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The Former Players Association

In 2000 it was decided that, although functions organised by the former players including social events, team reunion lunches and golf days had always played an important part of club life, there was now a need for a more official and structured association. It was also decided that it would be beneficial to establish a base for the association at the club.

Consequently, the tractor shed under the scoreboard was converted into a bar where members could meet, a constitution was agreed, a committee formed and the inaugural  Annual General Meeting held in April, 2001. A kitchen, dining area, toilet facilities and an extension to the bar have been added. Membership has grown and there are currently over 300 members.

In 2010, the association opened a Facebook page for former and current players which now reunites more than 400 friends from all over the world with the club.

Former Players’ Lunches are held at the club twice during the season and there is an annual reunion lunch at historic venues in London.

Golf events include a  golf match v Northampton Saints Former Players before the annual Mobbs Memorial Match, a Past v Present Players golf competition for the President’s Cup and two other golf days each season. Since 2002 a very popular annual golf tour to France has been arranged.

Pre-booked meals are available in the FP Bar before every home game for former players and their guests.

Since its formation the F.P.A. has made regular financial contributions to the club.

The Association Chairman is Club Director Leigh Mansell and the Secretary is John Cooley email

Download the latest Former Players' Association Newsletter below:

FPA Newsletter 22 - Autumn/Winter 2019 (76.8KB)

Where are they now?

The matchday programme runs a series of articles focussing on a Former Blues Player and catches up with them post-Bedford Blues and asks "Where are they now?"

Click the links below to download a pdf of this season's featured players.

Roger Tushingham - 1991-94. Fly half/full back (1007.8KB)

On this Day

Looking back at over the last 50 years 'on this day'…

Click on the links below to download the programme article.

On This Day - 21.9.19 (967.7KB)

Dates for the Diary

Spring Lunch 2020
Saturday 4 April in the Blues Marquee.
Bedford Blues v London Scottish

Please contact John Cooley to reserve your place.

Former Players News


Spring Lunch 2019


15th April 2019

A very successful Spring Lunch was held on 13th April followed by our winning league match v Richmond. There was a 25 year reunion of the Canada Tour party of 1994 (pictured).


London Lunch 2019


4th February 2019

The London Lunch which was held on Friday, 1st February at the R.A.F. Club was a great success. The venue was impressive and about eighty former players enjoyed an excellent lunch.


End of Season Gala Dinner


21st May 2018

End of Season Gala Dinner Friday, 18th May was held in a full to capacity marquee. Presentations were made to Paul Tupai (retiring), Michael Le Bourgeois (leaving to join Premiership Wasps) and forwards coach Martin Hynes.


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Congratulations to Mouritz and Natasha Botha on the birth of their son Theodore, a brother for Josh.

Congratulations to the Darren Fox and Isabel on the birth of their third son Arlo.

Congratulations to Aaron and Alyson Davis on the birth of their son Bowen Richard, a brother for Aulden.

Congratulations to Will and Annie Chudley on the birth of their daughter Evie.

Congratulations to Scott and Lisa Murray on the birth of their son Jack.

Congratulations to Paul and Stephanie Kendall on the birth of their daughter Hadley Bedford, a sister for Cameron.

Congratulations to Ian Vass and Charlie on the birth of their son Hugo.

Congratulations to Tom and Sophie Luke on the birth of their daughter Eleni.

Congratulations to Nick Fenton-Wells and his wife Skye on the birth of their son Leo.

Congratulations to Jarad Williams and his wife on the birth of their son Bodhi.

Congratulations to James Shanahan and his wife Hannah on the birth of their son Cian James William, a brother for Scarlett.

Congratulations to Hayden Thompson-Stringer and Michaela on the birth of their baby daughter Aurora.


Congratulations to Steffan Jones and Toria on their marriage in Wales.

Congratulations to Adrian Olver and Lisa Evans on their marriage in Italy.