The Barbarians Football Club will play their last Mobbs Memorial Match on Tuesday, April 19 at Goldington Road, Bedford against the Bedford Blues. This will end a 90 year fixture and we guess was only a question of time given the rigours of the modern rugby calendar.
All profits from the match each year go into the Mobbs Memorial Fund Charitable Trust, which provides grants to member Clubs of the East Midlands Rugby Union who run age group teams from Mini-Juniors up to U19. The Mobbs Memorial Match was first played in 1921 and it honours the memory of Lt Col Edgar Mobbs, the former England, East Midlands, Northampton, Olney and Bedford Modern School winger, who was killed leading an assault on an enemy machine gun post at Passchendale in July 1917.
The East Midlands Rugby Union have announced: (quote) the Mobbs Match will continue in future years with an East Midlands XV playing The Army. The Bedford and Northampton Clubs have agreed to stage the new match at their respective grounds in alternate seasons, with the first game in 2012 at Franklin’s Gardens. The make-up of the East Midlands XV will be based on a combination of the home club’s players and including, where appropriate, other players in a joint enterprise.(end quote)