Bulldogs icon Alex Bretherton will finally hang up his boots this weekend after a memorable career spanning 15 years, and  including both Heavy Woollen clubs.

After 6 years at neighbours Dewsbury Rams, Alex made the switch to The Bulldogs for the 2011 campgaign, the first of 9 seasons at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

Consistent solid performances, coupled with crucial Tries and match winning goal line tackles, have made him a huge favourite on the terraces and with teammates alike.

Chairman Kevin Nichlas had managed to talk Alex into another season the last time he wanted to finish, 2 years ago! But accepts this time we need to leave him to make the decision “Breth is a complete professional. His attitude on and off the field is first class and he has to go down as one of the best signings made at this club.

“It will be strange not to have him with us on matchdays but hopefuly we’ll see plenty of him, along with Jenny, the kids an their families. They’ve become a big part of Batley Bulldogs”

In an emotional interview this week Alex told us “It’s a bit surreal. Not being around the lads will be massive but all good things come to an end.

“The over riding emotion is that I got to represent this club and play at this level.  Now it’s just time to be a Dad, I love this club amd it will always have a special place in my heart, but I have three young kids and they’ll take up my time now, time to support Jenny like she’s supported me”

Alex Bretherton

Career Appearances: 333
Tries 80
Goals 1

Batley Bulldogs Appearances: 207
Tries 46
Goals 1

Alex also gave his his Batley Bulldogs 17 from his time at the club.

There were many tough decisions, and one he couldn’t make, but finally he settled on a side filled with memorable names from the past decade

BRETHO’S 17

  1. IAN PREECE
  2. GREG JOHNSON
  3. JOSH GRIFFIN
  4. JASON WALTON
  5. JONNY CAMPBELL
  6. PATCH WALKER
  7. PAUL (TIGER) HANDFORTH
  8. ALEX WALMSLEY
  9. KRIS LYTHE
  10. JAMES BROWN
  11. DANE MANNING
  12. BRAD DAY
  13. ASH LINDSAY
  14. GEORGE FLANAGAN/ALISTAIR LEAK
  15. ALEX ROWE
  16. MILES GREENWOOD
  17. KEEGAN HIRST

 

See the full interview below. Please be aware there is one brief instance of colourful language in the video, given the honest and emotional response we had from Alex, we felt we could be forgiven for leaving this in.