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Focus on: Bradford City

8 June 2016

Club News

Focus on: Bradford City

8 June 2016

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The Bantams were beaten by Millwall in the Play-Off semi final

Name: Bradford City Association Football Club
Founded: 1903
Stadium: Valley Parade
Capacity: 25,136
Manager: Phil Parkinson
Last season: Fifth in League One

After achieving a Play-Off place last season, Bradford City will have ambitions of another promotion push come the start of the 2016/17 campaign.

The Bantams were narrowly edged out over two-legs by Millwall in the end of season Play-Offs, so will be aiming to win promotion back to the second-tier under the management of Phil Parkinson.

Parkinson, a native of Chorley, Lancashire, has been at Bradford for five-years, having taking over the managerial role at Valley Parade in August 2011.

As a player, the now 48-year-old Parkinson began his professional playing career at Southampton in 1985, after coming through as a trainee at The Dell.

After three-years without featuring for the Saints’ first-team squad, Parkinson said farewell to England’s south coast in favour of a transfer back up to the North West with Bury in 1988.

Parkinson was handed his Football League debut by the Shakers, and went on to make 145 club appearances in four-years at Gigg Lane.

In July 1992, Reading brought the midfielder to Elm Park for £50,000, a move that would see him remain with the Berkshire outfit up until his retirement, making 361 appearances over 11 years with the Royals.

Parkinson moved into management following retirement, and had stays in the dugouts of Colchester United, Hull City and Charlton Athletic, prior to taking up the position at Bradford City.

Since his appointment at the Bantams, Parkinson has enjoyed fruitful occasions in both league and cup competition at the Yorkshire side.

During the 2012/13 season, he guided City to promotion from League Two via the Play-Offs, as well as a League Cup Final appearance against Swansea City at Wembley.

Having stabilised the club in the third-tier, the Bantams went on another cup run, this time in the FA Cup, beating Chelsea and Sunderland on the way to the quarter-finals in 2015.

Fleetwood Town have met Bradford City six times over the past four-years, with the Bantams coming out on top three times, with the other three games ending in draws.

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