BLUES TO HOST MOBBS MEMORIAL MATCH

Goldington Road will be opening its gates on Wednesday 10th April 2019 for the return of the annual Mobbs Memorial Match as Bedford Blues prepare to go into battle against The British Army (Kick Off 7:45pm).

Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Mobbs DSO - a true England rugby legend and a genuine hero of World War I - died during the Third Battle of Ypres while attacking a machine gun post.

Some of the most illustrious names in the history of English rugby have played in the Mobbs Memorial Match in either the colours of the East Midlands or the Barbarians, who played each other each year up until 2011 since the games’ inception in 1921. The Mobbs Memorial Match lives on with the British Army facing Bedford Blues and Northampton Saints on alternate years.

Mike Rayer’s troops face a strong Army side who begin their preparation for ties against the Royal Air Force at Kingsholm and the Royal Navy at Twickenham in the following weeks. 

Tickets for the match which will include a Blues Community showcase, The Band of the Parachute Regiment, a feast of military attractions, Bedford Modern celebration and plenty of on field action are available online at the cost of just £10 for adults and £2 for Under 18. Entrance to the stand is available on a first come first served basis with only ground entry tickets available to purchase. Click here to buy tickets.

Hospitality is available in the Blues Marquee for a pre-match meal and entertainment for just £35 per person including match ticket. Please email hollie@bedfordrugby.co.uk for more details and to book. 

There will be a special Match Programme produced again to commemorate the occasion, the Club are looking for local businesses and sponsors to support. Full page adverts are available for £200 +VAT, please contact gareth@bedfordrugby.co.uk to enquire.

Edgar Mobbs, born in 1882, was educated at Bedford Modern School where he excelled in the classroom and on the rugby field. His first club appearance was for Olney, before making over 230 appearances for Northampton, including five seasons as captain. He led the East Midlands side as well as gaining numerous caps for the Barbarians, with a couple of notable appearances for Bedford, including the historic fixture against New Zealand at Goldington Road.

Mobbs gained seven caps for England in 1909 and 1910, and even captained the side to victory in France. However, Mobbs was known just as much for his work on the field of battle during World War One.

When the War came, Mobbs immediately volunteered, but at age 32 was deemed too old for a commission. As such, he formed his own special corps gathering 264 recruits to create the Sportsman’s Battalion. They formed a large part of the 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment.

Mobbs was wounded three times in battle, and in his recovery from one injury, played his final game of rugby in 1915. His return to his Battalion for the third time, now as a Colonel, coincided with the Battle of Passchendale, during which, Mobbs was one of the 420,000 men to lose their lives.

Proceeds from this fixture will be donated to the Mobbs Memorial Fund which support youth rugby across the East Midlands. The cadet force will also be collecting on the night for The Army Benevolent Fund.

Match Sponsor: Bedford Modern School

Next Home Match

Friday 23rd August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road
Kick-Off
7.45pm

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