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Bedford Blues headed to France and Belgium last week to commemorate Remembrance Day. How was the experience? What were the highlights?

Blues players and coaches recently took advantage of a week off to make a special trip to France and Belgium to pay their respects to those who sacrificed their lives to secure and protect our freedom as well as remembering former Bedford players who died during World War One.
 
On Tuesday 31st October, the squad travelled across the English Channel to visit Dunkirk where over 300,000 allied soldiers were evacuated from the beaches and harbour during World War Two. The operation - codenamed Dynamo - was the largest military evacuation of its kind and took place between 26th May and 4th June 1940.
 

It was honours even at Castle Park on Saturday afternoon as Bedford Blues scored late on to level the game before collectively sighing in relief as Simon Humberstone's drop goal attempt drifted just wide of the uprights in the final play of the game.

It was a fitting ending to a hugely entertaining game which saw both sides fighting tooth-and-nail to try and win the game as Bedford reduced a ten point deficit to set up the grandstand finale.

Bedford Blues return to Championship action this weekend with the always difficult trip to Castle Park to face Doncaster Knights.
 
Morale is high around Goldington Road following a bonus-point win over Nottingham last weekend, but the Blues are in no doubt that Saturday's encounter against the Knights will be anything but a huge challenge.
 

Bedford Blues leap-frogged their opponents Nottingham into third place in the Greene King IPA Championship with an impressive 30-12 win under the Friday night lights.

A hat-trick for Chris Czekaj and a well-deserved penalty try for the pack ensured that a bonus point was in the bag, but the Blues were disappointed to concede two late tries which took the polish slightly off the win.

Bedford Blues welcome Nottingham to Goldington Road under the Friday Night Lights in Round Eight of the Greene King IPA Championship.

Games between Bedford and Nottingham have a habit of being hard fought and closely contested affairs with the British & Irish cup encounter just four weeks ago being a perfect example as the Blues picked up a 26-38 win at Lady Bay.

Three points separate the two teams in the league table and Bedford know that they will need to be at their best to overcome Ian Costello's men.

The Blues are back at home this Friday under the lights against Nottingham in another critical encounter as Bedford hope to keep pressure on the Championship top four (Kick Off 7:45pm).

The fixture is the Club's 7th annual Armed Forces and Emergency Services evening with free entry to all serving personnel, simply show your ID at the gate on match day for free ground access.

As the world commemorates the centenary of World War One, the Blues are supporting those who put their lives on the line for the freedom of others and placing thanks to members of the police, fire and ambulance services who aid and assist the public every day in the UK.

Bedford Blues players and coaches will be making a very special trip this week as they head to northern France and Belgium to pay their respects to those who sacrificed their lives to secure and protect our freedom and remember former Bedford players who died during World War One.
 
The team will cross the channel to visit Dunkirk where over 300,000 allied soldiers were evacuated from the beaches and harbour during World War Two.

The hoodoo of Headingley continued for Bedford Blues on Sunday afternoon as they went down 38-36 to Yorkshire Carnegie in an entertaining encounter.

To make matters even worse, the Blues were millimetres away from levelling a game they looked well and truly out of with five minutes to go.

Having trailed 38-24, a 75th minute Chris Czekaj try which was converted by Will Hooley set up a grand stand finish before two Carnegie players were carded as Bedford battered the try line. Having finally crossed the whitewash deep in stoppage, Hooley stepped up again only for his effort to cruelly strike the upright and bounce clear giving the hosts the win.

Bedford Blues have named their 22 man squad as they return to Championship action this weekend with a journey to Headingley to face Yorkshire Carnegie on Sunday afternoon.

Having racked up a perfect ten with two bonus point British & Irish Cup wins over Nottingham and Ospreys Premiership Select, attention returns to league action with Bedford looking to carry momentum with them up the M1 to Leeds.

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