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

Mobbs Memorial Golf Match at Overstone Park Golf Club   Wednesday, 13th April 2016

The annual golf match between Bedford Blues Former Players and Northampton Saints Former Players resulted in a 2 and a half to 3 and a half win for Northampton.

Bedford winning pairs were John Cooley and Ted Carroll, Richard Chadwick and Brian Page with Gerald Bygraves and Phil Evans halved.

Series scores to date:  Bedford 7 wins, Northampton 4 wins with 1 match halved.


We offer our sincere sympathy to former player and club captain(1955-56) Tony Marshall, whose wife Gill sadly passed away last weekend. Gill was a loyal supporter at the club for many years and until very recently took up her seat in the Stand.Our thoughts are with Tony and the family at this sad time.

Spring Lunch  Saturday, 2nd April 2016

There was a full house in the marquee on Saturday with a good representation from former players from 1948 (Bill Whiting) to almost the present day(Sacha Harding).  The FPA's special guest was long time supporter and committee member Maurice Webb, now over 90 years old and his heroic 2nd World War story was featured in the match day programme.

FPA Chairman Leigh Mansell paid tribute to Canadian former player Norman Hadley, who recently died suddenly at the age of 51, and those present raised a glass in his memory.

So, once again, old friends were reunited and a great day in the sunshine and a memorable, if somewhat incredible game was enjoyed by all with 100 points and 15 tries scored and at the end a fine 52-46 win for the Blues in front of a 3035 crowd.





Norman Hadley  1964-2016

We are sad to announce the death of former player, Norman Hadley (1996-97). A Canadian international, Norm captained his country five times and played in the 1991 RWC when Canada reached the quarter-finals. A giant second row 'Stormin' Norm was uncompromising on the pitch, but a gentle and popular giant in the clubhouse.

The FPA extends its deepest sympathy to Norm's family, his many friends and former teammates.


The London Lunch which took place on the 5th February was again a very successful event with 80+ former players attending at the Ironmongers' Hall which proved to be an excellent venue. Thanks to Mike Lilley, of the FP committee for organising the function.


A very successful  Autumn Lunch took place on Saturday, 3rd Oct. 2015.

Reunion - among those present were members of the 1994-95 squad, who won the league and gained promotion that season. Thanks go to John Cooley and Cameron Glanvill who organised the reunion. 

The Lunch was followed by the Blues win against Nottingham 28-19 and the screening of the England v Australia RWC Pool game in the marquee.


House of Commons Lunch

A reunion took place on Saturday, 30th May at the House of Commons to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Cup win at Twickenham in 1975. Bedford 28  Rosslyn Park 12.  Both sides were very well represented with about 40 of the original squads and their wives/partners present. Also present were Pat Briggs, Bedford's coach and Johnny Johnson, the referee on the day. Many thanks to Derek Wyatt for organising the venue and to Richard Chadwick of Bedford and Dave McKay of Rosslyn Park for all their hard work in ensuring the event was such a great success.


End of Season Gala Dinner. A very successful and well supported Club Dinner was held in the marquee on the 15th May. Entertainment was provided by pianist/singer Alex Miles. The Players' Player of the Year award was won by Michael Le Bourgeois and club colours/caps were presented to James Pritchard, Sacha Harding and Paul Tupai. A reunion was organised for the winning Cup side of 2005, to celebrate as guests of the club, the 10 year anniversary of the Twickenham victory. It was great to welcome the majority of the match day squad back to Goldington Road.


Spring Lunch April 2015   Some of the 1975 Canada tourists celebrating their '40 years on' reunion.


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.



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 to Jamie and Becky Lennard on the birth of their son Jasper James, a brother for his two sisters.

Congratulations to Marco and Dominique Cecere on the birth of their daughter Hettie May.


Congratulations to Jackson Wray and Liane on the birth of their son Colby George, a brother for Harper.


Congratulations to Harry and Lila Wells on the birth of their twin sons Oscar and Theodore.

Congratulations to Ollie and Hannah Dodge on the birth of their daughter Arabella Rose.

Congratulations to Mike Staten and Sadie on the birth of their daughter Eden Olivia.


Congratulations to Matt Volland and Liz Ormesher on the birth of their son Joseph Matthew Oliver.