Connacht Clan - London & UK
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Thought I'd get this one started myself, as I am one of the above.
With the extra profile that the HEC is providing, just scan the media currently and Connacht's profile has never been so high, there are likely to be more and more previously casual support taking an interest at home and abroad.
The point of this thread is to link up UK based supporters who are interested in travelling to or watching games together...
- If you plan on driving to games Gloucester (HEC) and Pro12 games in Wales can you car share...?
It's a long way to Cardiff/ Newport/ Llanelli & Swansea if you're doing the trip on your own, so maybe you're open to having some company and some to share the petrol/parking costs (generally still works out cheaper than train return and means you arrive closer to the ground and home)..
- Can you recommend good Pubs in your locality where games will be shown...?
Know of any good Beer/Rugby Pubs (the mix is very important) in your area or in central areas that are predisposed to showing HEC & Pro12 Rugby fixtures..
Stick your info below and help out your fellow Clan...
In London, you're almost always guaranteed to catch the matches in The Auld Shillelagh in Stoke Newington (my local), or in the Corrib Rest in Queen's Park.
Another one I know of and really enjoy on Twickenham matchdays is the White Swan which is down near Twickenham village - proper rugby pub.
Hope that helps!
Very good idea seapoint,
I have alot of mates in the London area who are Connnacht fans, I actually know one or two that have travelled to harlequins away etc and Gloucester so I will let them know about this be good to get some sort of Supporters Club going for those abroad!
Fair play to the Leinster supporters club, they have managed to get a bar in Covent Garden as their official home of the London Leinster Rugby supporters, which apparently shows all of their games on the large screens.
It's fairly close to where I work so may well head down there in the evening in my Clan apparel and say hello to the neighbours.
IMF did I see you in your connacht jersey near Lewisham station a few weeks back??? i wonder could we make waxy o connors in leicester square the home of connnacht rugby good knows it was thronged with Mayo people last week and galway people a few weeks back and i expect it will be again this sunday. Just putting it out there???
So turns out the Leinster London Supporters bar is just a pub in central London with the rugby on in the basement.
It took me a good 5 mins to convince the bar staff that the game was on tonight and not tomorrow as they had initially insisted.
sligsup wrote: Were you there fighting for the cause on your own or any other connacht supporters????
There were not many people there for the rugby at all, I would say 10 tops. 5 of those were cheering for leinster and the rest were watching the Ulster game and the looks i got for screaming when Connacht scored 3 tries in the first half I think it's fair to say I was the only Connacht fan there.
The live band that came on for the 2nd half were quality though, was an experience watching the rugby with some really loud and fairly decent music coming through.
i would love to source a venue that would show all the connacht games , the issue is would it be financially viable for them??? Do you have any suggestions or what is your train of thought IMF???
Only missed one home game last season , being in the clan all last year to highlights on tv , withdrawal symptons , need to make something happen!!!!
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- Praetorian Guard
Really comes down to your location, what venue makes sense.
I'm living and working out in the sticks in Surrey now, but back in the Irish Rugby messageboard days when I lived closer in (Wandsworth) and was working in town (Clerkenwell) I used to head over to Waxy's and meet a few Ulster lads there, then for HEC games we used to go to O'Neills on Great Queen Street (run by an Ulster lad).
You don't need huge numbers, just a regular crowd.
But one of us we used to get in touch with the venues first early in the week to establish if they would show the games and then post to say where was showing the games. I'm afraid lack of commentary is something you just get used to, especially if they have live music on.
The most amenable options were:
Waxy's - 14-16 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DD, United Kingdom
+44 20 7287 0255
O'Neills - 40 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA, United Kingdom
020 7242 5560
Famous 3 Kings - (Beside West Kensington Tube), 153 N End Rd, Kensington, London, Greater London W14 9NL, United Kingdom
+44 20 7603 6071
Brogans - 1 Fulham Broadway, London SW6 1AA, United Kingdom
+44 20 7385 2003
Well if we can get numbers and anyone you know I will make enquiries with Pubs etc and with details of fixtures and we can take it from there , havent put alot of thought into it. But i have friends that would go. So spread the word. The best things in the world were started by accident so you never know could be the beginning of the London Connacht Supporters Club.
Sounds good to me, it's always nice to have a bit of company when your shouting at the TV.
The Porterhouse in Covent Garden is not a bad place to take in a game (will definitely have the Ulster game on this Friday). There's the White Bear in Kennington too which would be at the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of beer prices and IMO is a decent enough little pub if a little rough around the edges.
I guess it's just a case of finding maybe a couple of places that will have a game on at the start of the week, posting it up on here and then if there is a few up for heading out the location would take care of itself.
I propose having the first london connacht supporters club agm in the porter house convent garden friday night after the game. We can elect president chairman treasurer pro honourary president and loason officers etc
Will you make it drop the claw.