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By Blues Brother
December 16 2019

Have we turned the corner? We should have won at Ampthill - only to go down 17-14 - but it was a much better performance and one we can build on when we host the same opoosition on Boxing Day in a far more important league game.

Jamed Lennon gave us an early lead from short rfaneg and our otehr score came ftom a penaltlyu try courtesy fp pressure form a hard working pack.

Sadly we were  punished for the odd mistake but we can go into Christmas in much better heart.

A big crowd is expected for that game with tickets going fast. They can be bought online as can all the home games in 2020.

 

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Discussion started by Blues Brothers , 16/12/2019 11:30
Blues Brothers
16/12/2019 11:30
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Luton_Blue
16/12/2019 13:32
more like it? we lost. That's more like it at the moment.

Anybody who saves positives can be taken from defeat is deluded. You can take negatives from a defeat and turn them into positives that's the way it should work. We don't seem to be able to do that at the moment as we rectify a negative and two more come along

I don't blame the players, why would you not want to move to a club like Bedford. I don't blame the coaches if they're not getting the 'support' they need to buy decent players or replace those who have left.

What to do?

Yaffle
22/12/2019 12:02
"I don't blame the players, why would you not want to move to a club like Bedford. I don't blame the coaches if they're not getting the 'support' they need to buy decent players or replace those who have left."

I'm in total agreement with you on this Luton Blue. Here's my take on what has happened at our club this season:-
We know that Geoff Irvine is standing down from his role with Championship Rugby at the end of this season. What if he is also standing down from his role at Bedford Rugby Club? If he is, what would he want his lasting legacy to be? Leaving the club 'in the black' and solvent - a complete contrast to when he became actively involved in the running of the club?
In order that the books should show a profit in 2019/20 he would need to be prudent with spending this season, hence a smaller squad with no large salaries on marque players. He would also have taken into consideration the awful plight of the 'club' (?) based in Leeds and banked on it being a relegation certainty.
At the end of his term GI would then take a bow and leave the club in a sound financial state as a Championship side. Some will want to congratulate him for this skilful management whilst others will be critical of this cynical disregard of the loyal club supporters. The adage, "He who pays the piper calls the tune", is very true in the situation at Bedford Rugby Club (any many others too).

Garlic sausage
22/12/2019 13:32
A Leeds win today would put Mr Irvine up a certain creek minus a propulsion system re his legacy.

Yaffle
22/12/2019 20:12
Mercifully, for us at least, Donny have come up trumps and kept Leeds winless this season.
All we have to do on Boxing Day is take a minimum of four points out of the game and we open up an eleven point gap between us and the relegation spot. Five points and we leapfrog Ampthill and things look better still. Simples.

compo simonite
22/12/2019 20:44
Yaffle we are now playing ‘survival’ rugby, no more thoughts of five points games.......if penalties come we take the three points ......it will not be pretty but we must get used to it.....

Jonathan Wilcox
23/12/2019 09:42
Not sure of the latest on Blues injuries, was hoping we might be close to being able to pick from the full squad. I wonder if our new signing will start at 8?

1spy
26/12/2019 12:14
Bedford by 10 points today. Looking forward to playing you at PZ. Happy New Year.

1spy
26/12/2019 17:37
Got that prediction wrong then!

Miss Rugby
26/12/2019 18:03
The sooner Bedford take control of the future of the club, the better. Irvine needs to go and lets inject some pride into the club. Bedford used to be held in great esteem not only by the players and coaches but by supporters of other clubs, what has happened.
We can't rely on Leeds staying where they are, what happens when they start getting in loan players in after Christmas, which they surely will ( Hartputy springs to mind). Bedford will be in serious trouble.

Jonathan Wilcox
26/12/2019 18:15
Have Rayer and Larkin left the building? If not why not?
No excuses, that was a shambles!!

Miss Rugby
26/12/2019 19:21
Bedford needs a jolly good shake up. Things have got stale. Yes Rayer and the other coaches have to take some of blame but if they can't sign the players that they need to, who is to blame. The management. All coaches, management need to go and new blood brought in.

iron blue
26/12/2019 19:32
Big rumour doing the rounds at the moment is that GI is stepping down at the end of this season. The two men who will be effectively running the club (one used to be a director) have very deep pockets.

Looking at the lack of investment this year and the people I have heard it from I think this may be more than just a rumour. Lets hope so.

Luton_Blue
26/12/2019 20:39
Ditch the sh**ty blue kit for a start, we play in hoops!!!!!

Jonathan Wilcox
26/12/2019 21:33
“Here comes the rain again...”, it did cross my mind, but forget that, it’s a poor excuse. As Miss Rugby has said, it’s time that certain people moved on.
I was thinking, the next home game would be the perfect occasion for Rayer and Co to step down from the bird box to ‘So Long, Farewell’, from The Sound of Music over the tannoy. No point in dragging it out

Bluebuthappy
26/12/2019 23:24
Like many others I’ve tried to ignore the Cup defeats and said to myself “the season starts on Boxing Day”

Oh dear. Apart from the last 15 mins of 1st half when our scrum was working well we were awful.
On paper it was probably our strongest side, though I’d have started with Hutler over Tapley who just hasn’t found any form since his return.

I hoped the return of Deano and Lane would give us some spark in attack but no, both were anonymous today. Elsewhere Onojaife hasn’t looked half the player he was 2 seasons ago when he was pinching opposition line outs for fun. Matt Worley looked promising last year, pedestrian this...
Dan Temm was one of the few positives from early season but was lacking spark today, though to be fair, in the 2nd half so were the whole pack.

We need to be on the phone to Sarries (and Saints) to see what promising youngsters they have in need of game time to get us out of this deep hole. If Leeds are able to call on some loanees we could be entertaining Cambridge next Boxing Day.

Miss Rugby
27/12/2019 14:03
I find it hard to believe that RFU will let Leeds be relegated so where does that leave us.
The players are demoralised and it is so much harder to find any form when the results keep going against you. As I said earlier somehow or other the pride and passion of previous seasons needs to be found.
GI was never going to stay forever(thank goodness) but the club should have been forward planning and installing the infrastructure needed to sustain the club. Look at Ampthill, they have their structure in place and there is ambition. Why are past players at Bedford now involved at Ampthill?
Lets say goodbye to all those that need to go, find just enough from our players to see the season out and start rebuilding.
I love my club but at the moment I must admit that I am very angry with the way things are going.

iron blue
27/12/2019 19:44
Why would the RFU not allow Yorkshire to be relegated?

As for yesterday's game, regardless of league positions this was always going to be our biggest home game of the season and most of the players just didn't turn up.

The next two games LS away Hartpury at home are crucial and IMO winnable, but a 100% improvement will be needed. I was actually embarrassed watching that yesterday.

Magoo
28/12/2019 12:23
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Miss Rugby
I find it hard to believe that RFU will let Leeds be relegated so where does that leave us.

Do you think the RFU are going to change their regulations mid-season Miss Rugby?

At the end of the Season the lowest placed Club in the Championship (calculated in accordance with Regulation 3.1) shall be relegated to National League One and the highest placed Club in National League One shall be promoted to the Championship.

Miss Rugby
28/12/2019 15:40
I was thinking more of the sudden influx of DR and loanees that would suddenly appear at Leeds after all the point deficit between Leeds and Bedford is not great.

Magoo
30/12/2019 13:57
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Miss Rugby
I was thinking more of the sudden influx of DR and loanees that would suddenly appear at Leeds after all the point deficit between Leeds and Bedford is not great.

Sorry, I'm still confused about your RFU comment (It's my old age) Are you suggesting that the RFU will fund the influx of DR and loanees that would suddenly appear at Leeds to keep them up? They don't seem to have much of a budget to do it themsleves?

Miss Rugby
30/12/2019 17:04
I just think that somehow or rather there will be some new faces at Leeds over the next month or so that will enable Leeds to push for survival which could be the undoing of Bedford

iron blue
30/12/2019 19:25
Miss Rugby, there could also be some new faces at Bedford.

Wazeroonie
30/12/2019 20:56
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Miss Rugby
I just think that somehow or rather there will be some new faces at Leeds over the next month or so that will enable Leeds to push for survival which could be the undoing of Bedford

Carnegie's DOR gone, must be next stage in the the RFU's/Leeds cunning plan.

Miss Rugby
31/12/2019 12:19
Joe Ford has taken over from Martyn Wood on a temporary basis.

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