MATCH FOCUS: ENGLAND U20 V ITALY AT BEDFORD

International Rugby makes a long awaited return to Goldington Road under the lights this Friday 8th March as England Under 20s take on Italy Under 20s in the 2019 Six Nations (KO 7:45pm). Buy tickets online now here before they sell out.

Please note, if you do not have a ticket please do not arrive on the night, as we will NOT be selling on the gate. We urge pre-purchased ticket holders to arrive well in advance of kick off with gates opening at 5pm.

2019 Under 20 Six Nations Championship Story So Far 

It’s been an up and down start to this year’s Six Nations for England’s Under 20s with losses against Ireland and Wales, but a superb win over reigning world champions France. Tries from Sleightholme, Willis and Adkins helped England to a 31-19 victory at Sandy Park. Checkout the England U20 team release here.

Italy got off to the perfect start at Netherdale with a bonus point victory against Scotland. They followed up that victory with losses against Ireland and Wales, so will be looking to bounce back in Bedford on Friday. Checkout the Italy U20 team release here.

Gates & Entry

Gates will be open from 5pm, please ensure you arrive in plenty of time as it will be very busy. All Goldington Road entrances, the Hospital Gate via Kimbolton Road and the Bushmead Gate entrance WILL be open for ticket holders. Please use the map on your print @ home ticket as a reference once inside the ground. 

Bars & Catering

Head to one of our bars to soak up some pre-match atmosphere! The Scrum Bar is located at the west end of the ground behind the goalposts and is the closest bar to the pitch. We also have the upstairs Eagle Bar where you will find a great selection of hand-pull ales and much more. The Blues Marquee bar will open to public from 5pm via the side entrance and is the place to be post-match.

There are trailer bars located beside the Eagle Stand towards the east end of the ground as well as beside the SDC Suite on the opposite side of the pitch. We have two additional mobile bars that can be found directly inside the front gate, and opposite the entrance to the Blues Marquee. 

Please note, the Scrum Bar will be closing shortly after full time, at which point make your way to either the Eagle Bar or the Blues Marquee, which will remain open until midnight.

The next in our 'Legends Series' of Eco Cups will be available on Friday night! Former Blues and England Captain Budge Rogers will become the sixth and final legend to appear on our Eco Cups. 

We have a number of catering outlets around the ground. Nos’ Nosh window hatch will be open serving hot food from the Scrum Hall. We also have two fast food outlets located by the front gate and opposite the Eagle Stand on the halfway line. 

An additional themed catering unit, The Wandering Pizza Company, will be serving delicious Pizzas throughout the evening from their wood fire ovens. You can find them at the north side of the ground opposite the Eagle Stand, beside the Former Players Bar. 

Guard of Honour

As the teams run out, make sure you give a big welcome to the Bedford Junior Blues girls section who will be waving the flags in this week’s Guard of Honour. There will be girls representing teams from the U6s right through to U18s. 

Entertainment

Get your singing voices ready! We will be joined by the wonderful Emily Haig, who will be singing both teams’ National Anthems before kick off. Emily will also be singing for us at the half-time interval. 

Stick around post-match and get your weekend party started as the superb Ellie Antonini returns to Goldington Road to sing us in to the night! Ellie will be playing in the Blues Marquee immediately following the conclusion of play.

We will be joined by the brilliant MC Sam Roberts and John Stenhouse who will be entertaining the bumper crowd at Goldington Road through the PA system. 

We have produced a very special, limited edition England U20 v Italy U20 programme which will be available to purchase inside the ground. Be sure to snap one up from just inside the gates.

Shops & Merchandise

The Blues Club Shop will be open as usual, pop in to check out the latest replica kit as well as leisurewear and accessories. The shop will be open for one hour before kick off, as well as at half-time and for one hour post-match.

There will be an additional RFU merchandise unit, located between the SDC Suite and Former Players Bar, selling England replica merchandise throughout the event.

Safety

We will have a large steward and police presence at this event so should you require any assistance, please seek out your nearest steward or officer who will be happy to help. 

If you are seated in the Eagle Stand, please remember to keep your match ticket with you at all times as entry back in to the stand will require production of your ticket. 

We would like to remind spectators that SMOKING is NOT permitted in the Eagle Stand or next to any buildings in Goldington Road. Anybody caught smoking in non-designated areas risks being ejected from the stadium. 

Parking

Unfortunately we do not have any parking available inside Goldington Road. There are plenty of parking options available in the local area with public car parks at Lurke Street and St Peter’s Street. There are also a number of residential streets off Goldington Road that do have public parking available. Please check signage and be respectful of our neighbours.

BUY TICKETS ONLINE IN ADVANCE TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT BY CLICKING HERE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A TICKET PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE ON THE NIGHT, AS WE WILL NOT BE SELLING ON THE GATE.