An influential group of supporters and former players have been brought together by Judith in a campaign to ‘Bring the Bulls Back’ to Bradford.
“The Bulls are part of our heritage and we need them back in Bradford,” says Judith.
Bradford Bulls fans made an emotional farewell to Odsal at the last home game of the season on September 1. Next year the club will play its home games at Dewsbury.
Writing in today’s T&A the Bradford South MP stresses that she “will continue to stand with fans to see that the club’s proud heritage is protected, to have the Bulls back in Bradford, and for our club to have a thriving future in our city.”
In her article, Judith reveals that she recently convened a meeting between the Bulls, the Rugby Football League and Bradford Council and that there was a “willingness from all sides to get the Bulls playing back in Bradford.”
Now, Judith and the Bullbuilder supporters group have launched a petition calling for the Bulls return. The petition is intended to show the club, RFL and the Council how much it matters to people to have their rugby team back in their city.
“It’s a travesty that the Bulls will be playing outside of Bradford next season. Everywhere I go people are asking me what is happening to the Bulls and when will they be coming back.
“The petition launch today is to show everyone that us Bulls fans want the team back in Bradford. We want to hold the club, RFL and Council to their commitment to bring our team back to Bradford,” Judith said.
Paul Butterworth, chair of Bullbuilder, said: “I have been going to Odsal for over 50 years and I’m proud to say that I have passed this tradition to my children and grandchildren.
“Becoming a Bulls supporter is like joining one giant extended family. The Bulls family is going through tough times and I know that we all want to do something about it. Now we can. Judith Cummins MP and Bullbuilder are today launching a petition calling for the club’s rapid return.
“The aim is to get enough signatures for it to be debated by the Council, to show councillors, the club and the RFL how much it matters to us to have the Bulls back playing in Bradford.”
Former player Jon Hamer, a veteran of 12 seasons for Bradford Northern and the Bulls, commented: “We need Bradford Bulls back playing in the city of Bradford. I started my Bradford career with Northern and finished it at Wembley with the Bulls. I, and the majority of former players, still enjoy supporting whichever team wears our famous colours. Bradford Bulls needs the city of Bradford and Bradford needs the Bradford Bulls.” Sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/bradford-council-bring-the-bulls-back/