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Ben Williams

Issue #150 Michael Wood on Timeline / Reboot

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.

Issue #137 Michael Wood on Retained / Leave

Six players leave Valley Parade and six may follow as Bradford City release the retained list.

Issue #130 Michael Wood on End / End

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.

Issue #129 Michael Wood on Phil Parkinson and the team of tautology
Bradford City 4 Walsall 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2015/2016

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.

Issue #128 Michael Wood on The character of Bradford City’s goalscoring problems

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.

Issue #126 Michael Wood on The Neville Southall problem returns to Bury as City draw a blank in the FA Cup third round
Bury 0 Bradford City 0 At Gigg Lane in The FA Cup Third Round, 2015/2016

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.

Issue #124 Michael Wood on Getting back to a better bad as City lose 2-1 to Walsall
Walsall 1 Bradford City 2 At The Bescot Stadium in League One, 2015/2016

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.

Issue #121 Michael Wood on Parkinson’s best ever Bantams keep their eyes on a further prize beating Aldershot 2-0 in the FA Cup First Round
Bradford City 2 Aldershot Town At Valley Parade in The FA Cup First Round Replay, 2015/2016

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.

Issue #120 Michael Wood on The Ben Williams season continues with City facing Aldershot Town in the FA Cup
Bradford City play Aldershot Town At Valley Parade in The FA Cup First Round, 2015/2016

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.

Issue #119 Michael Wood on Bury, Wigan Athletic, styles of play and the reductionism coming to Bradford City
Bradford City 2 Bury 1 and Bradford City 1 Wigan Athletic 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2015/2016

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.

Issue #117 Michael Wood on City need to learn from the 2-1 defeat by Barnsley
Bradford City 1 Barnsley 2 At Valley Parade in Football League Trophy, 2015/2016

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.

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?