Chris ‘Dumper’ Bailward, who scored one of the most flamboyant tries ever seen at Twickenham, is set to pedal over 2,000 miles in aid of Sport Relief – and he’s looking for your support!

Dumper’s try, at the start of the second half in the infamous Cup Final victory in 1975, kick-started a brilliant performance in the win over Rosslyn Park, to make Bedford, captained by Budge Rogers, Champions of England. 

The former player, 67, who made 140 appearances for Bedford, has clocked up thousands of miles in recent years on his bike and is set to embark on a month long ride which will take in all the historic county towns of England. The circuitous 2016 mile route starts off in Carlisle and makes its way through each county before finishing off in Truro with funds being raised along the way for Sport Relief. 

Supporters can get involved by popping in to Goldington Road to cheer Chris and a host of other former players on as they make a quick pit stop at the Scrum Hall on Thursday 16th June.

The ground will be open from 11am on the day with refreshments available from Nos’s Nosh and the Blues bar. There will be a gathering for friends, family, supporters and press with an opportunity to donate and relive some fantastic memories of the 1975 cup final.

Some of Chris’s former playing colleagues are providing an escort for the entire 80 mile leg from Northampton to Barton Mills, while other cyclists will be able to join him, Blues President Gareth Davies, ex-England Captain Budge Rogers and other former players on a ‘fun ride’ from Goldington Road towards Sandy along the Cycle Trail.

All support for Chris is welcome at the Blues on his epic journey.  The ‘peloton’ should depart Goldington Road at around 12.15pm and if you want to join in, just turn up with your bike.

More information and details of his amazing journey, can be found on Chris’s own website where you will be able to follow his progress on a daily blog or go direct to to support his Sport Relief efforts.

Next Home Match

Friday 1st March
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road