The home of Bedford Blues, Goldington Road, has been placed as the 6th best ground in world rugby according to Stephen James of The Times in their weekly ‘Top Tens’ sporting feature.
The capacity and status of stadiums played next to no part in the ranking of the grounds, with the top 10 being made up of grounds across the planet who have that certain ‘joie de vivre’ that makes a sporting occasion that bit more special.
Stephen James celebrates the “action that was amateur but never amateurish”, referring to the Blues old days as an amateur outfit before becoming professional in 1996 as well as the famous slope where, “visiting teams get stuck, horribly, at the bottom end”.
Goldington Road is part of a ten-strong list that includes the vast Principality Stadium in Cardiff, European grounds such as the Stade Marcel Michelin in France and Munster’s Thomond Park as well as stadiums from Brisbane, Cape Town and Buenos Aires.
Goldington Road has been getting a lot of love recently, with the release of a documentary led by Irish filmmaker Sean Treacy, seemingly confirming that the home of the Blues is as loved nation wide and not just by those in the borough.
With a capacity of 5,000, Goldington Road is almost unique when it comes to their match day experience; a marquee on the far side offering VIP treatment as well as a post-match band available to view for anyone with a match day ticket.
Community initiatives such as Armed Forces Day and Ladies Day that raises money for breast cancer research only add to the charm of a ground that holds a special place in the hearts of many Bedfordians and of many more across the country.