1st XV News

GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP DREAM XV 2015-16

Following a hugely successful season which has seen Bedford Blues finishing fourth in the league to set up a play-off encounter with Bristol, Jake Sharp and Pat Tapley have been included in the Greene King IPA Championship Dream Team.

Opposition coaches voted that fly half Sharp and winger Tapley had performed the best in their respective positions throughout the 2015-16 campaign.

Ahead of the Championship play-off semi-final, Blues can confirm that captain Nick Fenton-Wells has agreed a deal to sign for opponents Bristol.
 
As a consequence of this decision, the club feels that it is in the best interest of all parties that Nick does not play any part in the play-off games and he will therefore not be available for selection.
 
Bedford Blues Chairman Geoff Irvine said: "I appreciate that supporters will feel very disappointed but the club has been put in a compromising position due to Nick’s decision and, as such, we feel that this is the correct course of action to take given the circumstances."
 

An additional allocation of Eagle Stand and Ground Entry tickets have now been released for the Play-Off Semi Final on Sunday 1 May v Bristol with the best seats in the house available.

Season Ticket holders have now passed the deadline for early purchase of their existing seat, but will find a good selection of premium seats available online for just £20 in the stand.

Supporters will be able to purchase tickets for next weekend online at www.theclubshop.co.uk/bedfordblues for the quickest transaction or pop into the Club this week between 9am - 6pm.

The opening game of the Bedford v Bristol trilogy went the way of the visitors as they picked up a convincing 6-39 victory at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

Despite an impressive 3224 fans cramming into the ground, the Blues faithful had nothing more to cheer  than two first half Myles Dorrian penalties while Bristol, in contrast, ran in six tries during the encounter.

Things didn’t start brightly for the Blues and they were three points down when Callum Sheedy slotted a penalty. Sadly, James Pritchard’s afternoon was brought to a premature end with the fullback leaving the field with an arm injury.

The Bedford Blues AGM was held on Wednesday evening with shareholders being invited along to Goldington Road to hear an update from Chairman Geoff Irvine and then have the opportunity to ask any questions that they may have.

Speaking to the packed meeting, Mr Irvine said: “We’ve had a fantastic season and I think we’ve played some of the best rugby this year that I’ve seen. The result of that means that financially we are in the best position that we’ve been in for 15 years. Hopefully, one day I’ll be able to show everyone a set of accounts where we break even!

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