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Billy Clarke joins Bradford City on a two-year deal

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Striker Billy Clarke will officially join the Bantams on a two-year deal on July 1 Striker Billy Clarke will officially join the Bantams on a two-year deal on July 1

BILLY Clarke has joined Bradford City on a two-year deal to become the club’s fifth summer signing.

The 26-year-old striker penned the contract at City's Apperley Bridge training ground this afternoon.

He will officially join City on Tuesday (July 1) when his contract with previous club Crawley Town expires, joining fellow new recruits Matty Dolan, Billy Knott, Gary Liddle and Alan Sheehan.

The Irishman is able to play in a number of attacking positions, including left wing, striker or in the 'number ten' role just behind the main forward.

Like fellow new signing Sheehan, Clarke is also comfortable taking free-kicks and penalties with his cultured left foot.

Clarke said: “I have to reiterate really what most new signings say when they arrive here.

“This is a massive club and the fan base here is very big.

"Those factors, coupled with the chats I had with the manager before I can here, made this the only place I wanted to come to and join.

“Everyone who plays at Bradford always mentions the size of the crowd and the size of the stadium.

“That sort of thing really does stick with opposition players when they come up to Bradford.

“When you look at the manager we have here and the quality of the players he has brought in already this summer, this place really did tick all the boxes for me.

“I like to be creative on the ball and make things happen for other players and myself.

“That is why I feel I will fit in with the way the manager is wanting to play his football next season.

“I'm exciting to start pre-season next week with the boys and get started. I’m delighted to sign here.”

Clarke has previous experience of playing in League 1 with Crawley but he has also spent a fair chunk of his earlier career with Championship clubs Ipswich Town and Blackpool.

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8:48pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Victor Clayton says...

Sounds like a good signing.
Sounds like a good signing. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 25

9:10pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Csut74 says...

Good news, needed another front man, particularly one who can play in a few roles. I've seen Billy before and thought he looked pretty good

Welcome to BCFC Billy !
Good news, needed another front man, particularly one who can play in a few roles. I've seen Billy before and thought he looked pretty good Welcome to BCFC Billy ! Csut74
  • Score: 19

10:36pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Wakefield Bantam says...

Parky had him on loan briefly at Colchester when they were promoted to the championship? Hopefully he'll help us!
Parky had him on loan briefly at Colchester when they were promoted to the championship? Hopefully he'll help us! Wakefield Bantam
  • Score: 8

11:20pm Fri 27 Jun 14

silverbantam says...

Good signing, but how many left footed players do we need ?
Dolan, Sheehan, Knott, Clarke all left footed !
Good signing, but how many left footed players do we need ? Dolan, Sheehan, Knott, Clarke all left footed ! silverbantam
  • Score: -43

11:28pm Fri 27 Jun 14

jonahsbaldhead says...

Which idiot is going to criticise this signing?
Which idiot is going to criticise this signing? jonahsbaldhead
  • Score: 16

1:57am Sat 28 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

Fáilte Billy, great to have another quality Irish player joining us on the Bradford train, enjoy the ride fella!!!!!

Our squad is slowly taking shape, there looks to be some real quality being signed, hopefully they'll gel quickly and make a decent start to the season giving us a great base to build and ultimately have a successful season.
Fáilte Billy, great to have another quality Irish player joining us on the Bradford train, enjoy the ride fella!!!!! Our squad is slowly taking shape, there looks to be some real quality being signed, hopefully they'll gel quickly and make a decent start to the season giving us a great base to build and ultimately have a successful season. bcfc1903
  • Score: 11

7:45am Sat 28 Jun 14

ever the optimist says...

silverbantam wrote:
Good signing, but how many left footed players do we need ?
Dolan, Sheehan, Knott, Clarke all left footed !
Does it really matter if a striker is left footed?
[quote][p][bold]silverbantam[/bold] wrote: Good signing, but how many left footed players do we need ? Dolan, Sheehan, Knott, Clarke all left footed ![/p][/quote]Does it really matter if a striker is left footed? ever the optimist
  • Score: 23

8:26am Sat 28 Jun 14

City86 says...

We have no left winger at the moment and only one LB at the moment if Meredith goes,so I don't think having a few left footed players does the team any harm at all!
We have no left winger at the moment and only one LB at the moment if Meredith goes,so I don't think having a few left footed players does the team any harm at all! City86
  • Score: 7

9:00am Sat 28 Jun 14

Victor Clayton says...

City86 wrote:
We have no left winger at the moment and only one LB at the moment if Meredith goes,so I don't think having a few left footed players does the team any harm at all!
You would never get anyone saying "how many right footed players do we need?" It's discrimination!
[quote][p][bold]City86[/bold] wrote: We have no left winger at the moment and only one LB at the moment if Meredith goes,so I don't think having a few left footed players does the team any harm at all![/p][/quote]You would never get anyone saying "how many right footed players do we need?" It's discrimination! Victor Clayton
  • Score: 17

9:06am Sat 28 Jun 14

Gary David says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
City86 wrote: We have no left winger at the moment and only one LB at the moment if Meredith goes,so I don't think having a few left footed players does the team any harm at all!
You would never get anyone saying "how many right footed players do we need?" It's discrimination!
This guy will be our left winger
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]City86[/bold] wrote: We have no left winger at the moment and only one LB at the moment if Meredith goes,so I don't think having a few left footed players does the team any harm at all![/p][/quote]You would never get anyone saying "how many right footed players do we need?" It's discrimination![/p][/quote]This guy will be our left winger Gary David
  • Score: 5

9:25am Sat 28 Jun 14

KendalianBantam says...

Never mind left peggers,how many left peggers called Billy do we need!!!!!
Never mind left peggers,how many left peggers called Billy do we need!!!!! KendalianBantam
  • Score: 5

9:30am Sat 28 Jun 14

bcfcincheshire says...

Glad to see the much needed rejuvenation of the squad is taking shape. ..I predict a strong attack minded season and potentially top six at Christmas.
Glad to see the much needed rejuvenation of the squad is taking shape. ..I predict a strong attack minded season and potentially top six at Christmas. bcfcincheshire
  • Score: 11

11:18am Sat 28 Jun 14

Baby Bantam says...

Gary David wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote:
City86 wrote: We have no left winger at the moment and only one LB at the moment if Meredith goes,so I don't think having a few left footed players does the team any harm at all!
You would never get anyone saying "how many right footed players do we need?" It's discrimination!
This guy will be our left winger
Doubt it, can see knott being more left and clarke being the head of the diamond if your playing it like that
[quote][p][bold]Gary David[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]City86[/bold] wrote: We have no left winger at the moment and only one LB at the moment if Meredith goes,so I don't think having a few left footed players does the team any harm at all![/p][/quote]You would never get anyone saying "how many right footed players do we need?" It's discrimination![/p][/quote]This guy will be our left winger[/p][/quote]Doubt it, can see knott being more left and clarke being the head of the diamond if your playing it like that Baby Bantam
  • Score: 6

12:12pm Sat 28 Jun 14

macca1969 says...

bcfcincheshire wrote:
Glad to see the much needed rejuvenation of the squad is taking shape. ..I predict a strong attack minded season and potentially top six at Christmas.
Let's be realistic atm there is no way we are close to a top 6 side. You need a top 6 budget or a lot of luck. Can't predict luck so let's see what happens but we don't need silly over the top expectations piling on the pressure
[quote][p][bold]bcfcincheshire[/bold] wrote: Glad to see the much needed rejuvenation of the squad is taking shape. ..I predict a strong attack minded season and potentially top six at Christmas.[/p][/quote]Let's be realistic atm there is no way we are close to a top 6 side. You need a top 6 budget or a lot of luck. Can't predict luck so let's see what happens but we don't need silly over the top expectations piling on the pressure macca1969
  • Score: -13

12:39pm Sat 28 Jun 14

torreyman says...

Welcome Billy top six here we come I can feel it !!!
Welcome Billy top six here we come I can feel it !!! torreyman
  • Score: 2

12:55pm Sat 28 Jun 14

bunnyson says...

Billy is a decent player who really wasn't given the chance he deserved at Blackpool. Good luck to him from a Yorkshire Seasider, he should do well for the Bantams.
Billy is a decent player who really wasn't given the chance he deserved at Blackpool. Good luck to him from a Yorkshire Seasider, he should do well for the Bantams. bunnyson
  • Score: 13

1:22pm Sat 28 Jun 14

lawsonio123 says...

macca1969 wrote:
bcfcincheshire wrote:
Glad to see the much needed rejuvenation of the squad is taking shape. ..I predict a strong attack minded season and potentially top six at Christmas.
Let's be realistic atm there is no way we are close to a top 6 side. You need a top 6 budget or a lot of luck. Can't predict luck so let's see what happens but we don't need silly over the top expectations piling on the pressure
What are you saying Macca1969 Realistc They the posters are being realistic any one can see a team is taking shape which on paper looks quite promising so CUT the downside get on board and have a bit of faith ALLTEAMS ARE NOT BUILT ON MILLIONS
[quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfcincheshire[/bold] wrote: Glad to see the much needed rejuvenation of the squad is taking shape. ..I predict a strong attack minded season and potentially top six at Christmas.[/p][/quote]Let's be realistic atm there is no way we are close to a top 6 side. You need a top 6 budget or a lot of luck. Can't predict luck so let's see what happens but we don't need silly over the top expectations piling on the pressure[/p][/quote]What are you saying Macca1969 Realistc They the posters are being realistic any one can see a team is taking shape which on paper looks quite promising so CUT the downside get on board and have a bit of faith ALLTEAMS ARE NOT BUILT ON MILLIONS lawsonio123
  • Score: 10

1:51pm Sat 28 Jun 14

pokertee says...

Not complaining but it looks like we are turning into a irish team? we even play pre season in ireland. ;-) I think thats why they got rid of billy bantam so they can bring in their new mascot The Claret Leprechaun. haha
Not complaining but it looks like we are turning into a irish team? we even play pre season in ireland. ;-) I think thats why they got rid of billy bantam so they can bring in their new mascot The Claret Leprechaun. haha pokertee
  • Score: 0

2:45pm Sat 28 Jun 14

i miss stallard & murray says...

Exciting times I do not much about the player but from clips I av looked at he looks to be an attacking player with a neat left foot who retains the ball well. The style himself and knot have look to be the type of players we missed last year. We really need an explosive winger who can run at and behind opposition defences to compliment and get the full benefit of a creative midfield. It is two early to make predictions on season targets some teams av ad smaller budgets than us in the passed n they have managed success why can't we over achieve this year? Team spirit and a close knit squad will encourage this. So we need either 1 or 2 keepers, parky as said a new left bak, with Taylor fit and the lb signing we may just be short of cover at rb. Midfield I think we r short of a central midfielder but I wud assume any further signings in cm wud depend on Kennedy being moved on. We require 1 explosive winger maybe 2 dependant on plans for knott n Clarke. I doubt we ll sign another striker but in an ideal world I wud like a similar player to Hanson to provide competition but this wud be a luxury and we need McLean Clarke mcburnie and clarkson to step up to push big Jim and be there to cover shud he have any injury problems. Bring on august Come on City
Exciting times I do not much about the player but from clips I av looked at he looks to be an attacking player with a neat left foot who retains the ball well. The style himself and knot have look to be the type of players we missed last year. We really need an explosive winger who can run at and behind opposition defences to compliment and get the full benefit of a creative midfield. It is two early to make predictions on season targets some teams av ad smaller budgets than us in the passed n they have managed success why can't we over achieve this year? Team spirit and a close knit squad will encourage this. So we need either 1 or 2 keepers, parky as said a new left bak, with Taylor fit and the lb signing we may just be short of cover at rb. Midfield I think we r short of a central midfielder but I wud assume any further signings in cm wud depend on Kennedy being moved on. We require 1 explosive winger maybe 2 dependant on plans for knott n Clarke. I doubt we ll sign another striker but in an ideal world I wud like a similar player to Hanson to provide competition but this wud be a luxury and we need McLean Clarke mcburnie and clarkson to step up to push big Jim and be there to cover shud he have any injury problems. Bring on august Come on City i miss stallard & murray
  • Score: 6

3:21pm Sat 28 Jun 14

macca1969 says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
macca1969 wrote:
bcfcincheshire wrote:
Glad to see the much needed rejuvenation of the squad is taking shape. ..I predict a strong attack minded season and potentially top six at Christmas.
Let's be realistic atm there is no way we are close to a top 6 side. You need a top 6 budget or a lot of luck. Can't predict luck so let's see what happens but we don't need silly over the top expectations piling on the pressure
What are you saying Macca1969 Realistc They the posters are being realistic any one can see a team is taking shape which on paper looks quite promising so CUT the downside get on board and have a bit of faith ALLTEAMS ARE NOT BUILT ON MILLIONS
It is not realistic at all. We have signed a few players but what can you actually say about clarke. Where will he play? A winger with no pace? We already have that in yeates. A striker with a not so prolific goal ratio which we already have. Why did Crawley release him and not try to keep him? Hopefully he will come good but he is not a signing that will make us top 6
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfcincheshire[/bold] wrote: Glad to see the much needed rejuvenation of the squad is taking shape. ..I predict a strong attack minded season and potentially top six at Christmas.[/p][/quote]Let's be realistic atm there is no way we are close to a top 6 side. You need a top 6 budget or a lot of luck. Can't predict luck so let's see what happens but we don't need silly over the top expectations piling on the pressure[/p][/quote]What are you saying Macca1969 Realistc They the posters are being realistic any one can see a team is taking shape which on paper looks quite promising so CUT the downside get on board and have a bit of faith ALLTEAMS ARE NOT BUILT ON MILLIONS[/p][/quote]It is not realistic at all. We have signed a few players but what can you actually say about clarke. Where will he play? A winger with no pace? We already have that in yeates. A striker with a not so prolific goal ratio which we already have. Why did Crawley release him and not try to keep him? Hopefully he will come good but he is not a signing that will make us top 6 macca1969
  • Score: -4

5:59pm Sat 28 Jun 14

tyker7745 says...

macca1969 wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote:
macca1969 wrote:
bcfcincheshire wrote:
Glad to see the much needed rejuvenation of the squad is taking shape. ..I predict a strong attack minded season and potentially top six at Christmas.
Let's be realistic atm there is no way we are close to a top 6 side. You need a top 6 budget or a lot of luck. Can't predict luck so let's see what happens but we don't need silly over the top expectations piling on the pressure
What are you saying Macca1969 Realistc They the posters are being realistic any one can see a team is taking shape which on paper looks quite promising so CUT the downside get on board and have a bit of faith ALLTEAMS ARE NOT BUILT ON MILLIONS
It is not realistic at all. We have signed a few players but what can you actually say about clarke. Where will he play? A winger with no pace? We already have that in yeates. A striker with a not so prolific goal ratio which we already have. Why did Crawley release him and not try to keep him? Hopefully he will come good but he is not a signing that will make us top 6
Crawly released virtually every player so John Gregory cold build his own team
[quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfcincheshire[/bold] wrote: Glad to see the much needed rejuvenation of the squad is taking shape. ..I predict a strong attack minded season and potentially top six at Christmas.[/p][/quote]Let's be realistic atm there is no way we are close to a top 6 side. You need a top 6 budget or a lot of luck. Can't predict luck so let's see what happens but we don't need silly over the top expectations piling on the pressure[/p][/quote]What are you saying Macca1969 Realistc They the posters are being realistic any one can see a team is taking shape which on paper looks quite promising so CUT the downside get on board and have a bit of faith ALLTEAMS ARE NOT BUILT ON MILLIONS[/p][/quote]It is not realistic at all. We have signed a few players but what can you actually say about clarke. Where will he play? A winger with no pace? We already have that in yeates. A striker with a not so prolific goal ratio which we already have. Why did Crawley release him and not try to keep him? Hopefully he will come good but he is not a signing that will make us top 6[/p][/quote]Crawly released virtually every player so John Gregory cold build his own team tyker7745
  • Score: 3

6:22pm Sat 28 Jun 14

lawsonio123 says...

pokertee wrote:
Not complaining but it looks like we are turning into a irish team? we even play pre season in ireland. ;-) I think thats why they got rid of billy bantam so they can bring in their new mascot The Claret Leprechaun. haha
Irish Team um if it is as good has the one Jackie Charlton used to manage then we are going up
[quote][p][bold]pokertee[/bold] wrote: Not complaining but it looks like we are turning into a irish team? we even play pre season in ireland. ;-) I think thats why they got rid of billy bantam so they can bring in their new mascot The Claret Leprechaun. haha[/p][/quote]Irish Team um if it is as good has the one Jackie Charlton used to manage then we are going up lawsonio123
  • Score: 6

6:32pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Victor Clayton says...

tyker7745 wrote:
macca1969 wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote:
macca1969 wrote:
bcfcincheshire wrote:
Glad to see the much needed rejuvenation of the squad is taking shape. ..I predict a strong attack minded season and potentially top six at Christmas.
Let's be realistic atm there is no way we are close to a top 6 side. You need a top 6 budget or a lot of luck. Can't predict luck so let's see what happens but we don't need silly over the top expectations piling on the pressure
What are you saying Macca1969 Realistc They the posters are being realistic any one can see a team is taking shape which on paper looks quite promising so CUT the downside get on board and have a bit of faith ALLTEAMS ARE NOT BUILT ON MILLIONS
It is not realistic at all. We have signed a few players but what can you actually say about clarke. Where will he play? A winger with no pace? We already have that in yeates. A striker with a not so prolific goal ratio which we already have. Why did Crawley release him and not try to keep him? Hopefully he will come good but he is not a signing that will make us top 6
Crawly released virtually every player so John Gregory cold build his own team
At least the new signing are fairly young, and hopefully the base from which we can build.
[quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfcincheshire[/bold] wrote: Glad to see the much needed rejuvenation of the squad is taking shape. ..I predict a strong attack minded season and potentially top six at Christmas.[/p][/quote]Let's be realistic atm there is no way we are close to a top 6 side. You need a top 6 budget or a lot of luck. Can't predict luck so let's see what happens but we don't need silly over the top expectations piling on the pressure[/p][/quote]What are you saying Macca1969 Realistc They the posters are being realistic any one can see a team is taking shape which on paper looks quite promising so CUT the downside get on board and have a bit of faith ALLTEAMS ARE NOT BUILT ON MILLIONS[/p][/quote]It is not realistic at all. We have signed a few players but what can you actually say about clarke. Where will he play? A winger with no pace? We already have that in yeates. A striker with a not so prolific goal ratio which we already have. Why did Crawley release him and not try to keep him? Hopefully he will come good but he is not a signing that will make us top 6[/p][/quote]Crawly released virtually every player so John Gregory cold build his own team[/p][/quote]At least the new signing are fairly young, and hopefully the base from which we can build. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 5

8:58am Sun 29 Jun 14

tyker7745 says...

A base from which we can build? Are w looking ti improve this season?

If so by what margin? Top 6? or where?

Are the new players capable of playing at a higher level?

who knows?
A base from which we can build? Are w looking ti improve this season? If so by what margin? Top 6? or where? Are the new players capable of playing at a higher level? who knows? tyker7745
  • Score: -3

10:24am Sun 29 Jun 14

bcfcincheshire says...

We did finish eleventh last season and admittedly needed Wells' goals to attain fourth early on...so swap Wells for McLean and Clarke...swap a somewhat static and certainly mainly defensive midfield with comparatively unproductive wing play for the vibrant and forward looking 3 midfielders now permanently signed...and with a couple of others apparently still to come in..and top six by the end of the year is realistic..Sheffield United aside I think we will compete very well...indeed we hardly lost last year....draws were our problem...games were close...I think we will nick a few more wins with the younger hungrier line up ahead..our home crowd and form will be even better this year!
We did finish eleventh last season and admittedly needed Wells' goals to attain fourth early on...so swap Wells for McLean and Clarke...swap a somewhat static and certainly mainly defensive midfield with comparatively unproductive wing play for the vibrant and forward looking 3 midfielders now permanently signed...and with a couple of others apparently still to come in..and top six by the end of the year is realistic..Sheffield United aside I think we will compete very well...indeed we hardly lost last year....draws were our problem...games were close...I think we will nick a few more wins with the younger hungrier line up ahead..our home crowd and form will be even better this year! bcfcincheshire
  • Score: 5

12:07pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Michael Clayton says...

bcfcincheshire wrote:
We did finish eleventh last season and admittedly needed Wells' goals to attain fourth early on...so swap Wells for McLean and Clarke...swap a somewhat static and certainly mainly defensive midfield with comparatively unproductive wing play for the vibrant and forward looking 3 midfielders now permanently signed...and with a couple of others apparently still to come in..and top six by the end of the year is realistic..Sheffield United aside I think we will compete very well...indeed we hardly lost last year....draws were our problem...games were close...I think we will nick a few more wins with the younger hungrier line up ahead..our home crowd and form will be even better this year!
I agree with everything except your 'take' on the drawn games. It was those single points that kept us up.
[quote][p][bold]bcfcincheshire[/bold] wrote: We did finish eleventh last season and admittedly needed Wells' goals to attain fourth early on...so swap Wells for McLean and Clarke...swap a somewhat static and certainly mainly defensive midfield with comparatively unproductive wing play for the vibrant and forward looking 3 midfielders now permanently signed...and with a couple of others apparently still to come in..and top six by the end of the year is realistic..Sheffield United aside I think we will compete very well...indeed we hardly lost last year....draws were our problem...games were close...I think we will nick a few more wins with the younger hungrier line up ahead..our home crowd and form will be even better this year![/p][/quote]I agree with everything except your 'take' on the drawn games. It was those single points that kept us up. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 0

3:00pm Sun 29 Jun 14

macca1969 says...

Bristol City are spending a lot more than us and have acquired some. great players. Sheffield United will be strong as will Peterborough. Also Preston, Doncaster, Fleetwood, Leyton Orient. We can underestimate Chesterfield and Barnsley Yeovil etc. Top 6 would be nice but it is still a long term goal. Just think we are putting too much pressure in a relatively new side and should be more patient and realistic
Bristol City are spending a lot more than us and have acquired some. great players. Sheffield United will be strong as will Peterborough. Also Preston, Doncaster, Fleetwood, Leyton Orient. We can underestimate Chesterfield and Barnsley Yeovil etc. Top 6 would be nice but it is still a long term goal. Just think we are putting too much pressure in a relatively new side and should be more patient and realistic macca1969
  • Score: -3

8:37pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Michael Clayton says...

macca1969 wrote:
Bristol City are spending a lot more than us and have acquired some. great players. Sheffield United will be strong as will Peterborough. Also Preston, Doncaster, Fleetwood, Leyton Orient. We can underestimate Chesterfield and Barnsley Yeovil etc. Top 6 would be nice but it is still a long term goal. Just think we are putting too much pressure in a relatively new side and should be more patient and realistic
Most supporters are sensible and understand what the club is doing. You can't account for rogue lunatics on a website.
[quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: Bristol City are spending a lot more than us and have acquired some. great players. Sheffield United will be strong as will Peterborough. Also Preston, Doncaster, Fleetwood, Leyton Orient. We can underestimate Chesterfield and Barnsley Yeovil etc. Top 6 would be nice but it is still a long term goal. Just think we are putting too much pressure in a relatively new side and should be more patient and realistic[/p][/quote]Most supporters are sensible and understand what the club is doing. You can't account for rogue lunatics on a website. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -1

10:23am Mon 30 Jun 14

macca1969 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
macca1969 wrote:
Bristol City are spending a lot more than us and have acquired some. great players. Sheffield United will be strong as will Peterborough. Also Preston, Doncaster, Fleetwood, Leyton Orient. We can underestimate Chesterfield and Barnsley Yeovil etc. Top 6 would be nice but it is still a long term goal. Just think we are putting too much pressure in a relatively new side and should be more patient and realistic
Most supporters are sensible and understand what the club is doing. You can't account for rogue lunatics on a website.
Exactly, I'm not saying I wouldn't want us to be a top 6 side because obviously I'd like nothing more. Problem is we are just one of at least 14 teams with the same ambition, some of these teams in a lot stronger position than us. If parky signs the players he is looking for and injuries are kind we may well have a successful season. Problem is if injuries bite and the new players take a while to settle, those spouting top 6 now will be demanding the manager goes. These want success today fans are what can ruin the long term health of the club
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: Bristol City are spending a lot more than us and have acquired some. great players. Sheffield United will be strong as will Peterborough. Also Preston, Doncaster, Fleetwood, Leyton Orient. We can underestimate Chesterfield and Barnsley Yeovil etc. Top 6 would be nice but it is still a long term goal. Just think we are putting too much pressure in a relatively new side and should be more patient and realistic[/p][/quote]Most supporters are sensible and understand what the club is doing. You can't account for rogue lunatics on a website.[/p][/quote]Exactly, I'm not saying I wouldn't want us to be a top 6 side because obviously I'd like nothing more. Problem is we are just one of at least 14 teams with the same ambition, some of these teams in a lot stronger position than us. If parky signs the players he is looking for and injuries are kind we may well have a successful season. Problem is if injuries bite and the new players take a while to settle, those spouting top 6 now will be demanding the manager goes. These want success today fans are what can ruin the long term health of the club macca1969
  • Score: -1

10:36am Mon 30 Jun 14

whisky1 says...

macca1969 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
macca1969 wrote: Bristol City are spending a lot more than us and have acquired some. great players. Sheffield United will be strong as will Peterborough. Also Preston, Doncaster, Fleetwood, Leyton Orient. We can underestimate Chesterfield and Barnsley Yeovil etc. Top 6 would be nice but it is still a long term goal. Just think we are putting too much pressure in a relatively new side and should be more patient and realistic
Most supporters are sensible and understand what the club is doing. You can't account for rogue lunatics on a website.
Exactly, I'm not saying I wouldn't want us to be a top 6 side because obviously I'd like nothing more. Problem is we are just one of at least 14 teams with the same ambition, some of these teams in a lot stronger position than us. If parky signs the players he is looking for and injuries are kind we may well have a successful season. Problem is if injuries bite and the new players take a while to settle, those spouting top 6 now will be demanding the manager goes. These want success today fans are what can ruin the long term health of the club
Anything in the top half would be satisfactory. Yeovil and Orient have shown that you can punch above your weight and compete with the big spenders however all three promoted clubs last season had big budgets..Wolves from parachute payments and tothers from wealthy benefactors. Unfortunately that will be the determining factor.
[quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: Bristol City are spending a lot more than us and have acquired some. great players. Sheffield United will be strong as will Peterborough. Also Preston, Doncaster, Fleetwood, Leyton Orient. We can underestimate Chesterfield and Barnsley Yeovil etc. Top 6 would be nice but it is still a long term goal. Just think we are putting too much pressure in a relatively new side and should be more patient and realistic[/p][/quote]Most supporters are sensible and understand what the club is doing. You can't account for rogue lunatics on a website.[/p][/quote]Exactly, I'm not saying I wouldn't want us to be a top 6 side because obviously I'd like nothing more. Problem is we are just one of at least 14 teams with the same ambition, some of these teams in a lot stronger position than us. If parky signs the players he is looking for and injuries are kind we may well have a successful season. Problem is if injuries bite and the new players take a while to settle, those spouting top 6 now will be demanding the manager goes. These want success today fans are what can ruin the long term health of the club[/p][/quote]Anything in the top half would be satisfactory. Yeovil and Orient have shown that you can punch above your weight and compete with the big spenders however all three promoted clubs last season had big budgets..Wolves from parachute payments and tothers from wealthy benefactors. Unfortunately that will be the determining factor. whisky1
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1:07pm Mon 30 Jun 14

dannbradfc says...

macca and michael clayton take the realistic view and apart from dreaming there is no other view to have at present. No one knows how we are going to perform but one thing is certain is that you need a squad with a little depth to go up. The squad can be small and Parky is buying versatality but there is no evidence whatsoever that we will finish top 6 as the poster suggests. Indeed our scoring options are a concern. hanson gets injuries and maclean is yet to proove he as his scoring boots back. Then we are left with youth and players who are not specialist strikers.

We are still apparently going to bring in half a team of players according to Parky thus how people can say we are going to challenge without even seeing the finished squad is bizarre. yes you can apply this logic to this post and say 'but you don't know neither' but thats exactly it. We can't predict how we are going to do but on paper at present we won't be as strong as other teams and thats all we can realistically go on.......

Lets be excited and positive but stop making predicitons based on what??????
macca and michael clayton take the realistic view and apart from dreaming there is no other view to have at present. No one knows how we are going to perform but one thing is certain is that you need a squad with a little depth to go up. The squad can be small and Parky is buying versatality but there is no evidence whatsoever that we will finish top 6 as the poster suggests. Indeed our scoring options are a concern. hanson gets injuries and maclean is yet to proove he as his scoring boots back. Then we are left with youth and players who are not specialist strikers. We are still apparently going to bring in half a team of players according to Parky thus how people can say we are going to challenge without even seeing the finished squad is bizarre. yes you can apply this logic to this post and say 'but you don't know neither' but thats exactly it. We can't predict how we are going to do but on paper at present we won't be as strong as other teams and thats all we can realistically go on....... Lets be excited and positive but stop making predicitons based on what?????? dannbradfc
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8:40pm Mon 30 Jun 14

shaun from richmond says...

ANOTHER! average signing. Really looks like a bottom half scrap to me.
ANOTHER! average signing. Really looks like a bottom half scrap to me. shaun from richmond
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9:18am Fri 4 Jul 14

dannbradfc says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
macca1969 wrote:
bcfcincheshire wrote:
Glad to see the much needed rejuvenation of the squad is taking shape. ..I predict a strong attack minded season and potentially top six at Christmas.
Let's be realistic atm there is no way we are close to a top 6 side. You need a top 6 budget or a lot of luck. Can't predict luck so let's see what happens but we don't need silly over the top expectations piling on the pressure
What are you saying Macca1969 Realistc They the posters are being realistic any one can see a team is taking shape which on paper looks quite promising so CUT the downside get on board and have a bit of faith ALLTEAMS ARE NOT BUILT ON MILLIONS
Lawsnio

Please tell me where your prediction comes from? on what basis are you so optimistic?

Macca is just looking at the facts. What your looking at is hope.

The squad is not yet finished yet so how can predictions be made that contain all the facts?

Maccas realism is based on finances which is relevant. take a look at any table at the end of the season and see which teams had money. There are a few exceptions but these are exceptions to the rule generally.

At present the squad is not strong enough and could not sustain any injuries. There are no guarantees that even our current strongest 11 are able to compete. Your "promising" side contains no wide players really of note, very few strikers (yet you say we will be attacking). A way to go yet but making predictions as high as yours based on what we have at the moment can only end in disappointment and have those same posters calling for the managers head when we don't acheive them......

I want to be positive but we need to see the squad strenthened and side perform really first. Incidentally don't forget that every other side in the division is strenthening too.......
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfcincheshire[/bold] wrote: Glad to see the much needed rejuvenation of the squad is taking shape. ..I predict a strong attack minded season and potentially top six at Christmas.[/p][/quote]Let's be realistic atm there is no way we are close to a top 6 side. You need a top 6 budget or a lot of luck. Can't predict luck so let's see what happens but we don't need silly over the top expectations piling on the pressure[/p][/quote]What are you saying Macca1969 Realistc They the posters are being realistic any one can see a team is taking shape which on paper looks quite promising so CUT the downside get on board and have a bit of faith ALLTEAMS ARE NOT BUILT ON MILLIONS[/p][/quote]Lawsnio Please tell me where your prediction comes from? on what basis are you so optimistic? Macca is just looking at the facts. What your looking at is hope. The squad is not yet finished yet so how can predictions be made that contain all the facts? Maccas realism is based on finances which is relevant. take a look at any table at the end of the season and see which teams had money. There are a few exceptions but these are exceptions to the rule generally. At present the squad is not strong enough and could not sustain any injuries. There are no guarantees that even our current strongest 11 are able to compete. Your "promising" side contains no wide players really of note, very few strikers (yet you say we will be attacking). A way to go yet but making predictions as high as yours based on what we have at the moment can only end in disappointment and have those same posters calling for the managers head when we don't acheive them...... I want to be positive but we need to see the squad strenthened and side perform really first. Incidentally don't forget that every other side in the division is strenthening too....... dannbradfc
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