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Gary Jones

Issue #153 Michael Wood on Hiwula / Guesswork

Bradford City have signed Jordy Hiwula on a season long loan from Huddersfield Town and he may be a good signing, or he may be a poor signing, but any judgement made on the day a player signs is guesswork and players govern how good or bad a signing with the work they put in during the season.

Issue #149 Michael Wood on Transfer / Improvement

In the weeks of the most change there has been little change in Bradford City's squad with no transfers in June (to date) but this, more than anything, should give one heart that Stuart McCall is not repeating the mistake that he made in his first spell as City manager and that Roy Hodgson made as England manager.

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #81 Michael Wood on The end of a season which asked more questions than it answered
Bradford City 1 Barnsley 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

Beating Barnsley on the last home game of the season seemed to start a summer were rumours of takeovers of the club by the mega-wealthy could materialise into a new Bradford City next season raising questions about why people would want to invest in the club and what they would get for their money.

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.