THE BIG FESTIVE FIXTURE PREVIEW

Don't miss the big festive fixture against fellow top four side Ealing Trailfinders at Goldington Road as Bedford Blues seek to end 2017 in style on Sat 30 Dec (KO 3pm).

The Blues have been in impressive league form, but will need a strong 16th man supporting them against the current second-best team in the Championship. Save £4 and buy tickets online before the match day here.

Following last Saturday's record 52-all draw away at London Scottish, tries are firmly expected, but Bedford's defence will need to be tightened against the free-scoring Ealing.

Trailfinders inflicted a comprehensive defeat to Bedford earlier in the season and currently lie only behind Bristol in the standings and 13 points ahead of the Blues in third. Alex Codling’s men have only lost twice this season and will bring a sizeable challenge from the capital to Bedford – but they won’t just face 15 players, but the whole town!

Mike Rayer’s men will be hunting revenge having not beaten Ealing in the last five attempts and with a list of star signings this summer, Trailfinders are building a quality squad. However, as supporters have witnessed this season, Bedford are capable of producing scintillating rugby to run tries past any defence and the match is set up to be a tantalising affair.

Therefore, we need you to get out of the house on December 30th and enjoy rugby and beers with family and friends as the Blues 16th man roars louder than ever.

Both the Goldington Road and Hospital gate entrances will be open as usual, the Bushmead Gate entrance will be reviewed nearer the date for ticket only admission (no cash sales), whilst collections and purchases will be at the usual ticket office window and turnstiles.

As well as the on-field entertainment, there is plenty more in store off the pitch for this festive themed fixture. Pick up a match programme on entry to the ground and head up to the Eagle Bar to sample the Christmas Guest Ale; Blitzen from the Black Sheep Brewery, the league sponsor’s Greene King IPA or a pint of Bedford’s favourite Eagle IPA.

Make your day extra special by booking into the Blues Marquee for pre-match hospitality at just £20pp (exclusive of match entry ticket). Email hollie@bedfordrugby.co.uk to reserve your space.

In addition to the usual bars around the ground, there will be further trailer bars near the Former Players Building selling Bedford brewed beers.

As the teams run out, please give both sets of players and this week’s SSG Guard of Honour and Blues Community guests; Buckingham Rugby Club Under 14s, along with the Bedford Bear, a loud cheer to warm us all up on a cold afternoon.

The Club hope supporters will once again stick around after the match to join the end of year celebrations as musician Mark Calder again plays live music into the evening to continue the party atmosphere in the Blues Marquee.

For those wanting to review the match and enjoy expert analysis, catch the Man of the Match Presentation after the 80 minutes in the marquee or head up to the Eagle Bar for live reaction from players and coaches in the Michael R Peters Final Whistle.

If you missed something off your Christmas list, don’t panic, visit the Club Shop before, half-time or after the match to check out the new leisurewear range and grab yourself a late present. Show your Season Ticket for 10% discount.

Buy tickets online in advance and save a massive £4 on all adult tickets, click here to buy.

Please note; Season Ticket holders will not be able to use their guest pass in the Eagle Stand, guest passes are able to be used for Ground Entry however.

Match Sponsors: Stonbury

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Saturday 27th October
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road
Kick-Off
3.00pm

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