Our last Bradford City blog predicted the Bantams retaining their Sky Bet League One status at the end of the 2013/2014 season and this proved to be on the ball!
Safety Achieved Comfortably
Successive defeats at the end of March had City fans getting a little anxious with only 6 points between them and the bottom four. First a 2-1 reverse away to the now relegated Shrewsbury and then possibly their worst performance of the season (some say for two years!) in a 2-0 home defeat to Walsall didn’t bode well.
They needn’t have worried though. A shock 1-0 win at high flying Leyton Orient began a good run of form to see out the season with four wins, two draws and just two defeats, the other highlight being a Good Friday home victory against promotion play-off bound Peterborough.
Looking Ahead To The 2014/2015 Season
Since securing their League One status there have been a number of comings and goings at the Coral Windows Stadium.
Influential captain Gary Jones’s 100 appearances won’t be extended. The versatile midfielder who skippered the team at Wembley in the 2013 Capital One Cup and League Two play-off finals, was released along with fellow midfielders Garry Thompson and Nathan Doyle.
These departures were quickly offset, though, with the experienced Gary Liddle arriving from fellow League One Club Notts County and 21 year old Billy Knot being released by Sunderland to sign for the Bantams. Target man Aaron McLean should have plenty of goal scoring opportunities created for him to rediscover the form from his Peterborough days that brought him to prominence.
Centre-half Craig McHugh also became part of the summer changes, departing for League Two club Plymouth Argyle. However, incoming Irish defender Alan Sheehan arrives from County to provide much experience and the occasional goal.
Meanwhile, the most important event of the summer for all domestic football fans took place – the release of the 2014/2015 fixtures! Bradford’s League season opens on 9th August with a home game against Coventry City, followed by their first road trip to Walsall on the 16th August. In between these games, a Capital One Cup tie away to League Two Morecambe will hopefully see them progress further than last year’s first round exit.
They also have some tasty looking derby games to look forward to against South Yorkshire neighbours, all within a month. A trip to Barnsley’s Oakwell ground on 11th October is followed a week later by what should be a fantastic atmosphere against early promotion favourites, Sheffield United.
And you never know – pop sensation One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson may be seen at Valley Parade on 1st November. The singer’s Doncaster Rovers, of which he is now co-owner will be the visitors.
We’re Backing the Bantams
With Provident entering its second season of sponsoring the Community Enclosure and its associated support of the BCFC Community Foundation, we can’t wait to see what the new season holds for the Club. Good luck City!