Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

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Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs
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Club information
Full nameCanterbury-Bankstown District Rugby League Football Club
Nickname(s)Berries, Dogs, Doggies, Dogs of War, [1] The Family Club, The Entertainers
Colours     Blue      White
Founded24 September 1934
Current details
CEOAndrew Hill
Coach Dean Pay
Captain Josh Jackson
Competition National Rugby League
2018 Season 12th
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Premierships8 (1938, 1942, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2004)
Runners-up10 (1940, 1947, 1967, 1974, 1979, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2012, 2014)
Minor premiership 7 (1938, 1942, 1947, 1984, 1993, 1994, 2012)
Wooden spoons 5 (1943, 1944, 1964, 2002, 2008)
Most capped317 - Hazem El Masri
Highest points scorer2,418 - Hazem El Masri

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in Belmore, a suburb in the Canterbury-Bankstown region of Sydney. They compete in the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership, as well as the New South Wales Rugby League junior competitions.

Rugby league Team sport

Rugby league football is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field. One of the two codes of rugby, it originated in Northern England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. Its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators.

Belmore, New South Wales Suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Belmore is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Belmore is located 14 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Canterbury-Bankstown Council.

Canterbury-Bankstown Region in New South Wales, Australia

Canterbury-Bankstown is the area located around the Bankstown railway line. The suburbs of the Canterbury-Bankstown region are not specific to the local government areas of Canterbury-Bankstown Council although includes many of them. The Georges River acts as the southern boundary of this region. The region lies on the eastern reaches of the Cumberland Plain.


The club was admitted to the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership, predecessor of the current NRL competition, in 1935. They won their first premiership in their fourth year of competition with another soon after, and after spending the 1950s and most of the 1960s on the lower rungs went through a very strong period in the 1980s, winning four premierships in that decade.

The New South Wales Rugby League premiership was the first rugby league football club competition established in Australia and contributor to today's National Rugby League. Run by the New South Wales Rugby League from 1908 until 1994, the premiership was the state's elite rugby league competition.

Known briefly in the 1990s as the Sydney Bulldogs, as a result of the Super League war the club competed in that competition in 1997 before changing their name to the geographically indistinct Bulldogs and continuing to play every season of the re-unified NRL, winning their most recent premiership in 2004. In 2012 the Bulldogs won the minor premiership, but lost to the Melbourne Storm 14–4 in the Grand Final, in October. In 2014 they came from 7th to make the Grand Final against the Rabbitohs, but lost 30-6. [2]

The Super League war was the dispute over control of the top-level professional rugby league competition in Australia and New Zealand in the mid-1990s, between the Australian Rugby League (ARL) and the Australian Super League.

The 2004 NRL season was the 97th season of professional rugby league football in Australia, and the seventh run by the National Rugby League. Fifteen clubs competed during the regular season before the top eight finishing teams contested the finals series. The Bulldogs defeated the Sydney Roosters in the 2004 NRL grand final and in doing so claimed their eighth premiership.


The third annual Club Ball, 1938, from the Tom Lennon collection, courtesy of the Powerhouse Museum Canterbury Bankstown Rugby League Football Club's third annual Ball from The Powerhouse Museum.jpg
The third annual Club Ball, 1938, from the Tom Lennon collection, courtesy of the Powerhouse Museum

In 1935 – thirteen years after a meeting above "The Ideal Milk Bar" in Campsie led to the creation of the Canterbury-Bankstown Junior Rugby League – the Canterbury club was admitted into the elite New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership. It took the new club, nicknamed "Country Bumpkins" because of their rural recruiting and CB emblem, four years to win their first premiership in 1938. The grand final-winning effort was repeated in 1942 before a 38-year premiership drought.

Campsie, New South Wales Suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Campsie is a suburb in south-western Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Campsie is thirteen kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, on the southern bank of the Cooks River. Campsie is the large commercial and administrative centre of the Canterbury-Bankstown Council.

In 1967, having ended the 11-year premiership reign of St. George by defeating them in the final, "The Berries" (as they were known at the time) lost to the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the Grand Final. But the return to the top end of the table set the scene for off-field restructuring that laid the foundations for the club to become one of the most consistent achievers in the remaining decades of the 20th century.

South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league football club

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are a professional Australian rugby league team based in Redfern, a suburb of inner-southern Sydney, New South Wales. They participate in the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership and are one of nine existing teams from the state capital. They are often called Souths and The Bunnies.

In 1978 Canterbury became known as "The Bulldogs". Nicknames such as "Cantabs" "CBs" and "Berries" were seen to be "soft" and the club wanted something to signify determination and grit. A grand final appearance in 1979, followed by a grand final win in 1980 with a young, enthusiastic and free-running side dubbed "The Entertainers", was the beginning of a golden era that was to produce three more grand final wins in the 1980s: 1984, 1985 and 1988.

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1980 NRL Grand Final artwork

In the mid-1990s’ Super League war, the Bulldogs aligned themselves with the Super League competition, playing in the 1997 premiership season. In 1998 the Bulldogs came close to adding another premiership trophy after qualifying for the Grand Final where they met the Brisbane Broncos and lost 38–12. On the way to the 1998 Grand Final, the Bulldogs had two come-from-behind wins. The first was against the Newcastle Knights in the third week of the finals – behind 16–0 in the second half, they fought back to 16-all at full-time and went on to win in extra time. A week later they trailed Parramatta in the preliminary final by 16 points with 9 minutes remaining. Three tries and a conversion in the final minutes got them back level at 18-all, and the Bulldogs eventually went on to win.

Following indifferent form in 1999, 2000 and 2001 where they had varying levels of success, the club was found to have systematically and deliberately breached the NRL salary cap in 2002 (for the 2001–02 seasons), and was penalized all 37 competition points which it had amassed up to that point for 2002. This resulted in the club falling from first to last place on the ladder, and at the end of the season the Bulldogs received their first "wooden spoon" (a reference to the club which finishes last in the competition) since 1964.

The Bulldogs returned to finals contention in 2003, however they fell one step short of yet another Grand Final after losing to the Roosters 28–18 in the Preliminary Final.

The club went through some off-field dramas in 2004, the most serious of which included rape allegations during a pre-season match in Coffs Harbour. The team managed to focus on football and triumphed when they held out the Sydney Roosters 16–13 with a try-saving tackle by Andrew Ryan in the dying seconds of the 2004 Grand Final. The game was to be the last for departing captain Steve Price, but he missed the match due to a leg injury.

2005 saw the Bulldogs unable to mount a serious defence of their premiership title as injuries and contract negotiations saw the year start and finish on a sour note for the club. Due to the extent of injuries suffered, the team was under-strength for most of the year. This took its toll in the final six weeks of the season, with the club suffering successive heavy losses and missing the finals series. In 2006, little was expected from the club after a poor 2005 season, but despite some doubt over the strength of their side, the Bulldogs' forward pack helped them to a better than expected result for the year, finishing a game short of the Grand Final, losing to eventual premiers the Brisbane Broncos. Inconsistency and a poor finish to the 2007 season meant the Bulldogs were knocked out of the finals in week two.

In 2008, having already lost Mark O'Meley to the Sydney Roosters, Willie Mason left the club. Further into the off-season the Bulldogs also lost halfback Brent Sherwin, and prospects for the 2008 season began to look dim. Although they recorded at the start of the season a couple of victories, the injury toll and the departure Sonny Bill Williams mid-season demoralised the club and players, and the Bulldogs' earned their second wooden spoon of the decade.

Another source of discontent in 2008 was the battle for election to the football club board. Many contenders believed that the board of the time was steering the club in the wrong direction, particularly then-CEO Malcolm Noad. New members were elected to the board early in 2008, and later in the season Noad resigned as CEO. His replacement as head of the football club was Todd Greenberg.

Greenberg's influence became apparent during the 2009. Premiership-winning coach Steve Folkes was replaced with his assistant Kevin Moore. The purchases of several key players, including former Melbourne and Cronulla playmaker Brett Kimmorley changed the Bulldogs from a poorly run and poorly performing club to one of the best clubs both on and off the field in 2009. The Bulldogs finished second in the regular season (losing the minor premiership to the St George Illawarra Dragons due to a loss of two competition points for an interchange breach against Penrith in Round 2), and players and officials took out a number of Dally M awards. 2009 was also the final season for Hazem El Masri, who became the highest all-time pointscorer in Australian rugby league history with a penalty goal in the Bulldogs' Round 1 match against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

From 2010, the Bulldogs returned to the name Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. [3] The Canterbury-Bankstown club celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2010.

In 2012 the Bulldogs finished first on the competition ladder to take out their first minor premiership since 1994. They made it to the Grand Final, losing to the Melbourne storm 14-4.

In May 2013, former Netball New Zealand chief executive Raelene Castle was appointed CEO, the first female in the NRL's history. [4] They finished the regular season sixth on the ladder and bowed out in the semi final.

In 2014, the Bulldogs made history by winning three consecutive games by one point, from Round 5 to Round 7. They finished runners up to the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the grand final.

On the 10th August 2017, the Bulldogs announced Rugby League World Cup CEO Andrew Hill as the replacement for outgoing boss Raelene Castle. On the appointment, chairman Ray Dib noted that “Andrew was appointed from a very strong list of candidates and has exceptional experience in the game of rugby league.” In September 2017, Canterbury announced that former premiership winning player Dean Pay would be the new coach at the club starting in 2018. [5]

The 2018 season started off badly for Canterbury with the club only winning 3 of its first 10 matches. In May 2018, the new Canterbury board admitted that they would not be able to make any major signings until the end of the 2021 season due the salary cap drama engulfing the club. The issue with the salary cap problems involved the previous administration and former coach Des Hasler who signed numerous players on back ended deals. In the wake of the scandal, the club was forced to offload players to free up room in the cap. This resulted in Moses Mbye departing for the Wests Tigers and star recruit Aaron Woods being sold to Cronulla after only signing with Canterbury months prior. On June 16, 2018, Canterbury suffered a humiliating 32-10 loss to the Gold Coast Titans at Belmore, in the press conference coach Dean Pay said “Physically, we just weren’t good enough. The way they turned up, the way they trained during the week wasn’t good enough, I feel sorry for the fans". [6] [7] On 20 July 2018, Canterbury played against arch rivals Parramatta in what the media had dubbed as the "Spoon Bowl" with both sides sitting at the bottom of the ladder. There were fears before the game that the match would attract the lowest NRL crowd in over 20 years. Parramatta went on to win the match 14-8. [8] After the defeat to Parramatta, Canterbury were facing the prospect of finishing with the wooden spoon for the first time since 2008 but over the coming four weeks the club managed to pull off upset wins against the Wests Tigers, the Brisbane Broncos and St George to finish the season in 12th place. [9] [10]

On 3 September 2018, The Canterbury club found themselves in trouble with The NRL after it was revealed that players who had been celebrating mad monday were behaving badly. It was alleged that Canterbury players had been photographed stripping naked and one player vomiting in the street. NRL CEO Todd Greenberg issued a statement saying “We had a very detailed discussion with all 16 clubs and the eight clubs that weren’t playing, “There’s no doubt we’ll take some action, I’ve asked the club today for a report. I expect that report to be on our desk within 24 hours". [11] [12] [13] On 6 September 2018, The NRL handed Canterbury a $250,000 fine over the mad Monday incident with players Asipeli Fine and Adam Elliott both receiving a $25,000 fine (including $10,000 suspended) by the club. Elliott and Fine were also issued with court attendance notices for wilful and obscene exposure. Two other Canterbury players Marcelo Montoya and Zac Woolford also received fines of $10,000 each($5000 suspended). [14]

The lower grades of Canterbury performed better in 2018 with the club winning the Intrust Super Premiership defeating Newtown 18-12 in the final and also winning the NRL State Championship defeating Redcliffe 42-18. [15] [16]

Name and emblem

The name and emblem of the club has changed several times over its history. At the club's foundation in 1935, it was known only as 'Canterbury-Bankstown', without an animal mascot. The nicknames 'Berries' and 'C-Bs' (or, derisively, 'Country Bumpkins') were often used informally, 'C-Bs' being used from the outset and 'Berries' coming into use by the mid-1940s. The club had been referred to as the 'Bulldogs' as early as 1977. [17] In 1978, the Bulldog mascot and name was adopted, with the club becoming known as the 'Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs'. This was the name used throughout the team's 1980s glory era. In 1995 the club name was changed to 'Sydney Bulldogs', reflecting a similar change by Eastern Suburbs (to 'Sydney City Roosters'). The name changed again in 1996, returning to 'Canterbury Bulldogs' with 'Bankstown' omitted, and yet again in 2000, to the geographically indistinct 'Bulldogs'. Bob Hagan, the club boss at the time of the 2000 change, explained that the dropping of the name 'Canterbury' was intended to broaden the appeal of the club outside of its traditional supporter base, so that the club could attract a geographically diverse following like Manchester United or the Chicago Bulls. Despite the name change, some supporters, as well as many television and radio commentators, continued to refer to the club as 'Canterbury'. In the most recent change, board officials voted in late 2009 for the club to return to 'Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs' from the 2010 season onwards.

The initial crest was a 'C-B' in a shield. The adoption of the 'Bulldogs' name and mascot took place in 1978. There have been three main versions of the mascot logo. The first, which featured a snarling bulldog inside a circle, was replaced in 1998 by a more 'cartoonish' logo of a bulldog's head. In 2009, the club announced that the logo would be changing again, and asked members to vote on which of two similar proposed logos would be used from 2010. The rationale for the logo change was to celebrate the club's 75th anniversary in 2010 and to better reflect the club's "true essence and history". [18] Two months later, the new design was unveiled, with the official change of logo taking place in November 2009. [19] The current logo returns to the standing bulldog of the 1978–1997 logo, although it is no longer snarling. It also references elements of the club's history by incorporating the 'C-B' emblem, the club's year of foundation (1935), and the blue and white 'V' design which has featured on many of the club's jerseys over the years. The change of name from 'Bulldogs' to 'Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs' took place after the new logo was unveiled.


The Bulldogs have played in predominantly blue and white strip since the club entered the league in 1935. The only exception to this was during the Second World War, when rationing meant they had to wear a maroon jersey with a blue 'V'.

There have been three basic strip designs since the club's inception in the top flight league competition:

This design had blue and white irregular stripes worn with black shorts. The irregular strip has been used recently in occasional 'heritage' matches (e.g. Heritage round in 2008 vs St George-Illawarra)

White shirt with blue V, blue shorts. The current "away" strip has blue shorts, but features a blue shirt with white V.

This reverted to the 'V Strip' from 1974 onwards.


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Exterior of ANZ Stadium

In their inaugural season, very few home matches were allocated to the Canterbury-Bankstown club. However, when the opportunity arose the club took their matches to either Marrickville or Pratten Park. From the following season, the club began to base itself at Belmore Sports Ground. The club had a long-time affinity with the ground and stayed there continuously until 1994.

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Interior of Belmore Sports Ground

In 1995 when the Super League War began to come about, the club changed its playing name to the "Sydney Bulldogs" in an attempt to broaden its fan base and played matches at Parramatta Stadium where spectator facilities were of a higher class. This move paid off with the club going on to become premiers that season. However, the club reverted its name to Canterbury for the 1996 season and once again played matches out of Belmore Sports Ground; something that lasted up until the inaugural National Rugby League season of 1998.

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Interior of ANZ Stadium

Once the new Stadium Australia had been finished and opened in preparation for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the club began to play matches there between 1999 and 2000. From 2001 to 2005, the club then began to play matches out of the new Sydney Showground at Homebush Bay, with bigger matches played out of the then-Telstra Stadium from 2003. When fans began to complain about the poor quality of the Showground venue as a rugby league ground, the club eventually decided to move all future home matches to the Stadium, where the club remains. In 2008, Telstra Stadium became known as ANZ Stadium due to a naming rights change.

The club's training and administration offices remained at Belmore Sports Ground until the beginning of 2008, but were relocated to Sydney Olympic Park during the 2008 season. With the NSW Government committing to upgrading Belmore Sports Ground, the club administration and training has now been returned to the historical ground after a $9 million upgrade.

In 2015, the club played 2 home games at their traditional home ground Belmore Sports Ground as part of the club's 80th anniversary celebrations and continue to play some games at Belmore ever since.


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Belmore Oval, Crowd at 2016 "Return to Belmore" match, where the Bulldogs defeated the Melbourne Storm.

The Bulldogs Army is the core supporter group for the Bulldogs, with the section they sit within known as 'The Kennel'. To be sitting in this section, supporters must become a member of the club itself and register any large flags and/or banners which are brought to the game. At all away games the Bulldogs Army locates themselves in the general admission section. The main aim of the Bulldogs Army is to show support and passion for the Bulldogs.

As the region's traditional local representatives, the Bulldogs predominantly draw on a support base in and around the districts of Canterbury and Bankstown in south-western Sydney, although in recent years club administration and home matches have relocated to Sydney Olympic Park. The Bulldogs are the most supported NRL club in regional NSW – over 25% of Bulldog fans are located in regional NSW, over 25% are located outside of NSW and over 10% are located in QLD [20] The club has one of the highest average attendances in the league: over the 2010 season, it was one of only two clubs to record an average home crowd of more than 20,000. [21]

The multicultural demographics of the suburbs in the club's support base, such as Lakemba, means the club has a large number of supporters from a range of non-Anglo ethnicities. In recent years the club has become particularly identified in the media with the Lebanese and the Greek community, particularly with the club's former star goalkicker Hazem El Masri, who migrated from Lebanon as a young child. The Greek community has a huge history of Greeks playing for the club dating back to the 1970s with club legend George Peponis,who migrated from Greece as a very young child who captained the Bulldogs and Australia. El Masri retired at the end of the 2009 season.

Notable supporters

Canterbury League Club

The Canterbury League Club is the licensed club of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Canterbury League Club first opened its doors for trade in September 1956 to service the needs of the football club and local community. The Salvation Army Hall became the first venue of the Canterbury League Club. Sixty people would fill the venue on a busy night.

In the first two years of trade the Club was outgrowing itself and in 1960 the Club moved its premises to Bridge St which allowed the League Club to grow as well as cater for patron parking.

During the 90s Canterbury managed one of the most successful league clubs in NSW and was quickly becoming known as one of the most progressive leisure facilities in Australia.[ citation needed ] With trade booming and patronage at an all-time high, the Club extended its trading to 24-hour trading.

In 2000, the Board had approved major renovations. The renovations started in 2000 and in 2002 the Banyan Brasserie, Dynasty Restaurant, new foyer, level 1 and health club were opened to the public.

The Club also amalgamated with Lakemba Services Memorial Club (2008) & Belfield RSL (2013).

Canterbury League Club has since become one of Sydney's premier hospitality destinations with 5-star amenities including three restaurants, two coffee shops, multiple bars and entertainment lounges and a 24-hour health club. [36]

Statistics and records

Hazem El Masri holds the NRL record for the most games played for the club, having made 317 appearances in total.

Hazem El Masri also holds records for the most points scored, the most tries scored and the most points scored for the Bulldogs. Since his debut in 1996, he has scored a total of 2,418 points – which is also a competition record for Rugby League in Australia. Former player Daryl Halligan, who retired with the club in 2000, had previously held the competition record for most points scored with 2,034, which included points scored whilst at his former club the North Sydney Bears.

The club's largest win occurred in 1995 when they played as the "Sydney Bulldogs." In a match against the newly formed North Queensland Cowboys, the Bulldogs won 66–4. In the club's first season in 1935 they were subject to the two heaviest defeats in competition history two weeks in succession. Firstly, they lost to St. George 91–6 and the following week to Eastern Suburbs 87–7. However, despite these big losses, the club was able to secure their first premiership 3 years later in 1938 in the Grand Final against Eastern Suburbs; at the same time setting the record for becoming the quickest non-foundation club to win a title. This record was not broken until 1999.

In 2002, the club won 17 matches in a row after getting beaten by New Zealand Warriors; falling just two short of the record set by the Eastern Suburbs team of 1975.

In Round 7 of the 2014 season, after beating the South Sydney Rabbitohs 15–14, the Bulldogs became the first club to win three consecutive matches by 1 point. They went on to be runners up to South Sydney Rabbitohs in the grandfinal. [37]

In April 2015, the Bulldogs played the Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium in front of 40,523 spectators.

Season summaries

P=Premiers, R=Runner-Ups, M=Minor Premierships, F=Finals Appearance, W=Wooden Spoons
(brackets represent finals games)
1935 NSWRFL season
1620148 / 9
Tedda Courtney
Jack Morrison / Tom Carey
Canterbury-Bankstown 1935
1936 NSWRFL season
14 (1)923 (1)3 / 9
Frank Burge
Alan Brady
Canterbury-Bankstown 1936
1937 NSWRFL season
84045 / 9
George Mason
Canterbury-Bankstown 1937
1938 NSWRFL season
14 (2)12 (2)211 / 8
Jimmy Craig
Canterbury-Bankstown 1938
1939 NSWRFL season
14 (1)10043 / 8
Jerry Brien
Canterbury-Bankstown 1939
1940 NSWRFL season
14 (2)8 (1)06 (1)4 / 8
Alan Brady
Alan Brady / Jack Bonnyman
Canterbury-Bankstown 1940
1941 NSWRFL season
14 (1)905 (1)3 / 8
Ron Bailey
Ron Bailey
Canterbury-Bankstown 1941
1942 NSWRFL season
14 (2)10 (1)04 (1)1 / 8
Jerry Brien
Canterbury-Bankstown 1942
1943 NSWRFL season
1430118 / 8
Roy Kirkaldy
Roy Kirkaldy
Canterbury-Bankstown 1943
1944 NSWRFL season
1431108 / 8
Ron Bailey/ Cec Fifield
Ron Bailey
Canterbury-Bankstown 1944
1945 NSWRFL season
144196 / 8
Bill Kelly
George Kilham
Canterbury-Bankstown 1945
1946 NSWRFL season
14 (2)8 (1)15 (1)4 / 8
Ross McKinnon
Ron Bailey
Canterbury-Bankstown 1946
1947 NSWRFL season
18 (3)13 (1)14 (2)1 / 10
Henry Porter
Canterbury-Bankstown 1947
1948 NSWRFL season
187295 / 10
Arthur Halloway
Canterbury-Bankstown 1948
1949 NSWRFL season
1862107 / 10
Henry Porter
Bruce Hopkins
Canterbury-Bankstown 1949
1950 NSWRFL season
189096 / 10
Alby Why
Eddie Burns
Canterbury-Bankstown 1950
1951 NSWRFL season
1870117 / 10
Vic Bulgin/ Alby Why
Vic Bulgin
Canterbury-Bankstown 1951
1952 NSWRFL season
1851129 / 10
Alby Why
Ken Charlton
Canterbury-Bankstown 1952
1953 NSWRFL season
189276 / 10
Jack Hampstead
Cec Cooper
Canterbury-Bankstown 1953
1954 NSWRFL season
1840148 / 10
Leo Trevena
Canterbury-Bankstown 1954
1955 NSWRFL season
1840149 / 10
Vic Hey
Ray Gartner
Canterbury-Bankstown 1955
1956 NSWRFL season
1860127 / 10
Col Geelan
Canterbury-Bankstown 1956
1957 NSWRFL season
1831149 / 10
Col Geelan
Col Geelan
Canterbury-Bankstown 1957
1958 NSWRFL season
1841139 / 10
Cec Cooper
Ray Gartner
Canterbury-Bankstown 1958
1959 NSWRFL season
1851129 / 10
Brian Davies
Canterbury-Bankstown 1959
1960 NSWRFL season
18 (2)11 (0)07 (2)5 / 10
Eddie Burns
Canterbury-Bankstown 1960
1961 NSWRFL season
1861118 / 10
Ray Gartner
Canterbury-Bankstown 1961
1962 NSWRFL season
187296 / 10
Ray Beavan / Brian Davies
Canterbury-Bankstown 1962
1963 NSWRFL season
1861118 / 10
Clive Churchill
Ray Gartner
Canterbury-Bankstown 1963
1964 NSWRFL season
18111610 / 10
Les Johns
Canterbury-Bankstown 1964
1965 NSWRFL season
1850139 / 10
Eddie Burns
Leo Toohey
Canterbury-Bankstown 1965
1966 NSWRFL season
1880108 / 10
Roger Pearman
Roger Pearman / George Taylforth
Canterbury-Bankstown 1966
1967 NSWRFL season
22 (3)14 (2)17 (1)3 / 12
Kevin Ryan
Kevin Ryan
Canterbury-Bankstown 1967
1968 NSWRFL season
2291129 / 12
Canterbury-Bankstown 1968
1969 NSWRFL season
22100128 / 12
Canterbury-Bankstown 1969
1970 NSWRFL season
22 (1)14 (0)08 (1)4 / 12
Ron Raper
Canterbury-Bankstown 1970
1971 NSWRFL season
22110116 / 12
Bob Hagan
Johnny Greaves
Canterbury-Bankstown 1971
1972 NSWRFL season
22120106 / 12
Canterbury-Bankstown 1972
1973 NSWRFL season
22 (1)12 (0)110 (1)5 / 12
Malcolm Clift
Geoff Conell
Canterbury-Bankstown 1973
1974 NSWRFL season
22 (3)13 (2)09 (1)3 / 12
John McDonell
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1974
1975 NSWRFL season
22 (1)11 (0)09 (1)4 / 12
Tim Pickup
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1975
1976 NSWRFL season
22 (3)12 (2)37 (1)5 / 12
Bob McCarthy
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1976
1977 NSWRFL season
22101117 / 12
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1977
1978 NSWRFL season
22 (1)13 (0)27 (1)5 / 12
Ted Glossop
George Peponis
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1978
1979 NSWRFL season
22 (4)13 (3)09 (1)5 / 12
Canterbury-Bankstown 1979 Bulldogs
1980 NSWRFL season
22 (3)15 (3)07 (0)2 / 12
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1980
1981 NSWRFL season
22801410 / 12
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1981
1982 NSWRFL season
26123119 / 14
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1982
1983 NSWRFL season
26 (3)18 (1)08 (2)3 / 14
Chris Anderson
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1983
1984 NSWRL season
24 (2)19 (2)05 (0)1 / 13
Warren Ryan
Steve Mortimer
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1984
1985 NSWRL season
24 (4)16 (3)26 (1)3 / 13
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1985
1986 NSWRL season
24 (4)15 (2)18 (2)3 / 13
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1986
1987 NSWRL season
24130116 / 13
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1987
1988 NSWRL season
22 (3)16 (3)06 (0)2 / 16
Phil Gould
Peter Tunks
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1988
1989 NSWRL season
22102109 / 16
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1989
1990 NSWRL season
2212197 / 16
Chris Anderson
Terry Lamb
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1990
1991 NSWRL season
22 (1)13 (0)18 (1)5 / 16
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1991
1992 NSWRL season
22102107 / 16
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1992
1993 NSWRL season
22 (2)17 (0)05 (2)1 / 16
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1993
1994 NSWRL season
22 (2)18 (1)04 (1)1 / 16
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1994
1995 ARL season
22 (4)14 (4)08 (0)6 / 20
Sydney Bulldogs 1995
1996 ARL season
211101010 / 20
Simon Gillies
Sydney Bulldogs 1996
1997 SL season
18 (1)10 (0)08 (1)4 / 10
Canterbury Bulldogs 1997
1998 NRL season
24 (5)13 (4)011 (1)9 / 20
Steve Folkes
Darren Britt
Canterbury Bulldogs 1998
1999 NRL season
24 (2)15 (1)18 (1)5 / 17
Canterbury Bulldogs 1999
2000 NRL season
261011511 / 14
Bulldogs 2000
2001 NRL season
26 (2)17 (0)36 (2)2 / 14
Bulldogs 2001
2002 NRL season
24201315 / 15
Steven Price
Bulldogs 2002
2003 NRL season
2416 (1)08 (2)3 / 15
Bulldogs 2003
2004 NRL season
24 (4)19 (3)05 (1)2 / 15
Bulldogs 2004
2005 NRL season
24911412 / 15
Andrew Ryan
Bulldogs 2005
2006 NRL season
24 (2)16 (1)08 (1)2 / 15
Bulldogs 2006
2007 NRL season
24 (2)12 (0)012 (2)6 / 16
Bulldogs 2007
2008 NRL season
24501916 / 16
Bulldogs 2008
2009 NRL season
24 (2)18 (1)06 (1)2 / 16
Kevin Moore
Bulldogs 2009
2010 NRL season
24901513 / 16
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 2010
2011 NRL season
24120129 / 16
Kevin Moore/ Jim Dymock
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 2011
2012 NRL season
24 (3)18 (2)06 (1)1 / 16
Des Hasler
Michael Ennis
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 2012
2013 NRL season
24 (1)13 (0)011 (1)6 / 16
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 2013
2014 NRL season
24 (4)13 (3)011 (1)7 / 16
Michael Ennis and Frank Pritchard (Co-captains)
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 2014
2015 NRL season
24 (2)14 (1)010 (1)5 / 16
James Graham
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 2015
2016 NRL season
24 (1)14 (0)010 (1)7 / 16
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 2016
2017 NRL season
241001411 / 16
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 2017
2018 NRL season
24801612 / 16
Dean Pay
Josh Jackson
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 2018


2019 squad

Canterbury Bulldogs 2019 Squad
First team squadDevelopment playersCoaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

Medical professionals


  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

Updated: 15 April 2019
Source(s): Bulldogs Squad

Notable players

On 1 August 2015, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs announced a "Team of the Decade" to celebrate their 80th anniversary. [38]

Bulldogs Team of the Decade
First team squadInterchangeCoaching staff

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

Updated: 1 August 2015
Source(s): Bulldogs name team of decade

2019 Signings/Transfers




1938, 1942, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2004
1940, 1947, 1967, 1974, 1979, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2012, 2014
1938, 1942, 1947, 1984, 1993, 1994, 2012
1938, 1939, 1993, 1994, 2009, 2010, 2012
1962, 1970

Junior Representative Honours:

Jersey Flegg Premiers: 1963, 1971, 1976, 1979, 1983, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003.

SG Ball Premiers: 1972, 1978, 2009.

Harold Matthews Premiers: 2007, 2009, 2011

Canterbury-Bankstown District Juniors

Current Canterbury-Bankstown junior clubs are:


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