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Mark Yeates

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 #113 Michael Wood on The strange case of Steve Davies as Peterborough win 2-0 at Valley Parade
Bradford City 0 Peterborough United 2 At Valley Parade in League One, 2015/2016

Paul Anderson has his leg broken and Steve Davies does not make the right things happen. City lose 2-0 at home to Peterborough United.

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 #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 #102 Michael Wood on The alternatives to how Premier League football runs the game

Premier League football is returning and with it comes the assumption that the top flight of English football is the best and only way of running a football club but there are alternatives to be found.

Issue #99 Michael Wood on How Bradford City mastered calm seas beating Carlisle United 2-0 in pre-season
Bradford City 2 Carlisle United 0 At Valley Parade in Friendly, 2015/2016

The 2-0 win over Carlisle United told Bradford City fans and Phil Parkinson very little about the team and the characters who the manage has brought in. Those things might not be obvious until the season is in progress.

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 #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 #70 Michael Wood on Why I was glad to see the back of Mark Yeates after Bradford City beat Crawley Town 1-0
Bradford City 1 Crawley Town 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

A much changed Bradford City beat a poor Crawley Town team 1-0 at Valley Parade in a game which saw a refereeing performance from Darren Drysdale which upset the players to the extent that Mark Yeates pointedly refused to shake the official's hand.

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.