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A Busy Weekend

This weekend we see two different Bradford City teams in action. On Saturday we have the next instalment for the Class of '15' as The Bantams take on Swindon Town, whilst on Sunday the Class of '99' take on a Celebrity Team as a fund raiser for One in a Million, the Charity which is very dear to the heart of one Wayne Jacobs, a notable graduate of that Class.

The Story So Far

Well, as seasons go, the Bantams have made a fantastic start. I held off posting this until after the Leeds game and I'm glad I did. Phil Parkinson and his staff have got us playing with skill, nouse and determination. The diamond is shining bright and the future is Orange (well, some mix of Claret and Amber anyway!).

OK, it is very early in the 2014/15 campaign but, some aspects of the Peterborough game apart, we can be very satisfied with the standard of football being played and the developing team spirit. We have played four of what most people would consider to be strong sides in the league and have acquitted ourselves well, playing patient, creative football through midfield and starting to create chances. And as for the two League Cup games...........

Best Wishes for the New Season

So as the big kick off approaches, we are all anticipating a step change in City's evolution. Judging by the way in which the team has been set up in pre-season games, it looks as though "Diamonds Are Forever". Time will tell as to whether we will pass teams off the park but Phil Parkinson's recruitment is clearly geared to playing more through midfield and his acquisitions have shown that they have the necessary attributes to make such an approach work.

I'm sure that with JH leading the line, we can still expect to see plenty of the physical stuff in our approach, as would expect for any any team with the players available to play that way. Which makes the point, "It's all about the players". The Board provide the resources, the management and coaching staff fine tune and hone the fitness and skills, deciding the tactics and setting the team up, but when it comes down to it, it's the players who do the business.

David Sharpe Testimonial: Request for Contributions

Professor David Sharpe has retired recently from a long and distinguished career as Director of the Bradford University Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit. His contribution to the foundation and success of the Research Unit, and its close association with Bradford City FC, will be honoured at a ceremony conducted on the pitch at Valley Parade during half time at the last regular home game of the season, versus Crawley Town on Saturday April 26th 2014. The club’s Annual Collection for the Burns Research Unit will take place as usual at the same game. Professor Sharpe’s successor as Director of the Research Unit is Consultant Plastic Surgeon Mr. Ajay Mahajan, who will be present on April 26th to emphasise the passing of the baton to a new leadership of the Research Unit, which remains very much ‘in business’.

News from Supporters Direct – Feb 2014

MPs Committee: Football authorities ‘complacent’. Time for Government to legislate

Time to get tough on football authorities, say MPs

An all-party group of MPs has called on the Government to take urgent action to improve the way that football club owners behave towards supporter groups. APPG Special Hearing of the attitudes the Football Association, Premier League and Football League exhibit towards the ownership of clubs, MPs have called for them to be directed to protect the interests of supporters.

The Group found that:

Contrary to the view of the football authorities, the type of ownership of football clubs makes a difference to how they behave and mutual ownership stakes by football supporters are a positive feature.

The football authorities should immediately drop their mistaken neutrality to club ownership and actively encourage supporter ownership.

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