1st XV News

Bedford Blues have bolstered their front row options with the signing of hooker George Edgson from Wasps and tighthead prop David Spelman from Cambridge University for the 2016/17 Championship season.
 
Edgson, 20, already has Championship experience having spent the second half of last season with Rotherham Titans. He also featured for National One side Blackheath and follows in the footsteps of Wasps colleagues Piers O’Conor and Alex Lundberg who joined the Blues from Wasps last season.
 

The Blues’ Followers will begin the big clear up this Saturday as they start to carry out a number of tasks every Saturday over the summer months to help tidy up Goldington Road and improve the ground in the lead up to another exciting Championship season, and they need your help!

The Club are investing significant sums again this year on a facilities project at the home of Bedford Blues in the off season, but need the support of the followers to complement the work with an array of smaller jobs including painting, weeding and general tidying, as well as some larger jobs headed up by chief Followers Phil Novis and Baz Townsend.

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.

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