England to honour First World War heroes in
Remembrance Day Test

England will show their support for the Royal British Legion’s ‘Thank You’ movement by wearing a special commemorative jersey in the Third Test of the forthcoming series against New Zealand at Elland Road which will be played on Remembrance Sunday, November 11.

The Royal British Legion is running a mass movement to say ‘Thank You’ to all who served, sacrificed, and changed our world during the First World War – honouring not only the 1.1 million British and Commonwealth Armed Forces who lost their lives, but also those who played their part on the home front, and those who returned to build a better life for the benefit of generations to come.

Hummel have produced a one-off shirt for the match featuring the poppy – the international symbol of Remembrance and hope – as well as the “Thank You 1918-2018” logo, with £5 from the sale of each jersey going to the RBL. A limited number of shirts will available to purchase from shop.rugby-league.com from November 5 and will be on sale at Anfield and Elland Road on match day.

Simon O’Leary, the Royal British Legion’s Assistant Director of Fundraising, said: “The First World War left so many legacies that positively impact our lives today, from ground-breaking social change to pioneering innovations. This Centenary of the ending of the First World War is a chance for us all to thank not only the British Armed Forces who fought and gave their lives, but also the thousands who fought alongside them from India and across today’s Commonwealth, and the many men, women and children who played their part on the home front.

“We are very grateful to the Rugby Football League for commemorating the Legion’s ‘Thank You’ movement and wearing the special branded shirts during England’s international matches against New Zealand.”

Jamie Peacock, the former England and Great Britain captain who is now the Team Manager, said: “The sport of Rugby League, and the England team, are proud to be associated with the courage and sacrifices of our Armed Forces, never more so than this year as we commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

“We will be visiting the Western Front as a squad next weekend to reinforce that message ahead of the Test series against New Zealand, and I know the players will be proud to wear the poppy and to support the Royal British Legion’s Thank You movement on Remembrance Sunday.”

Tom and George Burgess, the Yorkshire-born twins who now play for South Sydney, launched the shirt with Peacock at the Imperial War Museum in Salford today – royalty-free images are attached.

Peacock and the Burgess twins were also presented with copies of a new book that has been published to signal the centenary of the end of the Great War, commemorating for the first time the 69 Northern Union players who did not return from the Front.

The Greatest Sacrifice – Fallen Heroes of the Northern Union, by Jane and Chris Roberts, is available from Scratching Shed Publishing – http://www.scratchingshedpublishing.com/products-page/biography/the-greatest-sacrifice/

For more information on the Thank You campaign, https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/ww1-centenary/thank-you/

England play four Tests this autumn, starting against France at Leigh Sports Village on Wednesday (October 17, ko 745pm).



With some stunning Rugby League on show from Matt Diskin’s side this year we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to picking our Try of The Season!

Just for fun, please vote via our official twitter page. There will be 4 parts to the Try of the Season with the winner of each going through to the final!

Here is part one, two & three, Stay tuned for part four tomorrow!



Congratulations to Bulldogs No7 Dominic Brambani on reaching an impressive 350 proffesional career appearances last Sunday. The game against Swinton was his 85th in a Batley shirt since joining the club in . Previously Dom has played 176 times for Sheffield Eagles, 52 for Dewsbury, 21 Halifax, 7 Featherstone and 8 for Castleford Tigers.

As with all players reaching a significant career or club landmark, Coach Matt Diskin arranged for a bespoke playing shirt to be presented prior to the match, this time by Bulldogs stalwart Sam Haigh.



Creative Scene are bringing live entertainment to The Bulldogs once again with their comedy theatre show,
Love Letters From Blackpool, by Ruth Cockburn

A match of a different kind – Ruth has been looking for love.
Funny and nostalgic with brilliant original songs Love Letters From Blackpool is a fun night out.

Ruth uses love letters from across the generations, original songs, poetry and her own experiences to answer: ‘What is love?’ and ‘Is Blackpool still lovable?’ Throw in some free rock and you can’t go wrong.

Previous shows the group have brought to Batley have been highly entertaining and this is sure to be another great evening

Coming to Batley Bulldogs on Friday 12 October. Tickets are just £4 and available from Jon Humpleby on 07808 055022, or online at www.creativescene.org.uk.

Pie & Peas available for an extra £2.50 and all profits from the evening will be ging towards our Pink Weekend fundraising for Breast Cancer Charities.

Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Performance is 60 minutes.



Head Coach Matt Diskin thanked his squad and backroom staff for their outstanding efforts after yesterday’s game, as the club held the Player of the Year awards in front of a packed crowd behind the Driver Hire Glen Tomlinson Stand.

In a season riddled with long term injuries the players and medical team had to dig deep at times to raise a 17 man squad, but finished the campaign with 6 straight wins, including an impressive victory over Leigh Centurions at the Leigh Sports Village.

Without doubt it’s been a full squad performance this season more than any, however individual awards for the campaign:

Leading Try Scorer (14) – BRAD DAY


Rear of the Year – WAYNE REITTIE

Supporters Club Player of the Year – DAVE SCOTT

Coaches Player of the Year – JAMES HARRISON

Players Player of the Year – BRAD DAY

Woodman Travel Club Best Away Player – MICHAEL WARD






Matt Diskin’s side finished their season on a high with a stylish win against a tough Swinton Lions team, as their explosive passing proved far too much in the end.

Prop Adam Gledhill was the first Bulldog to force himself across the try line, that came from Swinton leaking too much field position with penalties setting up a perfect chance to get over. Dave Scott laced up his boots once more this season, converting successfully.

On the 15th minute Stuart Littler’s side did find themselves on the score sheet, as Aaron Hall swooped down through a small gap opening in the Bulldogs defence. Jack Hanson converted for the visitors.

Sam Smeaton scored the final try in the first half completing a successful move by Louis Joufrett who placed a beautiful pin pointed kick. Walker slotted over the conversion.

HALF-TIME: Batley Bulldogs 12 – 6 Swinton Lions

No mercy was shown in the remaining 40 minutes as the score line became highly in the favour of the hosts. Quick hands by Dominic Brambani allowed him to setup Wayne Reittie on the wing. Walker couldn’t convert.

Dave Scott was next on the scoreboard with a stunning length of the field Try. Jouffret collected a kick in his own in goal, weaved through the oncoming Swinton defence and sent Scott racing clear from just inside the Bulldogs half. Walker converted.

Louis Joufrett sliced through the opposing teams line twice on the bounce, as his weaving in and out broke down their defence too quickly for them to handle. Walker converted both.

The last try of the season for the Bulldogs came through Dominic Brambani taking a support pass from Wayne Reittie to complete a fantastic day at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium. Alex Rowe bowed out with a kick from in front, seeing the hosts finish on a six-match winning streak.

FULL-TIME: Batley Bulldogs 40 – 6 Swinton Lions

Batley Xlll – Dave Scott, Wayne Reittie, Sam Smeaton, Lewis Galbraith, Johnny Campbell, Louis Joufrett, Dominic Brambani, Adam Gledhill, Alistair Leak, Alex Rowe, Brad Day, Alex bretherton and James Brown.

Interchange – Patrick Walker, James Davey, Keenen Tomlinson and Michael Ward.

Swinton Xlll – Elliot Cane, Michael Butt, Rhodri Lloyd, Andrew Thornley, Ryan Gray, Robert Fairclough, Jack Hansen, Aaron Hall, Luke Waterworth, Ben Austin, Chris Worrall, Kyle Shelford and Hayden Hanson.

Interchange – Patrick Jones, Thomas Gallagher, Brad Billsborough and Joshua Ganson.



Flying wingman Wayne Reittie reached a personal landmark last Sunday at Leigh Centurions as he made his 250th career appearance.

Wayne has played 135 games in two spells with Batley, 2011 & 2014-2018. Between these dates he was with Halifax where he featured 44 times before returning to The Bulldogs.

He also appeared 16 times for York, 10 for Hunslet and played 42 games for Doncaster

In addition Wayne has 3 international caps appearances for Jamaica (2011 & 2016).



Matt Diskin’s men produced a fabulous performance to overcome full time opponents Leigh Centurions at the Leigh Sports Village.

After racing into an 8 point lead with tries from the ever impressive Lewis Galbraith and Johnny Campbell they found themselves on the wrong side of a 10-8 scoreline at halftime after the home side rallied. Dave Scott levelled the scores with a penalty just after the break before a Ben Reynolds Try put the hosts back in front.

From then on The Bulldogs regained control and some scintillating rugby saw Dave Scott dive over to level the scores, Johnny Campbell grabbed his second from a perfect Jouffret kick after a brilliant break from Brambani, and Frenchman Jouffret put the seal on the win with a stunning individual try.

Coach Diskin was thrilled with the performance. “I thought today from 1 to 17 we were magnificent. We dominated a very string Leigh side for the majority of the game. The pack was outstanding and some of the play from our backs a pleasure to watch”

The Bulldogs will look to finish the 2018 campaign wth 6 straight wins this coming Sunday when Swinton Lions are the visitors to the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium, 3pm Kick Off.



Huddersfield Giants young Centre Sam Wood is to join The Bulldogs on a season long loan.

The 21 year old is a graduate of the Giants Academy Scholarship programme and has made a number of Super League appearances this season against opposition including Wigan, Warrington and St. Helens. This came on the back of the 2017 campaign where Sam scored 6 Tries in 9 first team games for Huddersfield.

In a similar agreement to that which saw Izaac Farrell spend 2018 at Batley, the player will be a permanent member of Matt Diskin’s squad.

Welcome to Batley Sam!!



Second Row Forward Jack Downs is the latest to join Matt Diskin’s men for the 2019 campaign.

A former Cottingham Tigers youngster, Jack made his Hull FC debut in 2015, away at St. Helens, and followed with a number of Super League appearances for the Black & Whites. He featured for the first team 7 times in 2018, has Championship experience with Doncaster, and comes with a reputation for a high work rate and a great offload.

Welcome to The Bulldogs Jack!