1st XV News

At the Greene King IPA Championship launch on Wednesday afternoon, new Bedford Blues skipper Nick Fenton-Wells shared his view on last season and insists that his side can regain their top four status this season and push for promotion to the Premiership.

Bedford Blues fans can now buy advanced tickets for all Greene King IPA Championship and British & Irish Cup fixtures from their home computer or via their smartphone or tablet. 

The club have been updating the official website in recent weeks to make sure that ticket sales can be carried out quickly and easily in a mobile friendly manner with all the fixtures now online to choose from.

Bedford Blues Followers Association will be travelling to away games in style this season having chosen Blunham based coach operators Chiltern Travel as their provider. The Followers are also delighted to announce that fares for trips around the Championship will be considerably reduced on last season.

The first away trip of the new season on the Followers Coach is this Friday's visit to Nottingham. There is still time to book your space by calling Margaret Appleton on 01234 354708. The coach will leave Goldington Road at 4pm and fares for adults are £16 while it will cost £8 for juniors. Bookings are also being taken for the following matches:

The score line may not look pretty but Bedford Blues will have taken plenty of positives from their final pre-season friendly against a very strong Saracens team.

The Premiership and European giants ran in seven tries while the Blues only points came courtesy of a first half James Pritchard penalty but Mike Rayer’s men certainly didn’t roll over and gave the visitors plenty to think about during the 80 minutes. An impressive 3,126 people turned up to watch the now traditional friendly encounter between the two clubs and they were treated to a full throttle affair with both teams looking to impress their supporters while never giving an inch to the opposition.

Bedford Blues are proud to announce that their new kit for the 2014/15 Greene King IPA Championship season will be launched and worn by the players when they face Saracens on Friday night for the final pre-season fixture.
 
While the design of the new home and away kit had been kept a closely guarded secret, Blues fans will be happy to see the return of Cambridge and Oxford blue hoops. The new, more traditional looking jersey will be available to purchase on the night in the Club Shop from 6pm.
 

Bedford Blues fans will be back at Goldington Road on Saturday morning (August 30) as they carry out the fifth and final tidy-up session ahead of the 2014/15 Championship season. 

Following successful sessions members of Bedford Blues Followers Association will be at the ground from 8am until 1pm and are looking for other fans to join them as they continue in the clean up of Goldington Road.

As with previous sessions, gardening gloves are advisable and please bring any small garden tools that you may have that could be of use.

Bedford came up short in their second pre-season friendly at Vallis Way on Saturday as hosts Ealing Trailfinders won 34-25 writes Ted Kemplen of the Bedford Times & Citizen.

Ealing put six tries past Bedford on the 3G pitch in west London, in a game which saw a lot of free flowing rugby.  Blues kicked off the clash and immediately pressed Ealing, England U20 winger Nathan Earle making a good tackle to keep the hosts in their half.

Then director of coaching and Ealing number 10 for the afternoon, Ben Ward, was caught offside but Steffan Jones couldn’t get Bedford off the mark from the tee.

It is with great pleasure that Bedford Blues can announce that the 2014/15 Championship season will be a Testimonial one for fullback James Pritchard.

The coming campaign will be Pritch's 11th at Goldington Road and the year ahead holds some very special events to commemorate his loyalty to Bedford Blues.

James has been a mainstay of Bedford Blues and exemplifies everything that is good about the club, the town and rugby as a whole.

Bedford Blues have named a 28 man squad to face Ealing Trailfinders on Saturday afternoon with debuts for a host of new players.
 
England Under 20 star and Junior World Championship winner Nathan Earle is named on the wing while Billy Moss starts at loosehead prop, Jared Saunders takes his place at hooker and Eoin Sheriff comes into the second row. Nick Fenton-Wells captains the team from Number 8.
 

Bedford Blues would like to wish Colin Barnes – the chairman of Lifesure Group – a very happy 80th birthday.
 
Colin has been a long-time fan of the Blues and his company have been extremely proud sponsors of the club for the past nine years providing much needed support which has been greatly appreciated by everyone at the club.  Colin and his wife Elizabeth will be celebrating his landmark birthday at their home on the Isle of Man but everyone at Goldington Road wishes him a very happy birthday and we look forward to seeing you soon.
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLIN! COYB!!!

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