Bradford City are a Football Club in West Yorkshire who currently ply their trade in the games third tier, Sky Bet League One.
A BANTAMS GUIDE:
Club: Bradford City Association Football Club
Joint Chariman: Julian Rhodes & Mark Lawn
Manager: Phil Parkinson
Ground: Coral Windows Stadium (Capacity: 25,136)
Division: Sky Bet League One
A BANTAMS HISTORY IN TWENTY POINTS:
. The Bantams were formed in 1903 following the FA’s decision to promote Football in a Rugby League dominated area.
. The decision came following Manningham FC’s decision to switch codes from Rugby to Football.
. Peter O’Rourke guided the club to the top flight for the first time in 1908 after leading the club to the Second Divison Championship.
. In 1911, the club won the FA Cup when Jimmy Spiers goal secured a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United in the Final Replay at Old Trafford.
. The Clubs record victory was an 11-1 demolition of Rotherham United on the 25th August 1928.
. Following a poor run following the First World War, O’Rourke returned as manager and guided the club to promotion from the Third Division (North) with a record goals haul of 128.
. In 1958, the Bantams were placed in the new Third Division but were relegated after just three seasons.
. In the League Cup’s inaugral season of 1960/61, the club stunned Manchester United.
. On the 30th December 1961, the club suffered their record loss of 9-1 away at Colchester United.
. Following years of Yo-Yoing between the bottom three tiers of the Football League, Stafford Heginbotham & Jack Tordoff saved the club from recievership.
. Then in 1984/85, the club secured promotion as Champions of the Third Division.
. However, on the day the club were presented with the trophy, tragedy struck against Lincoln City when 56 fans tragically lost their lives when a fire engulfed the main stand at Valley Parade.
. In 1994, Geoffrey Richmond bought the club and promised Premier League football in five years.
. In 1996, Chris Kamara lead the club to promotion from Division Two as they defeated Notts County 2-0 at Wembley in the Play Off Final.
. In 1999, Paul Jewell guided the club to promotion into the Premier League following a final day victory away at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
. Twelve Months Later, the team branded ‘Dad’s Army’ defeated Liverpool 1-0 with a David Wetherall header to secure Premier League Survival.
. The club then took part in their only European journey as they defeated FK Atlantas & RRC Waalwijk before being losing out to Zenit St Petersburg in the UEFA Intertoto Cup.
. Two spells in administration following relegation from the Premier League saw the club drop to the games fourth tier with two further relegations coming within six years of dropping from the top flight.
. In 2013, Phil Parkinson guided City to the League Cup Final where they were defeated 5-0 to Swansea. They saw off Notts County, Watford, Burton, Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa to reach Wembley.
. The Bantams returned to Wembley three months later, defeating Northampton Town 3-0 to secure promotion from League Two.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THE BANTAMS?
For now, the Bantams main aim is to sell star striker Nahki Wells for a tidy sum whilst replacing him with an equally as goal use striker. Depsite a run of one victory in the past sixteen games, Phil Parkinson will still hope he can guide the club to another promotion push as he shares the ambitions of Championship football with Chairman Mark Lawn.