BRADFORD CITY

 

There was a strange beginning for Bradford City Football Club, as they were elected to the Football League even before they had a team !! The idea was to introduce the eleven man game into the area to try and break the stranglehold that rugby had there. That was in 1903 and it only took them five years to assemble a team worthy of taking the Second Division Championship. Then, in 1911, their best ever season saw them finish fifth in the First Division and win the FA Cup. Their team that triumphed over Newcastle United in the replay that day contained eight Scotsmen and it was a fitting victory as the trophy had been re-crafted by a silversmith from .... Bradford. On the trip to Manchester for the second game, the charabanc carrying the fans to the match stopped at a crossroads next to a farm and a chicken popped into the bus, unbeknown to the passengers. When the destination was reached, the fowl jumped out and followed the supporters into the ground. They regarded it as such a good luck symbol after the win, that they implored the cup to keep the pugnacious bird. The club declined, but did, however, adopt the Bantam in name as the club's nickname and symbol to portray their fighting spirit.

Following these heady days, the club slipped from grace (a lovely girl) and found themselves in Division 4 as their fortunes fluctuated during the swinging sixties. When things did turn in their favour, what should have been a day for celebration ended in disaster. An 11,000 crowd had gathered on 11 May 1985 to cheer on Terry Yorath's Bradford side that had claimed the 3rd Division title. Just before half-time, someone noticed smoke coming up through the wooden floor of the main stand, which had served the City fans for 77 years. The alarm was raised, but nobody had realised that a pile of rubbish had ignited below the seating and within 5 minutes, the whole stand was ablaze. Tremendous feats of heroism from fans and staff alike were witnessed by the television cameras that were at Valley Parade, as attempts were made to rescue people from the stand with the roof alight and raining burning material from above. In total, 56 people lost their lives that sad day and 200 suffered burns. Following a report into the fire, safety was tightened up at grounds across the country to ensure that a disaster like this would never happen again.

It was suggested that following the fire, the club should relocate at a new venue, but local feeling was strongly against this and Valley Parade has (literally) risen from the ashes with a smart new Pulse stadium. The team have consolidated their position in the First Division, with the help of some exotic signings (i.e the Brazilian Edinho, not Eddie Youds).  Their last day survival in the Premier League in 2000 at least gave them another year to build on before they hit the bottom three of the table and stayed there for most of the season.  So, in 2001, their odyssey came to an end and they will have to rebuild from the First Division.  Successive managers had little chance to make a difference to their plight and with ever more financial difficulties (the club went into administration for the second time in February 2004), the club slipped into Division Two at the end of the 2003-04 season and the future looked difficult for manager Bryan Robson.

The Bantams fought against relegation and financial strictures and stayed in the bottom division, but in 2012-13, the team pout together a fine run of results in the League Cup, knocking out Arsenal and Aston Villa on the way to the final, where a sending off condemned them to a 0-5 defeat at the hands of Swansea City.

FAMOUS PLAYERS:- Cec Podd, Charles Capon, Ian Ormondroyd, Donald Duckett, Phillip Flippitt, Stuart McCall, Harry Hampton, Bobby Campbell, David "Bronco" Layne.

FAMOUS FANS : -  John Helm  (Football commentator), John Holmes (Actor - 'Gonch' in "Grange Hill"), George Layton (Comedy actor - "It Ain't Half Hot Mum", "Duty Free"), Joe Johnson (Ex snooker World Champion), Tony Wright (Musician - Terrorvision)

 

Club Records 

Formed 1903
Turned Professional 1903
Became a Limited Company 1908
Previous names -
Previous grounds -
Nickname "The BANTAMS"
Club Colours HOME : Shirts - Claret and amber stripes
Shorts - Claret
Socks - Amber 

AWAY : Shirts -  White
Shorts - White
Socks - White with Claret and Amber trim

Record Premier League Win 3-0     v  Wimbledon       30.4.2000
Record Premier League Defeat 0-6   v Manchester United  (Away)    26.11.2000
Record Football League Win 11-1  v Rotherham United
Div. 3N        25.8.1928
Record Football League Defeat 1-9 v   Colchester United
Div. 4        30.12.1961
Record Cup Win 11-3  Walker Celtic
FAC R1r      1.12.1937
Record Fee Paid 2.5 million to Leeds United for David HOPKIN  (July 2000)
Record Fee Received 2 million from Newcastle United for Des HAMILTON (March 1997)
Record Football League Appearances 502 -  Cec PODD  (1970-84)
Record Premier League Appearances 38  -  Gunnar HALLE,               Dean WINDASS,                David WETHERALL (all1999-2000)
Record Premier League goalscorer 10  -  Dean WINDASS (1999-2000)
Record goalscorer in a Premier League season 10  -  Dean WINDASS (1999-2000)
Record all-time goalscorer Bobby CAMPBELL 121  (1981-84, 84-86)
Record goalscorer in a League season David LAYNE    34  
Division 4 1961-62
Most goals in a match 7 - Albert WHITEHURST  v  Tranmere Rovers  Division 3 (North)   6.3.1929
Record Home Attendance (all-time) 39,146 v  Burnley
FAC R4       11.3.1911
Record Premier League Attendance 18,276  v  many teams (1999-2000)
Record match receipts 164,567  v  Sheffield Wednesday  FAC R5  16.2.1997
Record total of goals in a Premier League season 38  (1999-2000)
Record Premier League points total 36  (1999-2000)
Record total of goals in a  League season 128   Division 3 (North)  1928-29  
Record  League points total 3 points for a win : 94      Division 3   1984-85

2 points for a win : 63      Division 3 (North)   1928-29

Most Capped player while at club Harry HAMPTON  9  
(Northern Ireland)

 

Stadium details 

Address : Bradford and Bingley Stadium, Valley Parade, Bradford BD8 7DY

Telephone : 01274 773355
01274 770022  (Ticket Office)
09068 888 640 (News)
 Fax : 01274 773356

Capacity : 25,000
Away Allocation : 1,850
Pitch size : 110 yards  x  73 yards

Official website :   www.bradfordcityfc.co.uk
Unofficial websites :  City Gent 
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Bantams Past - a good bit on the 1970 FA Cup ties v Spurs 

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