FPA INQUIRIES                         
Dates for the Diary   
Autumn Lunch  Saturday, 21st September 12.30 p.m. for 1 p.m.  Please contact    cools@btinternet.com   to book a table or individual places.
London Lunch   Friday, 14th February at the R.A.F. Club. Details to follow.

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

Golf Former Players v Current Players. Tuesday, 30th April 2019

Winners of the President's Cup  The Former Players

  Nearest the pin-- Rich Lane 

Longest Drive -- Gerald Bygraves

Captain of Players Charlie Clare presented the President's Cup to Former Players' Captain Phil Evans.


UpdateAnother very enjoyable French Golf Tour. Winner Richard Butt.

Spring Lunch 2019

   A very successful Spring Lunch was held on 13th April followed by our winning league match v Richmond. There was a 25 year reunion of the Canada Tour party of 1994 with an introduction by Cameron Glanvill and a celebration for the Mackay family and friends introduced by Ian Peck. The former players also welcomed the family of the late Steve Harris including his two week old grandson Will. Finally, we were delighted once more to welcome the Green and Santer families. 




London Lunch 2019


The London Lunch which was held on Friday, 1st February at the R.A.F. Club was a great success. The venue was impressive and about eighty former players enjoyed an excellent lunch. Guests on this occasion were three former players who also served in the R.A.F. They were England international Geoff Frankcom, Scotland International and British Lion Billy Steele and England International and British Lion Rory Underwood.

Other international former players present were Budge Rogers (England and British Lion), Lionel Weston (England), Bob Wilkinson(England), Neil Bennett(England) Derek Wyatt(England), Paul Turner (Wales),Alistair Murdoch(Australia) and Paul Tupai(Samoa).




Autumn Lunch  Saturday, 8th September 2018.  Former players enjoyed lunch in the marquee followed by the first home game v Jersey Reds which ended in an exciting nail biting win for the Blues. Guests at the lunch were former player Ollie Dodge who retired at the end of last season after playing over 200 games for the club and former forwards' coach Martin Hynes.


Golf Tour to France 2018

11 golfers travelled to France for the annual golf tour on the 24th June. The party included Roger Smith (1966-75) who travelled from his home in Perth, Australia. 3 courses were played and winners were Roger Loft on the first day, Richard Chadwick on the second day who also went into the overall lead after two rounds. However, it was Terry Arnold  with an excellent round on the final day who won overall by just one shot.


End of Season Gala Dinner  Friday, 18th May was held in a full to capacity marquee. Presentations were made to Paul Tupai (retiring), Michael Le Bourgeois( leaving to join Premiership Wasps) and forwards coach Martin Hynes.

The Players' Player of the Year award went to captain Michael Le Bourgeois.

Special guest were members of the 1997/98 league winning promotion squad. Thanks to all those who made such an effort to attend. It was a great 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 Mouritz and Natasha Botha on the birth of their son Theodore, a brother for Josh.

Congratulations to the Darren Fox and Isabel on the birth of their third son Arlo.

Congratulations to Aaron and Alyson Davis on the birth of their son Bowen Richard, a brother for Aulden.

Congratulations to Will and Annie Chudley on the birth of their daughter Evie.

Congratulations to Scott and Lisa Murray on the birth of their son Jack.

Congratulations to Paul and Stephanie Kendall on the birth of their daughter Hadley Bedford, a sister for Cameron.

Congratulations to Ian Vass and Charlie on the birth of their son Hugo.

Congratulations to Tom and Sophie Luke on the birth of their daughter Eleni.

Congratulations to Nick Fenton-Wells and his wife Skye on the birth of their son Leo.

Congratulations to Jarad Williams and his wife on the birth of their son Bodhi.


Congratulations to Steffan Jones and Toria on their marriage in Wales.

Congratulations to Adrian Olver and Lisa Evans on their marriage in Italy.




Next Home Match

Friday 23rd August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road