The Bedford Blues Marquee was filled to the brim on Friday night (18th May) as the club celebrated a fantastic campaign with the End of Season Gala Dinner.

There was plenty of fantastic entertainment as Blues players, coaches and special guests alike, gathered to mark the end of yet another incredible season of Championship rugby as well as the 20-year reunion of the Allied Dunbar Premiership Two winning team.

The Black-Tie Gala was certainly a memorable evening which started with club Chairman Geoff Irvine presenting shirts to two departing players - Paul Tupai and Michael Le Bourgeois - before a special presentation was made to Forwards Coach Martin Hynes who is also leaving the club after 13 years at Goldington Road. Hynesy was presented with a specially commissioned artwork and watch as well as being made an honorary life member of the club.

Speaking about Bedford Blues, Hynes said: "This club is the envy of the Championship and it is because of the people. Whether it is the fans who turn up to tidy the ground, Nos making teas, Jerry cleaning the changing rooms or Baz painting the lines, everyone want what this club has."

Following Hynes's speech, a four course meal was served along with a range of video packages from the season and interviews with members of the 1997/98 promotion winning team. Host Sam Roberts chatted with the likes of Paul Turner, Roy Winters, Rory Underwood and Director of Rugby Geoff Cook.

The highlight of the evening came in the form of the Players' Player of the Season Award. Nominations for the accolade went to Dean Adamson, Howard Packman, Rich Lane, Jarad Williams and Michael Le Bourgeois with the Wasps bound captain scooping the award which was presented by Rory Underwood.
The night was rounded off with music from the award-winning Alex Miles who happily took requests from the crowd.

Next Home Match

Saturday 21st September
1st XV Cup
Goldington Road