Francis Cummins thankful for kind cup draw as Bradford Bulls hero Scott Naylor returns to former stamping ground

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: HERO’S RETURN: Oldham coach Scott Naylor – pictured after his Challenge Cup win with the Bulls in 2003 HERO’S RETURN: Oldham coach Scott Naylor – pictured after his Challenge Cup win with the Bulls in 2003

Francis Cummins is looking forward to crossing swords with former Bradford star Scott Naylor after the Bulls were paired with Oldham in the Challenge Cup fourth round.

Naylor played in three Challenge Cup finals for Bradford, winning two of them, and turned out in four Super League Grand Finals, twice as a winner.

Now coach of the Championship One outfit, he will be guaranteed a warm reception when he returns to Odsal on the weekend of April 5 or 6.

Cummins played against Naylor in the 2003 Challenge Cup final at the Millennium Stadium, when Bradford beat Leeds 22-20.

The Bulls head coach said: “We’re pleased to be at home first and foremost because I think you’ve got to be, and it’s good that, the position we are in at the moment, we have avoided another Super League club.

“Oldham are in a lower division but we won’t be taking them lightly and I know Scott Naylor will have his players fired up.”

Cummins revealed he recently spoke to Naylor about the prospect of some of his younger players heading out to Oldham on loan or dual registration.

He explained: “I speak to Scott quite often. We might need the odd player to go out on loan and I was talking to him only last week about that.

"Dewsbury, our partnership club, have a big squad so it’s difficult for one or two of our younger lads to go out and play there.

“I’ve spoken to Scott about that prospect and we’re now playing Oldham, so it’s quite ironic.”

There were five all-Super League ties to come out of the hat yesterday and, although surviving relegation is the priority, Cummins believes the famous old trophy has retained its allure.

He added: “For me the Challenge Cup has not lost its shine – the profile of the competition is still there.

“I had lost two finals previously in 1993 and 1994, so to beat London in ’99 was third time lucky. To win it is something special.”

Keighley Cougars, meanwhile, were drawn at home to Championship rivals Barrow.

The tie of the round will be between Huddersfield, the 2013 Super League leaders, and current table-toppers St Helens.

There is a local derby at Wakefield, where Leeds will be the visitors, while Hull KR host 2012 winners Warrington, Salford go to Hull and Catalan Dragons will be at home to London Broncos.

* Cummins is also on the verge of agreeing an extended loan stay with Huddersfield prop Anthony Mullally.

Adam Sidlow is aiming to return from illness and be available for Sunday’s trip to Hull KR but Chev Walker will miss out after being handed a one-match ban.

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8:53am Wed 19 Mar 14

stubullsfan says...

Scott Naylor, has to be a candidate for the slowest man to ever play center, maybe even the game of rugby league. But still what a player and legend for the Bulls. I will be there and I am certain there will be a great reception for him.
Scott Naylor, has to be a candidate for the slowest man to ever play center, maybe even the game of rugby league. But still what a player and legend for the Bulls. I will be there and I am certain there will be a great reception for him. stubullsfan
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9:15am Wed 19 Mar 14

Ackersthebull says...

Is it a kind cup draw? It's not going to pull in much money and it's a potential banana skin.
Is it a kind cup draw? It's not going to pull in much money and it's a potential banana skin. Ackersthebull
  • Score: -2

12:30pm Wed 19 Mar 14

axelf1963 says...

Another banding the word legend about again, How can you say a legend in one breath and slowest centre ever in another ?
Oldham are thinking bulls there for the taking.
Another banding the word legend about again, How can you say a legend in one breath and slowest centre ever in another ? Oldham are thinking bulls there for the taking. axelf1963
  • Score: -2

12:54pm Wed 19 Mar 14

flashdonut says...

Super Scotty Naylor. He was awesome. The big I am Steve Renuf was nearly in tears after playing against Scotty. Sure, an extra yard of pace would have been nice, but he more than made up for it with his grity defence. Not a single player ever man handled Scott in the centres. Not one. Renouf, Senior, Newlove etc all tried. But all failed.
Super Scotty Naylor. He was awesome. The big I am Steve Renuf was nearly in tears after playing against Scotty. Sure, an extra yard of pace would have been nice, but he more than made up for it with his grity defence. Not a single player ever man handled Scott in the centres. Not one. Renouf, Senior, Newlove etc all tried. But all failed. flashdonut
  • Score: 7

4:47pm Wed 19 Mar 14

axelf1963 says...

What a load of rubbish . Look at the try scoring feats of the ones you mentioned and get back to me.
What a load of rubbish . Look at the try scoring feats of the ones you mentioned and get back to me. axelf1963
  • Score: 0

5:14pm Wed 19 Mar 14

oswald777 says...

stubullsfan wrote:
Scott Naylor, has to be a candidate for the slowest man to ever play center, maybe even the game of rugby league. But still what a player and legend for the Bulls. I will be there and I am certain there will be a great reception for him.
I bet even at his age he'd still get in this current Bulls side..........
[quote][p][bold]stubullsfan[/bold] wrote: Scott Naylor, has to be a candidate for the slowest man to ever play center, maybe even the game of rugby league. But still what a player and legend for the Bulls. I will be there and I am certain there will be a great reception for him.[/p][/quote]I bet even at his age he'd still get in this current Bulls side.......... oswald777
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5:16pm Wed 19 Mar 14

oswald777 says...

I honestly cannot see us winning more than 2 more matches this season (In the league) so i think relegation is inevitable. As for Oldham being a 'kind draw'.......Mmmm, we'll see.
I honestly cannot see us winning more than 2 more matches this season (In the league) so i think relegation is inevitable. As for Oldham being a 'kind draw'.......Mmmm, we'll see. oswald777
  • Score: 1

5:53pm Wed 19 Mar 14

stubullsfan says...

oswald777 wrote:
stubullsfan wrote:
Scott Naylor, has to be a candidate for the slowest man to ever play center, maybe even the game of rugby league. But still what a player and legend for the Bulls. I will be there and I am certain there will be a great reception for him.
I bet even at his age he'd still get in this current Bulls side..........
yeah i am sure he would lol
[quote][p][bold]oswald777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stubullsfan[/bold] wrote: Scott Naylor, has to be a candidate for the slowest man to ever play center, maybe even the game of rugby league. But still what a player and legend for the Bulls. I will be there and I am certain there will be a great reception for him.[/p][/quote]I bet even at his age he'd still get in this current Bulls side..........[/p][/quote]yeah i am sure he would lol stubullsfan
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5:54pm Wed 19 Mar 14

stubullsfan says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Another banding the word legend about again, How can you say a legend in one breath and slowest centre ever in another ?
Oldham are thinking bulls there for the taking.
he lacked pace but made it up with ball handling, positioning, defense ect so stop being a complete DICK HEAD and grow up. Hate people like you who has to try and be a smart arse.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Another banding the word legend about again, How can you say a legend in one breath and slowest centre ever in another ? Oldham are thinking bulls there for the taking.[/p][/quote]he lacked pace but made it up with ball handling, positioning, defense ect so stop being a complete DICK HEAD and grow up. Hate people like you who has to try and be a smart arse. stubullsfan
  • Score: 1

7:19pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Hullbull says...

Scott was a fantastic centre. Not the fastest but he was a tough hombre. He always saved his best for the tTV cameras and Paul Newlove. whenever we played saints he owned newey every time.
Scott was a fantastic centre. Not the fastest but he was a tough hombre. He always saved his best for the tTV cameras and Paul Newlove. whenever we played saints he owned newey every time. Hullbull
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8:43pm Wed 19 Mar 14

raisemeup says...

axelf1963 wrote:
What a load of rubbish . Look at the try scoring feats of the ones you mentioned and get back to me.
Obviously you didn't know him!
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: What a load of rubbish . Look at the try scoring feats of the ones you mentioned and get back to me.[/p][/quote]Obviously you didn't know him! raisemeup
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8:43pm Wed 19 Mar 14

raisemeup says...

axelf1963 wrote:
What a load of rubbish . Look at the try scoring feats of the ones you mentioned and get back to me.
Obviously you didn't know him!
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: What a load of rubbish . Look at the try scoring feats of the ones you mentioned and get back to me.[/p][/quote]Obviously you didn't know him! raisemeup
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6:12am Thu 20 Mar 14

axelf1963 says...

Looks like Brian AND his wife are posting
Looks like Brian AND his wife are posting axelf1963
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6:14am Thu 20 Mar 14

axelf1963 says...

stubullsfan wrote:
axelf1963 wrote:
Another banding the word legend about again, How can you say a legend in one breath and slowest centre ever in another ?
Oldham are thinking bulls there for the taking.
he lacked pace but made it up with ball handling, positioning, defense ect so stop being a complete DICK HEAD and grow up. Hate people like you who has to try and be a smart arse.
My god you need to go back to school lad your spelling is shocking.
[quote][p][bold]stubullsfan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Another banding the word legend about again, How can you say a legend in one breath and slowest centre ever in another ? Oldham are thinking bulls there for the taking.[/p][/quote]he lacked pace but made it up with ball handling, positioning, defense ect so stop being a complete DICK HEAD and grow up. Hate people like you who has to try and be a smart arse.[/p][/quote]My god you need to go back to school lad your spelling is shocking. axelf1963
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7:35am Thu 20 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

oswald777 wrote:
stubullsfan wrote:
Scott Naylor, has to be a candidate for the slowest man to ever play center, maybe even the game of rugby league. But still what a player and legend for the Bulls. I will be there and I am certain there will be a great reception for him.
I bet even at his age he'd still get in this current Bulls side..........
More chance of Noble signing him and joining the "Dads Army" brigade at Salford
[quote][p][bold]oswald777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stubullsfan[/bold] wrote: Scott Naylor, has to be a candidate for the slowest man to ever play center, maybe even the game of rugby league. But still what a player and legend for the Bulls. I will be there and I am certain there will be a great reception for him.[/p][/quote]I bet even at his age he'd still get in this current Bulls side..........[/p][/quote]More chance of Noble signing him and joining the "Dads Army" brigade at Salford bradfordbronco
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7:50am Thu 20 Mar 14

flashdonut says...

axelf1963 wrote:
What a load of rubbish . Look at the try scoring feats of the ones you mentioned and get back to me.
We could. But it would be easier to remember Scott Naylor collecting his grand final winning medal in 2001. The one where he made Steve Renouf look like a scared pudding. I am sure when Scott looks back on his career though he will over look that and just think that he didnt get as many try's as Newlove in his career. Same goes for his 2002 WCC winners ring. He wont recall that. Just that Senior scored more career tries.
.
Oaf.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: What a load of rubbish . Look at the try scoring feats of the ones you mentioned and get back to me.[/p][/quote]We could. But it would be easier to remember Scott Naylor collecting his grand final winning medal in 2001. The one where he made Steve Renouf look like a scared pudding. I am sure when Scott looks back on his career though he will over look that and just think that he didnt get as many try's as Newlove in his career. Same goes for his 2002 WCC winners ring. He wont recall that. Just that Senior scored more career tries. . Oaf. flashdonut
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10:51am Thu 20 Mar 14

stubullsfan says...

stubullsfan wrote:
axelf1963 wrote:
Another banding the word legend about again, How can you say a legend in one breath and slowest centre ever in another ?
Oldham are thinking bulls there for the taking.
he lacked pace but made it up with ball handling, positioning, defense ect so stop being a complete DICK HEAD and grow up. Hate people like you who has to try and be a smart arse.
well there you go, someone who knows he has no idea what he is talking about has to resort to moaning about grammar and spelling. Sorry about my spelling but I am dyslexic so I rely on the spell check on the computer a lot.

The top and bottom of it is Scott Naylor will always be remembered as a legend in my head due to him winning every thing with the Bulls and playing for us for years. He was part of one of the best teams to grace Super League so I dont understand your problem with someone calling him a legend
[quote][p][bold]stubullsfan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Another banding the word legend about again, How can you say a legend in one breath and slowest centre ever in another ? Oldham are thinking bulls there for the taking.[/p][/quote]he lacked pace but made it up with ball handling, positioning, defense ect so stop being a complete DICK HEAD and grow up. Hate people like you who has to try and be a smart arse.[/p][/quote]well there you go, someone who knows he has no idea what he is talking about has to resort to moaning about grammar and spelling. Sorry about my spelling but I am dyslexic so I rely on the spell check on the computer a lot. The top and bottom of it is Scott Naylor will always be remembered as a legend in my head due to him winning every thing with the Bulls and playing for us for years. He was part of one of the best teams to grace Super League so I dont understand your problem with someone calling him a legend stubullsfan
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11:20am Thu 20 Mar 14

Odsal53 says...

Sure Scott may not have scored as many tries as the likes of Newlove and Renuf who are mentioned. And he would have benifited by having a bit more pace. However his defence was solid and you should put the certain tries he saved with his defece and positioning. Tries saved can equal in their own way against try's scored. You could say that Paul Newlove was good try scorer but his defence was suspect, and of course nobody sets tries you have let in against try's you have scored. So it is with no doubt that Scott Naylor should be highly regarded by supporters who remember the days when we won everything.
Sure Scott may not have scored as many tries as the likes of Newlove and Renuf who are mentioned. And he would have benifited by having a bit more pace. However his defence was solid and you should put the certain tries he saved with his defece and positioning. Tries saved can equal in their own way against try's scored. You could say that Paul Newlove was good try scorer but his defence was suspect, and of course nobody sets tries you have let in against try's you have scored. So it is with no doubt that Scott Naylor should be highly regarded by supporters who remember the days when we won everything. Odsal53
  • Score: 1

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