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Gary Liddle

Issue #162 Michael Wood on Opening / Generative / Failings
Bradford City 0 Port Vale 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2016/2017

Bradford City's 0-0 draw with Port Vale on the opening day of the 2016/2017 season represented a failure of the players tasked with generating rather than converting chances.

Issue #135 Michael Wood on Budgets / Transparency

Bradford City were able to find out they were the fourth biggest spenders in League One because of the monthly Salary Cost Management Protocol document all clubs update and that is circulated by the Football League. That document ensures that no L1 club spends more that 55% of turnover on player salaries. This will have ramifications for Stefan Rupp and Edin Rahic in 2016/2017.

Issue #134 Michael Wood on Ultimate / Reasoning

City are down to five contracted players leaving Parkinson with a near blank piece of paper for recruitment and raising some considerations about how the club's transfer policy ran for the last twelve to six months.

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 #122 Michael Wood on The superb and stupendous success of Scunthorpe United
Scunthorpe United 0 Bradford City 2 At Glanford Park in League One, 2015/2016

Bradford City beat Scunthorpe United 2-0 at Glanford Park with few the home side taking credit for their attempts to play a slick, passing game and the visitors taking the points.

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 #118 Michael Wood on The first day, the fourth year, and Bradford City beating Doncaster Rovers 1-0
Doncaster Rovers 0 Bradford City 1 At Keepmoat Stadium in League One, 2015/2016

Darren Ferguson was watching his first game since being made Doncaster Rovers manager while Phil Parkinson has been in charge of Bradford City for four years. A new manager could be anything where as after four years we know what Parkinson's strengths and weaknesses are so when Devante Cole scored after 45 seconds City fans knew exactly what was coming next.

Issue #114 Michael Wood on Paul Anderson’s broken leg and the Refereeing of low expectations

Paul Anderson's broken leg is not the fault of Michael Bostwick but rather of a culture in football that forgives unskillful players bad tackles at the expense of player injuries.

Issue #110 Michael Wood on Directing Traffik at Boundary Park as City beat Oldham Athletic 2-1
Oldham Athletic 1 Bradford City 2 At Boundary Park in League One, 2015/2016

Phil Parkinson will have been pleased to watch an afternoon in which City had the luxury of wasting chances in a victory which was much easier than the scoreline suggests.

Issue #109 Michael Wood on Bradford City from finish to start as Devante Cole starts in style in the win over Port Vale
Bradford City 1 Port Vale 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2015/2016

An injury time goal from Devante Cole gave Bradford City a 1-0 win over Port Vale as the Bantams showed encouraging signs of doing the wrong thing eleven times.

Issue #108 Michael Wood on Taking back control of the result as Bradford City draw 0-0 at Barnsley
Barnsley 0 Bradford City 0 At Oakwell in League One, 2015/2016

With his Bradford City team struggling Phil Parkinson reverted to his original approach at the club challenging the players to take control of a game, and a result at Barnsley.

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.