1st XV News

The NSPCC has teamed up with the Bedford Blues, who are supporting the charity’s latest campaign – The Really Big Board Game Day, and are appealing to people across Bedford to stage an event and help make the day a regular in the social calendar.

If you’re a Monopoly fanatic, an Operation obsessive or a Buckaroo evangelist, then why not get a few friends, neighbours or colleagues together to play your favourite board games on Friday 15 May, and you can help to protect childhoods from abuse and neglect.

Goldington Road was treated to a try-fest on Friday night as Bedford Blues players of past and present came together to celebrate James Pritchard’s Testimonial Season.

Skippy’s Year is drawing to a close, but the best was saved for last as the Blues legend invited past teammates, and a few other friends, to go head-to-head with the current crop as a Bedford Select XV took on Skippy’s Invitational under the Friday Night Lights.

Ahead of kick-off, the thousand strong crowd were treated to some exceptional rugby displays from around 150 Junior Blues who had the chance to compete on the Goldington Road turf before the main event.

James Pritchard’s Testimonial Match kicks off this Friday 8th May, as a Bedford Blues select XV will be taking on Skippy’s Invitational XV for a special event to honour his commitment to the club (Kick Off 7:30pm).

With many former Blues’ stars returning to Goldington Road, Bedford supporters are sure to be treated to a spectacular game of rugby in aid of Bedford’s favourite import.

Bedford Blues are pleased to announce details of the revamped 2014/15 End of Season Gala Dinner at Goldington Road. There is limited availability for this much anticipated event with the Blues players and coaches as we mark the end of another Championship season with a special night of entertainment.

Open to both male and female, this year’s black tie gala dinner is on Friday 15th May and promises a fantastic evening for all in attendance with a superb four course dinner and awards presentation, as well as AV displays with match highlights and videos from throughout the season.

Sadly, a fantastic Goldington Road crowd of 2517 just wasn’t enough to guide Bedford Blues to victory as Mike Rayer’s men suffered a disappointing end to their 2014/15 Championship season, losing out 17-26 to fifth placed Nottingham on Saturday.

There were signs of an early breakthrough for the Blues when Jake Sharp dummied a kick to create a gap that he duly ran through, gaining valuable yards towards the Nottingham try line but Bedford failed to capitalise.

However it wasn’t long before the hosts got the first points of the game as the Blues were awarded a penalty in the 7th minute and Sharp made no mistake to give his side a 3-0 lead.

James Pritchard’s testimonial year continues with a celebratory match at Goldington Road as a Bedford Blues select XV prepare to face Skippy’s Invitational XV on Friday 8th May in a special event to honour his commitment to the club.

Tickets and entrance for Pritchard’s Testimonial Match are only available on the gate come match day with adults entry priced at just a £10 donation and Under 16s going free. Gates open at 6pm allowing supporters plenty of time to make their way to the bars around the ground and sample the entertainment before the match kicks off at 7:30pm.

As the curtain comes down on another Greene King IPA Championship season, Bedford Blues will be doing all that they can to ensure that their fans leave Goldington Road happy following their final game of the season against Nottingham.

A game against their old foes in front of a large home crowd will be all of the motivation that the players need as they look to finish the season with bang.

Looking ahead to the game, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “It’s been a challenging season for us with a number of games that we should have won going against us, but the lads are determined to finish on a high.

The construction process at Goldington Road continues this week with the signing of a Scotland Under 20s hooker as well as new deals for seven current squad members.

With just one game remaining in the Greene King IPA Championship, Bedford Blues have already secured the services of 20 players for next season after agreeing a deal with Wasps hooker Sam James as well as Props Phil Boulton, Camilo Parilli-Ocampo and James Currie, Second Rower Mike Howard, Back Rower Justin Blanchet, and centres Ollie Dodge and Henry Staff.

Bedford Blues have further strengthened their squad for the 2015/16 Greene King IPA Championship season with the loan signings of Wasps duo Piers O'Conor and Alex Lundberg.

England Under 20s fullback O’Conor, 19, and prop Lundberg, 20, have been training with the senior Wasps squad all season and both featured in the LV=Cup this season. The pair also made their Goldington Road debuts during the Mobbs Memorial game at the beginning of the month.

Bedford Blues return to Goldington Road this weekend for their final match of the 2014/15 Greene King IPA Championship season as they prepare to face fifth placed Nottingham on Saturday 25th April (Kick Off 3pm).

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



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