R.A.B. (Ron) ROGERS 1917-2017

The club has learnt with great sadness that our oldest Former Player, at 99-years-old, Ron ‘RAB’ Rogers has sadly passed away this week.

Ron made 29 appearances for the 1st XV between 1939-48, whilst also representing the East Midlands. His early career at Goldington Road was interrupted by the Second World War, but he did make appearances for the Blues when he was on leave, most memorably in the fly-half jersey.

Ron was born in 1917 in a flat above Gascoigne Lawnmowers in Tavistock Street. He went to Ampthill Road School and from there gained a scholarship to Bedford School.

When War broke out Ron joined the 1st Suffolk Regiment and though many memories endured, the most significant is the part his regiment played in the Normandy landings at Sword Beach and in the liberation of the town of Colleville-sur-Orne.

The regiment seized a German artillery position and ran up against another. They were kept in check by the solid fortifications of Hillmann, but eventually overcame the German defence with support from the Hussars and 22nd Dragoons tanks. After the war, Ron returned to Bedford and played for two further seasons at Goldington Road.

Ron would have celebrated his 100th birthday in November and will be missed by all at the club who were immensely looking forward to marking the occasion. Our thoughts are with Ron's family at this sad time, especially children Wendy and Mike. RAB as he was fondly known passed peacefully on Tuesday evening.

Next Home Match

Saturday 26th January
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road