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James Hanson

Issue #169 Michael Wood on Drone / On

Stuart McCall's Bradford City continue a run of single goal draws with a 1-1 against Bristol Rovers.

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 #160 Michael Wood on Preview / Players

Bradford City have a solid platform with a lot of options in the back four, and some solid midfield players, but creating chances - more than converting them - will be the problem Stuart McCall faces in 2016/2017 unless either the squad is added to, or players improve performances drastically, or Tony McMahon goes back to the right wing.

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 #155 Michael Wood on Goalscorers / Conversions

The summer signings of football clubs are increasingly a quest for the most overrated commodity in football: A twenty goal a year striker.

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 #148 Michael Wood on Holes / Fit

The seat is comfortable for McCall and business on assembling a squad begins immediately. One by one the current City squad are looked at for their ability to fit into what the manager wants.

Issue #137 Michael Wood on Retained / Leave

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

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 #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 #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 #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.