Rhodes urges Bradford City to cash in on cup success

Kyel Reid goes to ground after a challenge by Huddersfield's Jonathan Hogg in last season's Capital One Cup

Hartlepool's Jack Compton nets from the penalty during last season's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie

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City are banking on a good cup run next season to make up for missing out on any knock-out cash last term.

The first-round draw for the Capital One Cup takes place this morning, with the Bantams among the seeded teams after their 11th-placed finish in League One.

City fell at the opening hurdle last year at neighbours Huddersfield. They were also thrashed 5-0 by Hartlepool in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and 3-0 at Rotherham in the FA Cup.

It was a case of feast to famine for Phil Parkinson’s side after the Wembley heroics of the previous campaign – and joint-chairman Julian Rhodes admitted the club felt it in the pocket.

Rhodes said: “A cup run is hugely important and Phil knows that.

“Each year we tend to speculate a little bit on the budget but we always have ways of addressing that deficit.

“That is primarily through cup runs or if that doesn’t happen we have to look to sell somebody from the youth system.

“If that all fails, we have to sell a player from the first team; last year that was Nahki Wells, although we’d probably have had to do that anyway.

“But the complete lack of a cup run affected us quite badly. We had a great year two years ago and I’m hoping we’re due another good one.

“The money we made from the cup run in 2012-13 turned the club around.”

City were criticised by fans for leaving first-choice strike force Wells and James Hanson on the bench against the Terriers in last year’s cup opener. They both came on to combine for a late consolation in a 2-1 loss.

Rhodes added: “We are going to have a smaller squad next season so I think there will be less chance of rotating.

“And yet the season we got to the cup final, you’ll find there was a lot of rotation so we can’t be too critical.

“But look at Huddersfield in the League Cup last season. We were 2-0 down, then put (James) Hanson and Wells on and pulled a goal back.

“Who’s to say what might have happened if they started? It didn’t work last season but it did the year before.

“We’ll probably end up with a few season-long loans who might not be allowed to play in the cup. There’s a lot up in the air at the moment so we’ll have to see.

“But it would be great if we could have a decent season in all three cups this time.”

The draw is regionalised as usual but City will avoid any Championship opposition, ruling out the possibility of another August derby with Huddersfield or Leeds.

They have not faced a club from a lower division in the League Cup since 2005, when Colin Todd’s team demolished Rochdale 5-0 at Spotland with a Dean Windass treble.

Rhodes said: “Having a run in the cup is the most obvious way to address your deficit. But it’s not just that.

“The best cup run we’ve had for so many years also resulted in us getting promotion.

“I don’t believe the suggestion that a cup run takes anything away from your league form. If anything, I think that enhances it.

“It adds to the feel-good factor and gives players that added confidence. I think that’s what happened in 2012-13.

“Last season we started remarkably well, we went out of all the cups and things went completely the other way.

“Maybe if we had enjoyed a cup run, the league season wouldn’t have petered out the way it did and we may have done better.

“Being seeded this time should give us a better chance of getting through. The Premier League clubs come in the next round – and we’ve shown that we can deal with them!

“That would be ideal. Man United aren’t in Europe so they’ll be in then – I’ll take us winning the first round and then drawing them away.

“Even if we get beaten, that will be a good cup run.”

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7:32pm Tue 17 Jun 14

lawsonio123 says...

A Good run would be great for both the club and the supporters City have a good draw which will not give them much cash but a great chance to progress in this cup let us look forward to a great season
A Good run would be great for both the club and the supporters City have a good draw which will not give them much cash but a great chance to progress in this cup let us look forward to a great season lawsonio123
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8:08pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Boing-Boing says...

We didn't get our league form back on track until after the cup final, we were aiming for an automatic place until heads were turned to the league cup run! It was great though!!
We didn't get our league form back on track until after the cup final, we were aiming for an automatic place until heads were turned to the league cup run! It was great though!! Boing-Boing
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8:36pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Boing-Boing says...

We didn't get our league form back on track until after the cup final, we were aiming for an automatic place until heads were turned by the league cup run! It was great though!!
We didn't get our league form back on track until after the cup final, we were aiming for an automatic place until heads were turned by the league cup run! It was great though!! Boing-Boing
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11:28pm Tue 17 Jun 14

mrmuzzy says...

Pretty sad when you need a good cup run to get more money in your back pockets!
Why not sell our best player for that!
Oh you already have.
broken promises!
All about money.
no wonder parkinson can't get the players he wants!
Pretty sad when you need a good cup run to get more money in your back pockets! Why not sell our best player for that! Oh you already have. broken promises! All about money. no wonder parkinson can't get the players he wants! mrmuzzy
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12:33am Wed 18 Jun 14

macca1969 says...

Good cup run!!!!!! According to the board we didn't make any dosh till the semi finals aa they is no prize money till then. Can hardly see us repeating the feat of going to wembley again as that was once in a lifetime roy of the rovers stuff. Wish the board would remember what comments they have previously made
Good cup run!!!!!! According to the board we didn't make any dosh till the semi finals aa they is no prize money till then. Can hardly see us repeating the feat of going to wembley again as that was once in a lifetime roy of the rovers stuff. Wish the board would remember what comments they have previously made macca1969
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7:58am Wed 18 Jun 14

tyker7745 says...

macca1969 wrote:
Good cup run!!!!!! According to the board we didn't make any dosh till the semi finals aa they is no prize money till then. Can hardly see us repeating the feat of going to wembley again as that was once in a lifetime roy of the rovers stuff. Wish the board would remember what comments they have previously made
absolutely spot on. They said they made no money in the game against Arsenal: massive tv audience and sellout crowd!!
[quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: Good cup run!!!!!! According to the board we didn't make any dosh till the semi finals aa they is no prize money till then. Can hardly see us repeating the feat of going to wembley again as that was once in a lifetime roy of the rovers stuff. Wish the board would remember what comments they have previously made[/p][/quote]absolutely spot on. They said they made no money in the game against Arsenal: massive tv audience and sellout crowd!! tyker7745
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8:32am Wed 18 Jun 14

wakefieldbantam says...

This cannot be right Dave Baldwin said at the time of our epic cup run that the revenue we had received provided long term financial stability for the club now JR is saying unless we have a similar cup run we have to sell our best players!!! I like to think we are progressing in the right direction but having read that article I really am beginning to wonder !!!!
This cannot be right Dave Baldwin said at the time of our epic cup run that the revenue we had received provided long term financial stability for the club now JR is saying unless we have a similar cup run we have to sell our best players!!! I like to think we are progressing in the right direction but having read that article I really am beginning to wonder !!!! wakefieldbantam
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10:57am Wed 18 Jun 14

Michael Clayton says...

mrmuzzy wrote:
Pretty sad when you need a good cup run to get more money in your back pockets!
Why not sell our best player for that!
Oh you already have.
broken promises!
All about money.
no wonder parkinson can't get the players he wants!
You do not demonstrate any factual awareness. It is all conjecture.
[quote][p][bold]mrmuzzy[/bold] wrote: Pretty sad when you need a good cup run to get more money in your back pockets! Why not sell our best player for that! Oh you already have. broken promises! All about money. no wonder parkinson can't get the players he wants![/p][/quote]You do not demonstrate any factual awareness. It is all conjecture. Michael Clayton
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