A social history celebrating over 100 years of sporting and social events at Odsal Stadium

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    The Past Times


    The Bradford Bullsfoundation have received funding from the Heritage Lottery to proceed with the Past Times project.


    The principle aim of the project is to preserve the unique heritage and soul of Odsal Stadium by:-


    Researching Odsal’s past. By interviewing people who’ve participated in or were spectators at the plethora of events that took place at Odsal. To delve into various sports and other organisations records to collate a comprehensible definitive history of the Stadium.


    To create / maintain an archive of memorabilia, programmes  statistics film /DVD of all the various event that have taken place at Odsal.


    To share Odsal’s past with schools and community groups.


    Odsal Stadium has hosted a plethora of sports and special events including, Rugby League, Speedway, Baseball, Show jumping, Stockcar racing, Micro-car racing, Dog displays, Rugby Union, Religious pageants, Football, Netball, Military parades, Tennis, Coronation celebrations, Basketball, Kabbadi Sports festivals, Baseball, American Football,Health and fitness displays, Cossack Horsemen. Many events were history making. In 1954 over 102,000 people attended the RL Challenge Cup Final replay a world record. The two codes of Rugby played each other at Odsal creating history. The North’s first floodlit rugby match was staged at Odsal. The world famous Harlem Globetrotters appeared here. World Championship speedway, Gymkhanas, International sports matches. Its unique structure led to it being used as the back drop for a motion picture.


    To realise the social implication of Odsal Stadium we want to know more about the three main characters behind the stadium.

    Harry Hornby Entrepreneur
    Eric Call M.B.E. Visionary 
    Trevor Foster, Club servant.


    Mostly we want to know how Odsal affected YOU, we want your recollections,


    For a look at some of the activities that have happened at Odsal Stadium go to:-


    This DVD is on sale at Odsal Stadium priced at £6.50 or by contacting This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




    This is a not-for-profit community project which aims to collate images and other items for general public interest. We apologise if there has been any inadvertent breach of copyright. If any oversights have been made, we would be happy to rectify them.


    All copyright restrictions apply

    Written on Friday, 14 January 2011 16:18 in Top Level Read 1096 times
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Bradford Bulls Foundation

Odsal Stadium


Bradford BD16 1BS

Tel: 01274 762302