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Get behind Blaydon 1st Team in their run in, to the end of the season

There has never been a more important time to support our Blaydon team than now, starting with their home game on Saturday against Huddersfield, please come along and show your support.

2017/18 has been frustrating, in effect a rebuilding season with Blaydon unexpectedly in a 2nd relegation battle following the loss of the majority of the our pack at the end of last season, but right now the outcome of the season is still in our own hands. Blaydon have 7 games remaining, 5 of which are at home, so a possible 35 points still to play for this season.

Matt Thompson has taken over as Head Coach, the rebuilding is underway as we look to the future at Blaydon. It’s strange for our Blaydon team to have a lighter, more mobile pack and its taking time to be successful with the new approach, we have certainly struggled recently on the heavy winter pitches. The positives, the grounds will harden and we have a back division that can reap havoc on the best of teams in National 2 North, with ball in hand.

Aligned with a more mobile team, we are starting the development of our Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP)  on the 26th March so it’s ready for the 2018/19 season. To give our team the best chance of success on a good surface this season, we are moving the last 3 home games to the Falcons ground, Kingston Park.

It’s all set up for what could be, a very exciting run in, get behind the team, come show and voice your support, Pump the Crow!


Thank you

Bruce Costello, on behalf of the Executive at Blaydon RFC


Below are the dates of our remaining games:

  • 17th March at home to Huddersfield
  • 24th March at home to Sedgley Park – Our last game on the grass pitch at Crowtrees.
  • 31st March – home game, to be played at Kingston Park against Luctonians
  • 7th April away to Sheffield Tigers
  • 14th April – home game, to be played at Kingston Park against Sale FC
  • 21st April away to South Leicester
  • 28th April – last game of the season, home game, to be played at Kingston Park against Hinckley

From the Touchline – Bill Locke – Saturday 17th March

I think I timed my holiday rather well and enjoyed hearing about the cold and snow deluge from warm foreign parts. Its good to be back though to support the team and welcome our guests Huddersfield to Crowtrees.

Our recent links with their Club include our former players in Fran Entressengle, their hooker, and our joint former centre Matt Clark who watched our game in November, and now plies his trade at Doncaster. Both sides wish he could be playing for them today!

We didn’t do ourselves justice in November when we played them on a nice sunny day losing 48-22, but as we approach the final part of the season we know that we must continue our improvement and have 5 home games from our final 7 to get the points needed to banish our relegation fears. Your unbiased support is welcomed by the players , so please get behind the team again today !

Disappointingly I didn’t receive a single e mail with a proposed company for our new pitchside adverts, when I returned from holiday, as requested in the last programme. I had hoped that somebody might have responded and gained a mention. The offer of £100 per Board is still there and my e mail address is on the website.

Saturday 10th March Blaydon Bricks 42, Winlaton Saxons 12

Bricks came out on top, doing the double over the Saxons in the re-arranged league game, snowed off the week before. The Saxons were out muscled by a bigger, more experienced pack and good performances from Scotty, Dale and a very good performance by Dags at No 8, on a scrummage going backwards were not enough for Saxons to match the Bricks forwards on the day. The Winters’ thrive playing the likes of Winlaton, James Knox had a great game at front row and going forward, Arran and Keith made yards from 2nd row and the back row of Harry, Justin and Damien Shaw owned the breakdown. If we hadn’t given away more penalties than England, for hands in the ruck, not releasing when a player’s knee goes down and high seat belt type tackles, the score would have been higher.



  • Rodders made yards each time he got the ball and his clearance kicks push Winlaton back time after time. Unfortunately he tweak his hamstring and pulled up which isn’t good news with the cup semi-final only 2 weeks away.
  • Chester and Divers nullified Kieran who had a strong game in the centres for Winlaton, but size wasn’t enough to break the Blaydon line
  • Liam had a good game at 9 and also in the lineout, as we were short of jumpers
  • Rodders had to drop goal the first conversion as Windy couldn’t find the kicking tee, Stracks pointed out it was in Windy’s hand, you couldn’t write the script, der!
  • Anth’s (promoted waterboy) face was a picture, when his name was read out as part of the starting 15, the look only surpassed when it was again read out for starting the 2nd half….
  • Good steal from Justin in our 22, long kick for Rodders into their 22, who then chased it and good tussle with Davy Walton their full back, Anth got there with 9 on his back, even looked like a 9 when he went in, right up until the pass naturally, but ball was popped to Arran to score.
  • Chester and Divers made good lines of running off Alex, with Divers scoring twice, one a good line that beat everyone and Chester had one disallowed as the referee was unsighted.
  • Alex balanced the use of backs and forwards in attack well and controlled the game.
  • Matt Robinson had a good debut for the Bricks after agreeing to sub for us haven just moved into the area.
  • Paul Dingley on the other wing, was strong in the tackle to stop Winlaton wingers from making much progress.

This was a really strong Bricks performance, against a decent Saxons side and but for some lapses in concentration, especially in retreating at penalties, Bricks would have kept a clean sheet on the day. This Bricks side is highly critical of itself and shouldn’t be, given we can’t keep a settled team, we had people playing out of position with injuries and unavailability, it was as Paul said one of our best performances. As I said at the end, if someone had offered me a score-line of 42-12 before the game, I would have snapped their hand off…. Great game/result, well done all!

The real worry is the injuries and non-availability for the cup match on 24th March:

  • Rodders has to be a doubt, Savs, Matt Goodall and Chris Coates are out, so full back may be a draw straws affair
  • Finnaz, Ian Bennie, Stracks and Rob Pyle (backrow one) won’t be seen until next season
  • We have injuries to Matt Purdy, Steve Palmer, Brett,
  • Development are going to need help to get a side out and a bench at home to DMP 3s

Lets hope the responses on the cup match week are a lot better then current response levels….



Trys: Liam, Arran 2, Rodders, Divers 2

Conv: Rodders 2, Alex, Divers

Pen: Rodders

Drop Goal: Alex




  1. Paul Winter
  2. Keith Winter            (Grumpy)
  3. James Knox
  4. Keith Oliver
  5. Arran Poad
  6. Damien Shaw
  7. Justin Clarke
  8. Harry
  9. Liam Bradley
  10. Alex Twinn
  11. Paul Dingley                    (Matt Robertson)
  12. Steven Davidson
  13. Phil Divers
  14. Anth
  15. Rodders

Leicester Lions 15 Blaydon 8

Leicester Lions 15 Blaydon 8

Blaydon went down narrowly at Westleigh Park in a game that was closely contested throughout and which could have gone either way. At the final whistle Blaydon were encamped under the lions posts and piling on the pressure but for all their efforts came away with only a losing bonus point.
Driving rain and a muddy pitch made handling difficult and it was both sets of forwards that held sway.
Leicester Lions were first to score on 14 minutes when Owen Taylor their hooker was driven over from a line-out maul, and fly-half Jonathon Boden on target with the conversion.
The home side then lost a player to the sin-bin for foul play and Blaydon immediately turned the screw. The pack stormed into the 22 with hooker Matt Thompson diving over from close range for an equalising try.
Joe Whyman failed to convert, and the lions now back to full strength regained the advantage at the other end with a powerful rolling maul from which scrum-half Tom Aviss nipped over for an unconverted score to make it 12-5 at the break.
Blaydon started the second period without Keith Laughlin their injured skipper but continued to be in contention although frequently denied by some accurate defensive kicking by the home side.
With the game in the balance and time running out Blaydon were penalised for offside and Boden stretched the home lead to 15-8 leading to the fighting finale by the visitors and a bonus point that could yet prove valuable in their bid to avoid the drop zone,

John Brennan

It is with sadness Blaydon RFC announce the loss of Tom Bullerwell 1918-2018

Tom passed away on 5th March 2018 just 8 weeks after celebrating his 100th Birthday.

Tom was the last surviving member of the undefeated Blaydon side of 1945//46 playing alongside Tim Forbes, Panky Holliday, Roger Kirkup and Kiwi International  Cricketer Martin Donnelly.

Tom was born in Rowlands Gill and served in the 8th Army in World War 2 being awarded the Military Medal in 1945

After serving in World War 2 Tom lived in Kenya for a short while before returning to this country and living in Bedford where he became an active member of Bedford Blues and supported the team until the last few years.


The thoughts of Blaydon Rugby club are with his son Ian and family

A Grand Old Man whose last attendance at Blaydon was the opening of the New Clubhouse in 1996.

Jim Huxley

£2,250 raised for Help the Heroes from the Charity day arranged with 47 Regiment RA

Big thanks go to

  • Paul & Dawn Strachan who were the hosts
  • 47 Regiment RA
  • Blaydon Crows (Vets)
  • Staff and volunteers at Blaydon RFC
  • Various sponsors
  • Donators of raffle prizes

Great game of rugby played in true spirit of tour/Vets rugby with:

  • halftime of vodka marinated oranges,, red wicked and extra vodka and bottles of port
  • close game at 38 to 28 to one of the sides
  • defections from a few Crows; Paul Winter and Vinnie
  • Pitch side and dressing room beers
  • Many more beers during;
    • a good win for our firsts,
    • good Ireland v Wales game
    • Scotland too quick at the breakdown for the lethargic England pack…..
    • more fun and games in the clubhouse till late…….

Scoring for Blaydon;

  • Trys: Vinnie 2, Jason Smithson, Divers, Phil Rayson,  Damien S,
  • Conversions; Les Oliver & Phil Rayson

Pictures from the game:





Blaydon 45 South Leicester 20

If this young Blaydon side could only sustain their brilliant first half efforts after the break then they would likely be well clear of the relegation zone by now. For the second game in succession they ran in early tries to put themselves in pole position but then let the opposition back in with some unforced errors.
In yesterdays encounter they were breath-taking in attack for 39 minutes in which the visitors never once set foot in the home 22 and on every occasion that Blaydon went forward with ball in hand a try seemed likely.
It all kicked off in the 3rd minute when prop forward Dave Kilpatrick grabbed the opener from close range, Jack Appleton then ran in a hat-trick, and a try bonus had been secured within 13 minutes – heady stuff.
Try number two arrived when they drove on from a short line-out and let it out for James Cooney to sprint over in style. Appleton secured his first on 11 minutes when the visitors knocked on and Nathan Bailey and Joe Whyman combined to send him on his way. Two minutes later he was in again, this time latching onto a South Leicester box kick in his own half and racing clear from 60 metres.
His hat-trick was completed from a line-out drive with Dan Taylor,Robert Lenderyou and Jack Davidson in turn providing quick ball for the young winger to cruise over.
The visitors simply had no answer, and a 6th try was conceded on 35 minutes when they were toyed with by a rampant Blaydon who went back and forth along the 22 until replacement hooker Cameron Bell applied a finishing touch.
With the interval beckoning the visitors at last got into the Blaydon 22 and winger Myles Bean crossed in the corner to make it 38-5.
The outcome was virtually secured but there was still 40 minutes to play and somehow Blaydon contrived to let the opposition back in. They failed to secure possession in their 22 and then infringed for Adam Johnson to touch down a second try, and then when back on the attack threw out an optimistic pass for Adam Shaw to intercept and race clear.
Finally they dropped the ball near their own line to concede a 4th try to Ricki Aley, which reduced their advantage to 18 points. But fittingly they had the last word when Cooney latched onto a loose ball to storm over from 30 metres and Whyman landed his 5th conversion.

John Brennan

Support our Charity day, Saturday 24th February, in support for ‘Help for Heroes’ – great day of rugby and entertainment lined up.

The day kicks off at Noon with the Blaydon Crows (Vets) playing a side from 47 Regiment RA

Followed by:

  • Blaydon First team playing South Leicester at 2pm – come cheer on the lads as they look to make it 2 wins in a row.
  • Ireland v Wales at 2:15pm on the Large HD Screen Projector and various 50inch. plus TVs around the place
  • England take on Scotland in the Calcutta Cup at 4:45pm
  • Banta, Music, Buffet, general merriment, etc. continues through the evening into the late hours

With exception of watching the First team, there is no entrance charges, all we ask is for donations to be made / raffle tickets to be bought to support this worthy charity.


Little more detail from the guys at 47 Regiment RA

They’re all ex-army from 47 regiment RA and each year meet up to play a game of rugby and support that year’s chosen charity. This year there are with us at Blaydon RFC and the  charity they have chosen this year is  for Help the Heroes.

The lads travel from all over to play the games, i.e. last year they all went across to Germany where the regiment was based to play a local German team.

They have an England shirt signed by Mark Wilson and a Newcastle Falcons top signed by the squad to raffle in the afternoon and on the night time have a disco with a raffle and have got about 50+ prizes, plus food….

It’s a open event, you don’t need a ticket, a donation at the door would be appreciated.

From the Touchline – Saturday 24th February (Programme extract)

A good afternoon to one and all today as we tackle our visitors from South Leicester in this rearranged fixture from 16th December. Their players and officials are very welcome today and it is a pleasure to have them here..

Although I know little about them, the Club was established in 1919 and certainly in recent seasons they have been consistently successful close to a City that not only has a strong interest in Rugby but also a rather more successful Football team that one across the Tyne from us!

I hope they have time to stay after the match and watch the International game/s with England at Murrayfield against Scotland and Ireland in Dublin to host Wales.

We were all delighted to see the boys win last week against Sheffield and lets hope we can push on today against another difficult team.

Can I also welcome all former members of 47 Regiment RA who have come from throughout the country and will be playing a match against Blaydon Crows (our Vets)  at lunchtime on behalf of Help for Heroes (all donations gratefully accepted). They meet I different locations each year and its a massive thanks to them, and Paul Strachan in particular, for coming to Blaydon. I hope you have a great day lads and enjoy our hospitality and the International matches

We met with the RFU representative, design team, and contractors this week and were able to finally agree a start on site for the new pitch with a date of 26th March. All the detailed matters have now been sorted and so we should be able to look forward to next season with great anticipation and an amenity that will enhance the Club.

One thing we do need is more sponsors around the pitch. The RFU are putting boards around the perimeter at their cost and thus we will reduce the cost to advertisers to £100 per board . Frankly this is as cheap as chips considering the publicity the sponsors will get. PLEASE try and find one sponsor from each supporter and send me their e-mails. I will do the rest.

I will be away for two weeks and am unfortunately not attending today’s game but I look forward to returning to a revived league position and plenty of e-mail addresses!
Bill Locke