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At the Greene King IPA Championship launch on Wednesday afternoon, new Bedford Blues skipper Nick Fenton-Wells shared his view on last season and insists that his side can regain their top four status this season and push for promotion to the Premiership.

Congratulations to ex-Blues Academy captain, Tom Williams, who makes his Blues senior debut at loose head prop tomorrow in the Blues first Championship league game of the season, away to Nottingham.

Tom captained the Blues Academy in the 2006/07 season leading them to victory in the 2007 National Colts Cup Final at Franklin’s Gardens, when they beat Redruth by 30pts – 5.  This was the first Blues National Colts Cup win; the first of a run of five wins in six years, before the Blues withdrew from the tournament after winning it in for the fifth time in May 2012.   

LATEST - GAME CANCELLED

Unfortunatley Cambridge are unable to field a side and the match has been cancelled

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After mixed fortunes in the August pre-season warm up games, with a loss to Leinster, and wins against London Scottish and Esher U21, the Blues Academy start their regular season with a home game against Cambridge U21 XV on Saturday at Goldington Road (Kick Off 2.00 pm).

Bedford Blues fans can now buy advanced tickets for all Greene King IPA Championship and British & Irish Cup fixtures from their home computer or via their smartphone or tablet. 

The club have been updating the official website in recent weeks to make sure that ticket sales can be carried out quickly and easily in a mobile friendly manner with all the fixtures now online to choose from.

Bedford Blues Followers Association will be travelling to away games in style this season having chosen Blunham based coach operators Chiltern Travel as their provider. The Followers are also delighted to announce that fares for trips around the Championship will be considerably reduced on last season.

The first away trip of the new season on the Followers Coach is this Friday's visit to Nottingham. There is still time to book your space by calling Margaret Appleton on 01234 354708. The coach will leave Goldington Road at 4pm and fares for adults are £16 while it will cost £8 for juniors. Bookings are also being taken for the following matches:

The Blues Academy made their first away trip of the season and returned with a 22pts – 0 win over an older Esher U21 XV.  Ahead by 17pts – 0 at half time the Blues had to dig deep in the final quarter to keep out an Esher side who grew in confidence as the game progressed.
 

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The score line may not look pretty but Bedford Blues will have taken plenty of positives from their final pre-season friendly against a very strong Saracens team.

The Premiership and European giants ran in seven tries while the Blues only points came courtesy of a first half James Pritchard penalty but Mike Rayer’s men certainly didn’t roll over and gave the visitors plenty to think about during the 80 minutes. An impressive 3,126 people turned up to watch the now traditional friendly encounter between the two clubs and they were treated to a full throttle affair with both teams looking to impress their supporters while never giving an inch to the opposition.

Bedford Blues are proud to announce that their new kit for the 2014/15 Greene King IPA Championship season will be launched and worn by the players when they face Saracens on Friday night for the final pre-season fixture.
 
While the design of the new home and away kit had been kept a closely guarded secret, Blues fans will be happy to see the return of Cambridge and Oxford blue hoops. The new, more traditional looking jersey will be available to purchase on the night in the Club Shop from 6pm.
 

Bedford Blues fans will be back at Goldington Road on Saturday morning (August 30) as they carry out the fifth and final tidy-up session ahead of the 2014/15 Championship season. 

Following successful sessions members of Bedford Blues Followers Association will be at the ground from 8am until 1pm and are looking for other fans to join them as they continue in the clean up of Goldington Road.

As with previous sessions, gardening gloves are advisable and please bring any small garden tools that you may have that could be of use.

Bedford came up short in their second pre-season friendly at Vallis Way on Saturday as hosts Ealing Trailfinders won 34-25 writes Ted Kemplen of the Bedford Times & Citizen.

Ealing put six tries past Bedford on the 3G pitch in west London, in a game which saw a lot of free flowing rugby.  Blues kicked off the clash and immediately pressed Ealing, England U20 winger Nathan Earle making a good tackle to keep the hosts in their half.

Then director of coaching and Ealing number 10 for the afternoon, Ben Ward, was caught offside but Steffan Jones couldn’t get Bedford off the mark from the tee.

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