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James Meredith

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 #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 #142 Michael Wood on Selection / Manager

As Phil Parkinson departs Bradford City there is a consideration for what aspects of the former manager's approach one would like to see reproduced in the next manager.

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.

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 #112 Michael Wood on Bradford City from all angles after the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United
Bradford City 2 Sheffield United 2 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

Bradford City will reflect that they should have held on to the two goal lead to claim victory against Sheffield United but there was much to admire in the performance and much to suggest the season will just get better.

Issue #97 Michael Wood on The type of creativity Phil Parkinson wants as Bradford City start 2015/2016 beating Farsley 3-0
Farsley 0 Bradford City 3 At Throstles Nest in Friendly, 2015/2016

Beating Farsley was a given for Bradford City but in doing so City brought up questions about where chances will be created next season and the nature of the creativity which Phil Parkinson wants City showing.

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.