Bedford Queens RUFC celebrates its centenary this weekend with a rugby spectacular on Sunday (26th Aug) afternoon against the Beds County Invitational XV.
The match, hosted kindly by Bedford Blues, will see Mouritz Botha coaching the Queens’ side, as well as Club Captain and former Blues and Moseley centre, Simon Brading, leading the side out in the back row.
The County select XV contains players from various Bedfordshire clubs; including Official Bedford Athletic, Bedford Swifts R.U.F.C., Stockwood Park RFC and Biggleswade Rugby Club as well as a selection of former Blues players.
Paul Tupai, Sacha Harding and Corey Hircock ANutr will also be in attendance.
As well as the match, which kicks off at 15:00, there will be a gala dinner. Tickets for the dinner are sold out but there’s plenty of room for match day tickets, with prgrammes and souvenir centenary shirts for sale too. Vice-Chair, Tim Clarke, explains in the video below, the design of the shirt is a nod to the club’s history. The shirt was made by local company TOA Sports.
Bedford Queen’s RUFC were formed in 1918 by local soldiers returning from the great war and was originally a team for Queens Engineering Works, a department of W H Allen which was a massive employer in the town.