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

Obituary  We were sad to learn that former player Ian Cox (Olney RFC) passed away at the weekend after his battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with his family and many friends.

                 Ian's funeral will take place at Olney Church on Wednesday, 2nd November at 12 noon.

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.


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.






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.
















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.


Congratulations to former player Ben Alexander and his wife Jennifer on the birth of twin daughters Emma and Ivy.

Summer Weddings

Congratulations to Billy Johnson and Katie Fuller on their marriage.

Congratulations to Greg Sammons and Holly on their marriage.

Congratulations to James Currie and Amy Palmer who were married in France.


Congratulations to Shaun and Becci Brady on the birth of their third daughter Penelope Belle aka 'Dolly'.

Congratulations to Sacha Harding and Rosanna on the birth of their son, Zachary James Sacha.

Congratulations to Marek Kwisiuk and his partner on the birth of twin sons Reggie and Bertie.

Congratulations to James Armitage and his wife Sam on the birth of their son Frank,a brother for Evie.



Next Home Match

Saturday 28th January
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road