1st XV News

As the first home Championship match of the season fast approaches this weekend, Bedford Blues are delighted to introduce their new collectable Eco Cup scheme at Goldington Road.

The new environmentally friendly pint cups, produced by Green Goblet, will be launched at this Saturday’s match against Jersey Reds at a cost of £1. The cups can be continually used, kept or recycled to the bar in exchange for your £1 refundable deposit.

Bedford Blues have added further Premiership quality to their back line with the signing of Welsh outside back Harry Davies.
Davies, 24, whose preferred position is fullback but can also play 13 and wing, has signed on for the Goldington Road club on a short term deal having spent the past two seasons with Bath.
Standing at six feet four inches tall and tipping the scales at 102kg, the Welshman will add an extra string to the already impressive Blues backs.

Greene King IPA Championship action returns to Goldington Road this Saturday 8th September as Bedford Blues welcome Jersey Reds in our family fun day (KO 3pm). Save £4 and book tickets online here.

Following last Sunday’s opening day victory away at Nottingham, Mike Rayer’s men are champing at the bit for their first league run out in front of the Bedford faithful and loyal 16th man.

Bedford Blues are pleased to announce further details of the brand new Lifesure Hospitality Suite at Goldington Road, now available for match day and event hire bookings for up to 100 guests.

As announced in July, working together with SDC, one of the club’s major sponsors, work has been progressing on our biggest single project to date in replacing the former Lifesure Suites with a new and improved venue.

The club would also like to pay tribute to the extreme generosity of Old Bedfordian Michael E Jeffrey who left the Blues a sizeable donation. The Trustees and Club were jointly keen for his legacy to provide a lasting memory.

A brilliant rearguard action from 13-man Blues late in the game helped them battle to a hugely impressive six-point win at Nottingham on Sunday afternoon, writes Mark Wood.

The Blues looked to be cruising at 27-14 up thanks to two tries from young winger Ryan Hutler and centre Fraser Strachan, before two quick yellow cards for Oli Curry and Strachan set up a grandstand finish.

However, Blues youngsters refused to buckle and produced an outstanding defensive performance to keep the Green & Whites out until the last play as Bedford got their Championship campaign off to a winning start with a 27-21 triumph.

Two new recruits wil be making the Bedford debuts when the Blues head to Nottingham on Sunday afternoon for the opening game of the 2018/19 Greene King IPA Championship season.
Games between Nottingham and Bedford are always exciting affairs with the two teams facing off four times in league and cup action last season. While the Blues had a three wins to one record last term, all of that counts for nothing as both teams look to get the new campaign off to a winning start.

The Blues got back to winning ways this evening at Goldington Road with a 48-10 victory over National League One side Bishop’s Stortford in their final pre-season fixture, writes Tom Skinner.

It ended up being a comfortable triumph for Bedford after running in eight tries. The Blues’ coaching staff will however be very pleased with the professional nature in which their team dispatched their opponents. 

Despite there being a few moments where steely defending was required, the Blues overall dealt with the attacking play and powerful mauls of Bishiop’s Stortford extremely well.

As announced yesterday, Bedford have received a helpful boost for their pre-season encounter against Bishop's Stortford with England fullback Ben Foden being named in the Blues starting line-up.
Foden, who is heading off to join Major League Rugby in America, is one of three players drafted into the Blues squad following a number of injuries amongst the rank. Northampton Saints duo Fraser Strachen (centre) and Matt Worley (fullback) have also travelled along the A428 to lend a hand as Harry Sheppard (concussion), Lewis Robling (thigh), Jack Nay (concussion), Ryan Hutler (ankle), Jamie Elliott (hamstring) and Pat Tapley (eye socket) all remain on the casualty list.

Bedford Blues face National League One side Bishop’s Stortford this Friday night under the floodlights at Goldington Road (KO 7:45pm).

After the Blues’ last run-out against the Champions of England, Saracens, Mike Rayer and his squad are fired up and ready to finish pre-season on a high note ahead of the first Greene King IPA Championship match against Nottingham a week later.

Bedford’s opponents for the friendly clash will pose a stiff challenge ahead of competitive action as Stortford finished mid-table last season in only one division beneath the Blues.

Bedford have received a helpful boost for their pre-season encounter against Bishop's Stortford on Friday night with the news that England fullback Ben Foden will be starting the game for the Blues.

Foden, who is heading off to join Major League Rugby in America, has stepped in to lend a hand as the Blues will be without Harry Sheppard (concussion), Lewis Robling (thigh), Jack Nay (concussion), Ryan Hutler (ankle) and Pat Tapley (eye socket).


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