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  1. Rhodes

    Bedford FC

    Have you stiII got the programme 😉:
    3 points
  2. Paul_C

    Club Shop - New Stock

    Mini footballs, Pens and Water bottles now in stock. Supporters' Association memberships are also available to buy from the club shop cost is £10.
    2 points
  3. Tuesday night away fixture against a new team but what a fantastic performance as the Urchins after a lively first 10 minutes dominated the opposition and crashed the home sides party with their new 3g pitch. For the most part the entire teams passing and movement was fantastic with lots of good link up play between the forwards and the midfield that just cut open the home side at will. As soon as we got the first goal in then the Urchins started to accelerate away for the rest of the game without really breaking a sweat. As for the home team they forced some good saves from joe wright but rarely seemed to trouble a solid back line and often got caught out on the break. to be 3-0 at half time was fantastic and such was the Urchins dominance 2 changes at half time and a change of formation gave the lads opportunity to try some different things and minutes for ollie and micky and still dominate with another 3-0 in second half. for me both Nash goals were the pick of the night with micky parcell's outrageous flick with the outside of his right boot with the result of Nash placing the ball into the net for his second of 2 goals being the best and Nash seems to have got over his little blip in front of goal. its been fantastic to see the new layers and loaned players come into this side and lift the performance level and the competition for places will defiantly be tough going forward and no doubt raise the stranded higher for this squad of players. Well done all round to the team and management and lets hope we see more displays like tonight to keep the momentum going. Up The Urchins.
    2 points
  4. LondonEagle

    Bedford FC

    The original Eyrie in the Town Centre was a magnificent ground. Record attendance 18,000 v Everton in the FA Cup in 1966. Here it is when Bedford lost 2-1 in an FA Cup replay to Arsenal in 1956 after Extra-Time, after the first tie finished in a 2-2 draw at Highbury:
    2 points
  5. LondonEagle

    Bedford FC

    Thanks Rally, appreciate your take on things. Big signing for Bedford Town yesterday: https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/bedfordtownfootballclub/news/eagles-welcome-thorne-signing-2728056.html
    2 points
  6. Made to work for that win,scrappy from our point of view but with injuries and suspensions it was a bit of a patchwork team hurried together bright points we won and a great debut from Jack Munn up the Urchins
    2 points
  7. Start off by giving credit to the opposition club , very friendly club and they clearly are are trying advance themselves , everyone at that club should be proud of the effort the staff are putting in. The game was tricky , they worked hard and it wasn’t until that 3rd goal went in that we were assured of Victory. Win it was and deservedly so - we’re in the hat for the next round. Well done Hornchurch and I hope the non train fans have an easier journey home coyu
    2 points
  8. Rhodes

    Bedford FC

    RaII‎yInRaIeigh - Real Bedford won't have any trouble meeting Step 5 criteria at McMullen Park next season as they used to be a Step 5 Club and Peter McCormack will make certain the Club meets Step 4 criteria in 2024/25, after that it couId become a bit more tricky with the pernickety FA however money will presumably be no object. I am impressed by your understanding of how it all works, Club's are required to have all the criteria in place by 31 March prior to the new season ahead which, again, shouldn't be an issue for Mr McCormack, he seems to have already transformed McMullen Park beyond all recognition.
    2 points
  9. Controlled the majority of the game then looked like we were going to throw it away switched off to let them back in the game and then the penalty soon after Joe went way too early and they still managed to miss an open goal,we finished stronger and could have extended the lead,Stortford don't look as strong as last season good 3 points though and tidy crowd up the Urchins,Ipswich here we come
    2 points
  10. Rhodes

    Bedford FC

    Those were the days though weren't they when it was proper football, unlike now, and we managed perfectly well back then without computers and mobile phones. Did Neil Kirkup have a brother called Joe out of interest who played for West Ham, Chelsea and Southampton.
    1 point
  11. LondonEagle

    Bedford FC

    Yes, Mark Smith was maybe the player-manager? I think Kirkup was maybe a player for Beford United then or coach? It's a long time ago and no internet pages to check it up on.
    1 point
  12. A match report and edited highlights from the live stream: https://www.realbedford.com/news/bedford-pass-another-tough-test-winning-away-at-amersham-town
    1 point
  13. Cruz

    Bedford FC

    Hello London Eagle. I thank you so much for the Internet address of Bedford Town history. It is a real blast from the past with so many faces from times past, I remember these players as though it was only yesterday, these players were my heroes at the time, I recall arriving at the Queens Park Eyrie early in the hope I could obtain autographs, I was very young at the time. I attended all the Bedford Utd verses Bedford Town matches like yourself, at this point of time was supporting United. I remember Jamie Hunter and Tony McGovern great players at this level. Did McGovern become manager of St Neots for a period of time? I believe Neil Kirkup played a few matches for the Eagles? I am not saying you are incorrect but I believe the manger of Bedford Utd at the time was a player manager called Smith, once again thank you for allowing me to re-live those memories.
    1 point
  14. LondonEagle

    Bedford FC

    I was at the game as well. Hard to believe 30 years ago now. Went to all 4 of the Bedford Town v United games in the SML as it was then in 91/92 and 92/93. Both teams had some good players then - Jason Reed and Ian Phelan at Bedford Town, Tony McGovern at Bedford United and Jamie Hunter who played for both. Saw Jamie at Bedford Town last season with a few other of Town's ex-players from that era. The United Manager was Neil Kirkup i think, who scored the winning goal in my first-ever Bedford Town match (also my first ever football match in 1980 v Corby. 91/92 United finished 3rd in the league and Town 4th and 92/92 Town were promoted as Champions and United finished 3rd. Town's goal difference was plus 124 that season and won 36 out of 42 games. Real Bedford yet to drop a point this season so on course to be as good or better a season than that for them, can't see anyone except maybe Ampthill getting even close to them.
    1 point
  15. Hmm .. no comments on this one so I'll start .. to be honest a pretty dire game .. I watched from the side as I was with a friend with his daughter, seeing us defend ..- and in the first 15 mins we were opened up 3 times ... a simple ball over the top and Kouassi was clean through .. Nathan made a number of good saves and would have been my choice for MOM.. We tightened up .. and can be pleased with the clean sheet overall, but we didnt really create much. I wondered it we had reduced the width of the pitch, given the number of times we passed it out of play !! Defence was solid overall - Bray won lots of headers, Braithwaite looks good at CB, and Payne & Spencer both performed well - but we don't pass the ball out enough - hopefully Josh is OK after his appearance back in the friendly - he is great at doing that ... Second half was more even, but I would say if anyone deserved the win it was Canvey - they were an impressive outfit who passed it well Last 10-15 we did make efforts to nick a winner, with Cass and Bilal coming on - and created a few half chances .. I did think though that we had no other attacking options on the bench .. with LDV suspended for 3 big games and not sure where Taaffe was? Would have liked to see Kian Wilkes on the bench ... or do we have anyone else in the squad who is attacking? So an improvement on our meeting 2 weeks ago, but we need to be winning our home games against most if we are to be up there ... Can we sign Kouassi? Surely we are a bigger club than them!
    1 point
  16. I wonder whether eccentric groundhopper, blogger and coach LoudmouthBFC was at SpratIeys Meadow this evening:
    1 point
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  18. After Saturdays prediction I am buzzing 4-1 att 197
    1 point
  19. Rhodes

    Bedford FC

    Moulton FC Iost tamely at Letchworth Garden City EagIes so there shouldn't be any probIems tomorrow evening at McMuIIen Park. Here are both match reports from the HoImer Green game: Holmer Green 1-4 Real Bedford - All matches (First Team) - Holmer Green Football Club (holmergreenfc.co.uk) Bedford’s 6TH Straight League Win Takes Them Back To THe Top of THe Table | Real Bedford FC | Running Bitcoin
    1 point
  20. Wow very clinical result v Maldon n Tiptree a good team performance. 2 fantastic lobs over the keepeer in the first 10 minutes but Higgins one right footed and one left footed After that thought the lads just contained the match and still had neumourous chances to score more. Maldon got better in 2nd half but this felt like an Urchins team in 2nd gear staying safe from injury before nash got a deserved goal at the end The songs and banter was excellent and on form as usual roll on the draw for the next round. Up The Urchins
    1 point
  21. A groundhopper from another Forum was present: Moulton FC 5 Raunds 2 SSML Division 1 Admission £5, Programme £2, Coffee £1.20, h/c 55 There is a large car-park at the ground and you pay at a wooden hut by the entrance. On your left is a large clubhouse with a tea hatch and a bar. The 4G pitch is on a higher level, up some steps or a ramp for those less mobile. The "cage" has a seated stand on one side and the dug outs are on the far side. The ground is three-sided with the clubhouse side (behind the goal) out of bounds. The game was very entertaining. The home team played possession football until their winger became free and then within a couple of passes, they had a shooting chance. Moulton were 3 up at the break and seemed in total control. The second half saw Raunds by far the better team. They pulled a goal back and then missed three or four good chances. Against the run of play Moulton added a fourth goal and then the visitors had a player sent to the sin bin. In the 93rd minute Moulton scored from a superb free-kick, but while they were congratulating themselves, Raunds scored from the last kick of the game, fantastic entertainment. Raunds can take a lot of heart from their second half performance and hopefully it will see them pull away from the bottom of the table.
    1 point
  22. Hi. It’s a restart for week One. As mentioned on the original (10 Sep) thread we will now reduce the season to 13 games (plus 2 play-off weeks) in order to complete by Christmas. Head to head fixtures remain the same. Obviously with the annual deliberate mistake now corrected (yes, UrchinYid was down to play twice and CuppaTea not at all). Many thanks to those of you who helpfully wrote in to point this out. Which is NONE of you, including the aforementioned UrchinY and Mr C. Tea. I wonder why I bother As previously noted The Hatted Urchin has not confirmed so we are currently running with 23 + The Dummy Team, who are renamed the Queen's Dummies in honour of our recently departed and all-round wonder woman, QE2. @The Hatted Urchin – just say if you want to take them over: I’ll reserve them for you for this week and next week, then they will go on “general sale” to any new wannabe managers. Normal Dummy Team rules will apply for now (see rules as pasted on original week 1 thread). And a warm welcome (again) to Mojo4687. Here we go... Week 1. Predictions by 3pm, Sat 17 September Please predict on this lot. A mildly East Anglian theme. FAC result is before extra time/pens. Sparta Rotterdam v Groningen Sheff Wed v Ipswich Colchester v Grimsby Enfield Town v Bognor (League game) Maldon & T v Hornchurch (FAC) Attendance: Contingency: Alloa v Montrose And last but certainly not least, Three cheers for the Queen. What a lady. JAGO
    1 point
  23. Use to be Tilbury town on a regular basis
    1 point
  24. @JagoBognor are still in the FA cup, so the Enfield game won't be going ahead. Sparta Rotterdam 3 v 1 Groningen Sheff Wed 1 v 2 Ipswich Colchester 1 v 1 Grimsby Maldon & T 0 v 3 Hornchurch (FAC) Attendance: 299 Contingency: Alloa 2 v 1 Montrose
    1 point
  25. I wasn't intending to make this game as away with work - but a cancellation on a Weds meeting meant I could rush down from Crewe and got there - and really glad I did, it was a very enjoyable game! 6 changes from the Canvey game which I wasnt at, but feedback wasn't complimentary. We passed it around well, and dominated in the air as well. There were a number of scuffles in the area as we unsettled them .. moments after their no2 pushed Braithwaite to the ground following a corner, he diverted Adam's shot into the goal for 1-0!! Second half we finished the game off by the hour mark - Coker was MOM for me with a really dominant performance, confident on the ball, scoring 2 goals in 5 mins, one from each side of the pitch. Whatever the reasons for his enforced absence, great to see him back in a towner shirt and it is like a new signing! Cass came on and hit the post, before LDV curled in the 4th (not Sam as they announced) and from open play not a free kick (he did come very close on a couple!) Nathan was called into action a couple of times and did well, pleased for us to keep the clean sheet. Pleased to see Joe Payne back - as I understand it not dual reg with Cheshunt but ours! He played really well, some lovely touches. Deyton had some nice link up play, Spencer looked confident on the right. Scott T back after injury, Sammy impressive as always ... Shame LDV was sent off at the end .. with Nathan having been clattered similarly minutes before could have been a yellow, but it was an unecessary challenge at 4-0, and their players made a real noise about it and possibly persuaded the ref ... Brightlingseas are not going to be up there challenging, but we have a bad record there - I can still remember the 1-2 last minute defeat in April there ... so great confidence boosting performance ... So despite a mixed start we are only just out of the play off places ... Well done All!
    1 point
  26. Well seen a few over the years and been on the receiving end,strange start to the evening lots of drizzle absence of fans Well no Casuals and where where their officials gremlins with the national anthem and no lights in the Riverside stand,now for the positive stuff one way traffic all night could have been more,proper Urchin football albeit the Casuals were dreadful up to 3rd in the league up the Urchins
    1 point
  27. RallyInRaleigh

    Bedford FC

    That seems like an absolutely incredible signing. And the Eyrie might be the best name for a grounds I've ever heard. Just has such a strong/intimidating connotation.
    1 point
  28. RallyInRaleigh

    Bedford FC

    I find it to be a very fair and accurate critique in how the locals perceive the club vs. the international fans like me. Locals both in those like Bedford Town but also the other SSML clubs are basically seeing (sorry USA centric themes incoming) The New York Yankees in Real Bedford. The are operating at a totally different level financially than their direct peers and, almost by definition, are the Goliath to the rest of their leagues David. Internationally, fans are operating as is we are on a year by year promotion schedule until proven otherwise and already view their peers as those floating closer to the National League. That's not reality but "we" (I hope you can all see I'm reasonable and actually invested in the SSML as it stands today) are looking up and seeing ourselves as the underdog against those top clubs and largely ignoring the present. I don't grant the premise on bitcoin harming the youth. How much time do you think kids spend thinking about the corporate values of "Fly Emirates" or "Qatar Airways" when watching a match? Are they concerned with the environmental impact of international flights? Or how the gas is sourced for those planes? Bitcoin is a high risk asset. It's not going to sneak into your kids bedroom at night and ask them to buy drugs. Real Bedford doesn't make fans use it in any way to attend a match. Or buy concessions. Or join the youth squad. Their team website has an entire section dedicated to providing resources to learn more and another on why it might not be right for you. And that's that. Peter is VERY passionate about it and holds meet ups to educate those that are interested in it locally. You don't have to attend them to get into a match or a discount on tickets. It's just kind of there. And I think it's wildly unfair to conflate Peter using it as a means to bring international interest and support to his club as somehow akin to asking kids to learn about gambling. As for the local business angle, I also think that's a fair critique. He has stated publicly he wants to get more local support and at obvious discounts to what his club would demand on the open market. I'd suggested things like an official pub of the club where should say Bedford score 4 goals, all those with tickets get x% off drinks following the match. This type of tactic is something regularly used stateside have no clue if there is a similar model in the UK. Either way, I'd like to see more local business investment and imagine we will. Remember, he's owned the club for less than a year. It's going to take time to build these relationships especially when it's obvious that people have strong opinions on him either way and some just won't want to be aligned with him. I'm hopeful that you'll see more in the future especially as the club sees more local interest--which I understand it has.
    1 point
  29. Tbh that genuinely isn't the main reason. Largely i am not a big fan of the whole Bitcoin angle. I understand why he is going down that route, because that is his field. Football clubs don't generally exist to promote a particular ethos, product, way of life, or however Bitcoin is defined. The match programme is very impressive for an SSML club, as are the sponsors boards at the ground. There isn't a single local or non-Bitcoin company featured in either though. Even then, that wouldn't really be an issue, but the fact that they have partnered with 2 youth set-ups (Bedford Ladies and Girls and Bedford Park Rangers boys) makes me a little uncomfortable. Substitute Bitcoin for online gambling and how OK would everyone in football be with that eg if Paddy Power decided to set up a football club to promote online gambling and all the club's sponsors were gambling related, and they were holding workshops on matchdays to 'educate' fans about online gambling and setting-up lots of youth teams, what would be the general reaction to that? Plus for Gemini and the US sponsors they want to promote a fairy story of how their sponsorship enabled Real Bedford to compete with Chelsea etc, but in the meantime Bedford Town are basically the David to Real Bedford's Goliath and the underdog story is Bedford Town and the other local clubs trying to compete with the might of Real Bedford's US sponsors and global merch sales, armed only with local fans and local businesses supporting them.
    1 point
  30. Yes - confirmed on the Club's social media. 7.45 p.m. kick off
    1 point
  31. We are over and were going to Billericay...can get our train tickets refunded...may just hit the Upminster Tap for a few tomorrow afternoon as we're in the Manor...plenty of other games ahead of us...such a sad time for our nation...
    1 point
  32. RallyInRaleigh - As you say there are still a lot of Challenge Trophy First Round ties still to be played, the draw for the Second Round will be made at some point and possibly Real Bedford will meet a Premier Division Club who certainly will not relish a trip to McMullen Park. You have to feel sorry for London Tigers who drew Real Bedford at home in the Division One Cup First Round, that tie is being played this Saturday (10 September) so unfortunately you will have no live stream to watch again.
    1 point
  33. Hi All, hopefully you are all aware of the date of the beers festival. The team have been sourcing some great new beers and gins, music has also been confirmed. Every year I try and get sponsors for the beers and gins so if anyone would like to sponsor a drink or knows a company etc please get in touch. Cheers Digits
    1 point
  34. I am glad you are watching in America, Real Bedord truely global, I watch every streamed match and I am in Bolivia
    1 point
  35. Sadly no streaming the cups for Real Bedford so I'll be glued to twitter for various updates. Hope to see some smaller sides punch above their weight in the GCT.
    1 point
  36. Great day for their club in the fixture base wise , nice supporters , but I was expecting a bigger crowd than what it was today , I want to give Ipswich wanders credit as they did play well and cause us a few problems but we done the job what we needed to do and we did get a two goal advantage that was good until they got their deserved goal back. It wasn’t comfortable until the third goal that we scored really , Just want to say also a great debut from Jack Munns today. Can’t wait to see him play against his old club next weekend, But now onto the next round of the Fa Cup , hopefully we could get a good game that is near by so most people could attend , maybe a home tie next round would be good , maybe a derby match vs Romford as they are still in the cup , but let’s see who we get ! Hopefully see most of you all next weekend on derby day Vs Billericay !!! Come On You Urchins !!
    1 point
  37. LondonEagle

    Ampthill Town

    Five wins from five and top of the league now. Great effort.
    1 point
  38. I'd have thought that Mark, Jamie, Tim and Tony will be there. I'll get my coat.
    1 point
  39. Adults £8.00 Concessions £5.00 U 16 £2.00
    1 point
  40. LondonEagle

    Bedford FC

    Technically that's correct yes although Ryman League Prem was also Step 2 and they were in that from 2001/02 to 2003/04 when they lost in the promotion PO Final to St Albans for promotion to the Conference South, when the leagues were restructured. No investment went into the playing budget at all from about 2006 onwards to 2018ish from the previous owner. Crowds suffered and therefore the playing budget. Crowds and the budget are much higher now than they were even in 2006. So yes no reason at all they can't get promoted in next 3 to 4 years. Basically, from being reformed in 91/92 it took Bedford 10 years to get from SSML Div 1 to Step 2 (Ryman Prem) and then for the period from 2007 to 2018ish they were just stagnating and not really attempting to get promoted due to low playing budget. Then a couple of Covid interrupted seasons so only last season they really got going again.
    1 point
  41. Very disappointing result, albeit against a side flying high in the league... but we can't keep using the excuse that we're playing opponents higher up the table than we are, as most sides are at the moment Yet another late goal, and even though it sounds like we competed well and were unlucky, it still seems to keep happening. That said, I'm very much sticking to my view that we should judge things after 10 games, and no sooner - and although from what I've read we've not been setting the world alight with our performances, we also aren't being completely outplayed, and things could have turned out differently with a little more luck. Look forward to getting along to a game soon so I can share my views.
    1 point
  42. djwilf

    Just seen today's result

    First game today for me so can't comment on others. Set up as a 3 5 2....Rian, Rian and Dequane on the left Midfield of Lewis and Bilal wide, Scott S, Sam and Lyle in the middle and Adam and Jake up front. Potters Bar started quite well, and in wide areas caused us alot of difficulty. Think we'd all agree Lewis and Bilal are better going forwards. First half was open with both teams creating chances, PB looking dangerous on the break and a few tackles flying in with the referee struggling to keep control. The melee in front of our dug out wasn't pretty and not sure any of the officials had a clue what was going on, apart from their 8 getting away with being very physical. Lyle's free kick was pushed on to the post and in by the goalkeeper...he was beaten anyway. Unfortunately we didn't hold the lead long at all and their midfielder ran past our midfield to fire past Nathan. In midfield there were times when it was too easy to break us down and too much space available. Neither gk had a great deal to do though, as defences seemed to be on top and final ball was lacking by both teams. 2nd half we had plenty of possession but didn't create much. Adam headed wide with probably our best chance and with better communication Lewis could have passed the ball in when it was taken away by Adam before he could shoot. Their goal was harsh...cannot remember who tried to clear it but fell straight to their 7 whose shot was deflected off Scott and wrong footed Nathan who could do nothing. I know we have a few new players this season.....Scott, Rhian and Dequane starting. However, despite the possession we didn't create anything clear cut and we don't seem to keep possession long enough. Something that has troubled us for a long time is when we lose the ball.....we are soo easy to break down and the gaps are too big without a solid midfield retaining possession. MOM today was Sam by some distance I think, battled hard all game, used the ball well and tried to link up with others. He was gutted once we'd conceded. We had a few good crosses in the box but nothing worse than seeing crosses and corners either sail behind or straight into their 6ft plus keeper. Not sure if Rian is a RB but think Rian in the middle was our best CB and at left and right back their wide players caused us lots of trouble. We'll probably play worse this season and win.
    1 point
  43. cup of tea

    Useful 3 points

    Useful win against a top side.
    1 point
  44. urchinman1961

    Early days

    Potters bar top of the league,Billericay bottom,Urchins sniffing around going to be an interesting season
    1 point
  45. Cruz

    Bedford FC

    Reference the colour change of Real Bedford FC football shirts. They have changed the colours of their shirts on numerous occasions . When I first started to support them they were playing in tangerine shirts. I recall a meeting when the discussion was about changing the colour of their shirts, I was most disgruntled when they featured blue in their playing kits because of Bedford Town. I beg to point out that I was only a minor committee member and had no infuence only as a general dogs body. I still remain a follower of this club despite the distance.
    1 point
  46. Hi all, I was a photographer at the match yesterday and have put together a photographic match report. It's mainly focused on Sutton as I live quite close to there and get down there a lot, and obviously they had most of the play yesterday as well. Hopefully this is of interest to a few. Match Report Good luck for the rest of the campaign, GRTourist
    1 point
  47. Savagebee

    Money Talks?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52493649 🤔
    1 point
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