Betfred Challenge Cup Rd 5


The Fifth Round draw for the Betfred Challenge Cup will be held this evening and shown live by Premier Sports, after their coverage of the Fourth Round tie between Leigh Centurions and Widnes Vikings.

The winners of the five Fifth Round ties will enter the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup –with the Final at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday May 28.

North Wales Crusaders will be the only Betfred League One club remaining when the draw for the Fifth Round of the Challenge Cup is conducted after the last Fourth Round tie between Leigh Centurions and Widnes Vikings on Monday night.

Anthony Murray’s Crusaders relished a trip across the border on Saturday afternoon with their regular home ground in Colwyn Bay unavailable, beating their League One rivals Hunslet at the home of Caldy RFC on the Wirral.

Of the other League One clubs who had reached the Fourth Round, Doncaster and Rochdale Hornets both suffered home defeats against Cumbrian opposition – with victories for Whitehaven and Barrow Raiders meaning all three Cumbrian clubs will be in the Fifth Round draw, after Chris Thorman’s Workington Town claimed their first win of the season in impressive style at home to Betfred Championship rivals Dewsbury Rams.

Sheffield Eagles, the 1998 Challenge Cup winners at Wembley, withstood a typically spirited and skilful challenge from Hunslet Club Parkside, the only National Conference League team to have reached the Fourth Round, at the South Leeds Stadium – with Ben Jones-Bishop scoring the first of three late tries which secured a 40-20 win for Mark Aston’s Eagles.

The Royal Navy, who had emulated Parkside by winning three ties through January and February to reach the Fourth Round for the first time in their history, suffered a heavier defeat against a slick Batley Bulldogs team who turned on the style for a BBC Sport audience at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium – although the Navy claimed a well-deserved consolation try from James Teixeira in a 66-6 defeat.

Brian McDermott’s Featherstone Rovers and John Kear’s Bradford Bulls had impressive away wins in all-Championship ties at Halifax Panthers and London Broncos respectively, while York City Knights overcame Newcastle Thunder in a tie streamed live by The Sportsman.

The 10th and last place in the Fifth Round draw will be taken by either the 1921 and 1971 Challenge Cup winners Leigh or their local rivals Widnes, who have won the competition seven times from 13 Final appearances – with their tie to be shown live by Premier Sports on Monday Night Rugby League, and the draw to follow.

The five Fifth Round winners will be joined by 11 Betfred Super League clubs in the Sixth Round in March – and will also secure places in the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup, the competition which provides a second chance for non-Super League clubs to reach Challenge Cup Final day, this year at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday May 28.

Betfred Challenge Cup Fifth Round draw numbers

1 Barrow Raiders

2 Batley Bulldogs

3 Bradford Bulls

4 Featherstone Rovers

5 North Wales Crusaders

6 Sheffield Eagles

7 Whitehaven

8 Workington Town

9 York City Knights

10 Leigh Centurions or Widnes Vikings


As the very first winners of the famous trophy, we’re thrilled to be hosting the Royal Navy RL as they reach Round 4 of The Betfred Challenge Cup for the first time.

Admission will be £10 Adults & Concessions and FREE of Charge for Juniors.

Pay on the gate or book online at

We are also delighted to announce that 20% of all gate receipts will be donated to charities chosen by the Royal Navy RL, InTouch RL,  a charity established by The Royal Navy RL to support ex-player veterans, and The Royal British Legion.

With the tie being shown Live on BBC Sport, it would be amazing to see a full The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium showcasing the best of our community as we celebrate this historic event.

We are therefore looking to invite  every Community Club to be part of the occasion and have a chance of winning up to £500 for your Club.

If you wish to join us we can arrange for your club to have £10 tickets to sell, and the club that sells the most tickets will have £250 cash back.

Then all your juniors are invited free of charge, but we ask them to come in your Club clothing for 12pm to have a team photo, with the Challenge Cup itself before the game, and the Club with most kids there will receive a donation of £250 to your Club funds.

In addition at Half Time all kids will be invited to do a lap of honour to celebrate Rugby League in our community  and showcase us on the BBC.

So please come and join us and see which Club can be Top Dog in our Community.

For full details contact the Club.
Email- [email protected].uk
Tel. – 01924 470062

Historic Fixture Live on BBC


The Bulldogs Historic 4th Round Betfred Challenge Cup tie will be shown Live on BBC Sport. The game sees the first winners of the historic trophy entertain Royal Navy RL, reaching Rd 4 for the very first time.

BBC Sport, Premier Sports and The Sportsman have each confirmed coverage of the Fourth Round of the Betfred Challenge Cup later this month, as the road to the May 28 Final at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium continues.

BBC Sport will continue their round by round coverage on Sunday February 27 by showing the Royal Navy’s first appearance at this stage of the competition, and a trip to the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium to face Batley Bulldogs – who were the first ever winners of the Challenge Cup 125 years ago.
That tie will kick off at 1pm, and it will be followed at 3pm by The Sportsman’s coverage of the meeting of two ambitious Betfred Championship clubs, York City Knights and Newcastle Thunder, at the LNER Community Stadium.
Then on Monday Night, Premier Sports will show their first Betfred Challenge Cup tie of the season, the blockbuster meeting of two local rivals with rich pedigree in the competition – Leigh Centurions versus Widnes Vikings.
Leigh have won the Challenge Cup on each of their two Final appearances, in 1921 and famously against Leeds at Wembley in 1971 when their captain-coach Alex Murphy won the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match.
Widnes have won the game’s oldest knockout competition seven times in 13 Final appearances, with four of the wins coming from seven Finals inside a decade between 1975-84, and the most recent appearance a defeat by Wigan in 1993.
The updated schedule of Fourth Round ties is as follows:
Sunday February 27
Batley Bulldogs v Royal Navy (1pm, live on BBC Sport)
Doncaster v Whitehaven (2pm)
Halifax Panthers v Featherstone Rovers (3pm)
London Broncos v Bradford Bulls (3pm)
North Wales Crusaders v Hunslet (230pm, venue tbc)
Rochdale Hornets v Barrow Raiders (3pm)
Workington Town v Dewsbury Rams (2pm)
York City Knights v Newcastle Thunder (3pm, live on The Sportsman)
Monday February 28
Leigh Centurions v Widnes Vikings (745pm, live on Premier Sports)
TBC: Hunslet Club Parkside v Sheffield Eagles

Stunning Bulldogs Comeback



A winning start for Craig Lingard’s men after a stunning second half performance against an excellent Halifax Panthers side.

Header image: Neville Wright

Betfred Challenge Cup: Double draw tonight at Rochdale Hornets


The draw for the third and fourth rounds of the Betfred Challenge Cup will be streamed live on BBC Sport online and Our League from the Rochdale Hornets club this evening (Tuesday 1 February) at 6pm.

Hornets, who on Sunday overcame Midlands Hurricanes to earn their place in the double draw, are this year celebrating the centenary of their only Challenge Cup success in 1922.


Rochdale fans should look out for ball number seven in a draw which also includes giant-killers Lock Lane who defeated League 1 Oldham 22-12 in Round 2. The numbers in full are as follows:

  1. Doncaster
  2. Hunslet
  3. Hunslet Club Parkside
  4. Lock Lane
  5. London Skolars
  6. North Wales Crusaders
  7. Rochdale Hornets
  8. Rochdale Mayfield
  9. Royal Navy
  10. Siddal
  11. Swinton Lions
  12. York Acorn


The six Round Three ties will take place on the weekend of 12 and 13 February, with the Round Four matches scheduled for 26 and 27 February.

Joining the above in the Round Four draw will be the following Betfred Championship clubs (with ball numbers). For the 10-match Round Four draw, the six Round Three ties will be numbered 15-20.

  1. Barrow Raiders
  2. Batley Bulldogs
  3. Bradford Bulls
  4. Dewsbury Rams
  5. Featherstone Rovers
  6. Halifax Panthers
  7. Leigh Centurions
  8. London Broncos
  9. Newcastle Thunder
  10. Sheffield Eagles
  11. Whitehaven
  12. Widnes Vikings
  13. Workington Town
  14. York City Knights
  15. Round Three tie
  16. Round Three tie
  17. Round Three tie
  18. Round Three tie
  19. Round Three tie
  20. Round Three tie


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The draws will be conducted by Paul Sculthorpe MBE and Vicky Molyneux, and shown live on BBC Sport from 6pm. Sculthorpe is a four-time cup winner with St Helens and a member of England coach Shaun Wane’s backroom team. Wigan Warriors’ Rochdale-born Molyneux is hoping to represent England at this year’s World Cup – 15 years since her debut in 2007.


Rochdale Hornets chief executive Steve Kerr says:

“We’re thrilled to host the Betfred Challenge Cup draw to mark our centenary since our 1922 Cup win. It was a special moment in the club’s history which we are determined to mark this year. It would be great if we could progress and maybe even draw Hull FC in the later rounds of the competition.


“I’m delighted to share it with the Rochdale business community and welcome our special guests Paul Sculthorpe MBE and our very own Rochdale star Vicky Molyneux, who features in the England squad. She has been busy coaching and inspiring girls in Rochdale to take up rugby league.”


Rochdale will have double representation in the Third Round draw, following Rochdale Mayfield’s impressive win at West Hull on Saturday.


But it was renowned Castleford community club Lock Lane who produced the result of the Second Round by shocking the professionals of Oldham in a stormy Sunday night tie last weekend.  The game was in the balance at 16-12 before player of the match Nathan Fozzard converted a late try to secure a famous 22-12 victory.

Lock Lane are one of six community teams in the draw, joining Hunslet Club Parkside, Rochdale Mayfield, Siddal, York Acorn and the Royal Navy.


Betfred Challenge Cup 2022

Third Round (6 ties) – February 12-13

Fourth Round (10 ties) – February 26-27

Fifth Round (5 ties) – March 12-13

Sixth Round (8 ties) – March 26-27 – [Betfred Super League clubs enter]

Quarter Finals – April 9-10

Semi Finals – Saturday May 7 at Elland Road, Leeds

Betfred Challenge Cup Final 2022 – Saturday May 28 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium





Tiffany Funds boosted by £2500


We are sure everyone enjoyed a magnificent game of Rugby League yesterday in our opening round and so thank you everyone for your support

To update you on our fundraising for Tiffany, we can confirm that the bucket collection and half time draw raised £1,565.

In addition one of our sponsors, Simon at Christian Carpets, donated his hospitality box for 10 with all sale proceeds going to Tiffany, which was a very kind gesture. Two buyers came forward so the Club decided to add another box to raise a further £1,000.

In total then on the day we raised £2,565 thanks to your generosity. We will do other fundraising  over February and announce an updated total then. We can say Tiff’s family enjoyed the game although maybe not the result and were extremely grateful for your kindness as well as comforted by knowing we all care about her and her family.

So a big thank you, thank you, thank you.

Support Tiffany through Just Giving HERE

Headingley Stadium to host 2022 Betfred Championship Summer Bash 


The Betfred Championship Summer Bash is back for the first time in three years in 2022 – and heading for Headingley! 

The iconic home of Leeds Rhinos and numerous great Rugby League occasions has been selected to host the sixth gathering of all 14 Championship clubs on the weekend of July 30-31. 

It will be the first time the Summer Bash has been played anywhere other than Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road since the festival was introduced in 2015, as an equivalent to Super League’s Magic Weekend. 

Tickets go on sale on Monday morning at 9am with Day and Weekend ticket options available.  Season Ticket Holders of Championship teams can buy direct from their club and receive 50% off their ticket price, with a limited number of full price tickets also being available for central sales at Rugby League (  

A full round of seven fixtures will be played across the weekend – a 27th round for the 2022 Betfred Championship season, in addition to the home and away programme, which adds an intriguing extra element to the battle for places in the top six Play-Offs which will determine promotion to the 2023 Betfred Super League. 

The fixtures have been selected to build on rivalries – local, old or new – and to maximise the appeal of the weekend for supporters of the 14 clubs and for Rugby League neutrals, as a celebration of the quality of competition outside the Betfred Super League. 

All three Cumbrian clubs will play in the Championship this season and they will all be involved on the Sunday (July 31) – with Barrow Raiders facing Widnes Vikings, before Whitehaven and Workington Town take their unique rivalry to Headingley for the first time. 

The Sunday programme concludes with a meeting of two of the Championship’s most progressive clubs, as York City Knights face Newcastle Thunder. 

West Yorkshire teams and supporters will be in a majority on Saturday July 30, although the action kicks off with Sheffield Eagles taking on London Broncos – the 1998 Challenge Cup winners against the 1999 runners-up. 

Then Batley Bulldogs and Dewsbury Rams will maintain the one constant of the Summer Bash since it was introduced in 2015, as they meet for the sixth time with Dewsbury having won three of the previous five derbies at Bloomfield Road. 

Next on a Super Saturday, Bradford Bulls will face Halifax Panthers, on a ground where both sets of supporters have been regular visitors for fixtures against Leeds – although not for a few years. 

The action ends with a heavyweight clash between Brian McDermott’s Featherstone Rovers, who have been beaten in each of the last two Championship Grand Finals, and Adrian Lam’s Leigh Centurions, aiming to bounce straight back following relegation from the Betfred Super League. 

Mark Foster, the RFL’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “It’s an exciting line-up of fixtures which will showcase the quality of the teams and players in the Betfred Championship, and Headingley Stadium will be a fitting stage. 

“It’s a venue with so much Rugby League history, which will be familiar to supporters of all 14 clubs – but this may be a first opportunity for many to experience the superb redevelopments of recent years. 

“We hope that Headingley’s convenient location for so many Rugby League supporters will also encourage fans of clubs from outside the Betfred Championship to come and watch the action. 

“And for those unable to make it to the event, the weekend will be featured live on Premier Sports as part of our new partnership to showcase the Betfred Championship. 

“It’s always an enjoyable weekend on and off the field – and although it will be slightly different in Leeds as opposed to Blackpool, we’re confident Rugby League fans will find plenty of ways to enjoy themselves.” 

The 2022 Betfred Championship kicks off next Sunday (January 30), with six fixtures including Leigh Centurions hosting Whitehaven, and London Broncos playing Widnes Vikings in their first game at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, the home of AFC Wimbledon which will be their new base this season.

Premier Sports’ Monday Night coverage begins on January 31 with York City Knights hosting Featherstone Rovers in a repeat of last summer’s AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final at Wembley.


Betfred Championship Summer Bash 2022 – Headingley Stadium, July 30-31 

Saturday July 30 

London Broncos v Sheffield Eagles 

Batley Bulldogs v Dewsbury Rams 

Bradford Bulls v Halifax Panthers 

Featherstone Rovers v Leigh Centurions 

Sunday July 31 

Barrow Raiders v Widnes Vikings 

Whitehaven v Workington Town 

Newcastle Thunder v York City Knights


Scrums to return to all levels of Rugby League in 2022


Following meetings with clubs from Betfred Super League, Championship and League One today, the RFL confirms the return of scrums for the 2022 season in all competitions.

The RFL Laws Committee recommended the return of scrums for the 2022 season at their December meeting, provided 85% of players across the Betfred Super League and Championship competitions which kick off in the coming weeks had been double vaccinated.

Considering the recommendations later in December, the RFL Board deferred a final decision until January, to allow more time for vaccination rates to increase, and to assess the impact of the Omicron variant.

The 85% threshold has now been reached across Super League and the Championship.  Other relevant factors include the increases in knowledge regarding the impact of the Omicron variant since December, reduced isolation periods for close contacts, and the views of clubs and other key stakeholders.

The Board have therefore accepted a recommendation from the RFL Executive for scrums to return – in all competitions, starting next weekend (29-31 January) in Round One fixtures in the Betfred Championship and the Second Round of the Betfred Challenge Cup.

This will also apply across the Community Game.

The decision has been taken mindful of potential risks – but against the backdrop of the wider landscape relating to Covid and the de-regulation of Government rules relating to Covid. 

The meetings also provided a final opportunity for clubs to input into the changes to the Covid fixture framework to apply in the 2022 Season: this will now go to the RFL Board for final sign-off.

As previously advised it is envisaged that the Covid framework under which league positions were determined by win points percentage in the 2020 and 2021 seasons will be replaced, and that any team unable to fulfil a fixture will forfeit the match with a 48-0 scoreline – save in exceptional circumstances to be determined by the RFL Board, which would include a club being unable to play a match due to being required to shut down by either the RFL’s Multiple Case Group or Public Health England.

The meeting of Betfred Super League clubs also discussed recent developments related to travel between France and the UK, and their likely effects on the ability of unvaccinated players to participate in fixtures involving Catalans Dragons and Toulouse Olympique in France.

With three weeks remaining until the French clubs play their first matches against UK opposition in the 2022 season, the matter will be kept under review.

Scrums were suspended from all levels of Rugby League in the UK following a recommendation from the Laws Committee for the restart of the 2020 season in July, to minimise the risk of positive cases of Covid-19 being transmitted, or of players being forced to isolate as close contacts and therefore missing subsequent fixtures.

Next Car On Board at The Bulldogs


Batley Car Dealership Next Car are the latest sponsor to join the team at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

CJay and Sharlotte, directors of Next Car, told us “We are delighted to announce the sponsorship and partnership with Batley Bulldogs, and are passionate to continue our support of our local club and all its causes”

Located on Bradford Road, Next Car can supply a wide range of vehicles, and are specialists in providing car finance solutions for customers with varying credit history. Learn more on Facebook and Instagram, or visit their website at


Clearly it was a huge disappointment for both Clubs and their supporters for this game to be called off due to a Covid outbreak in both camps. It is also a financial blow to both Clubs as these gate receipts form part of our budgets for the 2022 season which therefore has not got off to a good start and it is already worrying going forward for the financial sustainability of both our Clubs. We can only ask for your continued support as we seek to weather the storm as it were.

Clearly some supporters bought tickets in advance on our ticketing site and were unable to use those tickets. This is a site where we have never had to refund monies before so it is not straightforward and so please bear with us.
Firstly to avoid a refund issue one alternative is to allow you to use the ticket you bought for Boxing Day to be used to gain entrance to our first home game v Halifax on 30th January. If you are prepared to do that then you need do nothing but simply use your ticket then.

Secondly if you intend to purchase a Bulldogs Season  Ticket  then  do so not on the ticketing site but through the Club and we can deduct the cost of your Boxing Day ticket from your Season Ticket cost.
Thirdly if you have already purchased a Bulldogs Season Ticket or you are a Dewsbury supporter and so want a refund then simply contact our Club and we will put in place your refund once we hear from you.

Thank you for your patience and support.

Kevin Nicholas.