Club News


Northern Panthers 31, Blaydon Spartans 31

31 all draw, no one could have seen that coming….   What a game, it had everything; good crowd, nearly as many officials as subs, a large Northern squad, a Spartans squad with strength in depth, having 6 subs, with a great mix of youth, (5 academy players picture below) experience players to close game out when it needed to be and speed to score from anywhere. Oh to be an independent spectator watching this game!

Thanks go to:
• academy guys, with Ethan and Karem making debuts,
• Ash, Liam and Mick from Winlaton,
• George now at Tynedale
• Michael Sturla making his Spartans Debut.

Photos, thanks to Derek Turnbull:

Full squad and Academy players:



These guys from Winlaton, even the cheeky looking one, looks better in red…..   thanks for playing, always welcome!



Trys: Scott 3, James M,  Michael Sturla

Conv: James M 3


High & Lows

• The buzz around the squad was very good, everyone jelled into a squad quickly and Paul Winter brought focus, James M captained and Ewan led the pack, both led by example.
• Great double try saving tackles on the line from Davy and Thomas
• Ash, Cameron & Liam Beck bossed the scrums, well supported by 2 sets of 2nd rows
• Ewan, Liam and Sturla were all over making hits in defence and good yards going forward
• At half time we put every sub on so everyone got a half, people were disappointed to come off, but the attitude was great, everyone just accepted it was time for other to have their turn!
• Winlaton Saxons had only just lost out to the Panthers the previous week, Panthers were please we showed up with a full squad but; weren’t so happy to see Ash, Liam and especially Mick, who had completely wound up Panthers scrum half the previous week and put him off his game, who would have thought, eh!
• Northern announced they had a couple of new guys trying out, like a South African backrow who was looking to join their 1s, but as there was no 2s game……, (which was fine as we had some 2s players) they were having a run out. I bet the SA backrow wished he’d waited a week as our back 5 forwards, both halves, just battered the Panthers, forcing mistakes.
• The sideline/dugout was just good fun, the guys on the pitch were doing their stuff and the bench were supporting them.
• Scott’s hat trick of Trys, including a good interception and foot race.
• Just as Liam had done the week before, Ethan and Karem did the academy proud on their debuts, both did way more than held their own and showed what a bright future Blaydon have coming through the youth system.
• Our trys were predominantly from distance and Crusaders were so concern about our ability to score from distance, when given opportunity to continue with the game, they kicked it off and took the draw.
• James M running a foot race in from just outside of our 22
• Lee Guest’s face, when he asked if he could wear his own testicles and go on to play rugby          :-)                      Mrs Guest said NO! and gave me a ‘look’, I wasn’t going there!

• El Capitan had a kick from about 30m out, that could have won this, but he decide to kick to the corner, that could have been something to do with his chosen kicking tee ‘implement’ which wouldn’t have looked out of place in a torture chamber or novelty garden ……

A draw was a very fair result for this game, 2 well matched sides, played at 100mph a times, with a lot of good young players on display, suppotred by a few older heads, from both sides.

1. Ashley Merritt
2. Cameron Richardson.
3. Liam Beck.
4. Adam Turnbull (George)
5. Matthew Johnson (Ethan King)
6. Ewan Lowry
7. Liam Hills. (Nic Eatch)
8. Michael Sturla

9. Thomas Reay. (Michael Wharton)
10. James Murray
11. James Miller (Karem Toprak)
12. Peter Andrew
13. Scott Whitfield.
14. David Reay (Paul Dingley)
15. Matt Robertson (Thomas Reay)


Brick Appeal for Buchanan Room Refurbishment is gaining momentum

Blaydon RFC brick appeal in aid to raise money to refurbish the Buchanan Room (downstairs bar to left of staircase) si proving very successful, with a number of Bricks already on the wall at the club for future generations of rugby players to see.


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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BRFC U16s Power into County Cup Final

 Blaydon 43-21 Hartlepool Old Boys

This was always going to be a nervous affair between two of the strongest sides in the county.

After 15 mins, the game was still 0-0, with both sides knocking on and giving away needless penalties. That was until after a good break from Nathan in the middle of the park saw him tackled around 5m out from the try line. Blaydon did well to keep the ball alive with some ‘unconventional’ passing out wide, ending in Louis going over in the left corner; 5-0.

Just when it looked Blaydon were settling down; the next 5mins put nerves on edge again with Hartlepool scoring 2 tries in quick succession. The first coming from an interception and the other straight from the kick off from the first try. Blaydon were trialling 5-14 with Hartlepool looking the stronger side.

With the next score being crucial just before the break, credit to Blaydon, they started to look settled and started to put some good, safe phases of rugby together. This was rewarded just before half-time with 2 quick tries from Blaydon one from a fine mazing run from Chris and another ‘pick and go’ from Nathan saw us leading 19-14 going into the break.

The second half saw a much more improved display from Blaydon, with the reduction of fouls and knock ons and they used their cross field kicking to good effect, with the ‘kick and chase’ keeping the ball deep into Hartlepool’s half.

Blaydon used this to their advantage with the first try coming from good forward play with a turn over from the Hartlepool fullback and with quick forward support play seeing Michael Rew going over the line. The second try was similar; with a cross field kick chased down by the Blaydon backs forcing a 5m scrum in the centre of the posts.

A quick move from the backs, saw Louis crossing the line a 2nd time. 33-14 to Blaydon. Credit to Hartlepool; they weren’t finished as they piled the pressure on the Blaydon defence. This rattled Blaydon a bit with a game of ‘hot potato’ on the Blaydon try line saw Hartlepool score; 33-21.

Blaydon again, picked themselves up and again, used a kick to good effect, which saw a try from Mark Kelly in the far left corner. With 5mins to go we saw probably Blaydon’s best try.

With Hartlepool giving away a penalty for a high tackle; Will H kicked into touch into the far left hand corner. A line out, 5 metres out saw Blaydon retain the ball well and then kept the ball alive by using a rolling maul. There was little the Hartlepool defence could do as they saw Matty break from the maul and score into the far left corner, ending the game 43-21.

This was a hard fought win which went ‘to and fro’ in large parts of the game. Well done boys and it is fantastic to see so much promising talent coming through the Youth Section, well done to all involved.

A date for your diary the U16s County Cup Final between BRFC and West Hartlepool is scheduled for February 9th (Venue and Kick Off Time TBC).
Thanks to Gary Barnes for the excellent summary once again.


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County Cup Semi Final Action at BRFC

Blaydon U16’s are in County Cup Semi Final action this Sunday (12th January) against Hartlepool Old Boys!

Kick off is 11am on the AGP, it would be fantastic to see a few new faces on the sidelines supporting the lads!!! #pumpthecrow

Women’s Rugby returns to Blaydon RFC, Supported by RFU Inner Warrior Programme

Starting Saturday 11th January 2020, 10am to 11am at Blaydon RFC on the AGP


Blaydon RFC are among the local venues targeting their latest initiative at women in the hope of encouraging more of them to become involved in sport – or, to be more exact, rugby. Blaydon RFCs are hosting camps early in January and inviting women to attend free rugby fitness sessions aimed at unleashing their “inner warrior”.


Come along and give it a go, whilst traditionally seen as a man’s game, the emergence of England Rugby’s Warrior Camps for females three years ago has since seen around 18,000 women and girls develop a love for the contact sport.


To see more details on the Inner Warrior programme and to book your slot, follow link below:

Details of the Programme – Inner Warrior


Festive games

This seasons festive rugby Encounters between a Blaydon XV and Ryton XV

Boxing Day KO 1-30 at Crowtrees

Sunday 29th KO 1-30 at Barmoor

All support greatly appreciated, all of the festivities without the snow….

U11s GOH Lymm RFC

First Half of the Season Review

This report is produced from match reports, match return sheets and information from other club websites.

Playing record is as follows: P13 W9 L4 Pts 430 Against 309

According to the records 32 players have represented the First Team so far this season with 25 having scored tries with 1 penalty try adding to this total. Currently Harry Borthwick with 10 tries is the leading scorer followed by Dan Marshall with 9. In total we have scored 62 tries, emphasizing our open style of play and this figure is responsible for 75% of our points total.

The conversion rate from the four kickers used is 62% and the leading scorer currently is Ryan Foreman who despite missing games through injury totals 62 points including 21 conversions, 3 tries and 6 penalties.

Whilst we have lost 4 games our points total is enhanced by 13 bonus points, the highest in the league and we have recorded a bonus point in every game of the season.

The first half of the season has gone well, training is well attended and enthusiastically undertaken. Thanks should be given to all who give up their time midweek and on Saturdays to assist in this direction. January will start with the main objective being promotion and therefore it will be necessary to strive harder to achieve this aim.

Finally many thanks to our supporters particularly those who travel on our away trips, the committee for the running of the club, Paul Strachan for, along with his wife Dawn all the work on refurbishments and ground improvements and Sharon and Andy for all their assistance, not forgetting of course the Car Booters. (Summary by Jim Huxley)

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Christmas Holiday Opening Hours 2019/20

Christmas Opening Times confirmed. BRFC hope you all have a fantastic Xmas and best wishes for 2020!!

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BRFC U15 Girls

Blaydon U15 Girls Secure Historic Win at Kingston Park

Blaydon U15 Girls 47 – 10 Gateshead U15 Girls

The U15 Girls team recorded their first ever win over a strong Gateshead side at Kingston Park.

We had 20 players turned up for the match and every single one of them contributed to a fantastic win. Its difficult to pick out the good points as there was so many today, our breakdown work was first class, our scrummaging was powerful, our running lines and more importantly our support play was amazing. We’ve kicked on so much in the last few weeks and today was a just reward for all the effort they have put into training (Summary from Chris Millican).

Girls rugby at BRFC is going from strength to strength, with more players turning up each week, Damien, Chris, Paul Foster and Paul V started the team about 18 months’ ago with a handful of players. The coaching team has now expanded with Jenna Dale looking after the U13s. If you know of any young girls who would like to give rugby a go please get in touch and join this incredible squad.
#rugbyfamily #brfc #englandredroses

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BRFC U15s v Durhan


Blaydon RFC U15s 55 – Durham RFC U15s 19

Scorers: Aidan Ferguson 4, Sam Green 1, Taylor Hannant 1, Ewan Brown 1, Scott Aiston 1, Lloyd Hall 1
Conversions: Dan Tedstill 5 from 9

I am sure most of you are aware but Durham conceded the game due to not being able to field a competent front row, we decided to play a friendly with uncontested scrums. I didn’t tell the boys as I wanted to keep them sharp. The first half was great, we were making some fantastic dominant carries up front with Matty Stewart, Josh Chapman, Taylor Hannant & Lloyd Hall always gaining ground and keeping us on the front foot then showed our power and pace in our back line when we moved the ball wide. My try of this half started with our defence launching their blind side runner through the sideline around the opposition 10 yard line. Lewis V rose like a salmon in the 2 spot in the lineout, played it off the top into the safe hands of MR Forrest – the ball was then fired through the back line and eventually hit Aidan whom was steaming into the back line and as soon as the ball hit his hands you knew he was going to go over the line………. take a bow son!!

The second half seen us show our weakness in defence as a series of missed tackles led to them getting a few scores which was 1 of 2 disappointing parts of our performance today. The other was at the breakdown, our body positions weren’t too bad and we were getting over the ball but then we thought the job was done and we relaxed which gave us problems when they counter rucked. Apart from that we still dominated the 2nd half and I would like to say my favourite try was from the scrum 10/15 yards out with a pick and go from Ewan Brown, offload to Dan Tedstill about 5 yards from the line and again fired it through the hands to see Scott Aiston finish well in the corner. But Lloyd stole the show with a sneaky show and go about 30/40 yards out and glided through their defensive line to race in for a fine score.
All in all a good day at the office, well done men 👍💪👊🏻

The Semi Final is on February 2nd and Blaydon are travelling to Bishop Auckland for a repeat of their Quarter Final clash last year. (Summary from Paul V, pictures from Matt Forrest, many thanks)
#rugbyfamily #blaydonno1 #pumpthecrow

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