Another lunchtime kick off enabled a few of us Ipswich fans to grab a second game on the way home, and this week it was Bedford Town. In fact on the way to MK Dons we had time to call in and check where the ground was, and we noticed there was slightly small ground next door to the Bedford Town New Eyrie ground. The other ground was McMullen Park home of Bedford FC. Luck was on my side, the gate was open and I was welcomed in by (I thought he was the groundsman) the Bedford chair, he was rightly proud of their new clubhouse and other improvements but did wonder why the old committee had decided to have their own ground rather than share with Bedford Town as had happened when both clubs had moved to the new Council owned out of town ground. He was hopeful for the future as relationships between the two clubs had improved and in fact that afternoon a former Bedford player was to make the bench for Bedford Town.
I was made so welcome I hope to get back and see a gmae played by the "noisy neighbours"
The afternoon saw us at the larger Bedford Club and a game v Ware, who we had see play the week earlier and what a game was saw! Not the greatest conditions but a 3-2 win with plenty of other goal mouth scrambles, shots, headers, full blooded tackles and some needless bookings. Plenty of action to keep the crowd entertained,
But some top tips if you visit the New Eyrie;
1.Visit (and purchase something) from the great programme shop
2. Have a beer in the spacious social club
3. But tea. scones, food from the supporters club tea hut, cheaper than the club snack bar.
Oh and say hello to the Eagle