1st XV News

Bedford Blues are thrilled to announce that winger Dean Adamson has signed a new deal to remain at Goldington Road for the 2018/19 Championship season.

To say that Dean has been in sparking form this season would be an understatement as the winger, who turned 25 today, has racked up a superb 16 tries in the Championship alone this campaign as well as helping the Blues reach the semi-final of the British & Irish Cup with six tries.

This Saturday Bedford Blues welcome old rivals Cornish Pirates to town in another pivotal encounter as the season reaches a climax with positions up for grabs (Kick Off 3pm).

The fixture against Pirates takes on additional importance as the Cornishmen have jumped to fourth in the table, just one place behind the Blues, and an away victory could see them leapfrog Mike Rayer’s men.

Both sides have been in sensational form of late, with Bedford attempting to increase their five-game winning streak back at Goldington Road, against a West Country outfit who are themselves unbeaten in the last five Championship matches.  

Paul Tupai ‘Toops’ Testimonial Match has been rearranged for Sunday 6th May at Goldington Road (KO 2pm) due to the changed schedule of Bedford Blues fixtures and a clash with Northampton Saints away match with Wasps.   

Tickets already purchased for the Testimonial Match featuring a Bedford Blues All Star XV against Northampton Saints All Star XV will remain valid for the changed date.

The rearranged date allows a Bank Holiday recovery after the Sunday fixture which is hoped to encourage more supporters on the day in a final celebration event in honour of the legend that is Paul Tupai.

Bedford Blues are hoping to take a good following of supporters, as always, to the British & Irish Cup Semi-Final against Ealing Trailfinders on Saturday 21st April at Vallis Way (Kick Off 3pm).

Many supporters will of course be making their own way to the much-anticipated fixtures, but Bedford Rugby Followers Association are also running coach travel with a later return departure time of 6:15pm so fans can stick around with players for the last away fixture of the season.

It was something of a Jekyll and Hyde performance for Bedford at Hartpury College on Saturday afternoon, but the Blues had enough in the tank to secure a bonus point win thanks to a try deep into stoppage time.

Bedford had safely led 0-19 at the interval, but three second half scores - all converted - for Hartpury had given the home team the lead as the clock turned red. But you can never count the Blues out, and a patient build-up from a scrum led to Howard Packman pinning back his ears to race over and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.


Next Home Match

Saturday 28th April
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road