#FPA INQUIRIES

For inquiries regarding The Bedford Blues Former Players Association please contact John Cooley on 01234 823532 or email him at  cools@btinternet.com

Forthcoming events in 2018

End of Season Gala Dinner Friday, 18th May 2018  

Mobbs Golf  Northampton Saints v Bedford Blues

The trophy returns to Bedford. Bedford won 6-1.

Results

Phil Evans and Richard Butt won 6-5 v Phil Larter and Ian Moffatt

Andy Moffatt and Gerald Bygraves won 5-3 v Garry FitzHugh and Greg Wilcox

Geoff Comb and Tony MacKay won 2-1 v Robbie George and Ian George

Phil Roberts and John Cooley win 1 up v Paul Mattacola and Robbie Kottler

Bob Wilkinson and Bill Corner lost to Dougie Bridgeman and David Newman

Terry Arnold and Tom Sully won 7-6 v Mike Greenhaigh and Steve Wilcock

Nearest the pin  Andy Moffatt      Longest Drive Tony MacKay

 

Spring Lunch Saturday, 24th March    Bedford Blues v Doncaster Knights

Again, a very successful Former Players' Lunch, followed by a great win for the Blues which meant they retained 3rd place in the league table.

The FPA welcomed Julia Green and her family to the Lunch. Julia was celebrating her 70th birthday and three tables for family and friends were booked in the marquee. Of course, Julia's husband Peter made 165 appearances for the Blues between 1967-74, but was tragically killed along with another former player Brian Arthur in the Paris Air Crash in 1974. Two of the former players who joined in Julia's birthday celebrations were England internationals Jeremy Janion and Derek Wyatt.

Guests of the FPA on this occasion were Gareth and Marie Davies.

 

London Lunch 2018 took place at Mark Mason's Hall with 70 former players attending. Thanks go to Phil Roberts and John Cooley for organising the event.

The End of Season Gala Dinner was held in the marquee on 6th May with 200+ present. The marquee looked spectacular and thanks go to Events Manager, Emma Talbot and her team. Thanks also go to Mike and Debra Rayer, Gareth Alred and Leigh Mansell for the organisation. The entertainment was excellent and as always the evening was conducted with his usual flair and wit by Sam Roberts.

Special guests present were 4 former players, currently playing in the Premiership-- Josh Bassett(Wasps),Charlie Clare(Saints) Mark Flanagan(Saracens) and Duncan Taylor( Saracens and Scotland). All four made a special effort to attend as they had commitments to their current clubs the following day. Duncan had a shoulder injury, but we were very pleased he recovered sufficiently to make a valuable contribution to Saracens' 28-17 victory v Clermont which secured them the European title.

Awards of the Evening

Players' Player of the Season  Myles Dorrian

Bedford Blues caps were awarded to Myles Dorrian and Jake Sharp.

Playing jerseys with number of games played were awarded to three players who are leaving after wonderful playing careers at the Blues.  Mike Howard, Jake Sharp and Myles Dorrian.

Gareth Davies is stepping down as Club President after 14 years and as kit manager after 26 years. He was presented with a watch by the club in appreciation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FPA CONTACT DETAILS

The FPA is currently updating the contact details of former players. Please forward your email address to committee member Cameron Glanvill at cameron@pemburyfencing.co.uk Thank you.

FPA SPONSORED LUNCHES - FPA BAR

There is a Greek proverb which states “Those having torches will pass them on to others.”  For many years and for many reasons I failed to fulfil my promise of returning to Goldington Road.  It wasn’t that I agreed with the adage of never return to old haunts rather a lack of will-power and determination.

For the last two years I have rectified this yearning desire and accepted the hospitality of the Bedford Blues Former Players Association.  Not only has the welcome been generous by all concerned but particularly so with some of the characters who tolerated my inadequacies on the pitch.  The hugs from Gareth Davies and Bernard Henry were particularly pleasant as I had never been able to get within five yards of them previously as they side-stepped their way past me and left me floundering.

To chat with “Tod” Slaughter was delightful particularly as his vocabulary is less limited than when he delivered his pre-match briefings.  My mum respected his heroics on the pitch as much as I did!  To reminisce; to enjoy outstanding food and watch a game from the comfort of the grandstand makes for a memorable day out.  You can invite five guests to join you too which provides an opportunity to exaggerate and delve into a bit of fantasy.  As I whispered to my wife on our first visit “I scored a try in that corner and kicked the conversion.”  I hope no one else was listening.

Do take advantage of this offer to sponsor a game it is terrific value for money and you won’t receive a better meal anywhere in town.

CONGRATULATIONS

Births

2017

Congratulations to Andy Johnson and his wife Rebecca on the birth of their daughter, Daisy.

Congratulations to Adrian Olver and Lisa on the birth of their daughter, Lilly Jules, a sister for Dax.

Congratulations to Billy and Katie Johnson on the birth of their son George Alexander.

Congratulations to Nic and Claire Strauss on the birth of their son Noah, a brother for Emma.

Congratulations to Richard and Claire Elliott on the birth of their son Joseph James, a brother for Rose and Molly.

Congratulations to Marco and Dominique Cecere on the birth of their daughter Mabel Alison, a sister for Hettie.

Congratulations to Will Harries and Katie on the birth of their daughter Sienna.

Congratulations to Simon and Hannah Elphick on the birth of their son Theo.

Congratulations to Phil and Louise Boulton on the birth of their daughter Amber, a sister for Isaac.

Congratulations to Aaron and Alyson Davis on the birth of their son, Aulden James.

Congratulations to Neil and Katie Cochrane on the birth of their daughter Lottie Elizabeth, a sister for Annie.

Congratulations to David Vincent and Anna on the birth of their daughter Arabella.

Congratulations to Nic and Jen Walshe on the birth of their son Freddie.

Congratulations to James Pritchard and Jenni on the birth of their son, Hunter Ethan, a brother for Lucas and Hayden.

Congratulations to Liam and Rebecca Roberts on the birth of their son Macsen Bruce Roy.

Congratulations to Ben and Jennifer Alexander on the birth of their daughter Anna, a sister for Emma and Ivy.

Congratulations to Adam and Bekki Kettle on the birth of their son Isaac.

Weddings

Congratulations to Nick Fenton-Wells and Skye on their marriage.

Congratulations to club director Ian Bullerwell on his marriage to Suzanne Clegg.

Congratulations to Jake Sharp and Alice on their marriage.

Congratulations to Billy Moss and Anna on their marriage.

Congratulations to Mike Staten and Sadie on their marriage.

Congratulations to Jackson Wray and Leane on their marriage.

Congratulations to Alex Page and Gemma on their marriage.

Congratulations to Sam Pailor and Camilla on their marriage.

Next Home Match

Saturday 28th April
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road
Kick-Off
3.00pm

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