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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.
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
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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.
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
Phil Parkinson’s foresight can continue to build the Bradford City empire
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Kyel Reid makes a welcome return on loan, inspiring the Bantams to a largely positive month that includes memorable wins over Rochdale and Bury.
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
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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.
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
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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.
Chesham United (h) in the FA Cup, 4-0 win
Chesterfield (a), 1-0 win
Sheffield United (a) 3-1 defeat
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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.
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
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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
Phil Parkinson deserves our ongoing respect. End of
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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.
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
Do Bradford City want to get promoted?
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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
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Seven games to change your world
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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.
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
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.
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