Pair of aces can give Bradford City top hand

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Kyel Reid, as well as Andrew Davies, is closing in on a return from injury Kyel Reid, as well as Andrew Davies, is closing in on a return from injury

City’s promotion rivals will not make a better January capture than Kyel Reid or Andrew Davies.

Joint-chairman Julian Rhodes believes the return of the key duo from injury will trump any other League Two signings in next month’s transfer window.

Sides like Chesterfield and Port Vale are already making noises about recruiting and Fleetwood are likely to flex their financial muscle.

But whatever City decide to do, Rhodes feels they already have two aces up their sleeve.

“People talk about getting through to January but it’s more for me about getting through to the stage when our big players come back from injury,” he said.

“Look at the likes of Kyel Reid and Andrew Davies. If any of our promotion rivals signed players like that, you’d sit up and take notice.

“We’re all excited about them coming back in the team and hopefully they’ll both return before too long.

“Other teams are talking about recruiting but will they be bringing in the same quality? I doubt it.”

Rhodes revealed that City had not planned to delve too heavily into the loan market this season but were forced to revise their plans by an “unprecedented” run of serious injuries.

Blair Turgott and Curtis Good, signed just ahead of the loan deadline a fortnight ago, took the tally of temporary signings to five – including the luckless John Egan, who has had to return to Sunderland after breaking his leg.

Rhodes said: “We didn’t want to go into the loan market. We spent a lot of money assembling a squad in the summer that we thought was capable of getting promotion.

“Unfortunately the injuries we’ve had have been unprecedented. To lose two of your three centre halves in the same game, and then more injuries thereafter, is something nobody could have planned for.

“Loans quite often don’t work, some do. I’m more of a fan of a season-long loan or a loan from one transfer window to the next. But the situation meant we have to bring others in short term.

“Egan played remarkably well in the games he had here and was a big success. But then he suffered an horrendous injury.

“We’ll have to review it again next month and see where we are in the league. We’ve still got the deficit we need to address.”

But Rhodes is banking on the imminent return of Reid, with Davies possibly back by the end of next month, to provide the catalyst for the second half of the season.

“If you look back to the start, when Davies and Reid were available, we were averaging two points a game,” he said.

“If we do that again when they’re back, then we’ll get promoted because they are two massive players.

“I don’t think it’s any coincidence that James Hanson’s goals dried up for a while and it just happened to tie in with Kyel Reid getting injured.

“He is an out-and-out winger who whips balls into the box and big centre forwards like to get on the end of them. There isn’t any team in this division who wouldn’t want him.”

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8:31am Thu 6 Dec 12

Plastic Bantam says...

Julian Rhodes is a Legend!!!

Simple!!!!

Anyone City fan who has a bad word to say against this man is NOT a City fan!!!

The way the club is being run at the minute is how football clubs should be run!!!

Keep up the good work JR, ML & MB
Julian Rhodes is a Legend!!! Simple!!!! Anyone City fan who has a bad word to say against this man is NOT a City fan!!! The way the club is being run at the minute is how football clubs should be run!!! Keep up the good work JR, ML & MB Plastic Bantam

8:50am Thu 6 Dec 12

dannbradfc says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
Julian Rhodes is a Legend!!! Simple!!!! Anyone City fan who has a bad word to say against this man is NOT a City fan!!! The way the club is being run at the minute is how football clubs should be run!!! Keep up the good work JR, ML & MB
I agree with the first point.

To balance this i have to say though that it took some time before we adopted the current strategy. e.g. smaller squad, less loans and better quality signings. Some of us have clamoured for this for years.

Inded this is the most expensive squad since we hit the basement by all accounts and look at the results......

Like all city fans i'm enjoying it at the moment. It even tastes sweeter perhaps 'cos of the misery endured prior to this......

Well done to all concerned.......
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: Julian Rhodes is a Legend!!! Simple!!!! Anyone City fan who has a bad word to say against this man is NOT a City fan!!! The way the club is being run at the minute is how football clubs should be run!!! Keep up the good work JR, ML & MB[/p][/quote]I agree with the first point. To balance this i have to say though that it took some time before we adopted the current strategy. e.g. smaller squad, less loans and better quality signings. Some of us have clamoured for this for years. Inded this is the most expensive squad since we hit the basement by all accounts and look at the results...... Like all city fans i'm enjoying it at the moment. It even tastes sweeter perhaps 'cos of the misery endured prior to this...... Well done to all concerned....... dannbradfc

9:13am Thu 6 Dec 12

tyker2 says...

worryingly he mentions the deficit has to be ecovered:goodboceeds of the Arsenal game then. used to repay loans made by te directors
worryingly he mentions the deficit has to be ecovered:goodboceeds of the Arsenal game then. used to repay loans made by te directors tyker2

9:45am Thu 6 Dec 12

oldmod says...

All well and good if all stay fit, loan players will be returning to their clubs after xmas. Parky must be given some of the funds generated through cup success to strengthen the squad for promotion push. The fans deserve League 1 football next season.
All well and good if all stay fit, loan players will be returning to their clubs after xmas. Parky must be given some of the funds generated through cup success to strengthen the squad for promotion push. The fans deserve League 1 football next season. oldmod

9:45am Thu 6 Dec 12

shoesmaker4 says...

well sead julian rhodes you have it the nail on the head for me some of the balls put in to the strikers are to floaty and you would not be abele to put eny power on the balls but i also feel to that we need a phew of the other players chiping in just that bit more like the other night i think theese cup games are taking there tole to but are just about hanging in there in the play offs hi hope we can go on and winn promotion and i think we can but even a slight drop in form and it could go the other way keep it going lads come on city
well sead julian rhodes you have it the nail on the head for me some of the balls put in to the strikers are to floaty and you would not be abele to put eny power on the balls but i also feel to that we need a phew of the other players chiping in just that bit more like the other night i think theese cup games are taking there tole to but are just about hanging in there in the play offs hi hope we can go on and winn promotion and i think we can but even a slight drop in form and it could go the other way keep it going lads come on city shoesmaker4

9:48am Thu 6 Dec 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

One point of warning Julian, don't fall into the same trap as Jack T did when Terry Dolan had us clear top that Xmas. Refusing money to spend as he believed the squad was good enough to be top and clear so would be good enough to up without funding.

Five months later we were getting bricked leaving Ayresome Park after failing to win promotion by the virtue of an away goal in the first leg. That heartbreak cannot be repeated.

You have been good enough to support PP so far, ensure he is backed well enough so we are all celebrating come the end of this season.

Forget the talk of the quadruple, I'll just take the title and league cup.
One point of warning Julian, don't fall into the same trap as Jack T did when Terry Dolan had us clear top that Xmas. Refusing money to spend as he believed the squad was good enough to be top and clear so would be good enough to up without funding. Five months later we were getting bricked leaving Ayresome Park after failing to win promotion by the virtue of an away goal in the first leg. That heartbreak cannot be repeated. You have been good enough to support PP so far, ensure he is backed well enough so we are all celebrating come the end of this season. Forget the talk of the quadruple, I'll just take the title and league cup. Prisoner Cell Block A

10:15am Thu 6 Dec 12

Old Dave says...

What I like about Rhodes is that he's not afraid to change his own approach when the last one doesnt work. He's gone for big name managers, club legends, and now he's got a manager who saw we needed more quality, at the cost of a smaller squad.

I would personally settle for losing the next 3 cup games, and going up, either automatically or throught he playoffs. The only thing that matters is that in August we are in League one. Everything else is irrelevant!
What I like about Rhodes is that he's not afraid to change his own approach when the last one doesnt work. He's gone for big name managers, club legends, and now he's got a manager who saw we needed more quality, at the cost of a smaller squad. I would personally settle for losing the next 3 cup games, and going up, either automatically or throught he playoffs. The only thing that matters is that in August we are in League one. Everything else is irrelevant! Old Dave

11:05am Thu 6 Dec 12

shaun from richmond says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
Julian Rhodes is a Legend!!! Simple!!!! Anyone City fan who has a bad word to say against this man is NOT a City fan!!! The way the club is being run at the minute is how football clubs should be run!!! Keep up the good work JR, ML & MB
DONT MAKE ME LAUGH!! Julian Rhodes is NOT a legend!!!.

How long have you been supporting City??.....3 MONTHS!!
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: Julian Rhodes is a Legend!!! Simple!!!! Anyone City fan who has a bad word to say against this man is NOT a City fan!!! The way the club is being run at the minute is how football clubs should be run!!! Keep up the good work JR, ML & MB[/p][/quote]DONT MAKE ME LAUGH!! Julian Rhodes is NOT a legend!!!. How long have you been supporting City??.....3 MONTHS!! shaun from richmond

12:14pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Rambo says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
One point of warning Julian, don't fall into the same trap as Jack T did when Terry Dolan had us clear top that Xmas. Refusing money to spend as he believed the squad was good enough to be top and clear so would be good enough to up without funding.

Five months later we were getting bricked leaving Ayresome Park after failing to win promotion by the virtue of an away goal in the first leg. That heartbreak cannot be repeated.

You have been good enough to support PP so far, ensure he is backed well enough so we are all celebrating come the end of this season.

Forget the talk of the quadruple, I'll just take the title and league cup.
It may sound obvious, but promoted teams usually bring in a few players to help carry them over the line, particularly for that March/April period when sometimes its a case of who blinks first sees them drop away. E.g When we went up in 99 in was Windass and Sharpe who came in who got some vital goals in the run-in, contrast that with McCalls second year we were about 3rd-5th for most of the season, didn't strengthen at Xmas then totally ran out of steam in March. It started with a 0-3 collapse at Rochdale then lost something like 9 out of the next 10 and we plummeted down the table.

Some people are saying the return of some players will be like new signings. Even so we need to bring in a bit more quality should it be available, and not chance it.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: One point of warning Julian, don't fall into the same trap as Jack T did when Terry Dolan had us clear top that Xmas. Refusing money to spend as he believed the squad was good enough to be top and clear so would be good enough to up without funding. Five months later we were getting bricked leaving Ayresome Park after failing to win promotion by the virtue of an away goal in the first leg. That heartbreak cannot be repeated. You have been good enough to support PP so far, ensure he is backed well enough so we are all celebrating come the end of this season. Forget the talk of the quadruple, I'll just take the title and league cup.[/p][/quote]It may sound obvious, but promoted teams usually bring in a few players to help carry them over the line, particularly for that March/April period when sometimes its a case of who blinks first sees them drop away. E.g When we went up in 99 in was Windass and Sharpe who came in who got some vital goals in the run-in, contrast that with McCalls second year we were about 3rd-5th for most of the season, didn't strengthen at Xmas then totally ran out of steam in March. It started with a 0-3 collapse at Rochdale then lost something like 9 out of the next 10 and we plummeted down the table. Some people are saying the return of some players will be like new signings. Even so we need to bring in a bit more quality should it be available, and not chance it. Rambo

12:40pm Thu 6 Dec 12

w4bantam says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote:
Julian Rhodes is a Legend!!! Simple!!!! Anyone City fan who has a bad word to say against this man is NOT a City fan!!! The way the club is being run at the minute is how football clubs should be run!!! Keep up the good work JR, ML & MB
DONT MAKE ME LAUGH!! Julian Rhodes is NOT a legend!!!.

How long have you been supporting City??.....3 MONTHS!!
When are you going to start supporting the team Shaun?
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: Julian Rhodes is a Legend!!! Simple!!!! Anyone City fan who has a bad word to say against this man is NOT a City fan!!! The way the club is being run at the minute is how football clubs should be run!!! Keep up the good work JR, ML & MB[/p][/quote]DONT MAKE ME LAUGH!! Julian Rhodes is NOT a legend!!!. How long have you been supporting City??.....3 MONTHS!![/p][/quote]When are you going to start supporting the team Shaun? w4bantam

12:53pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Village Bantam says...

What are we doing to keep Reidy anyway?

His contract expires in a few months time, we all know the quality he brings to the team and what a better team we are when he's in the side.

Is he hard bargaining, are we waiting to see what league we're in next term etc?
What are we doing to keep Reidy anyway? His contract expires in a few months time, we all know the quality he brings to the team and what a better team we are when he's in the side. Is he hard bargaining, are we waiting to see what league we're in next term etc? Village Bantam

1:27pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Plastic Bantam says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote: Julian Rhodes is a Legend!!! Simple!!!! Anyone City fan who has a bad word to say against this man is NOT a City fan!!! The way the club is being run at the minute is how football clubs should be run!!! Keep up the good work JR, ML & MB
DONT MAKE ME LAUGH!! Julian Rhodes is NOT a legend!!!. How long have you been supporting City??.....3 MONTHS!!
A lot longer than you mate!!!

So what would you call the guy who's family got us in the premiership.. the guy who's saved us from the Abyss TWICE?!?!?
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: Julian Rhodes is a Legend!!! Simple!!!! Anyone City fan who has a bad word to say against this man is NOT a City fan!!! The way the club is being run at the minute is how football clubs should be run!!! Keep up the good work JR, ML & MB[/p][/quote]DONT MAKE ME LAUGH!! Julian Rhodes is NOT a legend!!!. How long have you been supporting City??.....3 MONTHS!![/p][/quote]A lot longer than you mate!!! So what would you call the guy who's family got us in the premiership.. the guy who's saved us from the Abyss TWICE?!?!? Plastic Bantam

2:02pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Old Dave says...

I've been a city fan since I was three years old, in 1980!

Julian Rhodes is sinularly responsible for us still having a club to support. It really is that simple. A lesser man would have quit years ago, but he, and his father have supported this club more than any other person or group of people.

Sure, he's "loaned" a lot of this money, but where was the queue of people ready to hand it to us?
I wish he got on better with gordon Gibb so we could buy the ground back, but all in all, no Julian rhodes over the last 10 yerars would mean no BCFC, or at least a re formed semi pro BCFC!

Thanks Julian! You and Mark, and Dave Baldwin keep up the good work, first priority is financial survival,then stability, then promotion and expansion, which we are on the brink of!
I've been a city fan since I was three years old, in 1980! Julian Rhodes is sinularly responsible for us still having a club to support. It really is that simple. A lesser man would have quit years ago, but he, and his father have supported this club more than any other person or group of people. Sure, he's "loaned" a lot of this money, but where was the queue of people ready to hand it to us? I wish he got on better with gordon Gibb so we could buy the ground back, but all in all, no Julian rhodes over the last 10 yerars would mean no BCFC, or at least a re formed semi pro BCFC! Thanks Julian! You and Mark, and Dave Baldwin keep up the good work, first priority is financial survival,then stability, then promotion and expansion, which we are on the brink of! Old Dave

2:12pm Thu 6 Dec 12

bcfc1903 says...

Old Dave wrote:
I've been a city fan since I was three years old, in 1980!

Julian Rhodes is sinularly responsible for us still having a club to support. It really is that simple. A lesser man would have quit years ago, but he, and his father have supported this club more than any other person or group of people.

Sure, he's "loaned" a lot of this money, but where was the queue of people ready to hand it to us?
I wish he got on better with gordon Gibb so we could buy the ground back, but all in all, no Julian rhodes over the last 10 yerars would mean no BCFC, or at least a re formed semi pro BCFC!

Thanks Julian! You and Mark, and Dave Baldwin keep up the good work, first priority is financial survival,then stability, then promotion and expansion, which we are on the brink of!
Yeah...spot on Old Dave....While ever Julian Rhodes..Mark Lawn and David Baldwin are running the club...it is in safe hands. Well done to everyone at the club...you are doing the City of Bradford proud.
[quote][p][bold]Old Dave[/bold] wrote: I've been a city fan since I was three years old, in 1980! Julian Rhodes is sinularly responsible for us still having a club to support. It really is that simple. A lesser man would have quit years ago, but he, and his father have supported this club more than any other person or group of people. Sure, he's "loaned" a lot of this money, but where was the queue of people ready to hand it to us? I wish he got on better with gordon Gibb so we could buy the ground back, but all in all, no Julian rhodes over the last 10 yerars would mean no BCFC, or at least a re formed semi pro BCFC! Thanks Julian! You and Mark, and Dave Baldwin keep up the good work, first priority is financial survival,then stability, then promotion and expansion, which we are on the brink of![/p][/quote]Yeah...spot on Old Dave....While ever Julian Rhodes..Mark Lawn and David Baldwin are running the club...it is in safe hands. Well done to everyone at the club...you are doing the City of Bradford proud. bcfc1903

2:45pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Waynus1971 says...

Just read this tweet; don't know how accurate the claim is but here it is anyway;
" #gtfc have been told by #Bradford that Ross Hannah will be available in January but for a fee.” Sign @RHannah10 up! "
Just read this tweet; don't know how accurate the claim is but here it is anyway; " #gtfc have been told by #Bradford that Ross Hannah will be available in January but for a fee.” Sign @RHannah10 up! " Waynus1971

4:37pm Thu 6 Dec 12

silverbantam says...

Julian Rhodes sold Windass and Jermaine Johnson in January 2007 when he said City wouldn't go down and guess what, we did !!
Julian Rhodes sold Windass and Jermaine Johnson in January 2007 when he said City wouldn't go down and guess what, we did !! silverbantam

4:42pm Thu 6 Dec 12

shoatsy says...

But we still have a club to support so it was the right decision! Well done Rhodes
But we still have a club to support so it was the right decision! Well done Rhodes shoatsy

5:16pm Thu 6 Dec 12

shaun from richmond says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote: Julian Rhodes is a Legend!!! Simple!!!! Anyone City fan who has a bad word to say against this man is NOT a City fan!!! The way the club is being run at the minute is how football clubs should be run!!! Keep up the good work JR, ML & MB
DONT MAKE ME LAUGH!! Julian Rhodes is NOT a legend!!!. How long have you been supporting City??.....3 MONTHS!!
A lot longer than you mate!!! So what would you call the guy who's family got us in the premiership.. the guy who's saved us from the Abyss TWICE?!?!?
Blimey it was The "Rhodes family " that got us in the Prem.........
CAN I PLAY THE LETS RE-WRITE HISTORY GAME?.
How about Stuart McCall was a "LEGEND MANAGER"!.
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: Julian Rhodes is a Legend!!! Simple!!!! Anyone City fan who has a bad word to say against this man is NOT a City fan!!! The way the club is being run at the minute is how football clubs should be run!!! Keep up the good work JR, ML & MB[/p][/quote]DONT MAKE ME LAUGH!! Julian Rhodes is NOT a legend!!!. How long have you been supporting City??.....3 MONTHS!![/p][/quote]A lot longer than you mate!!! So what would you call the guy who's family got us in the premiership.. the guy who's saved us from the Abyss TWICE?!?!?[/p][/quote]Blimey it was The "Rhodes family " that got us in the Prem......... CAN I PLAY THE LETS RE-WRITE HISTORY GAME?. How about Stuart McCall was a "LEGEND MANAGER"!. shaun from richmond

5:39pm Thu 6 Dec 12

bcfc1903 says...

The Rhodes family bankrolled the signing of Lee Mills and Isiah Rankin probably other players too...so although Geoffrey Richmond was the main driving force that got Bradford City into the premiership...the part the Rhodes family played in that happening cannot be underestimated.

**
We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber.
The Rhodes family bankrolled the signing of Lee Mills and Isiah Rankin probably other players too...so although Geoffrey Richmond was the main driving force that got Bradford City into the premiership...the part the Rhodes family played in that happening cannot be underestimated. ** We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber. bcfc1903

6:13pm Thu 6 Dec 12

robholmes says...

Mr rhodes has my backing! I think the man has done a great job. Well done mr rhodes.
Mr rhodes has my backing! I think the man has done a great job. Well done mr rhodes. robholmes

6:44pm Thu 6 Dec 12

shaun from richmond says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
The Rhodes family bankrolled the signing of Lee Mills and Isiah Rankin probably other players too...so although Geoffrey Richmond was the main driving force that got Bradford City into the premiership...the part the Rhodes family played in that happening cannot be underestimated. ** We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber.
BANKROLLED!!...You mean loaned!!...and paid back with interest!!.
I remember the "Rhodes" family "HIDING" when Geoffrey went on his Mad Month!!.
AND dont get me started on the 25 year season ticket SCAM!!
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: The Rhodes family bankrolled the signing of Lee Mills and Isiah Rankin probably other players too...so although Geoffrey Richmond was the main driving force that got Bradford City into the premiership...the part the Rhodes family played in that happening cannot be underestimated. ** We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber.[/p][/quote]BANKROLLED!!...You mean loaned!!...and paid back with interest!!. I remember the "Rhodes" family "HIDING" when Geoffrey went on his Mad Month!!. AND dont get me started on the 25 year season ticket SCAM!! shaun from richmond

7:12pm Thu 6 Dec 12

chapel house bantam says...

shaun,you are the biggest bellend ive never met!!
shaun,you are the biggest bellend ive never met!! chapel house bantam

9:07pm Thu 6 Dec 12

nowt fresh says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
The Rhodes family bankrolled the signing of Lee Mills and Isiah Rankin probably other players too...so although Geoffrey Richmond was the main driving force that got Bradford City into the premiership...the part the Rhodes family played in that happening cannot be underestimated. ** We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber.
You are quite right bcfc1903 re bank rolling those signings, but there is no deigning they were also partly responsible for the "six weeks of madness" allowing Geoffrey Richmond to sign the likes of Carbone,Hopkins,Ward
,Petrescu.

But for all their part in the past poor management of the club we would not be watching football at Valley Parade without them, now whether Gordon Gibb (Flamingo Land Pension Fund Trustee's) will ever sell us back Valley Parade whilst Julian and his father David are members of the board is debateable but until we can acquire Valley Parade back IMO we can't dream of ever getting the Premier League status back.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: The Rhodes family bankrolled the signing of Lee Mills and Isiah Rankin probably other players too...so although Geoffrey Richmond was the main driving force that got Bradford City into the premiership...the part the Rhodes family played in that happening cannot be underestimated. ** We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber.[/p][/quote]You are quite right bcfc1903 re bank rolling those signings, but there is no deigning they were also partly responsible for the "six weeks of madness" allowing Geoffrey Richmond to sign the likes of Carbone,Hopkins,Ward ,Petrescu. But for all their part in the past poor management of the club we would not be watching football at Valley Parade without them, now whether Gordon Gibb (Flamingo Land Pension Fund Trustee's) will ever sell us back Valley Parade whilst Julian and his father David are members of the board is debateable but until we can acquire Valley Parade back IMO we can't dream of ever getting the Premier League status back. nowt fresh

10:03pm Thu 6 Dec 12

dannyzuco says...

I agree with chapel house bantam!!! Shaun you sound like one of the boo boys who sit in the kop and boo the players when there get the ball I think you should seriously ban yourself and go and be a Leeds united supporter I feel your mentality will fit right in there!!! But then again you will probably be moaning again about how you used to be a Bradford city fan!!!! Come on city lets beat the gunners and make Bradford proud!!!!!
I agree with chapel house bantam!!! Shaun you sound like one of the boo boys who sit in the kop and boo the players when there get the ball I think you should seriously ban yourself and go and be a Leeds united supporter I feel your mentality will fit right in there!!! But then again you will probably be moaning again about how you used to be a Bradford city fan!!!! Come on city lets beat the gunners and make Bradford proud!!!!! dannyzuco

11:41pm Thu 6 Dec 12

bcfc1903 says...

nowt fresh wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
The Rhodes family bankrolled the signing of Lee Mills and Isiah Rankin probably other players too...so although Geoffrey Richmond was the main driving force that got Bradford City into the premiership...the part the Rhodes family played in that happening cannot be underestimated. ** We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber.
You are quite right bcfc1903 re bank rolling those signings, but there is no deigning they were also partly responsible for the "six weeks of madness" allowing Geoffrey Richmond to sign the likes of Carbone,Hopkins,Ward

,Petrescu.

But for all their part in the past poor management of the club we would not be watching football at Valley Parade without them, now whether Gordon Gibb (Flamingo Land Pension Fund Trustee's) will ever sell us back Valley Parade whilst Julian and his father David are members of the board is debateable but until we can acquire Valley Parade back IMO we can't dream of ever getting the Premier League status back.
Agee with most of that nf...i'd settle for getting out of this toilet of a league...in a upward direction of course. Maybe if we get back to the Championship in the forseeable future a deal for buy back of VP could maybe be done with Gibb/Flamingoland Pension Fund trustee's.
[quote][p][bold]nowt fresh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: The Rhodes family bankrolled the signing of Lee Mills and Isiah Rankin probably other players too...so although Geoffrey Richmond was the main driving force that got Bradford City into the premiership...the part the Rhodes family played in that happening cannot be underestimated. ** We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber.[/p][/quote]You are quite right bcfc1903 re bank rolling those signings, but there is no deigning they were also partly responsible for the "six weeks of madness" allowing Geoffrey Richmond to sign the likes of Carbone,Hopkins,Ward ,Petrescu. But for all their part in the past poor management of the club we would not be watching football at Valley Parade without them, now whether Gordon Gibb (Flamingo Land Pension Fund Trustee's) will ever sell us back Valley Parade whilst Julian and his father David are members of the board is debateable but until we can acquire Valley Parade back IMO we can't dream of ever getting the Premier League status back.[/p][/quote]Agee with most of that nf...i'd settle for getting out of this toilet of a league...in a upward direction of course. Maybe if we get back to the Championship in the forseeable future a deal for buy back of VP could maybe be done with Gibb/Flamingoland Pension Fund trustee's. bcfc1903

10:52am Fri 7 Dec 12

tyker2 says...

if we did have some cash available I would like to see Ashley Grimes signed for the promotion push
if we did have some cash available I would like to see Ashley Grimes signed for the promotion push tyker2

11:23am Fri 7 Dec 12

Scargutt2 says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote: Julian Rhodes is a Legend!!! Simple!!!! Anyone City fan who has a bad word to say against this man is NOT a City fan!!! The way the club is being run at the minute is how football clubs should be run!!! Keep up the good work JR, ML & MB
DONT MAKE ME LAUGH!! Julian Rhodes is NOT a legend!!!. How long have you been supporting City??.....3 MONTHS!!
A lot longer than you mate!!!

So what would you call the guy who's family got us in the premiership.. the guy who's saved us from the Abyss TWICE?!?!?
Please take this comment in the way it is intended as I have nothing against the Rhodes family, in fact I really quite like Julian and respect his desire to stay out of the limelight the majority of the time.

But just to play devil's advocate, it could also be said that he was the person who got us relegated from the premiership and took us to the abyss twice.

The fact remains that we wouldn't have needed saving if we had not overspent in the first place. While Richmond receives the lion's share of the blame for spending too much, as a fellow Director and Shareholder, Rhodes also presided over the club and should share culpability.
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: Julian Rhodes is a Legend!!! Simple!!!! Anyone City fan who has a bad word to say against this man is NOT a City fan!!! The way the club is being run at the minute is how football clubs should be run!!! Keep up the good work JR, ML & MB[/p][/quote]DONT MAKE ME LAUGH!! Julian Rhodes is NOT a legend!!!. How long have you been supporting City??.....3 MONTHS!![/p][/quote]A lot longer than you mate!!! So what would you call the guy who's family got us in the premiership.. the guy who's saved us from the Abyss TWICE?!?!?[/p][/quote]Please take this comment in the way it is intended as I have nothing against the Rhodes family, in fact I really quite like Julian and respect his desire to stay out of the limelight the majority of the time. But just to play devil's advocate, it could also be said that he was the person who got us relegated from the premiership and took us to the abyss twice. The fact remains that we wouldn't have needed saving if we had not overspent in the first place. While Richmond receives the lion's share of the blame for spending too much, as a fellow Director and Shareholder, Rhodes also presided over the club and should share culpability. Scargutt2

1:40pm Fri 7 Dec 12

tyker2 says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
nowt fresh wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
The Rhodes family bankrolled the signing of Lee Mills and Isiah Rankin probably other players too...so although Geoffrey Richmond was the main driving force that got Bradford City into the premiership...the part the Rhodes family played in that happening cannot be underestimated. ** We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber.
You are quite right bcfc1903 re bank rolling those signings, but there is no deigning they were also partly responsible for the "six weeks of madness" allowing Geoffrey Richmond to sign the likes of Carbone,Hopkins,Ward


,Petrescu.

But for all their part in the past poor management of the club we would not be watching football at Valley Parade without them, now whether Gordon Gibb (Flamingo Land Pension Fund Trustee's) will ever sell us back Valley Parade whilst Julian and his father David are members of the board is debateable but until we can acquire Valley Parade back IMO we can't dream of ever getting the Premier League status back.
Agee with most of that nf...i'd settle for getting out of this toilet of a league...in a upward direction of course. Maybe if we get back to the Championship in the forseeable future a deal for buy back of VP could maybe be done with Gibb/Flamingoland Pension Fund trustee's.
buying the groundback is NOT gng to happen and the higher we climb the less likely it will be bought back as th price will continue togo up.

WHAT WE NEED IS A BIG LOTTERY WINNER WHO WILL BUY IT BACK AT ANY PRICE AND THEN LEASE THE GROUND AT A PEPPERCORN RENT OF £5 A YEAR.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nowt fresh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: The Rhodes family bankrolled the signing of Lee Mills and Isiah Rankin probably other players too...so although Geoffrey Richmond was the main driving force that got Bradford City into the premiership...the part the Rhodes family played in that happening cannot be underestimated. ** We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber.[/p][/quote]You are quite right bcfc1903 re bank rolling those signings, but there is no deigning they were also partly responsible for the "six weeks of madness" allowing Geoffrey Richmond to sign the likes of Carbone,Hopkins,Ward ,Petrescu. But for all their part in the past poor management of the club we would not be watching football at Valley Parade without them, now whether Gordon Gibb (Flamingo Land Pension Fund Trustee's) will ever sell us back Valley Parade whilst Julian and his father David are members of the board is debateable but until we can acquire Valley Parade back IMO we can't dream of ever getting the Premier League status back.[/p][/quote]Agee with most of that nf...i'd settle for getting out of this toilet of a league...in a upward direction of course. Maybe if we get back to the Championship in the forseeable future a deal for buy back of VP could maybe be done with Gibb/Flamingoland Pension Fund trustee's.[/p][/quote]buying the groundback is NOT gng to happen and the higher we climb the less likely it will be bought back as th price will continue togo up. WHAT WE NEED IS A BIG LOTTERY WINNER WHO WILL BUY IT BACK AT ANY PRICE AND THEN LEASE THE GROUND AT A PEPPERCORN RENT OF £5 A YEAR. tyker2

7:25pm Sat 8 Dec 12

PaddyBantam says...

silverbantam wrote:
Julian Rhodes sold Windass and Jermaine Johnson in January 2007 when he said City wouldn't go down and guess what, we did !!
Are you really a City fan or just one of those who buys a cheap season ticket then spends the next 9 months digging the club out at every opportunity? Your post on the admin error regarding the FA cup was the same, another snide comment, i'm not sure but it may even have been you who named the lady at the club who was 'responsible' (with no evidence) (apologies, if it wasn't you) - but you strike me as one of those who is quick to point the finger of blame, point out the negative in a situation and generally strike me as a not very nice person - i would hate to be the poor individual who has to sit near or next to you at a game, the happiest person in your house must be your poor wife who gets a well earned break from you every second Saturday at 3pm, until you return and point out the crease in your shirt sleeve isn't right or the meal she has cooked, isn't just quite right - your certainly one to avoid mate.
[quote][p][bold]silverbantam[/bold] wrote: Julian Rhodes sold Windass and Jermaine Johnson in January 2007 when he said City wouldn't go down and guess what, we did !![/p][/quote]Are you really a City fan or just one of those who buys a cheap season ticket then spends the next 9 months digging the club out at every opportunity? Your post on the admin error regarding the FA cup was the same, another snide comment, i'm not sure but it may even have been you who named the lady at the club who was 'responsible' (with no evidence) (apologies, if it wasn't you) - but you strike me as one of those who is quick to point the finger of blame, point out the negative in a situation and generally strike me as a not very nice person - i would hate to be the poor individual who has to sit near or next to you at a game, the happiest person in your house must be your poor wife who gets a well earned break from you every second Saturday at 3pm, until you return and point out the crease in your shirt sleeve isn't right or the meal she has cooked, isn't just quite right - your certainly one to avoid mate. PaddyBantam

7:56pm Sat 8 Dec 12

nowt fresh says...

tyker2 wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
nowt fresh wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote: The Rhodes family bankrolled the signing of Lee Mills and Isiah Rankin probably other players too...so although Geoffrey Richmond was the main driving force that got Bradford City into the premiership...the part the Rhodes family played in that happening cannot be underestimated. ** We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber.
You are quite right bcfc1903 re bank rolling those signings, but there is no deigning they were also partly responsible for the "six weeks of madness" allowing Geoffrey Richmond to sign the likes of Carbone,Hopkins,Ward ,Petrescu. But for all their part in the past poor management of the club we would not be watching football at Valley Parade without them, now whether Gordon Gibb (Flamingo Land Pension Fund Trustee's) will ever sell us back Valley Parade whilst Julian and his father David are members of the board is debateable but until we can acquire Valley Parade back IMO we can't dream of ever getting the Premier League status back.
Agee with most of that nf...i'd settle for getting out of this toilet of a league...in a upward direction of course. Maybe if we get back to the Championship in the forseeable future a deal for buy back of VP could maybe be done with Gibb/Flamingoland Pension Fund trustee's.
buying the groundback is NOT gng to happen and the higher we climb the less likely it will be bought back as th price will continue togo up. WHAT WE NEED IS A BIG LOTTERY WINNER WHO WILL BUY IT BACK AT ANY PRICE AND THEN LEASE THE GROUND AT A PEPPERCORN RENT OF £5 A YEAR.
I think you will find that the rent we pay as a club was defined during the second admin when Gordon Gibb/Flamingo Land Pension bought the ground hence the reason the board went for a rent reduction the season before last, Julian & Mark have pointed out many times the rent we pay would not be a problem if we were in the Championship ?.

Love your last comment tyker2 but it's never gonna happen.
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nowt fresh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: The Rhodes family bankrolled the signing of Lee Mills and Isiah Rankin probably other players too...so although Geoffrey Richmond was the main driving force that got Bradford City into the premiership...the part the Rhodes family played in that happening cannot be underestimated. ** We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber.[/p][/quote]You are quite right bcfc1903 re bank rolling those signings, but there is no deigning they were also partly responsible for the "six weeks of madness" allowing Geoffrey Richmond to sign the likes of Carbone,Hopkins,Ward ,Petrescu. But for all their part in the past poor management of the club we would not be watching football at Valley Parade without them, now whether Gordon Gibb (Flamingo Land Pension Fund Trustee's) will ever sell us back Valley Parade whilst Julian and his father David are members of the board is debateable but until we can acquire Valley Parade back IMO we can't dream of ever getting the Premier League status back.[/p][/quote]Agee with most of that nf...i'd settle for getting out of this toilet of a league...in a upward direction of course. Maybe if we get back to the Championship in the forseeable future a deal for buy back of VP could maybe be done with Gibb/Flamingoland Pension Fund trustee's.[/p][/quote]buying the groundback is NOT gng to happen and the higher we climb the less likely it will be bought back as th price will continue togo up. WHAT WE NEED IS A BIG LOTTERY WINNER WHO WILL BUY IT BACK AT ANY PRICE AND THEN LEASE THE GROUND AT A PEPPERCORN RENT OF £5 A YEAR.[/p][/quote]I think you will find that the rent we pay as a club was defined during the second admin when Gordon Gibb/Flamingo Land Pension bought the ground hence the reason the board went for a rent reduction the season before last, Julian & Mark have pointed out many times the rent we pay would not be a problem if we were in the Championship ?. Love your last comment tyker2 but it's never gonna happen. nowt fresh

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