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As a matter of interest do London Irish employ their own groundsman, or does the Brentford staff handle all the playing surface work.
 
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As a matter of interest do London Irish employ their own groundsman, or does the Brentford staff handle all the playing surface work.
Same groundstaff.
 

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Have they still got their original ground in Sunbury?

I thought they still used that.
They bought Hazlewood golf course and turned it into their training ground. Been quite a few times as local Parkrun takes place there 👍
 

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Some like yourself need a reality check. The business deal with LI helps keeps us financially sustainable. How many clubs around us are suffering, losing shed loads of money each season. MB is making long term decisions for this club to keep us at this level or higher for the future, not for a quick few years of success. I wish the brainless morons of some we have could actually stop to think for one moemnt. His investment is about the longevity. But hey if you happy to lose millions of your own money in the journey then be my guess.
Sorry to rile you mate, my post was meant to be sarcastic and channeling some of the deluded fans we have.

Short of ending it with Benham out or a fishing rod I didn’t think I could make it more obvious that it was a parody (if that’s the right word) post.
 

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20 years of those pesky rugby players ruining our pitch. 20 years!!! Long ball/hoofball here we come. What’s Warnock up to nowadays?
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'Our five-year plan is to at least break even,' says Crossan, who made his fortune in waste management.

'The facilities are the best of any rugby stadium in the country. There's not a bad view in the house, everything is high tech and there are eight stations within a mile of the stadium. Kew Bridge is only 100 yards away.

'We sold out three hospitality areas in four weeks. if we're successful on the pitch, then it will put bums on seats. We've got a 20-year licence to play there.

Are the Irish allowed to call it their “home” now?! :pop:
 

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This is interesting:
London Irish owner Mick Crossan said:
Brentford will benefit from us being there. The pouring rights. The spend per head of rugby supporter to football supporter is four to one. We keep our matchday takings and pay them the costs.
 

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“ The spend per head of rugby supporter to football supporter is four to one.” Is that because they are allowed to drink in the seats all during the game ?
 

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“ The spend per head of rugby supporter to football supporter is four to one.” Is that because they are allowed to drink in the seats all during the game ?
And you can get drinks served in 2 pint glasses which naturally increases the intake
 

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“ The spend per head of rugby supporter to football supporter is four to one.” Is that because they are allowed to drink in the seats all during the game ?
Probably partly because they arrive earlier and are more likely to stay and use the stadium bars post-match too.
 

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Reads to me that LI take a part of the profits rather than the "takings" as such.
It's still open to lots of interpretations but at least it acknowledges a benefit to BFC, who seem to hold the pouring rights. What is included in LI's match day takings is a bit vague, for example BFC may be staffing the kiosks.
 

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Probably partly because they arrive earlier and are more likely to stay and use the stadium bars post-match too.
The last rugby match I went to, I appreciated being able to drink in my seat. Until I realised it wasn't compulsory, so I spent the 2nd half drinking in the bar, meaning I didn't have to watch the rugby.
 

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The last rugby match I went to, I appreciated being able to drink in my seat. Until I realised it wasn't compulsory, so I spent the 2nd half drinking in the bar, meaning I didn't have to watch the rugby.
That's what I did at a Chris de Burgh concert at Wembley Arena (Empire Pool) whatever it's called now.
 

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Probably partly because they arrive earlier and are more likely to stay and use the stadium bars post-match too.
Or it's a comparison with our games at GP where hardly anyone could get served due to the facilities
 

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A good fit , them rugby boys know how to drink.
 

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“ The spend per head of rugby supporter to football supporter is four to one.” Is that because they are allowed to drink in the seats all during the game ?
This is very true There is a serious amount of beer drunk on the terraces and in the stands at all the Ulster home matches , before during an after the matches, when we last had a full crowd in!!
LR have got one of our former Ulster players Paddy Jackson, who's their main kicker and was M o M, I believe on Sunday
 

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This is very true There is a serious amount of beer drunk on the terraces and in the stands at all the Ulster home matches , before during an after the matches, when we last had a full crowd in!!
LR have got one of our former Ulster players Paddy Jackson, who's their main kicker and was M o M, I believe on Sunday
London Irish not LR my mistake !
 

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This new relationship with London Irish is what it is. We all know, money being no object, that we'd keep the ground for ourselves. But that's not reality. Brentford FC is a business and as fans we have to begrudgingly accept this, along with the club having an FX partner, and a luxury wristwatch partner and a partner for just about everything else and shoving it in your face on Twitter.

But I have sympathy for those unhappy about it. For a start, it's a bit annoying on the face of it (although you could get over it under normal circumstances), but because of peculiar situation we are in, IMO the anger is also symptom of a deeper problem.

Remember, this time in the club's history is unique. We have just left a stadium after 100+ years. With it, we have left behind much of the club's identity. You can try to recapture it, and no doubt we are trying. But the fact is, there is no more Ealing Road, no more pub on each corner. So when you move into the new home, and the seats are the wrong colour, and every other week some other team plays some other sport there and calls it their 'new home' all over social media, it's going to leave some frustrated. It's a problem been made much worse by the fact as fans we can't get in there to make it our own.
 

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This new relationship with London Irish is what it is. We all know, money being no object, that we'd keep the ground for ourselves. But that's not reality. Brentford FC is a business and as fans we have to begrudgingly accept this, along with the club having an FX partner, and a luxury wristwatch partner and a partner for just about everything else and shoving it in your face on Twitter.

But I have sympathy for those unhappy about it. For a start, it's a bit annoying on the face of it (although you could get over it under normal circumstances), but because of peculiar situation we are in, IMO the anger is also symptom of a deeper problem.

Remember, this time in the club's history is unique. We have just left a stadium after 100+ years. With it, we have left behind much of the club's identity. You can try to recapture it, and no doubt we are trying. But the fact is, there is no more Ealing Road, no more pub on each corner. So when you move into the new home, and the seats are the wrong colour, and every other week some other team plays some other sport there and calls it their 'new home' all over social media, it's going to leave some frustrated. It's a problem been made much worse by the fact as fans we can't get in there to make it our own.
All fair points.

But at the end of the day, I'd much rather we own the stadium and rent it out to them, than have them own it and rent it out to us.
 

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Well I have my tickets for Sunday and looking forward to seeing it in the flesh.

As an LI fan I am trying to appreciate how for some of you this might be trying...the first time we play there in heavy rain I think a few of you are going to have some serious palpitations. Steve Coppell famously blamed that for Reading's poor performance once and the fans never forgave us. I think Steve was having them on and just played the long-ball.

Anyway the Desso pitch should hold up. The problem with Reading was 1) Reading and Irish played not only played on the surface but the Reading U23 and U18s did too (Women played at Wycombe I think before we left) so a significant amount of games per week and 2) they ran out of cash under Zingorevich and put off the pitch relaying a few seasons until it was a hardened, solid mess. I'm pretty sure the pitch here is the latest and greatest. They'll be wear and tear but hopefully nothing that affects playing the ball on the surface.

Just as I saw a few posts back;
  • Yup we have a training base, Hazelwood (Chelsea tried to build here yonks ago and were knocked back. Then we tried and the same happened. We won the right to build there on appeal but the whole process crippled us for years). It has a serious amount of pitches incl 4G and the kids and amateurs play there on a weekend..
  • In addition to some session for the players to see and feel the place, sightlines, posts etc I think we had a session for the press to come along.
  • There was a tweet from some guys from BT Sport after our game raving about the facility (see below) and that the trucks can be parked inside with a lift straight to the camera gantry.
  • Season tickets is under 2,000, think closer to 1,400. We were on track to go beyond this, then COVID hit and all the advertising and marketing prep went out the window and people rightly have more important things to spend on.
 

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Well I have my tickets for Sunday and looking forward to seeing it in the flesh.

As an LI fan I am trying to appreciate how for some of you this might be trying...the first time we play there in heavy rain I think a few of you are going to have some serious palpitations. Steve Coppell famously blamed that for Reading's poor performance once and the fans never forgave us. I think Steve was having them on and just played the long-ball.

That’s always how I judge the quality of a ground and match day experience
Anyway the Desso pitch should hold up. The problem with Reading was 1) Reading and Irish played not only played on the surface but the Reading U23 and U18s did too (Women played at Wycombe I think before we left) so a significant amount of games per week and 2) they ran out of cash under Zingorevich and put off the pitch relaying a few seasons until it was a hardened, solid mess. I'm pretty sure the pitch here is the latest and greatest. They'll be wear and tear but hopefully nothing that affects playing the ball on the surface.

Just as I saw a few posts back;
  • Yup we have a training base, Hazelwood (Chelsea tried to build here yonks ago and were knocked back. Then we tried and the same happened. We won the right to build there on appeal but the whole process crippled us for years). It has a serious amount of pitches incl 4G and the kids and amateurs play there on a weekend..
  • In addition to some session for the players to see and feel the place, sightlines, posts etc I think we had a session for the press to come along.
  • There was a tweet from some guys from BT Sport after our game raving about the facility (see below) and that the trucks can be parked inside with a lift straight to the camera gantry.
  • Season tickets is under 2,000, think closer to 1,400. We were on track to go beyond this, then COVID hit and all the advertising and marketing prep went out the window and people rightly have more important things to spend on.

That’s always how I judge the quality of a ground and match day experience, where can the trucks park and how easy is it to get to the gantry.
 

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That’s always how I judge the quality of a ground and match day experience, where can the trucks park and how easy is it to get to the gantry.
Obviously from the fans pov. But it's not an either/or: media and fans can both enjoy top facilities.

Whilst looking after the media should mean more favourable/regular coverage, while top quality media facilities are increasingly crucial if the club is to attract additional events. eg:
UEFA Women's Euro 2022 - Wikipedia
 

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Obviously from the fans pov. But it's not an either/or: media and fans can both enjoy top facilities.

Whilst looking after the media should mean more favourable/regular coverage, while top quality media facilities are increasingly crucial if the club is to attract additional events. eg:
UEFA Women's Euro 2022 - Wikipedia
I wasn’t suggesting there was anything wrong with it or we shouldn’t have decent facilities for media but that won’t be what determines whether it’s an amazing ground on the football/rugby map as the tweet suggested
 

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Well I have my tickets for Sunday and looking forward to seeing it in the flesh.

As an LI fan I am trying to appreciate how for some of you this might be trying...the first time we play there in heavy rain I think a few of you are going to have some serious palpitations. Steve Coppell famously blamed that for Reading's poor performance once and the fans never forgave us. I think Steve was having them on and just played the long-ball.

Anyway the Desso pitch should hold up. The problem with Reading was 1) Reading and Irish played not only played on the surface but the Reading U23 and U18s did too (Women played at Wycombe I think before we left) so a significant amount of games per week and 2) they ran out of cash under Zingorevich and put off the pitch relaying a few seasons until it was a hardened, solid mess. I'm pretty sure the pitch here is the latest and greatest. They'll be wear and tear but hopefully nothing that affects playing the ball on the surface.

Just as I saw a few posts back;
  • Yup we have a training base, Hazelwood (Chelsea tried to build here yonks ago and were knocked back. Then we tried and the same happened. We won the right to build there on appeal but the whole process crippled us for years). It has a serious amount of pitches incl 4G and the kids and amateurs play there on a weekend..
  • In addition to some session for the players to see and feel the place, sightlines, posts etc I think we had a session for the press to come along.
  • There was a tweet from some guys from BT Sport after our game raving about the facility (see below) and that the trucks can be parked inside with a lift straight to the camera gantry.
  • Season tickets is under 2,000, think closer to 1,400. We were on track to go beyond this, then COVID hit and all the advertising and marketing prep went out the window and people rightly have more important things to spend on.
Surprised the season ticket numbers are so low. No scramble for them to see who gets in. General sale for Sunday I guess.
 

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I wasn’t suggesting there was anything wrong with it or we shouldn’t have decent facilities for media but that won’t be what determines whether it’s an amazing ground on the football/rugby map as the tweet suggested
I think they might of been part of the media covering the game and pointing out how user friendly the stadium is for them.
 

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I wasn’t suggesting there was anything wrong with it or we shouldn’t have decent facilities for media but that won’t be what determines whether it’s an amazing ground on the football/rugby map as the tweet suggested
It does if that’s your living. Trust me, as a photographer on matchdays, you look out for stuff like this and Sky/BT won’t think twice again if they can shuttle £50k worth of camera up in a lift rather than on pulleys.

Let’s not start on the seats though.
 
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Looks like stewards are wearing BFC kit at the LI games.

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London Irish's next home game has been cancelled due to them returning some positive covid tests, just hope they've thoroughly deep cleaned the required areas of the stadium before our boys got in there. There next home game isn't until 23rd January
 

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London Irish's next home game has been cancelled due to them returning some positive covid tests, just hope they've thoroughly deep cleaned the required areas of the stadium before our boys got in there. There next home game isn't until 23rd January
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Can we have a Seamus Lavelle Bar. He took the piss out of me for supporting Brentford ( and everyone else for just about everything) but he was a lovely lad.
 

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LI have just won their Last 16 tie in the European Challenge Cup at the BCS, 41-35 vs Cardiff Blues.

The good news for the pitch is that they play away to Bath in the Qtr Final.
"Just won"? Clocks out in your house @Ealing Bee ? I think they won yesterday... You're usually such a stickler for detail... ;)
 

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Is Ask Jeeves still going? Used to use that a lot back in the day. So easy to use you just asked it a question rather than trying to think of something that might link to what you want to know.
No idea. Ask Jeeves it?
 

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