The Bulldogs this year travel to The Tetley’s Stadium for the Boxing Day Roy Powell Trophy challenge with neighbours Dewsbury Rams.
Tickets are now available to order online. These can be printed at home or downloaded onto a mobile device and presented at the gate.
Online tickets are once again at a reduced rate and available at bulldogs.mysportstickets.co.uk/
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South Stand – Standing
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We’re fortunate that many of our Hospitality Boxes are once again sold for the entire season. We’ll be taking a closer look at all our Matchday Sponsors over the coming weeks, today we focus on RM Motors, and a few good reasons to consider a day out at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium….
To a crowded Ron Earnshaw Lounge at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium, The Bulldogs, in association with ravensport, launched the new 2020 playing kit and leisurewear. For a year which will celebrate the 10th anniversary of victory in the Northern Rail Cup Final, the club will honour the occasion with commemorative Season Tickets, a new reusable drinks cup in the bars, and a return for one tear to the famous Red & White hooped home shirt worn throughout the campaign.
The away shirt and leisurewear takes on a blue design for 2020 with a range of new merchandise available, along with items retaining standard club colours.
All Batley Bulldogs clothing is now available from our partners at Ravensport, via theur online store at ravensport.com
2020 Season Tickets were also available on the evening and can now be purchased online at bulldogs.mysportstickets.co.uk
Tickets remain at 2019 prices with Adults £185 and Concessions (Students & Over 65) at £135. Thanks to sponsorship from local restaurant chain, Frankies, our Junior tickets are once again FREE of charge
Following Batley RLFC home & away for over 60 years, Marie Gavaghan brought her family of lifelong supporters to talk to us at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.
Bulldogs Supporters Dom & Alan Bristow tell us about their memories following the club.
We’re thrilled to announce vastly experienced hooker Shaun Lunt has joined Batley Bulldogs.
A career covering Workington Town, Castleford Tigers, Huddersfield Giants, Hull KR and Leeds Rhinos has seen Shaun score over 160 Tries from the Number 9 spot, making over 300 career appearances.
A Grand Final win with Leeds Rhinos, 3 Challenge Cup Final appearances and international honours, Shaun brings a huge amount of quality and knowledge to the club. Chief Executive Paul Harrison told us “This is a massive signing for the club. To have a player with this level of experience is invaluable and we’re excited to be welcoming Shaun to The Bulldogs.”
Head Coach Craig Lingard has beaten of a number of high profile clubs, all interested in the Super League star, and the signing has been made possible thanks to the support of club sponsor, Signature Resin Floors Ltd. Paul Clayton of Signature Resin Floors added “We’ve really enjoyed our time involved with Batley Bulldogs so far and we’re happy to be able to help wherever we can.”
As always BISSA have added their invaluable support to the deal and continue to back the club on a weekly basis.
Pictured below alongside Shaun Lunt, are Paul Clayton from Signature Resin Floors, and Colin Bottomley of BISSA.
Batley Bulldogs 2020 Season Tickets will go on sale, online and at the club, from Thursday 28th November.
The new cards will celebrate the 10th anniversary of our fabulous day in Blackpool, and victory in the Northern Rail Cup Final.
We are pleased to confirm that season tickets for 2020 will be at the same price as the previous campaign.
A big thank you to sponsors of our season tickets FRANKIE’S who have enabled us to continue to offer our new Kids tickets free.
Season ticket holders can also present their ticket at FRANKIE’S and receive a 10% discount on their bill so that’s great news for everybody.
The season ticket covers admission to all home Championship games, and allows the purchase of a half price ticket to the Summer Bash. Junior Tickets are free of charge and allow access to most AWAY league fixtures, subject to the host club approval.
Online sales may be available earlier than 28th November, keep an eye on club media for any updates.
Golden Point Extra Time will be available in all Betfred Championship and League 1 fixtures next season – but with a different twist.
When a game is level at the sounding of the final hooter, each team will take one point for earning a draw – with a third competition point then made available to the first team to score in two five-minute periods of extra time.
The Golden Point will be available for the first time in the Betfred Championship on the weekend of January 31 – February 2.
The full fixture list is published today for Betfred Championship and League 1, with a Friday night start for the Betfred Championship at the Tetley’s Stadium as Dewsbury Rams host Leigh Centurions.
York City Knights, who made such a positive impression in the competition last season following their promotion from Betfred League 1, open up with a tough away trip to Toulouse Olympique – who will be playing all their home matches at Stade Ernest Wallon.
York will also be moving to their new stadium in the early stages of the season after test events in January, with further details to be confirmed by the club in the coming weeks.
The remaining five matches in the opening round are scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday February 2 and include home fixtures for the two teams promoted from Betfred League 1 last season: Oldham against Widnes Vikings, both clubs having appointed new coaches in Matt Diskin and Tim Sheens; and Whitehaven against Swinton Lions.
London Broncos begin life back in the Betfred Championship with a trip to face Bradford Bulls – who will use Dewsbury’s Tetley’s Stadium as their regular home ground in 2020 – while Featherstone Rovers, whose hopes of replacing the Broncos in the Betfred Super League were scuppered by defeat in Toronto in the 2019 Million Pound Match, will open up with a short trip to Batley.
Sheffield Eagles, who won the inaugural AB Sundecks 1895 Cup at Wembley in August and will launch the defence of that competition when the Championship clubs enter in late April, start their league campaign with a tricky trip to Halifax.
Betfred League 1 kicks off two weeks later, on the weekend of February 15-16, with five matches – starting on the Saturday when Newcastle Thunder, who just missed out on promotion to the Championship with defeat by Oldham in the Grand Final, begin their campaign to go one better at home to West Wales Raiders.
Two weeks later North Wales Crusaders will be the opposition for London Skolars’ first home game of the season, a rare fixture on February 29 – which will be played at Allianz Stadium, the home of rugby union’s Saracens, as a double-header with the Betfred Super League fixture between Toronto Wolfpack and St Helens.
There is another eyecatching Betfred League 1 clash on Friday May 22, when Newcastle Thunder host Doncaster at Kingston Park ahead of the return of the Betfred Super League’s Magic Weekend to St James’s Park.
Doncaster will also be involved in London Skolars’ established Friday Night Lights fixture on the eve of the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup Final, at the New River Stadium on July 17 – while London Broncos are also scheduled to play a home Betfred Championship fixture that weekend, against York City Knights at their Trailfinders base on Sunday July 19, depending on the teams’ progress in the Challenge Cup and the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup.
The Betfred League 1 clubs play a single game over the Easter weekend, including a first Cumbrian clash of the season between Barrow and Workington Town which is scheduled for Good Friday.
The majority of the second round of the Easter programme in the Betfred Championship has been put back from the traditional Easter Monday date, at the request of the clubs, to allow players more time to recover from the Good Friday programme – which includes three derby fixtures (Batley v Dewsbury, Leigh v Widnes and Oldham v Swinton) that will be repeated at the Summer Bash weekend in Blackpool on the weekend of May 30-31.
(Full details of the 2020 Betfred Championship Summer Bash were released on Friday – https://www.rugby-league.com/
Ralph Rimmer, the Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League, said: “2019 has been a year of significant progress for Betfred Championship and League 1, and there’s plenty more to anticipate in 2020.
“While Toronto Wolfpack were clearly big contributors to the substantial increases in attendances and viewing figures in the Championship in 2019, it’s worth noting that 12 of the 14 Championship clubs saw an increase in their average home attendance – as did seven of the 11 clubs in League 1.
“The challenge for all of us is to maintain that positive mood around the competition, and I know a good proportion of the clubs in the Betfred Championship will start the season with high hopes of securing promotion to the Super League in 2021 – just as all 11 League 1 clubs will be keen to mount a challenge for promotion to the Championship.
“London Broncos will enhance the Championship competition after winning so much admiration in the Super League last year, and so will Whitehaven and Oldham who performed so strongly to secure promotion from League 1.
“We’re also excited to announce the introduction of Golden Point in 2020, but with a twist that will be unique to Betfred Championship and League 1.
“The clubs were keen to maintain a one-point reward for teams securing a draw, in addition to providing the possibility of extra excitement in Golden Point extra time – and we hope that supporters will welcome this innovation.”
The full 2020 fixtures list for Betfred Championship and League 1 is now available at https://www.rugby-league.com/
Craig Lingard’s Championship campaign as Bulldogs Head Coach will start with a home tie against Featherstone Rovers on February 2nd, before travelling to Widnes the following week.
Dewsbury Rams are once again the opponents at the Summer Bash, this time the sides facing off as first Championship game on the Saturday. The season end sees a home fixture against Leigh before rounding off with an away trip to York on Sunday 6th September.
Full fixtures below.
Young forward George Senior has signed a 2020 contract with The Bulldogs.
After spending last year on trial at the club, George made an impressive debut away at Toulouse late in the season. He featured again against Featherstone Rovers on a very difficult afternoon for the club, before travelling to Australia to play for his former club on the Dewsbury Celtic tour.
Available as front or back row George is looking forward to his first full campaign with the club.
“I can’t wait to start, it’s my first pre-season with the boys and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in”
A fresh feel to Bash weekend in 2020 – in Blackpool and Toulouse
The Betfred Championship Summer Bash is returning to Blackpool for a sixth consecutive year in 2020 – and this time there will be a complementary event straddling two competitions across the Channel.
Six matches will be staged at Bloomfield Road on the weekend of May 30-31, with the emphasis on local derbies – beginning with Batley versus Dewsbury on Saturday May 30, and also including Featherstone versus Bradford, Swinton versus Oldham, and culminating in Leigh versus Widnes in a repeat of the most-watched fixture of 2019’s successful Bash weekend.
Whitehaven, who will return to the Betfred Championship next season after securing promotion from Betfred League 1 with Oldham, will face Mark Aston’s Sheffield Eagles in the second match of the Sunday programme.
Meanwhile London Broncos will travel to France to face Toulouse Olympique XIII in a Double Header also featuring the Betfred Super League fixture between Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos at the Stade Ernest Wallon – the home of rugby union club Stade Toulousain, where TO XIII will play all their home fixtures next season.
As part of this arrangement, Toulouse will face the Broncos in another Anglo-French Betfred Super League and Championship Double Header at Emerald Headingley Stadium in August, when Leeds play their return fixture against the Catalans. That meeting on neutral ground will be the third of the season between Toulouse and London, ensuring that neither is at an unfair advantage or disadvantage as a result of playing in Toulouse on the Bash weekend.
Mark Foster, the RFL’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “The 2019 Betfred Championship Summer Bash weekend was one of the best yet, and it’s great for us to be able to confirm that we’re going back to Blackpool in 2020.
“It’s an exciting programme of fixtures with a couple of old favourites in the Batley-Dewsbury derby to kick things off on the Saturday, and Leigh versus Widnes to complete the action on Sunday evening – as it did in such exciting fashion in 2019, when there was a great atmosphere in the stadium and we had excellent viewing figures on Sky Sports.
“But there’s a fresh new look to the remaining four games, with Oldham and Whitehaven involved again after their promotion from Betfred League 1, and Featherstone Rovers to take their old rivalry with Bradford to Blackpool for the first time in the climax of our Saturday programme – which means Halifax will also have new opposition in York City Knights.
“We’ve also worked hard to accommodate Toulouse’s imaginative proposals for a major new Rugby League event in France, and credit should go to London Broncos and Leeds Rhinos for their support.”
Bernard Sarrazain, the TO XIII Chairman, said: “This double header in Toulouse will surely be one of the highlights of our season. We are delighted to welcome our Catalan friends again at Ernest-Wallon. With our clash against London, just relegated from Super League, followed by the game between Catalans and Leeds, it will be a great Rugby League party! And of course, we look forward to coming back to Headingley. The Rhinos and their fans gave us a great welcome in 2018 and we keep a fantastic souvenir of this game. To play again in this Rugby League emblematic stadium, especially in another Double Header, is a great prospect for us.”
Bernard Guasch, the Catalans chairman, said: “I would like to thank the RFL, the London Broncos and the Leeds Rhinos for helping us to make this event happen. Once again, our club will make history in the competition with this great concept. It will be one of the highlights of the 2020 Super League season.
“Toulouse is a famous city of Rugby and we are delighted to play again in the Stadium of the last Rugby Union Top 14 Champions. I would also like to thank TO XIII Chairman Bernard Sarrazain and Stade Toulousain Chairman Didier Lacroix for their involvement in the event. We will offer a great experience to all the Rugby fans in Toulouse in May and then in Leeds in August.”
Gary Hetherington, the Leeds Rhinos chief executive, added: “I am delighted the Rhinos are involved in this exciting initiative for both the Super League and Championship competitions. It will provide our fans the opportunity to visit Toulouse for the first time when we play Catalans Dragons at the Stade Ernest Wallon in May, which I am sure will be a great occasion. Equally we are excited to be hosting a second double header at Emerald Headingley when Toulouse take on London ahead of our game against Catalans in August.”
2020 Betfred Championship Summer Bash – Blackpool
Saturday 30 May
15:00 Batley Bulldogs v Dewsbury Rams
17:15 Halifax RLFC v York City Knights
19:30 Featherstone Rovers v Bradford Bulls
Sunday 31 May
13:00 Swinton Lions v Oldham RLFC
15:15 Sheffield Eagles v Whitehaven RLFC
17:30 Leigh Centurions v Widnes Vikings
Toulouse Olympique XIII v London Broncos will be played in Toulouse on Bash weekend as part of a Double Header with the Betfred Super League fixture between Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos. This game will be Toulouse’s home game against London. In addition to the return match in London, the teams will also meet in a neutral fixture at the Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds on the weekend of August 7.
The full 2020 fixtures will be published on Sunday 17th November