The annual Mobbs Memorial Match returns to Goldington Road next Tuesday 28th March as Bedford Blues prepare to go to battle against The British Army to mark 100 years since the death of Lt Col Edgar Mobbs (Kick Off 7:45pm).

The game honours Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Mobbs DSO, a true England rugby legend and a genuine hero of World War I. Formerly competed between the East Midlands and the Barbarians, the game now pits the British Army against Bedford Blues and Northampton Saints on alternate years and this year the match falls on Blues’ turf.

This year's match takes on extra special meaning as it marks the one-hundred-year anniversary since Mobbs died during the Third Battle of Ypres while attacking a machine gun post.

Getting the event underway will be The Band of The Parachute Regiment who will march through the Goldington Road gates at 1700 via the Bedford Cenotaph on the Embankment where a wreath laying ceremony will be performed between 1600 and 1630.

Turnstiles will open shortly after 1700 to the public allowing fans enough time to make their way to the bars before a curtain raiser between East Midlands Under 23 and the Army Under 23 kicks off at 1730.

The showpiece match kicks off at 1945 as the Blues face the pace and power of The British Army who have previously fielded the likes of England international Semesa Rokoduguni as well as Premiership stars Chris Budgen and former Blue Ricky Reeves. This year they are set to announce another strong line-up as they plan to exact revenge for the 47-24 defeat two seasons prior.  

Packed with army paraphernalia from vehicles to recruitment vans, this rugby-filled evening has something for everyone to enjoy, whether it’s checking out the weaponry, signing up for a career or simply cheering on the boys, there will be plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

Further attractions will include presentations from Bedford Modern School and a half-time game, many special guests including the Mobbs family and senior RFU representatives, reenactments from Captain Graham Bandy who will provide an educational living history interpretation and display. Graham has had a passion for military history since he was a young child, enlisting in the British Army at the age of 17, he spent much of the 1980s in the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment.

Mobbs family will also bring several memorabilia attractions on display to the public post game in the marquee, along with a chat with Mobbs historian and expert Graham McKechnie from BBC Radio Northampton. He and many have contributed to a special 100-year anniversary souvenir programme to mark the occasion.

Before the match gets underway the Band will march on and the teams will line-up for the national anthem. We urge supporters to arrive early, buy a souvenir programme and visit one of the bars with the Scrum Hall, Former Players and Trailer Bars open pre-match. The Blues Marquee will be open during the game.

Tickets for the match, including the East Midlands warm-up fixture are available online by clicking here for the cost of just £10 for adults and £2 for children. Army personnel are discounted to £5 on production of a current ID card and student entry is £3; these tickets groups are only available for purchase on match day.

To buy tickets online please click here.

All profits from the evening will be donated to the Mobbs Memorial Fund, with a bucket collection in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund - so be sure to make your way down to Goldington Road next Tuesday 28th March to show your support for our troops.

Next Home Match

Wednesday 26th December
1st XV
Goldington Road