The home draw with Southend United showed Stuart McCall’s belief in the abilities of some of his team to turn around games with single moments of ability which – when those moments are lacking – leave the team struggling to win matches.
The home draw with Southend United showed Stuart McCall’s belief in the abilities of some of his team to turn around games with single moments of ability which – when those moments are lacking – leave the team struggling to win matches.
Stuart McCall’s Bradford City continue a run of single goal draws with a 1-1 against Bristol Rovers.
Premier League teams use the loan system to add value to their young players in a way that shapes the make up of squads in League One to ensure that young players at clubs like Bradford City are not given a chance and to hamper the profits of League One clubs.
As a collective slap of self-congratulation was heard around Valley Parade watching the new Stuart McCall passing Bradford City impressed in a draw against Oldham Athletic it was worth looking at the game through the eyes of a travelling supporter and asking if the visitors performance was exactly the type of display of which Phil Parkinson’s City teams were lauded for.
There is a cycle of rumours that take Nakhi Wells to Newcastle United and Adam Armstrong from The Magpies to Bradford City who are struggling to find a striker that fits within the Rahic Development Plan outline in the Summer and so have started looking at player who do not fit within that plan.
Stuart McCall showed the change as a manager promised since his return after his Bradford City team showed some character to come back from a goal down to beat Coventry City at Valley Parade.
Following the first win of the season Bradford City continue to look for a striker hoping that the opening month of the season will have focused the mind of players who have realised that they will not be getting much football.
Stuart McCall’s problems finding a striker are, in part, down the the changing trajectory of the career of a modern day footballer.
Bradford City’s 0-0 draw with Port Vale on the opening day of the 2016/2017 season represented a failure of the players tasked with generating rather than converting chances.
Edin Rahic made a splash with Bradford City fans over a pint and a flat cap on Wednesday night as he starts his first season as chairman of the club making slow but significant changes at Valley Parade.
Bradford City have a solid platform with a lot of options in the back four, and some solid midfield players, but creating chances – more than converting them – will be the problem Stuart McCall faces in 2016/2017 unless either the squad is added to, or players improve performances drastically, or Tony McMahon goes back to the right wing.
The 2016/2017 season at Bradford City will not be defined by new team of Stuart McCall as manager and Edin Rahic as owner but by the old regime of Mark Lawn and Julian Rhodes who allowed former manager Phil Parkinson to have full control over the football side of Bradford City and create structures that – on his exit – were not retained.
Bradford City have been drawn to play Stoke City u23 in the Football League Trophy raising worries about the first steps of an intrusion of Premier League B Teams into the Football League although – considering how many Premier League loan players play in the Leagues – one might suggest that those first steps have already been taken.
Bradford City lost 4-1 to Burnley in a pre-season game on the day that Romain Vincelot joined from Coventry City for £80,000 to provide something seemingly much needed for the midfield.
Mark Marshall could be key to Stuart McCall’s team next season – or so the City boss says – but in putting such importance on wingers McCall goes against the tide of football.
The summer signings of football clubs are increasingly a quest for the most overrated commodity in football: A twenty goal a year striker.
The Football League has some new guidelines for Referees to stop an imagined rising tide of “intolerable behaviour” by players which undermines their quest for respect by treating footballers like children.
Bradford City have signed Jordy Hiwula on a season long loan from Huddersfield Town and he may be a good signing, or he may be a poor signing, but any judgement made on the day a player signs is guesswork and players govern how good or bad a signing with the work they put in during the season.
An experience of the summer of 2016 supporting Bradford City.
George Green will not be joining Bradford City and Dylan Mottley-Henry has joined Barnsley as Stuart McCall and Bradford City’s attitude towards risk becomes clearer.
Stuart McCall returns as Bradford City manager with an elongated training session at Guiseley which reminded one of what could have happened in 2007 had – as was the original thinking – McCall had been handed a healthy League One club.
In the weeks of the most change there has been little change in Bradford City’s squad with no transfers in June (to date) but this, more than anything, should give one heart that Stuart McCall is not repeating the mistake that he made in his first spell as City manager and that Roy Hodgson made as England manager.
The seat is comfortable for McCall and business on assembling a squad begins immediately. One by one the current City squad are looked at for their ability to fit into what the manager wants.
Stuart McCall is back as manager of Bradford City with things he needs to have learnt since his last time in charge at Valley Parade such as the need for a stronger character in his team, the need for a stable environment and the capacity to corral the club in a single direction.
There are worries that Bradford City – new chairman, new manager, new era and all – are missing out on the prime signings in June. The statistics suggest that not only is this true, but that even with a new manager in place today those signings would have not been possible.
Stuart McCall has agreed to return to Bradford City as manager in the knowledge that his reputation at the club is stained by his exit in 2010 following three seasons in League Two.
The interviews have begun for the role of Bradford City manager and there are many very good reason to not know anything about the process of appointment.
The Daily Star have made up a news story and they want you to read it, and to give them some attention, and perhaps it is time football supporters stopped putting their attention in the wrong places.
In the past week Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers fans were lied to to such an extent that one stopped noticing it, and stopped finding it insulting and unnecessary. What would happen if a club decided to stop lying to fans?
As Phil Parkinson departs Bradford City there is a consideration for what aspects of the former manager’s approach one would like to see reproduced in the next manager.
Phil Parkinson leaves Bradford City for Bolton Wanderers leaving a lasting legacy of a team with iron will and a symbiosis between supporters and players that is rare.
Now the rumour over Phil Parkinson joining Bolton Wanderers has been ground out to nothing there is a question as to why and where that rumour started, who would have started it, and what does it say about us as football supporters that we reacted to it?
The speculation that Phil Parkinson is to join Bolton Wanderers would seem to be unfounded and the City manager will carry on being City manager because few other clubs would offer anyone the level of control that Parkinson has at Valley Parade.
Phil Parkinson spends the week updating City fans on the movements of players who have been offered contracts there is a remembrance of the days when football clubs closed down for the summer.
Six players leave Valley Parade and six may follow as Bradford City release the retained list.
While Reece Burke has been praised by most as Bradford City’s Player of the Season the season is best characterised by Kyel Reid who, on his return, showed the benefit of character and defensive positioning as well has his edge of seat charges at a full back.
Bradford City were able to find out they were the fourth biggest spenders in League One because of the monthly Salary Cost Management Protocol document all clubs update and that is circulated by the Football League. That document ensures that no L1 club spends more that 55% of turnover on player salaries. This will have ramifications for Stefan Rupp and Edin Rahic in 2016/2017.
City are down to five contracted players leaving Parkinson with a near blank piece of paper for recruitment and raising some considerations about how the club’s transfer policy ran for the last twelve to six months.
As Bradford City supporters are warmed by the words of Edin Rahic it is worth considering how little protection the Football League offers clubs and communities from new owners.
Edin Rahic installed himself as new Bradford City chairman and with one statement backing Phil Parkinson and praising supporters calmed the nerves around Bradford.
With Bradford City sold to Stefan Rupp and Edin Rahic there is much praise for outgoing joint-chairmen Mark Lawn and Julian Rhodes who are afforded credit – wrongly – for saving a club.
Having lost to Millwall in the play-offs Bradford City and Phil Parkinson look towards how the club can improve next season and how the failures of last Summer mutated the City team.
By allowing his circle of senior professionals to create a tone and a template for those who arrive at Valley Parade Phil Parkinson has managed to create a team of loan players who put in committed, passionate displays.
Earlier in the 2015/2016 season Phil Parkinson addressed Bradford City’s defensive problems by setting his team up to not commit players in attacking situations and thus not be vulnerable to counter-attacks and crosses. This – more the the players involved – has created a situation where City are struggling to score.
As Bradford City beat Oldham Athletic 1-0 at Valley Parade the urgent question was if it supporting a team was about nursing the team through poor periods or more about celebrating the successes.
Phil Parkinson took his Bradford City team to Bury in the third round of the FA Cup and drew 0-0 with his team not looking like it would concede but lacking the confidence in front of goal to score.
Bradford City beat Chesterfield 1-0 in Derbyshire with a vintage Phil Parkinson team performance that kept the game tight and capitalised on the chance to win the game when it came but lost 3-1 at Sheffield United in a display of much different character. To appreciate how a manager can have a “vintage” performance, and what the concept of a team having a character is one has to be able to watch a lot of football and with pricing such as the £27 admission to Bramall Lane and other expensive prices including those at Bradford City fewer and fewer supporters will be able to do that.
Bradford City conceded a first goal in two months and slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Walsall but can reflect on a change in what is said to constitute a poor performance after battling back to being in with a chance of taking something from the game up to the final whistle.
Bradford City and Coventry City draw 0-0 at Valley Parade in a game after which everyone should be a little bit happier.
Bradford City beat Scunthorpe United 2-0 at Glanford Park with few the home side taking credit for their attempts to play a slick, passing game and the visitors taking the points.
Affording full respect to first round replay opposition Aldershot Town Bradford City’s parsimonious approach to creating (and allowing) chances resulted in a 2-0 win and progression to the next round.
Bradford City face Aldershot in the First Round of The FA Cup a year on since Ben Williams made his debut for the club and – in that year – the club’s performance like Williams has obviously become the sum of the hard work that Phil Parkinson is able to get the players to commit to.
Two games in a week saw Bradford City pick up four points but criticism of Phil Parkinsons style of play – or what is suggested to be his style of play – continues as football’s tendency to reductionism starts to claw its way into the vocabulary at Valley Parade and assumes it will have the final say lauding all about Wigan Athletic and damning Bradford City. As supporters the need to be able to resist this attitude will become urgent and those who wish to resist it need to learn how to argue the case for the football we have now.
Darren Ferguson was watching his first game since being made Doncaster Rovers manager while Phil Parkinson has been in charge of Bradford City for four years. A new manager could be anything where as after four years we know what Parkinson’s strengths and weaknesses are so when Devante Cole scored after 45 seconds City fans knew exactly what was coming next.
Half of this match report was written at half time, which was an interesting experiment, while the second half was written after a Cocoa and a consider.
On the back of two defeats Bradford City beat Rochdale 3-1 at Spotland with the home team not seriously testing the character of the Bantams.
Bradford City’s 2-0 defeat at Colchester United showed up the want of character within the team once more leaving questions to be asked at how teams can create character and leadership in squads that rotate so quickly?
Paul Anderson’s broken leg is not the fault of Michael Bostwick but rather of a culture in football that forgives unskillful players bad tackles at the expense of player injuries.
Paul Anderson has his leg broken and Steve Davies does not make the right things happen. City lose 2-0 at home to Peterborough United.
Bradford City will reflect that they should have held on to the two goal lead to claim victory against Sheffield United but there was much to admire in the performance and much to suggest the season will just get better.
As Phil Parkinson agreed a new deal as Bradford City manager Bradford City were left with lass than they deserved following a 1-1 draw at Fleetwood Town where Ben Williams made a mistake which could be the excuse to see him dropped.
Phil Parkinson will have been pleased to watch an afternoon in which City had the luxury of wasting chances in a victory which was much easier than the scoreline suggests.
An injury time goal from Devante Cole gave Bradford City a 1-0 win over Port Vale as the Bantams showed encouraging signs of doing the wrong thing eleven times.
With his Bradford City team struggling Phil Parkinson reverted to his original approach at the club challenging the players to take control of a game, and a result at Barnsley.
A weak performance in the third game of the season continued the problems of character which have dogged City since February 2015 and have not been solved by the summer recruitment the results of which seem to be players who will not take responsibility for their performances. Phil Parkinson has much to do as pressure on him begins to mount.
For new people at Valley Parade the “best-not-lose” draw might not be the stuff of excitement but it is a regular part of the Phil Parkinson programme.
The defeat on penalties to York City continues the problem with Phil Parkinson’s hollow team that gives up games under pressure.
Bradford City’s opening day defeat to Swindon Town – coming after Phil Parkinson’s side had commanded the first half – will give the City manager pause to consider how much his squad has progressed from last season and present difficult questions about the continuing character issues that surround the team.
As the season starts on Saturday City fan’s are excused a moment of fantasy safari believing it might be obvious that the club will be promoted but recalling the collapse of the end of last season is sobering. However in Phil Parkinson the club have the manager that everyone wants and he could be key to returning to the top two divisions of English football for the first time since 2004.
Premier League football is returning and with it comes the assumption that the top flight of English football is the best and only way of running a football club but there are alternatives to be found.
Bradford City’s #onefournine campaign is a great success and the criticism of it comes from strange places which see a virtue in fewer people watching football and want to set a bar on the basis of how much money they have.
Phil Parkinson has three criteria for signing players at Bradford City. We know that he is looking for players of character as has been his way since he arrived at the club and we have concluded that this season Parkinson wants players who are obviously a level above last season’s squad but with Mark Lawn revealing information on wages this week we get an idea of the budget constraints the manager is held within.
The 2-0 win over Carlisle United told Bradford City fans and Phil Parkinson very little about the team and the characters who the manage has brought in. Those things might not be obvious until the season is in progress.
At the moment visiting supporters are charged a lot of money to get into football across the board. In order to bring down pricing for away fans football supporters need to pressure their own clubs to reducing admission for visitors.
Beating Farsley was a given for Bradford City but in doing so City brought up questions about where chances will be created next season and the nature of the creativity which Phil Parkinson wants City showing.
Jon Stead has left Bradford City a legend after his part in the win over Chelsea but he is only so well regarded when we ignore his more common displays which we do often but as a manager Phil Parkinson cannot afford to be blind to those things when he recruits the next set of Bradford City players.
Aged just thirty one Andrew Davies has left Bradford City to join Ross County – of all places – and in doing has cast the arc of his career not as being the rise of an heroic defender but rather – and wrongly – as a strange decline of a player who started at the top and worked down.
Much of society – and as a result and a microcosm football – is being shaped by people who would score high on a check list used to diagnose psychopathy. This has been twisting the way that we support the game into a misshapen culture supervised by Psychopaths for the benefit or containment of Psychopaths.
In most situations managers make decision on players with far less information than supporters have but Phil Parkinson knows James Hanson – who is subject to a bid from Millwall – better than most City managers have known most players. If Parkinson believes he can improve the squad by letting Hanson leave then we have to trust him.
When we apply Game Theory to transfer deal we note that signing players early in the close season forces teams into making bad deals while waiting and signing players later allows for more good deals which are better deals to be made.
There was to be a Summer Four Team Football Tournament at Valley Parade in Bradford in 2012 involving the hosts Bradford City, Manchester United, Glasgow Rangers and Everton. The teams would play two days of football and while that was happening Bradford City we build relationships with people at those clubs and beyond in the wider football world to announce that the club was a respectable member of the football community once more. It never happened of course, but this is the story of how it could have and about how a club started acting in a strange way with the hope coming over as not at all strange to the rest of football.
Aaron McLean is Phil Parkinson’s biggest and highest profile signing at Bradford City and he has been a poor one but the fact that the manager’s position is never questioned over the striker shows the club’s position in the middle of what could be called The Phil Parkinson Era.
Sepp Blatter has left his post ass the Head of FIFA as Bradford City announced that – for the moment – they will not be purchased by a new owner but how much do can supporters benefit from these changes (or lack of them) and who will be selecting Blatter’s replacement?
We all know the reasons why Phil Parkinson should stay at Bradford City after Sheffield United made an approach for the manager and we keep that list close to our hearts but there is another list – the darker list – of reasons he might leave.
Millwall have bid for James Hanson because they believe he is the type of striker which gets clubs promoted from League One. City would seem to agree and Hanson fits in with City’s style of play but is the striker – and are City – prepared for progression past that point should it happen?
Christopher Routis has been given a new contract by Bradford City despite his inability to prove himself useful at the club suggesting that he makes an invisible contribution which is so valued by Phil Parkinson as to be worth having a player who has yet to play well at the club in his squad.
The Liverpool player Steven Gerrard is appreciated by regular attenders of Liverpool matches because of the level of commitment and attitude he shows in games while he is debated in the increasingly international and non-attending debate fora at make up Premier League support on a statistical basis. The former is something that is universal in attenders and appreciated for people such as you – dear Reader – while the former is served by media coverage of football.
Another year passes.
I often wonder what the people who lost people in the fire of 1985 must feel about the anniversary when it comes around.
Not those people who are still a part of the Bradford City community. We know how they feel because they are in a position to tell us.
When asked about my player of the season for 2014/2015 I selected Andrew Davies. You might disagree, dear reader, and I totally respect your right to be wrong.
Gianni Paladini’s agreement to put in an offer for Bradford City expires soon.
The club’s fans are worried that should the Italian complete a deal then The Bantams will be be damaged by an incoming boardroom which acts against the best interests of the community.
These worries though are framed in a way which suggests that the current board do not behave in a way which is against the best interests of the community which may not accurate.
The recent history of the club suggest that Bradford City community should always be concerned by what the owners of the clubs do and how it is in their best interest, and not the club’s.
Beating Barnsley on the last home game of the season seemed to start a summer were rumours of takeovers of the club by the mega-wealthy could materialise into a new Bradford City next season raising questions about why people would want to invest in the club and what they would get for their money.
Bradford City lost 6-0 to Bristol City who were promoted from League One leaving the Bantams in the division which – over the course of the season – they have never looked like going up from.
An early sending off for Christopher Routis saw Bradford City lose 3-0 at home to Preston North End as the push for a play off place stumbled.
The great success of Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson comes not only in how he managed to tip this game in his favour at half time following an even first half but how he has changed the club from being happy to play in the bottom half of League Two to judging itself against if it can be promoted to the Championship without any sudden increase in resources.
Bradford City were beaten by a single goal from a Gary MacKenzie mistake at home to Chesterfield but there were worries about how committed City were to victory and what that lack of commitment said about the character of some of the players involved.
In an even game Bradford City beat Oldham Athletic 2-0 with late goals from Billy Clarke. The end of the season push for play-off places between a group of teams that seem very equal in ability has created a test of character for Phil Parkinson and his City team where the winners are the teams that work hardest.
Bradford City took a two goal lead against Fleetwood Town but saw the visitors equalise in the final minutes at Valley Parade after a performance that highlighted the fact that unless Phil Parkinson’s side are overperforming they are of a quality no different to the other sides in the middle of League One.
FIFA moved the Qatar World Cup from the Summer to the Winter because the teams would not be able to play good football matches in the hot weather. The FA positioning Bradford City’s FA Cup tie as the third away game in six days meant that City ended up being as incapable of playing as a team in the Summer of Qatar playing against a team in the Winter would be.
The 3-0 defeat at Reading in the sixth round of the FA Cup was rendered hardly a contest at all as Bradford City undertook a six day, three game odyssey of matches against Notts Country and Coventry City and the Berkshire club leaving one with the conclusion that the further a team gets in the FA Cup and the harder the games get, the more handicapped clubs become.
Jordan Pickford has been recalled by Sunderland to act as cover for cover for their two goalkeepers and while no one at Bradford City can say that it is not the North East side’s prerogative to do that Pickford himself should be furious at how his club are damaging his career.
Bradford City and Reading shared a tussle in the mud of Valley Parade in the FA Cup sixth round and while both side will be happy to go into the hat for an FA Cup semi-final draw the next nine days until the reply cannot pass quickly enough.
A much changed Bradford City beat a poor Crawley Town team 1-0 at Valley Parade in a game which saw a refereeing performance from Darren Drysdale which upset the players to the extent that Mark Yeates pointedly refused to shake the official’s hand.
Bradford City and Peterborough United trundled through a game which saw City keeping powder dry for next Saturday and The Posh auditioning a new manager in Dave Robertson.
Phil Parkinson’s approach to football does not change between 4-2 wins at Chelsea and 1-1 draws with Walsall at Valley Parade. Some days it is more successful than other days. Today was a day when it was not successful. Does that mean that Parkinson’s approach is wrong?
Bradford City will not be on the BBC in the sixth round of the FA Cup and there will be acres of coverage accusing the Corporation of snubbing the club from a group biased newspapers who are using us, as Bradford City fans, in a campaign against the BBC.
Bradford City reached the sixth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Sunderland in a game which The Bantams never looked like losing after a 3rd minute goal against a Sunderland team which was badly set up, and which played into Phil Parkinson’s team’s strengths.
Goals from James Hanson and Billy Clarke saw Bradford City come from behind to beat MK Dons 2-1 with Dons manager complaining about a handball by Jon Stead in the build up to the winning goal and Stead reacting: “So What?”
Phil Parkinson spent the week apologising to some of the directors of Bradford City for asking them to solve the problem of the pitch at Valley Parade while the diretcors pointed out that it was not a specific, individual responsibility to deal with it. Following that Parkinson took his Bradford City team to Port Vale and despite leading returned with a draw after a last minute penalty cost victory. This was criticised as a failure in some parts.
Colchester United defended the early lead they took at Valley Parade well but eventually conceded to a Bradford City side which once again is most praise worthy in the character it shows.
Phil Parkinson faces his old team at Valley Parade a week after his current side beat Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge and one wonders how far the Bantams Boss can take Bradford City?
Mark Lawn and led complaints by Bradford City supporters that television companies have not put the club’s fifth round tie on the idiot’s lantern but allowing television companies to decide who to gift windfalls to is inherently unfair and the club should speak out about it.
When Mark Yeates scored the fourth goal for Bradford City in The FA Cup fourth round in an unexpected 4-2 win over the best team in the country Chelsea he created a new definitive moment of being a Bradford City supporter and sealed a victory which few considered as a possibility before kick off but was richly deserved as well as enhancing the reputation of manager Phil Parkinson who saw his approach to team selection best José Mourinho who is widely considered the best manager in football.
Bradford City were lauded after beating Millwall but damned following a defeat by Yeovil Town. Next week they face a Chelsea team who have just put in what their manager José Mourinho calls “the perfect game” but a voice from Mourinho’s past would caution him against such talk.
When a goalkeeper is sent off for denying a goal or goal scoring opportunity the laws of football punish the team beyond any other offence. When this happened on Saturday Phil Parkinson would have been best advised to put an outfield player in goal for the penalty.
Bradford City lost in the last moment having played the majority of the game with ten men and outplayed Rochdale. The defeat was unjust but spoke volumes for the character and attitude of Phil Parkinson’s team.
All footballers have to face retirement and Notts County’s team of Gary Jones, Garry Thompson, Roy Carroll, Hayden Mullins and Alan Smith face it playing in a team which had not lost before visiting Valley Parade but were beaten 1-0 by a Billy Knott goal before half time.
Bradford City have built the club around what Phil Parkinson wanted and because of that there is a problem that should the manager leave then City would be left with very little footballing expertise.
Sunderland will not allow Jordan Pickford to play for City against Millwall in the FA Cup. Pickford was sent to Valley Parade to get experience playing in game that matter, and this game does, and so by not allowing him to play Sunderland are undermining the career of a goalkeeper which has flourished while playing for Bradford City.
The League Cup run of 2013 has changed Bradford City into a club which sees the benefits of taking The FA Cup and The League Cup serious and so in this Second Round of the FA Cup a full strength City team respected Dartford and in doing so beat them 4-1 to progress to the Third Round of the competition.
Leyton Orient’s new manager is building a team to play beautiful football but is football ever beautiful in defeat? And isn’t there more beauty to be found in a team showing character to win football matches?
Neither Bradford City nor Gillingham committed to winning this game but, in a week in which City’s board have committed to reaching the Championship by 2017, one has to wonder how that aim will be reached and what is being done to reach it?
Phil Parkinson has played Aaron McLean in two different systems. One was not right for him, and one suited him perfectly but he did not perform in it.
By starkly confronting the weaknesses of his squad Phil Parkinson was able to get his City team to play to their strengths. That allowed him to nullify Preston North End for most of the game and gave Mark Yeates the opportunity to create the moment of the season so far.
We saw Phil Parkinson go “back to basics” to have his City team come from behind to beat Halifax Town but what are the basics of the City manager’s abilities? Is he good at the right things and if not what impact will the things he is less good at have on the future of the club?
At half time and losing to Halifax Town Phil Parkinson must have feared for his future as Bradford City manager after his use of an ill-suited formation and his team playing without a responsibility for their performance. At half time the City manager returned to the tried and trusted formation and attitude that had seen City giant kill, and stopped them being giant killed.
Having become a team defined by the giant killing cup run of 2013 what problems will Phil Parkinson have in preparing his players to be the giants in the local FA Cup derby against Halifax Town?
The difference between success and failure for Phil Parkinson’s team is narrow and because it is narrow a perception grows that a single player could bridge that gap. Rather than simply being the man who follows Nahki Wells it is Aaron McLean’s inability to bridge the gap, despite the belief he could, is what has seen him become the scapegoat for a football team which has lost more than a finisher.
Bradford City were beaten at home by Doncaster Rover 2-1 not for the want of a striker to finish off chances but because the team continued the problem of the season that with the exception of Mark Yeates the players in the midfield positions are not involved in positive action often enough.
As Phil Parkinson assesses Slyvan Ebanks-Blake and talk starts of scouts watching James Hanson the City manager needs to make sure that he does not fall into thinking that the fantasies about how a player could be overtake the realities of how they are.
Having gone two goals down and had to haul off Christopher Routis Phil Parkinson had a lot to be proud of in the way his players responded to take control of the game but the defeat, and a red card for Rory McArdle, mean that Parkinson and City came back with nothing at all.
Bristol City’s manager Steve Cotterill has accused Phil Parkinson’s Bradford City of coming to Ashton Gate for a point and where as once Parkinson barked at Colin Todd that he did not have to justify his tactics the demands of the board at the start of the season that the team be more attacking means that the City manager might have some explaining to do.
When we look at a footballer our first impressions are often as accurate as our considered judgements. The more we watch football the more we are able to refine these first impressions and so we can make assessments of players and how they will play in the long term. When we look at Christopher Routis what do those judgements tell us?
Matty Dolan has signed for Bradford City with talk of the twenty one year old having a major part to play in next’s season team.
It is a realistic aim for the player who after eleven largely uneventful appearances at Valley Parade last season should be settled. If given this time on the slip road to get up to speed Dolan cannot nail down a place in next season’s side then one might expect him to never get such an opportunity again. The odd fine pass here, some tidy work there, there was nothing to suggest that Dolan was not worth the effort of a one year deal.
An even hand is applied to all, but I flipping love Oli McBurnie.
If you have read BfB for any period of time you’ll know, dear reader, that I am keen to see the youth of the club given a chance in the first team squad and that I think that a good club makes good players by playing them rather than being gifted them by good fortune.
The biggest job Phil Parkinson has had since he got to Bradford City is to replace Gary Jones who will leave the club during the summer.
What is more Parkinson’s ability to replace Jones will be the decisive factor in if he is Bradford City manager this time next year.
The elected conclave at the FA which is charged with the task of improving the England team’s performance are reported to be considering allowing a layer of B Teams to be injected into the middle of the English football pyramid which would see teams relegated from City’s league perhaps playing against Man C B.
The 2-1 result against Tranmere Rovers that saw the Birkenhead team relegated to League Two meant more to the home side than it did to us.
The less said about Tranmere Rovers this season the better. A manager sacked for gambling on his own club and players deliberately sent off probably including a time at Valley Parade when Ian Goodison hit Kyel Reid.
To the person who did not like Garry Thompson,
You and I share a football club and I am sure we share the same ambitions for that club. Probably, if we talked, we would quickly find common ground but that agreement would end on the subject of Garry Thompson.
If the adage holds true that football matches are won by the team which needs to win most then Bradford City can feel some pride in besting a Peterborough United who needed to win far more than the Bantams did.
Best teams, worst teams.
It is all opinion and opinion is no bad thing but those opinions are formed by our experiences watching teams and players week in, week out each one teaching what could and should be done, what might be avoided.
There is a debate at the moment between Bradford City supporters and a consensus seems to be forming from that debate that the woes that befall the club at the moment are because of the sentimental attachment to the players who achieved historic feats with the club at Wembley last season and that the club would be wise to move on from that.
It is decision time for Phil Parkinson as he tries to decide how he will approach next season in League One for Bradford City and what Parkinson does in the next five games will set the tone for next season as surely as Garry Thompson’s blast against Burton Albion in the play-off first leg last season did for this.
When Phil Parkinson got ready to go in at half time at Brisbane Road to give his team talk to a City side that were beating Leyton Orient 1-0 he must have been thinking about how simple this game of football really is.
Doing your business early
After about fifteen minutes of what would be a stolid, fruitless encounter with Walsall at Valley Parade the visitors gave up.
Adam Chambers – the number seven – had showed well pushing forward from the Saddler’s midfield but found Matthew Bates in front of him detailed to sit and stop him playing. Bates and Gary Jones were the midfield and perhaps it was Phil Parkinson’s homework that told him that Walsall would push Chambers forward and leave another back but Bates was deployed to nullify that threat.
James Hanson is the league’s dirtiest player. If you do not appreciate that then you do not appreciate James Hanson.
Statistics leaked out that showed that Hanson had given away more free kicks than any other player in the Football League prompting Phil Parkinson to defend his player against the accusation saying
James is the fairest jumper I’ve ever seen. He never jumps with his arms and catches anybody. He’s different class at that but he gets too many fouls against him.
Gillingham boss Peter Taylor was kind enough to raise an arm to greet the Bradford City supporters who for a brief time watched him manage the side and for a time he must have wondered how the noise from the Bantams stands had changed.
If Phil Parkinson could have been in two places at once at Layer Road Colchester on Tuesday night he would have been.
He would have been in the Bradford City dug out watching a team win 2-0. He would have been happy to see James Hanson barge his way past two defenders to power a headed goal in in the first half, he would have been happy to see Kyle Bennett score in the second and at full time he will have reflected that after a hard Winter Spring is starting to come for his Bradford City side.
The words we are looking for are “conformational bias”.
You know how when you look at your watch and it is always 11:11 except it is not always 11:11, it’s just that you only remember the times you look at your watch (well, phone) is when it reads 11:11 and you forget all the other times you look at your watch (well, phone). That is conformational bias. We remember the times that support our hypothesis and forget the ones which do not.
Despite the two wins which proceeded this home defeat talk about Phil Parkinson is framed in a discussion of his potential dismissal. Those who suggest he should not despite a run of no winning in a number of games found voice again when Stevenage recorded a 3-2 victory.
The more I watch football the more I am convinced that the game is more about character than it is about positions.
That prefaces the following statement: that I do not know if positions are everything or nothing in football. I veer from one conclusion to the other.
“Bring me lucky Generals.” Napoleon.
“People said I was a lucky golfer but I found the more I practiced the luckier I got.” Gary Player.
Carl HcHugh already has scored more important goals for Bradford City than his last minute looper from a corner over Port Vale which gave Phil Parkinson’s side a first home win in months but weight lifted off shoulders at Valley Parade has seldom been greater.
Let us, dear reader, forgo discussions of the 1-0 defeat to Carlisle United and move without flinching to the mainstay of this discussion. Should Phil Parkinson remain Bradford City manager?
I shall ruin the surprise. I think he should
When Gary Jones scored City’s equaliser with five minutes left of a blustery scrap at Valley Parade it seemed that the Bantams may be set to lay siege to the Crewe Alexandra goal for a winner in a game which the visitors never trailed it but ultimately went home happy.
When talking about what can be spent on the playing squad Bradford City use the word “Budget” in a way which seems to cause some confusion amongst supporters. When we hear the word “budget” in connection to Bradford City it tends to mean “what the business can afford” and this distinction is more than linguistics.
Less than a year on from Bradford City’s League Cup final at Wembley it is not hard to see the difference between where the club sat then and where it is now in Yorkshire. In Wales though on the night our opposition that day Swansea City sack Michael Laudrup from his position as manager the improvements in the Principality are under question.
In the light of City’s 2-0 defeat to Wolves if you want Phil Parkinson to be Bradford City manager because you enjoyed going to Wembley twice last season then please can you sit down and shhhh.
My friend Archie Christie died on the 30th of January 2014. Archie – one time Bradford City Chief Scout, Director of Football and the man offered the post of Chief Executive which he turned down as he left the club – will be sorely missed.
Bradford City think that Kyle Bennett’s should not be banned for three games for hitting another footballer in the neck in Tuesday night’s game with Preston North End and the crazy thing is that the Football Association agree.
Kyle Bennett’s Bradford City debut lasted 24 minutes and for a few of them he looked interesting coming in off the right flank, getting involved in play behind the two forwards, but it was a tackle he put in on Neil Kilkenny which saw Kilkenny kick back at him and Bennett slap Kilkenny that he will be remembered for.
When Nahki Wells left Bradford City there was a suggestion that the fee the club got for the player was too little. Counter to that was the idea that the amount was correct and the reason it was correct was because in economic terms a thing is worth what someone will pay for it.
Alan Connell is a bit too smart for a footballer.
It is said that when he was carpetted by then Swindon Town manager Paulo Di Canio for going for a drink with three teammates following the Wiltshire club’s League Two championship which coincided with the death of Di Canio’s father than rather than take the ire of the Italian Connell opted for reasoning.
The injury to Kyel Reid’s which will keep him out of the Bradford City team until the end of his contact shows an inherently cruel side to football which upsets even the most cynical of supporter.
The greatest success of Phil Parkinson’s time at Bradford City came on the day he lead the team out for a League Cup final against Swansea City but it did not happen at Wembley stadium or during the game but after when the City manager addressed his players.
With the kick of off his first Bradford City game a minute away Aaron McLean wandered backwards from middle of the field and started to bump fist and slap hands with his new team-mates. He drifted to left back and bumped Carl McHugh, he slapped Gary Jones, and walked forward with purpose to start his this new part of his career.
There is a punchline to a joke – and not a funny one – that goes something like this: “And so I said what’s Paul McCartney got to do with music? He has not had a number one since 1983.”
It did not take long when Nahki Wells left Bradford City for Huddersfield Town that the subject of our neighbours from the West’s predilection to interfere with dogs (In which way? The worst possible way) started to be talked about. Nahki shoots, Nahki scores, Nahki and your Labrador. You know the sort of thing.
We had come all this way, but there was no Boy from Brazil.
Chesterfield are a stern footballing side and Bradford City are struggling to break them down. I’ve moved seats for the night parking myself next to Nick – young Nick if you will – who apologises for the frequent, violent bursts of swearing from one of his seat neighbours. “He is always like that,” my host says wearily and I nod full in the knowledge that were positions reversed I would end up saying the same thing about the people who sit around me.
“Nahki Wells only wanted to join Huddersfield Town” – Bradford City joint chairman Mark Lawn told local radio with the inference being that once the striker who departed Valley Parade for the our West Yorkshire rivals for a fee described as a snip all the Bantams could do was arrange a fee which could aptly be described as “what the buyer wanted to pay”
@michaelwood your ongoing personal vendetta got boring months ago. #bcafc
Vendetta – noun: Any prolonged and bitter feud, rivalry, contention, or the like.
Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary
When I closed BfB down in 2011 it was not at the urging of Mark Lawn and while I have made this point a great many times there seems to have been an idea taken root that because “he closed down my site” that I had a personal vendetta against him.