1st XV News

It’s 118 days since Bedford Blues were last in action at Goldington Road, so to say that the squad is champing at the bit for a return to the green, green grass of home as they take on Cambridge under the Friday night lights would be an understatement.

With plenty of comings and goings over the summer, the squad for Friday’s game will have an array of new faces including centre Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas who has penned a deal with the Blues following a successful summer trial. The former Wasps, Henley, Chinnor, Loughborough Students and England Sevens man is joined in the squad by fellow trialist Andrew Boye who starts at tight-head prop.

Rugby returns to Goldington Road under the Friday night lights this weekend as Bedford Blues face National One side and near neighbours Cambridge, in the first outing of the new season (KO 7:45pm). Click here to buy online discounted tickets.

Following the Blues’ third place finish in the Greene King IPA Championship last season, work starts again from a blank sheet as Mike Rayer plots for the campaign ahead with many new faces running out for the first time in Bedford colours.

Bedford Blues have appointed TicketCo to make purchasing tickets easier for supporters on a new mobile friendly sales platform and scanning system.

TicketCo have been made the official ticketing partner of the Greene King IPA Championship Club to provide mobile-first technology. It will manage all ticketing sales for the 5,000 capacity Goldington Road ground.

The partnership has been formed to simplify the purchasing process at Bedford Blues and improve the user experience for fans via the integration of the TicketCo platform.

Bedford Blues are recruiting for a range of roles ahead of the 2019/20 Championship season; including Safety Stewarding, Match Day Logist, Gate Staff, Bar Staff, Catering and Waiting Staff and Blues Community part-time coaches.

Please find a list of the roles below and send your CV to the relevant contact listed before the closing date of Friday 23rd August 2019. Applicants may apply for more than one department.

Safety Stewarding

Celebrate with family, friends and work colleagues as Bedford Blues host two Christmas Cracker Shared Party Nights during the festive season, on Saturday 14th and Saturday 21st December.

Under the glittering lights of the Blues marquee, guests can enjoy a three-course sumptuous feast, welcome drink, festive photobooth, DJ, dancing, pop-up gin and wine bar, plus Christmas games!

This year’s package is priced at £39.95 per person and with limited places available, early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Small and large groups are welcomed, please speak to the Blues Events Team for details.

Hot on the heels of the signing of utility back Charlie Reed, Bedford Blues are delighted to announce the capture of promising young prop Henry Paul.
Paul, 22, is a powerhouse prop capable of playing on either side of the scrum and had an impressive season playing at Esher in National One having previously turned out for London Irish Wild Geese.

With Bedford Blues heading into the second block of pre-season training, the club are delighted to announce the signing of utility back Charlie Reed from Loughborough Students.

In a tale similar to Rich Lane, Charlie, 23,  is a Bedford born back who came through the ranks at the Junior Blues before heading on to play for the Blues Academy and Bedford Athletic.

He continued to play while at university in Manchester - including a stint in Sale Sharks sevens team - before heading to Loughborough Students where his dazzling displays last season saw him named as full-back in the Rugby Paper National One Team of the Season.

Bedford Blues and Eagle Brewery are delighted to have announced a new three-year partnership into June 2022.

Championing the best of Bedford, Eagle Brewery has signed a three-year major sponsorship agreement with Bedford Blues after working with the club for almost 25 years as its official drinks’ supplier.

Separate from the sponsorship rights agreement, the new contract has enabled the club to install brand-new dispensing equipment in the marquee bar, along with Bedford-brewed beers being made available throughout the ground on matchdays, providing Blues fans with local ‘Eagle Fresh’ beer all the time.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce prop Sean McCarthy as club captain for the 2019/20 Greene King IPA Championship season.

The impact made by McCarthy since joining the Blues from Jersey Reds in the summer of 2017 has been truly remarkable and he has truly embedded himself in the Bedford front row making over 50 appearances in his two seasons at Goldington Road.

Following the retirement of scrum half Lee Dickson at the end of last season, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer has installed the captaincy on 28 year old McCarthy who is already one of the senior and most respected members of the Bedford squad.

Bedford Blues will be going head to head with their Welsh namesakes ahead of the Championship season when they welcome the boys from Cardiff to Goldington Road on Saturday 14th September.

The battle of the Blues will see Mike Rayer pitting his wits against John Mulvihill in a highly anticipated pre-season friendly just a week before the Championship Cup kicks off against Ealing Trailfinders.

With Bedford taking on Cambridge on Friday 23rd August, the challenge against Wales’ Capital Region will be a stern one just a week before the 2019/20 campaign.


Next Home Match

Saturday 21st September
1st XV Cup
Goldington Road