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Wooden Brick Appeal

Brick Appeal for Buchanan Room Refurbishment

Blaydon RFC are starting a brick appeal to raise money to refurbish the Buchanan Room (downstairs bar to left of staircase). The price of the wooden brick with your name on is £50 and the bricks will be placed on the wall as you walk into the clubhouse.

If you are interested please contact Paul Strachan (, 07881 803147 or via Messenger on Facebook) providing payment and details of the name to be engraved.

Many thanks for your continued support.

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Blaydon 8, Harrogate 12

🔴⚫️Match Report 🔴⚫️

Saturday 7th December 2019


After defending solidly for the first 20 minutes and shipping only one converted try, Blaydon then got on the offensive reducing the arrears with an unconverted try and a penalty just before the break, giving them a narrow lead at half time.

The second half began in similar fashion to the first period with the visitors on the offensive in the early stages but gradually Blaydon upped a gear and by the 6th minute of injury time they still held their 1 point advantage. In the final 2 minutes however, things went horribly wrong with the game reduced to uncontested scrums, Blaydon won a line out on half way, and instead of retaining possession and working the clock down they inexplicably kicked ahead, lost possession, and thereafter the rest is history. The opposition gathered the ball, ran across field, Blaydon gave away a penalty and then immediately a second one following interference with the first one, and Harrogate ran through a disorganised Blaydon defence to score the winning try with the last move of the game. As stated previously Harrogate dominated early exchanges, Blaydon suffered a yellow card when Harry Borthwick got his marching orders, and in the 11th minute prop Connor Ward finished off a catch and drive for Steven Fox to add the extras.

Midway through the half, Blaydon came more into the game and flyhalf Ryan Foreman threaded through a narrow gap to reduce the arrears to only 2 points. Blaydon continued to attack and a forward misdemeanour saw the same player add a simple 3 points in front of the posts. Half time arrived and afterwards we saw the two sides both failing to take chances and wrong decisions cost each team chances to improve their scoreline until the game reached the eventful final minutes when Blaydon contrived to lose a game seemingly well within their control.

Next week we visit Carlisle who have previously beaten Harrogate and will no doubt be looking for another top scalp.

Jim Huxley



Donation Station U14

Gateshead Foodbank Donation Station at BRFC

Last season, 2 of our (current) u14s players (Max Gordon & Max Lee) had an idea to set up a ‘Donation Station’ at the Club, to collect food donations for Gateshead Foodbank.

Thanks to generosity of players & parents, we managed to donate 67.7kg to families in need.

We’ve just emptied the box in preparation for a big push on Saturday during & after the NSB matches and made another donation of 17.3kg. The clubhouse will be full this Saturday afternoon as we have the sell out Christmas Jumper Presidents Lunch followed by BRFC v Harrogate RFC. It would be fantastic if everyone was able to bring at least one item, we understand they have a big shortage of male toiletries.

The box will be available on Saturday in the downstairs bar. All donations gratefully accepted.

BRFC would like to thank Max Lee and Max Gordon for their very thoughtful idea to consider others less fortunate then themselves at this time of year, what a great gesture and another example of our fantastic Youth Section going above and beyond #pumpthecrow

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Durham RFU Dec 1st

BRFC Host Durham County RFU U18’s Boys Representative Festival

On Sunday BRFC hosted the Durham County RFU U18’s Boys Representative Festival on the AGP. There were three matches taking place throughout the day involving around 180 players from Durham, Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cheshire and Northumberland, together with their parents and RFU officials. The day went well and we have had some wonderful feedback from the organisers, so many thanks to Sharon and her team for their assistance throughout. #pumpthecrow

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Saturday 30th November – weekend rugby

Saturday: Blaydon Georgians (2s) v Wharfedale 2s at home 2:!5 KO

  • Blaydon 1s – no game this weekend
  • Blaydon Spartans (3s) – no game this weekend
  • Blaydon Bricks (4s) v Percy Park Pumas – cancelled due to weather
  • 4:15 Novos 3s v Berwick Bears on AGP


  • RFU – England Counties U18 – North Programme on AGP 10am to 4pm
    • Durham U18s v Lancaster U18s 11-30am
    • Cumbria U18s v Cheshire U18s 1-30pm
    • Northumberland U18s v Yorkshire U18s 3-30pm
  • Youth / age grade activity – Everything off due to weather


Blaydon Spartans 14, Morpeth Stags 22

Spartans narrowly loose out in a tightly contested fixture with Morpeth. The commitment form the wider club was great to see, Spartans had 6 subs, which hasn’t happened much for any Blaydon team this season, if at all, good to see to:

  • Killers guesting in front row
  • James T-A and Matt Robertson for dashing from work to be available for 2nd half.
  • Michael Thursby made his return to a Blaydon shirt
  • Tom Hirst’s game at Sunderland was canned and he came to help out in the front row


  •  James Murray did great job as captain, to get the team ready for the game, then the game started……..  and although I told him I would write that his performance went down hill as soon as the whistle went, I cant, as always with James he put in a really good performance, scored one, kicked two and captain/played right up to the end of the game. NO lack of effort to try pull the game back.
  •  Alex Leng introduced himself to the Stags right at the kickoff with a slide in to secure the kick off and steal the ball.
  • Game started really well with forwards dominant, some good movement from the backs, but for; some early handling errors, couple wrong options and some good defence form Morpeth Spartans should have been 2 or 3 scores ahead, it always looked like a score would come.
  • Savs cut some good lines from fullback and Thomas Reay was probing and making a proper nuisance of himself to Morpeth
  • I misled  Paul Winter, I told him Tom was going to give him a spell in the 2nd half as we were playing AGP, but never really intended to give him a rest, good thing was he was enjoying it so much, anyway.
  • Adam, Jack, Harry, Justin & Killers were putting themselves around the park
  • Our set piece worked well and provided a good amount of ball.
  •  Joel used his head to trip the big number 8, he may want to try other parts of his body in future.

All 6 subs went on at half-time, as I said to the team after the game, it’s important everyone gets game time, given how many turned out, the downside of changing so many players, even for good players, it always disturbs a team and we lost our way at the start of the 2nd half a little, aligned with Morpeth making couple good player substitutions. It took a while for team to gel and we just ran out of time at the end to recover the deficit, with a bit more time, it could easily have been a different scoreline.  But great team performance, everyone played for each other, it looked like everyone enjoyed the game and if they play like that the Spartans will win the majority of their remaining games.

After game ‘goings-on’ – anyone from the Spartans squad who hasn’t viewed the Facebook Tom Hirst narrated recap of Joel’s life experiences is encouraged to do so, we re-iterate no doors were damaged in the telling of the tail…  good few beers and really funny evening. Always a pleasure, never a chore, Tom! – we miss you.







Trys: James Murray, Killers

Conv: James Murray 2



Paul Winter
Cameron Richardson   (Tom Hirst)
Jack The-Pear Inglis
Adam Turnbull
Alex Leng
Justin Clarke         (Divers)
Craig Harrison      (Nic Eatch)

Thomas Reay
James Murray
Joel Atkin                (David Reay)
Scott Whitfield       (James Towart Adams)
Divers                      (Micheal Thursby)
Simon Cooper       (Matt Robertson)


Kirkby Lonsdale 31, Blaydon 25

Kirkby Lonsdale 31 – 25 Blaydon

Having completed the double last season over the home side and on the back of 5 successive victories, second placed Blaydon seemed to be confident of recording another victory.   However, right from the start things did not go to plan and a knock on from the kick off and a missed tackle soon saw the home side take advantage and open up a 14 point lead as early as the 9th minute after tries by man of the match scrum half Ben Walker and winger Andrew Bargh both converted by Ryan Terry.
A reality check for Blaydon who immediately replied with a number of penetrating back moves but a mixture of poor handling and good home defence saw them take 10 minutes to reduce the arrears with a superb counter attack from half way which was Ryan Foreman and Nathan Bailey combine to puy full back Jordan Carey over between the posts for Foreman to add the extras.
Foreman very soon added a simple penalty from 30 metres and the visiting support sat back expecting another victory but continued good defence by Kirkby Lonsdale kept them out.   Two further home tries from breakdowns by hooker Dan Armistead and winger Harry Huddleston who finished off from 30 metres saw the gap widened.   Terry added the extras and just before half time a further 3 points following a forward indiscretion.   Blaydon’s only reply was another Foreman penalty.
Half time arrived with a 31 – 13 scoreline for Kirkby Lonsdale self inflicted by Blaydon’s poor handling and wrong options but immediately on the resumption, Blaydon upped a gear and 10 minutes inside the home 22 eventually saw prop Elliott Beattie score an unconverted try to narrow the gap.   The visitors continued to attack but tenacious defence by the home side continually denied them for the next 25 minutes before, with time ruynning out, Rob Lenderyou scored between the posts for Foreman to convert.
The home side kicked off with only a minute remaining but Blaydon collected and patient play, a ploy which was missing in the first half, saw Blaydon move the ball from one side to the other finishing up with a three on one overlap 20 metres out.    Unfortunately a pass was not taken and the referee, former Blaydon No 8 Gavin Jones, blew for time with the visitors reflecting after having completely dominated the second period, they only scored twice.
Next week is a rest week and we result on 7th December at home against 4th placed Harrogate.
Please note that the game against Harrogate sees the pre-match President’s Christmas Lunch priced at £20 with wine included.   Christmas theme!!!!   Dig out your Christmas jumpers!

Jim Huxley

TEAM NEWS 23/11/19

🔴⚫️ TEAM NEWS 🔴⚫️

🗓Saturday 23rd November

Kirkby Lonsdale (away)


1. Alex Dodds
2. Cameron Bell
3. Elliott Beattie
4. Freddie Lockwood
5. Liam Wright
6. Drew Davison
7. Jack Davidson (c)
8. Keith Laughlin

9. Daniel Taylor
10. Ryan Foreman
11. Frazer Wilson
12. Scott McMillan
13. Daniel Marshall
14. Nathan Bailey
15. Jordan Carey

16. David Lyall 17. Robert Lenderyou 18. Alex Clark

U16s CCQF v Sland

BRFC U16’s Power Into County Cup Semi Final

County Cup U16 Quarter Final – Blaydon 45-17 Sunderland

Nerves were tense from both sides prior to this cup match. Sunderland kicked off the game with the catch being cleanly caught by a Blaydon forward; the ball was quickly passed inside to Jack Harvey who powerfully ran through the Sunderland defence to score under the posts. With 2 minutes gone Blaydon RFC were 7-0. Over the next 10mins both sides looked nervous, with possession changing over through penalties or knock ins. Blaydon turned the ball over in a Sunderland line out and was passed to Jack Harvey who again ran through the Sunderland defence making it 14-0.

Sunderland started to enjoy plenty of possession in the middle of the pitch without causing Blaydon too much problems due to a strong defence. During a passage of play from Blaydon a wayward pass was intercepted by a Sunderland 2nd row who ran under the posts to make it 14-7. This gave Blaydon the focus they needed, with the forwards now dominating the breakdown and retaining possession and keeping to the structure we know. This paid dividends on the stroke of half time with after 4-5 phases and finding ourselves 5-6 yards from the Sunderland try line, the ball was passed inside to Ryan O’Neal who powered over the line. Half time BRFC 21-7 SRFC.

Half time saw Blaydon increase the intensity and with 3 minutes into the 2nd half saw Mark Kelly finding a gap and running in a try to the left making it 28-7. To give Sunderland credit, they were not done yet. 2 turnovers from a Blaydon scrum and line out saw Sunderland driving over the try line in the right corner giving the score 28-12. Again Blaydon kept up with the intensity (especially line speed in defence) and with the ball being passed out to the left after a breakdown in the middle; Will Hindle ran in a try from the opposition 22.

Blaydon now had a foothold in the game and started to relax a little, a Sunderland line out deep inside the Sunderland half saw a Sunderland player spill possession as a result from a solid tackle by Thomas Jones, Blaydon quickly capsulised on this, with the ball being quickly passed from left to right which saw Jack Barnes score right in the far corner. The score was now 40-12. This saw the intensity of the game ease off; after a Sunderland try in the right hand corner the resultant kick off from Blaydon saw a Sunderland player knock on. The scrum was taken on the Sunderland 22, after Blaydon retaining possession, a simple pass inside to Jack Harvey saw him round off a good team display and his hat trick of tries to finish off the scoring at 45-17.

The next round will be the semi final held on 12/01/20 at Blaydon RFC against the winners of the Hartlepool OB v Bishop Auckland game and it would be great to see the rest of the youth sections and the club get behind the U16’s. Well done boys/coaches.

Blaydon 36, Ilkley 18

Blaydon 36 – 18 Ilkley

The home side began well and the visitors struggled in the scrums but despite constant pressure in the opening stages, Blaydon by either wrong options or silly penalties conceded did not open their account and on their first visit to the Blaydon  half, visiting scrum half and star player Blake Morgan finished off a good movement for Charlie Ramsay to convert.
The home side immediately went back on the attack and eventually from a good catch and drive, hooker Gareth Henderson scored in the corner for Ryan Foreman to make an excellent conversion.    The home supporters may have thought this was the beginning of a resurgence but this was not to be so and after 20 minutes Ramsay again put the visitors in front with an easy penalty.   At this stage Blaydon lost Keith Laughlin with a yellow card but amazingly improved their possession and from another catch and drive this time scrum half Dan Taylor touched down and Foreman again added the extras.   Just before half time, the same player kicked an easy penalty to put Blaydon 17 – 10 in front at the interval.
The pattern of play did not change and Blaydon could not increase their lead and eventually the visitors reduced the arrears when Ramsay kicked another penalty.  On the hour, the game changed with Blaydon at last making use of good ball and making inroads on the visiting defence and following another forward drive, prop Alex Dodds touched down near the posts for Foreman to add the points again.   Blaydon continued to attack and a barnstorming run from second row Fred Lockwood which saw him make 40 metres shaking off several tackles and coming just short but quickly presented ball saw Rob Lenderyou touch down for another try and the bonus point.   The conversion was missed this time but Blaydon were now comfortably in the lead, however, on a rare visit, second row Eric King scored in the corner for the visitors to reduce the arrears.
Blaydon resumed normal service and just before the end, Foreman received possession at one side of the field and seeing Nathan Bailey unmarked on the opposite side, he cleverly kicked 60 metres for Bailey to out jump his opposite number, collect, and race in from 15 metres which Foreman duly converted and in the end Blaydon ran out comfortable winners.

The win sees Blaydon still in second place behind Billingham.   Next week we travel to Cumbria to take on Kirkby Lonsdale with a 2.15.p.m. kick off.

Jim Huxley