Bradford City crock Luke Oliver suited if not booted for Wembley

Phil Parkinson joked Luke Oliver's Wembley suit

Phil Parkinson joked Luke Oliver's Wembley suit "might have to be made to measure but the big fella will definitely get one!”

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

Phil Parkinson will make sure Luke Oliver joins in City’s cup final experience – because he knows the agony of missing out on Wembley.

While Andrew Davies is confident of declaring himself ready for the February 24 showdown with Swansea, Oliver’s campaign has long been finished by a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Last season’s player of the year will be a spectator when the Bantams make history in the Capital One Cup. But Parkinson has promised that he will be included in their big day, so much so that he will be kitted out with a new Wembley suit like the rest.

The City boss can understand Oliver’s frustration after going through the same when he was a player with Reading. In 1995, he had to watch their play-off final against Bolton from the stand.

Parkinson said: “I had a knee injury and came back too soon. So I had to have complete rest for three months with it and missed the Wembley final.

“I still went to the game but it was very difficult. Blimey, every player wants to play there. I totally understand the scenario that Luke is going through. He’s a tremendous character and I feel for him but unfortunately it’s part and parcel of being a footballer.

“But we’ll make sure we get him a Wembley suit. It might have to be made to measure but the big fella will definitely get one!”

Oliver, who has played in an FA Trophy final before for Stevenage, joined the City squad for the warm-weather training break in Tenerife. He is progressing well but will not be ready to return until pre-season.

Parkinson added: “It’s a bad injury he’s got and you can’t hide away from that.

“But I said at the time that I’m really pleased with the physio department we’ve got and we’ll make sure he gets the best rehab possible to come back stronger than ever.

“It was great to see the big fella out with us in Tenerife. We had limited numbers down for it originally but when we beat Aston Villa I asked the chairmen to extend that to take everybody.

“People like Luke and Andrew Davies deserved to go.

“Luke is always bright when he comes in every day. It’s very difficult when you’re injured but him and Davo have been great around the team.

“When we go to Wembley, those lads who have played a part will be invited. It’s important we remember them.”

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11:14am Wed 6 Feb 13

KnightMcCall says...

Must be awful to miss out on such a big occasion. PP will have a big job on his hands managing those who do not make the match day squad. I don't know about anyone else but I would have to select from contraced players first before putting any loanees in.
Must be awful to miss out on such a big occasion. PP will have a big job on his hands managing those who do not make the match day squad. I don't know about anyone else but I would have to select from contraced players first before putting any loanees in. KnightMcCall
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11:41am Wed 6 Feb 13

shoatsy says...

the team that gives us the best chance of winning should be picked
the team that gives us the best chance of winning should be picked shoatsy
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12:10pm Wed 6 Feb 13

JamesRobertshaw says...

Andrew Davies in the final would be a real boost
Andrew Davies in the final would be a real boost JamesRobertshaw
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12:21pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Michael Clayton says...

Whether loanees out from employees, the unity in that squad was demonstrated after the disastrous events at Burton.

Introducing sentiment creates pressure. There are enough things to mull over.

The one thing for sure is that Phil Parkinson will make the correct decisions.
Whether loanees out from employees, the unity in that squad was demonstrated after the disastrous events at Burton. Introducing sentiment creates pressure. There are enough things to mull over. The one thing for sure is that Phil Parkinson will make the correct decisions. Michael Clayton
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12:46pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Dave2610 says...

lets hope Rory makes a rapid recovery and all the others stay injury and suspenion free so Parkies job is made easier but what a replacement to have in Davies!
Come on boys we can bring the cup back to Bradford!
lets hope Rory makes a rapid recovery and all the others stay injury and suspenion free so Parkies job is made easier but what a replacement to have in Davies! Come on boys we can bring the cup back to Bradford! Dave2610
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1:03pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Plastic Bantam says...

I understand John Terry is also being fitted for a suite and will be celebrating with the team when we win!
I understand John Terry is also being fitted for a suite and will be celebrating with the team when we win! Plastic Bantam
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1:11pm Wed 6 Feb 13

robush says...

does anyone know the latest regarding rory, thought he was having a scan to find out how serious the injury was
does anyone know the latest regarding rory, thought he was having a scan to find out how serious the injury was robush
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1:13pm Wed 6 Feb 13

bettyswollocks says...

I think PP will already have his team in mind with only injuries or a shocking loss of form forcing changes.
I think PP will already have his team in mind with only injuries or a shocking loss of form forcing changes. bettyswollocks
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10:07pm Wed 6 Feb 13

bcfc1903 says...

Great that Luke Oliver will be involved in the pre game stuff on the Wembley pitch with the rest of he squad. He was playing so well until his terrible injury, better even than last season when the big fella won the club player of the season supporters award. Once again Phil Parkinson is showing real class in his dealings with players, well done Phil.

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We shout with pride....we'll never hide....Claret and Amber!!!!
Great that Luke Oliver will be involved in the pre game stuff on the Wembley pitch with the rest of he squad. He was playing so well until his terrible injury, better even than last season when the big fella won the club player of the season supporters award. Once again Phil Parkinson is showing real class in his dealings with players, well done Phil. ** We shout with pride....we'll never hide....Claret and Amber!!!! bcfc1903
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1:00am Thu 7 Feb 13

Waynus1971 says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Great that Luke Oliver will be involved in the pre game stuff on the Wembley pitch with the rest of he squad. He was playing so well until his terrible injury, better even than last season when the big fella won the club player of the season supporters award. Once again Phil Parkinson is showing real class in his dealings with players, well done Phil.

**

We shout with pride....we'll never hide....Claret and Amber!!!!
No, no, no. How can we be 'loyal' to Oliver. He has only been with us for a couple of seasons and hasn't done enough for the club to warrant a place in the travelling party. What a ridiculous decision by Parky.

Surely we should be offering that place to someone that was with us for many years, but for whatever reason isn't with us anymore? Surely they deserve the place first?

The same rationale that some would have us adopt over Wembley tickets, if you please.....! LOL
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Great that Luke Oliver will be involved in the pre game stuff on the Wembley pitch with the rest of he squad. He was playing so well until his terrible injury, better even than last season when the big fella won the club player of the season supporters award. Once again Phil Parkinson is showing real class in his dealings with players, well done Phil. ** We shout with pride....we'll never hide....Claret and Amber!!!![/p][/quote]No, no, no. How can we be 'loyal' to Oliver. He has only been with us for a couple of seasons and hasn't done enough for the club to warrant a place in the travelling party. What a ridiculous decision by Parky. Surely we should be offering that place to someone that was with us for many years, but for whatever reason isn't with us anymore? Surely they deserve the place first? The same rationale that some would have us adopt over Wembley tickets, if you please.....! LOL Waynus1971
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2:13pm Thu 7 Feb 13

bcfc1903 says...

Yes, Yes,Yes...He's done plenty to deserve travelling with the other squad members and walking out on the Wembley pitch with the rest... suited up. A valued member of the team until his terrible injury...he will no doubt soak up te Wembley atmosphere...but wishing he could be more involved.

**
We shout with pride...We'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!!
Yes, Yes,Yes...He's done plenty to deserve travelling with the other squad members and walking out on the Wembley pitch with the rest... suited up. A valued member of the team until his terrible injury...he will no doubt soak up te Wembley atmosphere...but wishing he could be more involved. ** We shout with pride...We'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!! bcfc1903
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5:17pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Waynus1971 says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Yes, Yes,Yes...He's done plenty to deserve travelling with the other squad members and walking out on the Wembley pitch with the rest... suited up. A valued member of the team until his terrible injury...he will no doubt soak up te Wembley atmosphere...but wishing he could be more involved. ** We shout with pride...We'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!!
I was being sarcastic fella. It was aimed at all those that only want to watch City once we get to Wembley. If possible, the whole first team squad should go, only if to spur them on to even more greatness in their careers.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Yes, Yes,Yes...He's done plenty to deserve travelling with the other squad members and walking out on the Wembley pitch with the rest... suited up. A valued member of the team until his terrible injury...he will no doubt soak up te Wembley atmosphere...but wishing he could be more involved. ** We shout with pride...We'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!![/p][/quote]I was being sarcastic fella. It was aimed at all those that only want to watch City once we get to Wembley. If possible, the whole first team squad should go, only if to spur them on to even more greatness in their careers. Waynus1971
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7:21pm Thu 7 Feb 13

bcfc1903 says...

Funnily enough...i read it first time as sarcasm but then thought.....maybe it wasn't....i certainly 'know what you mean' when reading what you've posted on the 1200 extra ticket thread...lol

**

We shout with pride.....we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!!
Funnily enough...i read it first time as sarcasm but then thought.....maybe it wasn't....i certainly 'know what you mean' when reading what you've posted on the 1200 extra ticket thread...lol ** We shout with pride.....we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!! bcfc1903
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11:03am Fri 8 Feb 13

Michael Clayton says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Funnily enough...i read it first time as sarcasm but then thought.....maybe it wasn't....i certainly 'know what you mean' when reading what you've posted on the 1200 extra ticket thread...lol ** We shout with pride.....we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!!
Funnily enough, it looks as though you missed the sarcasm and then realised once it was pointed out to you. Strange how minds seem to work in reverse.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Funnily enough...i read it first time as sarcasm but then thought.....maybe it wasn't....i certainly 'know what you mean' when reading what you've posted on the 1200 extra ticket thread...lol ** We shout with pride.....we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!![/p][/quote]Funnily enough, it looks as though you missed the sarcasm and then realised once it was pointed out to you. Strange how minds seem to work in reverse. Michael Clayton
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12:17pm Fri 8 Feb 13

bcfc1903 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Funnily enough...i read it first time as sarcasm but then thought.....maybe it wasn't....i certainly 'know what you mean' when reading what you've posted on the 1200 extra ticket thread...lol ** We shout with pride.....we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!!
Funnily enough, it looks as though you missed the sarcasm and then realised once it was pointed out to you. Strange how minds seem to work in reverse.
Funnily enough that wasn't the case.....

**

We shout with pride...we'll never hide....Claret and Amber!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Funnily enough...i read it first time as sarcasm but then thought.....maybe it wasn't....i certainly 'know what you mean' when reading what you've posted on the 1200 extra ticket thread...lol ** We shout with pride.....we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!![/p][/quote]Funnily enough, it looks as though you missed the sarcasm and then realised once it was pointed out to you. Strange how minds seem to work in reverse.[/p][/quote]Funnily enough that wasn't the case..... ** We shout with pride...we'll never hide....Claret and Amber!!!!! bcfc1903
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3:33pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Michael Clayton says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote: Funnily enough...i read it first time as sarcasm but then thought.....maybe it wasn't....i certainly 'know what you mean' when reading what you've posted on the 1200 extra ticket thread...lol ** We shout with pride.....we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!!
Funnily enough, it looks as though you missed the sarcasm and then realised once it was pointed out to you. Strange how minds seem to work in reverse.
Funnily enough that wasn't the case..... ** We shout with pride...we'll never hide....Claret and Amber!!!!!
Northampton.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Funnily enough...i read it first time as sarcasm but then thought.....maybe it wasn't....i certainly 'know what you mean' when reading what you've posted on the 1200 extra ticket thread...lol ** We shout with pride.....we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!![/p][/quote]Funnily enough, it looks as though you missed the sarcasm and then realised once it was pointed out to you. Strange how minds seem to work in reverse.[/p][/quote]Funnily enough that wasn't the case..... ** We shout with pride...we'll never hide....Claret and Amber!!!!![/p][/quote]Northampton. Michael Clayton
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