For inquiries regarding The Bedford Blues Former Players Association please contact John Cooley on 01234 823532 or email him at  cools@btinternet.com

Forthcoming events in 2018-19

London Lunch  1st February. Venue R.A.F.Club

Spring Lunch Saturday, 23rd March followed by home match v Cornish Pirates.


Autumn Lunch  Saturday, 8th September  Former players enjoyed lunch in the marquee followed by the first home game v Jersey Reds which ended in an exciting nail biting win for the Blues. Guests at the lunch were former player Ollie Dodge who retired at the end of last season after playing over 200 games for the club and former forwards' coach Martin Hynes.


Golf Tour to France 2018

11 golfers travelled to France for the annual golf tour on the 24th June. The party included Roger Smith (1966-75) who travelled from his home in Perth, Australia. 3 courses were played and winners were Roger Loft on the first day, Richard Chadwick on the second day who also went into the overall lead after two rounds. However, it was Terry Arnold  with an excellent round on the final day who won overall by just one shot.

End of Season Gala Dinner  Friday, 18th May was held in a full to capacity marquee. Presentations were made to Paul Tupai (retiring), Michael Le Bourgeois( leaving to join Premiership Wasps) and forwards coach Martin Hynes.

The Players' Player of the Year award went to captain Michael Le Bourgeois.

Special guest were members of the 1997/98 league winning promotion squad. Thanks to all those who made such an effort to attend. It was a great reunion.


The trophy returns to Bedford. Bedford won 6-1. Mobbs Memorial Golf  2018


Phil Evans and Richard Butt won 6-5 v Phil Larter and Ian Moffatt

Andy Moffatt and Gerald Bygraves won 5-3 v Garry FitzHugh and Greg Wilcox

Geoff Comb and Tony MacKay won 2-1 v Robbie George and Ian George

Phil Roberts and John Cooley win 1 up v Paul Mattacola and Robbie Kottler

Bob Wilkinson and Bill Corner lost to Dougie Bridgeman and David Newman

Terry Arnold and Tom Sully won 7-6 v Mike Greenhaigh and Steve Wilcock

Nearest the pin  Andy Moffatt      Longest Drive Tony MacKay


Spring Lunch Saturday, 24th March    Bedford Blues v Doncaster Knights

Again, a very successful Former Players' Lunch, followed by a great win for the Blues which meant they retained 3rd place in the league table.

The FPA welcomed Julia Green and her family to the Lunch. Julia was celebrating her 70th birthday and three tables for family and friends were booked in the marquee. Of course, Julia's husband Peter made 165 appearances for the Blues between 1967-74, but was tragically killed along with another former player Brian Arthur in the Paris Air Crash in 1974. Two of the former players who joined in Julia's birthday celebrations were England internationals Jeremy Janion and Derek Wyatt.

Guests of the FPA on this occasion were Gareth and Marie Davies.


London Lunch 2018 took place at Mark Mason's Hall with 70 former players attending. Thanks go to Phil Roberts and John Cooley for organising the event.





The FPA is currently updating the contact details of former players. Please forward your email address to committee member Cameron Glanvill at cameron@pemburyfencing.co.uk Thank you.


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 James Pritchard and Jenni on the birth of their son, Hunter Ethan, a brother for Lucas and Hayden.

Congratulations to Liam and Rebecca Roberts on the birth of their son Macsen Bruce Roy.

Congratulations to Ben and Jennifer Alexander on the birth of their daughter Anna, a sister for Emma and Ivy.

Congratulations to Adam and Bekki Kettle on the birth of their son Isaac.

Congratulations to Ryan and Ami Owen on the birth of their son Dexter, a brother for Jaxon and Xavier.

Congratulations to Jake and Alice Sharp on the birth of their daughter Pippa.

Congratulations to Myles and Abby Dorrian on the birth of their son Rafe,a brother for Indie.

Congratulations to Matt and Georgina Price on the birth of their daughter Iris, a sister for William.

Congratulations to Mouritz and Natasha Botha on the birth of their son Theodore, a brother for Josh.

Congratulations to the Darren Fox and Isabel on the birth of their third son Arlo.

Congratulations to Aaron and Alyson Davis on the birth of their son Bowen Richard, a brother for Aulden.

Congratulations to Will and Annie Chudley on the birth of their daughter Evie.

Congratulations to Scott and Lisa Murray on the birth of their son Jack.


Congratulations to Billy Moss and Anna on their marriage.

Congratulations to Mike Staten and Sadie on their marriage.

Congratulations to Jackson Wray and Leane on their marriage.

Congratulations to Alex Page and Gemma on their marriage.

Congratulations to Sam Pailor and Camilla on their marriage.

Congratulations to Steffan Jones and Toria on their marriage in Wales.

Congratulations to Adrian Olver and Lisa Evans on their marriage in Italy.




Next Home Match

Wednesday 26th December
1st XV
Goldington Road