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Trust AGM and Fans' Forum

Trust AGM and Fans' Forum,

Midland Hotel Bradford,

Wednesday 12th November 2014, 7.30pm

1. AGM

The Trust AGM will be held at the Midland Hotel, Bradford in the French Ballroom on 12th November, starting at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm with an adjacent cash bar, including tea, coffee and bar snacks operating throughout the evening. There is no charge for admission and everyone (Trust member and non-member alike) is welcome to attend, but only Trust Members can vote on AGM Resolutions.

The Ballroom makes a great venue with its magnificent décor in an iconic Bradford location and the hotel is connected with Bradford City in so many ways, including the FA Cup celebrations in 1911. Being in the City Centre, it is easy to get to by private car or public transport. There is parking at the hotel or, if full, the Leisure Exchange Multi-storey Car Park is just a ten minute walk away.

2. Fans' Forum

Away days

With the planning of League 1 fixtures and the luck of the draw, the Bantams are in the middle of three away fixtures in 8 days, each with its own each significance. Having taken on the ebullient Dons on their own turf and triumphed in the league fixture, we look forward eagerly to next week's Round 3 showdown between the conquerors of the two Uniteds. But first there is the small matter of the return to Essex. Familiar territory for Phil Parkinson where his early managerial experience and success was built, leading to the accomplished and confident leader that we benefit from today.

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.

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