Strategic Partnership with Northampton Saints
Posted by: Ginger Blueboy (IP Logged)
Date: 25 June, 2020 18:22

[bedfordrugby.co.uk]

A significant announcement.

I assume this means the relationship with Sarries is over. If I'm honest, I'm pleased it is - haven't felt we've got much out of it for a couple of seasons now (& they've enjoyed poaching our players). Also think after salary cap debacle some distancing was required.

Re: Strategic Partnership with Northampton Saints
Posted by: Jonathan Wilcox (IP Logged)
Date: 25 June, 2020 20:47

This is really exciting news, made my day tbh. Looking forward to seeing a few announcements in the coming weeks.

Re: Strategic Partnership with Northampton Saints
Posted by: Yaffle (IP Logged)
Date: 25 June, 2020 20:51

This is the best possible news under the current circumstances.

Re: Strategic Partnership with Northampton Saints
Posted by: Jonathan Wilcox (IP Logged)
Date: 25 June, 2020 22:32

Yaffle, agreed

Re: Strategic Partnership with Northampton Saints
Posted by: Deerhunter (IP Logged)
Date: 26 June, 2020 10:37

It doesn’t seem to be going down very well on the Championship version of this chat room.

Re: Strategic Partnership with Northampton Saints
Posted by: 1spy (IP Logged)
Date: 26 June, 2020 17:28

Good move in that it gives the Club more financial sustainability but the cost is you lose your independence.

Re: Strategic Partnership with Northampton Saints
Posted by: Yaffle (IP Logged)
Date: 26 June, 2020 18:23

Would I prefer it if Bedford were financially stable and able to be fully independent? Of course I would. However, those days have long since disappeared and the Championship is the most vulnerable of all the leagues.
It should be clear by now that there is only scope for one full-time league (The Premiership) and that everything from the current National League 1 is 'amateur'. This leaves the Championship in the equivalent of 'no mans land' - insufficient means or funding to be fully professional yet trying desperately to be competitive enough to challenge for promotion. This has happened only once in the past 10 years and that was when Exeter were able to execute their grand plan (and how well they have done it).
To my thinking, this announcement about an arrangement with Northampton is only an extension of what we have been doing with Saracens, Saints and Leicester over recent years. Good, young players will come and go but If it means that our club lives to fight another day, playing an exciting brand of rugby here, at Goldington Road, then I will sign up for it.

Re: Strategic Partnership with Northampton Saints
Posted by: Blue Jon (IP Logged)
Date: 26 June, 2020 18:40

Agreed with these comments, it is the best for Bedford in what will be a financially stricken year or 2. it does now explain the the lack of signings, the board must have been confident of this agreement being formalised.

Looking at the comments on the 'championship forum', there are few who will be green with envy of us getting sorted in time for next year, whenever that starts.

Re: Strategic Partnership with Northampton Saints
Posted by: Deerhunter (IP Logged)
Date: 26 June, 2020 20:33

Well said.

Re: Strategic Partnership with Northampton Saints
Posted by: bluegrass (IP Logged)
Date: 27 June, 2020 14:02

Well done Geoff Irvine, was a little worried how we were going to put a strong squad together for next season. Sounds like a great deal going forward.

Re: Strategic Partnership with Northampton Saints
Posted by: Blue33Years (IP Logged)
Date: 17 July, 2020 14:04

No comments ref the latest podcast? I questioned maintaining the identity of the Blues. Geoff Irvine assured that it is not a takeover but a 'merger'. Wonder if Saints see it like that. Also ref. the squad. Mike remarked Blues are likely to add 'half a dozen or so signings' when clear about the restart dates!

Re: Strategic Partnership with Northampton Saints
Posted by: Blue33Years (IP Logged)
Date: 03 September, 2020 10:42

Viewing the last few Saints games, maybe the loans should go the other way?

Re: Strategic Partnership with Northampton Saints
Posted by: Yaffle (IP Logged)
Date: 03 September, 2020 15:38

An interesting, and telling, piece from BBC's Sports rugby pages:-
"While there have been a handful of gripping games since the resumption, squad rotation and the lack of a relegation threat has resulted in a number of mismatches, which does little for the integrity or reputation of the Premiership.

Exeter and Saracens have the quality and depth to compete regardless of their rotation, but many clubs at the moment are waving the white flag with their team selection.

One interesting exception is Northampton, with Chris Boyd choosing to mix and match his players, fielding two completely separate sides of similar standard over the first four rounds of the restart.

In terms of results, it hasn't worked, with the Saints losing three out of four - including Sunday's match at Harlequins - and dropping away from the title race.

But all four of Northampton's matches have been close and competitive. While Boyd may not have endeared himself to Saints fans, neutrals should feel differently...."

....lack of a relegation threat.... Perhaps this is what a ring-fenced league will look like with only those pushing for a top four place really trying to win.

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