DONS: Bulls survive to give Dons cash boost

Great news: Tony Miller
Great news: Tony Miller

IT’S game on for the Dons after Sunday’s financially stricken cup opponents Bradford Bulls survived their first deadline for staying afloat.

The former world club champions revealed a fortnight ago that they needed to raise £1 million by the end of this month to stay in business because of an impending tax bill and changed banking arrangements.

But they reached their first target of half a million pounds by midnight on Easter Monday and the fourth round Challenge cup tie against the Dons at the famous Odsal stadium will now definitely go ahead.

Dons coach Tony Miller had initially joked that the Bulls were “running scared” when they suddenly announced they were in danger of going out of business after being drawn at home to the in-form Dons. But he said today: “Bradford are an integral part of rugby league and a club with a wonderful history.

“We’ve been there ourselves and nobody likes to see clubs in money trouble least of all the likes of Bradford who have been, and still are, one of the giants of the game.

“It’s great news that they’ve survived the first hurdle and Sunday’s game is definitely on because we are all looking forward to the clash.”

Miller will delay naming his side until he checks on injuries sustained by Liam Cunningham, Mike Emmett and Crag Lawton following Friday’s crushing 58-16 win over London Skolars.

Ironically, while Bradford are suffering a cash crisis, Sunday’s cup tie will mean a big financial windfall for the Dons with a crowd of over 10,000 expected to attend.