Welcome to my blog where you will find features about the history of football in Bradford – in particular about Bradford City AFC – a number of which have been published in the BCAFC matchday programme.
The drop down menu above provides links to articles as well as sundry book reviews. I am also uploading an irregular series of online albums recording various themes, typically archive photographs (the majority of which taken by myself) or Bradford City and Bradford Park Avenue memorabilia from my own collection.
The photographs show the old Midland Road stand with the celebrated garden shed TV camera vantage point and scoreboard. The stand was last used for the occasion of a friendly with Feyenoord shortly after the Play-Off victory at Wembley against Notts County in 1996 and flags from that occasion can be seen. The oldest surviving stand at Valley Parade is that at the Bradford End pictured here during its construction in September, 1991. The photo features a game between supporters of Bradford City and Newcastle United recreating that game from April, 1911.
In the last thirty years I have been involved in the writing and production of various books about Bradford City. Latterly I have published the BANTAMSPAST HISTORY REVISITED series of books and I am currently writing another book about the City / Park Avenue rivalry which will be part of the series. (The latest book in the series, the sixth volume, LATE TO THE GAME by Rob Grillo tells the origins of association football in Bradford and is published in May, details of which from the link above.)
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