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Saints vs Blues: Change to kick-off time for preseason clash

Northampton Saints’ preseason friendly against Bedford Blues has been brought forward (by 30 minutes) to kick-off at 2pm on Saturday 27 August.

The change in the fixture time is to ease congestion in the Sixfields area that afternoon, with Northampton Town also hosting a home match at 3pm that day.

Phil Dowson’s side will lock horns with their Championship neighbours at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens in their first match of preseason. Bedford meanwhile are visiting Northampton for the first time since the two sides began their strategic partnership back in June 2020.

And with nine tries scored between Saints and Blues in last season’s preseason clash, which ended 40-21 to Northampton, this year’s showdown is sure to have action aplenty. 

Entry to this match is FREE for 2022/23 Season Ticket Holders, residents of The Parish, and 2022/23 Saints Members – with all other tickets priced at £10 for adults and £5 for juniors*. 

Saints’ other preseason fixture (away at Ospreys) was confirmed on Wednesday, with the Club’s Gallagher Premiership, Premiership Rugby Cup and Heineken Champions Cup schedule for the 2023 campaign also announced earlier this week. To view or download the full list of Northampton Saints’ fixtures for the 2022/23 season, please CLICK HERE.


  • Season Ticket Holders will be able to access the ground using their new 2022/23 Season Ticket cards.
  • All Season Tickets cards will arrive prior to Saints’ preseason clash against Bedford, so long as they were purchased/renewed before Tuesday 12 July – all you need to do is remember your new card on the day, and your regular Season Ticket seat will be waiting for you!
  • If you wish to purchase additional tickets, they are available to you at £10 for adults and £5 for juniors* HERE. You will need to log into your Season Ticket account to purchase.
  • To purchase/renew your Season Ticket now, CLICK HERE.



  • Qualified residents can claim their FREE tickets (two per card) for this fixture by coming into the Ticket Office and presenting their Parish card.
  • The Ticket Office is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 12pm to 5pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm.


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