Bramley Buffaloes Eye Betfred League 1 Spot

Bramley Buffaloes Bid for Betfred League 1 Spot

On May 4th, the chair of the Bramley Buffaloes, Martyn Cheney, announced the club’s intention to bid for a spot in the Betfred League 1 competition. Cheney acknowledged that this decision was not taken lightly, as the club understands the challenges that lie ahead with such a venture.

“However, Cheney expressed confidence in the thorough due diligence carried out by the Buffaloes’ working group, stating that the club is committed to pursuing the best option for all involved as they embark on this exciting new chapter.”

The chair conveyed the organization’s eagerness to see professional rugby league return to the Bramley community in the weeks and months to come.

Currently, the Bramley club competes in the Yorkshire Men’s League, where they have enjoyed a strong start to the new season, winning five of their first six matches. If successful in their bid, it would mark a homecoming for a name that holds deep significance in the sport’s history.

Bramley’s Illustrious Rugby League History

Bramley were once renowned for hosting touring sides from Australia and New Zealand in the early 20th century, and they even won the prestigious Floodlit Trophy in 1973. The club’s legacy is further cemented by the fact that it has produced influential players such as Barrie McDermott, Terry Newton, and Garry Schofield.

After resigning from the professional game in 1999, the Buffaloes have made previous attempts to rejoin the ranks, including bids in 2000, 2001, and 2003. However, these efforts were ultimately unsuccessful, with the 2000 bid losing out to a proposal from Gateshead Thunder, and the later bids being rejected due to the club’s proposed venue failing to meet minimum ground standards.

As the Bramley Buffaloes continue their pursuit of a spot in the Betfred League 1 competition, the club and its supporters remain hopeful that this time, a viable strategy can be put in place to facilitate the long-awaited return of professional rugby league to the Bramley community.

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