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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 #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 #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 #88 Michael Wood on The reasons Phil Parkinson might join Sheffield United

We all know the reasons why Phil Parkinson should stay at Bradford City after Sheffield United made an approach for the manager and we keep that list close to our hearts but there is another list - the darker list - of reasons he might leave.

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 #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 #40 Michael Wood on Thin slicing and how it asks and answers questions about Christopher Routis

When we look at a footballer our first impressions are often as accurate as our considered judgements. The more we watch football the more we are able to refine these first impressions and so we can make assessments of players and how they will play in the long term. When we look at Christopher Routis what do those judgements tell us?

Issue #5 Michael Wood on McLean’s debut continues City’s story of the season
Sheffield United 2 Bradford City 2 At Bramall Lane in League One, 2013/2014
Revisiting the Sheffield United moment as Bradford City look to maintain upwards improvement at Port Vale
Bradford City play Port Vale At Vale Park in League Two, 2011/12
Will things go as expected? City play Port Vale looking to put the week behind them

In which Michael talks about how City - a week into the season - are doing as expected.

Fourteen days of difference between Bradford City and Huddersfield Town

In which Michael looks at the differing fortunes of Bradford City and their rivals in the last two weeks.