A History of Bradford City AFC in Objects



A 320+ page, all colour book; planned publication – end September / early October, 2014.

The book records the changing match day experience at Valley Parade and the acceleration of change in the last thirty years, coincidentally since the fire disaster. The content of the book promises to be unique in comparison to histories previously written about football clubs in Britain, let alone Bradford City AFC. This is not a statistical record about players or games, it is literally an illustrated history of the club in objects but not limited to the popular ‘100 objects only’ formula.

A History of Bradford City AFC In Objects has been written and compiled by John Dewhirst who has one of the largest and most comprehensive private collections of BCAFC memorabilia. The book will include items from his collection supplemented with that provided by other collectors and supporters as well as material previously featured in the BANTAMSPAST museum.

Most of the content has never previously been displayed or included in earlier publications.

John was co-founder of The City Gent in 1984. He previously compiled City Memories in 1997 and has assisted with a number of books about the club including Of Boars and Bantams in 1988, Along The Midland Road in 1996, Glorious 1911 in 2010 and Paraders: The 125 Year History of Valley Parade in 2011. John has also been involved with a number of projects celebrating the history of the club and in April, 2011 he organised the sell-out dinner at the Midland Hotel to commemorate the centenary of the FA Cup triumph.

Profits from the sale of the book will go to Bradford City AFC. In 2013 BANTAMSPAST contributed towards the new 2013 Suite at Valley Parade and we are currently planning a new gallery of framed shirts from 1976 to date. Proceeds of our badge and book sales will fund historic displays in Valley Parade to keep the club’s history alive and accessible.

Subscriber copies can be ordered until 31 August, 2014. Subscriber copies will have a different cover to those which go on general sale in the autumn. This is the fourth book published by BANTAMSPAST since 2010 and our previous publications have all sold out. This book commemorates 100 peacetime seasons at Valley Parade and is likely to be a future collector’s item.

Ordered copies can be collected from Valley Parade either at a launch event (tba) in the 1911 Club or from reception. Copies can be posted to those unable to collect in person.

Email glorious1911@paraders.co.uk for an order form.

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3 replies

  1. Trying to send for order form on e mail listed but keeps bouncing back

    Cheers Simon Hartley

    Sent from my iPhone


    • I have also tried to request an order form but my emails failed. Are there alternative ways to pre order the book?

  2. Simon/Mary

    My apologises. I have fixed the email address and the correct one now appears. Any further problems let me know.

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