I am (not a) Legend: On-song James Hanson proving top-ten hit for Bantams as he looks to rein in Dean Windass

James Hanson, left, roars for joy with Oliver McBurnie after scoring City's winner against Leeds – one of five goals already this season

James Hanson, left, roars for joy with Oliver McBurnie after scoring City's winner against Leeds – one of five goals already this season

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

JAMES Hanson winces at the mention of the word “legend”.

“That’s for players like Stuart McCall,” he said. “But it’s nice that people recognise what I have done for the club.”

Hanson’s goal at Rochdale was his fifth already in a blistering start to the season. It also took his total tally for City to 68 – and joint tenth in the all-time rankings with Bruce Bannister.

Leader Bobby Campbell may be in a league of his own on 143 but Hanson is now within striking distance of Dean Windass in third, who is currently 18 ahead.

No wonder the “L” word is starting to be bandied about for the local striker now in sixth season in the pro game.

Hanson admitted: “It feels strange when fans say things like that but I know I need to do more.

“I was aware of the goal thing and it’s a great achievement for me personally. It’s something to be proud of and I’ll aim for the top three now and catching Deano.

“But it’s more important that I kick on with Bradford this season and see what happens.”

Kicking on with his hometown club is the phrase that supporters want to hear. With Nahki Wells gone, Hanson has become City’s most saleable asset.

Millwall boss Ian Holloway had him short-listed at one stage in his summer search for a targetman but rumours of an on-going interest cooled last week when he brought in 6ft 4in Swede Mathias Ranegie from Watford.

Huddersfield, where Hanson was released as a youngster, have also been keeping tabs.

But it’s hardly surprising that Hanson’s form has put him on the radar. His record since Wells crossed the M62 is a mightily-impressive 11 goals from 19 starts.

Unfortunately, that spell was punctuated by the injury problems that saw him hardly feature in the final two months of last season.

With that sorted, Hanson sees no reason why he cannot maintain the run – and avoid another one of those scoring droughts that have punctuated his time at Valley Parade.

“It’s down to me to keep it going. I’m delighted with the way I’ve started but it’s my job now to keep chipping away with goals. That’s my aim. I don’t want to get stuck in any droughts.

“Every game is a challenge. There might be two or three men on you at times but I know I can improve.

“I’ve started where I left off before the injury and I just want to keep myself fit and stay in the side.

“That’s not easy because we’ve got some great players here now. The only way I can do that is by continuing my form at the moment and helping this team go forward.”

Hanson played a big part in City’s win at Rochdale with an assist for Jason Kennedy to go with his points-sealing header from a corner.

It was an impressive follow-up to the glory night against Leeds but he was not surprised that City proved capable of lifting themselves again so quickly.

Hanson said: “The gaffer had a meeting with us on Friday and stressed that we needed to keep the winning spirit going. With Rochdale coming so soon after such a massive night, it shows you the character and strong mentality we’ve got.

“That’s why I like working with the gaffer because he brings us all back down to earth. Nobody is getting carried away.

“We dug in and looked the stronger side in the second half. We overpowered them in the end with our fitness.

“It was a really tough effort against Leeds and we didn’t have too much time to recover. So to look that strong later in the game was a credit to everyone.”

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10:21am Tue 2 Sep 14

Peter300 says...

A tremendous effort by the players, manager and staff to win at Rochdale after their uplifting victory last Wednesday.
A tremendous effort by the players, manager and staff to win at Rochdale after their uplifting victory last Wednesday. Peter300
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10:43am Tue 2 Sep 14

Michael Clayton says...

The importance of cup-football cannot be underestimated, and not only for financial reasons.

The feel good factor, proper game time for fringe-players, momentum, experimentation etc.

Also, better than having to arrange closed-door friendlies that struggle to be as competitive?

Seven days is sometimes too long to wait between fixtures. Particulalry after a bad result.

The Europa League teams complain about the Thursday-Sunday turnaround but I think this has more to do with the away travel and the finer margins at PL level. Not an argument that can be applied to teams in the Football League
The importance of cup-football cannot be underestimated, and not only for financial reasons. The feel good factor, proper game time for fringe-players, momentum, experimentation etc. Also, better than having to arrange closed-door friendlies that struggle to be as competitive? Seven days is sometimes too long to wait between fixtures. Particulalry after a bad result. The Europa League teams complain about the Thursday-Sunday turnaround but I think this has more to do with the away travel and the finer margins at PL level. Not an argument that can be applied to teams in the Football League Michael Clayton
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11:41am Tue 2 Sep 14

lawsonio123 says...

James Hanson is more than capable of scoring 20 goals a season I have said this before and now he is not having to make goals for a player who I shall not name he is realising he himself while still producing openings for others can score more himself. He is a very underrated footballer who hopefully will remain with City for his football life. But some Premiership club may one day realise what a job he could do for them so we may lose him But again if City can gain promotion so could then be paid more he may well stay at Valley Parade. Meanwhile let us enjoy a VERY GOOD CENTRE FORWARD
James Hanson is more than capable of scoring 20 goals a season I have said this before and now he is not having to make goals for a player who I shall not name he is realising he himself while still producing openings for others can score more himself. He is a very underrated footballer who hopefully will remain with City for his football life. But some Premiership club may one day realise what a job he could do for them so we may lose him But again if City can gain promotion so could then be paid more he may well stay at Valley Parade. Meanwhile let us enjoy a VERY GOOD CENTRE FORWARD lawsonio123
  • Score: 17

11:43am Tue 2 Sep 14

lonniejockstrap says...

Unlike Windass, when he came to VP with Sheff Utd, I could never see James coming back to valley parade with another Club and celebrating with great joy whilst kissing his new Club's badge if he scored against us.
Unlike Windass, when he came to VP with Sheff Utd, I could never see James coming back to valley parade with another Club and celebrating with great joy whilst kissing his new Club's badge if he scored against us. lonniejockstrap
  • Score: 11

12:54pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Michael Clayton says...

lonniejockstrap wrote:
Unlike Windass, when he came to VP with Sheff Utd, I could never see James coming back to valley parade with another Club and celebrating with great joy whilst kissing his new Club's badge if he scored against us.
I don't know either of them. My guess is that Hanson is not a foul-mouthed big-head.

As for goal output, I was questioned by some Leeds fans as to why Hanson had only scored 67 goals in well over 200 games (inferring that he must not be a good player) .

I explained that it is because he has had to carry the weight of the some pretty poor teams for the best part of five years; running himself into the ground in the process.

Would I rather see Hanson or Wells? No contest. Hanson is irreplaceable. Wells will come and go.
[quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: Unlike Windass, when he came to VP with Sheff Utd, I could never see James coming back to valley parade with another Club and celebrating with great joy whilst kissing his new Club's badge if he scored against us.[/p][/quote]I don't know either of them. My guess is that Hanson is not a foul-mouthed big-head. As for goal output, I was questioned by some Leeds fans as to why Hanson had only scored 67 goals in well over 200 games (inferring that he must not be a good player) . I explained that it is because he has had to carry the weight of the some pretty poor teams for the best part of five years; running himself into the ground in the process. Would I rather see Hanson or Wells? No contest. Hanson is irreplaceable. Wells will come and go. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 14

1:08pm Tue 2 Sep 14

lonniejockstrap says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
lonniejockstrap wrote:
Unlike Windass, when he came to VP with Sheff Utd, I could never see James coming back to valley parade with another Club and celebrating with great joy whilst kissing his new Club's badge if he scored against us.
I don't know either of them. My guess is that Hanson is not a foul-mouthed big-head.

As for goal output, I was questioned by some Leeds fans as to why Hanson had only scored 67 goals in well over 200 games (inferring that he must not be a good player) .

I explained that it is because he has had to carry the weight of the some pretty poor teams for the best part of five years; running himself into the ground in the process.

Would I rather see Hanson or Wells? No contest. Hanson is irreplaceable. Wells will come and go.
What the Leeds fans may not be aware of is James' fantastic gaol assist performance. I have never doubted his contribution to the Team even when he wasn't actually getting on the score sheet himself. And when he isn't scoring or assisting he is working his socks off putting defenders under pressure forcing them to play less than accurate passes which helps us gain possession back. And from what I have heard from freinds, he's a great lad as well.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: Unlike Windass, when he came to VP with Sheff Utd, I could never see James coming back to valley parade with another Club and celebrating with great joy whilst kissing his new Club's badge if he scored against us.[/p][/quote]I don't know either of them. My guess is that Hanson is not a foul-mouthed big-head. As for goal output, I was questioned by some Leeds fans as to why Hanson had only scored 67 goals in well over 200 games (inferring that he must not be a good player) . I explained that it is because he has had to carry the weight of the some pretty poor teams for the best part of five years; running himself into the ground in the process. Would I rather see Hanson or Wells? No contest. Hanson is irreplaceable. Wells will come and go.[/p][/quote]What the Leeds fans may not be aware of is James' fantastic gaol assist performance. I have never doubted his contribution to the Team even when he wasn't actually getting on the score sheet himself. And when he isn't scoring or assisting he is working his socks off putting defenders under pressure forcing them to play less than accurate passes which helps us gain possession back. And from what I have heard from freinds, he's a great lad as well. lonniejockstrap
  • Score: 5

1:20pm Tue 2 Sep 14

lonniejockstrap says...

lonniejockstrap wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
lonniejockstrap wrote:
Unlike Windass, when he came to VP with Sheff Utd, I could never see James coming back to valley parade with another Club and celebrating with great joy whilst kissing his new Club's badge if he scored against us.
I don't know either of them. My guess is that Hanson is not a foul-mouthed big-head.

As for goal output, I was questioned by some Leeds fans as to why Hanson had only scored 67 goals in well over 200 games (inferring that he must not be a good player) .

I explained that it is because he has had to carry the weight of the some pretty poor teams for the best part of five years; running himself into the ground in the process.

Would I rather see Hanson or Wells? No contest. Hanson is irreplaceable. Wells will come and go.
What the Leeds fans may not be aware of is James' fantastic gaol assist performance. I have never doubted his contribution to the Team even when he wasn't actually getting on the score sheet himself. And when he isn't scoring or assisting he is working his socks off putting defenders under pressure forcing them to play less than accurate passes which helps us gain possession back. And from what I have heard from freinds, he's a great lad as well.
Hey Michael, I just realised we are supposed to be one and the same person aren't we? Must stop talking to my(our) self (selves). Got to set off to work now anyway -Shift starts at 2.30. Will be back to 'talk to myself at 11.30. So for now, 'it's good bye from me, and it's good bye from him'.
[quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: Unlike Windass, when he came to VP with Sheff Utd, I could never see James coming back to valley parade with another Club and celebrating with great joy whilst kissing his new Club's badge if he scored against us.[/p][/quote]I don't know either of them. My guess is that Hanson is not a foul-mouthed big-head. As for goal output, I was questioned by some Leeds fans as to why Hanson had only scored 67 goals in well over 200 games (inferring that he must not be a good player) . I explained that it is because he has had to carry the weight of the some pretty poor teams for the best part of five years; running himself into the ground in the process. Would I rather see Hanson or Wells? No contest. Hanson is irreplaceable. Wells will come and go.[/p][/quote]What the Leeds fans may not be aware of is James' fantastic gaol assist performance. I have never doubted his contribution to the Team even when he wasn't actually getting on the score sheet himself. And when he isn't scoring or assisting he is working his socks off putting defenders under pressure forcing them to play less than accurate passes which helps us gain possession back. And from what I have heard from freinds, he's a great lad as well.[/p][/quote]Hey Michael, I just realised we are supposed to be one and the same person aren't we? Must stop talking to my(our) self (selves). Got to set off to work now anyway -Shift starts at 2.30. Will be back to 'talk to myself at 11.30. So for now, 'it's good bye from me, and it's good bye from him'. lonniejockstrap
  • Score: -4

1:29pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Michael Clayton says...

lonniejockstrap wrote:
lonniejockstrap wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
lonniejockstrap wrote: Unlike Windass, when he came to VP with Sheff Utd, I could never see James coming back to valley parade with another Club and celebrating with great joy whilst kissing his new Club's badge if he scored against us.
I don't know either of them. My guess is that Hanson is not a foul-mouthed big-head. As for goal output, I was questioned by some Leeds fans as to why Hanson had only scored 67 goals in well over 200 games (inferring that he must not be a good player) . I explained that it is because he has had to carry the weight of the some pretty poor teams for the best part of five years; running himself into the ground in the process. Would I rather see Hanson or Wells? No contest. Hanson is irreplaceable. Wells will come and go.
What the Leeds fans may not be aware of is James' fantastic gaol assist performance. I have never doubted his contribution to the Team even when he wasn't actually getting on the score sheet himself. And when he isn't scoring or assisting he is working his socks off putting defenders under pressure forcing them to play less than accurate passes which helps us gain possession back. And from what I have heard from freinds, he's a great lad as well.
Hey Michael, I just realised we are supposed to be one and the same person aren't we? Must stop talking to my(our) self (selves). Got to set off to work now anyway -Shift starts at 2.30. Will be back to 'talk to myself at 11.30. So for now, 'it's good bye from me, and it's good bye from him'.
So, if I post between 2.30 and 11.30, the boss will think I am, sorry, you are, slacking?
[quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: Unlike Windass, when he came to VP with Sheff Utd, I could never see James coming back to valley parade with another Club and celebrating with great joy whilst kissing his new Club's badge if he scored against us.[/p][/quote]I don't know either of them. My guess is that Hanson is not a foul-mouthed big-head. As for goal output, I was questioned by some Leeds fans as to why Hanson had only scored 67 goals in well over 200 games (inferring that he must not be a good player) . I explained that it is because he has had to carry the weight of the some pretty poor teams for the best part of five years; running himself into the ground in the process. Would I rather see Hanson or Wells? No contest. Hanson is irreplaceable. Wells will come and go.[/p][/quote]What the Leeds fans may not be aware of is James' fantastic gaol assist performance. I have never doubted his contribution to the Team even when he wasn't actually getting on the score sheet himself. And when he isn't scoring or assisting he is working his socks off putting defenders under pressure forcing them to play less than accurate passes which helps us gain possession back. And from what I have heard from freinds, he's a great lad as well.[/p][/quote]Hey Michael, I just realised we are supposed to be one and the same person aren't we? Must stop talking to my(our) self (selves). Got to set off to work now anyway -Shift starts at 2.30. Will be back to 'talk to myself at 11.30. So for now, 'it's good bye from me, and it's good bye from him'.[/p][/quote]So, if I post between 2.30 and 11.30, the boss will think I am, sorry, you are, slacking? Michael Clayton
  • Score: -2

1:30pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Ant_Bantam says...

lonniejockstrap wrote:
Unlike Windass, when he came to VP with Sheff Utd, I could never see James coming back to valley parade with another Club and celebrating with great joy whilst kissing his new Club's badge if he scored against us.
Bit petty, that. Who cares what Windass did when he scored against us? It was a cracking goal for a new club! Fair play to him - I think the 86 times he celebrated with us kind out outweighs that, personally... But after that goal at Villa Park, two appearances and a goal at Wembley, and the winner against Leeds, I think it's pretty fair to say Hans is already a club legend. Long may it continue.
[quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: Unlike Windass, when he came to VP with Sheff Utd, I could never see James coming back to valley parade with another Club and celebrating with great joy whilst kissing his new Club's badge if he scored against us.[/p][/quote]Bit petty, that. Who cares what Windass did when he scored against us? It was a cracking goal for a new club! Fair play to him - I think the 86 times he celebrated with us kind out outweighs that, personally... But after that goal at Villa Park, two appearances and a goal at Wembley, and the winner against Leeds, I think it's pretty fair to say Hans is already a club legend. Long may it continue. Ant_Bantam
  • Score: 8

5:53pm Tue 2 Sep 14

tinytoonster says...

lonniejockstrap wrote:
Unlike Windass, when he came to VP with Sheff Utd, I could never see James coming back to valley parade with another Club and celebrating with great joy whilst kissing his new Club's badge if he scored against us.
football is just a job in the grand scheme.
being a fan is just sometimes a lucky coincidence.
badge kissing means nothing.
i buy season tickets but not shirts, means nothing in regards to my loyalty.
listening to windass talk you know he as a great affection for city.
[quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: Unlike Windass, when he came to VP with Sheff Utd, I could never see James coming back to valley parade with another Club and celebrating with great joy whilst kissing his new Club's badge if he scored against us.[/p][/quote]football is just a job in the grand scheme. being a fan is just sometimes a lucky coincidence. badge kissing means nothing. i buy season tickets but not shirts, means nothing in regards to my loyalty. listening to windass talk you know he as a great affection for city. tinytoonster
  • Score: 6
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