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Andrew Davies

Issue #79 Michael Wood on Phil Parkinson facing the face of success as Preston beat Bradford City 3-0 at Valley Parade
Bradford City 0 Preston North End 3 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

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.

Issue #76 Michael Wood on Bradford City contemplating becoming what they are after beating Oldham 2-0 at Valley Parade
Bradford City 2 Oldham Athletic 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

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.

Issue #73 Michael Wood on The journey to Ithaca
Reading 3 Bradford City 0 At The Madejski Stadium in The FA Cup Sixth Round, 2014/2015

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.

Issue #69 Michael Wood on Bradford City and Peterborough United ab ovo
Peterborough United 2 Bradford City 0 At London Road in League One, 2014/2015

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.

Issue #68 Michael Wood on If Parkinson is the Special One if City only get one point?
Bradford City 1 Walsall 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

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?

Issue #66 Michael Wood on How Bradford City got to the sixth round of the FA Cup and how easy it was
Bradford City 2 Sunderland 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

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.

Issue #65 Michael Wood on The refereeing of “So What?” as City beat MK Dons 2-1
Bradford City 2 Milton Keynes Dons 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

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?"

Issue #64 Michael Wood on How we will all be sorry after Bradford City drew 2-2 at Port Vale
Port Vale 2 Bradford City 2 At Vale Park in League One, 2014/2015

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.

Issue #63 Michael Wood on The moment when Andrew Davies would have done something different
Bradford City 1 Colchester United 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

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.

Issue #60 Michael Wood on The definitive redefined as Bradford City beat Chelsea 4-2
Chelsea 2 Bradford City 4 At Stamford Bridge in The FA Cup Fourth Round, 2014/2015

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.

Issue #56 Michael Wood on What Gary Jones will have seen as the days went down in the West and Bradford City beat Notts County 1-0
Bradford City 1 Notts County 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

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.

Issue #53 Michael Wood on City beating Dartford in dressing rooms, manager’s offices and boardrooms

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.

Issue #52 Michael Wood on sees Parkinson, Milanese and the beauty of beating Leyton Orient
Bradford City 3 Leyton Orient 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

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?

Issue #51 Michael Wood on Bradford City vs Gillingham being settled by threefold repetition

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?

Issue #49 Michael Wood on Phil Parkinson understanding the peaks and troughs of managing Bradford City

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.

Issue #46 Adam Hepton on The first time Bradford City reconsider being the overdog as Halifax Town look for a giantkilling

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?

Issue #42 Michael Wood on How Parkinson went to Oldham and came back with pride and nothing else
Oldham Athletic 2 Bradford City 1 At Boundry Park in League One, 2013/2014

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.

Issue #40 Michael Wood on Thin slicing and how it asks and answers questions about Christopher Routis

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?

Issue #33 Michael Wood on A win over Peterborough United has City looking at the costs of survival
Bradford City 1 Peterborough United 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2013/2014
Issue #31 Michael Wood on The influx of weak character players that was presented starkly
Issue #29 Michael Wood on Suddenly it all seemed simple
Leyton Orient 0 Bradford City 1 At Brisbane Road in League Two, 2013/2014 Read BBC Sport Report
Issue #28 Michael Wood on Doing your business early
Bradford City 0 Walsall 2 At Valley Parade in League Two, 2013/2014
Issue #23 Michael Wood on Bradford City, Brentford away and conformational bias
Brentford 0 Bradford City 0 At Griffen Park in League One, 2013/2014
Issue #19 Michael Wood on Bradford City left considering credit where credit is due
Bradford City 1 Port Vale 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2013/2014
Issue #13 Michael Wood on If you want Phil Parkinson to be Bradford City manager please sit down and shhhh
Issue #10 Michael Wood on Things that happened to me when I was on loan at Bradford City
Bradford City 0 Preston North End 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2013/2014
The form team
Bradford City play Cheltenham Town At Valley Parade in League Two, 2011/2012
Making no excuses
Bradford City play Swindon Town At The County Ground in League Two, 2011/2012
Branston loaned out to Rotherham
When you have to change a winning team
Bradford City play Hereford United At Edgar Street in League Two, 2011/2012
Luke Oliver stands to his full height
Davies guilty of “serious foul play”
The enemies of football as Parkinson’s City claim a first win
Bradford City 1 Torquay United 0 At Valley Parade in League Two, 2011/2012
A slow revival
Burton Albion 2 Bradford City 2 At Pirelli Stadium in League Two, 2011/12
Parkinson turns the ship
Bradford City play Burton Albion At Pirelli Stadium in League Two, 2011/2012
City stuck in neutral looking for decisive performances
Bradford City 1 AFC Wimbledon 2 At Valley Parade in League Two, 2011/2012