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Unforgettable memories of my time at Bantams: Garry Thompson reflects on ride of his life

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: JOYRIDE: Garry Thompson soaks up the moment – and the champagne – after clinching promotion at Wembley JOYRIDE: Garry Thompson soaks up the moment – and the champagne – after clinching promotion at Wembley

Garry Thompson admits he will always treasure the memory of being one of Bradford City’s history makers.

The experienced winger is looking for a new club after being released by Phil Parkinson.

But Thompson swallowed any disappointment over his exit to reflect on his involvement in a time at Valley Parade that will never be forgotten.

Thompson scored 11 goals in City colours, nine of them in that first season which saw them twice march on Wembley Way.

“There were enough special moments for me that year to fill a whole career,” he said. “It was unbelievable.

“There was the goal against Arsenal, the Capital One Cup final and everything surrounding it, the play-offs, scoring against Burton and then winning promotion itself.

“It was a season which will never be repeated.”

Thompson’s name will be etched in the club records for that giant-killing of the Gunners and he also scored the second-round winner at Watford. He appeared in 56 of the 64 games of that marathon campaign.

“I found a lot of newspaper clippings the other day from around the time of the cup final. Re-reading them again does make you think about what we achieved.

“As footballers playing in the fourth and third tier, to go on a run like that is something that will probably never happen again. To play a part of that was something very special.

“It isn’t only the football memories I will take away. There were some great friendships with people you met along the way.

“We were living in each other’s pockets because there were so many games. We played every Saturday and Tuesday and it was something I’ve never experienced before.

“But I couldn’t have done it with a better group of lads. Football is funny because you are like ships in the night. You get to know people and then you move on.

“But I’ll definitely take away more than just football memories from that season. The whole experience was incredible.”

Thompson started 31 games after promotion but was marginalised following Kyel Bennett’s arrival on loan from Doncaster in January. He had braced himself for the news that there would not be another contract on offer.

He said: “I don’t think you can ever expect it but I always tend to prepare for the worst.

“Don’t get me wrong, I would love to have stayed and had another crack at League One with Bradford but the club and manager make their decision and you have to respect that.

“Nobody likes to be released but it’s part and parcel of being a footballer. You have your ups and downs.

“I’d like to thank the fans for the messages I’ve received. They’ve been absolutely superb with me since I signed and it was a pleasure to play football in front of them.

“You hope your time will be memorable whenever you sign for a club. But none will come close to that.

“It’s an opportunity now for me to go to somewhere new and start a fresh chapter. And I really hope Bradford can go on to bigger and better things.”

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8:14am Fri 9 May 14

rinkydink says...

Good Luck Thommo, Thanks for the Memories
Good Luck Thommo, Thanks for the Memories rinkydink
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8:47am Fri 9 May 14

whisky1 says...

Top class. Nice sentiment hope he gets a decent club
Top class. Nice sentiment hope he gets a decent club whisky1
  • Score: 26

8:58am Fri 9 May 14

Old Peculiar says...

Thomma played a major part is last seasons success, without him ; who's to say there would have been no Carling Cup, no protion battle, and no play off final at Wembley.
Never gave less than 100%, and no City supporter can ever ask more than that from a player. Good luck Thommo !!
Thomma played a major part is last seasons success, without him ; who's to say there would have been no Carling Cup, no protion battle, and no play off final at Wembley. Never gave less than 100%, and no City supporter can ever ask more than that from a player. Good luck Thommo !! Old Peculiar
  • Score: 33

8:59am Fri 9 May 14

Baby Bantam says...

whisky1 wrote:
Top class. Nice sentiment hope he gets a decent club
Hope Morecambe make him an offer to the end off his career, not too far from home then
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: Top class. Nice sentiment hope he gets a decent club[/p][/quote]Hope Morecambe make him an offer to the end off his career, not too far from home then Baby Bantam
  • Score: 8

9:22am Fri 9 May 14

audal says...

What a wonderful article, it proves that football can be a great and rewarding career outside the premiership ,cheers Garry.
What a wonderful article, it proves that football can be a great and rewarding career outside the premiership ,cheers Garry. audal
  • Score: 22

10:16am Fri 9 May 14

lawsonio123 says...

Morecambe will make him a offer he is remembered well there as a fine winger and would serve them well GOOD LUCK LAD
Morecambe will make him a offer he is remembered well there as a fine winger and would serve them well GOOD LUCK LAD lawsonio123
  • Score: 3

10:28am Fri 9 May 14

shoesmaker26 says...

good look thommo also got some very important goals for city , and as all above to
good look thommo also got some very important goals for city , and as all above to shoesmaker26
  • Score: 3

10:31am Fri 9 May 14

wakefieldbantam says...

Good luck Thomo and well done you will not be forgotten !
Good luck Thomo and well done you will not be forgotten ! wakefieldbantam
  • Score: 4

10:52am Fri 9 May 14

realcitygent says...

top man gave his all every game ,what more can anyone ask ,he got lot of stick last season imo which he didnt deserve ,i would of kept him if only as a bench player bring him on late and let him run at deffenders,the lad has got a great shot on him and can tackle against de vita who i dont think can do either plus injured most time, anyway good luck for the future where ever you end up sorry to see you go
top man gave his all every game ,what more can anyone ask ,he got lot of stick last season imo which he didnt deserve ,i would of kept him if only as a bench player bring him on late and let him run at deffenders,the lad has got a great shot on him and can tackle against de vita who i dont think can do either plus injured most time, anyway good luck for the future where ever you end up sorry to see you go realcitygent
  • Score: 4

11:46am Fri 9 May 14

Statler4 says...

I echo all the above plaudits about one of the most underrated Bradford City players ever.
I echo all the above plaudits about one of the most underrated Bradford City players ever. Statler4
  • Score: 6

12:39pm Fri 9 May 14

Victor Clayton says...

Thank you Garry.
Thank you Garry. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 2

12:40pm Fri 9 May 14

nowt fresh says...

Just wish you had signed for us rather than Scunthorpe when (I believe Stuart tried to sign you) but a massive part of that great team last season and although maybe you weren't involved as much as you'd have liked this season you always gave 100%, good luck in your search for a new club if your future employee's require a reference I'm sure we could muster 13/14,000 City fans to sign it, all the best Thomo a true 100% player and from my recollection never one to shirk from a meaty tackle.
Just wish you had signed for us rather than Scunthorpe when (I believe Stuart tried to sign you) but a massive part of that great team last season and although maybe you weren't involved as much as you'd have liked this season you always gave 100%, good luck in your search for a new club if your future employee's require a reference I'm sure we could muster 13/14,000 City fans to sign it, all the best Thomo a true 100% player and from my recollection never one to shirk from a meaty tackle. nowt fresh
  • Score: 15

1:23pm Fri 9 May 14

bantam101 says...

nice piece thommo thanks for the memories.good luck for the future
nice piece thommo thanks for the memories.good luck for the future bantam101
  • Score: 1

1:38pm Fri 9 May 14

Stafford Heginbantam says...

Well said lad.
With those sentiments, I think you are guaranteed a very warm welcome should you visit VP with an opposing team.
Well said lad. With those sentiments, I think you are guaranteed a very warm welcome should you visit VP with an opposing team. Stafford Heginbantam
  • Score: 3

7:01pm Fri 9 May 14

GenieBantam says...

Good luck Thommo.

Your goals against Arsenal and Burton will stick long in my memory and many other City fans.

All the best!!!
Good luck Thommo. Your goals against Arsenal and Burton will stick long in my memory and many other City fans. All the best!!! GenieBantam
  • Score: 1

7:51pm Fri 9 May 14

bcfcincheshire says...

I was sitting jusy behind that vicious shot against Burton which gave us tremendous hope for the second leg. ..a real professional and true City gent. Thanks Tommo and all the best.
I was sitting jusy behind that vicious shot against Burton which gave us tremendous hope for the second leg. ..a real professional and true City gent. Thanks Tommo and all the best. bcfcincheshire
  • Score: 2

2:24pm Mon 2 Jun 14

City86 says...

First class comments tommo,hope you find a club soon!
First class comments tommo,hope you find a club soon! City86
  • Score: 0

2:25pm Mon 2 Jun 14

City86 says...

City have signed gary liddle today!
City have signed gary liddle today! City86
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