Bulldogs expecting bumper crowd for clash with Bulls

Last season's Challenge Cup tie against Castleford attracted a big crowd to Mount Pleasant but Batley Bulldogs officials expect that to be bettered when Bradford Bulls visit on Sunday.
Last season's Challenge Cup tie against Castleford attracted a big crowd to Mount Pleasant but Batley Bulldogs officials expect that to be bettered when Bradford Bulls visit on Sunday.

Batley Bulldogs are preparing for what club officials believe could be the biggest crowd to watch a home game in the last 20 years.

The Bulldogs take on former Super League giants Bradford Bulls, who are set to bring a huge following across West Yorkshire.

The game is not all ticket but Batley officials are urging all supporters to arrive at Fox’s Biscuits Stadium well in advance of the 3pm kick off.

Bulldogs chief executive Paul Harrison confirmed: “We are expecting our biggest gate for 20 years on Sunday.

“We are opening all three turnstile blocks to make it easier to get into the stadium and we have agreed with Bradford that they can sell tickets in advance to further help. But it will be busy and we want to avoid the last minute rush for what promises to be a cracking game.”

While Bulldogs fans are set to be vastly outnumbered, chairman Kevin Nicholas is appealing for Batley people to rally round the home side.

He said: “I hope we have plenty of Batley supporters there to match what is bound to be a big contingent from Bradford.

“Everybody needs to get to the ground early to soak up what will be a tremendous atmosphere. I personally can’t wait for the game.

“We have extra food and drink outlets in the ground so nobody should be thirsty or hungry and we are planning on a big entrance to the field for the players at the start of the game.

“These are exciting times and we know there will be a crowd, the likes of which we have not seen since the Doncaster game in the mid 1990s.

“It will be bigger than more recent Challenge Cup games against Super League opposition.

“Parking will also be an issue so we have arranged the use of Fox’s car parks off Victoria Avenue.

“If people get there early they will undoubtedly enjoy a rugby league experience they have not had before as we give a warm welcome to Bradford Bulls, a team that have not been to our place for many years.”