Bradford Bulls Travel Pack by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)
This Sunday, the Cougars look to successfully defend the Joe Phillips Memorial Trophy as they face the Bradford Bulls at the Provident Stadium, Odsal in what is both side’s final pre-season friendly ahead of the opening of Betfred League One next weekend.
Bradford Bulls v Keighley Cougars
Joe Phillips Memorial Trophy
Provident Stadium, Odsal
Sunday 11th February 2018, Kick Off: 15:00
Referee: Mr L Staveley
PRICES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
North and West Stand (Standing):
Adult (Aged 17-64) – £10
Concessions (Student or Military with Valid ID; Age 65+) – £5
Juniors – FREE
Provident Stand (Seating):
Adult (Aged 17-64) – £15
Concessions (Student or Military with Valid ID; Age 65+) – £10
Juniors – £5
You can purchase tickets NOW through the Bradford Bulls website, please follow this link: https://bradfordbulls.airsquare.com/index.cfm/event/pre-season-clash-bradford-bulls-vs-keighley-cougars
NOTE: Please not that prices increase by £5 if bought on the day at the Provident Stadium Ticket Office.
Bradford Bulls currently ply their trade at one of Rugby League’s most historic venues, the Provident Stadium, Odsal.
On 20 June 1933 the club signed a ten-year deal on the site, which was to become the biggest stadium in England outside Wembley.
The site was a former quarry which was then being used as a landfill tip. Ernest Call M.B.E., the Director of Cleansing for Bradford City Council devised a system of controlled tipping that saw 140,000 cart loads of household waste deposited to form the characteristic banking at Odsal. The club were to be responsible for boundary fencing, dressing rooms and seated accommodation.
To be able to turf the pitch, and other areas, a turf fund was put into place which raised a total of £900 to cover the work. A stand was erected at the cost of £2,000, which was paid by the Rugby Football League. It held 1,500 on a mixture of benches and tip-up seats.
The ground was officially opened by Sir Joseph Taylor, President of Huddersfield on 1 September 1934. His club went on to beat the hosts 31–16, Australian winger Ray Markham scoring four tries in front of an estimated 20,000. The clubhouse and dressing rooms were officially opened before a match against Hull F.C. on 2 February 1935. Contemporary pictures show that as late as August 1935 the banking on the Rooley Avenue side was still being created.
At the dawn of the Super League era in 1996, Bradford Bulls wanted to attract new sponsors but had poor and outdated hospitality suites. In 2000 they announced plans to build hospitality suites at the South End of the stadium which would mean building on the track around the pitch, effectivly ending Speedways assosiation with Bradford. Construction started in 2001 and was completed in 2002 with Bradford Bulls playing two seasons at Valley Parade.
After London won the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games in 2008, plans were put in place for an Olympic Legacy Park at Odsal, which would mean redeveloping the stadium and the Richard Dunn Leisure Centre opposite. Although these plans never came to fruition and a Legacy Park was built in Sheffield instead.
In 2012, the Bulls got into financial difficulties and the RFL stepped in and bought the lease to Odsal. In early 2017 the Bulls were liquidated and a new club was formed by Andrew Chalmers who wants to redevelop Odsal into a venue fit for Super League and international rugby league.
The stadium holds the British attendance records for a Rugby match, 102,569 in 1954 at the rugby league Warrington-Halifax Challenge Cup Final replay,and for a domestic, non-final Rugby League match, 69,429 at the third round Challenge Cup tie between Bradford Northern and Huddersfield in 1953.
WHERE TO DRINK:
For those who opt to not drink in Bradford City Centre prior to or following the match, there are a number of pubs located at Odsal Top near to the ground. Inside the stadium itself, there are a number of food and drink facilities located around Odsal and there is also a bar located in the North West corner of the ground between the North and West Stand terraces.
WHERE TO PARK:
Matchday parking is available in and around the Provident Stadium, Odsal. However, all these car parks both at the ground and at the Richard Dunne’s Sports Centre will charge a fee for parking dependent on your vehicle and there is limited street parking near to the venue
The club is running an official supporter’s bus from Cougar Park to the Provident Stadium, Odsal with seats still available and are priced at £6. For more information, please follow this link: https://keighleycougars.com/online-store/coach-to-the-bulls/
BY CAR, POSTCODE FOR THE SAT NAV: BD6 1BS
SUGGESTED ROUTE: (13.2 miles, 33 min)
Head east on Royd Ings Ave towards Alston Rd.
Turn right onto Alston Rd.
Head east on Royd Ings Ave towards Alston Rd.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on Airevalley Rd/A650.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Airevalley Rd/A650. Continue to follow A650.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Bradford Rd/A650. Continue to follow A650.
Turn left onto Otley Rd/A6038.
Turn right onto Valley Rd/A6037. Continue to follow A6037.
Use the left 2 lanes to turn slightly left onto Canal Rd/A6037.
Continue onto Shipley Airedale Rd/A650. Continue to follow A650.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Wakefield Rd/A650.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Wakefield Rd/A650.
Take the A6177 exit towards M606/M62/M1/Bierley.
Continue onto Wakefield Rd.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Rooley Ln/A6177.
At Staithgate Roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Rooley Ave/A6036.
Turn left. Provident Stadium, Odsal destination will be on the right.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
The Cougars would advise supporters that there is a rail replacement bus service in place this weekend so could result in long or delayed travel between Keighley and Bradford should you opt to take the train to Bradford. There are a number of bus services from the Bradford Interchange to Odsal.