It's been a pretty disappointing few months for fans of Bradford City. Despite being tipped for promotion they're languishing some way off the play-off places. As they approach the half-way point, here's one fan's reflection on events so far.
Team: Bradford City
What’s going right? Not much is going right, but we’ve unearthed a non-league gem In David Syers. The 23-year-old Yorkshire lad and ex Harrogate, Farsley and Guiseley player has just banged in his 6th goal this season from midfield. A real screamer against Hereford. Home grown leftback Luke O’Brien continues to impress, as does James Hanson up front .
What’s not? Pretty much everything else. At the time of writing, the bookies favourites for the top spot at the start of the season are languishing in 14th. Inconsistent performances, long term injuries to key players such as capain Simon Ramsden and influential midfielder Michael Flynn have hit us hard, as has at least one defender being out injured at any one time.
An inability to put the ball in the net, combined with a tendency to concede soft goals needs addressing if we’re to climb up the table. And, if I put my positive hat on, we’re still only 4 points off the playoffs.
Got the right manager? Yes. Not a lot of people will agree, but in Taylor we’ve got the manager for the job. Maybe not this season but given a run of at least 3 I can’t think of any better manager and it’s about time we had some long term thinking at VP.
Star player? So far it would have to be Syers. All action, scores goals and runs himself into the ground. The kind of player fans like to see. Tom Doherty runs him close though, the kind of player, who if he could run about a bit more would be playing at Championship level at least, one of the best passers of the ball I’ve seen at VP.
Who would you like to sell in January? Zesh Rehman. I wouldn’t want to sell anyone really but our ‘club captain’ has been given a free transfer after falling foul of Peter Taylor with some ill advised comments in the press. PT has said he’s available for a free, so obviously he’ll be going for nothing, but it would have been nice to have got a few quid for him. Jake Speight might be on his way out too as he’s been on loan to Port Vale, who, oddly are top. Bearing in mind we paid £25k for him – only the third player we’ve paid for in the last 9 years – if he does go I hope we get some money for him.
Who do you want to sign? A right winger who can put a cross in. We’re desperate for one. Someone in the Nicky Summerbee mould would do. We’re currently playing central midfielders out there and it’s leaving our strikers lacking the service they need, especially big James Hanson. I know people will think we need a striker but for me, a right winger would provide the service our current strikers are lacking.
Best chant so far? The Oxford fans chant of ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’ to Peter Taylor with the score at 0-0 at VP proved hilariously premature. The home fans rallied around our beleaguered boss and we whooped them 5-0. The Oxford fans didn’t take this too well either, and made fools of themselves trying to get across to the home fans and scrapping with the stewards. Comedy gold. As far as home chants go, we’re lacking in any original ones, and doing what everyone else seems to do now and nick them off FC United.
Best opposition player/team you’ve see? No one team has stood out so far and in this division I couldn’t tell you many of the players names. Le Fondre at Rotherham continues to bang goals in for fun but, because they’re fresh in the mind, I’d have to say that despite being bottom of the league Hereford impressed me, both their front two – a big black lad and their number 27 looked very mobile and aggressive. I don’t think they’ll go down.
Biggest **** of the season so far? Referee Russell, the man in the middle during our away game at Wycombe for being completely useless. And both Ronnie Moore and Sammy McIlroy are still c*nts. Oh and the Oxford fans for ideas well above their station.
Any other news? The pies at Valley Parade are still shit.
End of season prediction? Michael Flynn and Simon Ramsden to come back along with a new winger and City to go on a tremendous run seeing us secure third place in the table with a couple of weeks of the season left.
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