1st XV News

Chris ‘Dumper’ Bailward, who scored one of the most flamboyant tries ever seen at Twickenham, is set to pedal over 2,000 miles in aid of Sport Relief – and he’s looking for your support!

Dumper’s try, at the start of the second half in the infamous Cup Final victory in 1975, kick-started a brilliant performance in the win over Rosslyn Park, to make Bedford, captained by Budge Rogers, Champions of England. 

The Club was deeply saddened to hear that former player David Francombe was killed in a tragic aircraft accident in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday.

Dave played for the Blues in the back row between 1986-90 when he was a student at Bedford College. He was a member of the side which gained promotion to Courage League 1 in 1989.

When he completed his studies he returned to his birthplace in Kenya, continued playing rugby and also captained the Kenya national side.

He gained  his pilot's licence, became a self-employed crop sprayer and settled in Narok with his wife Cally and his son and daughter.

The Followers are running a trip to Cromer and Sheringham on Saturday 4th June. The coach will leave Goldington Road at 8.30am calling first at Cromer for those who wish to get off there. We will leave Sheringham at 5pm picking up at Cromer at 5.15pm.

The trip is open to everyone - you do not need to be a Follower - so why not come and enjoy a day at the Seaside! Cost for adults is £20 per person, juniors under 18 are £10.

If you would like to travel please contact Keith Appleyard on 07766 162149 or Margaret Appleton on 01234 354708, alternatively email Margaret at g.appleton@btinternet.com.

The popular Bedford Blues car boot sale is back on Sunday 29th May and will kick start with a double header with the Goldington Road gates open on Monday 30th May also.

Get down to the rugby club every Sunday from there on, gates open at 8:30am for sellers and 9am to punters looking to grab themselves a bargain from any one of the pitches.

The cost for a pitch is just £7 in the back car park with buyers coming in for just £1 between 9am – 1pm. Entrance is through the front gate where our man Ian will look after you.

The Club will be open for both legs of the Championship Play-Off final between Doncaster Knights and Bristol with a place in the Aviva Premiership awaiting the winner.

Coverage on Sky Sports will be screened in the upstairs Eagle Bar for both legs, Wednesday 18 and 25 May, with doors opening at 19:30 prompt for 19:45 Kick Off.

Support your club by joining us to watch the final having missed out in the semi against favourites Bristol. There will be special Happy Hour beer prices and some enjoyable banter at the Blues!

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