Backing the Bantams

 

The excitement at Bradford City’s up and coming Sunderland match is palpable! Here, we speak to employees at Provident who are also avid city fans.

How Long Have You Been A Fan?

Andy Coshril, Provident “Ever since I can remember, all my family support Bradford so I’ve been wearing the colours since the day I was born! I went to my first game in 1996 beating Swansea 5-1.” Andy Coshril, IT Operations Delivery.
“I have been going to City since Stuart McCall’s 1st season maybe 8 years.” Jackie Whyatt Improvement Analyst, Provident Central Collections Jackie Whyatt Provident
Marcus Barnes, Provident “I have been a fan for as long as I can remember, but my Mum and Grandad first took me to a game at Valley Parade when I was 7 years old. There have been quite a few seasons since then!” Marcus Barnes, PCC Improvement Manager

 

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How Do You Think Bradford City Have Done So Far This Season?

Andy Coshril, Provident “We’re doing OK in the league and will do really well if we can keep grinding out results and push for a play-off place but unfortunately we keep on shooting ourselves in the foot and conceding last minute goals which has caused us to start slipping down the table.”
“Morale in the City camp is good at the moment, a reminder of the Giant Killing Season when we beat 3 Premiership Clubs in the Capital One Cup. Although hopefully the memory of the Chelsea win might linger a little longer.” Jackie Whyatt Provident
Marcus Barnes, Provident “Overall, I have to say that we have had a successful season so far. We had an excellent start (which included beating Leeds United in the Capital One Cup), hit a sticky patch in October, but then bounced back brilliantly by going on a 10 match unbeaten run through Nov / Dec to climb back up the table. We have been a bit hit and miss so far in 2015, but the obvious highlight was the unbelievable result against Chelsea in the FA Cup.  The league is very tight this season, so hopefully we can go on another unbeaten run and maintain our chase for the play-offs. I am certainly looking up the table rather than down, and  I am quietly confident that we can finish in the top 6!”

 

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Where Did You Watch Or Listen To The Chelsea Match? What Was Your Reaction As The Fourth Goal Went In?

Andy Coshril, Provident “I was fortunate to be one of the lucky six thousand who managed to get a ticket for the game. At 2-0 down I think everyone was thinking it was going to be 3, 4 or even another 5-0 after conceding both within half an hour. We were all going mad when we managed to score 1 goal against Chelsea but 2, then another 3 against Chelsea with the team they had out was unbelievable! It was more like playing a game of Fifa. With all the shouting and chanting it took me about three days to get my voice back!”
“There was a crowd of us listening to the Chelsea game on Radio Leeds at my brother’s house. We are all City season ticket holders and joked of going to the replay at Valley Parade before the game. It was very much a joke and not very likely so we thought, when going down 2-0, until John Stead gave us a lifeline before half time. In the second half as we equalised and then went ahead, it was difficult knowing what to wish for. I still fancied the idea of Jose Mourinho at Valley Parade.What followed was unbelievable, the radio commentators were screaming and probably dancing around, and so where we when the fourth goal came. Our mobile phones were buzzing relentlessly as the messages from all over came flooding in. The goals were then shown on television soon after the whistle was blown, so we were all still very hyped up when seeing them for the first time.The atmosphere in the room was amazing and I imagine that it would have been life changing at Stamford Bridge.” Jackie Whyatt Provident
Marcus Barnes, Provident “I was lucky enough to be at Stamford Bridge for the game, and it was surreal. The atmosphere was unbelievable, and the result even more so!  It was only when the 4th goal went in that I dared to believe we might actually do it! It was a fantastic performance, and was quite rightly voted the biggest upset in the history of the FA Cup.  I’ve been to some great games in the past 25 years, but that one was right up there with the best.”

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What Will Be The Score On The 15th Against Sunderland?

Andy Coshril, Provident “It’s going to be tough but I’m going to go 2-1 City. Goals from Billy Knott and Jon Stead”
“My predicted score against Sunderland is 2–1 to City of course, but I could be swayed to 3 – 1 City, with Hanson, Stead & Morais on the score sheet.” Jackie Whyatt Provident
Marcus Barnes, Provident “With the home advantage (and pitch!), I fancy us to nick it 2-1. Whatever the result though, you can guarantee that it will be a great atmosphere. Come on City!”

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Talk About Your Love Affair With BCFC! Lowest Point, Highest Point, Biggest Regret…

Andy Coshril, Provident “Lowest point was when we went into Administration twice after relegation from the Premier League nearly going extinct. We lost all our best players and plummeted all the way down to League 2.Highest point was defiantly the final game versus Liverpool in 1999/2000. We needed to beat Liverpool and for Wimbledon to lose to stay up. Southampton beat Wimbledon and a thumping header from David Wetherall ensured we stayed in the Premier League for one more year. It was also a bonus beating Leeds earlier on in the year to claim local bragging rights until the next meeting! I can’t think of any regrets supporting City, it’s a rollercoaster every season!”
“Lowest point – Joint low points were the resignation of Stuart McCall as Manager and the release of Captain Gary Jones. Joint high points were the League 2 play off promotion at Wembley & The Capital One Cup journey with the press coverage and the many amateur films made on You Tube celebrating this. Biggest regret – not queuing early in the snow for Chelsea tickets!” Jackie Whyatt Provident
Marcus Barnes, Provident “As I have been following BCFC for over 25 years, there have been plenty of lows (it’s what being a City fan is all about!), but that really does make the highs so much more special! A personal high point was when I was mascot for the opening game on the season way back in 1990… at the time it was a dream come true! My Granddad used to drive me all over the country following the Mighty Bantams from a young age, and I have seen some fantastic games… Spurs 89, Blackpool 96, Wembley 96, Everton 97, Wolves 99, the Premier League years. More recently we had the Cup run which saw us finish runners-up to Swansea in the Capital One Cup. We might have lost in the final, but it put Bradford City back on the map again for the first time in years. The fact that we also returned to Wembley several months later to gain promotion through the play-offs made it an unforgettable season.  Sadly my Granddad is no longer with us, but I know he will have been watching down with a smile on his face as we turned over Chelsea in their own back yard! Fingers crossed, history is going to repeat itself this season… a memorable cup run followed by promotion through the play-offs!”