Skolars’ Friday Night Lights looks to be best yet!

With Friday Night Lights being this very week we’re going to walk you through the day’s events to give you a flavour of what’s in store at New River come Friday. The event has become a real highlight for fans across London & the South as well as fans travelling down to watch the Challenge Cup final on the Saturday at Wembley & looking for a great night out the day before.

The day starts at 1pm with a three way U15s tournament featuring Hemel Stags, Elmbridge Eagles and a French touring team. A great opportunity to see the bright future of rugby league in the south east against a talented French outfit.Climbing the age ranks at 3pm where a London select U17s team take on their French equivalents. Again, a great opportunity to see the talented future of London rugby league.

“These youth games are an intrinsic part of the day for us, this is a real opportunity to make the most of the rugby league spotlight being on London and to give our young players a share of the limelight.” Jac Davies, Skolars General Manager.

At the opposite end of the spectrum will be our annual masters showcase between the London and Down South (LaDS) vs Political Animals at 4pm. The Political Animals feature politicians from across the political spectrum, both past and present.

The main event will feature the London Skolars taking on the South Wales Ironmen in their League 1 Shield fixture. The Skolars, having won their last 5 matches on the bounce will be looking to go a point clear at the top of the ladder.

“It’s a big night for the club as a whole and we want fans of other clubs to come down to New River to see what we’re all about” Jermaine Coleman, Skolars Head Coach.

Skolars will be looking to make it three wins from three against the south Walians this year, having already secured wins in the league and League 1 Cup at the start of the season.

It is set to be the Skolars largest event since hosting the Toronto Wolfpack in their season opener. The Londoners will however be looking to be on the winning side in front of a packed out home crowd.

London Skolars RL v  South Wales Ironmen RLKingstone Press League 116/07/2017.

As well as all the rugby, 4 games in all, the Skolars will also host its largest ever real-ale festival. In honour of the following day’s Challenge Cup Final, Skolars and their pouring partners Caveman Brewery have sourced beers from Wigan and Hull, as well as a selection of beers from the midlands, London and the South East.

Plenty of food and entertainment frame this unique event. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to make the most of the event. The site will host three bars; the clubhouse, fan park and stand bars. Our wide selection of ales will be available across the three sites.

Tickets are still available from here. The New River stadium is a short walk from Wood Green tube station, which is itself a short hop from London city centre on the Piccadilly line. It’s also a short hop from Wembley for any spectators staying in that area for Saturday’s Final.

For any enquiries or to discuss our hospitality and group ticket purchases, please call 0208 888 8488 or email tickets can be purchased by using the following link

Kingstone Press League 1 – 20 August 2017


Coventry Bears 14 London Skolars 50


A record-equalling fifth consecutive win for Skolars saw them consolidate their position in the top two in the Shield, having won all three games since the league split into two for the final two months of the season.


Despite the final scoreline, it was far from plain sailing in the first half. Coventry took the lead after five minutes when Kieran Sharratt gathered a chip-kick over the Skolars’ defence. There was a further blow for Skolars when Charlie Lawrence went off after knock to the head soon afterwards and took no further part in the game. A high tackle on Phil Lyon saw Chris Barratt sin-binned and Skolars scored from the next set, Michael Sykes scoring under the posts.


Despite being a man short, the Bears regained the lead when Hayden Freeman broke down the win before offloading to Mikey Russell. Skolars fought back, Mike Bishay finishing off a Dave Williams break. Williams scored just before half-time when he took a short pass from Jermaine Coleman for Skolars to lead 10-17 at half-time.


The second half saw Skolars in control. A late tackle on Phil Lyon saw them start an attacking set close to the tryline and Louis Robinson crashed over. Then Eddie Mbaraga took the ball on the right 30 metres out, brushing off the full-back to score. Coventry won possession from a short kick-off and were rewarded with a try for Jason Bass, but Skolars took control again. Player/coach Jermaine Coleman, in his 150th game for the club, timed his run onto his brother’s kick to perfection. Josh Allison scored his 11th try of the season, before Bishay added his second of the game from another Jy-Mel Coleman kick, the latter adding his seventh conversion of the afternoon.


The scoring was rounded off as Kazeem Faturoti-Edwards sliced through the defence to score in the right corner as Skolars reached the half-century.


A win on Friday against South Wales Scorpions will see Skolars top the table.


Coventry Bears

1 Mikey Russell

2 Hayden Freeman

3 Jason Bass

4 Matthew Reid

5 Jamahl Hunte

6 Paul Emanuelli

7 Brad Delaney

17 Brad Brennan

9 Billy Gaylor

10 Paddy Jones

11 Kieran Sherratt

12 Chris Barratt

13 Zak Williams


Subs (all used)

14 James Kelly

19 Jack Morrison

16 Elliott Davies

16 Alex Beddows

8 James Guertjens


Tries: Sherrat (5), Russell (20), Bass (55)

Goals: Delaney 1/3

London Skolars

7 Mike Bishay

1 Jacob Ogden

3 Josh Allison

4 Lameck Juma

24 Michael Brown

29 Jermaine Coleman

6 Jy-Mel Coleman

25 Michael Sykes

11 Lamont Bryan

10 Dave Williams

12 Eddie Mbaraga

23 Will Martin


Subs (all used)

14 Phil Lyon

15 Kazeem Faturoti-Edwards

8 Louis Robinson

18 Michael Greenhalgh


Tries: Sykes (10), Bishay (25,69), Williams (38), Robinson (47), Mbaraga (51), Jermaine Coleman (60), Allison (64), Faturoti-Edwards (72)

Goals: Jy-Mel Coleman 7/9


Penalty count: 4-6


Half-time: 10-18

Referee: Steve Race

Attendance: 268


SCORING SEQUENCE: 4-0, 4-6, 10-6, 10-12, 10-18, 10-24, 10-30, 14-30, 14-36, 14-40, 14-46, 14-50

London Skolars and pouring partners Caveman Brewery are delighted to announce the real ale line-up for this year’s Friday Night Lights Beer Festival. Our biggest line-up to date features local brews from Caveman as well as appropriately sourced ales from Challenge Cup Final towns Hull and Wigan.


The Line-up

Hull Beers

Great Newsome Brewery

CORN DOLLY: Brewed with copious amounts of wheat malt, this clear, golden session beer has hints of Orange and a smooth biscuity finish (3.9% ABV)


FROTHINGHAM BEST: Dark amber robust best bitter. Aroma of raisin fruit and hazelnuts. Modestly bittered with resin hop and peach fruit tones to a sweet finish (4.3% ABV)

Wigan Beers

Prospect Brewery

                SILVER TALLY: A clean, pale golden yellow beer with citrus aromas, a dry bitter sweet     balance and full hop flavour. (3.7% ABV)

                WHATEVER: A pale, straw coloured ale blended with four different hop varieties to give an intensely hopped clean flavour and a grapefruit aroma.


London & South East Beers

Caveman Brewery

                NEOLITHIC: A hoppy pale ale with a straightforward malt character that really lets the citrus, grapefruit and pine flavours of our heavy hop cmbo shine through. A refreshing session beer for a summer’s day. (4.1& ABV)

                PALEOLITHIC: A light session beer with a high dose of aromatic hops, well balanced and very drinkable, this is a local favourite. Sweet malts balance out the grapefruit and citrus from the US cascade hops to produce an easy drinking session ale. It’s then dry-hopped to add a bit of punch and aroma.

                NEANDRATHAL: The Neanderthal remembers when best bitter was the best. This beer is Caveman’s recollection of that, full of roast and caramel malt flavours and traditional Kent hops. (4.4% ABV)

Far and Wide Beers

Titanic Brewery (West Mids)

                PLUM PORTER: Dark, strong and well rounded: the richness of such a rotund beer is brought to an even keel by the late addition of Goldings hops and natural plum flavouring. (4.9% ABV)

Thornbridge Brewery (Peak District)

                LOOK NORTH: Manchester Style beer that pours a light golden colour. Bracingly bitter and dry. Made North has light malt aromas and flavours of earthy, floral and very moreish English Hops (3.8% ABV)


This is by far our most expansive festival to date, come along to responsibly enjoy these beers, the perfect accompaniment to great rugby league.

Head Coach Jermaine Coleman has announced his squad that will travel to Coventry this Sunday.

Injuries to Jake Melling, Ryan Chester and John Paxton see Jacob Ogden, Will Martin and Mike Brown added to the squad. Ogden, on loan from London Broncos will make his Skolars debut on Sunday.

Sunday’s test will be an opportunity for members of the squad to cement their place in the team ahead of Friday Night Lights where the Skolars will take on South Wales Ironmen.

Tickets for Friday Night Lights are still available and can be bought here.

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