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Andrew Davies

Issue #115 Michael Wood on Colchester United and the Crawley Brawl
Colchester United 2 Bradford City 0 At Layer Road in League One, 2015/2016

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?

Issue #113 Michael Wood on The strange case of Steve Davies as Peterborough win 2-0 at Valley Parade
Bradford City 0 Peterborough United 2 At Valley Parade in League One, 2015/2016

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.

Issue #107 Michael Wood on Parkinson under pressure after City lose 2-1 at home to Gillingham
Bradford City 1 Gillingham 2 At Valley Parade in League One, 2015/2016

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.

Issue #103 Michael Wood on The obvious quality of Phil Parkinson and how he could be the decisive factor in 2015/16 Promotion

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.

Issue #99 Michael Wood on How Bradford City mastered calm seas beating Carlisle United 2-0 in pre-season
Bradford City 2 Carlisle United 0 At Valley Parade in Friendly, 2015/2016

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.

Issue #97 Michael Wood on The type of creativity Phil Parkinson wants as Bradford City start 2015/2016 beating Farsley 3-0
Farsley 0 Bradford City 3 At Throstles Nest in Friendly, 2015/2016

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.

Issue #96 Michael Wood on Phil Parkinson against the forces of wilful blindness

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.

Issue #95 Michael Wood on The strange decline of Andrew Davies

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.

Issue #92 Michael Wood on Applying Game Theory to transfers and why it is best to wait before signing

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.

Issue #86 Michael Wood on The mystery of Christopher Routis

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.

Issue #85 Michael Wood on Steven Gerrard, no EPLs and having the football we want

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.

Issue #83 Michael Wood on Andrew Davies and why he is my player of the season

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.