Leeds & West Yorkshire

Bradford Bulls' crisis auction raises £28,000

Crowd of over 24,000 at Odsal
Image caption The Bulls will play Leeds Rhinos at Odsal on Friday

An auction of memorabilia organised to help keep Bradford Bulls in business has raised £28,000.

The club has to raise £1mto avoid administration and needs £500,000 of that by the weekend. The total raised on Friday morning was £372,000.

Shirts, medals and other mementoes were auctioned off on Thursday night.

Some items which had reserve prices of £10,000 failed to sell but chief executive Ryan Duckett said he was pleased with the overall result.

The Bulls play Leeds Rhinos at Odsal at 2000 BST on Friday.

Mr Duckett said suggestions that all fans including season ticket holders should pay to watch the game were unfair, but the club had created a "virtual ticket" they could buy if they wished to do so.

He said: "We're delighted if people want to do that but we don't feel that we could force them to pay."

Mr Duckett said there would be collections at the turnstiles. The club has already urged fans to pledge £100 each to help clear debts.

"If we don't reach the £500,000 mark we'll have to make some potentially difficult decisions," he said.

Mr Duckett said administration was a possibility but he hoped to avoid it as "the consequence of that is there might not be a Bradford Bulls moving forward".

The club will make an announcement at 1130 BST on Saturday as to whether or not they have reached their initial target of £500,000.

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