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London Irish to Groundshare with Brentford

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    Posted: 18 December 2018 at 12:23pm
London Irish have confirmed that they will be tenants at the new Brentford FC Lionel Road ground from the 2020/21 season.

Having lodged with Reading FC at the Madejski Stadium for the past 20 years, the Exiles are moving closer to their historical base in south west London, the new ground will be a smaller venue, with a capacity of 17,250 (compared to the Madejski's 24,000).

They'll also be much nearer their training base in Sunbury-on-Thames - having been to a Minis rugby festival there a few weeks ago, I have to say it's a superb facility, with great natural & AGP pitches.

Following Wasps' move to Coventry, this will leave a gap in the Thames Valley* - Irish have struggled to build a support base around Reading, especially after being relegated to the Championship, but lots of families and local clubs from Berks & Hants who have supported the club through some fairly dire years. The trek to 'West Chiswick' (estate agent-speak for Brentford) won't be too bad for some, but the stadium in in the shadow of the elevated section of the M4, already notorious for its traffic congestion.
(*the Valley is a core rugby region, of course Wink)

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