1999 Bradford Bulls season
|1999 Bradford Bulls season|
|Super League IV||1st|
|1999 record||Wins: 29; Draws: 1; Losses: 6|
|Points scored||For: 1123; Against: 544|
|Head Coach||Matthew Elliot|
|High. Attend.||24,020 vs. Leeds Rhinos|
|Tries||Michael Withers – 21|
|Goals||Steve McNamara – 98|
|Points||Steve McNamara – 221|
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.
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.
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.
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 Stadium, 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.
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 intact, 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
|9||Halifax Blue Sox||30||11||0||19||573||792||−219||22|
|11||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||30||10||0||20||608||795||−187||20|
|12||Salford City Reds||30||6||1||23||526||916||−390||13|
1999 fixtures and results
1999 JJB Sports Super League
|14 February 1999||Cup||4th||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||Wakefield||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||Warrington||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||Leeds||N||McAlpine Stadium||L||10–23||Boyle, Lowes||H.Paul 1/2||23,438|
|26 September 1999||Play-offs||QSF||St Helens||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||St Helens||N||Old Trafford||L||6–8||H.Paul||H.Paul 1/1||50,717|
1999 squad statistics
- Appearances and Points include (Super League,Challenge Cup and Play-offs) as of 2012.
|6||Henry Paul||Stand Off||12||29||0||106|
|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|
|15||David Boyle||Second Row||12||0||0||48|
|19||Jamie Peacock||Second Row||6||0||0||24|
|23||Bernard Dwyer||Second Row||1||0||0||4|