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Bradford City prepared to drop Tranmere Rovers in it

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: FLASHBACK: Kyel Reid is flattened by a challenge from Ian Goodison which left City’s management furious when the sides met at Valley Parade last October. The defender escaped with a yellow card and Tranmere went on to win 1-0 FLASHBACK: Kyel Reid is flattened by a challenge from Ian Goodison which left City’s management furious when the sides met at Valley Parade last October. The defender escaped with a yellow card and Tranmere went on to win 1-0

City have warned tomorrow’s opponents Tranmere: We have no qualms about sending you down.

Phil Parkinson’s side head into the final day of the League One campaign with the home side’s destiny in their hands.

Rovers currently sit in the final relegation slot, a point behind Crewe and two off Notts County.
But bitter memories of their smash-and-grab win at Valley Parade in October will ensure that City will not be in an obliging mood on the Wirral.

The Bantams were fourth at the time and the visitors bottom but Tranmere took the points from a feisty contest after defender Ian Good-ison escaped with appearing to flatten Kyel Reid with his elbow.

So there is plenty of incentive to settle the score within the City ranks.

Parkinson said: “It has been mentioned a few times throughout the week – by the players more than myself. We’ll have to see.

“It was a frustrating afternoon for us. We went into the game depleted defensively and things didn’t work out but now we’ve got a chance to even it up.”

City can seal a top-half finish with victory and Parkinson is keen to show the outside world that a team safely ensconced in mid-table will be as up for the battle as their desperate hosts.

“That’s maybe not what people will be expecting so we’ve got to change that. We don’t want anyone to accuse us of not putting in a performance.

“They’ve got to win and still rely on other teams. I’ve met (caretaker manager) John McMahon a few times and he’s a nice bloke but he will expect us to come and be really professional, as we would from them if the shoe was on the other foot.

“You expect Tranmere to be building this game up massively with the supporters. I would imagine it will be close to a sell-out.

“But we want to go there and put in a proper performance. We understand Tranmere have got a lot to play for but so have we.

“We know it’s going to be fast and furious because there is so much at stake for them.

“We’ve done our homework on them, I went down to Crawley the other week to watch them and we’ve seen their last two home games. Hopefully we can use that knowledge to our benefit.

“It’s great to not be in their position but equally we’ve got to concentrate on Bradford City, not Tranmere, and make sure we play well.”

McMahon has been in charge since February when Ronnie Moore was suspended for breaching FA betting rules. Moore was sacked last month after admitting the charges and is waiting for his punishment.

Meanwhile, Parkinson plans to deal with City’s out-of-contract players first before focusing on new signings.

With so many of his squad unsure of their future, the Bantams chief will hold talks next week.

He said: “We’ve got players who have worked really hard for us over the last couple of years to establish us now as a League One club. The priority before we look elsewhere will be to secure those players.

“In the next week or so, we’ll be having meetings with those players and their agents to ascertain whether we are going to be able to do that within our budget.”

Parkinson had put those discussions on ice until City’s league position was totally secured. The exact size of his budget will hinge on season-ticket sales.

He added: “I presume the chairmen have got a projected figure in their minds but we’ve got to tick the players off one by one on that basis.

“We had a list of priorities we wanted to work towards but we couldn’t get clear enough of the relegation battle. Even though we always had that cushion, any club in our position would have been the same.

“It’s a dangerous game if you start speaking to players first and the contract talks then become bigger than the actual matches. We couldn’t let that happen.

“The most important thing was that we’re still in this division come next year and we’ve achieved that.”

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8:34am Fri 2 May 14

silverbantam says...

Latest rumour Stephen Darby to Huddersfield.

Has the same agent as Judas Wells.
Latest rumour Stephen Darby to Huddersfield. Has the same agent as Judas Wells. silverbantam
  • Score: -18

9:41am Fri 2 May 14

spleen ventor says...

Would have been sweeter to send them down had Ronnie still been in charge.
He must have had a bet on Goodison being sent off in the home game but unfortunately the only person in the ground that thought it wasn't a red card was that cretin Drysdale.
Would have been sweeter to send them down had Ronnie still been in charge. He must have had a bet on Goodison being sent off in the home game but unfortunately the only person in the ground that thought it wasn't a red card was that cretin Drysdale. spleen ventor
  • Score: -2

9:45am Fri 2 May 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

I'm rather worried that he wasn't sorted out with a contract before so he could be waiting for a move.
Another worry is that Parkinson mentioned Reid in players he was talking to about a contract on radio Leeds. Sadly that doesn't show ambition in my eyes.
I'm rather worried that he wasn't sorted out with a contract before so he could be waiting for a move. Another worry is that Parkinson mentioned Reid in players he was talking to about a contract on radio Leeds. Sadly that doesn't show ambition in my eyes. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: -28

9:52am Fri 2 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

spleen ventor wrote:
Would have been sweeter to send them down had Ronnie still been in charge.
He must have had a bet on Goodison being sent off in the home game but unfortunately the only person in the ground that thought it wasn't a red card was that cretin Drysdale.
I was unhappy with the course of events that day. Decisions got so bad it was pointless getting upset; more like a pantomime.I wondered why Drysdale chose the way to act that he did. What did he know?

I sincerely hope that Tranmere are relegated on Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]spleen ventor[/bold] wrote: Would have been sweeter to send them down had Ronnie still been in charge. He must have had a bet on Goodison being sent off in the home game but unfortunately the only person in the ground that thought it wasn't a red card was that cretin Drysdale.[/p][/quote]I was unhappy with the course of events that day. Decisions got so bad it was pointless getting upset; more like a pantomime.I wondered why Drysdale chose the way to act that he did. What did he know? I sincerely hope that Tranmere are relegated on Saturday. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -1

10:10am Fri 2 May 14

passionate says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
I'm rather worried that he wasn't sorted out with a contract before so he could be waiting for a move. Another worry is that Parkinson mentioned Reid in players he was talking to about a contract on radio Leeds. Sadly that doesn't show ambition in my eyes.
You won't get any better in this division, don't think someone like Reach is going to become available. Look at the goal of the season candidates, half of them are Reid - he's the only player in our side that opposition defenders will be genuinely afraid of.
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: I'm rather worried that he wasn't sorted out with a contract before so he could be waiting for a move. Another worry is that Parkinson mentioned Reid in players he was talking to about a contract on radio Leeds. Sadly that doesn't show ambition in my eyes.[/p][/quote]You won't get any better in this division, don't think someone like Reach is going to become available. Look at the goal of the season candidates, half of them are Reid - he's the only player in our side that opposition defenders will be genuinely afraid of. passionate
  • Score: 12

10:17am Fri 2 May 14

Peter300 says...

silverbantam wrote:
Latest rumour Stephen Darby to Huddersfield.

Has the same agent as Judas Wells.
You were the person who said he would sign for Brighton in January. Would you care to explain what happened there? Nahki is doing rather well at Huddersfield. Contrary to what some people would have one believe.
[quote][p][bold]silverbantam[/bold] wrote: Latest rumour Stephen Darby to Huddersfield. Has the same agent as Judas Wells.[/p][/quote]You were the person who said he would sign for Brighton in January. Would you care to explain what happened there? Nahki is doing rather well at Huddersfield. Contrary to what some people would have one believe. Peter300
  • Score: -11

10:17am Fri 2 May 14

Olivermac says...

I hope PP gives the Capt job to Darby that will secure him for a few more years with G Jones getting a part in the coaching team.
I hope PP gives the Capt job to Darby that will secure him for a few more years with G Jones getting a part in the coaching team. Olivermac
  • Score: -5

10:23am Fri 2 May 14

Peter300 says...

spleen ventor wrote:
Would have been sweeter to send them down had Ronnie still been in charge.
He must have had a bet on Goodison being sent off in the home game but unfortunately the only person in the ground that thought it wasn't a red card was that cretin Drysdale.
Goodison obviously tried to collect by smashing Kyel in front of the fourth official. Goodison then made sure he collected his money a week later by getting himself sent-off. No doubt he and his minders were well compensated. It is questionable to say the least how this individual is allowed to play in the League.
[quote][p][bold]spleen ventor[/bold] wrote: Would have been sweeter to send them down had Ronnie still been in charge. He must have had a bet on Goodison being sent off in the home game but unfortunately the only person in the ground that thought it wasn't a red card was that cretin Drysdale.[/p][/quote]Goodison obviously tried to collect by smashing Kyel in front of the fourth official. Goodison then made sure he collected his money a week later by getting himself sent-off. No doubt he and his minders were well compensated. It is questionable to say the least how this individual is allowed to play in the League. Peter300
  • Score: -2

10:25am Fri 2 May 14

Peter300 says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
I'm rather worried that he wasn't sorted out with a contract before so he could be waiting for a move.
Another worry is that Parkinson mentioned Reid in players he was talking to about a contract on radio Leeds. Sadly that doesn't show ambition in my eyes.
You worry too much. It's right that they discuss with Kyel Reid what the club wants and what the player wants.
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: I'm rather worried that he wasn't sorted out with a contract before so he could be waiting for a move. Another worry is that Parkinson mentioned Reid in players he was talking to about a contract on radio Leeds. Sadly that doesn't show ambition in my eyes.[/p][/quote]You worry too much. It's right that they discuss with Kyel Reid what the club wants and what the player wants. Peter300
  • Score: -6

10:29am Fri 2 May 14

Peter300 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
spleen ventor wrote:
Would have been sweeter to send them down had Ronnie still been in charge.
He must have had a bet on Goodison being sent off in the home game but unfortunately the only person in the ground that thought it wasn't a red card was that cretin Drysdale.
I was unhappy with the course of events that day. Decisions got so bad it was pointless getting upset; more like a pantomime.I wondered why Drysdale chose the way to act that he did. What did he know?

I sincerely hope that Tranmere are relegated on Saturday.
Goodison wanted to be sent-off to collect his money. He succeeded a week later. Then came the investigation. I assume all his bank accounts were checked and that they looked under his mattress and pulled his floor boards up etc.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spleen ventor[/bold] wrote: Would have been sweeter to send them down had Ronnie still been in charge. He must have had a bet on Goodison being sent off in the home game but unfortunately the only person in the ground that thought it wasn't a red card was that cretin Drysdale.[/p][/quote]I was unhappy with the course of events that day. Decisions got so bad it was pointless getting upset; more like a pantomime.I wondered why Drysdale chose the way to act that he did. What did he know? I sincerely hope that Tranmere are relegated on Saturday.[/p][/quote]Goodison wanted to be sent-off to collect his money. He succeeded a week later. Then came the investigation. I assume all his bank accounts were checked and that they looked under his mattress and pulled his floor boards up etc. Peter300
  • Score: -6

10:30am Fri 2 May 14

Peter300 says...

passionate wrote:
Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
I'm rather worried that he wasn't sorted out with a contract before so he could be waiting for a move. Another worry is that Parkinson mentioned Reid in players he was talking to about a contract on radio Leeds. Sadly that doesn't show ambition in my eyes.
You won't get any better in this division, don't think someone like Reach is going to become available. Look at the goal of the season candidates, half of them are Reid - he's the only player in our side that opposition defenders will be genuinely afraid of.
For a winger Kyel does well. He works hard and can pruduce on occasions.
[quote][p][bold]passionate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: I'm rather worried that he wasn't sorted out with a contract before so he could be waiting for a move. Another worry is that Parkinson mentioned Reid in players he was talking to about a contract on radio Leeds. Sadly that doesn't show ambition in my eyes.[/p][/quote]You won't get any better in this division, don't think someone like Reach is going to become available. Look at the goal of the season candidates, half of them are Reid - he's the only player in our side that opposition defenders will be genuinely afraid of.[/p][/quote]For a winger Kyel does well. He works hard and can pruduce on occasions. Peter300
  • Score: -8

12:19pm Fri 2 May 14

Size3_ says...

Be ruthless and play like our lives depended on it...how we should every match - if it sends them down as a consequence, that is nothing to do with us - it will have been themselves that sent them down...as it was for us all of our times.
Be ruthless and play like our lives depended on it...how we should every match - if it sends them down as a consequence, that is nothing to do with us - it will have been themselves that sent them down...as it was for us all of our times. Size3_
  • Score: 1

12:38pm Fri 2 May 14

birstallbantam56 says...

I would love to send this lot down - set of cheating, time wasting losers - would have been sweeter if Ronnie Moore was still manager but hey ho.

Come on City - finish the season on a high!
I would love to send this lot down - set of cheating, time wasting losers - would have been sweeter if Ronnie Moore was still manager but hey ho. Come on City - finish the season on a high! birstallbantam56
  • Score: 15

1:13pm Fri 2 May 14

Foolroy says...

birstallbantam56 wrote:
I would love to send this lot down - set of cheating, time wasting losers - would have been sweeter if Ronnie Moore was still manager but hey ho.

Come on City - finish the season on a high!
I concur. Just like the fans holding onto the ball and then waiting for the corner to be taken, and then throwing the ball back.
[quote][p][bold]birstallbantam56[/bold] wrote: I would love to send this lot down - set of cheating, time wasting losers - would have been sweeter if Ronnie Moore was still manager but hey ho. Come on City - finish the season on a high![/p][/quote]I concur. Just like the fans holding onto the ball and then waiting for the corner to be taken, and then throwing the ball back. Foolroy
  • Score: 10

5:18pm Fri 2 May 14

Nickloza says...

I, as have many others have paid good money to go to the game tomorrow and would expect us to go all out for a win. It would be unfair on our fans to not go for a result, can't see us not trying tbf. Can't wait to see them relegated
I, as have many others have paid good money to go to the game tomorrow and would expect us to go all out for a win. It would be unfair on our fans to not go for a result, can't see us not trying tbf. Can't wait to see them relegated Nickloza
  • Score: 2

5:56pm Fri 2 May 14

Baby Bantam says...

passionate wrote:
Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
I'm rather worried that he wasn't sorted out with a contract before so he could be waiting for a move. Another worry is that Parkinson mentioned Reid in players he was talking to about a contract on radio Leeds. Sadly that doesn't show ambition in my eyes.
You won't get any better in this division, don't think someone like Reach is going to become available. Look at the goal of the season candidates, half of them are Reid - he's the only player in our side that opposition defenders will be genuinely afraid of.
Remember Luke Freeman for Stevenage who scored a screamer at VP?
Wonder if Stevenage would be open to offers, would be a very good replacement for Thomo
[quote][p][bold]passionate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: I'm rather worried that he wasn't sorted out with a contract before so he could be waiting for a move. Another worry is that Parkinson mentioned Reid in players he was talking to about a contract on radio Leeds. Sadly that doesn't show ambition in my eyes.[/p][/quote]You won't get any better in this division, don't think someone like Reach is going to become available. Look at the goal of the season candidates, half of them are Reid - he's the only player in our side that opposition defenders will be genuinely afraid of.[/p][/quote]Remember Luke Freeman for Stevenage who scored a screamer at VP? Wonder if Stevenage would be open to offers, would be a very good replacement for Thomo Baby Bantam
  • Score: 2

6:01pm Fri 2 May 14

shoesmaker26 says...

good look to the lads for the game saterday ,get stuck into them we have nothing to loose thay have
good look to the lads for the game saterday ,get stuck into them we have nothing to loose thay have shoesmaker26
  • Score: 1

6:07pm Fri 2 May 14

GenieBantam says...

Luke Freeman would be an excellent signing and a show of intent. Cant see him wanting to play lge. 2 nxt season. Not sure if we could afford him though
Luke Freeman would be an excellent signing and a show of intent. Cant see him wanting to play lge. 2 nxt season. Not sure if we could afford him though GenieBantam
  • Score: 1

6:14pm Fri 2 May 14

Nickloza says...

GenieBantam wrote:
Luke Freeman would be an excellent signing and a show of intent. Cant see him wanting to play lge. 2 nxt season. Not sure if we could afford him though
Stevenage are after big money for him, so can't see it happening in all honesty
[quote][p][bold]GenieBantam[/bold] wrote: Luke Freeman would be an excellent signing and a show of intent. Cant see him wanting to play lge. 2 nxt season. Not sure if we could afford him though[/p][/quote]Stevenage are after big money for him, so can't see it happening in all honesty Nickloza
  • Score: 0

10:04am Sat 3 May 14

bcfcincheshire says...

Last competitive game before next season but in a completely relaxed frame of mind...I still remember standing in the Bradford end in 1988 when City needed a win against Ipswich Town to achieve automatic promotion to the First Division pre-Premier League...mid table Ipswich were really good that day in their 3-2 success with Dalian Atkinson man of the match....step forwards Mark Yeates??
Last competitive game before next season but in a completely relaxed frame of mind...I still remember standing in the Bradford end in 1988 when City needed a win against Ipswich Town to achieve automatic promotion to the First Division pre-Premier League...mid table Ipswich were really good that day in their 3-2 success with Dalian Atkinson man of the match....step forwards Mark Yeates?? bcfcincheshire
  • Score: 0

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