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New supporters group want to build friendships

Batley's James Craven attempts to evade Gene Ormsby and Stuart Reardon.
Batley's James Craven attempts to evade Gene Ormsby and Stuart Reardon.

A group of Batley Bulldogs supporters are offering an alternative travel option for fans wanting to watch away games this season.

The group, known as the Batley Bulldogs Independent Away Travel, run from the Woodman pub in Batley Carr.

They arrange travel to most Batley away games, with the emphasis of having a day out while cheering on the Bulldogs.

The group’s chairman, Mick Binks, explained: “I have long been a believer that building relationships with other supporters groups is not only beneficial to rival clubs but also to local businesses, who benefit from us being in the area.

Our aim is to build a network of supporters from different clubs in the Championship, so the common bond of rugby league can help build friendships across the leagues.”

The Bulldogs Independent Away Travel introduced a membership at the Boxing Day derby with Dewsbury and already a number of ex-Batley players have joined.

The cost of membership is £2 and includes discounted travel to the long away trips to Whitehaven, Workington and London, while travel to the game at Hunslet on February 22, will cost just £1, when the group plan to stop at the Garden Gate pub, who host the Hunslet Rugby Hall of Fame.

Woodman landlord John Foulstone and wife Jane accommodate the supporters group and provide pre-trip bacon sandwiches.

To join the Batley Bulldogs Independent Away Travel or for further details contact Mick Binks (07581 158177 )or Michael Gothard (07516 302665).