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Issue #147 Michael Wood on Incommensurable / McCall

Stuart McCall is back as manager of Bradford City with things he needs to have learnt since his last time in charge at Valley Parade such as the need for a stronger character in his team, the need for a stable environment and the capacity to corral the club in a single direction.

Issue #144 Michael Wood on Interview / Empty

The interviews have begun for the role of Bradford City manager and there are many very good reason to not know anything about the process of appointment.

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 #131 Michael Wood on Buy / Bye

With Bradford City sold to Stefan Rupp and Edin Rahic there is much praise for outgoing joint-chairmen Mark Lawn and Julian Rhodes who are afforded credit - wrongly - for saving a club.

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 #125 Michael Wood on How Football is ploughing fields without planting seeds
Chesterfield 0 Bradford City 1 and Sheffield United 3 Bradford City 1 At Proact Stadium Chesterfield and Bramall Lane Sheffield in League One, 2015/2016

Bradford City beat Chesterfield 1-0 in Derbyshire with a vintage Phil Parkinson team performance that kept the game tight and capitalised on the chance to win the game when it came but lost 3-1 at Sheffield United in a display of much different character. To appreciate how a manager can have a "vintage" performance, and what the concept of a team having a character is one has to be able to watch a lot of football and with pricing such as the £27 admission to Bramall Lane and other expensive prices including those at Bradford City fewer and fewer supporters will be able to do that.

Issue #108 Michael Wood on Taking back control of the result as Bradford City draw 0-0 at Barnsley
Barnsley 0 Bradford City 0 At Oakwell in League One, 2015/2016

With his Bradford City team struggling Phil Parkinson reverted to his original approach at the club challenging the players to take control of a game, and a result at Barnsley.

Issue #91 Michael Wood on Bradford City vs Manchester United vs Rangers vs Everton in the Summer of 2012 Four Team Tournament that never happened

There was to be a Summer Four Team Football Tournament at Valley Parade in Bradford in 2012 involving the hosts Bradford City, Manchester United, Glasgow Rangers and Everton. The teams would play two days of football and while that was happening Bradford City we build relationships with people at those clubs and beyond in the wider football world to announce that the club was a respectable member of the football community once more. It never happened of course, but this is the story of how it could have and about how a club started acting in a strange way with the hope coming over as not at all strange to the rest of football.

Issue #78 Michael Wood on Parkinson’s success is seen in the shifting of the Overton Window when Bradford City beat Doncaster Rovers 3-0
Doncaster Rovers 0 Bradford City 3 At The Keepmoat Stadium in League One, 2014/2015

The great success of Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson comes not only in how he managed to tip this game in his favour at half time following an even first half but how he has changed the club from being happy to play in the bottom half of League Two to judging itself against if it can be promoted to the Championship without any sudden increase in resources.

Issue #17 Michael Wood on Carlisle United defeat leaves City thinking about the punitive sacking
Carlisle United 1 Bradford City 0 At Brunton Park in League One, 2013/2014
One goes, one stays as Hunt exits Valley Parade
Robbie Threlfall the comeback kid