Bradford Bulls

Based at Gratton Stadium, to the south of Bradford city centre, the Bradford Bulls are a successful rugby league club, who are particularly famous for their impressive 2003 season, in which they won all three major rugby league honours.

History

Formed in 1863, the Bradford Rugby Club’s first home was Park Avenue. They won the Yorkshire Cup in 1884. In 1895, the Bradford Rugby Club was one of 22 teams across the North who broke away from the Rugby Football Union, following disputes regarding player finances, to form the Northern Rugby Union.

At the end of the 1903-04 season, Bradford wowed their fans by finishing at the top of the Championships league, beating Salford 5-0 in the Championships final. Two years later, the team defeated Salford 5-0 once again, this time in the Challenge Cup. The following year, the team won the Yorkshire Cup, beating Hull Kingston Rovers 8-5. In 1907, following Bradford’s decision to move to soccer, a new Bradford club was formed and named Bradford Northern. They moved to Birch Lane the following year. After more than twenty years at Birch Lane, a new stadium was built for the team, on a former quarry in Odsal. This was the largest stadium to be built outside of London.

The 1940s proved to be Bradford Northern’s most successful decade, as they won the Challenge Cup three times and the Yorkshire Cup on six occasions. However, despite their best efforts, they failed to be successful in the Championships league. In 1951-52, after earning the runners-up title in the Championships league, Bradford Northern made history when they beat New Zealand in the first floodlit rugby league match to be held in the North of England.

After a relatively successful start to the 1950s, Bradford Northern played a series of disappointing matches, which led them into financial difficulty. On December 10th 1963, following a record low attendance of 324 spectators during a match against Barrow, the club officially went out of business. This decline did not last long, though, and in 1964 Bradford Northern was reformed and accepted back into Rugby League.

After struggling in the second division during the late 1960s, Bradford won the Second Division Championships in 1973 and were promoted to the first division. This brought about a significant increase in the team’s popularity. Following two tense Championships finals in which Bradford were defeated twice, the team finally got the victory they deserved when they won the Championships trophy at the end of the 1979-80 season. The team defended their title the following year but failed to win the league again until the birth of the Super League during the 1990s.

1997 marked the start of a new era for the newly renamed Bradford Bulls, as they won the Super League following a run of 20 successive victories throughout the season. Despite finishing fifth the following year, the Bulls had become the most popular team in the country. This popularity simply increased when they won the Super League again in 1999. Since 1999, the Bradford Bulls have won the Super League three times, in 2001, 2005 and 2007. In 2002 the team became World Cup Champions after beating Australia’s Newcastle Knights at Huddersfield 41-26 and in 2003 the Bulls had their most successful season to date winning the Super League, the Challenge Cup and the World Cup in the same year.

Tickets

Tickets for home matches can be purchased in advance through the official Bradford Bulls website or by telephone or email (see contacts below) at the following prices:

Tetley’s Main Stand (black):

  • Adult: £22
  • Senior Citizen: £11
  • Junior: £11

Tetley’s Main Stand (amber):

  • Adult: £19
  • Senior Citizen: £10
  • Junior: £10

Tetley’s Main Stand (red):

  • Adult: £16
  • Senior Citizen: £8
  • Junior: £8

Terrace:

  • Adult: £15
  • Senior Citizen: £8
  • Junior: £8

Season tickets can be purchased at the start of every season with discounts for early booking, at the following prices:

Premier Club:

  • Adult: £260 (early bird) £280 (full price)
  • Senior Citizen: £180 (early bird) £200 (full price)

Tetley’s Main Stand (black):

  • Adult: £210 (early bird) £231 (full price)
  • Senior Citizen: £110 (early bird) £121 (full price)
  • Junior: £110 (early bird) £121 (full price)

Tetley’s Main Stand (amber):

  • Adult: £180 (early bird) £198 (full price)
  • Senior Citizen: £90 (early bird) £99 (full price)
  • Junior: £90 (early bird) £99 (full price)

Tetley’s Main Stand (red):

  • Adult: £160 (early bird) £176 (full price)
  • Senior Citizen: £80 (early bird) £88 (full price)
  • Junior: £80 (early bird) £88 (full price)

Terrace:

  • Adult: £140 (early bird) £154 (full price)
  • Senior Citizen: £70 (early bird) £77 (full price)
  • Junior: £70 (early bird) £77 (full price)

Contact

For tickets and other enquiries about the Bradford Bulls contact:

Tel: 08701 20 20 20
Fax: 01274 724 730
Email: info@bradfordbulls.co.uk

Directions to Grattan Stadium are as follows:

By car (from the M62): Leave the M62 at Junction 26 and follow the signs for the M606. Leave the M606 at Junction 1 and take the second exit left on to Rooley Avenue (A6038). At the roundabout take the first exit and continue straight on, taking the first left on to Stadium Road. Grattan Stadium is situated at the end of the road. Car parking is available for pass holders in the stadium car park accessed by Stadium Road. Parking for non pass holders is available in the Richard Dunn Car Park situated opposite the stadium on Rooley Avenue.

By car (from Bradford City Centre and the Interchange): From the city centre join Manchester Road (A641) Continue straight for approximately 4 miles and then take exit to Odsal, continuing along the slip road until the roundabout. At the roundabout take the second exit and continue straight on, taking the first left on to Stadium Road. Grattan Stadium is situated at the end of the road. Parking for non pass holders is available in the Richard Dunn Car Park situated opposite the stadium on Rooley Avenue.

By train/bus: The nearest train station to Grattan Stadium is the Bradford Interchange situated opposite Centenary Square in the city centre. Bus numbers 622/623, 624, 625/626, 627, 645, 646, 681, 682 and 845 can be caught from the city centre and all stop at Grattan Stadium.