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Andy Halliday

Issue #71 Michael Wood on When the immoveable object met the immoveable object and Bradford City and Reading agreed to a replay in the FA Cup sixth round
Bradford City 0 Reading 0 At Valley Parade in FA Cup Sixth Round, 2014/2015

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.

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 #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 #59 Michael Wood on Millwall, Yeovil Town, Chelsea and the most important thing in life
Bradford City 4 Millwall 0 and Yeovil Town 1 Bradford City 0 At Valley Parade and Huish Park in The FA Cup Third Round Reply and League One, 2014/2015

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.

Issue #58 Michael Wood on On how the sending off of goalkeepers is a punishment without proportion

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.

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 #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 #47 Michael Wood on Beating Halifax Town by returning to a Phil Parkinson team
Halifax Town 1 Bradford City 2 At Shay Stadium in FA Cup First Round, 2013/2014

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.

Issue #44 Michael Wood on How Bradford City lost at home to Doncaster Rovers because there is not enough of Mark Yeates to go around
Bradford City 1 Doncaster Rovers 2 At Valley Parade in League One, 2013/2014

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.

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.