Bradford Bulls fans help to bring back 'Bullmania'

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: From left, Tony Tudor, Barry Fawthrop, Carol Coulshed and Claire Butterfield, who will become voluntary ambassadors From left, Tony Tudor, Barry Fawthrop, Carol Coulshed and Claire Butterfield, who will become voluntary ambassadors

Four Bradford Bulls superfans who held a series of crisis meetings when the club faced liquidation have been chosen to become voluntary ambassadors when the Super League season kicks off tomorrow.

Claire Butterfield, Tony Tudor, Barry Fawthrop and Carol Coulshed, members of new supporters’ group Bradford Bulls Future Horizons, have been asked by owner Omar Khan and honorary chairman Gerry Sutcliffe to fulfil new leadership roles at the top-flight side’s Provident Stadium – welcoming fans and co-ordinating teams of volunteers in a bid to build a “community club”.

Life-long fan Miss Butterfield, who will be looking after the concourse on match days, became involved with the club when it entered administration and was part of a team which organised heated meetings last July to discuss what could be done to save the Bulls.

“We and a couple of others were involved when the club was in trouble and Omar and Gerry have recognised that,” she said.

“Since then we’ve continued to help them, making sure they see the fans’ side of things and helping with events, as well as creating our own.

“It’s a great feeling to know you’re helping the club, especially when you think about the fact that nine months ago we almost didn’t have one.”

Each member of the team will be responsible for a different area of the ground, with Mr Tudor in change of the Coral Stand, Mr Fawthrop looking after ground maintenance and Mrs Coulshed looking at setting up a children’s play area.

Volunteers will be enlisted to help with tasks around the stadium to save the club some money and awards nights will be held at the middle and end of the season to recognise their efforts.

Miss Butterfield, who was among a group of fans that painted terraces at Odsal, added: “We are thanking Omar for the fact he has invested in the club.

“I will be at the games a few hours before, where I will be showing away fans around. We want to make the club more welcoming and a happier place.Each job, no matter how small, makes a difference and you get a great buzz from knowing you’ve helped your club.”

Mr Khan said the decision to recruit the volunteers was one of the ways he hoped to bring “Bullmania” back to Odsal.

“It’s the most beautiful feeling to get everyone together and become part of the club. There’s a great feel-good factor and it makes me feel like I’m doing something right.

“They will be available to tell people what to do and when to go and help anyone who needs help.

“These are people who are passionate about the club and it’s great to have them on board.”

Anyone who is interested in volunteering can e-mail bullsfuturehorizons@gmail.com or call Miss Butterfield on 07710 252743.

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1:45pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Sheffieldbull says...

Well done Claire, Tony, Carol and Barry, you deserve lots of praise for your hard work. See you at Odsal.
Well done Claire, Tony, Carol and Barry, you deserve lots of praise for your hard work. See you at Odsal. Sheffieldbull
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3:59pm Sat 2 Feb 13

nhoj89 says...

hang on ,they are not the only special fans ,i gave 400 pounds and 8 shirts for auction,sorry but we are all in this together,part of the same family,should not be singling people out for efforts,ive followed bradford 36 years but wouldnt say im a super fan ,cmon
hang on ,they are not the only special fans ,i gave 400 pounds and 8 shirts for auction,sorry but we are all in this together,part of the same family,should not be singling people out for efforts,ive followed bradford 36 years but wouldnt say im a super fan ,cmon nhoj89
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5:14pm Sat 2 Feb 13

col 64 says...

nhoj89 wrote:
hang on ,they are not the only special fans ,i gave 400 pounds and 8 shirts for auction,sorry but we are all in this together,part of the same family,should not be singling people out for efforts,ive followed bradford 36 years but wouldnt say im a super fan ,cmon
Nobody's doubting their not the only special fans but you will find as it says that these four plus some others were the people who brought together fans and businesses alike co ordinated media and meetings with the RFL and kept fans informed even on the social network.plus they also donated and gave for auction.dont do yourself an injustice you along with every other fan who gave or helped is a super fan.so please let's just try and recognise the hard work of a few amongst the effort of so many.
[quote][p][bold]nhoj89[/bold] wrote: hang on ,they are not the only special fans ,i gave 400 pounds and 8 shirts for auction,sorry but we are all in this together,part of the same family,should not be singling people out for efforts,ive followed bradford 36 years but wouldnt say im a super fan ,cmon[/p][/quote]Nobody's doubting their not the only special fans but you will find as it says that these four plus some others were the people who brought together fans and businesses alike co ordinated media and meetings with the RFL and kept fans informed even on the social network.plus they also donated and gave for auction.dont do yourself an injustice you along with every other fan who gave or helped is a super fan.so please let's just try and recognise the hard work of a few amongst the effort of so many. col 64
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7:47pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Ever positive says...

Col 64 What a sensible post. COY
Col 64 What a sensible post. COY Ever positive
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9:12pm Sat 2 Feb 13

cj says...

They do deserve lots of credit for keeping us all informed as best as was possible, but when are we going to findout where our hard eard cash went? Like many others I gave quite a bit and feel cheated, not by the new regime but by hood and his cronies
They do deserve lots of credit for keeping us all informed as best as was possible, but when are we going to findout where our hard eard cash went? Like many others I gave quite a bit and feel cheated, not by the new regime but by hood and his cronies cj
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10:59pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Fairbanks was Concrete says...

cj wrote:
They do deserve lots of credit for keeping us all informed as best as was possible, but when are we going to findout where our hard eard cash went? Like many others I gave quite a bit and feel cheated, not by the new regime but by hood and his cronies
Does anybody know if the previous regime were ever investigated for Fraud after possibly conning the fans for 1/2 million £s ?
Did any of the alleged skeletons in the cupboard that the potential bidders discovered come to light?
Is there an ongoing investigation?
It just seems to have gone quiet on this subject - we just seem to hear "it was worse than we thought" ?
Please give us the information as there is still a feeling of being left in the dark for some of us.
Anybody know the whole facts yet ?
[quote][p][bold]cj[/bold] wrote: They do deserve lots of credit for keeping us all informed as best as was possible, but when are we going to findout where our hard eard cash went? Like many others I gave quite a bit and feel cheated, not by the new regime but by hood and his cronies[/p][/quote]Does anybody know if the previous regime were ever investigated for Fraud after possibly conning the fans for 1/2 million £s ? Did any of the alleged skeletons in the cupboard that the potential bidders discovered come to light? Is there an ongoing investigation? It just seems to have gone quiet on this subject - we just seem to hear "it was worse than we thought" ? Please give us the information as there is still a feeling of being left in the dark for some of us. Anybody know the whole facts yet ? Fairbanks was Concrete
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11:25am Sun 3 Feb 13

vikksy says...

I am quite sure an investigation is ongoing but it won't happen overnight. It's only been a few months
I am quite sure an investigation is ongoing but it won't happen overnight. It's only been a few months vikksy
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3:20pm Mon 4 Feb 13

wembley bound says...

How wrong you are love,
The police were called but discovered it was a case of justtipyourmoneyupto
alostcauseitous
How wrong you are love, The police were called but discovered it was a case of justtipyourmoneyupto alostcauseitous wembley bound
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