1st XV News

Bedford didn’t go out with the bang that they wanted to at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon as Yorkshire Carnegie spoiled the party with a 27-43 victory.

The visitors knew that a win would seal second place in the Championship table and they duly secured that, but Bedford more than put on a show as they bid farewell to the 2016/17 season in front of their faithful supporters with Dean Adamson, Pat Tapley, Jacob Fields and Jake Sharp all crossing the whitewash to secure a bonus point.

Bedford Blues have announced their 2017/18 Season Ticket packages with a fifth successive price freeze for what promises to be an exciting season on the back of recent signings.

Membership offers supporters the chance to enjoy an enthralling Blues’ campaign at Goldington Road with frozen prices, large savings on match day prices and a host of additional benefits when purchased before the end of June.

There are more ways to complete your Season Ticket purchase with existing holders paying no booking fee if you email season@bedfordrugby.co.uk for an online payment link.

Bedford Blues will be running out in front of their home supporters for the last time this season looking to finish with a flurry as they welcome Yorkshire Carnegie to Goldington Road. The two teams have already met three times this season with Bryan Redpath's men securing wins on each occasion but Bedford will be keen to stop them making it a clean sweep for the season.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that the rumours are true - England international scrum half Lee Dickson is joining the club as a player/coach for the 2017/18 Championship season.
 
Dickson, 32, makes the move to Goldington Road having played 250 games for Northampton Saints since joining from Newcastle Falcons in 2008. Only Stephen Myler and Dylan Hartley have made more first team appearances for the Saints out of the current squad.
 

While new signings have dominated Bedford Blues news in recent weeks, there will be players leaving Goldington Road this summer with one of the most notable being long-serving lock Mike Howard.

Howard, 31, has been a mainstay of the second row since joining from North Walsham after a successful trial in 2008 and he has played a huge role in the Blues' successes ever since.

With well over 200 Blues appearances to his name, Howard has been a true stalwart of the club and as such he will be honoured with a testimonial game at Goldington Road on Saturday 6th May.

Bedford Blues return to Goldington Road this Saturday for their final home Championship match of the season as they prepare to face promotion chasing Yorkshire Carnegie who are looking to secure second place in the league (Kick Off 3pm).

The Club hope supporters will turn out in force to mark the close of another campaign and End of Season Party with live music and player entertainment following the final whistle as well as the Followers’ Player of the Season Presentation.

A taste of the West Country will be coming to Goldington Road in May with the launch of the town’s very own Sausage and Cider Festival on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th.

The event takes place at the home of the Blues and celebrates real cider made by artisan producers around the country and the art of sausage making, along with an array of live music acts and family activities to keep the party going.

Bedford Blues are pleased to announce the signing of a familiar face as well as the re-signing of a club stalwart for the 2017/18 Greene King IPA Championship season.

Joining Bedford over the summer will be second row star Alex Rae, 31, who announced earlier this month that he was leaving his role as Assistant Coach with Jersey at the end of the season.

Rae, who joined Bedford in 2009 from Northampton Saints having come through the Worcester Warriors Academy, was a key component of the Blues' scrum before moving onto Wasps in 2013 and subsequently Jersey.

I think that it would be fair to say that Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Mobbs would have been truly thrilled with the rugby on display at Goldington Road on Tuesday night as Bedford Blues defeated the Army 55-26 in the memorial game which commemorated the 100th anniversary of his death.

There were 13 tries scored during an enthralling 80 minutes of rugby with nine going the way of the Blues - including a hat-trick for debutant Blues Development winger Ryan Hutler - and four for the Army who battled until the final minute.

Bedford Blues have named their team to take on the British Army in the Mobbs Memorial game which kicks-off at 7.45pm at Goldington Road tomorrow night.

First played in 1921, the Mobbs Memorial 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 - which also marks the 100th anniversary of Mobbs' death - falls on Blues’ turf.

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