Greetings Bulls nation. Anyone fortunate enough to have caught our tussle with Fev this past weekend should have been both entertained and encouraged by the performance our lads put forward on the day.

First of all before we sink our teeth into the match itself, it would be remiss of me if I didn’t commend the incredible grounds crew, led by Paul Moore at the Tetley’s Stadium, that put in yeoman’s work to make sure the pitch was match fit.

Well, we fell just short again for the second match in a row - having gone close against a club in Super League last season in London, we just missed out to Rovers, who are the bookies' favourites for promotion.

It’s not like we were smoked and out-classed, we were in it until the bitter end in both encounters.

Considering some were questioning whether we’d be able to field a side in November, this is a major feat, and another massive leap towards sustainability.

With eight minutes to go we were only two points behind after coming back from 12-0 down. We ran over four tries against a top side and looked hard in defence most of the match.

The bottom line is this: we will not only be competitive, we will be fighting for the play-offs and will be taken seriously as a contender after Sunday.

I also want to acknowledge the Bulls nation for supporting in such a strong way, with 3,640 fans in attendance which created a lovely atmosphere at our temporary home.

A special shout out to the Rovers supporters who supported their club strongly as usual and added to the atmosphere in their own right.

What you fans are proving is that your support of this club is undying and pure. I can say from the bottom of my heart, and from the bottom of everyone’s heart at the club, John and the coaching staff, Steve and the players, and everyone working long hours to build this club up, and live up to your expectations, we thank you.

You are the Bradford Bulls, without you, it’s just not the same.

With that in mind, let’s turn our attention to this Sunday’s Challenge Cup clash with nearby Underbank Rangers at the Tetley’s Stadium.

I know what you’re thinking, this should be an easy win for a side like ours. Maybe so, but bigger upsets have happened, and most importantly the tilt will be broadcast live on the BBC, and that means England’s eyes will be on our club once again.

Let’s show them Bulls nation doesn’t care if its Underbank Rangers, Featherstone Rovers, or Leeds Rhinos. We support full on, loud and proud, and let's try and match the crowd we had against Fev.

Finally, I want to welcome our latest partner Bartercard UK into the Bradford Bulls family. We are extremely excited about this partnership and what it could bring not only to the club, but to Bulls nation.

Don’t hesitate to jump on to learn more. Also don’t forget to check out the online store at, and we’ll see you on Sunday. Come on you Bulls!