Bedford Blues sends congratulations to former committee member and lifelong supporter Tom Bullerwell on his 100th birthday this Sunday 7th January.

Tom was born in Rowlands Gill, a little village outside Newcastle in 1918. He attended Dame Allan’s School where he played for the 1st XV, before going on to play in the centres for Blaydon. He played in the unbeaten side of 1945/46 before taking up a job with East Africa Airlines in Kenya.

Serving in the Signals Division in the 8th Army in World War II, Tom attained the rank of Sergeant and was awarded the Military Medal by his Majesty King George VI on the 31st March 1945.

Tom was married to Barbara and their son Ian was born in Kenya in 1948. The family returned to England to settle in Bedford in 1949. Tom became a regular supporter at Goldington Road where his contemporaries and friends were ‘Tich’ Haynes, John Bance and Dick Furbank. Barbara was a tea lady, preparing and serving players’ meals.

The couple regularly attended the Club Balls at the Corn Exchange and spent most Saturday post-match evenings at the Dujon, which was the dance hall above the now Debenhams.

Current Club Director and son, Ian, remembers watching games with Tom at Goldington Road from the age of six years old.

Maurice Webb recruited Tom to the club’s social committee in the early 70s and he was Team Secretary of the Wanderers from 1973-76. Whilst also supporting Ian in his refereeing career, especially if he had a match in the North-East!

Tom continued to attend home matches at Goldington Road until the last few years. Always a true Blue!

Tom will be celebrating his 100th birthday with his family; son Ian and daughter-in-law Suzanne, grandson Mark, granddaughter Suzanne, her husband Mark and  great grandsons Tom and Jack.

Best wishes Tom from all at Bedford Blues!

Next Home Match

Wednesday 26th December
1st XV
Goldington Road