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Match Focus: England v Italy Women

Posted: 19th November 2019

International Rugby returns to Goldington Road this Saturday 23rd November as England Women’s Red Roses take on their Italian counterparts (KO 3pm).

Save £4 and buy tickets online here, before they sell out.

England Women Quilter Internationals – The Story So Far 

England Women have won their opening two autumn international fixtures – back-to-back games against Six Nations rivals France, and arrive in Bedford looking to make it a clean sweep to finish 2019 in style. Read the full article on their performances so far this November here.

Gates & Entry

Gates will be open from 12 noon, please ensure you arrive in plenty of time as the turnstiles will be very busy. All Goldington Road entrances, the Hospital Gate via Kimbolton Road and the Bushmead Gate entrance WILL be open for ticket holders.

Bars & Catering

Head to one of our bars to soak up the atmosphere! The Scrum Bar is located at the west end of the ground behind the goalposts and is the closest bar to the pitch. For a slightly quieter and cosy atmosphere try the upstairs Eagle Bar, opposite the marquee, where you will find a great selection of hand-pull ales and much more.

The Blues Marquee will be a hive of activity all day with the largest bar, a one-off Guest Ale and Gin Bar to cater for both ends of the consumer market and Crumbs Cake Stand for your sweet treats.

There are trailer and mobile bars located near both the Eagle Stand entrance towards the east end of the ground and just inside the Goldington Road gates, as well as beside the SDC Suite on the opposite side of the pitch.

The final bar well worth a visit to any newcomers is the Former Players Bar in the bottom corner of the ground, located next to our mini fan village. Here you will find our new Coffee & Cake Horsebox, new winter special; The Mulled Defender serving mulled wine and cider, and an additional themed catering unit, Pizzazz, serving delicious Pizzas throughout the day!

We have a number of other catering outlets around the ground. Nos’ Nosh window hatch will be open serving hot food from the Scrum Hall. We also have two fast food outlets located by the front gate and opposite the Eagle Stand on the halfway line. 

Please note, the Scrum Bar will be closing immediately after full time, at which point make your way to either the Eagle Bar or the Blues Marquee, which will remain open until midnight.

Guard of Honour & Community Activation

For this Saturday’s international match we look forward to welcoming a large contingent of local girls’ rugby players from Bedford Junior Blues, St Neots, Olney, Peterborough, Hitchin, Ampthill, Towcester. As the teams run out, make sure you give them a big Bedford welcome as they form the Guard of Honour, Flag Parade and enjoy a Blues Community coaching session. 


Last chance to book pre-match hospitality in the Blues Marquee for just £40pp. Sales close 4pm Wednesday, email to book now! More details can be found at


Here’s our top five entertainment features to not miss this weekend:

-          Watch live replays on the big screen provided by Sundown Cinemas in the North-East corner of the ground, next to the scoreboard.

-          Stick around post-match as the superb Sophia Soul returns to the Blues Marquee on the final whistle to sing us into the night! 

-          Enjoy our brilliant MC Sam Roberts who will be entertaining the bumper crowd at Goldington Road through the PA system and in pre and post-match hospitality.

-          A special match day programme from the RFU will be available to purchase inside the ground from St Neots Ladies. Be sure to snap one up from just inside the gates.

-          Half Time; two unique activations to watch out for as two supporters are chosen for the Tyrell’s Sack Race and expert pundits join Sam Roberts for a live interview!

Shops & Merchandise

The Blues Club Shop will be open as usual, pop in to check out the latest replica kit as well as leisurewear and accessories. The shop will be open for one hour before kick off, as well as at half-time and for one hour post-match.

There will be an additional RFU merchandise unit, located in the mini fan village, selling England replica merchandise throughout the event.


We will have a large steward and police presence at this event so should you require any assistance, please seek out your nearest steward or officer who will be happy to help. 

If you are seated in the Eagle Stand, please remember to keep your ticket with you at all times, entry back into the stand will require production of your ticket. 

We would like to remind spectators that SMOKING is NOT permitted in the Eagle Stand or next to any buildings in Goldington Road. Anybody caught smoking in non-designated areas risks being ejected from the stadium. 


Unfortunately we do not have any parking available inside Goldington Road. There are plenty of parking options available in the local area with public car parks at Lurke Street and St Peter’s Street.

There are also a number of residential streets off Goldington Road that do have public parking available. Please check signage and be respectful of our neighbours.