January 2019

Bedford Blues take to the skies this weekend as they head across the English Channel to take on Jersey Reds in Round 12 of the Greene King IPA Championship.

Following a hard-fought win over second placed Ealing Trailfinders last weekend, the Blues now face the huge challenge of taking on the Reds in front of their own fans.

With  things tightening up at the top of the table, there's plenty riding on this third versus fourth clash with neither side wanting to lose any ground on the top two teams.

The Followers Quiz Night returns on Friday 15th February to the Scrum Hall at Goldington Road as Jackie Markham hosts Bedford’s own eggheads challenge.  

The Scrum Hall will open its doors for 7pm for a 7:30pm start, so make sure you get there in plenty of time to secure your table and grab a drink before it’s time to put the thinking caps on.

Teams will be made up of up to six people, but don’t panic if you don’t have a full team, come along and teams will be put together of smaller groups or individual supporters. 

Following last week’s Championship Cup Quarter Final draw, the Blues face a trip to Yorkshire Carnegie on Sunday 3rd February at Emerald Headingley Stadium; and need your support!

The Bedford Rugby Followers Association will be running coach travel to the game to ensure the Blues’ 16th man is out in full force in what promises to be a tough challenge against a recently improved and in form Yorkshire side. 

Bedford Blues picked up a huge victory on Saturday afternoon as they overcame Ealing Trailfinders 23-18 at Goldington Road.

Tries from Chris Czekaj and Dean Adamson along with 13 points from the boot of Will Hooley did the damage, but the Blues overall game management and impressive defensive display ensured that they closed the gap on their opposition in the league table.

Click here to see all of the scores from the game

With 2019 in full-flow, Bedford Blues are all set for their first game of the year as they welcome Ealing Trailfinders to Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

It is fourth versus second in the Greene King IPA Championship, with the west London side sitting just five points ahead of the Blues as the halfway point in the season arrives. The Blues meanwhile head into this weekend’s encounter having won their last five league games, the most recent being a 27-11 victory over a very stubborn Richmond side.

Bedford Blues will be aiming to kick 2019 off in the best possible fashion when they host Ealing Trailfinders in a crucial top of the table clash this Saturday 12th December in the Greene King IPA Championship (KO 3pm).

A victory for Mike Rayer’s men could see them draw level on points with high-flying Ealing who currently sit in second place just five points adrift of league leaders London Irish. Save £4 and buy tickets online here.

Yorkshire Carnegie have confirmed that the Championship Cup quarter-final between the two clubs will take place at Emerald Headingley Stadium on Sunday 3rd February with a 3pm kick-off.

Having come through a group containing London Irish, Cornish Pirates and Hartpury, the Blues will be heading up the M1 to face the Leeds based club with a semi-final place on the line.

Tickets for the game will be available very soon via yorkshirecarnegie.com 

Start the New Year with Blues hospitality this January as Goldington Road hosts another two mouth-watering matches against second placed Ealing Trailfinders and old rivals Coventry.  

For these two fixtures, we have a special deal in the new Lifesure Suite, Season Ticket holders can again enjoy our premium package at the discounted price of just £45 per person. As well as a discounted price for members, we are also offering private individual bookings for £60 +VAT.  

Blues Community are thrilled to announce their next three-day junior rugby camp in February Half-Term running from the 12th to 14th of next month at Goldington Road, click here to book now.

The first camp of 2019 will remain open to boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 15 with all levels of ability welcome. The youngsters will be put through their paces with a new and exciting programme led by new Head of Community, Dominic Fraser, and supported by Blues first team players.

As we near the end of 2018, we thought it was a perfect opportunity to take a look back over the past 12 months through the eyes of those that helped create those memories. Director of Rugby Mike Rayer, Will Hooley and Michael Le Bourgeois share their top moments from the past year.

Mike Rayer:

It is never easy sitting down and picking your ‘top’ moments from the year as they are so subjective, but here goes. We’ve had a great 12 months with plenty of highs and lots to work on as we move forward.

Next Home Match

Saturday 26th January
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road