Woeful City relegated

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

Chesterfield 3 Bradford City 0

City are back in the bottom division for the first time in 25 years after a shocking 3-0 loss at Chesterfield.

Ironically the Spireites will also join them in League Two next season because of Cheltenham's win over Rotherham.

But at least the home side went down with their heads held high - which is more than can be said for David Wetherall's woeful Bantams.

City had to win to keep their outside hopes alive but were never in it from the moment Donovan Ricketts fumbled Jamie Ward's low shot to gift Chesterfield a 15th-minute lead.

And Ward doubled the advantage 13 minutes later. Phil Picken's shot smacked against the post and although Ricketts did well to block Wayne Allison's follow-up, the rebound fell kindly for Ward to fire home.

Eddie Johnson saw a free-kick tipped on to the post by Chesterfield keeper Barry Roche but City were booed off at half-time by the 1,600-strong away following.

Things did not improve after the break and Chesterfield sealed victory in comical fashion with skipper Mark Bower turning the ball into his own net after Ward had been allowed to run half the length of the field.

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