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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.

Bedford Blues have announced a new approach to develop young players for a future in the professional game.

The Blues Academy is recognised as one of the best non-RFU funded Academies in the country.  Players such as Sacha Harding, Will Chudley, Ali Price, Duncan Taylor, Josh Bassett, Aaron Morris and others have been developed by the Academy before moving into the first team.  Many of these players have gone on to play in the Premiership and beyond.

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.

It was a tough afternoon at Goldington Road on Sunday as Bristol ran in six tries to take a 16-45 win and a firm hold of the Greene King IPA Championship semi-final.

Bedford did cross the whitewash once with Charlie Clare hurtling over while out on the wing, but Bristol were clinical with their driving maul and made it count in the first half before taking their opportunities in the second.

With a 29 point difference at half time – things don’t look fantastic, but if there’s one thing that Mike Rayer’s men like, it’s a challenge.

With the regular season behind them, Bedford Blues head into the Greene King IPA Championship play-offs full of confidence and keen to rock the boat as Champions-elect Bristol visit Goldington Road on Sunday afternoon.
 
With the Sky Sports cameras in tow, the Blues head into Sunday's encounter as underdogs following an end of season 6-39 loss to Bristol last weekend. But if there is one thing that the Blues thrive on, it's being written off before a game - or even the season - kicks off.
 

Bedford Blues building process for the 2016/17 season has continued with the signing of  talented young prop Christian Judge and the re-signing of fan favourite and Dream Team fly half Jake Sharp.

Judge, 23, has signed on at Goldington Road from Plymouth Albion and has been the standout prop in National One this season. Standing at 5ft 11ins tall and weighing in at 116kg, Judge previously played for Launceston and helped Cornwall to victory in the 2014/15 County Championship at Twickenham.

After 1,760 pulsating minutes of Championship rugby, the season has finally concluded with Bedford Blues finishing in fourth position to set up a mouth-watering semi-final tie against table-topping Bristol this Sunday 1 May (KO 3:15pm).

The two sides have played each other four times already this season with the win tally finely balanced at two each - one in the league and one in the cup - meaning that Sunday’s first leg at Goldington Road is all set to be an instant classic.

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.

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