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Reece Burke

Issue #168 Michael Wood on Boycott / Loans

Premier League teams use the loan system to add value to their young players in a way that shapes the make up of squads in League One to ensure that young players at clubs like Bradford City are not given a chance and to hamper the profits of League One clubs.

Issue #167 Michael Wood on Inefficient / Attitude / Passing
Bradford City 1 Oldham Athletic 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2016/2017

As a collective slap of self-congratulation was heard around Valley Parade watching the new Stuart McCall passing Bradford City impressed in a draw against Oldham Athletic it was worth looking at the game through the eyes of a travelling supporter and asking if the visitors performance was exactly the type of display of which Phil Parkinson's City teams were lauded for.

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 #158 Michael Wood on Waring / Trophy

Bradford City have been drawn to play Stoke City u23 in the Football League Trophy raising worries about the first steps of an intrusion of Premier League B Teams into the Football League although - considering how many Premier League loan players play in the Leagues - one might suggest that those first steps have already been taken.

Issue #152 Michael Wood on Mister / Definitely

An experience of the summer of 2016 supporting Bradford City.

Issue #130 Michael Wood on End / End

Having lost to Millwall in the play-offs Bradford City and Phil Parkinson look towards how the club can improve next season and how the failures of last Summer mutated the City team.

Issue #129 Michael Wood on Phil Parkinson and the team of tautology
Bradford City 4 Walsall 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2015/2016

By allowing his circle of senior professionals to create a tone and a template for those who arrive at Valley Parade Phil Parkinson has managed to create a team of loan players who put in committed, passionate displays.

Issue #120 Michael Wood on The Ben Williams season continues with City facing Aldershot Town in the FA Cup
Bradford City play Aldershot Town At Valley Parade in The FA Cup First Round, 2015/2016

Bradford City face Aldershot in the First Round of The FA Cup a year on since Ben Williams made his debut for the club and - in that year - the club's performance like Williams has obviously become the sum of the hard work that Phil Parkinson is able to get the players to commit to.

Issue #119 Michael Wood on Bury, Wigan Athletic, styles of play and the reductionism coming to Bradford City
Bradford City 2 Bury 1 and Bradford City 1 Wigan Athletic 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2015/2016

Two games in a week saw Bradford City pick up four points but criticism of Phil Parkinsons style of play - or what is suggested to be his style of play - continues as football's tendency to reductionism starts to claw its way into the vocabulary at Valley Parade and assumes it will have the final say lauding all about Wigan Athletic and damning Bradford City. As supporters the need to be able to resist this attitude will become urgent and those who wish to resist it need to learn how to argue the case for the football we have now.

Issue #118 Michael Wood on The first day, the fourth year, and Bradford City beating Doncaster Rovers 1-0
Doncaster Rovers 0 Bradford City 1 At Keepmoat Stadium in League One, 2015/2016

Darren Ferguson was watching his first game since being made Doncaster Rovers manager while Phil Parkinson has been in charge of Bradford City for four years. A new manager could be anything where as after four years we know what Parkinson's strengths and weaknesses are so when Devante Cole scored after 45 seconds City fans knew exactly what was coming next.

Issue #112 Michael Wood on Bradford City from all angles after the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United
Bradford City 2 Sheffield United 2 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

Bradford City will reflect that they should have held on to the two goal lead to claim victory against Sheffield United but there was much to admire in the performance and much to suggest the season will just get better.

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.