This time last year, thousands of Bulldogs fans were preparing to descend on Allianz Stadium as the Bulldogs prepared for a week two showdown against the Sea-Eagles.
Before a crowd of 28,186 fans were predominantly decked out in blue and white, the Bulldogs were able to come away with a victory in golden-point.
Despite a weaker share of possession, less running metres, a greater error rate and a penalty count of 10-7 against them, the Bulldogs were able to escape by the skin of their teeth against a determined Dragons side.
Bulldogs hooker Damien Cook praised the thousands of blue and white fans for getting the Bulldogs over the line and keeping their season alive.
“That’s what helped us a lot on the weekend against the Dragons,” Cook said. “The fans got us through that extra-time, golden-point period.”
In his first year with the Bulldogs, fullback Brett Morris has been overwhelmed by the faithful support shown by the Bulldogs Army.
“They show us great support, especially when the going gets tough,” Morris said. “They’re always cheering loud and proud, it’s certainly what we’re going to need on Friday night.”
“We always get a kick of energy and a real boost from everyone getting behind us,” said former Rooster Sam Perrett.
With the Kennel section selling quickly it is possible that Allianz could be packed with blue and white come Friday.
“We are coming up against a tough Roosters side who have the wood on is this year,” Brett Morris added.
“We certainly know they are beatable…we certainly need all the support we can get.”
The club and players are issuing a call-to-arms for all Bulldogs fans to make Allianz Stadium their home ground.
They want to see the tri-colours of the Roosters drowned in a sea of blue and white.
“Hopefully we can get a big turn out to Allianz Stadium…hopefully our fans match them (Roosters fans),” Cook said.
WORDS: Eddie Webeck