By Ian Hemmens
Events of the last couple of months have shown a worldwide audience what sort of potential the club has. Two sell out crowds for home cup ties, followed by a mass-exodus from the City to a cup final of a national competition where everyone associated with the club did it proud.
Worldwide publicity that marketing men die for. In the present climate, people of all colours and creeds together as one; the only common denominator being the colours Claret and Amber. Truly a marketing man’s dream; never mind social commentators and politicians.
All this, despite the club being in the fourth tier of English football, shows a potential ripe for someone to come in and arouse the giant from its slumbers. It can be done, it has been done. Former Chairman Geoffrey Richmond showed what can happen when some momentum is gained with this club.
For a club whose glory days were 70 years and two World Wars before, it was a remarkable achievement only halted not only Richmond’s “six weeks of madness”, but the ITV digital collapse. There was no reason why Bradford City couldn’t have been the Stoke City of the 1990s; an established Premier League club.
I’m not sure now if we could? Possibly, but a place in the ultra competitive Championship is where we should be aiming, at least, in my opinion.
So where are the investors and speculators willing to take a chance on a club that has proved its huge potential on a national stage? I understand the world’s economic situation isn’t conducive to speculators and their like, but there’s always someone with an ego wanting to take a punt on something.
Which brings me to another quandary. It’s called better the devil you know. After watching with sincere sadness the pantomime that has become Blackburn Rovers FC, a grand old club with huge traditions, since the Venky family took over, I’m left thinking we are better with the present Joint Chairmen who are, for all their faults, at the end of the day, City fans at heart. The whole Blackburn situation has made a proud club the laughing stock of English football, and I can only sympathise with their genuine fans.
Surely there is someone out there willing, if not to buy the club, at least help out the present owners and share in the reflected glory if the club can maintain the progress hopefully being made this season?
In the mid to long-term, we surely have to get ourselves moving upwards, whilst seriously looking at buying our home back from the Gibb Pension Trust. I know that not having these assets is probably the main stumbling block to someone investing, but this can be an ongoing project, whilst building the rest of the club to where it can be.
Anyone out there reading this who feels they can contribute to this great club – you’ve seen what can be achieved in the last few months. A simple enquiry to the club could be all it takes to give this club the future it deserves.