The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, affectionately referred to as The Doggies by their loyal fans, came into existence in 1935. Now based in the greater Sydney region, the club was originally known simply as Canterbury-Bankstown with Bulldogs added to the name in 1978.
The time-honoured club has achieved eight premierships and six minor premierships throughout history, but have failed to play a dominant role in the current NRL competition.
Canterbury Bulldogs Information
- Established: 1935
- Home Ground: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
- Colours: Blue & White
- Mascot: Brutus the Bulldog
- Number of Premierships Won: 8 (1938, 1942, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2004)
- Number of Minor Premierships Won: 6 (1938, 1942, 1947, 1984, 1993, 1994)
Canterbury-Bankstown had their first grade Rugby League debut in 1935. It didn’t take the club long to come into their own and they won their inaugural premiership in 1938.
The team’s golden era was undoubtedly during the 1980s when they enjoyed an impressive four premiership wins during the decade. Since then they have failed to have the same dominance, winning two minor premierships in 1993 and 1994 on their way to the 1995 premiership title.
In 1998 the Bulldogs, as they had been known since 1978 so as to establish themselves as a team full of resolve and courage, came close to another premiership win when they made the Grand Final before going down 38 – 12 to the Brisbane Broncos.
The Bulldogs only major success in the current National Rugby League (NRL) competition came in 2004 when they held on to defeat the Sydney Roosters 16 – 13. This high came just two years after their low 2002 season, when the club had been deemed to have breached the NRL salary cap and were stripped of all the competition points they had amassed to date that season, subsequently finishing last on the ladder and taking out their first wooden spoon title.
In 2009 the Bulldogs made a number of major changes including replacing their current coach Steve Folkes with assistant Kevin Moore, and went on to have a stellar season finishing second on the ladder.
2010 was the first season Canterbury played without the legendary Hazem El Masri, who retired at the end of 2009 after achieving the record of the highest rugby league pointscorer in history.
Emblem, Colours & Jerseys
The current Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs’ emblem is a blue, white and black shield dominated by the image of a white bulldog that was introduced as the new logo in 2010 after a members vote for their favourite.
First known as simply Canterbury-Bankstown their original emblem did not feature an animal mascot, but when the Bulldogs title was officially added to the club’s name in 1978 the introduction of the dog in their logo saw a new era for the club.
The current emblem incorporates a more traditional and historical feel and also includes the original ‘C-B’ crest depicted in their first logo.
Blue and white are the club colours of the Bulldogs. Originally players sported stripes on their jerseys, but since 1997 their jerseys have featured a dominant blue V that runs down the chest and arms on a white backing. This is their home jersey – their away jersey has the same design but with the colours reversed.
The Bulldogs’ current home ground is at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, but Canterbury have had a number of different home venues including Belmore Sports Ground, Parramatta Stadium, Stadium Australia and the Sydney Showground.
ANZ Stadium was previously called Telstra Stadium, but underwent a name change in 2008 due to sponsorship and changes to the naming rights.
Up until 2008, the Bulldogs trained and had their football club admin located at Belmore Sports Ground, but then relocated to Sydney Olympic Park.
Canterbury-Bankstown’s biggest support group is called the Bulldogs Army and at home games sit in ‘The Kennel’, which is a specially allocated section for the very loyal Bulldogs members. Becoming a member of the Bulldogs is one of the best ways to show your support of this great club, but don’t forget that nothing boosts the team’s confidence more than hearing the punters are behind them too, so head to Ladbrokes.com.au and bet on the Bulldogs for their next fixture!
Brutus the Bulldog is the official Canterbury-Bankstown club mascot. Armed with strength, power and full of swagger, Brutus is one 250kg prop not to be messed with! He is a gruff dog on the outside, but has a real soft spot for his team and their fans.
Best Bet to Make
The Bulldogs are one of those teams that seem to suffer first match jitters, and have a poor record winning their opening Round 1 game each season. So it is best to wait one or two weeks into the season before backing the Bulldogs to win.
One of the best bets to make on the Bulldogs is for them to score the opening try as they have some really energetic and speedy try scorers in their squad. This exotic bet type available through Ladbrokes.com.au is ideal as it pays great returns and the team doesn’t have to win the match, just be the first of the two to score!