April 2017

Bedford Blues will be saying goodbye to another long-standing member of the squad after it was confirmed that fly half Jake Sharp will be joining Championship rivals London Scottish for the 2017/18 season.

Jake, 25, joined Bedford on dual-registration from Saracens in 2009/10 before making his move a permanent one a year later. A hugely influential player, Sharp battled tirelessly to make the number ten jersey his own while enjoying healthy competition with the likes of Myles Dorrian, Steffan Jones, Jamie Lennard, Mark Atkinson, Ian Vass and - briefly - his pal Owen Farrell.

Bedford Blues building process for the 2017/18 Championship season has continued with the signing of two impressive young backs.

Heading to Goldington Road next season will be Exeter Chiefs fly half Will Hooley and Northampton Saints winger Howard Packman.

Cambridge born Hooley, 24, is a former England Under 20 international who came through the Acadmey system at Northampton Saints before going on to make 14 first team appearances and scoring 77 points.

10 years ago, on May 7th 2007, Courtney Lawes and Duncan Taylor played in the Bedford Blues Academy U19 side that beat Redruth, 30pts – 5, in the final of the National Colts Cup at Franklin’s Gardens

Today they line up against each other for Northampton Saints against Saracens in Round 20 of the Aviva Premiership at Stadium MK.

Duncan, now 27 yrs old, wins his 100th cap for Saracens, whilst Courtney, 28 yrs old, plays his 188th game for Saints.  Duncan has also gained 18 caps for Scotland, and Courtney 58 caps for England.

The Bedford Blues fans who made the long Easter weekend trip to Penzance were given an afternoon of running rugby played very much in the style of a pre-season friendly which ended 40-40.

A try at the death for Myles Dorrian in his last appearance in a Blues jersey was converted by Elliot Clements-Hill to ensure that the game finished honours even at a sunny Mennaye Field which saw 12 tries in a pulsating end to end game.

Bedford Blues will be making the long journey down to Penzance this weekend as they take on the Cornish Pirates in the final round of the Greene King IPA Championship.

While neither team made it into the top four this season, there will still be plenty to play for on the field as Bedford look to respond to the opening day defeat handed out to them by the Pirates at Goldington Road.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that three more members of the current squad have put pen to paper on brand new deals which will keep them at Goldington Road for the 2017/18 season.

Prop Camillo Parilli-Ocampo along with back row stars Josh Buggea and Ed Taylor have all committed to the Blues for another campaign as Bedford look to put together an experienced squad who will push for top honours next season.

Speaking about the re-signings, Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "To be able to have three young, talented players back in the squad next season is a real pleasure and I'm sure that the fans will be just as delighted.

Bedford Blues Ltd will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 3rd May 2017 in the Scrum Hall at Goldington Road (8pm start). The meeting is strictly Shareholders only, by invitation.

The formal documentation will be sent to shareholders who requested either email copies or postal following last year’s AGM. Please expect to receive this by Wednesday 12th April 2017.

Bedford Blues have added a second international to their back line with the capture of Welsh winger Chris Czekaj for the 2017/18 Championship season.

Much like Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer, Czekaj, 31, began playing rugby for his home town club Llandaff and then went on make over 130 appearances for the Cardiff Blues.

The Club is very sad to announce that former player and captain, David Perry, has passed away at the age of 79.

David, a talismanic No.8, made 101 appearances for Bedford between 1962-66 and was captain in 1962-63 and 1965-66. He scored 115 points for the town, including 37 tries and two conversions.

Winning a Cambridge Blue in 1958, Perry went on to join Bedford from Harlequins before gaining 15 England International caps between 1963-66. He made 13 appearances at No.8 and two in the second row for his country as well as captaining England in all four games in the Five Nations Championship in 1965.

Bedford didn’t go out with the bang that they wanted to at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon as Yorkshire Carnegie spoiled the party with a 27-43 victory.

The visitors knew that a win would seal second place in the Championship table and they duly secured that, but Bedford more than put on a show as they bid farewell to the 2016/17 season in front of their faithful supporters with Dean Adamson, Pat Tapley, Jacob Fields and Jake Sharp all crossing the whitewash to secure a bonus point.

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