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It is with great sadness Blaydon RFC announce the loss of one of our rugby family: John Brennan

John Brennan 1941 – 2019

John sadly passed away in hospital last Wednesday 11th September 2019 after a short illness and will be missed by his many friends at Blaydon where he had reported rugby matches for local newspapers during the past 40 years.

No matter how badly Blaydon had played, John had always by skillful use of words, to make it sound possibly much better than it actually had been.

John will be much missed by all his friends in the back of the stand where every second Saturday the world was put to rights particularly in respect of Blaydon’s current form.

Our condolences are send to his wife Valerie and family at this very sad time.

Details of funeral arrangements will be announced later when available.

Jim Huxley

Team News 14/09/19

Team News

Saturday 14th September

Blackburn (away)

Kick off 15:00pm

1. Gareth Henderson
2. Sean Pyle
3. David Lyall
4. Jack Davidson (c)
5. Freddie Lockwood
6. Drew Davison
7. Sweed Harrison
8. Keith Laughlin
9. Nathan Horsfall
10. Daniel Taylor
11. Hugh Mongan
12. Daniel Marshall
13. James Cooney
14. Alex Charlton
15. Nathan Bailey
16. David Kilpatrick 17. Robert Lenderyou 19. Alex Dodds
RFU Visit

The RFU Board visit Blaydon RFC

Blaydon RFC was honoured to be chosen by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Board to visit our Club prior to the England Quilter International match against Italy, being held at St James Park on 6th September.
The Board visited Blaydon Club on Thursday 5th September to take in All Schools activity on the AGP, as well as taking the opportunity to engage with Blaydon’s girls team, our new Academy squad and the full club squad, before the RFU and Blaydon RFC jointly hosted a dinner with representatives from various rugby functions within Durham RFU.
We thank the RFU for what is a real honour for Blaydon RFC and we hope everyone enjoyed their visit to Blaydon RFC.

More images are available on the BRFC Facebook Page

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Blaydon 52, Macclesfield 32

Blaydon secured maximum points in a high scoring opening game of the season against Macclesfield, who were relegated from ND2 North last season.

Team News 07/09/19

Saturday 7th September

vs Macclesfield

kick off 15:00pm

Crow Trees

1. Gareth Henderson
2. Sean Pyle
3. Elliott Beattie
4. Jack Davidon (c)
5. Freddie Lockwood
6. Robert Lenderyou
7. Drew Davison
8. Keith Laughlin

9. Daniel Taylor
10. Ryan Foreman
11. Frazer Wilson
12. Alex Clark
13. Daniel Marshall
14. James Cooney
15. Jordan Carey

16. David Lyall 17. Sweed Harrison 18. Chidera Obonna



TEAM NEWS 30/08/19

Keith Laughlin has named a 31 man squad for tonights game against Tynedale.

kick off 19:30pm

1. Gareth Henderson
2. Cameron Bell
3. David Lyall
4. Keith Laughlin
5. Jack Davidson (c)
6. Robert Lenderyou
7. Drew Davison
8. Harry Borthwick

9. Daniel Taylor
10. Ryan Foreman
11. Frazer Wilson
12. Alex Clark
13. Daniel Marshall
14. Jack Appleton
15. Jordan Carey


16. Sean Pyle
17. Rhys Quinn
18. Darren Fearn
19. Elliot Beattie
20. Freddie Lockwood

21. Liam Wright
22. Chris McGlen
23. Sweed Harrison
24. Alex Charlton
25. Anthony Jackson

26. Matt Solway
27. Robert Bell
28. Nathan Bailey
29. Hugh Mongan
30. Chidera Obonna
31. Nathan Horsfall


Durham County RFU Newsletter

Durham County Rugby Union (CB)

Good morning Clubs,

Durham County RFU now have a DCRFU Newsletter that will be uploaded to the Durham County website and circulated on 3 monthly basis.

We ask that Clubs could also share this with their Club contacts, and share on their own website. The link to find the Newsletter is –

If you have any questions, or have an event or news story that you would like to be added to the Newsletter, please contact

Many thanks

Erin Knotts
DCRFU Administrator

Blaydon RFC, in collaboration with RFU introduce Walking Rugby on AGP at Crowtrees

‘Walking Rugby’ is increasing in popularity, improving fitness levels in a safe environment and enjoying the social activity around it. The game is mixed gender, suitable for ex-players, players rehabilitation or non-players who want social exercise and for all abilities.
Take a look at the overview on video click here

Past Players also welcome: 

Just when you thought your rugby career may come to an end one day, ‘Walking Rugby’ steps in as a real consideration for people who want to:

  • Rekindle past friendships with teams mates
  • Join new teams and build that camaraderie only taking part in a team can achieve
  • Meet new friends with like minded people
  • Get out the chair, do some exercise and have a pie & pint/gin/prosecco


As the name suggests, running is forbidden as is passing the ball higher than shoulder height. There are also no high tackles – or indeed any tackles – and, crucially, no contested scrums, rucks or mauls.
Instead players are allowed to hold onto the ball for no more than three seconds before passing, keeping the pace moving and giving the other team an opportunity to intercept. No running allowed.


Walking Rugby complements the other rugby variants we offer at Blaydon, with O2 Touch and contact rugby also available. Walking rugby is for anyone and over. Sessions are adapted to cater for all backgrounds and experiences of Rugby. Veterans of the game are welcome as are newcomers.


Your first two sessions are free, to introduce you to the sport, after that:

  • the one hour session on Thursday morning is free as its sponsored by RFU
  • the evening session which will take place at 6pm on either Tuesday night will have a nominal charge (£3) per person to cover the hire of the AGP and provision of certified coach to run the session.


All equipment is provided. Participants must wear suitable clothing, bring some water and as sessions will take place on artificial grass pitch; moulded, plastic or metal stud boots are required.


The Walking Rugby sessions will be delivered by a RFU certified coach who will use the rules of Walking Rugby developed by Age UK.
Coaches received Older Peoples Champion training developed by Age UK. This is a condition of delivering Walking Sports. The feel of the sessions will be very much social and fun, whilst providing physical activity. Sessions will last one hour.

Blaydon RFC Pre-season friendlies – 2019/20 Season

Saturday 17th August – tournament AWAY at Boroughmuir RFC


Saturday 24th August

  • 1s contest Andrew Baggett Cup against Wharfedale, KO 2:30pm at Crowtrees
  • 2s fixture v Middlesboro XV, KO 1pm at Crowtrees
  • 3s fixture  v Novos IIs away, KO 2pm


Friday 30th August – HOME to Tynedale KO 7:30pm

  • following the success of last season’s Friday night’s game, we’re doing it again this year
  • entry will again be free, with a collection being made for the club’s charities on the night


Saturday 31st August – TBC