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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

Blaydon U11s

BRFC U11’s Season Update

The Blaydon U11s rugby team have had a great season. New players have joined, we’ve all worked hard and gained new skills, had a lot of fun and built a good team spirit. We always welcome new players, no matter what level of experience and ability they have, as long as they want to enjoy playing!! The U11’s now train at BRFC on a Wednesday night from 6pm and the coaching team has been increased this season with the addition of Jonathan Chapman and Peter Newton, who will assist Doug and Craig most weeks. We are all looking forward to the season ahead and can’t wait to get started in September. If you know anybody about to start in Year 6 at Junior School please have a word and see if they’ve considered giving rugby a go, this would be appreciated. Many thanks the BRFC U11’s

Blaydon U11s

Blaydon online club shop for Macron Clothing launched

Junior & Senior clothing ranges available for delivery to the club (FOC) or your home (P&P applies)


Blaydon RFC Bars are Public Bars, everyone welcome

Opening hours:

Monday 7pm till 10pm
Tuesday 7pm till 10pm
Wedensday 6pm till 10pm
Thursday 6pm till 11pm
Friday 6pm till 11:30pm
Saturday Noon to 11:30pm
Sunday Noon to 5pm (later if Function booked)

Updated with funeral arrangements – It is with great sadness that Blaydon RFC announce the loss of one of our rugby family: Derek Murray

Details of arrangements:

  • A service will be held at Mountsett Crematorium on Friday 19th July at 12:30
  • A reception will follow at Blaydon Cricket Club

Please respect family wishes, NO BLACK TIES, club ties where available, or any other colour other than black. Derek himself never owned a black tie and would not want people wearing a black tie at his funeral.

All who knew Derek or wish to pay their respects will be welcome at the service and reception.

Family flowers only requested please, a collection will be made after the service for donations to ‘Daft as a Brush’ cancer patient care.


Derek was one of the great stalwarts of Blaydon RFC having served the club for decades; as a player, a coach, member of the committee and one of the club’s best fans.

Derek was a true gent, many people have already expressed on social media that they felt privileged to have known him and he will be sadly missed by many friends at Blaydon RFC, Rest In Peace Derek.


Derek Murray – 1931 – 2019

Sadly, Derek died in hospital in his 88th year on Monday 1st July and will be sadly missed by all his sporting friends in the North East and in particular, Blaydon Rugby Football Club.

Derek was a life member of Blaydon following on from his Father Jack and also a Life Member of the Durham County Rugby Football Union Committee for whom he was President in 1974/75.

Derek played rugby for Blaydon for many years at all levels culminating in representing the 1st XV in the latter stages of his playing career and also in his earlier days he carried out the arduous administrative duties of being Team Secretary well before the arrival of modern day technology of mobile phones and computers. Derek posted team sheets in Camsell’s the Barbers in Blaydon every week relying on players to find if they were selected.

Latterly, whilst still supporting the club at all matches and functions and continuing his duties on the County Committee, he also served as a Trustee for the Blaydon club.

Derek, during his sporting life, was always supported by his wife Jean who pre-deceased him several, years ago.

For his efforts in the past at Blaydon Derek will be irreplaceable and Blaydon Rugby Club and all members send condolences to his son Ian and his family at this very sad time.

Details of funeral arrangements will follow when available.



BRFC Under 10’s Update for 2019/20 Season

Hello. And thank you for taking time to visit our U10 page for Blaydon RFC.

A complete new coaching team was introduced last season and the players were taught the principles of contact rugby.

Our philosophy at this young age is trying to get the best out of each individual player.

This coming season the team will play against other local teams both home and away, and we have the use of our fantastic all weather state of the art pitch – it’s fantastic.

Training is under the watchful eye of three coaches – James, Scott and Jason. James and Scott are gaining more and more experience and attend training courses, and Jason has been a coach at BRFC for 14 years and is qualified as a level 2 coach. The guys are DBS checked and are 1st aid trained. Also not forgetting our team manager Steph who runs off-field comings and goings.

Training and matches are on a Sunday morning, usually starting at 10am. Everyone gets a chance to shine and after matches all players, and our very supportive group of parents and families, go into the clubhouse for a get-together. Players and coaches wear Blaydon dress shirt and tie (provided) and during the season Steph also arranges social events as we believe the team is not just those on the pitch, it is players family too.

We would be delighted to welcome you into our rugby family, you will be very welcome both on and off the pitch.