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Issue #159 Michael Wood on Unfamiliar / Preview

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.

Issue #141 Michael Wood on Gone / Parkinson

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.

Issue #127 Michael Wood on When to start pressing your palms together as Bradford City beat Oldham Athletic 1-0 at Valley Parade
Bradford City 1 Oldham Athletic 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2015/2016

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.

Issue #125 Michael Wood on How Football is ploughing fields without planting seeds
Chesterfield 0 Bradford City 1 and Sheffield United 3 Bradford City 1 At Proact Stadium Chesterfield and Bramall Lane Sheffield in League One, 2015/2016

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.

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 #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 #102 Michael Wood on The alternatives to how Premier League football runs the game

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.

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 #87 Michael Wood on The rise and pause of James Hanson

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?

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.

Issue #80 Michael Wood on The thrashing by Bristol City that taught us what we already knew
Bradford City 0 Bristol City 6 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

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.