Challenge Cup Final In Style!!


As part of our Pink Weekend celebrations to raise funds for breast cancer charities and the Rugby league Benevolent Fund, we have 2 ‘money can’t buy’ tickets to the Challenge Cup Final on Saturday 26th August available for auction.

The tickets include a 3 course lunch with wine in the royal box at Wembley on the Batley Bulldogs Chairman’s table where you will dine with the dignitaries and guests of the RFL, the sponsors and officials of the RFL and all clubs officials. You will then watch the match from the Royal Box seats and have post match access to the players presentation room.

These tickets cannot normally be purchased for any price and we already have a reserve price of £200.

Bids are invited for this unique experience and the highest bid will be announced at the presentation of the pink kits at the end of the pink match on Sunday 20th August. The last bid must be made by the hooter of that match.

All bids to be made through Beverley Nicholas on 07711 983123.

Thank you and good luck.



This year’s Challenge Cup Final is the 120th as the first Challenge Cup Final in 1897 took place at Headingley where the result was Batey 10 St. Helens 3.

To celebrate this occasion and to raise money for the Rugby League Benevolent Fund and breast cancer charities five Rugby League supporters are walking from Headingley to Wembley, and on Cup Final Dau are joined by a further 120 Batley Bulldogs Supporters doing a 10k walk from London Broncos ground to Wembley Stadium.

On Thursday 17 August Batley Bulldogs Chairman Kevin Nicholas and his daughter Alexandra Nicholas, along with Imogen Kyle, Steve Wright and Mark Wells, set off from Headingley Stadium on the long walk to Wembley. They will also walk the Friday before attending Batley Bulldogs’ Pink Weekend celebrations to raise money for breast cancer on the Saturday and Sunday, culminating in the Bulldogs v Oldham game. In the previous 3 years Batley Bulldogs have raised £10,000 each year for breast cancer charities.

The walk will then resume on the Monday and continue throughout the week ending at the London Skolars game on Friday 25th August. The on the Saturday of the cup final in total about 130 of them will all walk in pink shirts to Wembley.  Anybody who sees them at the match will be able to donate in their buckets but they are hoping that the bulk of monies will be raised through the Just Giving page and the ability to text donations.

Batley Bulldogs Chairman Kevin Nicholas said “We thought that this was an appropriate year to celebrate the Challenge Cup and as Batley were involved in the first occasion at Headingley, this is an appropriate way to raise money for charity. The Rugby League Benevolent Fund through Steven Ball do tremendous work, only recently helping two bereaved families whose sons tragically died in the Rugby League environment. Also we must not forget the players who have suffered tragic injuries and continue to need the help of the Rugby League Family. In addition, breast cancer is a life-threatening illness which has come to affect many families as we all know ladies suffering from breast cancer and we need to help find a cure and improve treatment generally. These are therefore two very worthwhile causes which are dear to our hearts and that of the Rugby League Community. I am sure we will all suffer blisters on route but if we can raise significant monies it will be worthwhile.

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The Bulldogs came away from Rochdale with a hard earned victory in an ill tempered game which saw two red and two yellow cards.

Match Report from Luke Winner:

The hooter sounded and Rochdale Hornets kicked the game underway. Batley made it just near halfway on their first set of the game meaning a high kick on the last went into the air testing the Hornets catching abilities; the ball was taken well and Rochdale had their first set. Reittie looked to have gone flying over in the far corner after some brilliant Bulldogs effort, however the Referee called the play back and disallowed the try stating a forward pass occurred previously. Later, both teams were forcing too much pressure on each other, with Batley and Rochdale switching penalties for messing within the ruck; as Rochdale was the last to have the penalty, they were sure to make up for their past mistake with Foster feeding to Crowley, who then plays on to Eccleston, who dummied his way over on the right flank. Conversion failed. Score: Rochdale 4 – 0 Batley.

Batley came through with some great possession and defensive structure forcing Hornets deep in their half each time. Middlehurst had possession on the last and chips through but the ref spots an infringement and Rochdale gained a penalty under the sticks.  From the penalty Rochdale opted for the two and the conversion was successful by Yates. Score: Rochdale 6 – 0 Batley.

With the hosts taking the lead early on the Bulldogs had to hit back with a reply to prevent their opponents growing in confidence. Great hands created an overlap, as Scott stepped a defender to score. This brought the score to: Rochdale 6 – 6 Batley with the kick being converted by Walker.


Almost 15 minutes went by with both teams struggling to keep possession and have a full set with the ball, as the Hornets and Bulldogs traded knock on after knock on. Batley were handed a team warning as the pressure and frustration grew and grew; Hornets were handed back to back penalties which saw them on the visitors 20m line. Kevin Penney found space on the flank and dived in at the flag. The kick was struggled with by Yates. Score Rochdale 10 – 6 Batley.

Two minutes remaining since half time and Batley almost looked to be heading into the second half falling 10 – 6 after some strong offensive and defensive pressure from the hosts. Hands from right to left and Ainscough finished off the move from a Crookes offload. Walker added the extras. Score: Rochdale 10 – 12 Batley. The Bulldogs worked hard as the final seconds ticked and ended up just short of half way; the Referee awarded a penalty now placing the Bulldogs, 20m on the Rochdale line. The hooter sounds as the last play gets carried out.


Half-time: Rochdale Hornets 10 – 12 Batley Bulldogs


The hooter sounded and the second half is kicked underway by Wayne Reittie. It was a hard start for the hosts as Matty Hadden threw a forward pass, despite a simple error they were fast to react and grab the ball back after a wayward pass by the Bulldogs. From this point on it was the Batley ball as they gain multiple penalties on the Rochdale line, it was only a matter of time before a gap was found. Alex Bretherton lands beautifully in the corner, diving with the ball in one hand and his feet in the air. Walker Converted the kick. Score: Rochdale 10 – 18 Batley.

The Bulldogs went over again 10 minutes later as Walker kicked a well-placed grubber, which met Jason Crookes. Walker converts. Score: Rochdale 10 – 22 Batley. However, tempers flared as players from both teams are shown the cards: Jason Crookes (Red), Gary Middleshurst (Red) and Ben Moores (Yellow) with Jordan Case (Yellow) minutes later.

A knock on leaked in their opponent’s line after the penalty. With only 10 men on the field for the Hornets, they noticed an overlap out wide and Yates carried out the try. Foster failed the conversion. Score: Rochdale 14 – 22 Batley.

It goes from bad to worse for the hosts as Lewis Foster was helped off joining his team mate, Jono Smith who left earlier on due to a crunching tackle. Batley were now taking control of the flow of the game and scored on the bounce with Dave Scott and Alex Bretherton going over for the final tries. Walker nailed both conversions.


Full-time: Rochdale 14 – 34 Batley Bulldogs.


Rochdale 13 – Declan Kay. Kevin Penny, Jake Eccleston, Lewis Galbraith, Chris Riley

so: Lewis Foster, Danny Yates, Jovili Taira, Ben Moores, Anthony Walker, Jono Smith, Josh Crowley, Gary Middlehurst


Interchange – Ryan Maneely, Gavin Bennion, Matty Hadden and Jordan Case.

Batley Bulldogs 13 – Dave Scott, Wayne Reittie, Sam Smeaton, Jason Crookes, Shaun Ainscough, Pat Walker, Dominic Brambani, Adam Gledhill, Alistair Leak, Tom Lillycrop, Dane Manning, Alex Bretherton, Bradley Day


Interchange – Alex Rowe, Joel Farrell, James Davey, James Brown


Tries: Jake Eccleston, Kevin Penny, Danny Yates,

Goals: Danny Yates,

Tries: Dave Scott 2, Shaun Ainscough, Alex Bretherton 2, Jason Crookes,

Goals: Pat Walker 5,

Pictures courtesy and copyright of Neville Wright.

Walker stays with Bulldogs!


Patch Walker will be with The Bulldogs until at least the end of 2018.

Walker’s influence has played a massive part in the side’s return to winning ways over recent weeks, with his goal kicking particularly key, and the new deal will see him spend a 3rd season with the club.

Head Coach Matt Diskin is excited to see one of his lieutenants committing to the next campaign. “This is great news, Patch is a crucial member of our squad. His calm approach and influence on the field is huge and he is without doubt one of the best kickers in the game, we’re thrilled he’s staying with us for another year.”

Walker’s signature comes thanks to the support once again of BISSA who have had a vital role in the development of the squad for over 14 years.

BISSA chair Colin Bottomley told us “BISSA are deighted to support the club with the re-signing of Patch Walker for the 2018 season despite fierce competition from other clubs.

“The funding allocated to support two season long loan deals for the current campaign has not been fuly utilised due to these players being needed by their parent club for a large part of the season, and so has been used for this purpose instead. It’s a fantastic boost for the club ahead of the upcoming Championship Shield play-offs.

“Thanks to all members for their ongoing support and dedication”

To learn more about the work of BISSA and to see how you can help, visit their website at

Picture © Neville Wright

Away Travel To London Broncos….


Our final away tie of the regular season comes on 23rd July as we face the long trip to London Broncos.

As usual The Supporter’s Club are organising travel to the game with Station Coaches. The bus will leave Birstall Market Place at 0900, Branch Road, Batley 0915, and finally calling at the club for 0930.

Adult Price is £25, Juniors £20, to book call Station Coaches on 01924 477230 or visit The Doghouse on Matchday.



After an even start to the tie the Rams took control of the first quarter and after an excellent 40/20 from Paul Sykes the resulting set saw Robbie Ward charge over the line for the visitors on the 9th minute, however the conversion was missed; giving them a 0 – 4 lead early on.

In the 15th minute after sustained pressure from The Rams former Batley favourite Alex Brown finished a magical move from the Rams, across the pitch left to right, for Guzdek passing to Brown to score. Sykes again found it hard to add the extras, leaving them with a 0 – 8 lead. Shortly after, another fine Dewsbury move looked certain to bring a try before Wayne Reittie intercepted to regain possession and break upfield. James Brown was yellow carded by the referee for a tip tackle and The Rams were fast to take advantage while the Bulldogs were standing with a man down, they asserted a tremendous amount of pressure which took its toll on Batley forcing a Goal-Line-Drop-Out. Dewsbury fed the ball out to the winger Alex Brown hoping he would increase their lead even further by going over in the gap in the far-right corner, but Ainscough was on the chase and managed to end up forcing Brown into touch.

Batley at this point were having over half of the possession of the ball and Dewsbury were struggling to make it out of their 30m line. Matt Diskin took this as an opportunity to send some fresh legs onto the field and as Bretherton came on for Farrell as well as James Brown re-entering the field of play after the sin bin. With the Bulldogs now having a fresh set of legs on the field and back to 13 they were back in the game as Dane Manning powered his way over the line on the 35th minute taking at least 3 Rams players with him, Patch Walker added the extras with ease.  The hooter sounded and half-time was called at the Fox’s Biscuits stadium leaving the score at Batley Bulldogs 6 – 8 Dewsbury Rams.

Dewsbury started their set and entered the Bulldogs 20m but their next few plays came to nothing and this time it was for Batley to start their first set of the second half. The Rams struggled to handle the offensive pressure being applied onto their line, this then led to them being frustrated leaking two penalties on the bounce for interference of play. The Bulldogs just couldn’t break their defensive line after testing various amount of times and ended up gifting them a 20m restart. They pushed past the Batley 20m and Gareth Moore kicks on the last to the left-hand corner, Reittie couldn’t control the spiraling kick and he spilled the ball forward into the hand of Dale Morton who went over to score on the 50th minute; Sykes took the conversion putting it at: Batley Bulldogs 6 – 14 Dewsbury Rams.

8 minutes later Batley hit back hard with former Dewsbury player Jason Crookes going over near the far left hand corner on the 58th minute. Patch Walker made it 2 out of 2 bringing the score line to: 12 – 14.

Within 2 minutes of the restart The Bulldogs were over again. James Brown held off multiple defenders, passing the ball out wide to Reittie sending the speedster flying over and Walker just missing the conversion making it: Batley Bulldogs 18 – 14 Dewsbury Rams.

With 6 minutes gone since the previous try from the Bulldogs they hit back even harder than the last, with a fantastic break from Dane Manning with an excellent offload sending the ball into the direction of Dominic Brambani’s hands enabling him to score just to the right side of the posts, Patch Walker converts making it 24 – 14 leaving the clock with 14 minutes left and the score line in the favour of Batley.

The Bulldogs now were testing their defence as much as they could with Smeaton almost sending Reittie over again, but he is held up inches away. However, this doesn’t faze Batley as 3 minutes later another Ex-Dewsbury player Joel Farrell slides his way over from close range, with Walker adding the all-important extras. Now just 9 minutes left to play for the Bulldogs dug deep and sent Reittie over for his second try of the game and Walker again converting with the score turning to 30 – 14!
Dewsbury never gave up the cause and hit back for Gareth Moore to go over, this last try was a tricky one for the Referee to judge, after speaking to the linesman a decision was made and a penalty try was given due to the Bulldogs pulling him back from the line, Sykes added the extras bringing the game to a close.

Bulldogs: Reittie, Smeaton, Sourthenwood, Crookes, Ainscough, Walker, Brambani, Gledhill, Leak, Lillycrop, Manning, Farrell and Day. Interchange: Bretherton, Rowe, Davey and Brown.

Rams: Gudzek, Morton, Hallett, Squires, (Alex) Brown, Sykes, Moore, Sheriffe, Ward, Teanby, Spicer, Crowther and (Aaron) Brown. Interchange: Speakman, Adamson, Walshaw and Everett.

Final Score: Batley Bulldogs 36 – 20 Dewsbury Rams.


Match report by Luke Winner.

Pink Weekend 2017


Once again our Pink Weekend will be taking place over the weekend of 19/20th August. As yet we do not know who we will be playing but we have asked the Rugby League for a home fixture and they have indicated they will try to arrange this

Over the past 3 years our Club has raised £30,000 for Breast Cancer Charities and every penny raised has been donated. Each year our fans dig deep for a wonderful cause and the Pink Weekend has become part of the Bulldogs annual calendar, and long may that continue.

This year will start actually on Friday 18th August with our “Cake and Coffee” afternoon which is the perfect way to launch the weekend so put that in your diary and come along for some lovely homemade cakes

On Saturday morning we will have the usual family 10k stroll starting at 10am. Each year the age range of the participants is amazing and the half way stop for a liquid refreshment is always welcome. Sponsor forms will be available but we are asking people to donate £3 each to take part to cover those that are unable to get sponsors and again every penny does count

Whilst the walkers are walking, at the Club Batley Boys will be hosting an all day tournament  and there will be stalls, slides, bar  and kitchen facilities available so even if you can’t take part in the walk call up at the Club as there will be plenty going on.

At 6pm that evening it’s the return of “The Pink Pig Race Night” and for those that haven’t attended this family fun evening then you have missed an hilarious night. Pork sandwiches will be available to buy and of course the bar will be open. All ages are welcome and the children especially love to see the pigs racing down that track shouting for their favourite one, please try and come

On Sunday 20th August, again there will be a couple of Batley Boys games in the morning and there will again be stalls and childrens slides etc but then we will have the Pink Match with our team playing in their one-off Pink kit. The demand for these kits each year grows with orders being placed at the end of the match for the following year. Most kits have been sold for this year but if you speak to Beverley she can tell you if there are any left if you are interested and at a cost of £50 a kit they are indeed a bargain.

By now most would have seen the Pink tops sporting a lovely bra and cleavage and these are available from the Doghouse so again please support the cause and get one and wear with pride

Finally there will be the 10k walk from London Broncos to Wembley on Challenge Cup weekend. We are hoping that this will bring in even more money for the Charity and put Batley Bulldogs in the news. If you are taking part then please wear Pink and if you are interested in taking part then again contact Kevin or Beverley


This year we hope to raise as much as other years, if not more, and hope our wonderful fans will become involved as usual. Don’t forget everyone knows someone who has been affected by this cruel disease and we need to try and find a cure



The Bulldogs ground out a 3rd successive Kingstone Press Championship victory, against a determined Rochdale Hornets.

The home side made the perfect start as a Batley error from the kick-off handed them possession and a well worked move saw Lewis Galbraith score in the corner, the conversion attempt fell wide giving Hornets a 4-0 start.

After a tight opening quarter The Bulldogs took control with scores from Adam Gledhill and Shaun Ainscough, Walker converting both before adding a penalty. Jake Eccleston hit back after a series of penalties but again the conversion failed and the visitors led 14-8 at half time.

The second period was much closer with both sides sharing possession without really threatening the opponents line until Gary Middlehurst crossed for the Hornets, a conversion levelled the scores.

The Bulldogs held their nerve though despite Rochdale having the majority of possession and a towering kick from Walker saw Full Back Kay spill the ball after a fabulously timed tackle by Joel Farrell & Jason Crookes. From the resulting set The Bulldogs were awarded a penalty 10m in field and Walker kept up his perfect record to edge his side in front. Shortly after the Hornets spilled the ball in their own half, Jason Crookes raced away to be held short of the line before Alistair Leak burrowed over in the corner, Walker converted. From the resulting kick-off the ball went dead and Walker again coolly slotted over a penalty from halfway to give Matt Diskin’s side a hard earned victory.

Pink March to Wembley!





Our Pink Weekend this year will take place around 20th August, the week before the Challenge Cup Final. This is the 20th season since Ron, Andy and myself took over at the Club and 120 years since Batley won the first Challenge Cup Final and we want to combine these two milestones with a one off fundraiser for our Pink Weekend.

We need 120 people to help us achieve this and from comments on high others do not think we can do that so I want us to show them otherwise. Can you help?

Saturday 26th August we need 120 people to partake in a 10k sponsored walk from London Broncos ground to Wembley for the Challenge Cup Final. To take part you need to pay £20 (child or adult) and agree to get a minimum of £20 sponsorship. For your £20 you will receive coach travel from Batley to London (day return) a match ticket for the Challenge Cup Final and a Pink T-Shirt so that is unbelievable value in any event.

We will all walk in Pink T-Shirts to reflect the cause. Some shirts will have a letter or number on the front. 120 people will sit together in the stadium and the Pink Shirts will spell out “Batley 10 St Helens 3, 1897 Final.


Happy 120th Birthday Rugby League Challenge Cup”


Bulldogs 20-28 Toulouse


A Wayne Reittie double wasn’t enough to claim the points as Toulouse Olympique claimed a 28-20 victory over Batley at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

On the back of the defeat against Dewsbury at last weekend’s Summer Bash, Batley welcomed in-form French side Toulouse who were sitting 2nd in the Kingstone Press Championship table.

Early opportunities were hard to come by with both sides proving resolute with Smeaton denied on the ten minute mark by crucial Toulouse defending.

Then, against the run of play, Toulouse broke clear for the first time and Stanislas Robin was able to score the opening try of the game in the away side’s first dangerous attack. Khierallah added the conversion to make it 0-6.

Batley continued to apply pressure and were soon rewarded after a perfectly weighted kick by Brambani set free Wayne Reittie to finish superbly. Brambani brought the game level with the conversion.

On the half hour mark, Toulouse were penalised for a dangerous tackle on prop forward Alex Rowe. Brambani stepped up and took the two points on offer to give Batley a deserved lead.

Soon after, Toulouse were penalised for offside and Brambani had another opportunity from a similar position to add to Batley’s tally. Brambani, this time, hit the post.

On the brink of half time, Batley finished off a fine opening fourty minutes in style after Wayne Reittie crashed over in the corner for his second of the game. On the hooter, Brambani, from the touchline, added a perfect conversion to give the Bulldogs a stronghold in the game.

HALF TIME: Batley Bulldogs 14-6 Toulouse Olympique.

Batley started the second half the stronger but it was Toulouse who were first over the line. A quick break allowed Marcon to score out wide. Khierallah missed the opportunity to add the extras.

From kick off, Toulouse scored again after a break from half way. This time, Marion finished off a fine move by the visitors to bring the game level. Toulouse took the lead after Robin added the conversion.

Batley’s pressure continued and were nearly over through James Brown soon after but his knock on ensured that Toulouse would survive the mounting pressure once more.

On the hour mark, Batley made the extensive pressure pay as Shaun Ainscough crashed over from close range to put the Bulldogs back ahead. Brambani added the extra two points to give Batley a four point lead.

Then, Toulouse stretched clear after Batley failed to deal with a kick and Constantine Mika finished off a scrappy move. Robin added the conversion to put the away side ahead once more.

More Batley pressure was well dealt with and Toulouse finished the game off soon after. Kane Bentley scored from close range for the away side. The conversion was added to give Toulouse an eight point lead.

Batley looked to grab more points at the death but the defence by the French side remained resilient.

FULL TIME: Batley Bulldogs 20-28 Toulouse Olympique