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Issue #140 Michael Wood on Anatomy / Rumour

Now the rumour over Phil Parkinson joining Bolton Wanderers has been ground out to nothing there is a question as to why and where that rumour started, who would have started it, and what does it say about us as football supporters that we reacted to it?

Issue #103 Michael Wood on The obvious quality of Phil Parkinson and how he could be the decisive factor in 2015/16 Promotion

As the season starts on Saturday City fan's are excused a moment of fantasy safari believing it might be obvious that the club will be promoted but recalling the collapse of the end of last season is sobering. However in Phil Parkinson the club have the manager that everyone wants and he could be key to returning to the top two divisions of English football for the first time since 2004.

Issue #64 Michael Wood on How we will all be sorry after Bradford City drew 2-2 at Port Vale
Port Vale 2 Bradford City 2 At Vale Park in League One, 2014/2015

Phil Parkinson spent the week apologising to some of the directors of Bradford City for asking them to solve the problem of the pitch at Valley Parade while the diretcors pointed out that it was not a specific, individual responsibility to deal with it. Following that Parkinson took his Bradford City team to Port Vale and despite leading returned with a draw after a last minute penalty cost victory. This was criticised as a failure in some parts.

Issue #60 Michael Wood on The definitive redefined as Bradford City beat Chelsea 4-2
Chelsea 2 Bradford City 4 At Stamford Bridge in The FA Cup Fourth Round, 2014/2015

When Mark Yeates scored the fourth goal for Bradford City in The FA Cup fourth round in an unexpected 4-2 win over the best team in the country Chelsea he created a new definitive moment of being a Bradford City supporter and sealed a victory which few considered as a possibility before kick off but was richly deserved as well as enhancing the reputation of manager Phil Parkinson who saw his approach to team selection best José Mourinho who is widely considered the best manager in football.

Issue #59 Michael Wood on Millwall, Yeovil Town, Chelsea and the most important thing in life
Bradford City 4 Millwall 0 and Yeovil Town 1 Bradford City 0 At Valley Parade and Huish Park in The FA Cup Third Round Reply and League One, 2014/2015

Bradford City were lauded after beating Millwall but damned following a defeat by Yeovil Town. Next week they face a Chelsea team who have just put in what their manager José Mourinho calls "the perfect game" but a voice from Mourinho's past would caution him against such talk.

Issue #57 Michael Wood on What they heard back at Chelsea as Rochdale beat Bradford City
Bradford City 1 Rochdale 2 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

Bradford City lost in the last moment having played the majority of the game with ten men and outplayed Rochdale. The defeat was unjust but spoke volumes for the character and attitude of Phil Parkinson's team.

The excuse
Former England manager gives City a lesson
Notts County 5 Bradford City 0 At Meadow Lane in League Two, 2009/2010

In which Michael watches City make enough mistakes in ninety minutes to last a season, a team that is going places and a player who leaves the worst taste in the mouth.

Jewell looks to Stoke for rebuffing

In which Michael looks at the former City boss who will join Stoke City as number two and asks why the brightest light in football management ten years ago now needs to call someone else boss.