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Buffaloes Bulletin: Help celebrate defining moment in Bramley’s rugby history

By Paul Abraham

After two weeks off since becoming divisional champions, the Buffaloes head over to the east of the country for a match against second-placed Goole Vikings.  

Both teams will be glad to get back on to the playing field as Goole’s last match was a month ago when they impressively thrashed Batley Boys 46-14.  

After this game the Buffs final match is next Saturday (9 September) at York St John Barbarians to complete an excellent season for the Bramley Buffaloes.  

Help celebrate a defining moment in Bramley’s Rugby League history.

On Tuesday 18 December 1973, Bramley shook the Rugby League world when they won the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy after travelling and defeating Widnes 15-7.  

It was Bramley’s first trophy in their-then 94 years history.  

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of that amazing day, the Bramley Ex-Players Association are holding a special event at the West Leeds Rugby Union Club on Sunday, 17 December.  

The association is interested in hearing from any ex-players of that era, or relatives, as they seek to re-unite as many ex-players and supporters of that memorable era on the day.

Please contact Buffaloes’ chair Martyn Cheney for more information or if you have any contact details regarding former players. He’s on info@bramleybuffs.com.

Bramley Buffaloes’ Ben Wilkinson.

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Ben made his debut for the Buffaloes first team in 2011 in the 6-66 defeat at Warrington Wizards.  

Nine years would pass before he returned to the Amber and Blacks when he appeared in the first team’s 12-0 victory at Milford Marlins in March 2020.  

The following season Ben started to make an impact as he made five appearances in the first team while staring for the second team and which his performances and commitment saw him receive the Captains Player of the Year Award which was richly deserved.  

Season 2022 saw Ben becoming an important impact player from the subs bench as his nine appearances included eight from the bench and he also starred in the second team on seven occasions which resulted in Ben receiving the Ron Cheney Award for the Most Improved Player of the Year.  

Before the match at Goole Vikings, Ben has appeared in eleven matches this season and scored his first try for the club in the 66-4 demolition of Crigglestone All Blacks and then followed it up with a try in the return fixture as Bramley took a step closer to winning the title as they brushed aside the All Blacks by 56 points to nil.

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