Bedford Blues having named their 22 man squad which will be heading to Coventry for the first time in nine years.

It will actually be ten seasons since the Blues last played at Butts Lane Arena as the 15-15 draw in December 2009 was played at the Ricoh Arena as Cov's future looked uncertain at the time. 

But the past is the past and the Blues will be heading into the fixture knowing that they face a tough challenge against a fired up Coventry side who will certainly want to bounce back from their defeat at Cornish Pirates last weekend.

Bedford Blues 26 Jersey Reds 22

Blues opened their home account of the 2018/19 Championship season with a bonus point win over Jersey Reds, but were made to work for it.

Bedford versus Jersey is always a close and well-fought competition and Saturday was no exception with the lead switching back and forth before a late penalty try secured the win for the Blues.

Heading down the slope, the Blues got things underway and set up camp in the Jersey half. Mark Flanagan was a monster in the lineout and his take set up a series of attacks but the visitors defended well and earned a penalty to clear their lines.

***Due to sickness, Ed Taylor has come onto the bench in place of Justin Blanchet for today's game with Jersey Reds. ***

As the first home Championship match of the season fast approaches this weekend, Bedford Blues are delighted to introduce their new collectable Eco Cup scheme at Goldington Road.

The new environmentally friendly pint cups, produced by Green Goblet, will be launched at this Saturday’s match against Jersey Reds at a cost of £1. The cups can be continually used, kept or recycled to the bar in exchange for your £1 refundable deposit.

Bedford Blues have added further Premiership quality to their back line with the signing of Welsh outside back Harry Davies.
Davies, 24, whose preferred position is fullback but can also play 13 and wing, has signed on for the Goldington Road club on a short term deal having spent the past two seasons with Bath.
Standing at six feet four inches tall and tipping the scales at 102kg, the Welshman will add an extra string to the already impressive Blues backs.

Greene King IPA Championship action returns to Goldington Road this Saturday 8th September as Bedford Blues welcome Jersey Reds in our family fun day (KO 3pm). Save £4 and book tickets online here.

Following last Sunday’s opening day victory away at Nottingham, Mike Rayer’s men are champing at the bit for their first league run out in front of the Bedford faithful and loyal 16th man.

Bedford Blues are pleased to announce further details of the brand new Lifesure Hospitality Suite at Goldington Road, now available for match day and event hire bookings for up to 100 guests.

As announced in July, working together with SDC, one of the club’s major sponsors, work has been progressing on our biggest single project to date in replacing the former Lifesure Suites with a new and improved venue.

The club would also like to pay tribute to the extreme generosity of Old Bedfordian Michael E Jeffrey who left the Blues a sizeable donation. The Trustees and Club were jointly keen for his legacy to provide a lasting memory.

A brilliant rearguard action from 13-man Blues late in the game helped them battle to a hugely impressive six-point win at Nottingham on Sunday afternoon, writes Mark Wood.

The Blues looked to be cruising at 27-14 up thanks to two tries from young winger Ryan Hutler and centre Fraser Strachan, before two quick yellow cards for Oli Curry and Strachan set up a grandstand finish.

However, Blues youngsters refused to buckle and produced an outstanding defensive performance to keep the Green & Whites out until the last play as Bedford got their Championship campaign off to a winning start with a 27-21 triumph.

Two new recruits wil be making the Bedford debuts when the Blues head to Nottingham on Sunday afternoon for the opening game of the 2018/19 Greene King IPA Championship season.
Games between Nottingham and Bedford are always exciting affairs with the two teams facing off four times in league and cup action last season. While the Blues had a three wins to one record last term, all of that counts for nothing as both teams look to get the new campaign off to a winning start.

The Blues got back to winning ways this evening at Goldington Road with a 48-10 victory over National League One side Bishop’s Stortford in their final pre-season fixture, writes Tom Skinner.

It ended up being a comfortable triumph for Bedford after running in eight tries. The Blues’ coaching staff will however be very pleased with the professional nature in which their team dispatched their opponents. 

Despite there being a few moments where steely defending was required, the Blues overall dealt with the attacking play and powerful mauls of Bishiop’s Stortford extremely well.


Next Home Match

Saturday 26th January
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road