Guy Branston labels Bradford City side ‘best I have seen’

Guy Branston salutes his opening goal for Bristol Rovers against City

Guy Branston salutes his opening goal for Bristol Rovers against City

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

The first text to pop up on Guy Branston’s phone after the City game came from a familiar source.

“It was Dave Baldwin saying ‘well done Brano’,” said the uncompromising centre half. “But that’s what I expect from a top man and a top club.”

Branston has a lot of time for City’s director of operations for his help in smoothing his departure from Valley Parade during the summer.

Despite his own travails, he still harbours a lot of affection for the club where it did not work out.

And having seen them at close quarters twice in recent weeks, Branston has no doubts that the Bantams are heading for the heights.

He said: “They are the best side I’ve seen. They bossed it at Aldershot without getting out of second gear and showed a great burning desire on Saturday that wasn’t there when I was at the club.

“That’s testament to the manager. Being on the outside looking in now, you’ve got to give him credit for doing a tremendous job in recruiting and the work on the training ground.”

Branston noticed the different attitude with the way City kept picking themselves up against Bristol Rovers. Having scored the opener himself, his new loan side led three times but the visitors refused to give up.

He said: “Twelve months ago we would roll over to the likes of Dagenham and Barnet. You’d look around the team and there’d only be me and Bully (Lee Bullock) shouting.

“You see the change in mentality now. I thought that when Dava (Andrew Davies) signed in the summer and you can tell how it’s different by the noise.

“Instead of two or three shouting and screaming, they’ve got five or six. You’ve got people growling at each other and encouraging all the time and that’s what you need to win the league.

“Gary Jones is a legend in my eyes and he and Nathan Doyle have done so much in midfield (to change the thinking). But you’ve got good players all over the pitch.

“I was impressed with Rory McArdle and really like James Meredith since they got him from York. Will Atkinson was a bit too timid last year but he’s come on leaps and bounds.

“And you’ve got a front two who will always score goals. I thought I did well in my own game but they are so hard to defend against.

“Nahki Wells is flying in front of goal. He’s grown so much as a player since I left.

“And big James (Hanson) was trying everything to unsettle us and getting in some dangerous positions. He’s a good footballer.

“Give him and Nahki a chance and they will score. They are as good a front two as anyone.

“Saturday was just how football should be – passionate, vibrant and quick. If I’m brutally honest, it was probably not a game I wanted to play in because I wasn’t fit enough, having not been involved for a while.

“Bradford were the hardest side to play against when you’ve only been training for 20 minutes with your new team-mates.

“Of course you should win when you’re ahead three times but you’ve got to be a football realist. We’re near the bottom of the league and would have gladly taken a point before the game against such a top club.”

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8:34am Tue 27 Nov 12

tyker2 says...

top man.pickle
top man.pickle tyker2
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9:15am Tue 27 Nov 12

bradfordhope says...

Top pro and a nice fella to boot. If Branno hangs up his boots anytime soon i'd have him as a coach any day of the week.
Top pro and a nice fella to boot. If Branno hangs up his boots anytime soon i'd have him as a coach any day of the week. bradfordhope
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11:05am Tue 27 Nov 12

brucebantam says...

Guy Branston is the best example I know of how a true professional footballer should behave. We see those overpaid over-rated prima donnas in the Premier League and that's how most people think of footballers today. Brano is loyal to the club that pays his wages, but has respect for the game, opposition players, and the fans of his old clubs. He has a wise head and an honest opinion, and I for one hope we see him at Valley Parade in years to come as part of the coaching staff. Brano, your are a true star!
Guy Branston is the best example I know of how a true professional footballer should behave. We see those overpaid over-rated prima donnas in the Premier League and that's how most people think of footballers today. Brano is loyal to the club that pays his wages, but has respect for the game, opposition players, and the fans of his old clubs. He has a wise head and an honest opinion, and I for one hope we see him at Valley Parade in years to come as part of the coaching staff. Brano, your are a true star! brucebantam
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11:51am Tue 27 Nov 12

OutOfBradford says...

Mediocre player who has made a career out of self promotion. Praising himself more than any of his team mates or managers have done.

If careers were built on bullsh!t talk to the press, he'd be Premier League!

Anyone read some of his Tweets? Anyone who dares to question him for a second gets it with both barrels from this thug.

He's playing for his 19th club for a reason. Signed because of his "professionalism" but moved on a few months later because he's actually not very good!

I've heard people refer to him as a "hero". Really? His 16 games for Bradford City hardly made him a legend.

MOVE ON!! HE'S OLD NEWS!!
Mediocre player who has made a career out of self promotion. Praising himself more than any of his team mates or managers have done. If careers were built on bullsh!t talk to the press, he'd be Premier League! Anyone read some of his Tweets? Anyone who dares to question him for a second gets it with both barrels from this thug. He's playing for his 19th club for a reason. Signed because of his "professionalism" but moved on a few months later because he's actually not very good! I've heard people refer to him as a "hero". Really? His 16 games for Bradford City hardly made him a legend. MOVE ON!! HE'S OLD NEWS!! OutOfBradford
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1:29pm Tue 27 Nov 12

bcfc1903 says...

Good solid defender in the lower divisions and PFA winner a couple of seasons back. He probably turned in the best individuel defensive performance by a BCFC player i've ever seen in the home Torquey United game last season when we were down to 10 men for most of the match..immense. Don't underestimate the sh*t BCFC were in either when Brano came back from RUFC at the back end of last season..once again he put in some cracking performances. I think he'll make an excellent coach....would love to see the fella back at some stage in the future in a coaching capacity.
Good solid defender in the lower divisions and PFA winner a couple of seasons back. He probably turned in the best individuel defensive performance by a BCFC player i've ever seen in the home Torquey United game last season when we were down to 10 men for most of the match..immense. Don't underestimate the sh*t BCFC were in either when Brano came back from RUFC at the back end of last season..once again he put in some cracking performances. I think he'll make an excellent coach....would love to see the fella back at some stage in the future in a coaching capacity. bcfc1903
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1:30pm Tue 27 Nov 12

seasonticketholder says...

What Branno said on the BBC web page, 'I wanted to go over to Phil Parkinson and stick my finger up. I had a hard time at Bradford," Branston told BBC Radio Bristol.

"He stitched me up last year and made me work really hard for something that was never going to materialise.

"I really just wanted to stick one over him but you can't do that as a player - you have to say the right things at the right time.

"The only way you can show them is by being on the pitch and playing well."

So likes Dave Baldwin but his views about Parkinson are set out above.
What Branno said on the BBC web page, 'I wanted to go over to [boss] Phil Parkinson and stick my finger up. I had a hard time at Bradford," Branston told BBC Radio Bristol. "He stitched me up last year and made me work really hard for something that was never going to materialise. "I really just wanted to stick one over him but you can't do that as a player - you have to say the right things at the right time. "The only way you can show them is by being on the pitch and playing well." So likes Dave Baldwin but his views about Parkinson are set out above. seasonticketholder
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1:39pm Tue 27 Nov 12

bcfc1903 says...

What ever he thinks of Parkinson...the fact is that when push came to shove at the business of last season when the wheels were falling off, Brano was at the forefront of BCFC players making sure the club didn't end up in Blue Square oblivion and for that i'm forever a fan of his. Total respect!!!!
What ever he thinks of Parkinson...the fact is that when push came to shove at the business of last season when the wheels were falling off, Brano was at the forefront of BCFC players making sure the club didn't end up in Blue Square oblivion and for that i'm forever a fan of his. Total respect!!!! bcfc1903
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4:39pm Tue 27 Nov 12

GABRIEL.NORDE says...

brucebantam wrote:
Guy Branston is the best example I know of how a true professional footballer should behave. We see those overpaid over-rated prima donnas in the Premier League and that's how most people think of footballers today. Brano is loyal to the club that pays his wages, but has respect for the game, opposition players, and the fans of his old clubs. He has a wise head and an honest opinion, and I for one hope we see him at Valley Parade in years to come as part of the coaching staff. Brano, your are a true star!
Well said, my friend, could'nt have put it better mesen. That's why i like to watch the Football Leaue, honest endeavour.
[quote][p][bold]brucebantam[/bold] wrote: Guy Branston is the best example I know of how a true professional footballer should behave. We see those overpaid over-rated prima donnas in the Premier League and that's how most people think of footballers today. Brano is loyal to the club that pays his wages, but has respect for the game, opposition players, and the fans of his old clubs. He has a wise head and an honest opinion, and I for one hope we see him at Valley Parade in years to come as part of the coaching staff. Brano, your are a true star![/p][/quote]Well said, my friend, could'nt have put it better mesen. That's why i like to watch the Football Leaue, honest endeavour. GABRIEL.NORDE
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5:43pm Tue 27 Nov 12

COLATS says...

OutOfBradford wrote:
Mediocre player who has made a career out of self promotion. Praising himself more than any of his team mates or managers have done.

If careers were built on bullsh!t talk to the press, he'd be Premier League!

Anyone read some of his Tweets? Anyone who dares to question him for a second gets it with both barrels from this thug.

He's playing for his 19th club for a reason. Signed because of his "professionalis
m" but moved on a few months later because he's actually not very good!

I've heard people refer to him as a "hero". Really? His 16 games for Bradford City hardly made him a legend.

MOVE ON!! HE'S OLD NEWS!!
Totally agree, cart horse springs to mind. One good game against a former club don't make him a city hero.
[quote][p][bold]OutOfBradford[/bold] wrote: Mediocre player who has made a career out of self promotion. Praising himself more than any of his team mates or managers have done. If careers were built on bullsh!t talk to the press, he'd be Premier League! Anyone read some of his Tweets? Anyone who dares to question him for a second gets it with both barrels from this thug. He's playing for his 19th club for a reason. Signed because of his "professionalis m" but moved on a few months later because he's actually not very good! I've heard people refer to him as a "hero". Really? His 16 games for Bradford City hardly made him a legend. MOVE ON!! HE'S OLD NEWS!![/p][/quote]Totally agree, cart horse springs to mind. One good game against a former club don't make him a city hero. COLATS
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6:30pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Whoisevans? says...

COLATS wrote:
OutOfBradford wrote:
Mediocre player who has made a career out of self promotion. Praising himself more than any of his team mates or managers have done.

If careers were built on bullsh!t talk to the press, he'd be Premier League!

Anyone read some of his Tweets? Anyone who dares to question him for a second gets it with both barrels from this thug.

He's playing for his 19th club for a reason. Signed because of his "professionalis

m" but moved on a few months later because he's actually not very good!

I've heard people refer to him as a "hero". Really? His 16 games for Bradford City hardly made him a legend.

MOVE ON!! HE'S OLD NEWS!!
Totally agree, cart horse springs to mind. One good game against a former club don't make him a city hero.
If post were made of bullsh!t yours would be top of the pile. Branno help save Bradford from relegation and he was always a honest player for us. I hate it when people rubbish former players. They only do that cos their jealous cos they never made anything of themselves. Good Luck Branno hope you make it one day as a manager.
[quote][p][bold]COLATS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OutOfBradford[/bold] wrote: Mediocre player who has made a career out of self promotion. Praising himself more than any of his team mates or managers have done. If careers were built on bullsh!t talk to the press, he'd be Premier League! Anyone read some of his Tweets? Anyone who dares to question him for a second gets it with both barrels from this thug. He's playing for his 19th club for a reason. Signed because of his "professionalis m" but moved on a few months later because he's actually not very good! I've heard people refer to him as a "hero". Really? His 16 games for Bradford City hardly made him a legend. MOVE ON!! HE'S OLD NEWS!![/p][/quote]Totally agree, cart horse springs to mind. One good game against a former club don't make him a city hero.[/p][/quote]If post were made of bullsh!t yours would be top of the pile. Branno help save Bradford from relegation and he was always a honest player for us. I hate it when people rubbish former players. They only do that cos their jealous cos they never made anything of themselves. Good Luck Branno hope you make it one day as a manager. Whoisevans?
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7:06pm Tue 27 Nov 12

nowt fresh says...

brucebantam wrote:
Guy Branston is the best example I know of how a true professional footballer should behave. We see those overpaid over-rated prima donnas in the Premier League and that's how most people think of footballers today. Brano is loyal to the club that pays his wages, but has respect for the game, opposition players, and the fans of his old clubs. He has a wise head and an honest opinion, and I for one hope we see him at Valley Parade in years to come as part of the coaching staff. Brano, your are a true star!
Are you sure ?? here's a quote from BBC Sport :"Bristol Rovers defender Guy Branston says he was pleased to gain revenge over former club Bradford by scoring against them on Saturday.

Branston, 33, left the Bantams over the summer after just one season.

He is on loan at Rovers from Aldershot and scored 79 seconds into his Pirates debut, which finished 3-3.

"I wanted to go over to Phil Parkinson and stick my finger up. I had a hard time at Bradford," Branston told BBC Radio Bristol.

"He stitched me up last year and made me work really hard for something that was never going to materialise.

"I really just wanted to stick one over him but you can't do that as a player - you have to say the right things at the right time.

may be his above artical about Bradford City is just that !! saying the stuff in theT&A City fans want to hear.
[quote][p][bold]brucebantam[/bold] wrote: Guy Branston is the best example I know of how a true professional footballer should behave. We see those overpaid over-rated prima donnas in the Premier League and that's how most people think of footballers today. Brano is loyal to the club that pays his wages, but has respect for the game, opposition players, and the fans of his old clubs. He has a wise head and an honest opinion, and I for one hope we see him at Valley Parade in years to come as part of the coaching staff. Brano, your are a true star![/p][/quote]Are you sure ?? here's a quote from BBC Sport :"Bristol Rovers defender Guy Branston says he was pleased to gain revenge over former club Bradford by scoring against them on Saturday. Branston, 33, left the Bantams over the summer after just one season. He is on loan at Rovers from Aldershot and scored 79 seconds into his Pirates debut, which finished 3-3. "I wanted to go over to [boss] Phil Parkinson and stick my finger up. I had a hard time at Bradford," Branston told BBC Radio Bristol. "He stitched me up last year and made me work really hard for something that was never going to materialise. "I really just wanted to stick one over him but you can't do that as a player - you have to say the right things at the right time. may be his above artical about Bradford City is just that !! saying the stuff in theT&A City fans want to hear. nowt fresh
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7:40pm Tue 27 Nov 12

bcfc1903 says...

What ever he thinks of Parkinson...the fact is that when push came to shove at the business of last season when the wheels were falling off, Brano was at the forefront of BCFC players making sure the club didn't end up in Blue Square oblivion and for that i'm forever a fan of his. Total respect!!!!”
What ever he thinks of Parkinson...the fact is that when push came to shove at the business of last season when the wheels were falling off, Brano was at the forefront of BCFC players making sure the club didn't end up in Blue Square oblivion and for that i'm forever a fan of his. Total respect!!!!” bcfc1903
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7:44pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Sashaboo2005 says...

Who cares what Branston says or thinks ! I doubt any logical Bantam's fans takes any of his comments seriously. If he was as good at football as he is spouting his big mouth off,
he would be a world beater!!!!!
Who cares what Branston says or thinks ! I doubt any logical Bantam's fans takes any of his comments seriously. If he was as good at football as he is spouting his big mouth off, he would be a world beater!!!!! Sashaboo2005
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7:53pm Tue 27 Nov 12

nowt fresh says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
What ever he thinks of Parkinson...the fact is that when push came to shove at the business of last season when the wheels were falling off, Brano was at the forefront of BCFC players making sure the club didn't end up in Blue Square oblivion and for that i'm forever a fan of his. Total respect!!!!”
Thought thats what he got paid for at the time ? "making sure the club didn't end up in Blue Square oblivion" I respect all players who pull the Claret & Amber shirts on,
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: What ever he thinks of Parkinson...the fact is that when push came to shove at the business of last season when the wheels were falling off, Brano was at the forefront of BCFC players making sure the club didn't end up in Blue Square oblivion and for that i'm forever a fan of his. Total respect!!!!”[/p][/quote]Thought thats what he got paid for at the time ? "making sure the club didn't end up in Blue Square oblivion" I respect all players who pull the Claret & Amber shirts on, nowt fresh
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8:17pm Tue 27 Nov 12

COLATS says...

Whoisevans? wrote:
COLATS wrote:
OutOfBradford wrote:
Mediocre player who has made a career out of self promotion. Praising himself more than any of his team mates or managers have done.

If careers were built on bullsh!t talk to the press, he'd be Premier League!

Anyone read some of his Tweets? Anyone who dares to question him for a second gets it with both barrels from this thug.

He's playing for his 19th club for a reason. Signed because of his "professionalis


m" but moved on a few months later because he's actually not very good!

I've heard people refer to him as a "hero". Really? His 16 games for Bradford City hardly made him a legend.

MOVE ON!! HE'S OLD NEWS!!
Totally agree, cart horse springs to mind. One good game against a former club don't make him a city hero.
If post were made of bullsh!t yours would be top of the pile. Branno help save Bradford from relegation and he was always a honest player for us. I hate it when people rubbish former players. They only do that cos their jealous cos they never made anything of themselves. Good Luck Branno hope you make it one day as a manager.
You don't like the truth?? Perhaps we should have kept him, then we could have been 5th from the bottom instead of 5th from the top?
[quote][p][bold]Whoisevans?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]COLATS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OutOfBradford[/bold] wrote: Mediocre player who has made a career out of self promotion. Praising himself more than any of his team mates or managers have done. If careers were built on bullsh!t talk to the press, he'd be Premier League! Anyone read some of his Tweets? Anyone who dares to question him for a second gets it with both barrels from this thug. He's playing for his 19th club for a reason. Signed because of his "professionalis m" but moved on a few months later because he's actually not very good! I've heard people refer to him as a "hero". Really? His 16 games for Bradford City hardly made him a legend. MOVE ON!! HE'S OLD NEWS!![/p][/quote]Totally agree, cart horse springs to mind. One good game against a former club don't make him a city hero.[/p][/quote]If post were made of bullsh!t yours would be top of the pile. Branno help save Bradford from relegation and he was always a honest player for us. I hate it when people rubbish former players. They only do that cos their jealous cos they never made anything of themselves. Good Luck Branno hope you make it one day as a manager.[/p][/quote]You don't like the truth?? Perhaps we should have kept him, then we could have been 5th from the bottom instead of 5th from the top? COLATS
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3:13pm Wed 28 Nov 12

bcfc1903 says...

nowt fresh wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
What ever he thinks of Parkinson...the fact is that when push came to shove at the business of last season when the wheels were falling off, Brano was at the forefront of BCFC players making sure the club didn't end up in Blue Square oblivion and for that i'm forever a fan of his. Total respect!!!!”
Thought thats what he got paid for at the time ? "making sure the club didn't end up in Blue Square oblivion" I respect all players who pull the Claret & Amber shirts on,
Of course he was paid well...he was also paid well earlier in the season when maybe his form didn't hit the heights except the Torquay United game.....the fact that Brano had been shipped out to Rotherham...to then be recalled when the wheels were coming off and put in those kind of performances says alot about the character of the fella. For me he played a large part in steadying a ship that could have sunk without trace. For that reason he'll always hold a special place in my memory of players who have played for our club.
[quote][p][bold]nowt fresh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: What ever he thinks of Parkinson...the fact is that when push came to shove at the business of last season when the wheels were falling off, Brano was at the forefront of BCFC players making sure the club didn't end up in Blue Square oblivion and for that i'm forever a fan of his. Total respect!!!!”[/p][/quote]Thought thats what he got paid for at the time ? "making sure the club didn't end up in Blue Square oblivion" I respect all players who pull the Claret & Amber shirts on,[/p][/quote]Of course he was paid well...he was also paid well earlier in the season when maybe his form didn't hit the heights except the Torquay United game.....the fact that Brano had been shipped out to Rotherham...to then be recalled when the wheels were coming off and put in those kind of performances says alot about the character of the fella. For me he played a large part in steadying a ship that could have sunk without trace. For that reason he'll always hold a special place in my memory of players who have played for our club. bcfc1903
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