The Blues are back at home this Friday under the lights against Nottingham in another critical encounter as Bedford hope to keep pressure on the Championship top four (Kick Off 7:45pm).

The fixture is the Club's 7th annual Armed Forces and Emergency Services evening with free entry to all serving personnel, simply show your ID at the gate on match day for free ground access.

As the world commemorates the centenary of World War One, the Blues are supporting those who put their lives on the line for the freedom of others and placing thanks to members of the police, fire and ambulance services who aid and assist the public every day in the UK.

After a week off Mike Rayer’s men will be keen to return to action and cancel out a narrow two-point loss to Yorkshire last time out. In front of them this Friday will be a strong Green and Whites outfit riding high in third position in the league table.

Last week the Blues squad made the moving and special trip to northern France and Belgium to pay their respects to those who sacrificed their lives to secure and protect our freedom and remember former Bedford players who died during both World Wars. The visit to Dunkirk and Ypres was extremely moving, including a wreath laying ceremony at the Menin Gate in memory of all who fell.

In a show of further respect the Club have made plans to mark rememberance weekend on Friday night with a minute’s silence before kick-off, a wreath laying ceremony and standard bearer from the Royal British Legion and a rendition of the last post from members of the Bedford Town Band.

In addition, the Club will be supporting SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Families Association), a charity giving life-long support for our forces and their families, as well as Ticket for Troops. Supporters will be able to visit SSAFA in the Scrum Hall and near the Former Players building where they will have their promotional charity vehicle.

With all of the above in mind and to show your support for the town we need a strong 16th man out in force to carry the Blues home.

Goldington Road is the perfect place to start your weekend this Friday as the party gets underway from gates opening at 5pm. Pick up a programme and head to one of the many bars and settle into the friendly atmosphere with your favourite tipple, our choice this week would be either a pint of Eagle or Greene King IPA.

Before kick-off join us pitchside to cheer on this week’s SSG Guard of Honour from Bromham Lower School and the Bedford Bear as they lead the teams out; then it’s time for the main event!

Post-game we’ve again got two choices for you; either head to the Blues Marquee for the Anglian Fasteners’ Man of the Match presentation and enjoy live music with the returning Mark Calder.

Alternatively, squeeze in both and pop upstairs to the Eagle Bar for the Michael R Peters Final Whistle instant match reaction from a player and coach.

Match sponsors: Carter Sullivan

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Next Home Match

Saturday 26th January
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road