Bradford City

Factfile

Nickname: The Bantams

Founded: 1903

Joint-Managers: Mark Trueman and Connor Sellars

Stadium: Utilita Energy Stadium

Current league position: 10th

Last season’s finish: 9th

Current top scorer: Lee Novak (Seven goals in all competitions)

FFV’s one for the future: Reece Staunton

INTRODUCTION…

Founded in 1903, Bradford City is a football club based in the city of Bradford, West Yorkshire. Early on in their history City spent their time in the old division one and two and 1911 won the FA Cup.

Later on in the history of the club, City were involved in one of Football’s most tragic disasters. The Valley Parade fire in 1985 was meant to be a day of celebration for the club as City had won promotion to the Second Division and were due to receive the Division Three trophy.

However, after a discarded cigarette which fell below the old wooden stand set alight the rubbish below the stand. Due to the stand being wooden the fire spread quickly across the stand and unfortunately ended up killing 56 football fans.

Due to the fire City’s ground was re-developed and re-opened in 1986. In 1994 a man called Geoffrey Richmond took over City and promised to get them to the Premier League and in 1998-99 season City achieved promotion to the Premier League under the management of Paul Jewell.

City only lasted two seasons in the Premiership before being relegated in 2000-2001. The club faced administration due to debts of up to £13 million.

The club survived and mingled around what is known as the Championship and League One but the club was relegated to League Two for the first time in 26 seasons.

The next big moment in City’s history came in 2013 when City were the first team since 1962 to reach the Football League Cup final after beating Premiership teams Arsenal, Wigan and Aston Villa on the way to the final.

They met Premiership side Swansea City in the final but lost 5-0. However, the run to Wembley spurred the team on to get promotion via the playoffs beating Northampton 3-0. Bradford two seasons later were causing upsets again and in 2015 they beat Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup.

They went on to beat Sunderland in the next round and reached the quarter-finals. They met Reading at home. The game finished 0-0 and went to a replay which finished 3-0 to Reading. In April 2019 the club was relegated to League Two.

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