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Match Focus: Battle of the Blues this Saturday

Posted: 9th September 2019
 

Bedford are back at home this Saturday for ‘Battle of The Blues’ against Welsh giants Cardiff Blues at Goldington Road (Kick Off 4pm).

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In just the second match of the season, following Blues’ eight try victory over Cambridge, 50-24, Mike Rayer’s troops will be keen to set a marker for the season, ahead of Championship Cup action only a week later.  

The pre-season fixture takes on even more significance for Bedford’s Director of Rugby, Rayer, who is an unquestionable legend of both clubs, playing 367 times for Cardiff before making 62 appearances as a player and 450 as DoR at Goldington Road.

Rayer will certainly not be underestimating the task at hand against the Pro14 side, following a disappointing mid-table finish last season the Welshmen will be targeting a return to the top of the standings and competing back at Europe’s top table.

John Mulvihill’s Cardiff are expected to name a strong side for their first competitive fixture of the new season with many stars set to grace the Bedford slope. In the Welsh capital’s first visit to the town since September 1998, we are looking forward to a humdinger! Team news to be released Friday.

To make your day extra special book into pre-match hospitality in the Blues Marquee for just £29 per person (excluding match ticket) for a three-course meal and entertainment. For more details and to book email hollie@bedfordrugby.co.uk or call 0871 871 1886.

Due to the slightly later kick off, gates open from 1pm, on arrival pick up a mini match programme for just £1 and head to one of the bars around the ground to soak up the pre-match atmosphere. Home regulars will haunt the Scrum Bar and upstairs Eagle Bar. Try a pint of Bedford brewed Eagle IPA or this week’s Guest Ale, Young’s Cityscape, and mix with fellow supporters.

Get to your space in the ground ahead of cheering the teams out alongside the Community Guard of Honour from St Neots minis and the Bedford Bear as MC Sam Roberts steps in to lead Bedford’s 16th man!

This Saturday, the Blues will be launching their new home jersey for this season, head to the Club Shop to purchase yours, along with our new range of leisurewear items. Located next to the marquee, pop in to show your colours!

After the game head to the Blues Marquee for the Anglian Fasteners’ Man of the Match presentation, mix with players and to keep the Blues theme going, we have a very special guest band for you, Blue Eyed Souls from Bedford.

If you’re looking to mull over the match in a slightly quieter environment, then head up to the Eagle Bar where the Michael R Peters Final Whistle will have all the immediate post-match reaction and expert analysis from both coaches and players.

Buy tickets online in advance and save a massive £4 on all adult tickets, click here to buy. 

Please note. This is NOT a Season Ticket allocated match, the cheapest and easiest way to purchase tickets is online. Season Ticket packs will arrive next week.

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