The long wait is finally over as the RFU Championship fixtures for the 2016/17 season have been announced with Bedford Blues opening their account with a home game against familiar foes the Cornish Pirates at Goldington Road on Saturday 3rd September.

The following weekend will see the Blues players, coaches and fans heading off for the always enjoyable trip to Jersey to face the Reds before Mike Rayer's men welcome last season's Premiership side London Irish to Goldington Road on Saturday 17th September.

The full schedule of Championship fixtures was confirmed today with the Blues finishing September with the tricky journey to last season's Championship finalist Doncaster Knights. October will see the Blues hosting back to back home games against newly promoted Richmond and newly named Titans (still based in Rotherham).

A brace of opening British & Irish Cup fixtures in the middle of October follows before a league trip to Vallis Way to face Ealing Trailfinders at the end of the month. November kicks off with a Bonfire Night showdown against Nottingham with fireworks guaranteed on the pitch.

Back to back tussles with Exiles will follow as the Blues travel to Old Deer Park to face London Welsh in mid-November before London Scottish arrive in Bedford for a Friday night lights fixture. December sees a league trip to Yorkshire Carnegie before another double round of Cup fixtures lead into the big Boxing Day bonanza at Goldington Road as the Blues welcome Jersey Reds.

The second festive holiday fixture sees a relatively short journey to Reading for the match against London Irish before the culmination of the B&I Cup pool stages. The Blues finish January by entertaining last season’s Championship runners-up Doncaster Knights.

Travels to Richmond and (Rotherham) Titans fill out February until a home tie with Ealing Trailfinders at the month close. Whilst March again sees the boys on the road with trips to Nottingham and Scottish, interrupted by the home match versus London Welsh on Friday 17th in the Club’s annual two day beer festival.

Blues will be back at home midweek before March is out as the Club hosts the annual Mobbs Match again this season against the Army in a commemorative celebration, more details to be released in due course.

The final home game of the season will pit Bedford against promotion hopefuls Yorkshire Carnegie before a final day trip to Cornwall in mid April closes the regular campaign ahead of another exciting set of play-offs.

Looking ahead to the coming campaign, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “Whilst we are fully immersed into pre-season training, seeing the fixtures announced always gives everyone that little bit more focus. I’m glad we’ve lined up three tough pre season games now, as these should give us a good platform to hit the ground running in what promises to be another intriguing Championship campaign.”

Bedford Blues have confirmed the times and dates of all home Championship fixtures and will update all away trips as soon as we have the information:
Sat 13th Aug 2.30pm - Pontypridd v Bedford Blues - Friendly
Fri 19th Aug 7.45pm - Bedford Blues v Saracens - Friendly
Sat 27th Aug 3pm - Bedford Blues v Pontypridd - Friendly
Sat 3rd Sep - 3pm - Bedford Blues v Cornish Pirates
9/10/11 Sep - TBC - Jersey Reds v Bedford Blues
Sat 17th Sep - 3pm - Bedford Blues v London Irish
23/24/25 Sep - TBC - Doncaster Knights v Bedford Blues
Sat 1st Oct - 3pm - Bedford Blues v Richmond
Fri 7th Oct - 7.45pm - Bedford Blues v Titans
14/15/16 Oct - B&I Cup
21/22/23 Oct - B&I Cup
28/29/30 Oct - TBC - Ealing Trailfinders v Bedford Blues
Sat 5th Nov - 3pm - Bedford Blues v Nottingham
11/12/13 Nov - Reserve weekend
18/19/20 Nov - TBC - London Welsh v Bedford Blues
Fri 25th Nov - 7.45pm - Bedford Blues v London Scottish
2/3/4 Dec - TBC - Yorkshire Carnegie v Bedford Blues
9/10/11 Dec - B&I Cup
16/17/18 Dec - B&I Cup
Mon 26th Dec - 3pm - Bedford Blues v Jersey Reds
30/31 Dec or 1 Jan - TBC - London Irish v Bedford Blues
6/7/8 Jan - Reserve weekend
13/14/15 Jan - B&I Cup
20/21/22 Jan - B&I Cup
Sat 28th Jan - 3pm - Bedford Blues v Doncaster Knights
3/4/5 Feb - TBC - Richmond v Bedford Blues
10/11/12 Feb - Reserve weekend
17/18/19 Feb - TBC - Titans v Bedford Blues
Sat 25th Feb - 3pm - Bedford Blues v Ealing Trailfinders
3/4/5 Mar - TBC - Nottingham v Bedford Blues
10/11/12 Mar - B&I Cup Quarter Final
Fri 17th Mar - 7.45pm - Bedford Blues v London Welsh
24/25/26 Mar - TBC - London Scottish v Bedford Blues
Tue 28th Mar - 7.45pm - Bedford Blues v The Army - Mobbs Memorial
31 Mar 1/2 Apr - B&I Cup Semi Final
Sat 8th Apr - 3pm - Bedford Blues v Yorkshire Carnegie
Sat 15th Apr - 3pm - Cornish Pirates v Bedford Blues
21/22/23 Apr - B&I Cup Final

Next Home Match

Wednesday 26th December
1st XV
Goldington Road