Bradford relegated to League 1

Former Super League champions Bradford have been relegated from the Championship.

Their fate was sealed by a 26-10 home defeat to Toulouse on Sunday.

They sit 12 points behind Swinton with six games to play, but with Oldham just a point behind and those two sides still to face each other in the run-in, the Bulls can’t get out of the bottom two.

It completes a remarkable fall from grace for the four-times Super League champions, who were only able to take their place in the Championship thanks to a controversial decision by the RFL.

After the old club went in to liquidation, the RFL kept open the Bulls spot in the second tier for a new club playing in Bradford, but they would start with a 12 point deduction.

Bradford won five of their first seven games, but have managed just one win in the last 17, despite retaining a full-time squad and the experienced Australian Geoff Toovey as coach.

Speculation continues as to whether a change in the league structure may offer Bradford a reprieve.


Elsewhere, there were three big home wins in the Championship Shield.
Batley beat Swinton 62-10, Dewsbury defeated Rochdale 56-8 and Sheffield thrashed Oldham 56-16.

5 Comments

  1. It is real pity as a strong Bradford side would be good for the game. It is not long ago that Bradford – Leeds matches attracted 20,000 plus attendances. It would also encourage local amateur teams. However, it now appears to have been a mistake not to make the new team start in League 1; they would now (probably) be battling for promotion, a positive end to the season, not like this.

  2. So sad as a rhinos fan l used to love are local battles with the Bulls, just shows no mater how big you are it can still happen to you feel sorry for there loyal fans that have always been there

  3. It’s a harsh headline but through all the struggle this season the club is still well supported and often traveling fans out number the home fans at away games. I don’t think this is over yet as Bradford have maintained a youth structure and have a Stadium in far better condition than some super leaguelubs Swinton are on the brink of going out of business with no ground and the state of stadia in championship one will not beit for purpose..
    Itsotover till the fat lady sings..

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