Harlequins

Harlequins

Stands:

Really good. The Stoop began a major refurb in 2005 is now the proud owner of good seating, open concourses and well-situated executive boxes. I doubt there is a bad view in the house. One of the most trim and ship-shape stadiums in the Premiership.

Setting:

Deep in leafy middle class suburbia. No bits to avoid in local vicinity. Twickenham stadium is literally just across the road. Plenty of parking.

Food and Drink:

Tremendous choice both within the ground and outside on the main road up to Twickenham train station. Try the Scrummery cafe up the road or the Jolly Hog at the ground for sausage, burgers and other proper rugby food.

Getting there:

Not too bad. The usual and painful three-mile queue into Twickenham on international match day has dispersed and the duel carriageway outside should be pretty pain free. As for the M25 beforehand, that’s another story.

Archetypal local:

Without a doubt, the poshest support in the Premiership. Yet to meet a home fan whose property is not worth in excess of £300,000 and who hasn’t arrived at the ground in a sports car. The club’s aristocratic history is not let down by today’s following of lawyers, MDs, CEOs, surgeons, dentists and entrepreneurs. Usually a good smattering of youngsters too on a weekend break from boarding school. All major high-brow fashion labels on show. Smart jeans and casual jackets are de riguer for men. Burberry and Joules should open a store there.

Atmopshere:

Good. Small compact ground and vocal fans make for good fayre on sunny days. Best song in the league with “The Mighty Quin” blaring out on the PA.

Local Expectations:

Very high and why not? Quins stayed the course last season and won their first Premiership title after beating favourites Leicester in the final. While that may have proved many people wrong in itself, their form this season has continued where they left off and any thoughts about their championship win being a one-off have been completely dispelled. Fans will know just how hard it is to defend a crown but with their squad remaining strong and coaching staff showing no signs of moving on, Quins supporters should be enjoying every minute of a some halcyon days supporting a table-topping side that plays an exciting brand of rugby.

Banter:

Knowledgeable crowd like a pint or two but are usually too polite to really get stuck into the opposition.

Chants:

“Come all without, come all within, you ain’t seen nothing like the Mighty Quin!”


BUY HARLEQUINS RUGBY TICKETS for home games at the club site.

Living Rugby home page.

 

Twickenham Stoop Stadium
Langhorn Drive
Twickenham
Middlesex
TW2 7SX



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