It’s certainly not been boring at the Provident Stadium since our last blog!
Alongside a brief period of administration and a points penalty to start the season, further comings and goings on and off the pitch have given everyone concerned with the club cause for optimism… and cause for concern at the same time!
Let’s delve into the early season roller coaster ride that is Bradford Bulls!
With bids coming in from a number of local individuals and consortiums, eventually ownership of the Club was resolved with Leeds Businessman Marc Green taking control after a thumbs-up from the League.
However, due to the short period of administration the League handed down a penalty of six points and an embargo on player signings. Add to that the departure of key players Gareth Carvell and Jarrod Sammut due to transfer requests and it wasn’t the best way to start the season before a ball had been kicked!
The resolve from fans, players and staff has been there for all to see and the first three games of the Super League season paid testament to this.
Circling The Wagons Against All Odds
A hard fought opening day 18-36 defeat to surprise package Castleford Tigers was followed up with back to back wins against Wakefield Wildcats and London Broncos two of the teams they will have to keep pace with, if not outpace, if they are to avoid finishing in the bottom two.
Since then, though, a narrow defeat away to fifth placed Widnes Vikings has been sandwiched by some heavy defeats at the hands of last year’s League Leaders, Huddersfield Giants, current top of the table Leeds Rhinos and most recently the Club’s heaviest ever defeat, an 84-6 drubbing by the highly talented Wigan Warriors, albeit with a very young Bulls side due to a raft of injuries.
They may be currently sitting at the bottom of Super League with minus two points and luck may seem to be against them, but all is far from lost.
New owner Green has been busy keeping his promise of working hard towards the “…number one objective and main priority…” of ensuring Super League survival.
One of his first actions after taking the reins was to sign prop Jamil Fakir from Catalan Dragons, helping to fill a gaping hole in the forward line.
This was promptly followed by an appeal against the points deduction being lodged with the RFL – with London on zero points and Wakefield on just four, hopefully the independent hearing will result in a level playing field.
And who knows, maybe a cup run is on the cards – a 60-6 fourth round victory over Oldham has handed Bulls a home tie against Catalan Dragons with a quarter final place beckoning….
Supporting Bulls Supporters A Great Success
Meanwhile, here at Provident we are over the moon with the success of our ‘Supporting Bulls Supporters’ initiative.
The Facebook page has nearly 3,000 ‘Likes’ from the loyal Bulls faithful and our competitions, match day activities and giveaways have been really well received with a multitude of fans winning prizes from Bulls merchandise signed by the squad to pin badges, scarves and car flags.