Unfortunately we have to announce that Bulldogs Utility back Tom Hemingway, on medical advice, has decided to retire from the game with immediate effect.

Currently in his 3rd spell with Batley, he has has made 5 appearances this season, scoring one Try. An extremely versatile player with a brilliant kicking game, Tom has had a fantastic career with a number of clubs, including both Heavy Woollen sides, and is a hugely popular figure amongst team mates and club staff alike.

Everyone at Batley Bulldogs would like to thank Tom for his efforts at the club, and wish him the very best of luck for the future.
We’re certain he’ll still be around the club on matchdays for the remainder of this campaign at least.



Matt Diskin’s Batley side secured their place in Round 3 of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup with a 38-18 victory over Rochdale Hornets in a scrappy affair at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

RFL names title partner for 1895 Cup


The Rugby Football League (RFL) is delighted to unveil AB Sundecks Limited as the title partner of the 1895 Cup, the final of which will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 24 August.

AB Sundecks has established itself as one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and installers of complete PVCu decking solutions to the leisure and domestic markets. The sponsorship announcement comes as the last 16 teams in the competition prepare to go head-to-head in the coming days.

The RFL introduced the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup as part of new-look Wembley line-up which also includes the Coral Challenge Cup Final and the traditional Champions Schools Year 7 curtain-raiser.

RFL Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer, says:
“We’re delighted to announce this partnership with AB Sundecks and look forward to working with our new partners in the coming weeks and months. Rugby League is a summer sport and ‘sundecks’ says ‘sunshine’ so this is a perfect match.

“Wembley Stadium has been the setting for many of the game’s greatest matches and I’m hopeful that the 1895 Cup Final will create even more magical memories for players and fans alike.”

Laura Beaumont, Marketing Director at AB Sundecks, adds:
“We are delighted to be sponsoring the 1895 Cup in its inaugural year. AB Sundecks have been associated with Rugby League for more than a decade, and we are very passionate about the sport sponsoring grassroots, amateur, women’s and professional teams.

“I personally feel it’s important for the children’s and women’s sections of the sport to be well supported to increase the spread of the game. We are now looking forward to growing our involvement by expanding our support of the game through the RFL, working with them to grow our relationship further, assist the Championship and League 1 level as a whole, and engage our leisure industry partners.

“We shall be looking to make our involvement fun for the fans with an exciting competition we will be running in conjunction with the launch of our sponsorship.”

The introduction of AB Sundecks 1895 Cup gives Championship and League 1 clubs – and their fans – an additional opportunity to reach Wembley, on top of the established Challenge Cup route. 12 Championship clubs feature in the last 16, alongside four from League 1. Among them only Sheffield Eagles and Bradford Bulls have played in a Challenge Cup Final at Wembley during the Super League era (i.e. since 1996), and none since the Challenge Cup Final returned to its spiritual home in 2007. Details of AB Sundecks products and nations services can be found by visiting or by calling 01204 709029.

There are five ties this Sunday (2 June).

  • Leigh Centurions v Workington Town
  • Oldham v Doncaster
  • Dewsbury Rams v Swinton Lions
  • York City Knights v Newcastle Thunder
  • Batley Bulldogs v Rochdale Hornets

The remaining fixtures take place on Wednesday 5 June.

  • Barrow Raiders v Bradford Bulls
  • Widnes Vikings v Featherstone Rovers
  • Halifax v Sheffield Eagles

RFL Chief Executive Ralph Rimmer and AB Sundecks MD Laura Beaumont are pictured with the 1895 Cup at Wembley Stadium



An outstanding performance from Matt Diskin’s Batley side saw them take the spoils in a tense encounter at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

A double from Keenen Tomlinson along with tries from Lewis Galbraith and Adam Gledhill, coupled with a superb defensive display gave The Bulldgs a crucial win.

Details to follow

Bulldogs Debut for Andy’s Man Club


We’re proud to be welcoming Tom Nolan and his colleagues from our local branch of Andy’s Man Club to the game against Halifax this Sunday.

Andy’s Man Club was formed almost 3 years ago after the tragic suicide of Andy Roberts.

Andy Roberts was 23 years old when he killed himself without any sign, signal or warning. The resultant devastation that hit his family was also followed by something more positive – his brother-in-law, professional rugby player Luke Ambler, became determined to prevent as many families as he could from going through such a trauma.

He formed a men’s group called Andy’s Man Club, which in almost three years has become one of the most important organisations working to help men today – our group sessions are changing the lives of hundreds who have hit rock bottom and are continuing to grow in number at a remarkable rate. Currently over 480 men attend one of our 20 clubs across the UK, including Dewsbury, Leeds, Huddersfield and Wakefield.

The clubs success shows the depth of the problems out their for men, that they are crying out for such a place in which to share their issues, something which has traditionally been frowned upon.

With Luke and his growing band of Andy’s Man Club members, the word is getting out there that we no longer need to keep our struggles to ourselves, and that true male bravery is about daring to open up, not burying your feelings away.

Andy’s Man Club is a peer to peer support group that runs every Monday night at 7pm (Except Bank Hols). There is no referral, no signing in, no registration and no cost. Any man over 18 is welcome to come along, grab a brew and talk as much or as little as he’s comfortable. Men do not need to have had suicidal thoughts or a mental health condition to attend. They can just be going through one of life storms and need a place to share.

They will have a stall at the back of the Driver Hire Glen Tomlinson Stand and happy to answer any questions anyone may have.

Please call by and say hello to welcome them to the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium and learn more about their fantastic work.



Hugely influancial forwards James Brown and Dane Manning have commited their immediate futures to The Bulldogs by signing contracts with the club for 2020.

Dane Manning has made 14 appearances this term in the second row with his no nonsense style, outstanding defence and powerful running

James Brown has played 13 times in 2019, with 1 Try scored, and cna feature at Loose forward, front or back row.

Both players are renowned for their 100% commitment and are firm favourites on the terraces, and within the squad.



Batley Bulldogs are looking for a small number of physiotherapy or sports therapy interns for the remainder of the 2019 and 2020 season.

These positions are voluntary and would ideally suit an individual who has completed at least their first year of studying either Physiotherapy BSc or Sports Rehabilitation BSc and looking to gain experience within professional rugby league.

The role is flexible and you will always be supervised by a member of Batley Bulldogs medical team.

Summary of the role:

Working closely with the club physiotherapists and sports therapists to gain experience in assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries.

Extensive opportunity to gain experience with the provision of sports massage.

Develop an understanding of match day requirements for a physiotherapist working within a rugby league environment.

There will also be opportunity to receive training on emergency medical situations and spinal board extrication.

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently studying Physiotherapy / Sports Rehabilitation / Sports Therapy
  • Have some experience of sports massage treatments
  • Have flexibility to assist with training and match day requirements

If you are interested in applying for this internship please email your CV and a covering letter to Carl Chapman, Head Physiotherapist – Please email

The date for applications is the 17th August 2019. Batley Bulldogs reserve the right to close this advert sooner, should applications from enough suitable candidates be received.



An determined Bulldogs side ran out 30-14 victors over Dewsbury Rams at The Summer Bash in Blackpool.

After taking an early 10 point lead through Keenen Tomlinson & Johnny Camplbell, Matt Diskin’s side had to show patience and some resolute defence as Dewsbury pressed for long period. Late tries from Brearley, Leak and Scott, and 5 Jouffret kicks, sealed the win for Batley following an outrageous try saving tackle from Sam Smeaton.

The Rams hit back with two quick tries in the dying minutes of the tie.

Full detials to follow



There will be one extra Heavyweight on the field when The Bulldogs entertain Toronto Wolfpack at the end of June, as Doncaster based Boxer Dave Allen is hoping to attend the game, as a guest of club sponsors Signature Resin Floors.

After knocking out Lucas Browne at the O2 last weekend, the boxer, managed by Eddie Hearn, put his gold shorts up for charity auction, and they were bought by the team at Signature Resin Floors, who invited Dave along to the Toronto fixture to present them on the field. This latest celebrity encounter follows from their recent video with football legend Ally McCoist in a Bulldogs shirt, which caused a storm on social media!

There will be a carnival atmosphere on the day as The Wolfpack line up in a special edition red kit to celebrate Canada Day, which falls in the same weekend.

Batley Bulldogs v Toronto Wolfpack, in the Betfred Championship, takes place on Sunday June 30th at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

1895 Cup hopefuls embark on second road to Wembley


Eight clubs from Betfred League One kick off Rugby League’s new knockout competition, the 1895 Cup, this weekend – battling for the right to join 12 Championship clubs in Sunday night’s second round draw, when the 16 teams involved will be only three wins from involvement in Coral Challenge Cup Final day at Wembley Stadium.

The 1895 Cup was created last winter to give non-Super League clubs a second, and more realistic, opportunity to reach Wembley – and to add to the celebration of Rugby League in the capital this August.

The first 1895 Cup Final will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 24 (530pm kick-off), with the semi finals scheduled for Sunday July 28.

Fourteen of the 20 clubs who have entered the inaugural 1895 Cup have won the Challenge Cup since it was founded in 1896, and 13 of them have played at Wembley – although none have appeared there since Sheffield Eagles famously shocked Wigan in 1998.

The only two former Wembley winners in this weekend’s first round ties, Hunslet and Workington Town, will meet at the South Leeds Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm) in a tie being streamed live by the RFL’s Our League membership app, and also by the Twitch streaming platform.

The second round draw will also be streamed live through Our League and the RFL’s Facebook page, from 6pm on Sunday evening – when the draw for the second round of the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup will also be held.

Second Round ties in the 1895 Cup are to be played between May 31 and June 5, depending on clubs’ involvement in the quarter finals of the Coral Challenge Cup on the weekend of May 31 – June 2.

1895 Cup, First Round

Saturday May 4 – Hunslet v Workington Town (3pm, live on Our League and Twitch), Newcastle Thunder v Keighley Cougars (3pm).

Sunday May 5 – Doncaster v West Wales Raiders, Oldham v Whitehaven (both 3pm)

1895 Cup, Second Round draw numbers (6pm, Sunday):

1 Barrow Raiders

2 Batley Bulldogs

3 Bradford Bulls

4 Dewsbury Rams

5 Featherstone Rovers

6 Halifax

7 Leigh Centurions

8 Rochdale Hornets

9 Sheffield Eagles

10 Swinton Lions

11 Widnes Vikings

12 York City Knights

13 Hunslet or Workington Town

14 Newcastle Thunder or Keighley Cougars

15 Doncaster or West Wales Raiders

16 Oldham or Whitehaven