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Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that the rumours are true - England international scrum half Lee Dickson is joining the club as a player/coach for the 2017/18 Championship season.
 
Dickson, 32, makes the move to Goldington Road having played 250 games for Northampton Saints since joining from Newcastle Falcons in 2008. Only Stephen Myler and Dylan Hartley have made more first team appearances for the Saints out of the current squad.
 

While new signings have dominated Bedford Blues news in recent weeks, there will be players leaving Goldington Road this summer with one of the most notable being long-serving lock Mike Howard.

Howard, 31, has been a mainstay of the second row since joining from North Walsham after a successful trial in 2008 and he has played a huge role in the Blues' successes ever since.

With well over 200 Blues appearances to his name, Howard has been a true stalwart of the club and as such he will be honoured with a testimonial game at Goldington Road on Saturday 6th May.

Bedford Blues return to Goldington Road this Saturday for their final home Championship match of the season as they prepare to face promotion chasing Yorkshire Carnegie who are looking to secure second place in the league (Kick Off 3pm).

The Club hope supporters will turn out in force to mark the close of another campaign and End of Season Party with live music and player entertainment following the final whistle as well as the Followers’ Player of the Season Presentation.

A taste of the West Country will be coming to Goldington Road in May with the launch of the town’s very own Sausage and Cider Festival on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th.

The event takes place at the home of the Blues and celebrates real cider made by artisan producers around the country and the art of sausage making, along with an array of live music acts and family activities to keep the party going.

Bedford Blues are pleased to announce the signing of a familiar face as well as the re-signing of a club stalwart for the 2017/18 Greene King IPA Championship season.

Joining Bedford over the summer will be second row star Alex Rae, 31, who announced earlier this month that he was leaving his role as Assistant Coach with Jersey at the end of the season.

Rae, who joined Bedford in 2009 from Northampton Saints having come through the Worcester Warriors Academy, was a key component of the Blues' scrum before moving onto Wasps in 2013 and subsequently Jersey.

Blues Academy Development Squad players, Ryan Hutler, Dan Lewis, Jacob Turner and Charley Robinson, helped the Blues beat the British Army, in the annual Mobbs Memorial game at Goldington Road last night, by 55pts - 26.

Winger Ryan Hutler bagged a hat trick of tries, fly half Dan Lewis scored a try and three conversions, and flanker Jacob Turner and front row Charley Robinson, added to the Blues effort.

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I think that it would be fair to say that Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Mobbs would have been truly thrilled with the rugby on display at Goldington Road on Tuesday night as Bedford Blues defeated the Army 55-26 in the memorial game which commemorated the 100th anniversary of his death.

There were 13 tries scored during an enthralling 80 minutes of rugby with nine going the way of the Blues - including a hat-trick for debutant Blues Development winger Ryan Hutler - and four for the Army who battled until the final minute.

Bedford Blues have named their team to take on the British Army in the Mobbs Memorial game which kicks-off at 7.45pm at Goldington Road tomorrow night.

First played in 1921, the Mobbs Memorial game honours Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Mobbs DSO, a true England rugby legend and a genuine hero of World War I. Formerly competed between the East Midlands and the Barbarians, the game now pits the British Army against Bedford Blues and Northampton Saints on alternate years and this year the match - which also marks the 100th anniversary of Mobbs' death - falls on Blues’ turf.

Bedford Blues put in one of their most clinical performances of the season as they ran in seven tries against London Scottish at Richmond Athletic Ground on Saturday afternoon.

A brace each for Dean Adamson and Jordan Burns along with a try each for Pat Tapley, Dan George and Piers O’Conor ensured the Blues left the Capital with a maximum haul.

While the finishing would have pleased the Blues faithful, the coaching team would have been pleased with the manner in which Bedford continually soaked up pressure from the Exiles before punishing them on the break.

Bedford Blues return to Championship action this weekend with the always tricky trip to the Capital to face London Scottish at 2pm on Saturday.

While the Blues did not have a league game last week due to London Welsh's departure from the Championship, Bedford were in action as they took on Northampton Saints in an enthralling encounter at Goldington Road. While the game ended with a 17-52 win for the Saints, there were plenty of positives for the Blues to take into this weekend's fixture.

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