Greene King IPA Championship action returns to Goldington Road this Saturday 8th September as Bedford Blues welcome Jersey Reds in our family fun day (KO 3pm). Save £4 and book tickets online here.

Following last Sunday’s opening day victory away at Nottingham, Mike Rayer’s men are champing at the bit for their first league run out in front of the Bedford faithful and loyal 16th man.

The Blues were unfortunate to pick up more injuries last time out and face a fight against time to see what members of the backline pass the fitness test ahead of this weekend.

With the pack looking impressive in pre-season and last Sunday, Forwards Coach Alex Rae will no doubt be looking to dominate the battle upfront against his former club.

Rae will be one of five players who have previously played for Jersey with Sean McCarthy, Rich Lane, Lewis Robling and Charlie Clare all previously wearing the red of the Channel Islanders.

Ties between the two sides have typically been close affairs with one win apiece last season and an aggregate points difference of just two. Harvey Biljon’s Jersey will be desperate for the win having kicked off the campaign with a narrow loss to newly promoted Coventry last Saturday at Butts Park Arena.

Off the field we’re all set for a return to match day too with our family fun day kicking off our revamped match day experiences. Entertainment for the kids includes a bouncy castle, inflatable assault course, sweet cart and Blues Community rugby games.

Make sure you pick up a revamped match programme on arrival as gates open from 12 noon and head to one of the bars to soak up the pre-match atmosphere. Our choice would be the upstairs Eagle Bar for a pint of Bedford’s Eagle IPA.

There are still a few spaces in the Blues Marquee for just £28 per person (excluding match ticket) for a three-course pre-match meal and entertainment with a host of our Former Players in the annual Autumn Luncheon. To book into hospitality email hollie@bedfordrugby.co.uk or sophie@bedfordrugby.co.uk, alternatively call 0871 871 1886.

As the teams run out please give a loud cheer for this week’s Autoglass Guard of Honour from Olney Rugby Club and the Bedford Bear. If you would like to enter a team, school or group to form our welcome tunnel please email Blues Community on community@bedfordrugby.co.uk.

After the game we’ve got two choices for you; either head to the Blues Marquee for the Anglian Fasteners’ Man of the Match presentation and enjoy live music from the superb Ellie Antonini as the post-match party starts from 5pm.

Alternatively head upstairs to the Eagle Bar straight after the MoM presentation for the Michael R Peters Final Whistle. Remember you can ask the questions yourself - and win a pint of Greene King IPA in the process!

Don’t forget to pop into the Club Shop for the first chance to check out the new Blues leisurewear range including the new home and away replica jersey. Located next to the marquee pop in to show your colours or to buy online visit https://shop.bedfordrugby.co.uk/.

Buy tickets online in advance and save a massive £4.00 on all adult tickets, click here to buy.

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Friday 23rd August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road