1st XV News

Goldington Road is sure to be full of festive cheer as Bedford Blues prepare to welcome Jersey Reds on Boxing Day for a Greene IPA Championship clash.

The two sides met back in September with the Reds getting the win in a closely fought contest at St Peter but the Blues will be looking for a good response in the reversal as they hope to finish 2016 on a high.

It’s nearly here, the big bumper Boxing Day clash against Jersey Reds at Goldington Road as Bedford Blues seek to start the second half of the season with a decisive victory and climb the Championship table (KO 3pm).

Preparations are taking shape, logistics in place, on and off-field entertainment scheduled and lots of ground entry tickets are still available online at £4 discount with only a handful of Eagle Stand seats remaining.

Bedford Blues chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the British & Irish Cup suffered a huge blow on Saturday afternoon as they went down 40-23 to Ealing Trailfinders at Vallis Way.

When the teams met in the league encounter earlier this season, a single point separated them while last weekend’s reversal saw a 19 all draw. But an impressive first half from the hosts saw them set up a healthy lead which, despite a late fight back from Bedford, they never surrendered.

Bedford Blues make the journey to the Capital on Saturday afternoon to face Ealing Trailfinders in Round 4 of the British & Irish Cup at Vallis Way.

Following last weekend's intriguing 19-19 draw in very wet conditions at Goldington Road, both teams will be looking to break the deadlock as they push for a place in the quarter-finals of the Cup competition.

As Peters and Lee once sang, it really is a case of 'Welcome home' as Bedford Blues have once again secured the services of tight head prop Ben Cooper from London Welsh.

After it was confirmed that Dave Spelman is likely to miss the remainder of the season following a serious knee injury, the Blues moved quickly to fill the void left in the front three and have been able to re-sign Cooper who left Goldington Road in 2014.

This Wednesday the Blues Shop will be back on the road for the final Christmas Market in Bedford Town Centre. Pop by to purchase all things Blues; from replica shirts to leisurewear to our winter warmer collection, and even Boxing Day match tickets against Jersey.

The stall will open at 9am in the bustling market close to M&S on Wednesday 14th December and close at 4pm.

Bedford Blues recovered from 14-0 down after 13 minutes to draw 19 all with Ealing Trailfinders at Goldington Road in the third pool game of the British and Irish Cup on Saturday afternoon.

A try for Jason Hill plus eight points from the boot of Jake Sharp and two penalties from Myles Dorrian were enough to tie a game which saw Ealing hooker Alun Walker cross for a hat-trick on a soggy afternoon in Bedford.

***Bedford Blues have been forced into a change to their announced team for tomorrow's B&I Cup encounter against Ealing Trailfinders. Pat Tapley has been ruled out with injury meaning that Elliot Clements-Hill moves into the starting line-up while Josh Buggea comes in on the bench.***

Bedford return to British & Irish Cup action this weekend as they host Ealing Trailfinders in the first of a double-header.

Round Three of the Cup pits the Blues against high-flying Trailfinders with the pair having already met in league action back in October when Ealing were able to record a one point win in  a closely fought contest.

It is with deep regret that the club announce the death of former captain Barrie Williams.

Barrie made an amazing 249 appearances for the town between 1958-67. He played most of his rugby on the wing, amassing a stunning 126 tries, making him the joint second (with D.P. Rogers) highest ever try scorer in the club's history. He took over the club captaincy for the 1960-61 season, leading another great year.

A very talented sportsman having been a county tennis and squash player, Barrie was equally at home on a court as well as a rugby pitch.

Four brave members of the Bedford Blues squad were put through their paces this week as they were set the task of taking on the Meatcure Chilli Burger Challenge.

The task was quite simple. On Monday night, Tom James, Mike Howard, Pat Tapley and Christian Judge each had to simply work their way through a four patty tower burger, a dozen jalapeno bites, double fries and a milkshake in just 15 minutes.

With the rest of the squad’s encouragement, the foursome got stuck into the challenge wholeheartedly but it proved to be a step too far as none of them could quite complete the task in the time limit set out.

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