December 2017

Bedford Blues suffered an agonising defeat to high-flying Ealing Trailfinders as they went down 23-24 in front of a bumper 3401 fans at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

Bedford were in the ascendancy at the interval thanks to an 18-0 lead courtesy of tries from Mike Le Bourgeois and Dean Adamson with Harry Sheppard kicking eight points, but after the break the visitors regathered to cut the lead to 18-17 before Alex Rae crashed over to make it a six point game. Sadly, Ealing crossed for a converted score and there was to be no fireworks as a last-gasp drop goal attempt from Will Hooley pulled wide of the posts.

Bedford Blues will be looking to end 2017 on a high when they welcome Ealing Trailfinders to Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

With the year coming to an end, the Blues are hoping that a bumper crowd will be on hand to help them take on high-flying Ealing in this second versus third clash.

When the two teams met in West London earlier in the season, the game started in sparkling fashion but Bedford's discipline let them down in the second half with the hosts running away with things to win 45-25.

Don't miss the big festive fixture against fellow top four side Ealing Trailfinders at Goldington Road as Bedford Blues seek to end 2017 in style on Sat 30 Dec (KO 3pm).

The Blues have been in impressive league form, but will need a strong 16th man supporting them against the current second-best team in the Championship. Save £4 and buy tickets online before the match day here.

Madness, madness, they call it madness… And that's exactly what it was on Saturday afternoon as Bedford Blues drew at London Scottish 52-52.

While there will be plenty of attacking plaudits, the Blues were left bitterly disappointed with their defensive display which shipped seven tries over the course of the afternoon.

“I've never played in a game like this,” said Blues player coach Lee Dickson after the final whistle. “You can't expect to win a game of rugby conceding 52 points. Credit to the boys for coming back into it and getting that penalty try at the end, but we've got to take a long hard look at ourselves as defensively we were appalling today.

Bedford Blues will be looking for some festive cheer on Saturday afternoon as they head to the Richmond Athletic Ground to face London Scottish in the GreeneKing IPA Championship.

As the second half of the season gets underway, the battle hardened Blues are looking forward to getting back to League action after two really physical encounters versus Munster ‘A’ in the B & I Cup.

When the Blues welcomed the Exiles to Goldington Road in Round Two of the competition, Bedford ran in six tries to pick up a 44-26 win but Scottish fought back towards the end of the game to pick up a four try bonus point.

February brings a cerebral challenge to Goldington Road with the return of Jackie Markham's BRFA General Knowledge Quiz in the Scrum Hall.

Set a date in your diary for Friday 2nd February 2018 as the Blues players enjoy a break weekend from action.

Doors to the Scrum Hall are open at 7pm with the quiz starting at 7:30pm, so be there early to secure your table and get the drinks in before the eggheads get to work.

Teams can be up to six people, but if you don't have a team come along and we'll join you with some like-minded supporters.

Bedford Blues were pleased to present a record breaking cheque of £7,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support at last weekend’s match following yet another fantastic Ladies Day on Saturday 21st October.

The Blues certainly made Ladies Day 2017 a day to remember on the field with a staggering 43-19 win over Ospreys, but the club are equally proud of a cause much bigger than rugby.

Supporters raised the staggering amount for the club’s new Cancer Charity Partner Macmillan through raffles, auctions and collections at the club’s tenth Ladies Day event.

There was to be very little Christmas cheer at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon as Munster ‘A’ gate crashed the party with a 12-16 win in the British & Irish Cup.

A week after the Blues had defeated the Irish outfit in Cork, the men in red put in a solid defensive display and finished their chances to keep the Pool wide open with two games left to play.

Bedford did cross the whitewash twice with good scores from Dean Adamson and Camilo Parilli-Ocampo, but a try from prop Ciaran Parker and the boot of Bill Johnston ensured that Munster ‘A’ returned home happy.

Bedford Blues have named their 22 man squad for the festive fixture against Munster 'A' in the British & Irish Cup this weekend.

After the 14-25 win at Irish Independent Park last Friday, the Blues make five changes to the starting line-up with four coming in the forwards and one in the backs.

The most noteable change is a starting place for Bedford stalwart Paul Tupai who will be making his 250th appearance for the Blues. Toops - who is celebrating his testimonial year - starts at blindside flanker and joins an illustrious band of players to achieve the impressive number of Bedford caps.

Bedford Blues are back at Goldington Road this Saturday 16th December for a festive fixture v Munster A in the return B&I Cup battle (KO 3pm).

Sitting first and second in the group, the Blues will be looking to solidify their place at the top following last weekend’s impressive victory in Cork, but expect a reaction from the reigning champions who will be hunting revenge for last Friday’s encounter.

Mike Rayer’s men came from 14 points down in Ireland to turn things around, scoring 25 unanswered points with tries from Sean McCarthey and a brace for top try scorer Dean Adamson as Will Hooley added two conversions and two penalties.

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