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Jon Stead

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 #116 Michael Wood on City walked in a line and beat Rochdale 3-1 at Spotland
Rochdale 1 Bradford City 3 At Spotland in League One, 2015/2016

On the back of two defeats Bradford City beat Rochdale 3-1 at Spotland with the home team not seriously testing the character of the Bantams.

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 #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 #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.

Issue #79 Michael Wood on Phil Parkinson facing the face of success as Preston beat Bradford City 3-0 at Valley Parade
Bradford City 0 Preston North End 3 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

An early sending off for Christopher Routis saw Bradford City lose 3-0 at home to Preston North End as the push for a play off place stumbled.

Issue #77 Michael Wood on The power of facing character comes into question as Bradford City lose to Chesterfield
Bradford City 0 Chesterfield 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

Bradford City were beaten by a single goal from a Gary MacKenzie mistake at home to Chesterfield but there were worries about how committed City were to victory and what that lack of commitment said about the character of some of the players involved.

Issue #76 Michael Wood on Bradford City contemplating becoming what they are after beating Oldham 2-0 at Valley Parade
Bradford City 2 Oldham Athletic 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

In an even game Bradford City beat Oldham Athletic 2-0 with late goals from Billy Clarke. The end of the season push for play-off places between a group of teams that seem very equal in ability has created a test of character for Phil Parkinson and his City team where the winners are the teams that work hardest.

Issue #75 Michael Wood on The continuing problem with Bradford City’s promotion push
Bradford City 2 Fleetwood Town 2 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

Bradford City took a two goal lead against Fleetwood Town but saw the visitors equalise in the final minutes at Valley Parade after a performance that highlighted the fact that unless Phil Parkinson's side are overperforming they are of a quality no different to the other sides in the middle of League One.

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.

Issue #65 Michael Wood on The refereeing of “So What?” as City beat MK Dons 2-1
Bradford City 2 Milton Keynes Dons 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

Goals from James Hanson and Billy Clarke saw Bradford City come from behind to beat MK Dons 2-1 with Dons manager complaining about a handball by Jon Stead in the build up to the winning goal and Stead reacting: "So What?"

Issue #63 Michael Wood on The moment when Andrew Davies would have done something different
Bradford City 1 Colchester United 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

Colchester United defended the early lead they took at Valley Parade well but eventually conceded to a Bradford City side which once again is most praise worthy in the character it shows.