A new chapter will be added to the legendary rivalry between Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs and Parramatta Eels tomorrow, Monday 2 December, with the clubs beginning a race to be the first to reach 20,000 Members for the 2014 season.


The Eels are currently sitting at 6693 Members while the Bulldogs are at 9408 mark.


Neither Club has reached the 20,000 target before however record breaking sales have the Bulldogs confident theyll be victorious while the Eels expect that their extensive support network will get them across the line.


We want to walk away from this challenge with a clear cut win, said Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle.


The great battles between the Bulldogs and the Eels, especially during the eighties, are a big part of the reason why these clubs enjoy such extensive support.


Were now asking these supporters to convert their passion into Membership and Im very confident the Bulldogs will rise to the challenge.


Parramatta CEO Scott Seward says the Eels embrace any opportunity to assert dominance over the Bulldogs.


Parramatta supporters have stepped up to every test the Club has faced over the years and I know the chance to claim bragging rights over the Bulldogs will be a significant incentive for many to sign up as a Member, Seward said.


Winning the race to 20,000 will also help us to win the battle on the field with the extra Membership revenue to go towards our high performance programmes.


In order to add a little spice to the competition Castle and Seward have agreed that the team flag of the first Club to pass the 15,000 Member mark will fly at the headquarters of the opposition for one one week.


A range of other initiatives are also planned to mark significant milestones on the way to 20,000 involving Alumni, Members and mascots and both clubs will be activating comprehensive digital strategies for the campaign.


Canterbury legend Terry Lamb, who thrived on the rivalry with Parramatta, is keen to spread the Membership message.


I see people all the time who tell me how much they love the Bulldogs and my message to them is pretty simple: if you love our Club youve got to become a Member, said Terry Lamb.


Making the Membership commitment brings you into our Bulldogs family and the great sense of belonging thats associated with that.