1st XV News

It was a case of déjà vu, or should that be déjà Blues, on Saturday afternoon as Steffan Jones kicked a 50 odd metre penalty in the final minute of the game, just as he did at Ealing a fortnight ago, to give Bedford Blues a huge 22-21 victory over Yorkshire Carnegie at Goldington Road.

Less than 24 hours after the annual fireworks extravaganza, Bedford Blues will be hoping for an even bigger display on the pitch when they welcome second placed Yorkshire Carnegie to Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

Games against Carnegie are always tough as shown last season when just five points separated the two teams as Bedford picked up a 15-10 victory at home. The corresponding fixture at Headingley also went the way of the home team with Carnegie taking the spoils 15-8.

Bedford Blues have been dealt a blow to their front row after tighthead prop James Currie was ruled out for up to three months following ankle surgery.

Currie, 25, had been in fine form this season but suffered a knock to his ankle during the first half of the Blues 46-28 win over Rotherham Titans on Friday 16th October which forced him off the field.

The former Bath Academy and Worcester man had a scan carried out which revealed that he had suffered a rupture of his retinaculum and has also split the tendon and he underwent surgery last week.

Bedford Blues return home this Saturday 7th November ready to make Goldington Road a fortress as they take on promotion hunting Yorkshire Carnegie in their first home match in three weeks.

Mike Rayer’s troops have enjoyed a strong start to the season, narrowly defeating Ealing Trailfinders last time out to elevate their league table position to fourth, but they will be expecting a very tough challenge against Bryan Redpath’s men who currently lie second in the standings.

There’s only one week to go until Bedford Blues’ annual firework extravaganza next Friday 6th November, tickets are selling quickly and are available online through the website or from the Club Shop at Goldington Road between 10am-4pm Monday to Friday.

Gates and bars open next Friday for the Fireworks Display and Funfair at 6pm, leaving plenty of time to take a wander around the ground and soak up the family atmosphere at this traditional town event including a variety of rides and activities in the Funfair village setup up at the back end of Goldington Road.

Bedford Blues have just been informed that their British & Irish Cup match against the Scarlets Select side that was supposed to kick-off at 2.30pm on Saturday 14th November will now take place the following day - Sunday 15th November - with a 3pm kick-off.

The match has been moved so that Welsh broadcaster S4C can show the game live on Sunday afternoon.

We understand that this may cause some inconvenience for our travelling supporters who have already planned their trip but we have only just been informed of the decision to change the fixture.

Rugby is an 80 minute game and Bedford needed every one of them as they overcame a tenacious Ealing Trailfinders side who find themselves rooted at the foot of the Championship table.

Steffan Jones converted a penalty with the final kick of the game to seal a 21-23 win and earn Bedford a valuable four points.

The home side started in fine fashion and were ahead in the seventh minute when scrum half Alex Davies converted a penalty after his pack put in a good scrum which caused the Bedford front row to buckle.

Bedford Blues take to the road again this weekend as they head to west London to face Ealing Trailfinders in Round 8 of the Greene King IPA Championship.

Bedford will be in high spirits having overcome Rotherham 46-28 under the Friday Night Lights at Goldington Road, but the Blues know that Ealing will be no pushovers on their home (astro)turf.

Bedford Blues headed to the Forest of Marston today to become official treehuggers for a brand new social media fundraising campaign. 

Director of Rugby Mike Rayer, winger Dean Adamson and back rower Josh Buggea visited the Forest Centre in Marston Moretaine to get behind the Trust’s #treehugger campaign which encourages people to have fun outdoors and raise funds for the Forest of Marston Vale Trust.

The new campaign urges people to take a selfie of themselves hugging a tree, post it on their preferred social media using the hashtag #treehugger, make a £3 text donation to the trust, and then nominate three friends to do the same. 

ATTENTION: All remaining Beer Festival ale just £2.00 a pint tomorrow evening as the Blues Marquee opens to screen a recording of Friday's fantastic victory over Rotherham Titans.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm showing on the big screen with various guest ales available at just £2 and a selection of draught and bottled drinks on the main bar. 

Enjoy the thrills of Friday night all over again as well as a quick summary by current Blues players to hear how the win was achieved. Bring all your friends and family down and take advantage of a cheeky midweek night out in the traditional Club Night style!



Next Home Match

Saturday 5th December
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road