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Scroll down on this page and you will find articles uploaded to this blog in chronological order (most recent at the top). The majority are articles also published in the BCAFC programme and you will find links to these from the menu above.

The links provide free, accessible history about BCAFC based on substance rather than soundbites. During the course of researching the origins of sport in the Bradford district I have discovered the extent to which there have been inaccurate and superficial narratives about what happened. I’d go so far as to say that the history has been done an injustice. Hence the intention is that this blog will be developed as a reliable source of historical reference and complements what I have written in my books as well as on VINCIT, the online journal of Bradford Sport History.

I will be posting content during the summer and detail of updates will be tweeted.

Tweets: @jpdewhirst


The following are features (other than BCAFC programme articles) that have been published on this blog during the last six months:

The sorry record of 2018/19

Valley Parade disaster fund raising 1985

Glorious 1911

Portsmouth & Chelsea fans come to Bradford (1912)

Book Review – Football Fans by Ian Beesley

Transfer window

History in the making this season?

Photos of Valley Parade in the 1970s

Photos of Valley Parade in the 1980s

Photos of Valley Parade redevelopment, 1986

Photos of Valley Parade in the 1990s

Campaigning against Edin Rahic

Die Deutsche Frage, visit to Germany Nov-18

Book Review – One Year, Two Seasons by Richard Wardell

Book Review – The Beautiful Badge by Martin Routledge

Book Review – Kick Off by David Pendleton

Book Review – How football began by Tony Collins

Completely different:

The Stranglers March, 2019 tour

The Stranglers in Los Angeles, May 2019

Refer to the menu above to navigate.


Bradford shield.jpgMy recent articles on VINCIT:

The Paraders’ record breaking season of 1928/29 

Centenary of Scholemoor Ground, Lidget Green and revival of Bradford RFC

Railways and the early development of Bradford football

The long forgotten story of Shipley FC.

The origins of women’s football in Bradford – NB updated with new images.

Forgotten & Forlorn – the Belle Vue Hotel


Published on PLAYING PASTS in Feb-19: Football clubs and how they fail. (I am presenting a paper on the same theme at the International Football History Conference in Manchester in June, 2019.)

Details of my books and others in the Bantamspast History Revisited series