1st XV News

Bedford Blues gave a superb account of themselves against former Premiership side London Irish during an enthralling encounter at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

While the Blues ultimately went down 23-30, there were plenty of positives to take from this performance that could easily have swung the Blues way in the latter stages. 

Speaking after the encounter, Pat Tapley, who scored two tries, said: “While it is really pleasing for me to come back into the team and score two tries, ultimately we are disappointed with the score line as it goes down as a defeat when it felt like we deserved more.

Bedford Blues return to action at Goldington Road this weekend knowing that nothing but the best will do when London Irish pay a visit.
A much improved performance against Jersey in St Peter last weekend saw the Blues come within a few inches of victory and now the team have the sizeable task of taking on the former Premiership team on their home patch.

The Blues return home this Saturday following a narrow loss in Jersey at the weekend hoping to continue their improved performance against the champions elect and former Premiership boys London Irish (KO 3pm).

Mike Rayer’s men will need a strong 16th man to help make Goldington Road a fortress for the arrival of the Exiles who have so far comfortably eased passed Doncaster Knights and Richmond, but having left the Channel Islands frustrated by what could have easily been an away win, the Blues will be focused on causing an upset.

The Bedford Blues Marquee is gearing up for a brace of sportsman’s dinners this season which will see two of the very best rugby speakers appearing at Goldington Road.

On Thursday 17th November, former England fly half Andy Goode will be appearing to share a few tales about his glorious career which saw him playing for the likes of Leicester Tigers, Saracens, Brive, Worcester Warriors and Newcastle.

Having finally hung up his kicking boots over the summer, Andy has turned his hand to TV punditry and after dinner speaking where he covers all things rugby and hair transplants!

Bedford Blues tasted defeat for a second time this season as they went down 14-9 to Jersey, but they left the island with their heads held high.

A much improved performance was notable from the first whistle but the Blues had opportunities to win it late on. A five metre lineout drive saw the ball gathered and grounded over the line but the ref called it back and awarded Jersey the scrum. Moments later, a Blues maul powered forward before being dragged down perilously close to the Jersey line but it was just a penalty.

Bedford Blues have named their 22 man squad which will be setting off over the English Channel this weekend to take on Jersey Reds. 

While Bedford may not have got their season off to the start that they would have hoped for as they lost 17-26 to Cornish Pirates, there were still plenty of positives to take from the game.

Bedford Blues start to the new Championship season didn't go as well as they had hoped as they went down 17-26 to Cornish Pirates on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues were guilty of lacking a spark on a damp afternoon as they struggled to put phases together against a Cornish side who typically relied on their pack to power them home to a 26-17 win.

Tries from Dean Adamson and Jason Hill were not enough for the hosts who made far too many mistakes and seemed to lack urgency for long periods.

The 2016/17 Championship season gets underway on Saturday afternoon as Bedford Blues welcome the Cornish Pirates to Goldington Road.
The familiar foes go head to head once more and, if last season is anything to go by - the aggregate score over the two league fixtures was 86-78 to Bedford - a high scoring game could be on the cards.
There has been a fair amount of change at Goldington Road with players coming and going and for the opening Championship fixture of the campaign, Bedford Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer gives competitive debuts to four summer signings while five new recruits take a place on the bench.

The opening match of the new Greene King IPA Championship season is nearly here as Bedford Blues welcome old friends Cornish Pirates to Goldington Road in our family fun day this Saturday (Kick Off 15:00).

Following an impressive pre-season campaign Mike Rayer’s men are champing at the bit for league action in what promises to be an exciting fixture against the West Country outfit.

Ties between the two sides have typically been exhilarating affairs with plenty of tries scored by both teams, in the last two seasons the points tally in league fixtures alone between the two clubs has amassed a huge 294 points.

This Saturday will mark not only the start of the new Championship season, but the official launch of the refurbished upstairs Eagle Bar.

The Club invite all supporters to take a look at the refurbishment and enjoy a beer, whilst also enjoying the launch on a new match day initiative; The Michael R Peters Final Whistle.

The Final Whistle will take place not long after the end of the match in the Eagle Bar with a host, coach and player giving their fresh reaction to the 80 minutes of action and it kicks off this week with DoR Mike Rayer and captain Michael Le Bourgeois.



Next Home Match

Saturday 5th November
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road