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Bedford to face Barbarians again in Mobbs Memorial Match

04 February 2010

  • Blues line up against famous invitation club
  • Barbarians set for Mobbs Match

Bedford Blues' James Pritchard touches down in the win over Nottingham

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The 83rd Mobbs Memorial Match between Bedford Blues and the Barbarians will be played at Goldington Road on Tuesday, March 2 (7.45pm).

The match, which was first played in 1921, commemorates Lt Col Edgar Mobbs, the former England, Northampton, East Midlands, Olney and Bedford Modern School wing, who was killed leading an assault on an enemy machine gun post at Passchendale in July 1917.

Until 2008 East Midlands provided the opposition for the longest continuous fixture on the Barbarians' fixture list, though the Barbarians did play a game against Bedford in 1894.

Championship club Bedford now provide the opposition for the famous old fixture and will be attempting to avenge a 72-45 defeat in an entertaining tussle at Goldington Road last April.

Bedford’s director of rugby Mike Rayer usually uses the Mobbs Memorial Match to blood some emerging rugby talent and centre Billy Twelvetrees, now winning rave reviews in the centre for Leicester Tigers, made his Blues debut in the fixture two years ago.

The Mobbs Memorial Match is preceded by a wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the Embankment in Bedford on the afternoon of the match in Mobbs' memory.

All proceeds from the Mobbs Memorial Match will be used to develop youth rugby in East Midlands.