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Following what has been an unprecedented period, with government guidelines keeping our club closed, it has undoubtedly been the most difficult period for everyone involved in hospitality and although the government has a route map to recover, there is still a level of uncertainty for things fully returning to normal. As a result of this we unfortunately have to announce the end of an era with two key changes for the club:


House Manager at Blaydon RFC


After many years at Blaydon RFC, as House Manager, it is with regret we announce Sharon has decided to make a career change and leave her role at Blaydon RFC.


Sharon is one of the most dedicate, committed employees you could have. She has been at the centre of day to day operation of the club, organising many aspects, working tirelessly to develop a very successful functions capability, which helped generate much needed revenue for the club.


Sharon is working with the people who have functions booked to ensure the success of each event and she will work with her replacement (interim or permanent) during her notice period to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities to the new House Manager.


We would like to thank Sharon for everything she has done for Blaydon RFC, wish her every success in the future and look forward to welcoming her on the other side of the bar at Blaydon RFC in future.


Blaydon RFC will be looking for new House Manager, anyone interested in the role should contact us via email:



Catering at Blaydon RFC


With the club being unable to offer Functions requiring Catering at Blaydon RFC for such a long period, AMOW Catering have re-assessed their business and decided to withdraw from the ongoing Catering Contact with Blaydon RFC.


AMOW Catering Ltd. have been a long serving valued Catering Partner of Blaydon RFC and it is with regret we announce this, whilst we also understand this has been a very difficult period for companies providing services around hospitality. We would like to thank Andy (AMOW) for his service and wish him every success in the future.


To ensure functions at Blaydon RFC are not impacted, AMOW Catering have agreed to continue to provide function catering until end of June, to allow the club to appoint a new catering partner.


Blaydon RFC will be looking for new Catering Partner, to ensure we are able to continue to offer the same high standards of catering. Interest from companies in the first instance should be registered via email:



Bruce on behalf of

Blaydon RFC Executive


It is with deep sadness that we share the news that one of the Blaydon Rugby Football Club family: Robin Walker passed away overnight following a period of illness.

Thursday 11th March 2021

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that one of the Blaydon Rugby Football Club family: Robin Walker passed away overnight following a period of illness.

Robin was a true club man and represented Blaydon Rugby Club superbly in many ways…

  • As a player, he played at all levels in the club moving down the teams to continue to play as years rolled on and then returned as a physio, such was his love of the his club and the game that is rugby. Couple of headlines:
      •  Came out of 1st team retirement to help club out when needed and played tight head against Ian McLauchlan (Mighty Mouse) versus Jordon Hill
      •  He started as a winger at Durham School
  • As a physio – keeping many of the older Bricks players on the park far longer than they should have been there
  • As a volunteer – arranging carnivals, groups and other events to help fund raising
  • As Blaydon RFC Santa, for many years bringing joy to the children’s parties of the members at Blaydon RFC

Robin was a lovely man and a great bloke.

Our thoughts at this time are with Christine and his family, RIP Robin, You will be greatly missed and long remembered by all who knew you!

Further information and details will be posted as they become available.

Blaydon Car Boot Sale



  • 2 Plots for hot food and beverages
  • Plot for ice cream
  • Plot for fruit
  • Plot for sweets



Download Tender form:   Car Boot 2021 Tender Form

Tenders must be submitted on the form provided BEFORE 12 NOON ON SUNDAY 14th March 2021 and all parties will be notified BY TUESDAY 16th MARCH 2021 of the outcome.

Selection will be made purely on the written responses provided and the Selection Committee will include members of Blaydon Rugby Football Club’s Executive Committee and the Car Boot Management Team.

The main factor in the decision will be remuneration offered, but the club will take into account how the companies tendering are willing to support the wider entity that is Blaydon Rugby Football Club.


Further details available:


It is the intention of Blaydon Rugby Football Club to formalise the approach to allocating the above-listed plots for this year’s Car Boot Sales.   The Car Boot Sale is held 39 Sundays each year from the beginning of March until the end of November and in addition, to the maximum number of stalls – 400 – the attendance can be as high as 4,000 people, obviously depending upon the time of year and the weather.


The 2021 Car Boot season, will have a delayed start due to COVID.  We are not expecting any fee for the affected weeks.


It is the responsibility of the tenderer to ensure that the opportunity is fully understood and the club cannot guarantee any attendance or expected takings values for the plots.  It should be noted that the sale of chocolate is excluded from all vans, this being allotted to sweet vans.


It is the responsibility of the vendor to ensure that the catering van is kept in adequate condition and furthermore can be, and is, moved on request of Blaydon Rugby Football club with adequate notice.


It must be accepted and understood that certain months will have different attendance to others, but the club requests that the tenderer submit a fixed offer per month for the nine month operational period.


These payments will be settled on the first Sunday of each month and all tenders are for the full nine month period.


The process will be one of sealed tenders submitted in the envelopes to the Secretary of Blaydon RFC, with four pieces of information provided:

  • Monthly value offered.
  • Details of willingness to be /or current involvement with the rest of the club/sponsorship.
  • Other influencing factors, e.g. previous experience of working with Blaydon RFC


Please complete question on Mid-Week Car Boot Sale on tender doc.


Please download form or email the ‘Contact’ email and tender form will be emailed to you. All completed forms to be submitted to following email address:





BRFC 100 Club Winnings Update

Evening All,

BRFC’s very own Master of the Ball Bag, Stan (Peter Hails) has been in touch indicating that the 100 Club draws for the period over Lockdown have been completed, the results are detailed below.
A reminder, the prize breakdown is £100, £75, £50 and £25.

May 2020
59. T Appleton
88. Linda B
50. Pat H
19. B Strickland

June 2020
61. B Anderson
28. B Sweeney
08. P Vinnicombe
39. H Redpath

July 2020
69. M Ward
43. S Little
34. R Thompson
85. R Kilbraer

August 2020
26. Lisa L.J.
91. Howie G
57. Johnny C
02. R Bartle

Sept 2020
31. T Davidson
17. A Savoury
72. K Robinson
09. L Hogarth

October 2020
24. M Rowley
15. D Strachan
07. D Miller
78. T Guilfoyle

November 2020
32. Bob Elliot Roy
70. C Snowdon
53. T Barclay
51. R Jackson

December 2020
30. J Punton
69. M Ward
90. Barracudas
93. Mrs Huxley

Any monies due are subtracted from the winnings, surplus paid as prize. Once things return to normal the draws will be done at the club on a Thursday night monthly. Clearly it will be easier for the winnings to be paid out when the club reopens, but if you need the money beforehand i am sure something can be arranged.
If anyone wants to start taking part in the 100 Club Draw then drop me a message.

Support BRFC through the 100 Club

The 100 Club

Many members and supporters may not be aware that for some years the Club has held a monthly draw in support of the Club funds

This originated through the active membership of the Crows (a volunteer Group of past players and supporters who raise monies to aid all aspects of Rugby at Blaydon RFC) but has been supported by many members over the years. Cash prizes are drawn every month and winners are normally able to collect their winnings at the Club

Since the closure of the Club no draws or winnings have been provided but are held within the bank account.  This will be rectified as we are moving the draw to an online virtual draw, away from the dependence on the club machine. Draw results will be published on social media and our website

In the last 2 years funds have been used to contribute towards:

Junior Section Rugby via Chairman of Youth

Decoration of Club Hall and Atrium

Recovering of Clubhouse seating

Support Ongoing Club and grounds maintenance

Financial Sponsorship of  teams where funds are available

The purpose of this message is to confirm the situation to existing members, and invite new members to join.

Membership is via a Direct Debit of £5.00 per month to a separate Club bank account

Details are as follows:

Account :  Blaydon Rugby Club Treasurer Acc

A/C No  01442681

Sort Code 30-93-43

Please mail who will help get you enrolled and ensure you are entered into future draws:

  • Provide a list of numbers available and temporarily allocate you a free number
  • Once you’ve confirm that your DD/monthly transfer has been arranged with your Bank, on receipt of your first payment he will enter you into the draw

In these difficult times for the Club this is an excellent way to show your ongoing support by a small monthly contribution and the opportunity to win up to £100 on a monthly basis. We would encourage all members to join

Blaydon Executive  Committee


New Year message from the Chairman

No one could have predicted the unprecedented year we’ve just experienced. This time last year we had everything rugby; we were playing rugby, watching rugby and enjoying each other’s company socially, before, during and after games. We were looking forward to our First XV challenging for the league; our Ladies & Girls sections were continuing to grow; our Academy was proving a great success; our senior teams were looking forward to the cup competitions, in which we have been so successful; we’d developed one of the most successful O2 Touch setups; established a growing Walking Rugby family and our Youth/Age Grade rugby were continuing to go from strength to strength; Blaydon RFC and our ‘One Team Blaydon’ (OTB) ethos was in full swing, then lockdown and rugby was suspended.

12 months on and it feels surreal. No rugby for over 9 months.  The club house is closed and we have just moved into Tier 4, with no short term expectation of those things changing. This has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging years for me as your Chairman but at the same time, one of my proudest, as people from the Blaydon rugby family rally round to support the club. That continued support will be key in helping our recovery and growth, once this virus is beaten, which it will be!

My thoughts are with club members and their families who have experienced first-hand the hardships of this past year, be that ill health, economic challenges or general frustrations with lockdown. I also sympathise with the many business owners who have supported the club, who are now suffering an extended period of financial concern.

My sincere thanks go to the Club’s Committee and Management who, whilst being frustrated that rugby has been suspended, continue to work hard to ensure that the club is ready for a return to rugby and our other business activities that enable us to support rugby at Blaydon RFC. As a committee we’ve had to make some tough decisions this year, financially the club is in a sound position, we’ve reduced costs where we can, we’ve taken advantage of a number of lines of support in the form of various grants/loans and received a magnificent response during the Members’ Appeal earlier this year. We are consuming some funds that could have otherwise been used for important improvement projects, but we’ll have to look for alternative options to fund those at a later time.

I can’t thank enough the efforts of the volunteers who always put so much into the club with many helping to keep the club running through these difficult times, including the fantastic work during the summer to tidy up the grounds, cut the hedges, maintain the trees and flower beds.

Finally, I want to thank the players in all of the disciplines/teams at the Club. Your endurance and determination to be ready for return to rugby is greatly appreciated. When we get back to competition I am confident Blaydon RFC will continue to grow and triumph. Please stay as fit as you possibly can to be ready for that day. Until then I ask you check on your teammates and ensure they are getting through this period and let us know if you have any concerns we could help with.

When this is all over, we will bring our Blaydon Rugby family together to celebrate our return, quite how, we’ve still to work out, any suggestions greatly appreciated.  Meanwhile I wish you all a happy New Year and all my best wishes to you and your families for 2021 and hope that all our lives will return to normality in the near future.

Stay safe


Tier 4 – Suspension of Rugby at Blaydon RFC

As you will all be aware we are now in Tier 4, which comes with following guidance:

  • Government guidelines are to ‘Stay at Home’ but U18s sport can continue
  • RFU guidelines say – All Senior involvement in rugby has to stop, but Age grade rugby can continue, although on their website the RFU have suggested suspending all rugby until further guidance is available.


As a club we want to encourage rugby, however, we don’t see how we can conform to the government guidelines to ‘Stay at Home’ if we were to allow age grade rugby to continue. As a committee we don’t see how we can ask our volunteers to put themselves and their family at risk by taking training. Therefore for now, we have made the decision to suspend all rugby, track what is decided on schooling, as well as testing in schools and await further guidance from the RFU.


The current guidance also prevents anyone from a Northumberland County Council Region travelling into a DCC Region, so not all of our players would be allowed to train at Blaydon anyway!               Find out the coronavirus restrictions in your local area – GOV.UK (


This is about being socially responsible, we will continue to review the situation as government and RFU guidance develop, providing updates as soon as we can, on when we believe it would be safer to return to training.


Stay safe, any questions please email:

From the Executive Committee at Blaydon RFC


BRFC U15’s – Metro Radio’s Mission Christmas Appeal

During these difficult times, where folks are struggling it is fantastic when our youth take it upon themselves to organise a collection to help others in need.
Our fantastic Under 15s team collected donations within the team for Metro Radio’s Mission Christmas Appeal.
Two of their players (Max Gordon & Max Lee) dropped them off last night. This is a great effort by all involved and you are all a fantastic asset to the club. Stay Safe and Have a fabulous Xmas!!

COVID -19 Membership Update – November 2020

In view of the changing circumstances a new membership offer for January 2021 will be advertised in the near future. Many thanks for those members (new and old) who got in contact in October, you will be updated in due course. Please stay safe over the forthcoming festive period and look out for updates regarding the bar re-opening/return to rugby etc.

RIP Gypsy – Family, friends and rugby community say goodbye, in an amazing way, the only way they could given COVID19 restrictions



Gypsy’s funeral cars had a double line of honour,  as they passed through the Rugby Club grounds on the way to Saltwell Crematorium, as a sizeable crowd,  adhering to social distancing, turned out to pay last respects to John ‘Gypsy’ Davidson, a lovely man, a great bloke and a great human being.


A Few Words about Gypsy – from Barry Rowlands

I’m sorry I can’t join you today to say goodbye, celebrate John’s life and give you all a hug.  I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the time when we can all get together and have a big party to remember him; we all know how he looked forward to a party, especially an all day session at a wedding or a funeral.


I was touched when you asked me to write a few words about John to be read out at the service.  It’s a great privilege to share a few of my memories and I hope I can do justice to the task and represent his many friends that have been touched by the unique character “Gypsy”.  A loving and proud husband, father and grandfather and a valued friend to so very many.


His warm and infectious personality, his youthful outlook, his hope, optimism and enthusiasm, his trust of others, his generosity of spirit and his ability to make everyone he touched feel special made him special.


He is a connection across many generations at Blaydon Rugby Club, a constant presence either as a player, friend or employee.  From ex senior players and officials from the 70’s to those involved in junior and mini rugby today.  He is well known and respected across the North East rugby fraternity and more wider afield.


My friendship with John stretches back almost 40 years, our relationship and that of our families is not confined to our mutual love of rugby and Blaydon Rugby Club.  He befriended my wider family, my mam, dad, wife ,4 children and my little brother Craig. They always spoke fondly of him, and Craig has represented the Rowland Brothers in my absence abroad. He loved my mother’s corned beef pasties, he was a popular baby sitter with our young children when we all went camping together, he taught Rebecca to roll cigarettes at the age of 5, and all of the children when young painted an image of him as a gift to hang in his shed.  He liked me to sing A Little Tenderness by The Commitments, and as you know he liked Theakstons, a cigarette or 2 and he couldn’t keep a secret!


When I first met him he had lots of black curly hair and his own teeth, about 20 years ago Peter Graham removed his teeth and presented him with a set of very white dentures; I don’t know if anyone else noticed this transformation!

As well as his ability to connect across generations he was able to hold his own across all social classes; at the top Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Jim Huxley and Kit Whittfield and at the very bottom Dancing Davy and Stag!


As you know he could be a bit of a dreamer and considered himself in his younger days to be a local lothario in the Swalwell area,  “he had the ability to attract women of all ages that was legendary, he was a magnet “-all words that John used to describe himself!  One of his standard lines he used when introduced to a new member of the rugby club bar staff was “when I was younger before I was married I’m sure I went out with your mother” much to his disappointment and damage to his ego ,particular in recent years ,invariably the response was “no I think that must have been my grandmother!”


As a younger man he was an all rounder, a gymnast, an excellent swimmer and rugby player.  “One of the best props ever seen at the rugby club a great natural athlete” – again all words he used to describe himself!

Inspired by the film Billy Elliot ,Gypsy and Stag got their tutu’s and tights back out and reformed the Sugar Plums to dance the Nut Cracker at my brother Craig’s wedding, an experience I will never forget, and most of the guests were scarred by.

He did in recent years still treat us to an exhibition of forward rolls and cartwheels in the rugby club bar.

He was full of fun, an uninhibited character that was always up to responding to a dare, episodes of note included:-

– barred from an invitation only 1st team drinking session in an upstairs changing room at      the rugby club, he decided to accept the challenge of stripping naked, donning only a tiny apron borrowed from the kitchen, climbed up the ladder in darkness and preceded to pretend his was a window cleaner come to clean the windows.  He was dragged in through the window and they enjoyed his company releasing him after 2 hours of torture and humiliation.

– having gate crashed another private function at the rugby club, a halloween party he was keen to enter the spirit of the event.  He took little persuasion to respond to a suggestion that he should burn 2 holes in a white large tablecloth and re-enter the function room as a ghost.

– on a rugby trip to the Isle of Man he followed the instruction to remove his dentures and entertain the Manx community with a toothless rendition of the Blaydon Races.

– since the new clubhouse was built in 1996 it became a popular wedding venue, Gypsy would insist on joining all photographs of the wedding party whether he knew them or not.  I can imagine bride and groom and parents looking back on their special day wondering who’s that bloke with the white teeth and the cheeky smile.


He loved his rugby tours both domestic and international, along with others we would spend many hours remembering the great times we had together, our travels included amongst others, Bognor Regis, Doncaster, The Isle of Man, Portugal and The Crow Flies South tour to Barcelona in 1996 ( sometimes referred to as the tour of bad breath).  He wasn’t bothered about how exotic the destination, he was happy if he was with his mates and of course whatever trip he was on had Susan’s full approval.


Gypsy was a massive personality and a central character at the heart of the rugby club he is loved and will be missed by us all.


Of course as an active and enthusiastic member of the Stone Crows having now fallen off his perch he has ascended  to the great nest in the sky, and from there  he will be able to enjoy depositing droppings on us for eternity.


Finally, as you know he was a sensitive soul who was not afraid to express his love, I will always remember our last hug and his saying “I love you bud”


Lots of love