League One Lowdown: Bradford City

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 25 June 2017

Vital Statistics

Founded: 1903

Chairmen: Edin Rahic and Stefan Rupp

Last Season: League One - 5th

Nicknames: The Bantams

Rivals: Leeds United, Huddersfield Town

Major Honours

FA Cup: 1911

Scheduled Matches

Portsmouth vs Bradford: Saturday, October 28th (3pm)

Bradford vs Portsmouth: Saturday, March 3rd (3pm)

Bradford City: A brief history

Bradford City were formed in 1903 as a result of a series of meetings between the sub-editor of the Bradford Observer, representatives of Rugby club Manningham FC and F.A. representatives which led to Manningham changing their code to association football, taking the old club's colours and stadium with it.

Eight years later the new football club won their only major trophy to date, the 1911 F.A. Cup but they wouldn't find any real glory in the league pre and post-war until their Division Three win in 1985 which was unfortunately overshadowed by the Valley Parade fire.

The club bounced back from that tragedy despite some setbacks and won a shock promotion to the Premier League in 1999 under Paul Jewell where they spent two seasons before a period of obscurity and financial crisis saw the club enter administration twice and be relegated to League Two.

They would stay there until 2012 in a season where the Bantams won the League Two play-off final having also got to the League Cup Final. The following season saw more cup heroics as Bradford reached the F.A. Cup quarter-finals and last season they just missed out on promotion after being beaten by Millwall in the League One play-off final.

The Manager: Stuart McCall

The Scottish international midfielder is well known amongst Bradford supporters as he spent two spells there from 1982-1988 and 1998-2002, having also been a popular player at Everton and Rangers. He ended his playing career in 2004 with Sheffield United at the age of 40.

McCall returned to his first club, Bradford, in 2007 for his first job in management but initially struggled due to the financial problems at the club. He left in 2010 and found greater success in Scotland, where he led Motherwell to Europe before a season with Rangers.

He returned to Valley Parade in July 2016 and guided the Bantams to the play-offs in his first season back at Bradford but ultimately his side were beaten by Millwall.

The Ground: Valley Parade (Capacity: 25,136 - Away: 1,840)

Ground review forthcoming.

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