£1000 Prize Draw!

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Our win against Featherstone was outstanding and it was the 5th on the bounce and the 11th of the season. We knew by retaining most of our team from 2021 we would do well but our performances this season have exceeded even our expectations but the downside is the financial consequences of success when crowds have not increased and beer & food sales have fallen. We desperately need to do something about it if we are to progress next season as well. We need to try to encourage more people to come and watch and we need to generate more monies and quickly. You will have seen elsewhere our initiative for this week’s game and our first fundraiser is a GRAND LIFELINE DRAW.

This is an online draw where tickets are £2 and the prize is £1,000!! So clearly well worth winning for anybody whether they are a Bulldogs supporter or not. The draw will take place when we have sold 1,000 tickets so the quicker we sell them the quicker we have a winner and the quicker we raise also £1,000 for our Club.

Please  SHARE this story as the more people that know about it the more chance we have of selling out quickly. As more fundraising follows and more events the more you SHARE everything the more chance we have of it being a success so you are helping the Club by doing that. It’s simple as that so let’s go!!!

Buy tickets now at bulldogs.mysportstickets.co.uk

£11 ADVANCE ADMISSION FOR SUNDAY

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The win at Featherstone was our 11th win of the season and we want to celebrate and also encourage people to come to our next game v Whitehaven.

 

We are therefore offering entrance to all Adults/Concessions who buy tickets online in advance at a price of £11, that’s right £11 !!! Advance Junior price is just £2.

 

It will be normal prices on the turnstile of Adult £20, Concession £15 & Kids £5 so hurry and buy your advance tickets online now for a big saving to watch your local team try to continue their winning run. Let’s all get behind the Doggies is this brilliant season so far.

 

Please also SHARE our post so as many people as possible know about this offer. See you at the match!

Tottenham Trip Confirmed

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Just to confirm we have sufficient numbers to run this trip in Saturday.

The coach will depart from the Club at 7am to arrive in sufficient time for the 1895 Cup Final  ko at 12pm.

The cost is £60 for coach travel but anyone without a ticket we will provide a £30 ticket at no cost. There are still places left if anyone else wants to go on this unique trip to Tottenham Stadium just call or text  me on 07931230999 if you want to book a place then you can just pay on the day.

Anyone who has indicated already  they are coming again just call or text me if for any reason you are unable to come and the same for anyone who wants to pay direct into our account rather than cash on the day. Finally if you are unsure whether you are booked on again just call or text me to confirm. It’s going to be a great day so look forward to seeing you there.

Kevin Nicholas

BEER FEST NEXT UP!

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It’s not long now to our Beer Festival on Friday 3rd June & Saturday 4th June at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

Each day the event will start at 1pm and go into the evening with Food available and music along with live entertainment.
The admission is £10 and that includes:
1. A souvenir pint glass
2. A programme with details of all cask ales and ciders available
3. Your first Pint free

As well as over 20 cask ales and ciders we have lager, wine and spirits including gin and tonic so there are plenty of drink choices for everyone.

We’re looking forward to seeing people at our very first Bulldogs Beer Fest on this special bank holiday weekend. Let’s make it another great event!

Tickets online at bulldogs.mysportstickets.co.uk or pay on the gate

CHALLENGE CUP FINAL TRIP

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18th May 2022 – Minimum Numbers Needed

This year is unique as the Final is not at Wembley but at the £1billion new stadium the home of Tottenham Hotspurs which maybe the only time it will ever be played there hence a historic occasion.

We have at our Club £30 tickets for the Final which also includes the 1895 Final between Leigh & Featherstone. If we have enough interest we also intend to run a coach there and the full cost for travel  and £30 ticket would be £60 each which is incredible value.

If you simply need a ticket let us know or if you want the full £60 package for this great event please put forward a provisional booking and we will advise you in the next few days if we have sufficient numbers to run the trip. If not then you are not committed to buying  a ticket ,it is your decision .

It will be a day trip with an early departure so you don’t miss any of the action.

To book email [email protected] 

CHARITY CURTAIN RAISER THIS SUNDAY

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Team colostomy UK and the British Asian Rugby Association (BARA) are delighted to announce that they will be facing each other in a charity Rugby League game on Sunday 22nd May.

The game will take place at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium, home of the Batley Bulldogs, and will be a curtain raiser to the Bulldogs BetFred Championship clash with the London Broncos. It will be played under modified masters rugby league rules to enable players of all ages and abilities to take part.

Team Colostomy UK Rugby League is an initiative from the National charity Colostomy UK. It aims to challenge and change perceptions of what it means to live with a stoma, and show that having a stoma need not be a barrier to achieving anything in life, including playing the toughest of team sports. For more information visit www.ColostomyUK.org

The British Asian Rugby Association was formed by Dr Ikram Butt, the first British Asian to play Rugby of either code for England. It is a dual code, inclusive, UK not-for-profit NGO of 18 years standing. It has a history of campaigning for equality and inclusion for Asian communities (not exclusively) in rugby, and has delivered tangible projects which break down cultural and religious barriers and provide sporting benefits to a much under- represented minority ethnic community.

Speaking on behalf of Team Colostomy UK Giovanni Cinque said “We’re delighted to be playing such a prestigious game, and as a curtain raiser to the Championship fixture between Batley and London. The conditions that can lead to stoma surgery are prevalent across all communities in the UK and we hope that our game with BARA will help increase awareness of our charity in West Yorkshire and how people can access support from us if they need it. We’re hugely grateful to Ikram and BARA for the fixture, and to everyone at Batley Bulldogs for hosting us.

On behalf of BARA Ikram Butt commented “We are looking forward to getting back onto the playing field after a two-year absence due to a variety of reasons. No better way to kick off our season is to support an important cause and help make a positive difference to people’s lives. We would like to thank Giovanni Cinque for this wonderful opportunity and our primary sponsors Regal Food PLC and La Romantica Beds for their continued support.’’

Team Colostomy UK V British Asian Rugby Association takes place on Sunday 22nd May at the Foxes Biscuits Stadium, Heritage Rd, Batley, West Yorkshire WF17 7NZ, kicking off at 1pm. It will be followed by Batley Bulldogs V London Broncos at 3pm.

Bulldogs and Centurions to celebrate the sport’s amazing charities

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BATLEY Bulldogs are celebrating the outstanding work of the sport’s official charities Rugby League Cares and the RL Benevolent Fund with a series of exciting activities at next Monday’s televised home fixture against Leigh Centurions.

RL Cares and the RL Benevolent Fund support thousands of people of all ages across the Rugby League family every year and the Bulldogs are proud to be involved in the celebrations of two worthy causes.

The charities were incredibly supportive to Batley’s players and staff following the tragic death of Archie Bruce in 2019 and have been there for Archie’s family ever since.

On Monday 16th May, fans will get the opportunity to find out more about the work of RL Cares and the RL Benevolent Fund when Leigh visit the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium for the eagerly-anticipated Betfred Championship fixture, which is being screened on Premier Sports.

The charities’ activities will focus around a specially-branded double decker bus featuring an interactive heritage display on the upper deck and a pop-up barber shop on the lower deck manned by former Batley player Tom Hemingway.

Tom now runs his own successful barber shop business, the Lions Den at Birstall, after retraining with support from RL Cares and will be offering free haircuts to fans before the game.

Batley-born Francis Stephenson, the Transition Manager at RL Cares, current England women’s player Amy Hardcastle, who now works with RL Cares delivering their acclaimed health programme, and ex-Bradford and New Zealand star Robbie Hunter-Paul will also be on the bus to share expert advice on how fans can best manage their mental fitness.

Visitors to the bus will also have the opportunity to watch a fantastic new video presented by RFL Chair Clare Balding detailing the work of the two charities and how they are making a positive impact to the lives of people young and old across Rugby League communities.

Face painters will be on hand to give younger fans an exciting new look and stilt walkers will provide entertainment ahead of kick-off at 7.45pm.

Batley chairman Kevin Nicholas said: “We are delighted to help showcase the work of two charities which do so much good across the sport and I am sure our fans and the visiting Leigh supporters will really enjoy the activities we have planned.

“The scale of the work that RL Cares and the RL Benevolent Fund do will surprise many people and our televised fixtures is the perfect opportunity to celebrate that work.”

RL Cares and the RL Benevolent Fund are independent charities that rely on fundraising, grants and donations to keep enhancing people’s lives. To support the work of RL Cares visit www.justgiving.com/rugbyleaguecares; to support the work of the RL Benevolent Fund visit www.justgiving.com/rfluk

For more information about the sport’s two charities, please visit www.rugbyleague cares.org

Rowey Bows Out

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One of the most popular players ever to grace our famous slope has this week announced his retirement from the game.

Alex Rowe joined The Bulldogs in 2013 and was an integral part of our amazing 2013 campaign, reaching the Championship Play Off Final. After a tough first half in the Semi Final at Featherstone, Rowey scored a crucial Try just just before the break to bring his side back into the game, and set up one of the most amazing halves of Rugby League we’ll see.

He was again huge in the 2016 Season as the side finished 3rd in the Betfred Championship before playing away at Hull KR and Headingley in the Super League Qualifiers.

In a career total of 325 appearances and 53 Tries, Alex played 168 times for Batley Bulldogs, scoring 20 Times in a 6 year spell at The FOx’s Biscuits Stadium.

A huge thank you for all your efforts big man, enjoy your retirement!

Club Statement

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We have today been advised by the RFL of an allegation of unacceptable language in the game at Barrow relating to their player Hakim Miloudi who was sent off in the match and faces a potential lengthy ban.

We have not had full details of the allegation but can confirm a firm denial. We would also confirm that our Club has now submitted two complaints for investigation by the RFL firstly of the same player feigning a head injury in the incident in an effort to deflect away from his own behaviour which resulted in his sending off.

Secondly an assault on our player James Meadows who was a substitute and off the field at the time as the same player was leaving the field having been sent off. We now await the outcome of the full RFL  investigation of the whole incident.

New Dog On The Block

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Long time club sponsors Bede Financial Group and Yorkshire Raw Feeds, brothers John and James McVeigh, have joined together to give us a brand new Battler The Bulldog.

After many years service the old Battler is worn, damaged, and badly in need of a rest and a younger pup is perfect for matchdays and local appearances. He’ll be making his match debut on Good Friday against Dewsbury Rams, you may see him in the community before then with the Batley Sporting Foundation.

Once again a huge thank you to Bede Financial Group and Yorkshire Raw Feeds, we can’t wait for you to meet our new man!