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Twickenham beckons as Bedford Blues fans get half-time shot at glory

Bedford Blues fans are being offered a once in a lifetime chance to kick for glory and play for their beloved club at Twickenham, thanks to the title sponsor of the new  Greene King IPA Championship.

The competition will see five lucky winners live out their ultimate rugby moment by each taking a half time kick at goal during the Blues’ home match with Cornish Pirates on 19 April.

Bedford Blues chairman Geoff Irvine has today confirmed that the club's Chief Executive Andy Irvine is leaving his role at the club at the end of the season. Following a meeting this morning (Apr 8) when the staff were informed of the decision, Geoff Irvine said: "Andy has done a fantastic job at Goldington Road over the past eight years but we feel that the time is right to move on to a new challenge and we all wish him well for the future."

The squad building process for the 2014/15 season continued this week as Bedford Blues signed another exciting young winger as well as securing the services of three more of the current squad.

Dean Adamson, 21, has been in superb form for Ampthill Rugby Club this season and is the most prolific try scorer in National Two South with 22 under his belt. The youngster, who came through the Blues Academy, was on trial with Bedford last summer featuring in the pre-season friendlies before heading back to Dillingham Park.

There was to be no delight in front of the Sky Sports cameras as they went down 12-33 to Rotherham Titans in the unusual 5pm kick off slot on Saturday evening.

The match will mostly be remembered for four yellow cards – three of them decided by TMO Graham Hughes – rather than the rugby but the Blues will be kicking themselves for leaving a whole host of tries out on the field. Accidental offside and handling errors ultimately cost Bedford three scoring chances whereas Rotherham crossed the white three times to seal the win.

Bedford Blues stars Darryl Veenendaal, Gregor Gillanders, Mike Le Bourgeois and Darren Fearn took time out from training last week to lend a hand at Polam School to help the children with a 30 minute exercise routine to raise money for Sport Relief.

The children at the school all dressed up in their favourite sports kit for the event so there was a huge mix of costume from ballerinas through to rugby players and undertook the routine to help add funds to the whopping £53,370,743 that has been raised so far.

Bedford Blues shareholders took their places in the Scrum Bar on Wednesday evening to listen to the latest from the Board at the Annual Group Meeting.

Results may not have turned out quite the way that fans, players, coaches and the directors would have wanted this season, but there remains an air of optimism within the club and shareholders remained extremely positive with a wide range of topics being discussed.

Bedford Blues centre Mark Atkinson will be plying his trade in the Aviva Premiership next season after agreeing a deal to play for Gloucester.

Atkinson, 24, was one of the key signings for Bedford in 2012 and helped the Blues reach the Championship play-off final in his first season with the club and has remained an influential part of the squad this term.

Bedford were hard done by as London Welsh registered five tries to run out 29-11 winners in their Green King IPA Championship clash at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford on Sunday afternoon.

With only eight points in it late on, Bedford’s Tony Fenner looked to break clear for a certain try which might have changed the game, only for referee Darren Gamage to bring the Blues back for crossing.

The Exiles scored a penalty try and four further scores in total on the day, with Seb Jewell bagging a brace alongside tries from Tom May and Nick Scott, with Will Robinson converting two in windy conditions.

Having already captured Nick Fenton-Wells on a permanent deal, Bedford Blues have moved quickly to secure the services of one of the most exciting youngsters plying his trade in National League Two as well as re-signing three of the current squad.

Fullback and winger Jim Wigglesworth has joined Bedford Blues from near neighbours Cambridge where he has been a standout performer this season. The 20 year old England Counties star hails from Derbyshire and includes Hull and Nottingham as his former clubs as well as a summer season with Rugby League outfit Hull FC.

With the season tally standing at one win apiece, Sunday's Greene King IPA Championship clash between Bedford Blues and London Welsh looks set to be a corker as each team looks to finish the regular campaign in style.

While the Blues will not be competing for a top four place this time around the former Premiership side will be hoping to finsih as high as possible as they look for an immediate bounce back to the top table.

The sides met on the opening weekend for the inaugural 'Double-Header' at Allianz Park which resulted in the Exiles claiming a 23-14 victory in a game that saw a player from each side red carded.

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