13 Oct 2015

1863 MEMBERS made history last month by renaming the Provident Stadium's popular terrace, 'The Northern Terrace'.

As an 1863 Member, you are given the opportunity to shape the future of YOUR club and this will continue in 2016.

The launch of The Northern Terrace marked the start of 1863 Member voting, as members used their power to firstly nominate and then vote to re-brand one of the most famous parts of the ground.

This acts as the first in a long line of voting opportunities available exclusively to members - another benefit of renewing or joining our 1863 Membership scheme for 2016 and beyond.

You can earn this right from as little as £25 by securing a brand new 'BASIC' membership, which also enables you to make the most of every other member-only benefit (excluding tickets).

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13 Oct 2015

BRADFORD Bulls are delighted to announce the signings of Academy stars Ethan Ryan and Joe Lumb to professional contracts.

The pair, who shone for Matt Diskin’s Under-19s in 2015, have both penned new one-year deals at the Provident Stadium and will link-up with James Lowes’ first-team squad ahead of pre-season training.

Centre Ryan, 19, has already made a first-team appearance for the Bulls – featuring against Leeds Rhinos in a friendly in January – and was twice named in Lowes’ 19-man squad during the Kingstone Press Championship season.

“Coming through the academy and at the end of it all, getting a first team deal, is a dream come true,” said Ryan.

“I have got to start well and hopefully James (Lowes) thinks I fit into the squad somewhere.

“But first, I have got to work hard in pre-season and prove myself.”

Hooker Lumb, also 19, joined the Bulls Under-19s midway through the 2015 campaign, after being spotted playing for amateur club West Bowling by head of youth development John Bastian.

“I am absolutely delighted that they have both progressed to the first-grade squad,” said Bastian.

“They are only young and are still developing – physically and mentally.

“It is a big transition going into the first grade squad and we need to be patient with them.”

“I am overwhelmed considering I was playing for my amateur club only three or four months ago,” added Lumb.

“It has all happened really quickly.

“Now I want to push on from what I have done in the academy.”

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13 Oct 2015

CLUB legend Keith Mumby says his induction into the Bradford Bulls Hall of Fame ‘could not have been better’.

The 58-year-old was invited to the club’s End of Season Ball as a special guest on Saturday night, unaware of the honour he was set to receive.

On a special night for the full-back, famed for his tackling prowess, he was inducted by his former coach Peter Fox.

Mumby twice played under Fox, who was inducted into the Bulls Hall of Fame last year, from 1977 to 1985 and again between 1991 and 1993 when Fox returned to the club.

Mumby made close to 600 appearances for Bradford Northern between 1973 and 1993 and represented Great Britain on 11 occasions during that time.

“The night started off really well, and it just got better,” said Mumby.

“I had no idea what was going to happen.

“When Peter (Fox) went up there and started saying things, it just clicked.

“It was unbelievable.

“Having Peter induct me, it could not have been better.

“When he came to the club, it was him that put me on the right track.

“I still keep coming over and watching the Bulls.

“I wish we would have had nights like this when I was playing.

“We never got anything as unbelievable as this.”

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12 Oct 2015

ADAM O’Brien has spoken of his delight after taking home three major honours at the Bulls’ End of Season Ball on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old left the Provident Stadium with the Players’ Player of the Year, 1863 Members’ Player of the Year and Telegraph & Argus Player of the Year awards – three of the four first-team prizes up for grabs.

Receiving the trio of awards caps off what has been an excellent year for the exciting young hooker.

The Academy graduate played in all but one of the Bulls’ games in 2015 and played a starring role as James Lowes’ men went within one win of a return to First Utility Super League.

“I am over the moon,” said O’Brien, who is sponsored by the Monro Family.

“I was nominated with some class players and to come out with three of the four trophies is a massive achievement for me.

“To receive awards from the fans, the players, and the press as well, gives me a huge confidence boost headed into next season.”

Despite the Bulls’ charge falling at the final hurdle this year, O’Brien is confident that he and his teammates can go one step further in 2016.

“We have got a good squad and hopefully we can push on next year,” added the Halifax-born star.

“We got to the Million Pound Game and missed out in the last couple of minutes.

“We know we can do it with this squad and we will crack on next year.”

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11 Oct 2015

ADAM O’Brien picked up three player of the year awards at the Bulls’ End of Season Ball at the Provident Stadium on Saturday night.

The Academy graduate was named Players’ Player of the Year, 1863 Members’ Player of the Year and Telegraph & Argus Player of the Year, following another fine season for the exciting hooker.

The 22-year-old missed just one game in 2015 and scored a career-best nine tries as the Bulls came within one game of a return to Super League.

Another former Academy star, Danny Addy, received the Coach’s Player of the Year prize.

The 24-year-old loose-forward spent a large part of the season in the halves, following injuries to Lee Gaskell and Harry Siejka, and played a key role in keeping James Lowes’ men’s promotion push on track.

Elsewhere, Vila Halafihi was named Foundation Player of the Year in recognition of his efforts working alongside the club’s charity.

In the Academy, Brandon Pickersgill was named Under-19s Player of the Year.

The talented full-back played a starring role for Matt Diskin’s side, who finished the season with five wins from their final seven games.

Zac Baker and James Bentley picked up the Most Improved and Coach’s Player of the Year honours, respectively.

Joe Brown took the Player of the Year prize for Leigh Beattie’s successful Under-16s side.

The full-back scored 14 tries as the young Bulls charged to seven wins from their eight outings in 2015.

Elsewhere, Paul Fisher was named Clubperson of the Year for all of his efforts during the season.

To end the night, club legend Keith Mumby was inducted into the Bradford Bulls Hall of Fame.

The full-back made close to 600 appearances for the club between 1973 and 1993 and was inducted by his former coach Peter Fox, who entered the Hall of Fame at last year’s End of Season Ball.

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