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It is with sadness Blaydon RFC announce the loss of John Keith Sowerby

Updated with Funeral details: Funeral 2.30pm Friday 16th February at Saltwell Crematorium and afterwards all are welcome to Blaydon Rugby Club

Sadly Keith passed away in hospital 3 weeks after his wife Sue.
Keith was a member at Blaydon from when he came out the forces in 1959 and during the 70`s served the club as Finance Secretary being responsible for the building of our former squash courts ,now operating as Fit4Less gymnasium and undertaking on behalf of the Club many grant applications and building work.
Keith will be missed by many.
Our sympathies go to his sons Graeme and Paul and their families.

John Keith Sowerby -1938-2018

Jim Huxley

Andrew Baggett Cup – Saturday 3rd February





Andrew Baggett (or more affectionately Baggy) made 409 National League 1 (or it’s previous incarnation) appearances for Wharfedale and Blaydon between 2001 and 2017. This stands as a record by over 90 games ahead of Neil Dickinson, a Wharfedale legend. In fact, due to their consistency over recent years Blaydon and Wharfedale players make up over half of the top 20 appearance makers of all time with names such as Hodgson, Lister, Wearmouth and Kalbraier featuring in the top 10.

Baggy made his Wharfedale debut in September 2001, a narrow loss to Rosslyn Park at Threshfield. His Blaydon debut proved slightly more successful, an influential performance in a 46-8 win at Waterloo in September 2008. Baggy also holds another all time record as top scorer at level 3 with 1707 points. Again, this is quite a way ahead of his nearest challenger Neil Hallett of Ealing (1404).

A notable point here is that Baggy was not always his club’s first choice goalkicker, and in fact was only a back up kicker for 7 of his 16 seasons at level 3. Were this not the case his points tally could have exceeded 2500! Baggy recounts his Wharfedale highlights as “any time we beat Harrogate ” and in a similar vein in a red shirt “any time we beat Tynedale”. His disappointments include losing a number of Yorkshire Cup finals and being relegated from National 1 in his final game for Blaydon.

Baggy continues his rugby career back at his hometown club Middlesbrough where he is currently pulling the strings as player coach. They are extremely lucky to have someone of his experience, talent and character. Unfortunately this is lkely to exclude him from being at the game to make the first presentation of the Cup named in his honour.

Baggy’s talents as a player require little citation. It s not necessary to do so, you don’t get selected for 16 straight seasons in key positions without being a special player. What makes Baggy truly unique is his character. He possesses a number of qualities that are somewhat immeasurable and increasingly rare in modern rugby. Courage, resilience, self organisation and integrity are all attributes that are synonymous with Baggy. He is also one of the most determined and committed individuals you could ever have the fortune to meet. His thrice weekly commutes to Grassington and Blaydon for training and matches over 16 seasons equates to over 9 times around the equator!

Baggy is quite literally a legend and we will be fortunate to see another like him. The Baggett Cup is a fitting tribute to the man, from the two clubs where he gave so many people so much joy.

Festive Rugby this Christmas

This Christmas period sees our traditional games against Ryton, with a home and away fixture planned:

Boxing Day at Blaydon KO 1pm

Saturday 30th December at Ryton KO 1pm

All support appreciated, good opportunity Boxing Day to get some fresh air and stretch your legs and recover from Christmas Day.



Sat. 16th December – First Team Game postponed, Presidents Xmas lunch going ahead.

With our visitors not travelling, several seats are now available for the lunch.

Contact Sharon on 07748605549

Blaydon v South Leicester –  lunch time inspection of the pitch for tomorrows game has been undertaken by qualified official today, and the decision made that in view of the current state of the pitch and the adverse overnight forecast, that the match be cancelled.

The  date for re-scheduling the fixture is Saturday 24th February 2018.

Could you put the cancellation on the web site please but informing all that the lunch is still on.



Saturday 16th December 2017 – Presidents Christmas lunch at Blaydon RFC

Arrive at 12:00 for 12-30 for table served 2 Course Christmas Turkey dinner with all the trimmings, followed by Christmas Pudding and heaps of Christmas Cheer


Dress code – Christmas Jumpers,

the louder the better…..


Meal cost is £10.00 to be paid to Sharon Reed, let her know if you want to book a meal by Wednesday 13th December Please.


1st team game against South Leicester follows, KO 2pm, entry paid separately at gate.


Last year’s President’s lunch was an event to remember, so, for a great time to catch up with past team mates and cheer on the current Blaydon 1st team, book early!


October 100 Club winners announced


Blaydon RFC are running a monthly 100s draw with 4 prizes of £100, £75, £50 and £25 for a £5 per month.

Money raised from this draw will be used for targeted projects within the club which will be announced on this website.

We still have some numbers available for anyone who like to be in with a chance of winning, see 100 Club webpage below and contact us via Facebook or email to take up a number :


100 Club – Blaydon RFC