Twickenhill: 6 - 7 April 2013
trip to Twickenhill. This time to meet Saracens (who are still
trying to shake off their nomadic lifestyle) in the ERC quarter-final.
We're in L22 in the East Stand. Half Six kick-off, so if
it's a nice day, a bottle of Bucky in the West Car Park may be the
order of the day.
Northamton: 7 - 9 December 2012
Proper Northampton this time
a great time in Northampton for the quater-final 2 years ago, we're
going back for the pool game in December. Should be there for
opening time Friday. Match is at 8:00 p.m. and we have all day Saturday
to do the things we missed last time; for example, the shoe museum!
Although I suspect we may find ourselves in the Wig &
again (... and the TAB ... and the Malt Shovel ...)
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huge thanks to Colin who is very kindly providing the
ERC Final 2012 - Twickenham
Ulster v Leinster - 19th May 2012
Pictures of London
Flying to Stansted, stupid o'clock, Friday morning; Staying with the
We hope to be out at Twickenham for 'lunch' on Saturday.
If the weather is decent, we'll probably 'dine' al fresco in the West
Car Park. Hope
to see you there!
Recover Sunday; Fly
home Monday morning.
ERC Semi-final 2012 - Lansdowne Road
Ulster v Edinburgh - 28th April 2012
ERC Quarter-final 2012 - Munster
8 - 9th April 2012
Easter Sunday in Limerick.
Pictures of Limerick
18-20th November 2011.
Flying into Luton on Friday evening. Rather
than mess about
with the usual various doomed plans, we'll admit defeat straight away
and and get a taxi to Leicester. Should be in the bar by 8pm.
couple of wee bars to visit on Saturday morning, and then make our way
out to Welford Road early for the 6pm kick-off. Relaxing
breakfast and quiet lunch before heading back via Luton again on Sunday
We're on the H&B Terrace and if you'd like to join us, we still
have a couple of spares.
Leinster - Magners League Semi 2011
ERC Quarter-final - Northampton
8th or 9th
until 11th April 2011.
Flying through Birmingham; staying in Northampton. All sorted
for tickets now, thanks.
stout boys return to Biarritz from Friday 15th to Monday 18th October
for the Heineken cup second round match (Sunday 17th Oct 16h00).
There's talk of a trip to Donostia on Saturday. All
of which will barely leave time for some coat shopping and a visit to
the local A&E.
Accomodation is yet to be aranged as our usual hotel has been getting
very bad reviews recently, so another visit from us
is probably the last thing they need right now.
Just to jog our somewhat hazy memories of the last time we visited,
we've put together a photo review of Biarritz 2005
Stadium Lansdowne Road: 31 July 2010
were represented at the reopening of Lansdowne Road for the match
between Ulster/Leinster and Connacht/Munster development XVs.
hand-driers didn't work; the roof leaked, but worst of all the Guinness
was dispensed from a fast-food carry-out machine and tasted much as you
While we are concerned by the move to Murphys at
Ravenhill, we utterly condemn the move to McGuinness at Lansdowne!
Bath: 22 - 25 Jauary 2010
The main event of the 2009/10 season will be a bath in
Who will be given the responsibilty of bringing the
team shower gel?
Again sparing no expense, we have sent an operative to recce Bath in
advance of January's visit. See our Stout
Guide to Bath.
Airport transfers have been arranged.
Stade Francais v Ulster
the Sprout Boys
will not be represented at this weekend’s game in Brussels.
nearly upon us, even the promise of more Belgian beer than you could
chocolate waffle at, could not persuade us to abandon our
families. And it’s just not worth the journey to see another
pissing in a continental fountain … been there; done that; splashed the
plans are afoot to join in the festivities from the remote location of
House via the wonders of modern technology (the tele). The
event may also
double as the long awaited 2008 Xmas dinner.
Edinburgh: 17 - 18 October 2009
Just time for a wee sneaky trip to aul reekie.
Arriving Saturday morning, leaving Sunday evening;
There'll barely be time to view the castle again.
of the 'Embrace the Pear' Tour.
v Ireland: Cardiff 2009
mention the G word!
it's OK to say Guinness, especially if it is prefixed with a random
number and followed by please. It's the other G word we mean - the one
that rhymes with Brand Clam. The stout boys will be
represented in Cardiff for the 6 Nations Championship decider. Travel
will be via Luton (a small town in East Wales) and the return leg will
hopefully include a visit to MadStad to celebrate St Paddy (the patron
saint of alcoholism)
of Cardiff Pictures
17 - 19 October 2008
Drunks' in No Golf shocker
Green Keepers across Connacht breathed a
collective sigh of relief yesterday,
as the much anticipated golf trip failed to materialise from a pungent
haze of Guinness guts. This was undoubtedly caused by the
The majority of the
boys opting to spend the day in the pub rather than go worrying a small
white ball around a field. It is still unclear if Lee made it
the golf as he was pretty quiet all weekend - rarely venturing
from his room.
>PICTURES OF Galway
v London Irish,
sounds like too good an opportunity to miss. With the
flying in for the weekend, plans are afoot for the Ulster mob to meet
them in the wild, wild west. If we could just find a
priced hedge in Eyre Square.
Rugby Cup 2008/09
draw for HEC 2008/09 presented Ulster with the following pool:
Francais Paris (again), Llanelli
(again), Ulster (just
as well), Harlequins (the
London ones, not that crowd at Deramore).
Initial reaction has
not been good, with a few
people wondering if Connacht will be going anywhere nice this year in
the Challenge Cup. We believe that despite the slump in the
property market, one London resident has already put his house on the
4-6 April 2008
Stout Boys - London
Despite the best
efforts of Ulster Rugby, the
Stout Boys attended the promised Heineken Cup Quarterfinal after
all. Arriving 16 months late at the Madejski stadium, we saw
London Irish dispose of Perpignan. But it was leaving the
that the excitement really started...
shaken by encounter with “Wild Man of Borneo” at the Mad Stad!!
witnessing London Irish secure a super HEC Quarter Final victory over
USAP at Reading, several Stoutboys were left shaken by an encounter
with a one of the most terrifying creatures on the surface of the
planet – and no we don’t mean Stoutboy Slug when he is kebabless!
is not noted for its tropical rainforest, so imagine the fright
Stoutboys got when leaving the Mad Stad to witness a huge hairy
creature, all hair an teeth, burst forth from roadside undergrowth and
hijack a taxi. Stoutboy
Mac takes up the shocking story:
know why it’s called the Mad Stad.
We had just left the stadium in fine fettle
after witnessing Irish do the business against USAP.
I was even contemplating my first beer of the
weekend in celebration. I
had been told that getting public transport back to Reading town centre
could be quite difficult after a match so was keeping an eye out for a
taxi that we could flag down. Young
Lee, an apprentice stoutboy was with me.
It was his first Stoutboy match and I wanted to
get him home safe and sound. I
had just spotted a taxi and was about to flag it down when I noticed
some movement in the roadside undergrowth.
might sound ridiculous, but I would have sworn I heard some grunting
noises that on any other day I would have identified as a Scouse accent. Suddenly this huge
creature burst through a bush right in front of me.
It was snarling and slobbering, all hair and
teeth and was chameleon like in that it was green, the same colour as
the bush. My
life flashed in front of me, I thought it was all going to end – I
haven’t known terror like it since Stoutboy Tel had an encounter with
the woman Stoutboy Slug brought home to our house about 20 years ago (
yes, you know the one, daughter of a famous international goalkeeper –
A shadowy figure appears from
out of the bushes
the creature, looking like the Wild Man of Borneo, jumped out in front
of the taxi I was about to hail. The
taxi screeched to a halt. The
driver looked aghast. As
long as I live I’ll never forget the look in his eyes.
The creature hijacked the taxi and it sped off
towards Reading. I
wouldn’t give that taxi driver any chance of surviving.
It was horrible.
Poor Lee went catatonic, for the second time in
24 hours given the state of him the night before.
He may never recover and I doubt he’ll ever be
fit enough for another Stoutboy trip.
I’m not sure I would ever go back to Reading
myself – it really was the Mad Stad there!”
is reported that the Public Carriage Office, in association with London
Zoo will be issuing every taxi driver in the Twickenham area with
tranquiliser darts and a great big net.
the christian church
moving their Easter celebrations to coincide with (and
our visit to Cork - the trip goes ahead in defiance!
With most of the pubs
in Ireland closed on Good
Friday (what's so good about it, then?), we will leave Saturday morning
and return Sunday, after which we will send letters of condemnation to
the Holy See, the Archbishop of Canterbury (and Nike, Addidas, Kukri
and Kooga - just to be on the safe side), the Moderator of the
Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Conference of the Methodist Church
and your man who's just taken over from big Ian.
After the original
flights were changed to
Nice, we are now hoping to fly yo Lyon on Friday. Get a bus
something down to Bourgoin and stay there for the duration.
Returning Sunday - god only knows how.
Our research tells us
that there is plenty of
beer available in the stadium (Pierre Rajon). There is the Bar du Stade
outside the main gate. Elsewhere in the town there is the 'Albion'
owned by an kiwi rugby player. The 'Chelem' near the station sounds
like it could be a rugby bar. Also mentioned is 'la Rep' and 'le
Leffe'. Place du 23 Aout (la Fontaine) seems to be a centre of night
For eating - "Il
Divino", "Côté Provence"or "Le Grand Café".
Two: 18-22 January 2007
Pics of Toulouse
year’s main event will be the return to Toulouse after our triumphant …
err … draw there in 2000.
After much debate, it
has been decided to
continue with our traditional ‘go Thursday– return Monday’ policy.
Contrary to popular belief this policy is not to give us 5 days on the
piss, but is to … err … ensure we are not disrupted by any last minute
alterations to the match schedule. Anyway it’s cheaper to fly on a
Thursday (provided you don’t factor in hospital bills).
In an act of unity
with the London Chapter, we
have also opted to travel via London Gatwick. A proposal to stop off at
CDG to rendez-vous with the Paris Chapter was rejected as being ‘too
bloody stupid, even for us’. An invite was issued to our
Carribean Chapter, but they have not been heard of since hurricane
The decision to make
BA our carrier of choice ahead of Queasyjet was taken after analysis of
low-cost v free-bar.
9-10 December 2006
The London Chapter
will be hosting the Stout
Boys at the London Irish v Ulster match at Reading on 9th December,
with the favour bieng returned the following week, as our English
bretheren make the trip to Ravenhill.
we could all just have a nice wee lie in!
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