For inquiries regarding The Bedford Blues Former Players Association please contact John Cooley on 01234 823532 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
It was with great sadness that we recently learned that Urszula, wife of former player Nick Bennett had passed away.Urszula's funeral will take place at 12.30 p.m.on Monday 2nd February at Yelling Church. No flowers by request please but donations in Urszula's memory may be given at http:// local giving.com/fundraising/urszula. Our thoughts are with Nick and Toby at this sad time.
Dates for the diaryFriday, 6th February London Lunch on HMS Belfast (a few places still available-please contact John Cooley). Wednesday, 1st April Mobbs Memorial Match at Goldington Road. Saturday, 11th April Former Players' Spring Lunch and 1975 Canada Tour Reunion, followed by Bedford Blues v Moseley. Saturday, 30th May 1975 Cup Winners' Reunion. May (date to be confirmed) End of Season Club Dinner and 2005 Powergen Shield Winners' Reunion.
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
IAN VASS Former player Ian joins the Blues' coaching staff as defence coach for the 2014-15 season.
BRENDAN BURKE Brendan joins Ampthill RUFC as player-coach. Good luck from the FPA!
CLUB DINNER 2nd May 2014
The Club Dinner was held on Friday 2nd May in the marquee. Guest speaker was former British Lion and Welsh International scrum half Robert Jones.Presentations were made to the following:-
Players' Player of the Year Joe Vandermolen
Andy Finnie, previous record points holder for the club, presented an inscribed silver salver to James Pritchard in recognition of his fantastic achievement on becoming the new record holder with currently a total of 2715 points.
The Club Chairman presented inscribed club jerseys to Sacha Harding(200 games) and Brendan Burke(180 games) in recognition of their great service to the Blues.
Thanks go to Ian Bullerwell and Mike Rayer for organising the evening, to Dave Gunner, Leigh Mansell and Ian Bullerwell for donating the raffle prizes, to Sam Roberts for as usual, impeccably presenting the evening and to Paul Mead the caterer.
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.
MOBBS MEMORIAL ANNUAL GOLF MATCH
This was the 10th meeting between the former players of Bedford Blues and Northampton Saints. Bedford took the match 4 games to 2 at Overstone Park GC near Northampton.The teams now stand at 7 wins for the Blues and 3 for the Saints. Next year's match will be at Bedford.
The game was followed by a 4 course meal at the Crooked Hooker at Franklin's Gardens where John Cooley thanked the Saints for their hospitality and well organised golf challenge. John Shurvington replied on behalf of the Saints and emphasized the need for this great fixture to be retained, as it is enjoyed by all and great friendships established.
Bob Taylor, former Saints back row, British Lion and former President of the RFU arranged seats in the stand for the Mobbs game between Northampton and the Army.
Robbie George/Jan Maciejewski v Gerald Bygraves/Tod Slaughter Bedford win 0-1
Trevor Wintle/John Surguy v Bob Wilkinson /Keith Lilley Northampton win 2-0
Bob Leslie/Steve Wilcock v Richard Chadwick/Grahame Brown Bedford win 2-3
IanMoffatt/Roger Arneil v Brian Page/Andy Moffatt Northampton win 5-4
Bill Comer/Gary Fitzhugh v Budge Rogers/Alan Buchanan Bedford win 1-2
Oscar Gammans/Fred Matthews v John Cooley/Phil Day Bedford win 6-7
Mike's Testimonial Golf Day
Several former and current players took part in Mike's Testimonial Golf Day at The Bedfordshire Golf Club on Sunday, the 9th March. 30 teams enjoyed a great day's golf in glorious sunshine.
Credit must go to Geraint Dixon and his team for the precision of the detailed and fantastic organisation.
English and Welsh golfers enjoyed an excellent meal before watching the 6 Nations Match between England and Wales.
FPA chairman Leigh Mansell insisted on sharing this photo with you!
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.
LONDON LUNCH 2014
Friday, 7th February at the House of Lords.
The London Lunch this year was hosted by former player, Lord Framlingham (Mike Lord). 83 members from all over the U.K. and further ( Roger Tushingham flew in from Arizona) enjoyed an excellent lunch at the House of Lords. Many thanks to Lord Framlingham for arranging the superb venue and to the FPA committee and former players who worked hard to make the day such a success.
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 Emyr and Rachel Lewis on the birth of Isabella Nia, a sister for William.
Congratulations to Oliver Slack and his wife Delphine on the birth of their son,Tiago Rafferty.
Congratulations to current player Phil Boulton and his wife Louise on the birth of their son, Isaac John Gregory.
Congratulations to former player James Armitage and his wife Sam on the birth of their daughter Evie.
Congratulations to Matt and Katy Oliver on the birth of their daughter Sienna Rose.
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.