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The Bulldogs host Bradford Bulls
this Sunday in the
K2 Yorkshire Cup Final.

The Bulldogs secured a place in the first K2 Yorkshire Cup Final with a thrilling late victory over York City Knights  last Sunday, overturning an 18-0 defecit to run out 22-18 winners on the day.
The previous day Bradford had beaten Dewsbury in an equally exciting game at Odsal Stadium. 20-18, with a late Rowan Milnes penalty clinching the win.




We were absolutely delighted with the game last Sunday that saw us get to the K2 Yorkshire Cup Final this weekend. I thought York looked an impressive team and with a few players back from injury will be hard to beat in the Championship and I would not expect them to be in the relegation spots.

Which clearly means I personally was more than happy with our performance. To be 18-0 down and win 22-18 takes some doing in any match and certainly the Alistair Leak try just before halftime was to me vitally important in turning it round and getting the win. York showed some sterling defence for a large period of the second half when I thought we might run away with it but we stuck at it and eventually got over the line.

Clearly we need to improve as we do not want to be giving teams 18 start and when we have possession near the opponents line for an extended period we need to turn it into points but certainly we have resolve so I am sure Matt can work with his staff and players on the rest.
At Bradford it sounds like a similar terrifically close game although I did not go but the fact the Bulls went for goal at 18-18 in a friendly shows that they were determined to get to the final as well and it was not just another warm up game.

Both John Kear and Matt Diskin are winners and so make no mistake this match will be a worthy final.
Jack Downs makes another charge at the Knights defence

Our gate was 786 which is slightly disappointing perhaps but for a friendly is not bad and I looked up the gate when we last played York in the league at home and it was 720 so that puts it in perspective. The Bulls clearly are a well supported team and so are likely to outnumber us today so we need to be vocal and make our support heard as they will do.

It is great to have John and Dawn Kear at the club again as we enjoyed having them both here for so long and we cannot thank John enough for amongst other things getting us to a Grand Final and of course the Middle 8’s.

Last week also when we marked the sad passing of Paul Sheard it was good to see ex coaches David Ward and Steve Conway at the club along with some ex-players. Coaching is a very difficult task and we recognise that here and one of the things we are proud of as a club is the fact that because we have trusted  them in good and bad patches they feel able to return to the club at anytime and know they will be welcome.No other club can do that as invariably the coach has been sacked and left in not good circumstances. So that is I believe unique to us and we are happy with that.

Our online ticketing is looking reasonably good. We are working on improving accessibility and a couple of small things are not quite how we would like them to be but it is early days and once everything is ironed out hopefully it will work smoothly. For the York game we sold 118 tickets online and we are sure eventually that number will increase as it should be easy to do transactions which are also cheaper than match day prices so it makes sense to use it.

At the same day we get email addresses which make it easier for us to communicate with supporters and the bigger our database the more RFL monies we get if we also get more OuRLeague members saying they are Bulldog supporters along with more “Likes” of our Facebook page( not individual posts) and more “followers” on Twitter. Please do these things and get others to do it to help your Club prosper at no cost to you. So you can influence how much money your Club gets at no financial cost to you so if we fail everybody is to blame!!!!

For those of you who are shareholders of the Bulldogs we will shortly have an AGM as we need to get one sorted to update you on financial matters. We still have a handful of shares available if you donate £250 to the Club for each share. Just contact me if you are interested.

All monies go to the Club not me. I will give shares away if you donate to the Club. There is unlikely to be any dividend paid for this investment so it is not a financial investment as such but equally once you have made the donation to be a part owner of your Club you do not have to give any more money unless you want more shares. There are 2,000 shares in the Club and under 40 are available.


We are again running the War Chest as it is now an absolutely vital part of running the Club. Members pay £5 if we win a game and nothing if we lose or £100 for the season. Every time we win a game we have a members draw for £100. The monies raised help us to pay winning pay so that it helps us to afford success if we achieve it as I can assure you that gate receipts struggle to pay losing pay never mind winning pay!

I will communicate with people who have been members previously in the hope they stay members. If you wish to join then please email me at and let me know. Also all members get 50p a pint off draft drinks in Ron’s Lounge prematch on game day. We want success this year and we want to be financially sound at the end of the season and this helps us achieve this.
So today is the last game before we start our season against Barrow at home on Sunday 3rd February as we have no game next week. I saw last season Derek Beaumont at Leigh say to their supporters they should try to introduce one new person each to the club and they were the best, easiest and cheapest way of marketing the club and if everybody did that gates would double. I don’t agree with everything he says by any stretch and this is a simplification of things but it’s not a totally stupid idea and worth thinking about if you can do it. Sell the Club for us as the level of our crowd is the only thing that holds us back which is a shame. We have certainly improved our sponsorship over the years but have failed to improve our gates really.

Finally just to say that we will have a golden point if it’s  a draw at full time and the cup will be presented to the winning captain by Lee Kerr of K2 sponsors of the competition in the centre of the
Glen Tomlinson Stand at the end of the contest. So enjoy the game and may the best team win and hopefully in front of a good and enthusiastic crowd making it a great atmosphere and a financial success.

Bulldogs Head Coach Matt Diskin reflects on last Sunday's victory,
and looks forward to the Yorkshire Cup Final this weekend

"York are a very good team. They had good speed and exploited some frailties which we will address. Generally though our defence was good other than a 5-minute spell. In the first half we needed to be more ruthless in attack but came out strong after the break and had a tremendous start."

"We were able to try a different system, which is what these games are about, with Louis at Full Back, and give Danny Yates a first run out with us and he showed up very well. We can be better with the ball in hand, but the important thing is we kept our composure and got the win late on."
Louis Jouffret attacks the York line
Advance Discount Tickets available until Midnight Saturday HERE
Hear Matt Diskin's thoughts on the Yorkshire Cup Final - HERE
Last season clearly we were in different competitions and so did not play each other and  the Bulls were promoted but our respective league stats were-

Championship Shield
                          P.     W.   D.    L.  For.    Against.   PTS
3rd. Bulldogs.  30    14   0   16   753.     805         28
League 1
2nd Bulls.         30    27   0    3  1479     310          54

The last time we played Bradford Bulls in the Championship was of course in 2017 when due to a 12 points deduction relating to their insolvency they were relegated.
Championship Shield stats-
                          P.      W.   D.   L.   For.   Against.   PTS
2nd Bulldogs  30.    16.   1.   13.  797.      801.       33
8th  Bulls.       30.     11.   0.  19.  698.     867.       10. (-12)

During the season our results against each other were-
12/3/17. Bulls 44  Bulldogs 22.    H-T. 18-18
16/7/17 Bulldogs 23  Bulls 16.     H-T. 4-4
28/8/17 Bulls.  18.  Bulldogs 44. H-T 12-26

The previous year in 2016 after the regular season-

Championship Table
                            P.    W.   D.    L  For.   Against.  PTS
3rd Bulldogs.   23.   15.   1.    7.  589.     485.      31
5th Bulls.          23.   13.  2.    8.  717.      446.      28
Then of course we qualified for the Middle 8’s and the Bulls were in the Championship Shield such that they finished top with 40 points.
Our results in 2016 were even closer-
13/3/16 Bulldogs 24. Bulls. 24.   H-T 12-18
19/6/16 Bulls. 17.  Bulldogs 16.   H-T 8-10

So what will be the result today?
From the history books....Courtesy of Terry Swift.
Neil Pickerill scores under the posts against Bradford Northern, Odsal, August 1980.
As far as the old Yorkshire Cup how did both Clubs perform?

Batley have only won it once in the 1912/13 season-
Batley 17. Hull. 3    Attendance 16,000 at Headingley
Route to final-
Rd 1  Batley 15. Wakefield Trinity 12
Rd2. Batley. 21. York. 2
Semi Batley 18.  Leeds 2 
All matches played at Mount Pleasant 
However we have been runners up on 4 occasions -
1909/10 Huddersfield 21. Batley 0
1922/23. York 5. Batley 0
1924/25 Wakefield 9. Batley 8
1952/53 Huddersfield 18 Batley 8

Bradford have had a lot more success winning it on 11 occasions where the last one was-
1989/90 Bradford 20 Featherstone 14. Attendance 12,607 at Headingley 

Route to final
Rd1 Leeds 8 Bradford 15
Rd2 Bradford 19. Sheffield 6
Semi Bradford 26 Halifax 4
Replay after 16-16
They have also been runners up on 4 occasions the last occasion being-
1991/92  Castleford 28 Bradford 6

The last time the Yorkshire Cup was contested was-
18/10/92. Final   Wakefield 29   Sheffield 16. Attendance 7,918 at Elland Rd
How did both Clubs fare that year?
Rd1 Huddersfield 16   Batley 8.   Attendance 1714
        Bradford 34   Bramley. 22   Attendance 3108
Rd2 Bradford. 8.  Sheffield 17.    Attendance 3333

Will it be a similar result and attendance  26 years later?

Prop Derek Woodall bursts through , Odsal, August 1980.




Advance Discount Tickets available until Midnight Saturday HERE
We caught up with Bulls head Coach John Kear for his thoughts on the
Yorkshire Cup Final and memories of his time at Batley
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