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Sheffield Eagles v Batley Bulldogs

On Friday 17th February the Sheffield Eagles play at home to Batley Bulldogs.

We look back to the first time that Sheffield Eagles and Batley played each other on 7th October 1984.

The first game against each other

Sheffield Eagles and Batley played each other for the first time on 7th October 1984, the 6th game of the Eagles' first season.

The game was away at Mount Pleasant and proved to be the Eagles' second ever win with a score of 28-18. Try scorers that day were Paul McDermott, Derek Bridgeman (father of current Eagles player Mekhi Bridgeman-Reaney), Mark Gamson, Billy Harris and Paul Welsh. Iain McDonald scored 4 goals.

In the book "Against the Odds" it says of the game:

Finally at Mount Pleasant, a challenging name for a windswept Batley ground, the Eagles secured their second win. Against the Gallant Youths that day, despite young Carl Gibson's hat trick for the home side they scored five tries and four goals to achieve their first away win.
John Cornwell & Richard Pepper

Share your memories

Do you have any memories of games between Sheffield Eagles and Batley


Richard King