Ford over the moon with champion Knights.

Champions. A powerful but often over used word in the world of Rugby League, but for once it’s the correct word to describe the York City Knights, who after a long and tough season have gained promotion to the Championship.

The Knights all season long have been a force to be reckoned with, losing just two games all season.

A 32-14 win at Bootham Crescent against Whitehaven sealed the deal and saw the Knights claim their first League trophy since 1981. 

Head coach of the Knights, James Ford is over the moon to have been the better side over 26 rounds and the aim of being better than the Bradford Bulls has been one of his key focuses over the season. 

“I’m obviously really pleased,” Ford told the York Press.

“As a group of people we set a goal to be better than the Bradford Bulls over the 26 rounds and we used that during out training and during out preparation each week.” 

Joe Batchelor has been one of the stand out payers in a very physical York City defence and has signed a contract at Super League club St Helens for the 2019 season.  (Credit: YCK) 

“And we have been better than Bradford – we are better than Bradford.” 

“I hope the players enjoy their evening and their end of season party. They deserve to enjoy it they really do.” 

Sunday’s win against Whitehaven means that the Bradford Bulls will entertain Oldham both sides were relegated from the Championship last season. The other play off semi final see Doncaster who have won their last ten games play host to Workington Town once again. 


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