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Nathan Clarke

Issue #164 Michael Wood on Soft / August
Peterborough United 0 Bradford City 1 At London Road in League One, 2016/2017

Following the first win of the season Bradford City continue to look for a striker hoping that the opening month of the season will have focused the mind of players who have realised that they will not be getting much football.

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 #157 Michael Wood on Unbalanced / Vincelot

Bradford City lost 4-1 to Burnley in a pre-season game on the day that Romain Vincelot joined from Coventry City for £80,000 to provide something seemingly much needed for the midfield.

Issue #137 Michael Wood on Retained / Leave

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

Issue #121 Michael Wood on Parkinson’s best ever Bantams keep their eyes on a further prize beating Aldershot 2-0 in the FA Cup First Round
Bradford City 2 Aldershot Town At Valley Parade in The FA Cup First Round Replay, 2015/2016

Affording full respect to first round replay opposition Aldershot Town Bradford City's parsimonious approach to creating (and allowing) chances resulted in a 2-0 win and progression to the next round.

Issue #117 Michael Wood on City need to learn from the 2-1 defeat by Barnsley
Bradford City 1 Barnsley 2 At Valley Parade in Football League Trophy, 2015/2016

Half of this match report was written at half time, which was an interesting experiment, while the second half was written after a Cocoa and a consider.

Issue #106 Michael Wood on The welcome to Bradford City moment as the Bantams draw 1-1 with Shrewsbury Town
Bradford City 1 Shrewsbury Town 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2015/2016

For new people at Valley Parade the "best-not-lose" draw might not be the stuff of excitement but it is a regular part of the Phil Parkinson programme.

Issue #105 Michael Wood on A life more ordinary as Bradford City lose on penalties to York City
York City 2 Bradford City 2 (York win 4-2 on penalties) At Bootham Crescent in League Cup First Round, 2015/2016

The defeat on penalties to York City continues the problem with Phil Parkinson's hollow team that gives up games under pressure.

Issue #100 Michael Wood on The three things that Phil Parkinson is looking for in a player

Phil Parkinson has three criteria for signing players at Bradford City. We know that he is looking for players of character as has been his way since he arrived at the club and we have concluded that this season Parkinson wants players who are obviously a level above last season's squad but with Mark Lawn revealing information on wages this week we get an idea of the budget constraints the manager is held within.

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.

City face Morecambe looking at a new type of football
Bradford City play Morecambe At Valley Parade in League Two, 2009/2010