Bulldogs Capture Elliot Hall

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Exciting young Back Elliot Hall has joined Craig Lingard’s squad for the 2021 campaign.

After discovering a love for rugby League whilst studying at Loughbrough University, Elliot had a spell with London Skolars in 2018, before joining Coventry Bears for the 2019 season, scoring 17 Tries in 20 appearances. He very quickly became part of the England Students team and was their leading scorer in the Student World Cup.

For the ill fated 2020 Season he joined Workington Town, scoring 6 in 5 before games were suspended.

Coach Lingard is thrilled to have his man, who is equally comfortable at Full Back or on the Wing.
“He’s a very exciting player, bags of pace and skill and a fantastic attitude. A fantastic addition to the group”

Kieran Buchanan Joins Bulldogs

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We’re delighted to reveal the signing of exciting young Centre, Kieran Buchanan, from Super League side Hull FC.

He joins Craig Lingard’s men having made over a dozen first team appearances for The Black & Whites, featuring most recently in the last 2 fixtures against Warrington, and yesterday evening’s victory over Wakefield Trinity.

Originally from the Skirlaugh club, he progressed through the Hull FC Scholarship programme.
Pace and strength in attack along with excellent defensive work will make Kieran a valuable addition to The Bulldogs’ Squad. Welcome to Batley!

Tonks In At Bulldogs With BISSA Support

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Craig Lingard has added more pace and power to his pack with the addition of experienced Second Row man Josh Tonks.

Lingard is keen to team up once again with the player after the pair worked together at Keighley Cougars. Tonks had moved on to Hunslet where he scored 10 tries in 24 appearances for the South Leeds club.

With an aggresive style in both attack and defence Josh is bound to be a fans favourite at The Fox’s Biscuits stadium, and is the latest player to be signed with the support of BISSA, wh0 continue to back the players on the field by raising monies via Monthly membership, Yearly donations, and fundraising via various means.

If you aren’t a member please consider joining , as over the last 15yrs, BISSA have supported over 130 players who have helped the club progress and improve on the field. To learn more visit bissa.co.uk

Happy Birthday Rugby League!

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“Happy 125th Birthday Rugby League” from The Duke of Sussex and friends

The Duke of Sussex, Patron of the Rugby Football League, wishes Rugby League a Happy 125th Birthday, praising the sport’s community values

The Duke spoke with players, coaches, and volunteers, hosted a special birthday quiz, and introduced his own special guest – one of the greatest ever players of the game – Ellery Hanley MBE.

The Duke of Sussex talked via videolink to members of the Rugby League family about what the sport means to them, their experience during lockdown and he led the group in a just-for-fun ‘set of six’ quiz to help celebrate the sport’s 125th birthday.

The Duke expressed his admiration for the way Rugby League people have come together in this period ‘as a family’ and how the sport has thrived over 125 years – and his particular admiration for the speed and bravery of the players and the contribution the sport makes to its communities. 

He said: “It can bring so many families together, bring so many people together… it doesn’t matter whether you’re in the stands, whether you’re the groundsman, whether you’re a player, whether you’re a fan, or whether you’re a first time watcher,  every single person is bound by this family feeling.”

The Duke surprised the group by introducing his own special guest – Rugby League legend Ellery Hanley. Ellery shared his life-long love for the sport including the mutual respect between players and its warmth and friendliness.

The Duke heard from St Helens Women’s Super League players Gemma Walsh and Emily Rudge who also captains England Women. Both players are missing the sport and glad to have each other to train alongside. Jamie Jones-Buchanan spoke passionately about the founding of the rebel sport of Rugby League 125 years ago as ‘the glue that holds communities together’. The Leeds Rhinos and England star was joined in his home-made gym by son Kurgan who plays for Stanningley ARLFC.

Newcastle Thunder’s Jordan Robinson and academy player Alex Donaghy joined from Kingston Park Stadium in the city and shared how the sport has come together in the North East despite the impact on the playing season. Volunteer Fionna Everson joined from her home in Hull where she has supported the community game for over 30 years and is helping the return of children’s Rugby League.

The Duke looked forward to the Rugby League World Cup in 2021 and concluded by congratulating everyone on getting their quiz questions right and by thanking everyone for their continued commitment to the sport.

Draw Helps Key Position Boost For Lingard

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The Bulldogs have moved swiftly to secure the Hooker position at the club, with crowd favourite Alistair Leak committing to another season, and the capture of highly experienced No 9 Ben Kaye who joins for the 2021 season.

Leaky’s hard work and exciting attacking play have made him hugely popular since arriving at the club in 2014 and his signature is great news for Coach Craig Lingard. Ben Kaye is another huge boost for the squad as he brings vast experience from over 240 career appearances during spells at Leeds, Harleqins, Featherstone Rovers and Halifax.

The ongoing Half-Time draws, run each Sunday since lockdown began, have been crucial to bringing funds into the club and are playing a massive part in our ability to build a quality squad for the next campaign. Tickets are on sale each week at just £2 for the chance to win £100, online at bulldogs.mysportstickets.co.uk

BROUGHTON JOINS BULLDOGS

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We’re thrilled to announce the arrival at The Fox’s Bisciuts Stadium of Super League Winger Jodie Broughton.

A product of the Leeds Rhinos Academy, Jodie made his Super League Debut for Hull FC, before moving on to have spells with Salford, Huddersfield and Catalans Dragons, scoring 38 times in 52 games for the French side.

He joined Championship rivals Halifax for the start of the 2020 season, with 5 Tries in 4 starts.

With almost 200 Super League appearances, and over 120 Tries at the top level, he brings pace and power and huge experience to Craig Lingard’s squad.

The signing is made possible thanks to the support of BISSA, wh0 continue to back the players on the field by raising monies via Monthly membership, Yearly donations, and fundraising via various means. If you aren’t a member please consider joining , as over the last 15yrs, BISSA have supported over 130 players who have helped the club progress and improve on the field. To learn more visit bissa.co.uk

The amazing response to our ongoing Half-Time Draw is also invaluable as we put together a strong squad for 2021, please continue to support the draw if you can. With a £100 prize, Tickets at £2 are online each week at bulldogs.mysportstickets.co.uk/

BROWN AND MANNING IN FOR 2021

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A double dose of good news at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium as crowd favourites James Brown and Dane Manning commit another year to the club.

James joined the Bulldogs in 2015 and quickly became a key part of the squad and hugely popular on the terraces. Playing mostly as a Front Row, he will often feature at Loose Forward, and occasionally at Half-Back!

Powerhouse Dane Manning is in his second spell at The Bulldogs having returned from Halifax for the 2017 season.
The Second Rower is undoubtedly among the best in the division. Both signings are a massive boost to the club.

     

KEEGAN IS BACK!

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We’re thrilled to confirm our first “new” arrival for the 2021  Season, with the return to the club of former Bulldogs Captain, Keegan Hirst

In his fifth year with The Bulldogs, Keegan led the side through the amazing 2016 campaign, finishing 3rd in the Championship and competing in the Super 8 Qualifying series, where the highlight for many was an incedible evening away at a packed Headingley Stadium. .

Having moved onto Super League Wakefield Trinity with former coach John Kear, he then joined Halifax for the 2020 Season.

A hugely popular figure at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium, both on and off the field. Welcome Back!!

Duo Depart Batley

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Front Rower Joe Taira and Hooker Shaun Lunt have moved on from the Bulldogs for the 2021 campaign.

Popular forward Taira has spent two years at The Bulldogs and will return to his former club Rochdale Hornets, while Lunt who joined the club for the ill fated 2020 season moves to Barrow Raiders.

We’d like to thank both for their efforts at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium and wish them the very best for the future.


10 Years On. Still a Bulldog.

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10 Years on from the Northern Rail Cup victory in Blackpool, and having played a key role in the campaign and final, Jonny Campbell remains a crowd favourite at The Bulldogs.

We had planned events and celebrations to mark the occasion but circumstances have made things difficult. We wee though able to catch up with JC for his memories of the 2010 Season, the squad, and that very day.