Bulldogs Bar renamed in honour of Beverley Nicholas

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Anybody attending our Pink match will see new signage above the entrance to our main bar in the Glen Tomlinson stand renaming that  bar  “Beverley’s Bar” in honour of Beverley and it is fitting that this takes place over Beverley’s Pink Weekend.

Beverley was asked by me to stand in and help behind the bar for one match when we didn’t have any staff and she agreed with some reservation i think. After the first match she said that if we were still short of staff she didn’t mind doing it a bit longer. Over 16 years later she was still there and never ever took a wage. It is fair to say she loved every minute of it meeting supporters from our Club and visiting Clubs and meeting players families. She also loved working with Brian & Cath.

She was often exhausted by the end of the day especially big matches and in later years especially if it was chemotherapy week but that never put her off and the only price i ever had to pay was to pour her a drink at home and massage her feet after standing up all day. Not much really.

I know Beverley would not have wanted this naming to happen initially but afterwards she would be so honoured to be remembered in this way. Also Alexandra, myself and our family are absolutely delighted this has happened and are so proud of not just the success she made of the Bar and her legacy of  Beverley’s Pink Weekend but everything she ever did. So please go and enjoy a drink from Beverley’s Bar, have a great day and let’s raise as much money as we can for our Breast Cancer charities to boost our running total of £130,500.

Kevin Nicholas.

Iro’s 100 Mile Challenge

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As we build towards this year’s Pink Weekend celebrations, Club Chief Executive Paul Harrison is to embark on a monster 100 mile run, raising funds for Cancer Charities. Iro will run 10 miles a day, for 10 consecutive days culminating on 12th September as we entertain local rivals Dewsbury Rams.

Monies raised will be split between 2 fantastic causes. A Just Giving page is available HERE if you can help in any way, with full details in the interview below.

Sgt Linners Fab Four

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The Bulldogs have made a huge statement by moving quickly to secure the services of 4 key men for the 2022 campaign, fighting off competition from a number of clubs.

Half Back pairing Tom Gilmore and Ben White have been outstanding in the centre of the park, and will both be with Craig Lingard’s Squad next season, in a partnership which gets even better with every game.

Full Back Luke Hooley has been attracting attention from all angles with some outstanding performances and show stopping Tries, and will be with the club another year.

And the hugely popular Alistair Leak, Vice Captain, Hooker and linchpin of the side, has also committed another campaign at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

The 4 key signings have once again been made possible with the support and help of BISSA who work tirelessly in supporting the club with vital funds. Read more about their fantastic efforts at bissa.co.uk

2022 could be the most important campaign the Betfred Championship has seen, and the planning has started well.

 

Thank You Stuart

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We have been informed by his family that the funeral of Stuart Hull will take place on Tuesday 24th August, 1pm, at Dewsbury Crematorium

The car will leave his home at approximately 12.20, and will take Stuart into The FOx’s Biscuits Stadium, to travel past the Bede Stand, turn in the carpark at the back and proceed to the Crematorium from there, giving his friends from the breakfast club, and supporters, the opportunity to pay their respects at the club.

After the service the family will return to the club to celebrate Stuart’s fantastic life in The Bulldogs Bar. All are welcome to attend and raise a glass to a great man.

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11 August 2021

Yesterday were received terrible news that our great friend Stuart Hull had finally lost his battle with illness.

As well as being a lifelong supporter, and sponsor through his business, he became more involved at The Bulldogs after his son Paul joined the Board of Directors, and gave over 10 years service to the club.

Following his retirement Stuart became a linchpin of the stadium Monday to Friday. With an army of fellow volunteers, he would paint, clean, repair, (& often make worse!) anything he could find that needed attention. The group who work at the club during the week have saved us thousands in the process and we are incredibly grateful to all.

Moreso, the huge success of our Tuesday morning Breakfast Club, can be largely credited to Stuart who, cooked, cleaned, organised trips, Christmas Dinners and much more.

Above anything else, he was a lively infectious man, chatting & laughing with anyone who would listen, and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to Paul, Sylvia, and their family at this awful time, they can be very proud of great man who was loved by many.

God Bless you Stuart Hull, and thank you.

 

Bulldogs v Featherstone – Match Update

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On Tuesday morning this week one of our players who had played in the Widnes game 48 hours previously tested positive for Covid.. The RFL carried out an analysis of that match and concluded we had no close contacts with that player during the game. We ourselves applying NHS criteria away from the stadium and RFL criteria at the stadium and on coach travel concluded that we did not believe there were any close contacts. However we tested all players on Tuesday and again on Thursday with all tests negative. We had planned training on Saturday and prior to training further testing. Regrettably two more of our players then tested positive on Saturday and training had to be cancelled. On Saturday there then followed extensive analysis by ourselves and Rfl protocols were actioned including reference by the RFL to their Multicases Covid group of experts.

We declared that as far as we could see there were no close contacts by other players with the two players that had tested positive. We were determined to play despite the fact that due to injuries we could only field 16 fit players from our first team squad and we indicated that to the RFL. We realise that Featherstone are the favourites to win this game and a void game would be better for our % of wins in the League table but we feel that for the integrity of the competition we need to seek to play games rather than call them off hence our determination to play if at all possible. We are aware of others believing that some Clubs are declaring close contacts to avoid playing games and we did not want anyone thinking that about BatleyBulldogs taking into account our opposition today.

After careful consideration the RFL decided that they would allow us to play the game provided we tested for the fourth time this week on Sunday morning which we agreed to do and then provided there were no more positive cases. That is exactly what has happened.

On Saturday we took the decision to close our ticketing option in view of the risk that the game did not take place and could not be played on an alternative date to limit the potential refund scenario. We regret we had to do this but we had little alternative other than to just let people pay on the day in the hope the game was still on. This has been a complicated challenging and stressful week all round and very time consuming preventing us from doing other things for the benefit of our Club.

All our coaches and back room staff have been absolutely magnificent and the players have had extra burdens put on them in already difficult times. We are truly proud  of the way we have managed to get this game on. Clearly against a very strong Featherstone side Craig has not only been unable to pick his strongest side due to unavailability of some players but has been unable to even select 17 players and been unable to train and carry out final preparations for such an important game but we are certain firstly we have taken the best option for the benefit of our sport and secondly that every single one of our players that take the field in such challenging circumstances will give of their very best for our Club.

Whatever the result Rugby League has been played and we are proud that has been achieved by our Club against such adversity.

Kevin Nicholas
Chairman
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Linners speaks ahead of Featherstone clash

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Second Half Blitz from Bulldogs

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The Bulldogs stormed back from 16-6 behind to run in 28 unanswered points and stun Widnes Vikings on their home patch. The victory, completing an impressive double over Widnes, takes Craig Lingard’s men to fourth place in the Betfred Championship.

Positive Steps at Latest Meeting

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Last week I was privileged, along with Jon Flatman ( York) and Andy Mazey ( Rochdale), to represent the Championship and League 1 hence the semi professional part of our Rugby League Pyramid in a meeting with Ken Davy along with Paul King (Salford) and Paul Lakin (Hull KR) representing SL and overseen by Ralph Rimmer the CEO of the RFL.

In a separate project those representatives from SL are also part of discussions with the RFL to unite the two and therefore bring the game back together which has already been publicly stated by Ken Davy.

It is fair to say since SL split away from the RFL in 2018 there has been little dialogue between the different sections of the professional game and so  first of all this meeting taking place at all is a healthy step in the right direction. In the meantime of course there has been the highly challenging pandemic the effects of which are still ongoing and a reduced TV contract for the televising of Rugby League games the great majority of which are SL matches.

To say the least then a lot has happened and none of it has helped our sport prosper to put it mildly. Going forward we all recognised there are significant challenges ahead. My clear impression from the meeting was certainly that we recognise the severe difficulties, stresses and challenges particularly financial the SL are facing and I believe the end product of the meeting was that equally the SL representatives recognised the very similar pressures albeit on a smaller scale that the semi professional game is facing more so in 2021.

The end result of the meeting in my view was very positive on all sides as we all want the sport to prosper and we all recognise perhaps that in the difficult times ahead it is in everyone’s interests to work together for the benefit of the whole sport. No decisions were made as this was simply a first step in the right direction of travel and probably the next step is for hopefully SL and RFL to join back together as that is the start we all want. From our perspective we want that to happen as soon as possible so that the step of resolving financial matters can take place to enable everyone to plan going forward.

In conclusion in my view this was an extremely positive meeting to build on for the future and without doubt positivity is something we need to emphasise going forward as without that the task ahead will be all the more difficult.

Again in my view, the whole game must come together as one for the benefit of all the parts and this meeting I found encouraging in this respect.

Kevin Nicholas

Logan Heads for Hull FC Loan Spell

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Jack Logan has returned to Super League Hull FC on a four-week loan deal.

The 25-year old, who came through the Black & Whites’ Academy system rejoins the club on loan as Brett Hodgson’s side contend with a host of injuries and international call-ups.
 
With Hull facing a busy July fixture list, including two double-game weekends, the club have added Logan to their back division with the likes of Carlos Tuimavave and Josh Griffin sidelined with injuries.
 
Logan made 40 first-grade appearances for the club between 2014 and 2019, scoring 15 tries, before leaving for pastures new at the end of the 2019 campaign.
 
The Hull-born back scored a memorable hat-trick against Hull Kingston Rovers in the 2019 Good Friday clash at the KCOM Stadium in his final season with the club.
 
Speaking to hullfc.com, Logan said: “I’m excited to be back at my boyhood club for the next month, and want to use this as a chance to prove that I can still play at the highest level in the game, and see what doors that may open.
 
“I’m extremely appreciative of the opportunity given to me by Batley to allow me to come here on loan – it always means a lot to represent the Black & Whites.
 
Head coach Brett Hodgson added: “We’re down on numbers in our backs at the moment, particularly in the centres with Carlos, Cameron and Josh all unavailable, so we’ve been looking for a little bit of cover in that department.
 
“Jack has history with the club – he’s a good kid looking for another opportunity at the top level of the game and we’re happy to provide that for him over the next couple of weeks.
 
“We’ve done our homework and I know he is an avid Hull FC supporter, so he wants to do the best for the club.”
He continued, “I know the club would also like to compliment Paul Harrison and the Batley Club in their professional approach to the situation, which highlights the good relationship we have with their club.”

IN THE CHAIR

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Kevin’s Matchday update. The Half Time Draw and a visitor to the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.