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      26.01.2013 11:50
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      If you need anymore evidence that our game is being stolen away by foreign interests then you need look no further than Bradford's astonishing win over Aston Villa to make the League Cup Final, the first bottom tear team to achieve that since 1962, some 50 years ago. In fact this is the greatest ever achievement by a lower league club in a domestic cup, Rochhdale's appearance back in '62' a two legged game and not at Wembley, and very few top teams entering the fledgling League Cup back then. Bradford's last domestic Cup Final success was winning the FA Cup some 100 years ago in 1911, fellow finalist Swansea City also enjoying their first major final in their history in their centenary year. If Bradford wins the cup then they are also in Europe, their first adventure abroad since their Inter Toto Cup adventure and semi-final defeat in 2000 against Zenit St Petersburg. This is a bigger story than it looks. The headline figure has been the one that Bradford City's team has been assembled for less than £10,000, which is not strictly true as its all about loans now. But they did finish 18th in Divison Two last year and only secured their status in the league on the last day of the season and so this final even more astonishing. They are also the lowest places team in the ladder that has been in the Premier League, residents of the big table back in 1999 after 77 years outside the top flight. Interestingly their Wembley opponents Swansea City were a point from dropping out of the league in 1999, ships in the night. My point here is Bradford, and indeed Swansea, are at Wembley for a reason, better English players being forced down the leagues by foreign Premier League imports, foreign agents and owner's love of buying non British players and managers meaning good British players land on their heads at places like Bradford. One too many of those foreigner players are inferior to our lads and only here because the clubs are using questionable agents to bring them in to our game, a piece of the pie for all concerned on the transfer, if you know what I mean, how they do businesses the other end of the Channel Tunnel. This means English guys good enough for the Premiership end up in The Championship and so on and so on. This means teams like Bradford can pick up some tasty loans on the way down the ladder that shouldn't be and so end up in a major final. It would have been two Wembley Finals if they had beaten Crewe in the second leg of the Northern Area semi-final of the Auto Windscreens Trophy last month. I'm sure they are happy with this though. Some £72 million pounds was officially taken out of the British game by agents in 2011, and who knows how much 'unofficially' went out of the game through other 'unregistered' agents and interested parties. Bebe, the £7.2m Portuguese misfit at Manchester United, is an example of what is destroying our game. He was openly being hawked around Europe for as little as 165,000 Euros, an orphan kid from Portugal who had even been suggested to have played in the 'Homeless World Cup' for street kids when he was 16. But once he became a free agent when leaving local Portuguese team Estrela Amadora FC, United could have had him for nothing. When he moved to Guimarães a year later there were a host of clubs keen to sign him, including a Turkish club offering six million Euros. When he moved to United, a Portuguese sports agents got involved and his price rocketed in just seven months, third party ownership allowed in Portuguese football, the sports agency eventually receiving 30% of that undisclosed £7.4 million transfer to United. The question then was how much of that agent's fee ended up where and to whom. Manchester United have denied making or receiving payments from the agents in question to initiate a move for a player Sir Alex clearly didn't want, and, unbelievably, never saw play when he sanctioned the deal, not even on YouTube! Bebe has done nothing at United and again out on loan, scoring a grand total of four goals in four years for five different clubs, loaned this time around to a Portuguese club not 50 miles form his old orphanage. What could Bradford do with £7.4 million! It stinks. Tim Howard's move to United under Sir Alex saw the now Everton keeper have five agents involved in his misfire move to Old Trafford. Five??? Bradford City can proudly boast that they have never had a foreign manager, although, rather chaotically, they have had 50 plus mangers since their FA Cup win, 17 in the last 15 years alone. Their squad is similarly British with two Aussies and a Bermudan striker their overseas compliment. Sadly, for a city one third British Asian, there are no Asian names on the team sheet. I know kids from that community are discouraged from mixing with white kids and certain sports clubs but there really should be better dialogue between the two. Worcestershire Count Cricket Club has exploited the local Asians kids in their area and they have helped them stay in the top league in the county championship on a low budget with some excellent young players, turning a profit for their third year in a row. I don't think its racism but just mistrust between the two communities, cricket, not football, the Asians thing. Before the win over Villa it was the Bradford City fire that defined the club, 1985 seeing 56 people killed in the antiquated Valley Parade stadium, most trapped behind locked doors at the back of the stand stairwells. Litter and fag buts would slip through the cracks in the wooden floor over the years and eventually went up, the wooden roof idea fuel for combustion. The council had repeatedly warned them of the obvious fire risk. It took just four minutes for a small fire spotted by a commentator to engulf the whole stand in the swirling winds. If you didn't go against your natural instincts and hurdle the fence on to the pitch you were in trouble. It was Hillsboro in reverse, locked gates topping the fans from breaking out to freedom and fresh air. The people of Bradford showed dignity in the following investigation and accepted the club was partly to blame but the hooliganism culture and drinking before the match over the years that had penned and locked them in and was also to blame. My best mate at the time was at the game and made that decision for some older fans and dragged them on to the pitch. Alas it takes catastrophes like this for things to change and if the Liverpool fans hadn't had done what they did at Heysel and Hillsboro we would be no further along the line in safety for fans and still standing in the cold. Bradford City are currently 10th in League Two, three points off the play-offs on 40 points.

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        23.10.2001 08:26
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        Bradford City have got a few good players in their squad and they have also got an Ok manager, but I do not think they are good enough for the premiership. When they were promoted 2 years ago, they went into the premiership as the favourites to be relegated, but they just survived and they finished 17th. Last season, they simply couldn’t find a way of winning a few games in a row and finding some good form, and they ended up finishing bottom of the league and they were relegated. This season, Bradford have got off to a good start in Division 1 and I know that they are capable of finishing in the play offs at least, but I just don’t think they are a premiership team. They are probably too good for Division 1, but not good enough for the premiership. They are like Man City and Bolton, in my opinion. I think that they really need to buy some decent players who can play in the premiership so that if they were promoted again, they wouldn’t get relegated straight away. Bradford have got a few good players including Ward, Jess and McCall. All 3 of these players can help Bradford stay near the top of Division 1 and hopefully, they can help them win promotion. I think Bradford could also do with a better manager and someone who is more experienced. Bradford’s stadium is not that big, although I reckon it is quite a nice stadium. They could do with increasing the capacity so that they could have more support if they were promoted. Thanks for reading!

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          16.09.2001 23:36
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          Bradford City have got a few good players in their squad and they have also got an Ok manager, but I do not think they are good enough for the premiership. When they were promoted 2 years ago, they went into the premiership as the favourites to be relegated, but they just survived and they finished 17th. Last season, they simply couldn’t find a way of winning a few games in a row and finding some good form, and they ended up finishing bottom of the league and they were relegated. This season, Bradford have got off to a good start in Division 1 and I know that they are capable of finishing in the play offs at least, but I just don’t think they are a premiership team. They are probably too good for Division 1, but not good enough for the premiership. They are like Man City and Bolton, in my opinion. I think that they really need to buy some decent players who can play in the premiership so that if they were promoted again, they wouldn’t get relegated straight away. Bradford have got a few good players including Ward, Jess and McCall. All 3 of these players can help Bradford stay near the top of Division 1 and hopefully, they can help them win promotion. I think Bradford could also do with a better manager and someone who is more experienced. Bradford’s stadium is not that big, although I reckon it is quite a nice stadium. They could do with increasing the capacity so that they could have more support if they were promoted. Thanks for reading!

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            Bradford City have got a few good players in their squad and they have also got an Ok manager, but I do not think they are good enough for the premiership. When they were promoted 2 years ago, they went into the premiership as the favourites to be relegated, but they just survived and they finished 17th. Last season, they simply couldn’t find a way of winning a few games in a row and finding some good form, and they ended up finishing bottom of the league and they were relegated. This season, Bradford have got off to a good start in Division 1 and I know that they are capable of finishing in the play offs at least, but I just don’t think they are a premiership team. They are probably too good for Division 1, but not good enough for the premiership. They are like Man City and Bolton, in my opinion. I think that they really need to buy some decent players who can play in the premiership so that if they were promoted again, they wouldn’t get relegated straight away. Bradford have got a few good players including Ward, Jess and McCall. All 3 of these players can help Bradford stay near the top of Division 1 and hopefully, they can help them win promotion. I think Bradford could also do with a better manager and someone who is more experienced. Bradford’s stadium is not that big, although I reckon it is quite a nice stadium. They could do with increasing the capacity so that they could have more support if they were promoted. Thanks for reading!

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            29.07.2001 01:05

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            Bradford City was relegated from the premiership last season after a very poor season indeed. They did not win many games and when they were beaten, the opposition quite often hammered them. The season before last saw Bradford just escape relegation as they beat Liverpool in a game that they had to win otherwise they would have been relegated. Anyway, last season was the season when everyone said that Bradford City was favourites for the drop and they were. They have got an OK manager but they have not really got any good players and they haven’t got a player who can turn games around when needed. If they were to become a team who can stay in the premiership, they would have to get a new manager and buy quite a lot of decent players who can cope in the premiership. Overall, Bradford City is not a premiership team and I would have to say that they are a Division 1 team who will finish around mid table this season. I honestly can not see them getting promoted back into the premiership as there are quite a few teams in the Division that are better than Bradford City. If they did get promoted back into the premiership, they would be another team who would go straight back down again come the end of the following season. AS I said in the title, Bradford City is a 'Division 1 Team'. I can see them finishing in around 10th place next season, they have enjoyed two fortunate years at the top flight, I am not quite sure how they managed to fend off Wimbledon the season before last, but they managed it. Expect their top players to leave, and for Bradford to make a rebuilding aspect in the 1st division. 3stars.

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            08.05.2001 02:52

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            This is for all you fans of Bradford sorry I meant fan of Bradford. Bradford City are bottom of the premier league and have unfortuently go down this year. They had a miracle last year managing to stay up with the help of Southampton. I am a fan of southampton and I have seen them only stay in the premiership by a couple of points. If Bradford go down they will so with pride. Surprisingly Bradford have some very big name footballers in their squad, Southampton could not even sign some of them. On paper Bradford looks a strong team, they just need to get more confidence on the pitch. The team puts in a great amount of effort and are unlucky at times(well most the time). They are also fun to watch as you dont know what will happen in the games often exciting to see them score. As they stand they are bottom want to hear a joke Who is the strongest team in the premiership? Bradford because they hold all the other teams up. HAHAHA! Did you like that, yes i have been told that to when Southampton were bottom but they stayed. Bradford city will be playing first division football for next season and possibly lose some of their best players like Carbone and several others. Good luck Bradford don't lose hope. keep supporting them you fans sorry about the joke earlier no hard feelings. Someone has to be last! COME ON YOU BANTEMS See I do know something about them.

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            09.04.2001 05:03
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              09.04.2001 03:08
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              Bradford will face a tough season back in division 1, but Jim Jefferies has managed keep the squad together and hopefully a promotion challange will be the result. Jess could be the man to fire up the side, a somewhat wasted talent over the years, Jefferies seems to be able to get the best out of him and with the world cup over the horizon, a scotland recall is not out of the question. Molenaar and Wetheral look a solid defensive pairing with Myers and Jacobs in the full back positions the back four compares with any in Division 1. Ashley Ward should find his feet playing in a settled side, a target man with a proven scoring record in this division, his partnership with Carbone could be one of the most exciting outside of the premier. Locke, Whalley and McCall will provide the ammunition for them. The only problem could be the size of the squad, Jefferies has added only one new face during the summer and until Clarke is moved on there seems little chance of any more.

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                24.03.2001 22:49
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                This is for all you fans of Bradford sorry I meant fan of Bradford. Bradford City are bottom of the premier league and possibly will unfortuently go down this year. They had a miracle last year managing to stay up with the help of Southampton. I am a fan of southampton and I have seen them only stay in the premiership by a couple of points. If Bradford go down they will so with pride. Surprisingly Bradford have some very big name footballers in their squad, Southampton could not even sign some of them. On paper Bradford looks a strong team, they just need to get more confidence on the pitch. The team puts in a great amount of effort and are unlucky at times(well most the time). They are also fun to watch as you dont know what will happen in the games often exciting to see them score. As they stand they are bottom want to hear a joke Who is the strongest team in the premiership? Bradford because they hold all the other teams up. HAHAHA! Did you like that, yes i have been told that to when Southampton were bottom but they stayed up so can Bradford Good luck Bradford don't lose hope keep supporting them you fans sorry about the joke earlier no hard feelings. Someone has to be last! COME ON YOU BANTEMS See I do know something about them.

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                  11.02.2001 01:17
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                  Mathematically, it is still possible for Bradford to stay up, in fact it will be a few games yet before they are definitely down. But realistically, for a while now the club have been doomed. They haven't shown any sort of good form all season, although they did cause a few upsets in matches against big clubs. But Bradford have never looked like a side who belong in the Premiership, and it is amazing that they have survived for the amount of time they have done. Last season everyone tipped Bradford to go straight back down to Division One, but they pulled of a great feat and managed to avoid relegation. they showed fight and determination which I believe still exists in the side, but this season there is one big difference from last season. Bradford haven't been able to hold on to any big stars. They have let Stan Collymore go, Benito Carbone has also been allowed to leave the club, and it appears there is now no hope. When your best players leave, you know you are doomed, and that is what has happened with Bradford. Jim Jeffries' men have fought hard, but it looks increasingly unlikely for thekm to stay up. Bradford did extremely well to avoid relegation last season, but in my opinion their fight with relegation this season has already been lost.

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                  10.02.2001 20:44
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                  Surely this time there will be no escape for Bradford City? After their fantastic effort under the managership of Paul Jewell last season, it looks like the predictions of all the soccer pundits that they would not survive a second season in the Premiership are going to come true. Paul Jewell left at the start of the season to take up the new challenge of Sheffield Wednesday amid many rumours of over interference in team matters by the Bradford Chaiman Geoffrey Richards. To be fair to Mr Richards, his comment about this situation was that under his Chairmanship and guidance Bradford had achieved the success of reaching the Premier League, so if he did have an input in team matters it should be recognised that it had been a successful input. Jewell was replaced by Chris Hutchings who was really on a hiding to nothing, given that Richards announced that if the results while he was manager were good he would keep his job, if not he would be sacked. Although this is an obvious thing to say and is true of virtually every manager in the league, the fact that it became a public announcement from his chairman cannot have helped Chris Hutchings. Amid much publicity a couple of stars were signed, Benito Carbone and Dan Petrescu as Richards tried to maintain that the club was looking to establish itself in the Premiership. Despite this, results were still not good and Bradford found themselves near the foot of the table. Hutchings tried to inject more firepower into the Bradford forward line by signing the fallen idol Stan Collymore who, not really surprisingly, scored on his debut to offer the false dawn of a new era. Unfortunately, again not really surprisingly, this was not to be and as results faltered Chris Hutchings eventually got the boot, to be replaced by the ex Hearts manager Jim Jeffries. Jeffries has decided to dispense with the big names, with Collymore heading off to Spain, Petrescu to Southampton and Carbone being left out of the te am, although he is now injured. Presumably this was intended to build a team that would scrap for their survival but again this new direction has hardly been a success, with Bradford now 5 points adrift at the bottom and 10 points from safety. In addition they have not even scored for 5 games and there is really no light at the end of the tunnel. I have seen it mentioned that perhaps the casting adrift of the star players was actually a preparation for life in Division 1 next season and it is not hard to see why people would draw this conclusion given the events at Braford City this year.

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                    10.02.2001 02:51

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                    In my opinion, Bradford City have got to be the worst premiership football team that we have seen for the past few years. They are not a premiership team and although they have got a few decent players in their squad, they should really be in Division 1, if not lower. They will definitely be relegated at the end of this season and everyone knows that. In my opinion, they will finish bottom of the league and not any more higher than that. Last season, they were very lucky indeed to not be relgated to Division 1. They should have been but I will admit that they played some good football towards the end of last season. But this year, they have not done well at all and they will go down. I am sorry for all those great Bradford supporters who have to watch their team lose nearly every week. Bradford have also not score in nearly 10 hours of premiership football, which straight away suggests that they are not a premiership club.

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                    Bradford is a very courageous team in my view. They battled bravely against relegation last season and pulled off an unbelievable 1-0 victory against Liverpool on the last day of the season to condemn Wimbledon to the first division and save themselves! The Bradford team is made up mainly of British players, which means that they would not have the problems that a team like Chelsea would have if a limit on foreign players were introduced, as is talked about by UEFA and the FA. It is good to see a team that has so many home grown players, as this can only be good for both the club and the English game in general. I see Bradford’s best players as being Dean Saunders and Gary Walsh, as Dean has proved a great influential striker who has put a good many goals away in his time at Bradford and Gary has always proved quite reliable behind the shaky defence. I hope that Bradford will be able to pull off another miracle this year but I fear they will not be so lucky this time round, which is a shame as they are a team that has always been 100% in spirit and effort during their time in the top flight. They may not have the financial resources to buy their way out of trouble and have been unlucky with the likes of Stan Collymore and Dan Petrescu, who have moved to newer pastures. I fear that it is time for Bradford to return to Division One this year, but knowing their spirit and attitude, with a few more class players they could soon return to the big time. A shame to see them go down and I hope that they won’t, but I’m afraid I can’t see them surviving this time round! Sorry boys!

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                    03.02.2001 05:18

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                    Its all over for Bradford City as know one has stood up and been counted there. Last season it was Beagrie and Windass who showed a bit of Yorkshire grit but nothing from those guys this year so im sorry guys but its back to the Nationwide with your fifteen million resettlement payout. The back four has lost its heart with the absence of the Leeds duo of Halle and University educated Weatherall who played every minute of the season last year. If you don’t get it right in defense in the Premiership the class strikers will skin you alive. Their biggest error was bringing in the new manager to early so any jump in form from a new boss from players trying to impress will have petered out by the time you need to dig in for the relegation battle. The joke signing of Collymore and Carbone where two fingers up from the departing manager and I’m surprised chairman Richmond didn’t block them. Going down with less than thirty points in April.

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                    03.02.2001 04:58

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                    Bradford city have been the worst side in The Premiership since Ipswich Town last season. It seems that teams that come up go down pretty quick in less they have a decent manager at the helm ,or the recources to keep them up. Beagrie,Windass and Carbone could have worked it they were gelling early on,but sadlt as you can see the later is surplus to requirements and should seek warmer clime soo.A As for Collymore,well what can you say about that guy.He seems all right when you here him talk on the radio or TV.Still eight clubs cant be wrong!.

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                  Bradford City Association Football Club are an English football team based at Valley Parade, otherwise known as The Intersonic Stadium (previously Bradford & Bingley Stadium), due to stadium sponsorship in Bradford. Bradford & Bingley are the club's current official shirt sponsor. Bradford's only major trophy to date is the FA Cup, which they won in 1911. Their stadium, Valley Parade, was the scene of a fierce inferno on 11 May 1985 which claimed the lives of 56 spectators on the last day of their Third Division campaign, when they finished champions of that division. They ground-shared with Leeds United and Huddersfield Town over the next 6 months before finding a semi-permanent home at Odsal Stadium, home of Bradford Bulls (Then Bradford Northern) Rugby League side, and ultimately returning to a rebuilt Valley Parade. Further developments at the ground have seen it reach an all-seated capacity of 25,136. Bradford reached the Premiership in 1999 - ending a 77-year absence from the top flight - and stayed up on the final day of the season thanks to a shock 1-0 win over Liverpool. They went down a year later after a terrible season, and a financial crisis later pushed the club to the brink of closure. They survived this financial nightmare, but were unable to avoid another relegation in 2004. The Bantams remain in League One, the third tier of the English league, they currently have no manager following the departure of Colin Todd on February 12, 2007. Permission was given five years ago to increase Valley Parade's capacity to 30,000, but this seems unlikely to proceed unless the club returns to the Premiership. Significant former managers of Bradford include Chris Kamara, Paul Jewell, Frank Stapleton and Trevor Cherry. Significant players (current & former) include David Wetherall (Current Club Captain), Gary Walsh, John Hendrie, Stuart McCall, Benito Carbone and Dean Windass.