Tuesday Tales with Fenton-Wells, Czekaj and Lindsay
Posted: 29th June 2020
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Hosted by Chief Operating Officer Gareth Alred with former Blues trio Nick Fenton-Wells, Chris Czekaj and Tom Lindsay, the three more recent retirees discuss their favourite memories at Goldington Road and the next chapter off the pitch.
Fenton-Wells spent nearly four years with the club, the latter part of which as captain, including helping the club reach the post-season play-offs twice in 2013 (Finalists v Newcastle) and 2016 (Semi-finalists v Bristol).
The South African made 69 appearances with the club, scoring 11 tries, before securing a move to Bristol Bears; where he still resides as Team Manager now.
The former skipper said: “Rugby is so central to the Bedford community and it was epic to play at Goldington Road. When I first arrived, I immediately fell in love with the place.
“To be captain of the club was something I couldn’t turn down, to lead a club of such rich rugby history was really cool.”
Czekaj, who recently took up a coaching role at Welsh junior club St Joseph’s RFC, alongside his position with the WRU as a HUB Officer, spent two seasons at Goldington Road between 2017-19. He made 29 appearances, scoring six tries, including a memorable hat-trick against Nottingham under the Friday Night Lights in the 30-12 victory in November 2017.
He said: “Bedford is a great club. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I spent two of the best years of my career at Goldington Road. I had the most fun and enjoyed my rugby more than any other time.”
Lindsay spent the 2017/18 campaign at Goldington Road, stating a need to fall back in rugby as his reason for joining the side. He played 25 games and scored two tries against Richmond and Doncaster Knights.
The hooker had a sensational season to earn a move back to the Premiership with Bristol Bears, where he stayed for the rest of his career before announcing his retirement last month.
He commented: “I needed to rediscover my love of rugby. Bedford Blues is so important to the Bedford community. They are a club very dear to my heart and I loved my experience at the club.”