1999 Bradford Bulls season

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1999 Bradford Bulls season
Super League IV 1st
Play-off result Runners-up
Challenge Cup semi-final
1999 record Wins: 29; Draws: 1; Losses: 6
Points scored For: 1123; Against: 544
Team information
Chairman Chris Caisley
Head Coach Matthew Elliot
Captain
Stadium Odsal Stadium
Avg. Attend. 12,912
High. Attend. 24,020 vs. Leeds Rhinos
Top scorers
Tries Michael Withers – 21
Goals Steve McNamara – 98
Points Steve McNamara – 221
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This article details the Bradford Bulls rugby league football club's 1999 season. This is the 4th season of the Super League era.

Season review[edit]

February 1999

The Bulls kicked off their 1999 season with a huge bang as they thrashed Workington Town 92–0 in the Challenge Cup. They progressed through to the quarter-finals by defeating Wakefield Wildcats 26–8.

March 1999

Bradford won their first Super League game of the year 18–6 against Sheffield Eagles. The Bulls progressed to the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup by beating Warrington Wolves 52–16. Bradford's winning streak continued with an 8–3 win over Hull Sharks. Bradford's first loss of the season came in the Challenge Cup semi-final as they were beaten 23–10 by arch-rivals Leeds Rhinos.

April 1999

The Bulls didn't have to wait long to avenge the semi-final loss, the very next week Bradford beat Leeds 18–14 in front of a 16,000 plus crowd at Odsal which meant the Bulls retained 2nd place in the table. After the high of beating Leeds the Bulls came crashing back down to earth after suffering a 58–14 loss to St Helens. However they soon got their season back on track with a 26–16 win against Wakefield Wildcats at home, they followed this win with another victory, this time a 22–14 win away at Warrington Wolves. Bradford finished the month with a 20–2 win against fellow Yorkshire team Halifax Blue Sox.

May 1999

Bradford kicked May off with an 18–18 draw against Castleford Tigers which was the Bulls first draw in Super League history. The following week Bradford hammered Salford City Reds with a 46–6 victory, soon after the Bulls beat Gateshead Thunder 22–12 at the Thunderdome. In one of the Bulls best performances of the year they beat Wigan Warriors 19–2, keeping the Super League champions try less. Bradford's dominance throughout May ended with a 22–20 win against Huddersfield Giants.

June 1999

Bradford kicked off June with an outstanding 52–2 win against Sheffield Eagles. The Bulls great run of form continued with an astonishing 74–12 win against London Broncos at Odsal, however they were soon brought to a low as they crashed to a 45–16 loss against arch rivals Leeds Rhinos. They didn't let this heavy defeat get them down as they took St Helens apart the following week and won 46–22 ensuring that they stayed at the top of the league.

July 1999

The Bulls beat Wakefield Wildcats 36–8 in the first game in July, this win kept them at the top of the table. They followed this win with a clinical performance against Huddersfield Giants and came out 26–0 winners. Bradford's good run of results continued with an outstanding 56–6 win against Warrington Wolves. They travelled to Halifax RLFC and beat them 34–20 in a tough match to make sure their status as league leaders was in tact, this continued with a 24–22 win against Castleford Tigers. The next match saw the Bulls beat London Broncos 19–16 in a hard fought game at Welford Road.

August 1999

Bradford started off August with a comprehensive 58–20 win over Salford City Reds. Gateshead Thunder was the next to lose in the Bulls run of impressive victories as Bradford beat them 30–14. Bradford's long run of successive wins was brought to and end as Wigan Warriors beat the Bulls 14–0 which makes it the first time in Super League history that the Bulls have been scoreless in a game. However they bounced back a week later to thrash Sheffield Eagles 52–4. Bradford then beat Hull Sharks 44–12 to ensure that they stayed at the top of the league and would be Super League minor premiers for the 1999 season.

September 1999

Bradford beat their arch-rivals Leeds Rhinos 19–18 with a last minute drop goal from Michael Withers in front of a 24,020 crowd at Odsal Stadium. The Bulls finished off the regular season with a 25–16 loss to St Helens however Bradford were awarded the League Leader's Shield for finishing top of the league. Bradford once again faced St Helens but this time in the Qualifying Semi-final, Bradford beat the Saints 40–4 with Henry Paul pulling the strings and contributing by scoring 2 tries. However Saints were to get their revenge as they beat Bradford 8–6 in a hard fought Grand Final with Henry Paul scoring all 6 of Bradford's points.

1999 milestones[edit]

  • CCR4: Nathan McAvoy scored his 1st four-try haul and 1st hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • CCR4: Michael Withers scored his 1st try, 1st four-try haul and 1st hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • CCR4: Nick Zisti and Stuart Fielden scored their 1st tries for the Bulls.
  • CCR5: Henry Paul scored his 1st try for the Bulls.
  • Round 1: Henry Paul kicked his 1st goal for the Bulls.
  • CCQF: Tevita Vaikona scored his 1st four-try haul and 1st hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • CCQF: David Boyle and Scott Naylor scored their 1st tries for the Bulls.
  • Round 5: Steve McNamara kicked his 300th goal for the Bulls.
  • Round 9: Leon Pryce scored his 1st try for the Bulls.
  • Round 11: Robbie Paul scored his 50th try and reaches 200 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 11: Paul Deacon kicked his 1st drop-goal for the Bulls.
  • Round 13: Jamie Peacock scored his 1st try for the Bulls.
  • Round 13: Steve McNamara reached 700 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 14: Paul Deacon reached 100 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 14: Mike Forshaw scored his 1st hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 15: Nathan McAvoy scored his 2nd four-try haul and 2nd hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 18: James Lowes reached 200 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 18: Phil Howlett scored his 1st try for the Bulls.
  • Round 20: Brian McDermott scored his 1st hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 20: James Lowes scored his 50th try for the Bulls.
  • Round 24: Steve McNamara reached 800 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 27: Brian McDermott scored his 25th try and reached 100 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 28: Michael Withers scored his 2nd four-try haul and 2nd hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 29: Tevita Vaikona scored his 25th try and reached 100 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 29: Michael Withers kicked his 1st drop-goal for the Bulls.
  • Qualifying Semi-final: Henry Paul reached 100 points for the Bulls.

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 30 25 1 4 897 445 +452 51
2 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 30 23 0 7 1034 561 +473 46
3 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 30 22 1 7 910 558 +352 45
4 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 30 21 1 8 877 390 +487 43
5 Cascolours.png Castleford Tigers 30 19 3 8 712 451 +261 41
6 Gthundercolours.svg Gateshead Thunder 30 19 1 10 775 576 +199 39
7 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 30 15 1 14 700 717 −17 31
8 London Broncos 30 13 2 15 644 708 −64 28
9 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Blue Sox 30 11 0 19 573 792 −219 22
10 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 30 10 1 19 518 818 −300 21
11 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 30 10 0 20 608 795 −187 20
12 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds 30 6 1 23 526 916 −390 13
13 Hullcolours.svg Hull Sharks 30 5 0 25 422 921 −499 10
14 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 30 5 0 25 463 1011 −548 10
Play-offs

1999 fixtures and results[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss

1999 JJB Sports Super League

Date Competition Rnd Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att
7 March 1999 Super League IV 1 Sheffeagles colours.svgEagles H Odsal Stadium W 18–6 Lowes, McAvoy, Withers H.Paul 3/3 12,044
21 March 1999 Super League IV 2 Hullcolours.svg Sharks A The Boulevard W 8–3 McAvoy McNamara 2/2 6,577
1 April 1999 Super League IV 3 Rhinoscolours.svg Rhinos H Odsal Stadium W 18–14 Forshaw, H.Paul, R.Paul McNamara 1/1, H.Paul 2/2 16,049
5 April 1999 Super League IV 4 Saintscolours.svg Saints A Knowsley Road L 14–58 Dwyer, Harmon Deacon 3/3 15,042
11 April 1999 Super League IV 5 Wcatscolours.svg Wildcats H Odsal Stadium W 26–16 Boyle, Lowes, Naylor, D.Peacock McNamara 5/5 11,802
18 April 1999 Super League IV 6 Wolvescolours.svg Wolves A Wilderspool Stadium W 22–14 Boyle, Naylor, Spruce, Withers H.Paul 3/4 7,591
23 April 1999 Super League IV 7 Faxcolours.svgBlue Sox H Odsal Stadium W 20–2 Fielden, McAvoy, Vaikona, Withers McNamara 2/4 11,103
3 May 1999 Super League IV 8 Cascolours.png Tigers A The Jungle D 18–18 McNamara, R.Paul McNamara 5/5 10,122
9 May 1999 Super League IV 9 Redscolours.svg Reds H Odsal Stadium W 46–6 Spruce (2), Jowitt, McAvoy, McDermott, McNamara, R.Paul, Pryce McNamara 4/5, Deacon 3/3 11,863
16 May 1999 Super League IV 10 Gthundercolours.svg Thunder A Thunderdome W 22–12 Jowitt, H.Paul, Pryce McNamara 1/1, Deacon 2/2, H.Paul 2/2 6,631
22 May 1999 Super League IV 11 Wigancolours.svg Warriors H Odsal Stadium W 19–2 R.Paul, Withers McNamara 1/1, Deacon 4/4, Deacon 1 DG 13,476
30 May 1999 Super League IV 12 Giantscolours.svg Giants H Odsal Stadium W 22–20 Fielden, Lowes, Pryce, Spruce Deacon 3/4 11,032
5 June 1999 Super League IV 13 Sheffeagles colours.svgEagles A Saltergate W 52–2 Spruce (2), Boyle, Lowes, McAvoy, McDermott, R.Paul, J.Peacock, Pryce Deacon 3/3, H.Paul 3/3, McNamara 2/3 4,801
9 June 1999 Super League IV 14 Cronulla colours.svgBroncos H Odsal Stadium W 74–12 Forshaw (3), J.Peacock (2), Spruce (2), Deacon, Fielden, McAvoy, Naylor, R.Paul, Withers Deacon 6/7, H.Paul 5/6 9,575
13 June 1999 Super League IV 15 Hullcolours.svg Sharks H Odsal Stadium W 42–14 McAvoy (4), R.Paul (2), Fielden McNamara 5/5, Deacon 2/3 11,757
18 June 1999 Super League IV 16 Rhinoscolours.svg Rhinos A Headingley Stadium L 16–45 H.Paul (2), Boyle McNamara 1/2, H.Paul 1/1 21,666
25 June 1999 Super League IV 17 Saintscolours.svg Saints H Odsal Stadium W 46–22 Lowes (2), Pryce (2), Forshaw, McAvoy, Naylor, H.Paul, Spruce Deacon 3/5, McNamara 2/4 15,107
2 July 1999 Super League IV 18 Wcatscolours.svg Wildcats A Belle Vue W 36–8 Lowes (2), Boyle, Donougher, Howlett, J.Peacock McNamara 5/5, Deacon 1/1 4,685
7 July 1999 Super League IV 19 Giantscolours.svg Giants A McAlpine Stadium W 26–0 Lowes, McNamara, Naylor, Withers McNamara 5/5 6,581
11 July 1999 Super League IV 20 Wolvescolours.svg Wolves H Odsal Stadium W 56–6 McDermott (3), Jowitt (2), Anderson, Lowes, Pryce, Spruce McNamara 10/10 13,063
18 July 1999 Super League IV 21 Faxcolours.svgBlue Sox A Shay Stadium W 34–20 Lowes (2), Vaikona (2), Fielden, Spruce McNamara 5/6 9,342
25 July 1999 Super League IV 22 Cascolours.png Tigers H Odsal Stadium W 24–22 Lowes, McAvoy, H.Paul, Spruce McNamara 4/4 13,824
28 July 1999 Super League IV 23 Cronulla colours.svgBroncos A Welford Road W 19–16 Boyle, McAvoy, Withers McNamara 3/3, McNamara 1 DG 8,233
1 August 1999 Super League IV 24 Redscolours.svg Reds A The Willows W 58–20 J.Peacock (2), Spruce (2), Withers (2), Boyle, Howlett, McAvoy, McNamara, H.Paul McNamara 6/9, Deacon 1/2 6,680
8 August 1999 Super League IV 25 Gthundercolours.svg Thunder H Odsal Stadium W 30–14 Boyle (2), Pryce (2), Lowes, Withers H.Paul 2/3, McNamara 1/3 12,492
13 August 1999 Super League IV 26 Wigancolours.svg Warriors A JJB Stadium L 0–14 10,734
22 August 1999 Super League IV 27 Sheffeagles colours.svgEagles H Odsal Stadium W 52–4 Vaikona (2), Anderson, Donougher, Forshaw, McDermott, Naylor, H.Paul, Withers McNamara 8/9 11,029
29 August 1999 Super League IV 28 Hullcolours.svg Sharks A The Boulevard W 44–12 Withers (4), Pryce (2), Boyle, Vaikona McNamara 6/8 5,036
3 September 1999 Super League IV 29 Rhinoscolours.svg Rhinos H Odsal Stadium W 19–18 McAvoy, Pryce, Vaikona McNamara 3/3, Withers 1 DG 24,020
10 September 1999 Super League IV 30 Saintscolours.svg Saints A Knowsley Road L 16–25 Fielden, McNamara, R.Paul McNamara 2/3 8,490

Challenge Cup[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss
Date Competition Rnd Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att
14 February 1999 Cup 4th Workingtoncolours.svg Workington H Odsal Stadium W 92–0 McAvoy (4), Withers (4), Lowes (2), Zisti (2), Deacon, Fielden, McDermott, R.Paul, Vaikona Deacon 12/17 7,593
28 February 1999 Cup 5th Wcatscolours.svgWildcats A Belle Vue Stadium W 26–8 Fielden, Lowes, McNamara, H.Paul Deacon 3/3, McNamara 2/2 7,385
14 March 1999 Cup QF Wolvescolours.svg Wolves H Odsal Stadium W 52–16 Vaikona (4), Boyle, Forshaw, Naylor, R.Paul, Spruce, Withers H.Paul 6/10 10,430
28 March 1999 Cup SF Rhinoscolours.svg Rhinos N McAlpine Stadium L 10–23 Boyle, Lowes H.Paul 1/2 23,438

Playoffs[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss
Date Competition Rnd Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att
26 September 1999 Play-offs QSF Saintscolours.svg Saints H Odsal Stadium W 40–4 H.Paul (2), Fielden, Naylor, Vaikona, Withers McNamara 7/7, Deacon 1/1 16,162
9 October 1999 Play-offs GF Saintscolours.svg Saints N Old Trafford L 6–8 H.Paul H.Paul 1/1 50,717

1999 squad statistics[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Bradford Bulls.
  • Appearances and Points include (Super League,Challenge Cup and Play-offs) as of 2012.
No Player Position Tries Goals DG Points
1 Robbie Paul Fullback 11 0 0 44
2 Tevita Vaikona Wing 13 0 0 52
3 Danny Peacock Centre 1 0 0 4
4 Nathan McAvoy Centre 19 0 0 76
5 Michael Withers Wing 21 0 1 85
6 Henry Paul Stand Off 12 29 0 106
7 Paul Deacon Scrum-half 2 47 1 103
8 Neil Harmon Prop 1 0 0 4
9 James Lowes Hooker 18 0 0 72
10 Paul Anderson Prop 2 0 0 8
11 Jeremy Donougher Second Row 2 0 0 8
12 Mike Forshaw Second Row 7 0 0 28
13 Steve McNamara Loose forward 6 98 1 221
14 Nick Zisti Wing 2 0 0 8
15 David Boyle Second Row 12 0 0 48
16 Warren Jowitt Prop 4 0 0 16
17 Leon Pryce Wing 12 0 0 48
18 Lee Radford Wing 0 0 0 0
19 Jamie Peacock Second Row 6 0 0 24
20 Scott Naylor Centre 8 0 0 32
22 Brian McDermott Prop 7 0 0 28
23 Bernard Dwyer Second Row 1 0 0 4
25 Phil Howlett Wing 2 0 0 8
26 Paul Sykes Centre 0 0 0 0
28 Stuart Spruce Fullback 15 0 0 60
29 Stuart Fielden Prop 9 0 0 36

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