The story of the 15/16 season

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Image by Thomas Gadd (thomasgadd.co.uk)

August

A rocky start to the season, as many of the new signings fail to impress early doors and the team looks incapable of holding onto a lead. Phil Parkinson doesn’t panic, dipping into the loan market for much-needed reinforcements.

The games

Swindon (a), 4-1 defeat

York City (a) in the League Cup, 2-2 draw and penalty shootout loss

Shrewsbury Town (h), 1-1 draw

Gillingham (h), 2-1 defeat

Barnsley (a), 0-0 draw

Port Vale (h), 1-0 win

The talking points

Social media: a curse or a blessing?

Difficult fresh starts

What’s wrong with Bradford City at the moment?

Speaking to Rory McArdle

September

The month begins well enough with an unbeaten run extending to five, but back-to-back losses dampen the early season optimism once more and cause another Parkinson re-think.

The games

Oldham (a), 2-1 win

Fleetwood (a), 1-1 draw

Sheffield United (h), 2-2 draw

Peterborough United (h), 2-0 defeat

Colchester United (a), 2-0 defeat

Talking points

Phil Parkinson’s foresight can continue to build the Bradford City empire

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Image by Thomas Gadd (thomasgadd.co.uk)

October

Kyel Reid makes a welcome return on loan, inspiring the Bantams to a largely positive month that includes memorable wins over Rochdale and Bury.

The games

Rochdale (a), 3-1 win

Barnsley (h) in the JPT, 2-1 defeat

Doncaster Rovers (a), 1-0 win

Bury (h), 2-1 win

Wigan (h), 1-1 draw

Millwall (a), 0-0 draw

Talking points

The James Hanson dilemma

Phil Parkinson’s credit in the bank enables him to stay true to his values

Phil Parkinson set to shake things up, but ability must ultimately come first

November

Thanks to a month of wonderful defensive displays, the Bantams set a modern day consecutive clean sheet record that pushes them into play off contention and into the next round of the FA Cup. A lack of goals at the other end is a worry, however.

The games

Blackpool (h), 1-0 win

Aldershot (a) in the FA Cup, 0-0 draw

Crewe (h), 2-0 win

Aldershot (h) in the FA Cup, 2-0 win

Scunthorpe United (a), 2-0 win

Coventry (h), 0-0 draw

Walsall (a), 2-1 defeat

Talking points

The Bradford City Fire, the national press, and the need for balance

A heartfelt plea about the enquiry

All managers make dreadful signings, but Phil Parkinson’s recruitment record continues to stack up well

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Image by Thomas Gadd (thomasgadd.co.uk) – copyright Bradford City

December

As bad weather hits the North of England over the festive period, City go through a stop-start period of games that results in them dropping down the league but having games in hand.

The games

Chesham United (h) in the FA Cup, 4-0 win

Chesterfield (a), 1-0 win

Sheffield United (a) 3-1 defeat

Talking points

Speaking to Phil Parkinson

Bradford City have the right mentality for a promotion push

Youth development and the different culture of Bradford City

Bradford City’s Magnificent Seven

January

A pivotal month in the campaign, as Parkinson uses the January window to shuffle the pack with positive results. Form stutters over the first half of the month, but a crucial win over Fleetwood points to better times ahead.

The games

Gillingham (a), 3-0 defeat

Bury (a) in the FA Cup, 0-0 draw

Oldham (h), 1-0 win

Bury (h) in the FA Cup, 0-0 draw and penalty shootout loss

Port Vale (a), 1-1 draw

Barnsley (h), 1-0 defeat

Fleetwood (h), 2-1 win

Talking points

Chelsea one year on

What’s different about Phil Parkinson’s Bradford City this season

Five tactical solutions Phil Parkinson might consider to reverse Bradford City’s league slump

The Midweek Player Focus: Devante Cole

The greatest manager Bradford City never had

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Image by Thomas Gadd – copyright Bradford City

February

The arrival of Josh Cullen prior to the Peterborough game is the final impetus the team needs, and form really beings to click. What’s more, the team are scoring more goals at the other at last.

Burton (a), 3-1 defeat

Peterborough United (a), 4-0 win

Southend United (h), 2-0 win

Rochdale (h), 2-2 draw

Blackpool (a), 1-0 win

Talking points

Phil Parkinson deserves our ongoing respect. End of

Midweek Player Focus: Chris Routis

The Bradford City board throw their weight behind Phil Parkinson, now he needs to re-establish the high performing culture he first instilled

March

The month begins badly – very badly – with an inept home defeat to the league’s bottom club, but by the end of a busy March the play offs are very much in sight and the team has the bit beneath their teeth.

The games

Colchester United (h), 2-1 defeat

Bury (a), 0-0 draw

Burton (h), 2-0 win

Doncaster Rovers (h), 2-1 win

Wigan (a), 1-0 defeat

Millwall (h), 1-0 win

Crewe (a), 1-0 win

Talking points

Do Bradford City want to get promoted?

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Image by Thomas Gadd (copyright Bradford City)

April

The team continue to be a winning machine, churning out 1-0 wins on a regular basis. Despite a slight stutter they seal a play off finish with a game to spare after winning – you guessed it – 1-0 at Southend.

Scunthorpe United (h), 1-0 win

Swindon Town (h), 1-0 win

Shrewsbury (a), 1-1 draw

Coventry City (a), 1-0 defeat

Walsall (h), 4-0 win

Southend United (a), 1-0 win

Talking points

Why should we pay for the Premier League’s mistakes on youth development?

Seven games to change your world

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Image by Thomas Gadd (thomasgadd.co.uk) – copyright Bradford City FC

May

The regular season ends with a comfortable victory over Chesterfield that seals a fifth place finish and play off meeting with Millwall. Alas, the first leg is a non-event for City leaving with them with too much to do at the New Den. There is no Wembley finish to this season, but it has still been a memorable one.

The games

Chesterfield (h), 2-0 win

Millwall (h) in the play off semi final first leg, 3-1 defeat

Millwall (a) in the play off semi final second leg, 1-1 draw

Talking points

Lots. The play off games and the agony of the Lions defeat, and then the club was sold to German owners and Phil Parkinson decided to leave for Bolton, with Stuart McCall his replacement.

The end of the Rhodes, but the outgoing chairman’s place in history is assured

The article we always hoped we’d never have to write

The Phil Parkinson Brexit leaves an uncertain future for Bradford City

Welcome home

Chris Mitchell (1988-2016)

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Tale of two seasons as Billy Knott leaves Bradford City

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