1st XV News

Bedford Blues head into Sunday’s Greene King IPA Championship play-off second leg knowing that they will have to put in a performance of Leicester City proportions to have any chance of reaching the final this season.

On Sunday, the Blues were well beaten 16-45 at Goldington Road by a clinical Bristol who ran in six tries to give themselves a 29 point cushion ahead of the second leg. But with no pressure on the Blues at all, the message from the coaches is simple - Go out there, express yourselves and do what Bedford do best.

Following a fantastic season featuring Championship play-off qualification, British & Irish Cup Quarter Finals and a superb brand of running rugby, Bedford Blues are pleased to announce their 2016/17 Season Ticket packages.

Membership offers supporters the chance to enjoy another enthralling Blues’ campaign at Goldington Road with frozen prices, increased saving on match day prices and a host of brilliant additional benefits when purchased before the end of June.

Bedford Blues have continued their building process for the 2016/17 with the capture of talented centre Tom Farrell from London Irish, but the club will be bidding a fond farewell to lock Mark Flanagan who is joining Saracens on a two-year deal.
 
Farrell, 22, has been a part of the London Irish A-League squad this season, but he really made a name for himself while part of the Leinster Academy. Standing at 6ft 2ins tall and weighing in at 97kg, the centre has pace and power that will add plenty to the Blues midfield.

Last Sunday Blues Chairman Geoff Irvine welcomed the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Keith McLean, to Goldington Road for the play-off semi-final as the local Councillor showed his support for Bedford against promotion favourites Bristol.

Councillor McLean enjoyed the day and we look forward to hosting him at Goldington Road soon. The Mayor was heavily involved in Milton Keynes' hosting of the Rugby World Cup late last year in which Bedford Blues supported the various working parties to make it a very successful tournament for the region.

The curtain comes down on the local club 2015-16 season with the Bombardier East Midlands Cup Final between Bedford Athletic and Northampton Old Scouts at Goldington Road tomorrow (Kick Off 7:45pm).

This is the first occasion in over 40 years of East Midlands Cup Finals that these two teams have met in the final, in fact this will be Old Scouts very first appearance at this stage of the competition.

Bedford Athletic will be looking for a sixth East Midlands’ title, having featured in the very first EMRU Cup Final back in 1972. Their last Cup Final success came in 2006 which was followed by defeats in the 2008 and 2011 Finals.

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