‘Best and Worst’ – Bradford City F.C
A recent feature that I have started to do to gather the best and worst times from Tranmere supporters, is the ‘best and worst’. I decided to stretch this feature to a fan of the club that Tranmere are up against next, Bradford City. Matthew Ward, the Bantams’ Football Fans View correspondent, recalled some of his finest and worst memories of the club throughout his time being a supporter.
Best team: 2012/13 team – Two trips to Wembley, went on an amazing run to get into the play offs, and got promoted.
Worst Team: 2018/19 team – Relegated and there was no team spirit at all.
Best Player: Stephen Warnock – So professional in all that he did.
Honorable mentions got to: James Hanson, Nahki Wells, Gary Jones, Rory McCardle and Stephen Darby.
Worst Player: Kai Bruenker. Big Kai as we used to call him. Was like Bambi on ice.
Best Moment: Beating Arsenal on penalties in the League Cup quarter finals.
Honourable mentions go to: Beating Leeds in the League Cup in 2014/15, Beating Aston Villa in the semi final of the League Cup, Getting promoted from League Two, Beating Chelsea in the FA cup, Beating Sunderland when they were in the Premiership in the FA Cup.
Worst Moment: Getting relegated from League 1.
Best Game: If we’re going on occasion then Arsenal in the League Cup but for football itself, Bradford 2-2 Bolton in 2016/17. Best I’ve seen City play on that day.
Worst Game: Probably losing 6-0 to Bristol City when they were in League 1.
Best Haircut: Stephen Darby.
Worst Haircut: Gary Jones – There’s nothing there.
Best signing: Josh Cullen – Best loan signing we ever made.
Worst Signing: Kai Bruenker.
Best season: 2012/13 season.
Worst Season: 2018/19 season.
Best Goal: Lee Novak’s overhead kick against Grimsby.
Worst Goal: David Ball vs Walsall.
Best Kit: 2017/18 Home Shirt. Classic stripes.
Worst kit: 2015/16 Home Shirt- The checkerboard pattern never works.
Best Nickname: The Bantams. The main one really.
Worst Nickname: The Citizens. Nicked off Man City I think but it’s listed.
Best Chant: ‘Midland Road Take me home’
Worst Chant: No such thing!
Best Manager: Phil Parkinson.
Worst Manager: Gary Bowyer.
Cult hero: Gary Jones.
Hardman: Andrew Davies.
Best Facial Hair: Romaine Vincelot.
Worst Facial Hair: I haven’t a clue. There haven’t been many that stand out.
‘My favourite Cult hero is Gary Jones. Considering he has no hair and there’s no sign of anything growing, I’ll say he has the worst haircut as well’.
Jones was a midfielder for the Bantams between 2012-2014, he was born in Liverpool.