By Jason McKeown
If there is ever a moment for fanzines to shine, the recounting of a major football event is it. The new edition of the City Gent – which goes on sale at Valley Parade today – does a fantastic job of reflecting Bradford City’s momentous day at Wembley stadium last month.
Supporters have queued up to write interesting articles about their experience of the League Cup Final. Highlights include Sophie Cunliffe’s account of watching the game with her family, Dave Welbourne comparing ’13 with ’96, Mark Neale assessing the legacy for the club, Chad Soucy travelling over from America to watch the match and James Podlewski spending the day being Capital One’s ‘super fan’. Width of a Post has contributed an article on writing about the cup run, too.
For the first time in City Gent’s long and distinguished history, the fanzine is printed in full colour; which does full justice to the range of outstanding photographs taken by Emily Harrison that feature throughout. There’s also an extended interview with Julian Rhodes by former BBC Radio Leeds commentator Derm Tanner, with some revealing insights.
Even if the disappointment of City getting thrashed by Swansea – and negative impact on league form – leaves you feeling too upset to want to read about Sunday 24 February, 2013, buy it. Buy it, don’t read it, but stick it away somewhere safe. Because in a few years’ time, when the memories of the cup run start to fade and the bitterness over recent results is long since forgotten, you’ll be grateful for every memento you kept of City’s glorious achievement – and you’ll regret it if you haven’t bought City Gent 185.
On sale around Valley Parade today.