London Scottish v Jersey25/07/2014
London Scottish have advised Jersey RFC that the forthcoming Greene King IPA Championship match at the Richmond Athletic Ground (RAG) will take place on the evening of Friday November 14th (KO 7.45pm).
The fixture has been switched from the Saturday evening slot originally earmarked for the game and published on the London Scottish website earlier this month. This is due to the Autumn International matches taking place that weekend and the cancellation of a private function.
London Scottish CEO Kenny Baillie explained that London Scottish do not own the RAG ground (pictured above) but rent it from the Richmond Athletic Association (RAA).
"The RAA initially told us we could not play on Friday, November 14th - always our preferred date due to the internationals involving both England and Scotland the following day - as they had taken another booking. So we moved to Saturday, November 15th," he said. "They then advised that their third party booking had now been cancelled and that Friday was once again available. This has all been outside the control of London Scottish."
Jersey Chairman Bill Dempsey added: "We are aware that a number of our supporters have made arrangements to travel to London for the 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday, and that they will have to revise their plans. I'm disappointed on their behalf. Having said that, the home side has the prerogative to arrange fixtures in the slot they prefer, and London Scottish have done this ahead of the RFU deadline of July 31st, at which point all matches must be finalised."
As a result of the switch, it has been agreed that any Jersey supporters who had previously made travel arrangements and will incur costs in changing their itineraries will be given complimentary stand seat tickets (normally priced at £20) for the match on production of evidence of their travel arrangements. Details of how to obtain these tickets will be available in the coming weeks.
Bill Dempsey added: "We are very appreciative of the excellent levels of support for the club, both home and away. I hope that those who are planning to come over to support us at London Scottish will be able to adjust their arrangements - there is a cracking weekend's rugby in prospect."