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Sadly, we have been informed by his nephew of the death of George Jenkins, who at the age of 99 years and 6 months was almost definitely the club's oldest former player and definitely the oldest captain. George made 128 appearances for the 1st XV between 1946-53 and captained the club from 1950-51. He came from Abercarn in Wales and joined the club as a fly-half for the Wanderers. However, it was after being persuaded to convert to wing forward that he became a very successful 1st team player, scoring 37 tries. George played with some of our current former players who include R.A.B. Rogers, Tony Marshall and Bill Whiting. Our sympathy goes to his family and friends in Wales.
House of Commons Lunch
A reunion took place on Saturday, 30th May at the House of Commons to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Cup win at Twickenham in 1975. Bedford 28 Rosslyn Park 12. Both sides were very well represented with about 40 of the original squads and their wives/partners present. Also present were Pat Briggs, Bedford's coach and Johnny Johnson, the referee on the day. Many thanks to Derek Wyatt for organising the venue and to Richard Chadwick of Bedford and Dave McKay of Rosslyn Park for all their hard work in ensuring the event was such a great success.
End of Season Gala Dinner. A very successful and well supported Club Dinner was held in the marquee on the 15th May. Entertainment was provided by pianist/singer Alex Miles. The Players' Player of the Year award was won by Michael Le Bourgeois and club colours/caps were presented to James Pritchard, Sacha Harding and Paul Tupai. A reunion was organised for the winning Cup side of 2005, to celebrate as guests of the club, the 10 year anniversary of the Twickenham victory. It was great to welcome the majority of the match day squad back to Goldington Road.
Spring Lunch April 2015 Some of the 1975 Canada tourists celebrating their '40 years on' reunion.
Mobbs Memorial Golf Day
A great match and lovely day's golf with some very respectable play, interspersed with some 'champagne moments' As always against our old friends from Northampton the match was very competitive but also a lot of fun. Long may it continue!
R.Slaughter/J.Cooley Blues 4-3 G.Windsor-Lewis/P.Larter
G.Bygraves/P.Evans Saints 2-3 R.George/J.Surguy
B.Page/R.Chadwick Saints 2 up G.Wilcox/B.Corner
K.Lilley/B.Wilkinson Blues 5-4 B.Leslie/S.Wilcox
R.Butt/S.Wells Blues 1 up P.Carter/P.Mattacola
C.Glanvill/D.Jancey Saints 5-6 G.Fitzhugh/R.Landon
Nearest the pin G.Fitzhugh Longest drive P.Evans
Match tied but Blues retain the trophy.
The London Lunch which took place on Friday, 6th February on HMS Belfast was a great success with nearly 60 former players attending.
Dates for the diary
Boxing Day v Bristol
Former player Mouritz Botha presented one of his England International shirts to Club President, Gareth Davies at half time. Mouritz was a great Goldington Road favourite and we all wish him good luck as he leaves for South Africa to play for the Sharks.
BEDFORD RUFC GOLF SOCIETY
The final golf day of 2014 took place at Bedfordshire G.C. Stagsden on Friday, 17th October.
1st - Gerald Bygraves
Runner-up - Richard Chadwick
Nearest the pin - John Cooley
Longest drive - Richard Chadwick
Below: Gerald Bygraves receives his winner's prize.
About 200 were present in the marquee for the Former Players' Autumn Lunch. Director of Rugby, Mike Rayer was presented with a club cap by the FPA for his 10 years' service as both player and coach. A warm welcome was extended to the club's oldest former player 97 year old R.A.B. 'Ron' Rogers. Ron took part in the Normandy D-Day landings in 1944 and it was wonderful to see him enjoying the rugby camaraderie in the marquee.It was good to see a large party from the Bedford and County GC joining us in the marquee and we are grateful for their raffle prize donation. Many thanks to all those who donated raffle prizes and to everyone who supported the function.
Golf DayAbbotsley G.C. Thursday, 10th July. The golfers enjoyed a fine and warm day's golf. Results 1st Phil Evans Runner-up Dave Kendall Nearest the pin Phil Evans
GOLF DAY FORMER PLAYERS V PLAYERS 2ND MAY 2014
Former players win 5-2
Former players' winners
Budge Rogers and Gareth Davies
Richard Chadwick and Mike Cook
Steve Wells and Richard Butt
Andy Moffatt and Cameron Glanvill
Gerald Bygraves and Dave Jancey
Joe Vandermolen and Gregor Gillanders
Don Barrell and 'Ryan'.
Nearest the pin winners Richard Chadwick, Gregor Gillanders and Brendan Burke
Longest drive winners Jake Sharp, Jimmy Chandler and 'Ryan'.
Former players' captain Budge Rogers was presented with the President's Cup by Players' captain Brendan Burke.
FPA CONTACT DETAILS
The FPA is currently updating the contact details of former players. Please forward your email address to committee member Cameron Glanvill at email@example.com Thank you.
FPA SPONSORED LUNCHES - FPA BAR
There is a Greek proverb which states “Those having torches will pass them on to others.” For many years and for many reasons I failed to fulfil my promise of returning to Goldington Road. It wasn’t that I agreed with the adage of never return to old haunts rather a lack of will-power and determination.
For the last two years I have rectified this yearning desire and accepted the hospitality of the Bedford Blues Former Players Association. Not only has the welcome been generous by all concerned but particularly so with some of the characters who tolerated my inadequacies on the pitch. The hugs from Gareth Davies and Bernard Henry were particularly pleasant as I had never been able to get within five yards of them previously as they side-stepped their way past me and left me floundering.
To chat with “Tod” Slaughter was delightful particularly as his vocabulary is less limited than when he delivered his pre-match briefings. My mum respected his heroics on the pitch as much as I did! To reminisce; to enjoy outstanding food and watch a game from the comfort of the grandstand makes for a memorable day out. You can invite five guests to join you too which provides an opportunity to exaggerate and delve into a bit of fantasy. As I whispered to my wife on our first visit “I scored a try in that corner and kicked the conversion.” I hope no one else was listening.
Do take advantage of this offer to sponsor a game it is terrific value for money and you won’t receive a better meal anywhere in town.
Congratulations to Ali Hepher and Claire on the birth of their daughter Georgia Rose.
Congratulations to Jackson Wray and Leane on the birth of their daughter, Harper Lilly.
Congratulations to Laurence and Vicky White on the birth of their son, Monty James.
Congratulations to Joe and Stefanie Ross on the birth of their daughter, Fleur Marie.
Congratulations to former player James Shanahan and his wife Hannah on the birth of their daughter, Scarlett.
Congratulations to Don and Laura Barrell on the birth of their son, Douglas Robert, 'Dougie'.
Congratulations to former player South African Chris Pearson and his wife Nicola on the birth of their daughter, Emily.
Congratulations to Matt Price and his wife Georgina on the birth of their son William.
Congratulations to Karl Dickson and his wife Joss on the birth of their twin daughters Amelie Rose and Bella Louise.
Congratulations to James Ball and his wife Charlotte on the birth of their son Jackson James.
Congratulations to Chris and Nicole Locke on their wedding.
Congratulations to Darren and Kayleigh Fern on their wedding.
Congratulations to Will and Annie Chudley on their wedding.
Congratulations to Brett Daynes and Robyn on their recent marriage.
Congratulations to Chris and Julia Heron on their marriage.
Congratulations to Derek and Penny Wyatt on their marriage.
Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Edd Thrower on their marriage.
Congratulations to Mr and Mrs James Short on their marriage.