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Remaining Blaydon 1st Team, home games to be played at Kingston Park

Below are the dates of our remaining HOME games to be played at Kingston Park, the home of Newcastle Falcons, as they have started the development of Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP)  at Crowtrees, to ensure it’s ready for the 2018/19 season:

  • 31st March – home game, to be played at Kingston Park against Luctonians – Kick off 2pm
  • 14th April – home game, to be played at Kingston Park against Sale FC – Kick Off 2pm
  • 28th April – last game of the season, home game, to be played at Kingston Park against Hinckley – Kick off 3pm

Access to the ground on Saturday is via the East Stand only which is next to the ticket /shop and adjacent to the main car park, the car park will be free on the day.

Entry can be paid at the door on the day, Match Day Entrance Fees (price includes match programmes)

Adult – Non Member £10
Adult – Member £8
Concession £7
Under 16 Free

All persons then go upstairs to the bar area and thus gain access to the stand through the bar. Food will be available to purchase over the bar, which is a cash only Bar.

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

The Executive at Blaydon RFC



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

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

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.

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.