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Today is ‘Black and Blue Friday’, a day now renowned as the single biggest day of sales in the build up to Christmas, and we’ve got a fantastic deal for all supporters who buy from the Blues Club Shop tonight at the game against London Scottish.

Every single supporter who makes any purchase in the Club Shop after gates open at 5pm will receive 20% off every item.

This fantastic offer is for one day only and will not be repeated, so if you want to make your money go further this Christmas then make sure you shop with the Blues at tonight’s game.

*Following last night's training session, Bedford Blues have been forced into a late change to their team to face London Scottish as George Perkins has been ruled out with injury. Pat Tapley will replace Perkins on the right wing.*

It'll be Friday Night Lights for a second time at Goldington Road this season as Bedford Blues prepare to host London Scottish in the Greene King IPA Championship.

The two teams kicked off 2016 with Bedford racking up a 31-19 victory in front of over 4000 fans but the Exiles had previously recorded a 24-12 win in the reverse fixture in September 2015.

Bedford Blues Community Rugby are delighted to announce details on a special one-day Christmas Rugby Camp to be held on Wednesday 21st December at Goldington Road.

The festive camp, ‘Train like a Blue’, is open to players of ages 10-18 of all abilities and will give a unique insight for youngsters who aspire to be Blues stars of the future. Open to both boys and girls, the camp is the perfect early Christmas present.

The Blues return home this Friday night under the lights as they welcome London Scottish to Goldington Road in another pivotal Championship encounter (KO 19:45).

Buoyed by last weekend’s bonus point victory over fellow Exiles, London Welsh, Mike Rayer’s men will be looking for another improved performance against Peter Richard’s side, who will be hurting from their previous outing in a defeat to close rivals Richmond.

Bedford Blues Community are pleased to announce a new partner for the remaining school holiday rugby camps this season in Heroic Pubs who run pubs in Houghton Conquest and Aspley Guise.

The Blues Community Department, only started in August 2016, has gone from strength to strength in a short period under Head of Community, Ben Gulliver, and is due to launch a Christmas rugby camp shortly. Check the website for details.

Bedford Blues put in a huge performance at Old Deer Park on Saturday afternoon to pick up a valuable bonus point win over an in-form London Welsh.

The turnaround in the performance from the disappointing outing against Nottingham a fortnight ago was clear for all to see as the Blues fought valiantly from start to finish and crossed the whitewash four times including twice in the final two minutes of the game.

Bedford Blues chairman Geoff Irvine was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the Bedfordshire Business Awards that took place on Thursday night. 

The ceremony, which was held at Bedford Corn Exchange, celebrated the very best of businesses from across the county with 14 businesses, business leaders and employees being recognised for their hard work.

But the highlight of the evening came when Mr Irvine, who along with being chairman of Bedford Blues has also been a master of industry in the county since the 1960s, was presented with the  prestigious honour.

Bedford Blues return to Championship action this Saturday with a trip to Old Deer Park to face London Welsh in a high noon showdown.

Two narrow defeats have meant that the Blues currently lie in 11th position in the Greene King IPA Championship, and another tough encounter is expected this weekend when the two old foes go head-to-head again.

Bedford make six changes to the team that tasted a home defeat to Nottingham a fortnight ago with Piers O'Conor, George Perkins, Tom Griffiths, Myles Dorrian and Tom Whiteley all starting in the backs while Ed Taylor is the only change to the pack.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce the signing of experienced hooker Dan George from National One side Blackheath.

The 30 year old comes straight into the Blues squad following a mini injury crisis at Goldington Road which has seen Sam James ruled out with a dislocated shoulder while George Edgson picked up a knee injury recently while on duty with Wasps .

Following a week off, the Blues players have been back in camp working hard ahead of tests against London Welsh away this Saturday before a return to Goldington Road next Friday night versus London Scottish.

Backs Coach, Paul Larkin, talked exclusively to the Club website this week as the coaching staff target improvements in both attack and defence to unlock an improving Exiles outfit this weekend.

Larkin said: “The lads have returned in a positive frame of mind and can’t wait to get back out there this Saturday. There’s no denying it’s been a tough start and we’ve lost the games by such a narrow margin which has in some ways made it more frustrating.

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