Rugby Football Union Championship club the Bedford Blues are gearing up for the RFU Championship play-off final first leg match against the Newcastle Falcons and the chairman of the club Geoff Irvine is enjoying each and every moment of the build-up.
The Blues have reached the play-off finals for the first time in their history and the club’s chairman is pleased that the club’s players and the coaching staff are finally getting the plaudits that were due to them.
He mentioned that everything is going extremely well, adding that the main stand was sold out the day after the tickets went on sale, mentioning the club has not seen so much excitement for a long time. He admitted that the way things are shaping up, it can only mean that the club will have a bumper support cheering them on come the final. He also stated that he is extremely pleased with Mike Rayer, the club’s head coach, his entire coaching team and the players who have taken the club to this stage.
Irvine went on to state that a lot of people don’t really appreciate how hard the club works, mentioning the fact that the squad that the club has is mainly full of a part time players who have other jobs as well. These players come in to the club at six in the morning, hit the gym and then go to their full time jobs.
Irvine was part of consortium that took over the club back in 1999 and he is extremely pleased to see the club now reaping the rewards, adding that the one thing that has led to this kind of success is its stability. The Blues are under dogs for the match against Newcastle but Irvine is pleased nonetheless considering the magnitude of this achievement.