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Fighting for survival: The Bradford Bulls Photo: Calendar

The cash-strapped Bradford Bulls are just £15,000 short of their £500,000 target to save the club from closure. They have extended the time period to raise the money until Bank Holiday Monday. In total they need £1million which is due in the next six weeks.

Bradford Bulls chairman, Peter Hood

On behalf of Bradford Bulls I want to applaud all the fans, local businesses, other supporters and the rugby league community as a whole for their thousands of Pledges of support.

– Bradford Bulls chairman Peter Hood

A crowd of 20,851 turned out at Odsal last night as the Bulls beat local rivals Leeds 12-4 in their traditional Easter clash, with gate receipts pushing the club close to their intended target.

Around 40 fans gathered at the ground on Saturday where they were given a private briefing by club chief executive Ryan Duckett about the latest state of the Bulls' finances.

Most left the 30 minute meeting, held in the clubhouse, hopeful that the Bulls would survive.

The Bulls face Widnes on Monday, with the Vikings owner Steve O`Connor having donated 600 tickets for travelling fans, the proceeds of which will go direct to the Yorkshire side.

O`Connor also made a one-off donation of £10,000, while several former Bradford players, including England captain Jamie Peacock, have sold medals won during their time with the club to raise cash.

Also lending a hand to the cause are 1eagu3, the Super League Players Association, who have written to the Royal Bank of Scotland to ask them to extend the club`s overdraft.

Bradford are a constituent member of the association and, led by chief executive officer Ernie Benbow, 1eagu3 have joined MPs from the All Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group in asking RBS bank to give them some breathing space from facing the threat of administration.

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