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After a monumental 2012/2013 season, newly promoted Bradford City have begun life in League One in a positive fashion.  Can they maintain their form to challenge for a top six place?  We peer into our crystal ball and see what to expect…

Backing the Bantams

Bantams On The Way Back?

Older fans of the Bantams look back fondly to their two years in the Premier League from 1999 to 2001. However, their rapid decline since then, including six years in the fourth tier and much documented financial woes, is all but forgotten after the unprecedented successes of last season – League Cup finalists and promotion via a second trip to Wembley in the play-offs!

The fans are excited, there’s undoubtedly a huge amount of momentum behind them and the new 2013/2014 league campaign has started well – un-defeated at home scoring 12 goals and conceding just 2, beating fellow Yorkshire hopefuls Sheffield United along the way.

Looking Ahead

On paper, Bradford should be contenders in League One.

Manager Phil Parkinson has kept the spine of his promotion winning side, also strengthening with some shrewd signings including talented winger Mark Yeates from Watford, experienced midfielder Jason Kennedy from Rochdale and striker Raffaele De Vita from Swindon.

Last season’s top scorer, Nahki Wells, has continued his fine form and currently sits second in the League One goal scoring charts having netted eight times.

It’s early days but an upturn in results on the road alongside their excellent home form could see them really challenging for a second successive promotion.  Following first round defeats in the League Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, maybe the old adage of ‘we can concentrate on the league now’ will prove to be in their favour!

With the backing of one of the largest fan bases in the lower leagues and local businesses such as Provident Personal Credit, their new Community Enclosure sponsor, the only way is up and who knows, maybe another stint in the Premier League beckons…..

How do you rate Bradford City’s chances this season?