Green wants Bulls biggest crowd of the season on Sunday

Bradford chairman Marc Green is calling on fans to form Odsal’s biggest crowd of the season in Sunday’s final home game of the season against Widnes.

The Bulls will be saying goodbye to several players including captain Matt Diskin, Brett Kearney, Luke Gale, Jamie Foster and James Donaldson, and Green wants the fans to give the players the send-off they deserve.

“I’m hoping for the biggest turn-out of the year on Sunday,” he told the Telegraph and Argus.

“If it’s not the biggest, then I’m certainly hoping it will be the second-biggest.

Bulls captain Matt Diskin is retiring at the end of the season. (Click image to read more). ©JoeWhitley
Bulls captain Matt Diskin is retiring at the end of the season. (Click image to read more). ©JoeWhitley

“It might be a tall order but I think it’s important that we not only say thanks to the players who have signed up for next season but an even bigger thanks to those who are moving onto pastures new.

“It’s also about paying tribute to all the groundstaff who have worked hard to ensure that all the games have gone ahead through the troubling times.

“Finally, it’s about tipping your hat to a man who has enjoyed an outstanding career and quite simply deserves to be applauded.

“Matt Diskin may have only given four years of his 14-year career to Bradford but it was still a fair chunk of his time in the game and I think he deserves to be applauded.

“Anyone who retires at the end of a career which includes four Super League titles and a World Club Challenge title demonstrates a huge commitment to the game and professionalism.

“Moreover, he has yielded the rewards of his efforts both on and off the field.

“The title of Bradford Bulls captain suited him and was one he wore with pride, honour and justification. He has enjoyed an outstanding career.

“We don’t need to spend time labouring on the turmoil that the club has gone through. However, throughout everything the players have turned up and put their bodies on the line, game in and game out with the utmost professionalism.

“For that alone, I want to thank them for their contribution to the club and wish them all the best for wherever their careers take them.

“Furthermore, I really hope that despite any ill feeling people may still have towards me or resentment towards the club for the troubles of yesteryear, the supporters of Bradford Bulls can put all that to one side on Sunday and turn out in the biggest way possible.”