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Bedford Blues are delighted to announce a brand new ‘£3 Happy Hours’ initiative on draught beers upstairs in the Eagle Bar to be trialled at the next home game against Jersey on Saturday 4th October.

To ensure Blues supporters get the most from their match day experience and get through the gates that little bit earlier; Wells Eagle IPA, McEwan’s Lager, Young’s London Stout, Wells Eagle Smooth and Somersby Cider will all be available at just £3 a pint between the hours of 12 noon and 14:30 this Saturday upstairs in the Eagle Bar. There is a saving of nearly a £1 on most pump beers, so don’t miss out!

New for the 2014/15 season, the Greene King IPA Championship has launched the inaugural ‘Player of the Month’ competition.

To recognise the standout individuals from across the competition, a panel of key regional and national media with vast knowledge of the Championship will submit their player of the month to public vote. A shortlist of six nominees will be revealed towards the end of every month, to include an average of three rounds*.

It is often said that good things come to those who wait and boy have the Bedford Blues players and coaches had to be patient, but hard work, grit and determination came to fruition on Saturday afternoon when Mike Rayer's men ran in four tries to beat Plymouth Albion 22-31 at Brickfields.

“Today we had a result without as good a performance as we would have liked, but we will certainly take that,” said Blues Backs Coach Paul Larkin. “We haven’t turned the corner, we are just on the way round it, and we have got a lot of hard work ahead of us.

In a game of three 30 minute periods Bedford dominated the first two periods, before losing the third, but ended as winners by 52pts – 34 against St. Joseph’s College Ipswich.  With both sides taking the opportunity to use about 30 players the game gave both sets of coaches the opportunity to try some different players and combinations.

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Despite losing their opening three games of the Greene King IPA Championship season, Bedford Blues head down to Plymouth in buoyant mood following a greatly improved performance against league leaders London Scottish last weekend.

Bedford Blues have bolstered their ranks with the capture of Tongan international utility back Viliami Hakalo.

Hakalo, who can play in the centre or at fullback, made his test debut for Tonga coming off the bench against Japan in 2006 when he was just 19 years old.

Now 27, Billy and Mako Vunipola’s cousin joins the Blues from Toa Saracens in Tonga with the intention of adding some South Sea Islander magic to Bedford’s back line and staking a claim for a spot in the Tongan World Cup squad.

Following a superb second half performance away to London Scottish last Saturday, narrowly missing out on victory, Bedford Blues Backs Coach Paul Larkin is in positive spirits ahead of the big clash with Plymouth Albion this weekend at Brickfields (KO 3pm).

Gaining their first two points of the new Championship season and scoring four tries in the capital against the league’s leading form side may be considered a good result, but having been denied a controversial try by Paul Tupai in the closing moments the Blues are rather reflecting on what should have been.

Bedford Blues narrowly missed out on a bonus five point win away at The Athletic Ground after an apparent try by Paul Tupai was controversially disallowed moments before the final whistle to clinch victory for London Scottish. 

Scottish started the stronger using a bulldozing maul tactic; accouting for three of their four first half tries. A try for Scottish just before half time brought the score to 26-13, but this was by no means the end for the Blues. 

In a tough game against the older RAF U23 side the Blues took a half time lead of 14pts – 10, playing up the slope, before scoring five second half tries to win by 45pts – 10.


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The Blues Academy are in action at home this week when they welcome the RAF U23 XV to Goldington Road. KO 2.30 pm, Saturday September 20th.  This is the first of two fixtures against the RAF U23 XV the Blues Academy are playing this season, as the RAF prepare for the Inter-Services tournament later this year.

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