The author

Thanks for visiting my blog which was launched to provide an online historical resource about Bradford football and Bradford City AFC in particular. It gets quite a lot of visits through web searches from people wanting to discover the history of the club.

I am known for my interest in the origins and history of Bradford sport, in particular football and Bradford City AFC. I co-founded The City Gent fanzine in 1984. I been involved in the writing and production of a good few books about the history of BCAFC and  my most recent book, an illustrated history of the Bradford City / Park Avenue rivalry was published in November, 2020 (the 7th volume in the Bantamspast History Revisited series ) and I have a couple more planned. I also write for VINCIT, the online journal of Bradford Sport History and you can find links to online articles I have written on the history of Bradford sport from here.

The drop down menu above provides access to a range of content from my features in the BCAFC matchday programme, book reviews, archive photos of Valley Parade and features on the identity and historic iconography of Bradford City. You can similarly find links to features I have written about the origins and history of sport in the Bradford district as well as about the history of the district itself. There are also my photographs of my favourite band, The Stranglers who I have followed across the UK as well as worldwide – refer ‘Other Stuff‘. (NB My photographs of North Korea can be found at DPRK in the Viewfinder.)

My other sporting interest is cycling and I hold all the adult time trial records of East Bradford CC. I retired from racing in 2013 having finished 14th in the British Best All-Rounder and whilst I still ride two wheels it tends to be with the support of a 1200cc engine. Bradford was historically a hotbed of cycling enthusiasm and in my book, ROOM AT THE TOP I narrate the story behind the first cycle races in the district in 1869. My club, East Bradford CC was established in 1899 and is now the oldest still in existence in the district – the club colours are those of the Bradford arms.

You can reach me at johnpdewhirst-at-geemale-dott-commmmmmm or tweet / DM me @jpdewhirst

Thanks for visiting!

Use the drop down menu to find postings by theme. New posts are uploaded to the home page in order of when published (ie with the most recent at the fore).


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