12 Facts About Bradford City

1. Bradford City were formed in 1903 as a result of a series of meetings called by James Whyte, a sub-editor of the Bradford Observer, with Football Association representatives and officials at Manningham FC.

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2. Back in Division Two, attendances dropped and Bradford City struggled for form, with five consecutive finishes in the bottom half of the table.

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3. O'Rourke left for a second time after one more season, and although Bradford City spent a total of eight seasons back in Division Two, they rarely looked like earning promotion back to the top flight.

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4. Bradford City failed to win promotion for three successive seasons, until the board appointed former England centre back Roy McFarland as manager in May 1981.

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5. Bradford City struggled but so did Campbell, and when he returned, the club went on a record run of ten successive victories.

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6. Bradford City played games away from Valley Parade for 19 months.

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7. Bradford City went top of the table in September 1987, but fell away during Christmas and missed out on promotion on the final day of the season.

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8. Bradford City cleared the debts and after four months sacked manager Frank Stapleton to appoint his own manager, Lennie Lawrence.

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9. In January 2013, Bradford City became the first club from the fourth tier of English football since Rochdale in 1962 to reach the Football League Cup final, and the first fourth tier club ever to reach a major Wembley Cup Final.

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10. Bradford City is the only professional football club in England to wear claret and amber.

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11. In 1974, Bradford City adopted a contemporary style crest incorporating the club's initials, with a B-C logo.

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12. When Bradford City were formed in 1903, they took over the ground at Valley Parade, which was at this time the headquarters of The 2nd West Riding Brigade Royal Field Artillery, playing their first home game on 5 September 1903 against Gainsborough Trinity, drawing a crowd of 11,000.

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