Bedford Blues returned to pre-season training on Saturday morning with the players being put through their paces at by the coaching team as preparations for the 2016/17 Championship campaign got underway.

Saturday was the first opportunity for the squad to come together at Alexander Sports Centre and as the players got acquainted with one another, they were also given the once over by Strength and Conditioning Coach Andrew Petts and his team.

Bedford Blues will be working closely once again with Premiership and European Champions Saracens next season as five promising youngsters - including three members of the England Under 20 squad - move to Goldington Road for the 2016/17 Greene King IPA Championship campaign.
The likes of Owen Farrell, George Kruis, Jackson Wray, James Short, and Will Fraser all gained valuable experience with the Blues before going on to make a huge impact with Saracens and the same is hoped for the current crop who will be heading up the M1 from Allianz Park.

Bedford Blues have bolstered their front row options with the signing of hooker George Edgson from Wasps and tighthead prop David Spelman from Cambridge University for the 2016/17 Championship season.
Edgson, 20, already has Championship experience having spent the second half of last season with Rotherham Titans. He also featured for National One side Blackheath and follows in the footsteps of Wasps colleagues Piers O’Conor and Alex Lundberg who joined the Blues from Wasps last season.

The Blues’ Followers will begin the big clear up this Saturday as they start to carry out a number of tasks every Saturday over the summer months to help tidy up Goldington Road and improve the ground in the lead up to another exciting Championship season, and they need your help!

The Club are investing significant sums again this year on a facilities project at the home of Bedford Blues in the off season, but need the support of the followers to complement the work with an array of smaller jobs including painting, weeding and general tidying, as well as some larger jobs headed up by chief Followers Phil Novis and Baz Townsend.

Chris ‘Dumper’ Bailward, who scored one of the most flamboyant tries ever seen at Twickenham, is set to pedal over 2,000 miles in aid of Sport Relief – and he’s looking for your support!

Dumper’s try, at the start of the second half in the infamous Cup Final victory in 1975, kick-started a brilliant performance in the win over Rosslyn Park, to make Bedford, captained by Budge Rogers, Champions of England. 

The Club was deeply saddened to hear that former player David Francombe was killed in a tragic aircraft accident in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday.

Dave played for the Blues in the back row between 1986-90 when he was a student at Bedford College. He was a member of the side which gained promotion to Courage League 1 in 1989.

When he completed his studies he returned to his birthplace in Kenya, continued playing rugby and also captained the Kenya national side.

He gained  his pilot's licence, became a self-employed crop sprayer and settled in Narok with his wife Cally and his son and daughter.

The Followers are running a trip to Cromer and Sheringham on Saturday 4th June. The coach will leave Goldington Road at 8.30am calling first at Cromer for those who wish to get off there. We will leave Sheringham at 5pm picking up at Cromer at 5.15pm.

The trip is open to everyone - you do not need to be a Follower - so why not come and enjoy a day at the Seaside! Cost for adults is £20 per person, juniors under 18 are £10.

If you would like to travel please contact Keith Appleyard on 07766 162149 or Margaret Appleton on 01234 354708, alternatively email Margaret at

The popular Bedford Blues car boot sale is back on Sunday 29th May and will kick start with a double header with the Goldington Road gates open on Monday 30th May also.

Get down to the rugby club every Sunday from there on, gates open at 8:30am for sellers and 9am to punters looking to grab themselves a bargain from any one of the pitches.

The cost for a pitch is just £7 in the back car park with buyers coming in for just £1 between 9am – 1pm. Entrance is through the front gate where our man Ian will look after you.

The Club will be open for both legs of the Championship Play-Off final between Doncaster Knights and Bristol with a place in the Aviva Premiership awaiting the winner.

Coverage on Sky Sports will be screened in the upstairs Eagle Bar for both legs, Wednesday 18 and 25 May, with doors opening at 19:30 prompt for 19:45 Kick Off.

Support your club by joining us to watch the final having missed out in the semi against favourites Bristol. There will be special Happy Hour beer prices and some enjoyable banter at the Blues!

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce two further signings ahead of the 2016/17 Greene King IPA Championship season.

Heading to Goldington Road will be back rower Jason Hill who joins from Glasgow Warriors while fullback Elliot Clements-Hill is make the short journey from Ampthill.

Hill, who stands 6ft 4ins tall and weighs 108kg, joined Glasgow Warriors on a partnership contract for season 2015/2016. The 26-year-old played for the Scotland Club XV in 2015, scoring a try and being named man of the match in a 23-18 victory over the Ireland Club XV.



Next Home Match

Saturday 5th November
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road