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London Irish to play at Brentford Community Stadium

New stadium to be home for both Brentford FC and London Irish from 2020

Brentford Football Club is delighted to confirm a historic deal has now been agreed for London Irish to move back to the capital and join the Club at Brentford Community Stadium. The Exiles have been playing at Reading’s Madjeski Stadium for two decades but will make a return to West London to play their games at the Brentford Community Stadium when it opens in 2020. The stadium is currently under construction and is on course for completion in 2020. Brentford FC and London Irish will play there from the 2020/21 season.

The long-term agreement between Brentford FC and London Irish was signed late last week. Under the deal, The Exiles have a licence to play at Brentford Community Stadium but Brentford FC have primacy of use. The stadium has been designed to host Premier League football and Premiership rugby and will suit the needs of both clubs.

Construction on the 17,250-seater stadium and associated development commenced in April with the Club’s development partner EcoWorld London, and its stadium subcontractor Buckingham Group, and is progressing well. Key milestones have been satisfactorily achieved with significant parts of the steel frame and terracing in place. The steel frame for the south stand, the largest, is almost complete and work on the interior elements is progressing. Construction of the steel frame and terracing is now also underway for both the east stand and west stand. Work on the north stand is also expected to start in the next few weeks.

The Brentford Community Stadium development is an important part of the wider regeneration of the area known as Brentford East. It will deliver a stadium together with more than 900 new homes, a new purpose-built location for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, and a public square with shops and cafes.

Cliff Crown, Brentford FC Chairman, said: “I’m delighted that we are now able to finally confirm that London Irish will play their matches at Brentford Community Stadium from the 2020/21 season. We are building a high-quality stadium fully equipped and ready from day one for the rigours and demands of both Premier League football and Premiership rugby. Like us, London Irish has a long history in the area and prides itself on having strong roots in the local community. We look forward to continuing to work with them over the coming months to support their successful return to the capital.

“It was always planned that the stadium would host rugby and we have been working on ensuring we have a top-of-the range pitch so both sports can be played. We believe that the deal with London Irish is a good one for Brentford FC both in terms of the fit between our clubs and the financial contribution that will help us to strengthen our on-pitch performance.”

London Irish Owner Mick Crossan said: “We’re delighted to be moving to the new Brentford Community Stadium with Brentford FC. It has been a long-held ambition to return to our roots in West London, and this stadium has everything we need – location, capacity and facilities – to re-establish ourselves as London’s authentic top-flight rugby club. We can’t wait to start playing there!”

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “I am delighted to hear the announcement that London Irish’s new home will be the new Brentford Community Stadium currently under construction. This is great news for the borough, we now not only have an excellent football club in Brentford, we will also now have a fantastic rugby club in the borough too – both with top tier ambitions.

“Both clubs also have the local community at their heart and provide excellent community services for local residents, particularly encouraging young people to take part in sport. I am sure their involvement in the borough will go from strength to strength when the new stadium is open in 2020. I would like to wish both Brentford and London Irish every success for the future.”


Brentford Football Club is a professional football club based in Brentford, in the London Borough of Hounslow, that currently plays in the English Football League Championship. It was founded on 10 October 1889 and plays its home games at Griffin Park, its home stadium since 1904.

Brentford’s most successful spell came during the 1930s, when it achieved consecutive top six finishes in the First Division. Since the Second World War, it has spent most of its time in the third and fourth tiers of English football. Brentford has been FA Cup quarter-finalists on four occasions, and has three times been Football League Trophy runners-up. The Club’s aim is to play at the top level of English football in the Premier League.

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Fuller the London brewer and premium pub company has opened a new transport hub, The Signal box in Euston Station. It opened December 10, 2018 and is located upstairs.

Here is the full press release from Fuller’s:

Fuller, Smith and Turner P.L.C., the London brewer and premium pub company, is delighted to announce the opening of its latest transport hub site, The Signal Box in Euston Station. Under the stewardship of General Manager Nina Dhal, the brand-new site – in one of London’s busiest railway stations – opened its doors to the public today [Monday 10 December].


The pub is upstairs, in the station’s terrace. With a spacious bar and dining space inside plus an outside bar with seating, it is a haven from the busy action of the railway station – which sees around 60 million passengers a year passing through. Guests will be able to get away from the hustle and bustle, while enjoying a selection of fantastic beers and fresh, delicious food – as expected in a Fuller’s pub.


Managing Director of Fuller’s Inns, Jonathon Swaine, said: “I’m delighted with The Signal Box – the team has done an excellent job at creating a modern but comfortable space. The outside bar and seating area – which is still within the walls of the station – is a fantastic setting for a quick drink or bite to eat. It’s a great achievement from our designers who have managed to create an indoor space that feels alfresco.


“We have seen great success in our other transport hub pubs, such as The Parcel Yard at King’s Cross and The Three Guineas at Reading Station. We believe we’ve reinvented the railway station pub – from being tired old bars where people begrudgingly went when their train was delayed, to exciting and vibrant pubs that are visited by all. With the transformation of the surrounding area and HS2 opening in the future, we hope The Signal Box becomes a regular spot for both one-time and regular visitors.”

From the 2nd of January, Hounslow Youth Service will see an increase in youth activities. The Brentford Football  Club Community Sports Trust and Participation People have been entrusted with this responsibility.

The range of activities will include: career advice to young people participation.


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After having successful trials in Oxford, England the DRIVEN consortium has decided begin trials in London’s road. Mapping will begin in the streets of Hounslow. Driveless cars will hit Hounslow roads before Christmas.

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Half year results for the 26 weeks ended 29 September 2018

Increased investment for the long term 

Financial Highlights

  • Revenue up 6% to £222.1 million (2017/18: £209.3 million)
  • EBITDA[1] up 2% to £38.2 million (2017/18: £37.6 million)
  • Adjusted profit before tax[2] down 1% to £23.6 million (2017/18: £23.8 million)
  • Adjusted earnings per share[3] down 1% at 33.83p (2017/18: 34.22p)
  • Interim dividend up 3% to 7.80p (2017/18: 7.55p)
  • Proforma net debt to EBITDA[4] of 3.1 times (2017/18: 2.8 times).

Operational Indicators

  • Good performance from Managed Pubs and Hotels with like for like sales rising 4.1% (2017/18: 3.6%), total profits reflect high number of 92 closure weeks (2017/18: 29 weeks) due to investment in estate
  • Strong results from Tenanted Inns with like for like profit increasing 4% (2017/18: 3%), four pubs sold and a rise in average EBITDA per pub of 2%
  • Total beer and cider volumes for The Fuller’s Beer Company rose marginally by 0.2% (2017/18: 1%), with revenue up 7% and operating profit up 9%.
  1. Pre-separately disclosed earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, loss on disposal of plant and equipment, and amortisation
  1. Adjusted profit before tax is the profit before tax excluding separately disclosed items. Statutory profit before tax was £20.8 million (2017/18: £23.6 million)
  2. Calculated using adjusted profit after tax and the same weighted average number of shares as for the basic earnings per share and using a 40p ordinary share. Basic earnings per share were 29.65p (2017/18: 35.12p)
  3. Proforma net debt to EBITDA is calculated on a 12 month basis adjusting as appropriate for acquisitions and disposals