Bradford City cruise to League 1

Bradford City cruise to League 1
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They are going up!

It has been a long and eventful season for Bradford City.

A League Cup run that saw them take Premier League scalps, including that of Arsenal.

They got to the final at Wembley but were well beaten by Swansea City.

There was a League Cup hangover. A mighty one. Bradford City’s league form dipped markedly and it looked as though a season that promised so much, would end in disappointment.

Somehow manager Phil Parkinson picked up his players and, eventually, the Bantams turned their form around and secured a play off place in the last days of the season. They came into the play offs in the best form.

Paying their second visit to Wembley this year, I always felt Bradford City would win this game. They would not be overawed by playing on the big stage. They had been there and done it.


In their 64th game of a stamina sapping season, they enjoyed their biggest success.

This time, up against a woeful Northampton Town side, Bradford City won the play off final comfortably. They were leading 3-0 before the half hour mark, with goals from James Hanson, Rory McArdle and Nahki Wells.

Well worked and clinically finished goals, though some of the defending by Northampton was atrocious.


The most pleasing aspect was how Bradford City played so much good football on the ground.

The goals may have included headers, but throughout the match the City players passed the ball with confidence and the outcome never looked in doubt.

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Phil Parkinson

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson is deserving of all the credit he receives.

Last season he saved them from dropping out of the League altogether. It has been a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the club.

Parkinson said: “We have a never-say-die attitude. The more potential captains you have in the team, and the more on-field leaders, then the better chance you have of achieving something. I am often told that finding leaders in football is difficult.

“Well, I feel we have quite a few here. If you go through this squad, I think there are eight or nine who could be captains. If I picked a team, I honestly feel I could look at that many potential players to give the armband to. That is always a good sign.”

I congratulate all at Bradford City.


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