By Jake Verity : @jake_verity on twitter.
I looked through our fixture list a few weeks ago with the likes of Sheffield United, Wolves and Coventry dominating the headlines in the news as the ‘big teams’ and i often wonder how we aren’t regarded as one of the giants of the league. Yes we have just been promoted through the play-offs and people somehow idiotically presume that we are not a big team because of this. We have a stadium holding 25,136 people the third biggest in the league except for.. yet again Wolves and Sheffield United. (Coventry Ground Sharing at Northampton). We have made absolutely exceptional signings regarding Jason Kennedy, Mark Yeates and Raffa De Vita. We have one of the best managers in England outside of the Premier League according to some people who I would agree with in due to the fact that he has turned this football club around from the depths and lower echelons of the English football league ladder sent us on such an amazing domestic cup run and won the hearts of fans with eye catching performances leading to our promotion.
We are genuine contenders for promotion in this league and recent performances on the pitch have shown that such as the demolition of Carlisle United and the well earned draw against Bristol city in the league. The main focus for most fans , players and all involved is definitely not to get caught up in the greatness of the league cup, JPT or any domestic cup run and too focus on the task in hand which is another promotion challenge. We have a quality set of players and Parkinson has done extremely well to keep hold of his assets such as Nakhi for example and many other quality players such as Andrew Davies , Nathan Doyle.
The next few months provide stern tests for us however as Bradford fans with the likes of Sheffield United, Brentford another team who suffered play off heartache last season like Sheffield did as well as you have teams such as Stevenage who have been up there and then the teams who are still good footballing sides such as Newly promoted Port Vale.
As most fans are I am 100% confident that Parkinson will continue to move this great club further and further up the Football League Ladder and as a season ticket holder now going for 7 years since I was 8 I personally can not wait to see what this season has in store and what it will provide for us as fans of this great football club in the future and in the present. Hopefully it will let us witness such unbelievable moments as that header from McHugh the 19 year old against Villa , that thunderbolt from Thompson against Burton at fortress valley parade and the screamer from Yeates against Carlisle. Who knows maybe at the end of this season we may have another Play Off Trophy and Wembley visit to add to our collection under Parkinson’s reign or maybe even celebrating our first season in League one after so much heartache and distress after suffering in the basement division.
I’m sure Valley Parade will be in full voice during the next season and many seasons to come while new fans flock down to the great stadium that is our beloved home as well as the Bantams Banter lads and the Pulse will be capturing and pod casting and producing on radio these wondrous moments so we can relive them over and over.
Lets all hope no matter what that we can trust Parkinson to lead us to another Great season and Challenge in this tough league.