The Canterbury Bulldogs announced today the retirement of the number 18 jersey. This jersey will no longer be worn by any Bulldogs player in any grade of football.
Explaining the retirement Bulldogs captain Andrew Ryan said, “Every week we have 17 players named in the first grade side, but when we play at home it feels like we have an extra player with us – an 18th player. That player is our fans. The support and lift we get from our supporters is like having an extra man ready to help us out.”
This Sunday, before the Bulldogs v Titans clash, the Club will formally retire the number 18 jersey and give it to its supporters as recognition of their contribution to this Club and to the many Bulldogs and Berries teams over the years.
A giant 18 jersey will be displayed at all Bulldogs home games at Telstra Stadium as a permanent reminder to everyone of the contribution of Bulldogs fans.
Bulldogs CEO Malcolm Noad commented, “The 18 jersey retirement coincides with our Legends Week festivities and the announcement of the Bulldogs Ring of Champions.
“This will be a special day in the history of this club, I strongly urge all Bulldogs supporters to be at Telstra Stadium by 1pm so as to not miss out on seeing the 200-plus former Berries and Bulldogs players and the inaugural induction of Club greats into the Ring of Champions. And then cheer the team on when they take on the Gold Coast Titans.”