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Derby Day at Tynedale

No better way to finish off a hard pre season than a very competitive tough game at our rivals Tynedale. Blaydon once again set off at a fast pace going into a 10 – 0 lead with another well worked try by Jack Appleton and for the 2nd Alex Clarke running a lovely line for speedster Dan Marshall to collect an off load and get over the white wash.

A fight back from the blue and whites was always going to come led by Blaydon old bot Chris Wearmouth, with some bulldozing carriers down the middle of the park. This build up of pressure led to Jamie Guy taking a 10 minute rest in the sin bin. Whilst we were down to 14 another Blaydon old Boy Tom Bramwell found some space in midfield and created to well worked Tynedale tries. Blaydon responded with 3 points soon after.

Blaydon made some substitutions with Jack Davidson and Keith Laughlin coming off the bench with immediate impact. Keith pinning his ears back off a Harry Borthwick break to run in from the half way line. Blaydon eventually held on after some late Dale pressure to pip it 23-22.

Now on to the league next week and Vale of Lune on our brand new artificial pitch.

Honours even for the Baggett Cup

A strong Blaydon squad of 25 players went to Wharfedale to compete for the Baggett Cup. Blaydon set off at the usual high tempo scoring 2 wonderful tries, including a peach of a team effort finished off by Jack Appleton. Dale came back in there usual aggressive way displaying a great power performance from there pack scoring a Penalty try from a scrum and a driving maul effort. Jack Appleton scored another well timed interception which old wharfed ale boy Jamie Guy easily converted. Some great Blaydon defensive efforts saw  the game stuck at 21-21 at 80 mins which both teams saw as a fair result. Matt Thompson mentioned he was very pleased with the effort shown and improvement made week on week as well as the strength in depth in his squad which in no doubt will give him selection headaches during the season.

Team News – Friday 24th August, Blaydon RFC Vs Tynedale RFC

Teams News: Matt Thompson names a 22 man squad for tonight’s fixture at Tynedale

Rugby365 Artifical Grass Pitch (AGP) available at Blaydon RFC

Competitive run out at the Boro

Blaydon took a large , strong squad down for there first run out of the season to Middlesborough who are coached by Blaydon stalwart Andrew Baggett. DoR Matt Thompson was looking forward to seeing on show a few new faces and a few old ones returning from injury. A freak collision during the warm up saw Fraser Wilson on his return hurt a shoulder which could see him out for a few extra weeks.

The game saw both teams play a good brand of attacking rugby allowing Blaydons Dan Marshall score a first half hat trick as well as some great team efforts finished off by James Cooney and Nathan Bailey.

The 2nd half saw Middlesborough come out and put together 2 well executed scores but Blaydon finished the day off with a total of 9 tries. A big Thank You to Middlesborough for hosting us, good luck for the coming season and hopefully this fixture can be made an annual event.


Tynedale v Blaydon on Friday 24th August – Kick Off 6-45pm – Collection will be held for a good cause

Tynedale will be taking a collection at this game for former Tynedale Rugby player; Keith Dungait injured while abroad, your support to one of the ‘rugby family’ would be appreciated


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Extract from Tynedale site:

There will be no charge for admission to this match but we will be having a collection for Keith Dungait.

His Just Giving page shows that over £73,000 has been raised. Please help us to get to the £100,000 target.

You may have already heard about the Keith’s terrible accident.

If you would like to help his family raise the funds to pay for his recovery and return home, please go their Just Giving page.




Blaydon RFC Pre-Season friendlies start this weekend, Saturday 11th August with Matt Thompson starting his first season as Director of Rugby

A lot has changed at Blaydon RFC, thankfully some things stay the same:

  • Matt Thompson starts his first season as Director of Rugby
  • We have a new Artificial Grass Pitch
  • We start our first season in the North Premier
  • Keith Laughlin continues as Club Captain
  • Majority of last years squad remain and we have some very useful additions (more to follow, direct from Matt)
  • We have friendlies against new and old adversaries

Friendlies start this weekend Saturday 11th August with:

  •  First away at Middlesbrough
  •  Club squad in a round robin against following 1st team squads: Medical, North Shields, West End and Winlaton, hosted at Winlaton

Subsequent friendlies:

  • Saturday 18th August, away at Wharfedale
  • Friday 24th August, away at Tynedale KO 7pm

Blaydon RFC AGP all but complete and plans for the season well on track.

2018/19 Season sees the introduction of an Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) at Blaydon RFC which is great news given how well our 1st team played on such a surface, for it’s last 4 home games at Kingston Park last season. Blaydon 1st Team started a transition last season, moving from a forward dominant team to a mobile team of starters and finishers, perfectly suited to an AGP and great for today’s players and spectators alike. If you want to be part of something special, as it develops, come join us!

The pitch is ‘State of the art’ and has been implemented under the RFU – Rugby 365 initiative, everything is brand new; pitch, floodlights, sponsors signs (and new sponsors), dugouts,  posts, perimeter fencing, the lot!  and it will surely help take rugby at Blaydon RFC to a new level.

The pitch is finished construction and results of final testing are expected soon to approve it for use. The Pitch will be used by all areas of the club; senior teams, youth teams and on Friday nights for Vets games.

On the wider plans for the season:

  • We have a brand new website to improve/update our profile, consolidated with our youth and providing information related to all areas of the club; Rugby, Functions, Car Boot, Sponsorship, Event Calender and active News stories
  • We have a new Director of Rugby; Matt Thompson who started our rugby transformation after taking over part way through last season and we’re excited to see it complete
  • 1st Team:
    • Our prime objective for the season is to make an immediate return to National Division 2 North, which we know will be a challenge, as there are some very good teams competing in the North Premier league.
    • Our playing squad is swelling with new signings and great to see many players making a return to Blaydon RFC
  • Season start – 15th September sees the official opening of the AGP, with an array of youth games, 1st team home game v Hull and a family fun day, one not to be missed.
  • Our Youth set-up is to be envied, they have plans to increase the squad sizes/amount of teams and introduce a Girls teams at appropriate age group
  • We will continue to work on how we transition players from our youth to our senior teams, with more and more players from the youth playing for senior teams at Blaydon, we want to increase this further.
  • Senior teams – we are again running 1sts, Georgians, Development, Bricks and the Crows (our Vets) and fixtures will be published shortly
  • We are currently reviewing our overall club development and will reach out soon to get input from all areas to help us shape and prioritise the associated improvement initiatives

2018/19 will be an exciting period for all areas of Blaydon RFC, don’t watch from the outside, come get involved and be part of the club’s journey!

From all at Blaydon RFC


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