully made our way through the semi final, we now play Yorkshire Carnegie over 2 legs in the final.

Final 1st Leg – Away at Yorkshire Carnegie

We have an 11 point lead from the 1st leg – now onto the home leg.

Final 2nd Leg – Home
Our home leg of the Final will be played on Wednesday 24th May, with a 7:45pm kick-off.
Tickets are now on sale from the London Irish ticket office (0118 968 1016) and website.
Note: Ticketed members have until Tuesday 16th May to claim their usual seats.

PRE-MATCH

The Craic is back in the North stand – Paul Bowen will be performing live from 5.45pm in the North stand. The bar will be open and hot food will also be available to purchase.

A number of London Irish legends will be returning to the Madejski for a Q&A on the pitch before the match and there will also be a rousing rendition of the Fields of Athenry with Paul Bowen before the teams take to the pitch.

Digger’s Pound will be open for children to enjoy the bouncy castle and games and to get their faces painted for the game.

POST-MATCH

The Championship trophy presentation will take place on the pitch along with the Man of the Match award straight after the game.
There will also be a special presentation for the London Irish players who are leaving the club this season.

The Millennium Madejski Hotel bar will be open after the game until 11pm for non-residents.

TRANSPORT

To make transport as easy as possible, stadium car park passes our just £5.

The R1 shuttle bus will be travelling from the train station to the stadium from 6pm onward before the game, then will be returning from the stadium with the last bus leaving at 10.30pm.

The Mereoak park and ride car park is open with a shuttle bus service from 6pm before kick-off. The bus service will then recommence from South Oak Way from 9.45pm with the last bus at 10.55pm.

LAST TRAINS

The last train on the Reading-Waterloo line is at 11:12pm.
The last stopping service on the Reading-Paddington line is at 00:15am and the last fast service is at 23:56pm – some stations are served by later trains.
The last stopping service to Oxford is at 00:27am and the last fast service at 01:01am.
The last train to Basingstoke is at 23:34pm.
For Newbury it is a replacement bus service – last bus leaving at 00:20am.
The last service to Swindon is at 00:13am.
The last service on the Reading-Gatwick line is at 23:34pm – but it is a replacement bus beyond Guildford and it looks like the bus doesn’t call at all stations.

M4 Roadworks

There appears to be a number of sets of overnight roadworks on the M4, mainly meaning lane closures. It looks as if works causing carriageway closures will be in the opposite direction to those making their way home after the match – however, bridge reconstruction at junction 10 will mean the east and westbound exit slip roads at junction 10 will be closed on separate nights between 9pm and 6am.
More information from GetReading.

TV Coverage
We understand that both legs of the final will be broadcast live on SKY TV.