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It is with sadness Blaydon RFC announce the loss of John Thompson


Sadly JT  passed away suddenly, funeral arrangements:

Whitley Bay Crematorium  at 12.45 Tues 5th March.

Gathering after is at St Marys Suite in Spanish City.

John played colts rugby for Blaydon in the late 70s and senior rugby following that, returning to play social rugby for the Bricks subsequent to that.

John will be missed by many.

Our sympathies go to his daughter Jenny  and her family.


Falcons U18 to play on Blaydon RFC AGP this Saturday

Newcastle Falcons Under-18s are in action this Saturday 19th January when they take on Worcester Warriors Under-18s.

The game is at Blaydon RFC with a 2pm kick-off, entry is free of charge.

Festive Rugby – Blaydon XV V Ryton XV – 1 win each

Overall score over the 2 legs was win to Blaydon 74 to 39, but great respect to Ryton who won the Boxing Day game and had a lot of good young talent on display, as well as turning up short for the 2nd leg, to make sure that game went ahead.

With a 3 day turn around, the sides in the games were always going to differ over the 2 games and with the depth of players we have at Blaydon, the 2nd game was always going to be a harder game for Ryton, great respect to them fielding 2 teams in 3 days.

Blaydon used 30 players over the 2 games.

Scrum gave Ryton loads of problems, which it was bound too, with Paul & Keith Winter and Tom Hirst in the front row, Ryton must dread seeing those guys come out onto the park. They must have had higher hopes when they saw Tom wasn’t on the pitch on the 29th, but Adam Keeler was, neither day was good for Ryton’s scrummage.

Blaydon Firsts have a critical game on the 5th January against Hull in top 3 clash, so none of the players in that squad were available, much to their disappointment, such is the thirst in the club to play this fixture.

See pictures below, but for the hats and the snow, identical…


Pictures from both games:


Boxing Day 2018 – Ryton XV 34 Blaydon XV 26

Photos, thanks to Billy Inglis

This game had everything; a nice sunny day, a large crowd supporting both sides, two evenly matched sides and two referees who were determine to keep it that way…


Blaydon started and finished the strongest, with a 14 point lead with try’s from Dan Turland and Lewis, both converted by Lewis in first half. We could and should have had more trys before halftime, but for various reasons, that was the score as we changed ends. We then had a disastrous 20 minutes at the start of the 2nd half, Ryton were playing down the hill now and with fresh legs in the pack started to break through tackles and managed to starve Blaydon of ball. What little ball we got was kicked away, one such kick resulted in the young Ryton fullback running in from half way.

Highs & Lows:

  •  Good to see Jack Inglis and Lewis Hill back playing in Blaydon shirts
  •  The Winters were doing festive juggling and dropping, nothing new there…
  •  Scrum gave Ryton loads of problems, which it was bound too, with Paul & Keith Winter and Tom Hirst in the front row
  • First half forwards dominated and made good yards, but struggled a little when Ryton brought on fresh legs for the 2nd half
  • Jack, Ewan and Jake were all round the park
  • Jak Tuck had a good game at 9, with good distribution
  • Lewis and Dan made big yards when in possession
  • James ran us out of trouble from the back

• Trys; Dan, Lewis, Jack Inglis, Rodders
• Conv. Lewis – 3off

1. Paul Winter
2. Keith Winter
3. Tom Hirst
4. Jack Inglis
5. Ewan Lowry    (Steve Palmer )
6. Harry                (Ewan Lowry)
7. Jake Armstrong
8. Paul Strachan
9. Jak Tuck
10. Lewis Hill
11. David Reay       (Paul Dingley)
12. Lee Guest          (Phil Rayson)
13. Dan Turland     (Peter Andrew Bath)
14. Hopey                (James Murray)
15. James Murray  (Rodders)


2nd Leg – Blaydon XV 48 Vs Ryton XV 5

Photos, thanks to Billy Inglis


Highs & Lows:

  •  Excuse me, I have to believe this game was played by aliens, this double of Keith Winter in photos is shaped in what looks like a passing position, that surely didn’t happen
  •  Not sure how long have I been away, thoughts I was there Boxing day but this report in rugby has to be the equivalent of walking into the starwars bar – Can’t really believe what you are seeing …..

• See photos:

  •  Not being there I had to consult Keith, who confirmed my thoughts from the photos, that James thought he’d scored a try over the 22, although Keith remembered it may have been the halfway, it’s in colour take a look.
  •  Adam Keeler takes on Ryton pack, it wasn’t fair… try
  •  There is not a lot of conviction in scrumhalfs eyes on talking Sean on the hoof
  •  James shows a number of cleans sets of heels…
  •  Keith too hung over to run, he passed.
  •  Matt Thompson as flyhalf running with the ball perfectly held (NOT) to release the backs or bring in the forwards on the inside. He may have scored, but let’s not let the truth get involved/in the way of a match report…. Never have before!
  • Look Andy giving a penalty to Blaydon, M.J. take note on how to do that….


  •  Ewan Lowry, Paul Strachan and Adam Turnbull scored conversions – what was the selection for kicking, furthest away from the try scored?
  •  James Murray didn’t get the jug in for scoring 3 trys…. Judge Paul Winter to deal with this at next Court session…..

Some input from those attending:

  •  Lewis Hill scored Sean Pyle missed the kick
  •  Someone else scored, Sean Pyle missed the kick
  •  Hopey knocked on
  • Someone else scored, Sean Pyle missed the kick
  • Hopey thought he would enter into festive spirit and change the rules to match NFL and threw a few forward passes
  •  Someone else scored, Sean Pyle missed the kick

***Half Time ***

  •  Harry split Strachs head open and Windy played Nurses. Strachs splitting his head because it’s as soft as a peach
  •  Matt Thompson played 10 and refused to pass to anyone within 10m, opting for a “Miss 3” every time
  •  Ewan scored from Lewis Hill’s crossfield kick, Matt missed the conversion
  •  Paul Winter started a fight with the Ryton 8, Owen Reed jumped on his back and tried to drag him to the ground by his beard, then wanted to chin him
  •  Someone scored and Strachs slotted the conversion.


• Trys; So suspected scorers:
o James Murray 3
o Adam Keeler 1
o Ewan Lowry 1
o Ewan Pritchard 1
o Lewis Hill 1
o Matt Thompson 1

• Conv.
o We must have started with someone sensible, surely ???
o Sean – missed a boat load
o Matt missed one at least
o Adam Turnbull 1
o Paul Starchan 1
o Ewan Lowry 1


First half:
1 Paul Winter
2 Keith Winter
3 Adam Keeler
4 Steve Sewell
5. Paul Strachan
6 Ewan Lowry
7. Cameron Richardson
8 Harry
9 Owen Reed
10 James Murray
11 Ewan Prichard.
12 Lewis Hill
13 Sean Pyle
14 Peter Andrew Bath
15 Hopey

Second half

1 Paul Winter
2 Keith Winter
3 Steve Palmer
4 Steve Sewell
5. Adam Turnbull
6 Ewan Lowry
7.Jake Armstrong
8 Stu Bailey
9 Owen Reed
10 Matt Thompson
11 Ewan Prichard
12 Lewis Hill
13 James Murray
14 James Toward Adams
15 Hopey



1st XV Rugby News

Team Selection for Kirkby Lonsdale

Kick Off Time:               2pm
Game Location:            Away, at Underlay Park

Blaydon’s New Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) is now offically open and Blaydon’s Funday was a great success


Another great day to be entered into the numerous memorable days in the history of Blaydon RFC, only tainted by the wrong result on the field, as Blaydon loose out to a more determined Hull RFC side.

Bill Locke hosted the event as Blaydon President

Robin Wannop represented the RFU Board and explained the background to the ARP Programme and presented the club with a commemorative Vase

Madam Mayor Jill Green cut the ribbon on the AGP to declare it open.

Mayor Jill Green cuts the ribbon officially opening Blaydon’s AGP



Our guests  for the pre-match lunch included:

  • Joining Bill on the top table:
    • Madam Mayor Jill Green
    • Cllr Sonya Hawkins
    • Cllr Malcolm Brain
    • Robin Wannop RFU
    • Steve Grainger RFU
    • Matt Bryan RFU
    • David Sawyer – President of Durham RFU
  • Other guest included:
    • Past Presidents and Chairman of the Executive
    • Past Club Captains
    • Volunteers who help with the organisation of things like; Carboot, Bonfire, Beerfestival, Funday, etc.



A 100 Squares competition to raise funds for our partner Charity Wooden Spoon was run during the lunch with the prize being a Phil Vickery signed England Shirt – there we a few squares left, which we will follow up this week and announce the winner via social media. Click here for Wooden Spoon Story


Alongside the AGP Pitch Opening Ceremony Blaydon hosted a Funday with various rugby games and tester sessions, as well as a range of things to provide entertainment; Virtual reality, Bouncy Castles Roundabouts, etc.

It is intended that this Funday becomes an Annual Event, our thanks to following for making the Funday a success:

  • Kelly Vinnicombe, Elaine Parker for Organising – we better also say Vinnie, he must have helped somehow, surely…
  • To the clubs who provided opposition for the youth teams
  • To the many helpers who helped the day run well:
    •  Elaine again, Charlie & Catherine Brown, Damien & Adele Ameer-Beg
    • Our referees: Jason Leng and Ian Kelly.
    • Scott Gordon and Andy Lane for sorting fixtures
    • Matt T for the use of the orbs which the kids loved,
    • Other parent helpers: Julie Pickett, Karen Rapley, Jo Craddock, Andrea Hall, The Lisle Family, Donna Gray, Elaine Harwood, Sarah Wilson, The Simpsons, Lucy Wilkinson, The Millicans, Lisa Armstrong, Dan Tedstill, Joe Ferguson, Leigh Ferguson, Bradley Sturrock, Jon Chapman, Barry the DJ
    • and of course Northumbria Police Dog officers who gave up their day off to do the display
    • and we hope we didn’t miss anyone,

thanks to all, from Blaydon President & Club Executive Committee

thanks to Ian Peel, Donna Owens, Dave Miller and yours truly for the photos

Saturday 3rd November 2018 – Bonfire & Fireworks Extravaganza

Come along and enjoy a great evening:

Commencing at 5.00pm with the William Clark Fun Fair

Followed by Bonfire and Fireworks

In-House music 6.00pm till late.



  • Adults £6.00 
  • Children under 16 – £3.00
  • With under 3 – free
  • Family Group (2 adults and 2 children) £15.00






1st XV Rugby News

Off to a flying start at the Crowtrees

A sunny day on the new AGP welcomed Vale of Lune to the Crowtrees. A healthy crowd was there to cheer on the lads as well as a great away support for The Vale.

Blaydon got off to a flying start with scores from Dan Marshall, Nathan Bailey, Jack Appleton and David Lyall. All the efforts were well worked team efforts some from under our own posts. The points continued to rise and by the end of the game it finished 92-12.

Director of Rugby Matt Thompson was very happy after the game but told his boys “we move on to next week now and a massive derby fixture at Alnwick. We must train harder  this week and look to keep the tempo and skill level of the game very high. This can only be achieved via hard work on the training field.”

See you all at Alnwick.



1st XV Rugby News

Blaydon 92 Vale of Lune 12

The first day of a new season, the first game in a new league, and the first game on a new playing surface at the Crow Trees ground – the stage was set for Blaydon to shine, and they did not disappoint.
Their visitors were also playing in the Northern Premier League for the first time, via a promotion last season, and simply had no answer to the speed and guile of the Blaydon backs who ran in 14 tries, most of them with consummate ease.
It took Blaydon 3 minutes to record their first score but they then raced to 52-0 by the interval and added another 6 in the second period with centre Dan Marshall finishing with 4 and winger Jack Appleton a hat-trick.
So comfortable was the win that the ball was scarcely in the air as there never a need to clear the home lines although Vale did manage a couple of second half efforts by way of compensation.
Skipper Keith Laughlin twice led a charge into the visitors 22, leading to the opener when full-back Nathan Bailey was handed a simple score by Marshall. Hooker Cameron Bell barged his way over in the corner for the second and then the floodgates opened.
The common denominator in most of the tries was Blaydon grabbing possession in their own 22 and a back beating his man to run to the other end and  hand it on to a support runner, and Vale were powerless to do very much about it.
By half-time Marshall had a hat-trick whilst David Lyall, James Cooney and Dan Taylor also got their names on the score sheet.
It was quite a shock when the visitors crossed the try line within a minute of the re-start, scrum half Charles Lomas over from close range and Harry Finan converting. On 58 minutes Lomas scored again when sniping from a short scrum but that was the limit of their efforts.
Marshall with his fourth, Rob Lenderyou and Taylor with his second and finally an Appleton hat-trick in 13 minutes finished it off for Blaydon.
No doubt the opposition will be stronger in the weeks ahead but what a start to life in the Northern Premier.
John Brennan.
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Team News – Saturday 1st September – Blaydon RFC v Vale of Lune

Matt Thompson names his first 18 man squad (all this league allows) for our first North Premier League Game:  matt thompson