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The Batley Bulldogs are a West Yorkshire based professional Rugby League who were part of the original breakaway clubs who formed the Northern Union which makes them one of the oldest Rugby League clubs in the world.
Since then the club have gone on to win lots of silverware on both the regional and national level and whilst they may have been out of the mainstream limelight for some time now, there is still plenty of news coming out of the club, and when it does break, you will be able to read the headlines right here.
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The clubs home ground is the famous Mount Pleasant stadium which offers a mixtures of seated stands and standing terraces and is capable of hosting around 7,500 fans when full.
The Bulldogs are located in the small West Yorkshire town of Batley, which is in the wider Wakefield Metropolitan District, so it will come as no surprise that the club have a lot of major and minor rivalries with nearby clubs such as Dewsbury, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Halifax, Bradford, and Leeds.
Their matches with Dewsbury are always a highlight of the seaosn for fans with the matches given the nickname of the Heavy Woollen Derby.
The team are easily recognisable whenever when they take to the field thanks to their Cerise, Gold and White playing strip that usually features a predominately Cherise colours shirt finished with a Gold Chevron across the chest and white touches.
Known for much of their history as simply Batley RLFC, the club changed name to the Bulldogs at the start of the summer era which has been a period of stability for the club with that time spend in the 2nd tier of the sport and somewhat out of the limelight.
The club had an interesting start to life as a Rugby club as it was the Batley Cricket Club who after deciding to have a Rugby club of their own invited two local clubs to play a Challenge match at Mount Pleasant.
In 1880, the Batley Mountaineers took on Batley Athletic and after both teams claimed victory(!), the cricket club chose Batley Athletic to join them.
The new club’s first ever match took place at Mount Pleasant and saw Batley take on and defeat Bradford Zingari and that was a sign of things to come as the 1800’s was the clubs most successful period.
Their first silverware came in the 1884-85 season when they won the Yorkshire Challenge Cup but the sports problems started to take affect by the 1890-91 seaosn when Batley, along with a number of other Yorkshire sides decided that they wanted a county league of their own to rival the Lancashire league but the RFU authorities wanted none of it.
Those problems, alongside the need to turn professional, led to the formation of the Northern Union in 1895 which was the forerunner of Rugby League, with Batley becoming one of the first 22 RL sides in the world.
The new code of Rugby would prove to be a successful one for Batley as they won there first match under the new rules against Hull FC and in 1897, the club won its first ever Challenge Cup when they defeated St Helens at Headingley Stadium in front of 13,492 fans.
They would go on to defend that trophy the next year when a then record crowd of 27,941 saw them defeat Bradford Northern, once again at Headingley.
Further success would come in the 1898/99 seaosn as they won the Yorkshire League before once again winning the 1900/01 Challenge Cup but since then, success has been tough to find for the club.
A notable moment did come in the 1925 seaosn when they set a new record attendance in a match against Leeds when nearly 24,000 packed out Mount Pleasant.
In 1952, the club made it to the final of the Yorkshire Cup but they came up short against Huddersfield with the next big moment for Batley coming off of the field in 1979, when they changed their official name from the Batley Cricket, Athletic and Football Club Ltd to their current name of Batley Football Club Ltd.
When the sport started a 2nd tier competition, the club spent much of the next few decades playing in the 2nd tier but they did come close to gaining promotion in 1995 when they finished 2nd in the league but the formation of the new Super League competition ended their hopes of promotion.
For the start of the ‘Summer Era’ in 1996, the club added Bulldogs to their name and since then they have found stability in the 2nd tier and taking any chances that come along in cup competitions, including a run to the quarter finals in 2010, when they lost to the Dragons.
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