1st XV News

Bedford Blues are sad to announce that scrum half, coach and former England international Lee Dickson has decided to hang up his boots at the end of the current campaign.

Following a glittering career that has included 18 England caps plus Premiership and LV=Cup winners medals, Dickson will be passing on his vast knowledge of the game as he takes up the role of ‘Master in charge of Rugby’ at Barnard Castle School in County Durham - the school that both he and his brother Karl attended.

Bedford Blues make seven changes to their starting line-up as they prepare to face Coventry in Round 13 of the Greene King IPA Championship on Saturday afternoon.

After a hugely attritional encounter in Jersey last weekend, the Blues have refreshed things up on the field as they look for an immediate return to winning ways in front of their home fans.

But there are no easy games in the Championship and Bedford know that they are in for a huge challenge against a Coventry team who head into the game off the back of an impressive win over Cornish Pirates and who picked up a win over the Blues back in September.

The Blues will be looking to make a return to winning ways this Saturday 26th January when they welcome old rivals Coventry Rugby to Goldington Road in the Greene King IPA Championship (KO 3pm).

Following a tough encounter in the Channel Islands last weekend, the Blues now sit five points behind Jersey going into Round 13. A win for Mike Rayer’s men could see them draw back alongside the Reds who travel to league leaders London Irish on Sunday. 

Bedford Blues players Will Hooley, Dean Adamson, Chris Czekaj and Oli Curry paid a very special visit to a young fan this week to put a smile on her face and encourage others to support a campaign which could save her life.

Five year old Lulu de Vries is an incredibly happy little girl who is also fighting one of the biggest battles imaginable. In January 2018, just months after starting school, Lulu was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma which has now spread to her bones, bone marrow and lymphatic system.

Bedford Blues Championship winning streak came to an abrupt halt on Saturday afternoon as they went down 29-13 to Jersey Reds in St Peter.

Trailing by just six points at the interval thanks to a Jarad Williams try, the Blues had a huge amount of possession and territory in the opening exchanges of the second half but failed to turn any of them into points. Instead, Jersey turned the ball over and crossed twice more with Ryan Hutler scoring a late consolation.

See all the highlights from the game here.

Bedford Blues take to the skies this weekend as they head across the English Channel to take on Jersey Reds in Round 12 of the Greene King IPA Championship.

Following a hard-fought win over second placed Ealing Trailfinders last weekend, the Blues now face the huge challenge of taking on the Reds in front of their own fans.

With  things tightening up at the top of the table, there's plenty riding on this third versus fourth clash with neither side wanting to lose any ground on the top two teams.

The Followers Quiz Night returns on Friday 15th February to the Scrum Hall at Goldington Road as Jackie Markham hosts Bedford’s own eggheads challenge.  

The Scrum Hall will open its doors for 7pm for a 7:30pm start, so make sure you get there in plenty of time to secure your table and grab a drink before it’s time to put the thinking caps on.

Teams will be made up of up to six people, but don’t panic if you don’t have a full team, come along and teams will be put together of smaller groups or individual supporters. 

Following last week’s Championship Cup Quarter Final draw, the Blues face a trip to Yorkshire Carnegie on Sunday 3rd February at Emerald Headingley Stadium; and need your support!

The Bedford Rugby Followers Association will be running coach travel to the game to ensure the Blues’ 16th man is out in full force in what promises to be a tough challenge against a recently improved and in form Yorkshire side. 

Bedford Blues picked up a huge victory on Saturday afternoon as they overcame Ealing Trailfinders 23-18 at Goldington Road.

Tries from Chris Czekaj and Dean Adamson along with 13 points from the boot of Will Hooley did the damage, but the Blues overall game management and impressive defensive display ensured that they closed the gap on their opposition in the league table.

Click here to see all of the scores from the game

With 2019 in full-flow, Bedford Blues are all set for their first game of the year as they welcome Ealing Trailfinders to Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

It is fourth versus second in the Greene King IPA Championship, with the west London side sitting just five points ahead of the Blues as the halfway point in the season arrives. The Blues meanwhile head into this weekend’s encounter having won their last five league games, the most recent being a 27-11 victory over a very stubborn Richmond side.

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