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League 1 Preview: Bradford City

19 June 2015

A look at the teams we'll be taking on next season - today we look at Bradford City...

About Bradford City

Nicknamed the Bantams, Bradford City are a West Yorkshire-based former Premier League side. In recent seasons they have gained a reputation as cup giant-killers after defeating three then Premier League sides, Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa en route to the Capital One Cup final in 2013. The Bantams went on to cause further upset in the 2015 FA Cup by beating Chelsea 4–2 away in the fourth round and Sunderland 2-0 at home in the fifth round, this set them up with a quarter final tie at home to Reading, the match resulted in a goalless draw. The replay at the Madjeski Stadium finished 3-0 to the home side, which resulted in Bradford being knocked out of the competition.    

How did they get on last season?

Most would consider Bradford’s 2014/15 campaign to be relatively successful, having finished in seventh in Sky Bet League 1, just four points off the final play-off spot and having enjoyed a good run in the FA Cup making it through to the quarter finals. 

Who's the Gaffer?

Phil Parkinson. Parkinson is currently the sixth longest serving manager in English league football having been with Bradford for 3 years, 293 days. In his time at the club he has led the side to promotion from League Two to League One, as well as to a Capital One Cup semi final and FA Cup quarter final. He started his managerial career at Colchester United where he spent three years. In 2006 he moved north to Hull City. He departed from Hull after spending two-years with them. In 2008 he joined Charlton Athletic as Assistant Manager to Alan Pardew before becoming Manager when Pardew left for Southampton in 2009. 

Who’s the star player?

Central defender Rory McArdle was noted as being one of the Bantam’s top performers of their 2014/15 campaign. He started out as the side’s right-back but made the switch to the centre of defence where he displayed quality and consistency throughout the season. 

Another key figure is Billy Clarke, top scorer for the Bantams in their 2014/15 campaign. The attacking midfielder started out with Ipswich Town before moving onto Blackpool, Sheffield United and Crawley Town. He moved to Bradford City last summer on a free transfer. 

Any links?

Their Gaffer - Former player Phil Parkinson, made his Football League debut for the Shakers in 1988. He spent four years at Gigg Lane making over 150 appearances before joining Reading in the summer of 1992. 

About the ground

Valley Parade holds 25,000 (the second highest capacity stadium in Sky Bet League One next season). On our visit to Valley Parade the Shakers will be situated in the Midland Road Stand or the TL Dallas Stand behind the goals. The journey to Bradford is a 75 mile round trip for Shakers leaving from the JD Stadium. 

vs record

Games won: 23

Games drawn: 22

Games lost: 25

What are the current odds on Bradford City getting promoted next season?

Bradford are priced at 9/2 to gain promotion from Sky Bet League One this coming season. 

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