Bramley Buffaloes is a rugby league club from the Bramley area of West Leeds in West Yorkshire, England. Previously known simply as Bramley RLFC, the club is a famous name in rugby league, having existed prior to the formation of the Northern Union in 1895. The traditional nickname for the club is The Villagers which survives as the name of the official match programme.
In 1942–3, Bramley dropped out of the wartime Yorkshire League, they did not return to league competition until 1945–6.
In the sixties, the club moved to a new ground on land adjacent to Barley Mow, which became known as McClaren Field. Bramley defeated Wakefield Trinity, Castleford and St Helens in order to reach the 1973 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy. They won the trophy with a 15–7 away victory over Widnes on the 14th December 1973. It was the first cup Bramley had won in their entire history. Ironically, due to power cuts, the final against Widnes at Naughton Park took place on a midweek afternoon.
Bramley won promotion to Division One, under Peter Fox, in the 1976-77 season.
Bramley almost went into liquidation in October 1983 but survived.
In 1990 the club was faced with an estimated bill of £250,000 to carry out comprehensive safety work at McClaren Field for the start of the 1991–92 season. Bramley managed to survive at McClaren Field until the end of the 1994–95 season. The following seasons they played at Clarence Field and then moved to Headingley in 1997.
Crowd numbers were affected and the team became ever more overshadowed by Leeds. In 1999 as a possible merger between Hunslet and Bramley was debated. At the end of the 1999 season Bramley resigned from the Northern Ford Premiership to become a feeder team for Leeds, but this never materialised. Bramley applied to rejoin the Northern Ford Premiership in 2000 but were rejected, a similar bid from Gateshead Thunder was accepted. They had planned to play games at the home of soccer club Farsley Celtic and progressively upgrade the ground would be acceptable, this may have been the cause of the rejection.
Bramley applied again to rejoin the Rugby Football League for the 2003 season. Bramley planned to play their home games at Morley Rugby Union Club, with the long-term aim of establishing their own ground. They were reformed as a supporter-owned club and played in National League Three, also fielding a side in the Rugby League Conference. After finishing as runners-up in 2005, Bramley took the title in 2006, beating Hemel Stags by 30 points to 8. Since 2007 Bramley have participated in the Rugby League Conference National division, the new name for the re-branded National League Three.