Valley Parade photos July, 2019

Photos taken by myself at Valley Parade on 14th July, 2019 on the occasion of Stephen Darby’s testimonial. The attendance of 24,343 set a new record for the stadium since its rebuilding in 1986.

The images have been taken using a combination of regular zoom/prime lenses in addition to a fisheye lens and a Lensbaby split focus lens. The latter creates a zone of focus surrounded by blur, admittedly an acquired taste.



This feature forms part of a collection of historic images of Valley Parade since its first use by Manningham FC between 1886-1903 and then as the home of Bradford City AFC: Links from here.

On this blog you will find my features previously published in the BCAFC matchday programme, The Parader, historic content and book reviews as well as a recent feature about the revival of white by BCAFC in 2019/20.

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If you are interested in the history of Bradford sport then visit VINCIT where you will find features about the history of different sports and clubs in the district.

Recent articles published on VINCIT written by myself include:

The Paraders’ record breaking season of 1928/29

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

The story of Shipley FC and Bradford’s other c19th junior rugby clubs

The origins of women’s football in Bradford

The significance of sport in shaping a Bradford identity

History of the Bradford Charity Cup

Compendium of Bradford sports club names

The late development of soccer in Bradford

John Nunn, Bradford physical aesthete

The story of the Belle Vue Hotel, a nineteenth century pub adopted as a sports headquarters in Bradford

The history of Bradford rugby and the case to reassess the split in English rugby in 1895 My findings from investigation of the origins and development of Bradford football provide sufficient evidence to challenge the orthodox view that the split in English rugby was driven by social class as opposed to the economics of sport.

The myth that the City – Avenue rivalry was based on class politics

The political origins of Bradford Cricket Club in 1836: Blaming the Tories

Cricket: the DNA of Bradford sport

Details of my books published in the BANTAMSPAST HISTORY REVISITED SERIES