1st XV News

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!!!

Bedford Blues season tickets for the 2014/15 Greene King IPA Championship campagin have been posted this week and should be with holders very very soon.

While every effort is made for your ticket to arrive quickly and safely, there is always the chance that it will take a little longer than expected. If you have not received your ticket by the weekend then please contact the club as quickly as possible so that we can address the issue.

COME ON YOU BLUES!!!

There is only one place to be on a Thursday night and that is Goldington Road as Club Night launches once again this week after the summer break.

While the playing and coaching staff will be putting the finishing touches to their preparations for the wekend's encounter on the hallowed turf, the Scrum Bar will be opening up at 7pm for fans to come along and enjoy a drink and a catch up with fellow Blues while watching the players train.At around 8pm the big screen will be lowered and a re-run of the previous weeks clash - the six try victory over Old Albanians - will be aired.

Come along and say hello - COYB

Rugby fans will be able to apply for Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets next month, when they go on sale to the general public from September 12 – 29. Up to one million tickets will go on general sale next month through the official Rugby World Cup 2015 ticketing website tickets.rugbyworldcup.com. All 48 matches will go on sale and fans will be able to apply for up to four tickets for each match, and at 15 matches across the country you will be able to purchase up to 15 tickets. 

Bedford Blues got their pre-season friendly campaign off to the best possible start with a six try victory over near-neighbours Old Albanians.

1167 fans came to Goldington Road on Friday night to see the home side win 40-5 with Steve Ellis and Joe Vandermolen scoring two tries apiece while James Currie and Paul Tupai also dotting down. Sam Lunnon scored a consolation try for the visitors who put in a fine shift throughout the 80 minutes.

With BT it used to be a case of “It’s Good To Talk”, but nowadays it is even better to watch! BT Sport has arrived at Goldington Road, in addition to Sky Sports, and Bedford Blues fans will be able to take full advantage in all of the bars around the ground.  

Starting on Saturday 6th September with two live Aviva Premiership matches in the scrum bar on BT Sport and one live academy match vs Cambridge RUFC Under 21s on the Goldington Road pitch!

The clock is ticking down as Bedford Blues prepare to launch their pre-season campaign with a challenging tie against near-neighbours Old Albanians on Friday night. Tickets are just £5.00 for adults and FREE for Under 18s, and with so many new faces set to play it is a must-see fixture.

Following a successful training camp in Belfast at the weekend, Bedford welcome the National One side to Goldington Road for their first friendly of pre-season as Director of Rugby Mike Rayer looks to blood the new signings.

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