1st XV News

Bedford Blues have added 21 year old Harlequins scrum half Jordan Burns to their squad for the 2015/16 Greene King IPA Championship season.

Burns, who started life playing on the wing before switching to nine, has signed a permanent deal with the Goldington Road club and has joined up with his new teammates for pre-season training.

Bedford Blues will begin the 2015/16 Greene King IPA Championship season with a trip to Bristol before welcoming Moseley to Goldington Road for the first home game of the campaign.

The full schedule of Championship fixtures was confirmed today with the Blues first home game of the season seeing Kevin Maggs bringing his Moseley team to Goldington Road on the weekend of 11th/12th/13th September before Bedford see out September with two trips on the road to London Scottish and London Welsh

Bedford Blues can now confirm that their third and final pre-season friendly ahead of the Greene King IPA Championship season will be against Pro 12 side Scarlets at Llandovery RFC.

Having already announced encounters against Ampthill, Old Albanians and Plymouth Albion, Mike Rayer’s men will head on their travels once again to Llandovery Rugby Club to face Welsh giants the Scarlets on Saturday 29th August at 2.30pm.  The Welsh region finished sixth in this season's Pro 12 to qualify for the European Challenge Cup, and will prove a stern test for the Blues ahead of the Championship season opener.

Bedford Blues have returned to pre-season training this week and the players are gearing up for a pair of intriguing friendly encounters ahead of the Greene King IPA Championship season which kicks off on the first weekend of September.

Ahead of the league opener, the Blues will take part in three matches against four teams. The first game will be a first triangular friendly at Goldington Road on Saturday 15th August against National One opposition Ampthill and National Two South Old Albanians with all three teams playing each other for  40 minutes.

The popular Bedford Blues car boot sale is back from this Sunday. Get down to Goldington Road every Sunday from 9am to either sell those valuable unneeded items or to grab yourself a bargain from any one of the pitches.

The cost for a pitch is just £7 in the back car park with punters coming in for just £1 between 9am – 1pm. Entrance is through the front gate where our man Ian will look after you.

The money raised from the car boot sales is invaluable to the Club so pop down and support the Blues while grabbing yourself a bargain. New sellers and buyers welcome, pop down from this Sunday 14th June.

Bedford Blues and Canada’s all-time leading point scorer James Pritchard has signed a new deal to remain at Goldington Road for the coming Greene King IPA Championship campaign.

Pritchard, 35, who has just enjoyed his testimonial season with the Blues, will return to Goldington Road following his involvement in the 2015 Rugby World Cup with Canada.

The Bedford Rugby Followers Association will be carrying out a number of tasks every Saturday over the summer months to help tidy up Goldington Road and improve the ground in the lead up to another exciting Championship season, and they need your help!

The Club are investing significant sums on a facilities project at the home of Bedford Blues in the off season, but need the followers to complement the work with an array of smaller jobs including painting, weeding and general tidying.

On August 18 rugby’s greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, will visit Goldington Road, the home of Bedford Blues, as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

Launching on June 10, 100 days to go to the opening match, the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour will travel through Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England before arriving at Twickenham Stadium on September 18 ahead of the Opening Ceremony.

As part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, Bedford Blues will welcome the Webb Ellis Cup between 20:00 – 22:00 in the Blues Marquee for all supporters to view and take a selfie on stage from 20:30.

Following our earlybird deadline last weekend, Bedford Blues are pleased to announce fantastic renewal rates of 2015/16 Season Tickets and would like to thank our loyal supporter base who continue to back the Blues.

To further encourage new supporters, the Club are offering a special extension of the earlybird Season Ticket prices to new members only if applications forms are submitted before the end of June.

This weekend Bedford Blues earlybird Season Ticket prices draw to a close, but for any applications sent across the weekend the Club will hold the discount prices. The Blues 2015/16 membership campaign saw another successive price freeze for renewing Season Ticket holder supporters. Below, we have produced a short video and rationale around our 'Join the Blues family' showreal demostrating the real people who make the club what it is... YOU! 

The aim is simple; to provide our supporters with more than just a ticket to all matches, more than a bucket full of additional benefits, but that of being part of our community family. 

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