GARY Jones is in a select group of those players privileged to have lifted a trophy with City at Wembley.
Seventeen years after Eddie Youds did the honours for Chris Kamara's class of '96, Jones crowned the 'history-making' season by waving the League Two play-off prize towards the adoring claret and amber hordes.
Now Romain Vincelot stands on the brink of joining the elite club if Stuart McCall's men can muster one more big effort against Millwall this weekend.
For Jones, the sight of the Bantams heading back down Wembley Way bring the memories flooding back from 2013 – and he is convinced they will be celebrating another successful outcome.
"I think it will be a very even game but I can definitely see Bradford winning," said the former Valley Parade skipper.
"You look at the momentum they've got and the way they finished the season. They've got better players as well.
"Millwall will be up for it because they've got a strong side with good strikers. I remember what happened last year when they won – but I don't think it's a case of revenge.
"I think it's a great achievement for Bradford to get to Wembley again, especially with what happened last summer with Phil (Parkinson) going and Stuart (McCall) coming in.
"From almost not having a team, having only seven or eight (senior professionals) or something ridiculous like that, he's put a very good side together full of hard-working players.
"To go all season without a home defeat and where they have finished in the league is fantastic. It's shown great consistency, even more so given the situation Stuart inherited."
Jones was the midfield heartbeat of the Parkinson team that began City's climb out of the doldrums. He played exactly 100 games in two seasons to kick-start the year-on-year progression which has continued with McCall reaching Wembley in his first term back in charge.
"It's always nice to start something and I still take of lot of pride from seeing it being carried on now from the squad we had," said Jones.
"It's great to see the club are still moving in the right direction. I'm so happy for the supporters as well. You think back a few years during the dark times when they stuck loyally with the club.
"They are reaping the rewards now with trips to Wembley and they deserve that. It's great for them to enjoy more days like this and fingers crossed Bradford can do it again."
McArdle has come to the fore once again during the second half of the campaign and scored the goal that booked City's return trip to Wembley with the first-leg header that proved enough to beat Fleetwood.
Jones said: "It was a shame for Darbs and for Rory that they were injured pre-season. You are always playing catch-up after that.
"I know it's been tough for Darbs but obviously Tony McMahon has been playing very well. It's unfortunate but sometimes that happens.
"I think people had written off Rory's chances but he has come back and shown what a good defender he is.
"That goal in the Fleetwood game was just a typical Rory header. I wasn't surprised when he scored – and I wouldn't be surprised on Saturday if he scores as Wembley again."
McArdle, of course, has netted in both his previous appearances in play-off finals – with goals at both ends of the stadium.
Jones laughed: "I've heard that story so many times now, I'm getting sick of him saying it.
"I'll never discount him scoring at Wembley because he's done it several times in the past. But he's a great lad and he deserves everything he gets."
Jones admits the emotion still swells up when he recalls the last play-off triumph and that walk up the Wembley steps to receive the trophy from the Royal Box. It is a moment he still struggles to put into words.
He said: "I'm shivering now thinking about it. Walking up the steps and seeing all the claret and amber scarves, I just can't describe it.
"You get to the top and suddenly realise what you've achieved. It's one of those very special things you will never, ever forget.
"But time moves on. The Germans, Edin (Rahic) and Stefan (Rupp), have got big plans for the club and I think it's in great hands.
"The future is looking rosy and hopefully it will be Championship football next season."
Jones will probably be at Valley Parade to witness it. He turns 40 in a fortnight and that is expected to signal the end of a playing career that has spanned 21 years.
With more family time on his hands, he plans to become a regular again at his old club and revealed: "I've been speaking to James Mason and the family and we might be season-ticket holders next year.
"I'll probably be there every home game because I'm planning on retiring this summer. The kids love coming to Valley Parade – they love it even more than me.
"As you get older, you want to spend time with the family at weekends. But I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet. Maybe there might be something at Bradford.
"I'd love to come back in some capacity. We'll have to wait and see. I'm just looking forward to Saturday. We'll have our Bradford tops and scarves on and really hoping that they can do it."