1st XV News

The first Blues match of 2017 pits Bedford against Yorkshire Carnegie in the British & Irish Cup this Saturday with Mike Rayer’s men needing a big win to keep knockout stage hopes alive (KO 3pm).

The second half of the season has started well with a superb and vital last second win versus Jersey on Boxing Day and a narrow loss, but good performance against leaders London Irish on New Year’s Eve.

Bedford will need to continue that good form to overcome the league’s second placed team, who are also in the running to make the Quarter Finals with only the winner keeping the dream alive after.

Bedford Blues are disappointed to announce that centre Tom Farrell has left the club to join Pro 12 side Connacht with immediate effect.

Farrell, 22, has made 12 appearances for the Goldington Road club since joining in the summer from London Irish with his last being against his former club.

Well what a 2016 it has been! It kicked off with a 31-19 home win against London Scottish in the Championship, included a huge 64-20 victory over London Welsh, we saw 100 points being scored in an enthralling game with Cornish Pirates and had plenty of thrills and spills along the way. Simon Hutchinson takes a look back at his three highlights from the year just gone.

This January the Blues’ Followers Association brings a cerebral challenge to Goldington Road with the return of Jackie Markham's BRFA General Knowledge Quiz.

The date for your diary is Friday 27th January, the night prior to Blues home match v Doncaster Knights, with Scrum Hall doors opening at 7:00pm for a 7:30pm Quiz start, so be there early to secure your table and get the team beers in ahead of this year’s examination.

Teams can be up to six people, but if you don't have a team come along and we'll join you with some like-minded supporters.

Bedford Blues 2016 didn't end in quite the fashion that they would have liked as they went down 36-21 to London Irish, but there can be no doubting that the signs are positive following an impressive display against the former Premiership side.

While the hosts relied on their pack to secure their five tries over the course of the game, the Blues were more than happy to spread the ball around the whole squad with winger George Perkins, scrum half Tom Whiteley and replacement prop Camilo Parilli-Ocampo all crossing the whitewash.

While 2016 has been a mixed year for the Blues, they will be hoping to finish with a flurry as they head to Reading to take on London Irish on New Year's Eve.

When the two teams met back in September, the Blues gave a great account of themselves but fell just short as they went down 23-30 to the former Premiership side.

Confidence in the Bedford camp was given an extra boost following their last gasp 39-37 victory against Jersey Reds on Boxing Day. The Blues scored two late tries with a final conversion sealing a win that had looked out of reach with two minutes left on the clock.

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! What an afternoon of Rugby at Goldington Road as Bedford Blues fought until the bitter end to win an enthralling competition against Jersey Reds 39-37.
 
A whopping 4621 turned up for this Boxing Day encounter to see a brace of tries from Dean Adamson along with one each for Tom Farrell, Mike Le Bourgeois, Matt Gallagher and George Perkins. Myles Dorrian kicked seven points while a final conversion from Jake Sharp won the game for the Blues.
 

Goldington Road is sure to be full of festive cheer as Bedford Blues prepare to welcome Jersey Reds on Boxing Day for a Greene IPA Championship clash.

The two sides met back in September with the Reds getting the win in a closely fought contest at St Peter but the Blues will be looking for a good response in the reversal as they hope to finish 2016 on a high.

It’s nearly here, the big bumper Boxing Day clash against Jersey Reds at Goldington Road as Bedford Blues seek to start the second half of the season with a decisive victory and climb the Championship table (KO 3pm).

Preparations are taking shape, logistics in place, on and off-field entertainment scheduled and lots of ground entry tickets are still available online at £4 discount with only a handful of Eagle Stand seats remaining.

Bedford Blues chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the British & Irish Cup suffered a huge blow on Saturday afternoon as they went down 40-23 to Ealing Trailfinders at Vallis Way.

When the teams met in the league encounter earlier this season, a single point separated them while last weekend’s reversal saw a 19 all draw. But an impressive first half from the hosts saw them set up a healthy lead which, despite a late fight back from Bedford, they never surrendered.

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