1996 Bradford Bulls season

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1996 Bradford Bulls season
Super League I 3rd
Play-off result Semi Final
Challenge Cup Runners Up
1996 record Wins: 21; Draws: 0; Losses: 7
Points scored For: 997; Against: 545
Team information
Chairman Chris Caisley
Head Coach Brian Smith
Captain
Stadium Odsal Stadium
Avg. Attend. 10,346
High. Attend. 17,360 vs. Wigan
Top scorers
Tries Robbie Paul – 23
Goals Steve McNamara – 82
Points Steve McNamara – 170
1995–96 List of seasons 1997 >

The 1996 Bradford Bulls season was the 90th in the club's history. Coached by Brian Smith and captained by Robbie Paul the newly branded Bulls competed in Super League I and finished in 3rd place. They also competed in the 1996 Challenge Cup, reaching the final which they lost to St Helens.

Season review[edit]

February

The 1996 season started off well for the Bradford Northern club newly re-branded as the Bradford Bulls. In their first competitive match they defeated Batley 60–18 in the 4th Round of the 1996 Challenge Cup. Australian import Jeremy Donougher scored the club's first try under the Bulls brand. Bradford's form in the Cup continued after beating Division 1 side Leigh 44–12 at Hilton Park. The Bulls success continued as they hosted Wakefield in the quarter-finals, however after a brief scare Bradford managed to overcome Wakefield and win 30–18.

March

March started off with a great performance in the Challenge Cup semi-final against arch-rivals Leeds, the Bulls played some brilliant rugby to ensure a 28–6 win earning them a place in the 1996 Challenge Cup final. Bradford also kicked off the brand new Super League I with a 30–18 win over Castleford Tigers in front of a 10,027 crowd.

April

A trip to Sheffield Eagles was on the cards for the Bulls first away trip of the Super League season, however the Eagles were just too powerful for Bradford and the Bulls were soundly beaten 24–40. However April got a little brighter as the Bulls bounced back to beat London 31–24 to take them up to 5th in the league table. The Bulls were brought back down to earth after their win against London as St Helens beat Bradford 26–20 at Knowsley Road. Bradford suffered back to back defeats for the first time this season, losing 22–6 to Wigan. Bradford narrowly lost in the 1996 Challenge Cup final against St Helens, Bradford went 26–12 at one point but Saints halfback Bobbie Goulding peppered the Bradford fullback Nathan Graham with bombs which turned out to be fruitful for the Saints who scored 3 tries of Goulding's kicks to win the match 40–32 leaving the Bradford players and fans feeling dejected.

May

Bradford started off May in good form after losing the Challenge Cup final by beating Warrington 36–14 at Odsal Stadium, the Bulls then travelled to Oldham and beat Oldham Bears 30–10. This would be Bradford's first back to back win of the season. The Bulls then beat Paris St Germain 60–32 at home before destroying arch rivals Leeds 54–8 in Round 9. These wins took the Bulls to four games unbeaten and unbeaten for the whole of May.

June

The Bulls started June with a massive 52–4 win over bottom of the league Workington, Bradford ran in 10 tries in this emphatic win. Bradford carried on their form at Thrum Hall where they scraped a win at local rivals Halifax Blue Sox in hard fought 22–20 contest. Bradford's 6 game unbeaten run was put to an end by a great performance by Castleford Tigers led by their talisman Frano Botica, the Tigers clinched the game 26–23. However the Bulls responded the following week by destroying the Sheffield Eagles 64–22 at Odsal. The Bulls followed up this win with a hard fought 22–16 win over London Broncos.

July

Bradford beat St Helens in an excellent display of rugby league, they took the Saints apart and won 50–22 to exact revenge for their Challenge Cup final defeat. The Bulls excellent form continued as they battled Wigan at Odsal Stadium and the Yorkshire club came up with a 20–12 win. Their 5th consecutive win came at Wilderspool Stadium where they took on Warrington and came away with the spoils beating Warrington 30–20. The Bulls dished out another thumping however this one wasn't as impressive as it was against Oldham Bears, they did keep Oldham to zero points though as Bradford were 56–0 victors.

August

August started off well for Bradford as they demolished arch-rivals Leeds 56–18 with the mercurial Robbie Paul grabbing his 3rd hat-trick of the season. The Bulls extended their winning streak to eight games when they beat bottom of the league Workington 28–14 in a hard fought contest. Local team Halifax Blue Sox put an end to the Bulls' winning streak as Bradford succumbed to a 27–26 defeat in the final home game of the season. The last regular season game came in Paris where the Bulls beat Paris St Germain 27–14 which meant they finished 3rd in the league, 5 points behind Wigan and 6 points behind league leaders St Helens. This meant that the Bulls had to travel to Central Park to play Wigan in the Premiership Trophy Semi-final, in what was his last game in a Wigan shirt Shaun Edwards scored 4 tries to end Bradford's hopes of a Premiership final appearance in a hard fought 42–36 Wigan win.

1996 milestones[edit]

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 22 20 0 2 950 455 +495 40
2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 22 19 1 2 902 326 +576 39
3 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 22 17 0 5 767 409 +358 34
4 London Broncos 22 12 1 9 611 462 +149 25
5 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 22 12 0 10 569 565 +4 24
6 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Blue Sox 22 10 1 11 667 576 +91 21
7 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 22 10 0 12 599 730 −131 20
8 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Bears 22 9 1 12 473 681 −208 19
9 Cascolours.png Castleford Tigers 22 9 0 13 548 599 −51 18
10 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 22 6 0 16 555 745 −190 12
11 Paris Saint-Germain 22 3 1 18 398 795 −397 7
12 Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town 22 2 1 19 325 1021 −696 5
Champions Relegated


1996 fixtures and results[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss

1996 Stones Bitter Super League

Date Competition Rnd Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att
31 March 1996 Super League I 1 Cascolours.pngCastleford H Odsal Stadium W 30–18 Donougher (3), Paul (2), Calland Loughlin 3/6 10,027
5 April 1996 Super League I 2 Sheffeagles colours.svgSheffield A Don Valley Stadium L 24–40 Calland (2), Lowes, Nickle Cook 4/4 5,202
8 April 1996 Super League I 3 Cronulla colours.svgLondon H Odsal Stadium W 31–24 Paul (2), Dwyer, Fairbank Cook 7/7, Cook 1 DG 7,192
14 April 1996 Super League I 4 Saintscolours.svgSt Helens A Knowsley Road L 20–26 Calland (3), Scales McNamara 2/4 10,010
19 April 1996 Super League I 5 Wigancolours.svgWigan A Central Park L 6–22 Loughlin Cook 1/1 9,872
5 May 1996 Super League I 6 Wolvescolours.svgWarrington H Odsal Stadium W 36–14 Bradley, Calland, Knox, Loughlin, Medley, Paul, Scales Cook 4/7 9,278
10 May 1996 Super League I 7 Oldhamcolours.svgOldham A Watersheddings W 30–10 Scales (2), Bradley, Dwyer, Loughlin, McDermott Cook 1/4, McNamara 2/2 4,228
19 May 1996 Super League I 8 Newcastle colours.svgParis H Odsal Stadium W 60–32 Fairbank (2), Bradley, Donougher, Dwyer, Hassan, Loughlin, Medley, Paul, Scales, Tomlinson McNamara 8/11 8,194
24 May 1996 Super League I 9 Rhinoscolours.svgLeeds H Odsal Stadium W 54–8 Lowes (2), Spruce (2), Bradley, Fairbank, McDermott, McNamara, Scales McNamara 9/9 10,229
2 June 1996 Super League I 10 Workingtoncolours.svgWorkington H Odsal Stadium W 52–4 Calland (2), Cook, Hassan, Lowes, Medley, Paul, Spruce, Tamani, Tomlinson Cook 6/10 8,658
9 June 1996 Super League I 11 Faxcolours.svgHalifax A Thrum Hall W 22–20 Calland, Lowes, Paul, Spruce McNamara 3/4 7,187
16 June 1996 Super League I 12 Cascolours.pngCastleford A The Jungle L 23–26 Cook, Donougher, Dwyer, Spruce McNamara 3/4, McNamara 1 DG 6,275
23 June 1996 Super League I 13 Sheffeagles colours.svgSheffield H Odsal Stadium W 64–22 Paul (2), Scales (2), Spruce (2), Donougher, Loughlin, Lowes, Medley, McDermott, Tomlinson McNamara 7/11, Cook 1/1 8,359
29 June 1996 Super League I 14 Cronulla colours.svgLondon A The Valley W 22–16 Dwyer, Paul, Scales McNamara 5/5 4,524
5 July 1996 Super League I 15 Saintscolours.svgSt Helens H Odsal Stadium W 50–22 Bradley (2), Donougher, Knox, Loughlin, Nickle, Scales, Spruce, Tamani McNamara 7/9 11,467
12 July 1996 Super League I 16 Wigancolours.svgWigan H Odsal Stadium W 20–12 Scales (2), Dwyer, Medley McNamara 2/4 17,360
20 July 1996 Super League I 17 Wolvescolours.svgWarrington A Wilderspool Stadium W 30–20 Bradley, Calland, Dwyer, McDermott McNamara 7/7 8,423
28 July 1996 Super League I 18 Oldhamcolours.svgOldham H Odsal Stadium W 56–0 Paul (3), Tamani (2), Bradley, Loughlin, Lowes, Nickle, Tomlinson McNamara 8/10 9,849
4 August 1996 Super League I 19 Rhinoscolours.svgLeeds A Headingley Stadium W 56–18 Paul (3), Loughlin (2), Cook, Lowes, Medley, McDermott, Nickle McNamara 6/8, Cook 2/2 10,505
11 August 1996 Super League I 20 Workingtoncolours.svgWorkington A Derwent Park W 28–14 Cook, Donougher, Lowes, Paul, Spruce McNamara 4/5 2,430
18 August 1996 Super League I 21 Faxcolours.svgHalifax H Odsal Stadium L 26–27 Spruce (2), Bradley, Calland, Nickle McNamara 2/4, Cook 1/1 13,196
24 August 1996 Super League I 22 Newcastle colours.svgParis A Stade Sébastien Charléty W 27–14 Lowes (2), Bradley, Dwyer, Spruce McNamara 3/5, McNamara 1 DG 6,152
31 August 1996 Super League I Semi-final Wigancolours.svgWigan A Central Park L 36–42 Bradley (3), Paul (2), Calland, Tomlinson McNamara 4/8 9,878

Challenge Cup[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss
Date Competition Rnd Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att
4 February 1996 Cup 4th Batley colours.svgBatley H Odsal Stadium W 60–18 Donougher, Nickle, Longo (3), Christie, Cook, Fairbank, Hassan (2), Loughlin, Medley Cook 6/12 3,017
11 February 1996 Cup 5th Leigh colours.svgLeigh A Hilton Park W 44–12 Scales, Medley, Knox (2), Cook, Hassan (2), Loughlin Cook 6/8 4,100
25 February 1996 Cup QF Wcatscolours.svgWakefield H Odsal Stadium W 30–18 Bradley, Scales, Loughlin, Knox, Medley, Donohue Cook 3/6 6,519
23 March 1996 Cup SF Rhinoscolours.svgLeeds N McAlpine Stadium W 28–6 Scales (3), Calland, Knox Cook 4/5 17,139
27 April 1996 Cup Final Saintscolours.svgSt Helens N Wembley Stadium L 32–40 Paul (3), Dwyer, Scales Cook 6/6 75,994

Squad[edit]

Statistics include appearances and points in the Super League, Challenge Cup and Premiership Trophy.[1]

Player Apps Tries Goals DG Points
Bradley, GraemeGraeme Bradley 28 14 0 0 56
Calland, MattMatt Calland 25 14 0 0 56
Christie, GaryGary Christie 10 1 0 0 4
Cook, PaulPaul Cook 20 6 52 1 129
Donohue, JasonJason Donohue 9 1 0 0 4
Donougher, JeremyJeremy Donougher 25 9 0 0 36
Dwyer, BernardBernard Dwyer 23 9 0 0 36
Fairbank, KarlKarl Fairbank 25 5 0 0 20
Graham, NathanNathan Graham 11 0 0 0 0
Hamer, JonJon Hamer 2 0 0 0 0
Hassan, CarlosCarlos Hassan 14 6 0 0 24
Ireland, AndyAndy Ireland 4 0 0 0 0
Jowitt, WarrenWarren Jowitt 1 0 0 0 0
Knox, SimonSimon Knox 16 6 0 0 24
Longo, DavideDavide Longo 8 3 0 0 12
Loughlin, PaulPaul Loughlin 26 12 3 0 54
Lowes, JamesJames Lowes 23 11 0 0 44
McDermott, BrianBrian McDermott 28 5 0 0 20
McNamara, SteveSteve McNamara 21 1 82 2 170
Medley, PaulPaul Medley 24 9 0 0 36
Nickle, SonnySonny Nickle 23 6 0 0 24
Paul, RobbieRobbie Paul 28 23 0 0 92
Scales, JonJon Scales 24 18 0 0 72
Spruce, StuartStuart Spruce 14 12 0 0 48
Summers, NeilNeil Summers 1 0 0 0 0
Tamani, JoeJoe Tamani 15 4 0 0 16
Tomlinson, GlenGlen Tomlinson 19 5 0 0 20

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Player From Fee Date Ref
James Lowes Leeds February 1996
Glen Tomlinson Batley March 1996
Steve McNamara Hull April 1996
Stuart Spruce Widnes May 1996
Joe Tamani Adelaide Rams May 1996

Out[edit]

Player To Fee Date Ref
Alan Wilson Huddersfield Giants January 1996
Paul Round Castleford Tigers March 1996
Neil Summers Featherstone Rovers May 1996
Davide Longo Swinton Lions December 1996

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fletcher, Raymond (1997). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1997. Headline Book Publishing. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-7472-7764-4. 

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