Peter Beagrie’s set-piece recipe for Bradford City to win cup

City reporter Simon Parker and Peter Beagrie get their hands on the Capital One Cup

City reporter Simon Parker and Peter Beagrie get their hands on the Capital One Cup

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

Peter Beagrie believes City can exploit Swansea’s set-piece weakness to pull off the ultimate Wembley shock.

The Welsh side have conceded more goals from dead-ball situations than any club in the Premier League.

With the aerial power at Phil Parkinson’s disposal, Beagrie reckons underdogs City can play on that in Sunday’s Capital One Cup final.

He has also been impressed with their fitness – which will be crucial on the biggest stage of them all.

The former Valley Parade crowd-pleaser said: “Set-pieces are Swansea’s Achilles heel and Phil’s certainly got the people to exploit that.

“He’s got the two big Macs at centre half, who got the goals in the previous rounds, big James Hanson – and Andrew Davies is no shrinking violet to attacking the ball in the air, especially with the great delivery from Gary Jones.

“But it’s not just the set-pieces. Phil has also got Bradford very organised and playing at a great tempo.

“He’s got them fitter than I’ve seen any Bradford City side. Now it’s all about maintaining that level of performance throughout and stopping quality players getting time on the ball.”

With Parkinson’s contract up in the summer, Beagrie reckons City’s amazing cup success has earned him a new deal – and cash to splash.

He said: “It’s not about what happens in the final. Phil’s a disciplinarian and a good organiser and we’ve seen his changes in the games.

“It was a plum job to take because of the size of the crowds and the budget and I think he’s been great. He deserves a new contract.

“With the money that’s now secured Bradford’s financial existence long term, he should be given a few pennies to build and finish off the job.

“Bradford’s fall from grace has stopped now, stability and a steady climb back up is what we want.”

Beagrie cited Parkinson’s half-time team talk in the second semi-final as the pivotal moment of the run. City were trailing Aston Villa 1-0 and firmly under the cosh.

“They went for safety in numbers and sacrificed possession, allowed Villa nearer the goal and it was only a matter of time before they scored more than one,” he said.

“Phil told them ‘we’ve got to be braver’. They came out and the front two pushed on.

“The first time Bradford turned the Villa defence, they got a corner from it and the rest is history.

“The final is a pressurised situation and I don’t know whether they’ll be able to replicate that energy level.

“It’s been a great run but now they are actually there and it’s a very different scenario.

“I’m obviously massively biased but if you look at it from a neutral point of view, everyone will say Bradford have already won it because of getting to the final. That’s right as well.

“But from a professional point of view, if I’m in that dressing room now you’d want to get a victory – and if you can’t, then at least put on a good show.”

Beagrie was talking on behalf of the Capital One Convoy, the free coaches laid on by the sponsors to take supporters from both clubs to Wembley.

“It’s a great reward for the fans and the atmosphere is going to be a special one, like nobody’s had before,” he said.

“Both sides have a hardcore that have stuck with them through thin and thinner, as it has been of late. This is their day out.

“Capital One couldn’t have asked for a better final. I’ve never seen one create such fervour.”

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9:11am Thu 21 Feb 13

Old Peculiar says...

As much as I like Beagrie, when did he become the official Mr Bradford City ? All I've seen is Beagrie on tv, Beagrie in the town signing autographs, Beagrie carrying the cup around with the kids. As if we haven't got enough people jumping on the bandwagon...... Where's Big Sticks when you need him ??
As much as I like Beagrie, when did he become the official Mr Bradford City ? All I've seen is Beagrie on tv, Beagrie in the town signing autographs, Beagrie carrying the cup around with the kids. As if we haven't got enough people jumping on the bandwagon...... Where's Big Sticks when you need him ?? Old Peculiar
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9:49am Thu 21 Feb 13

RAF_Bantam says...

Stix was part of the 5 Live fans forum at Valley Parade last night!
Stix was part of the 5 Live fans forum at Valley Parade last night! RAF_Bantam
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10:05am Thu 21 Feb 13

Plastic Bantam says...

Old Peculiar wrote:
As much as I like Beagrie, when did he become the official Mr Bradford City ? All I've seen is Beagrie on tv, Beagrie in the town signing autographs, Beagrie carrying the cup around with the kids. As if we haven't got enough people jumping on the bandwagon...... Where's Big Sticks when you need him ??
People like you infuriate me... You seem like you'd be happy with just 10,000 season ticket holders going to Wembley!!! What a pleb!! Beagrie was a major part of our success & a fans favourite!! why shouldn't he want a team he's played for to do well and to be excited for them!! word one to describe you.... CLOWN!
[quote][p][bold]Old Peculiar[/bold] wrote: As much as I like Beagrie, when did he become the official Mr Bradford City ? All I've seen is Beagrie on tv, Beagrie in the town signing autographs, Beagrie carrying the cup around with the kids. As if we haven't got enough people jumping on the bandwagon...... Where's Big Sticks when you need him ??[/p][/quote]People like you infuriate me... You seem like you'd be happy with just 10,000 season ticket holders going to Wembley!!! What a pleb!! Beagrie was a major part of our success & a fans favourite!! why shouldn't he want a team he's played for to do well and to be excited for them!! word one to describe you.... CLOWN! Plastic Bantam
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10:07am Thu 21 Feb 13

Bingban says...

Old Peca you clearly dont have Sky football because Peter has championed our cause in the televised matches - a speaker who talks largely sense and another national pundit with City roots - For goodness sake dont knock!!
Old Peca you clearly dont have Sky football because Peter has championed our cause in the televised matches - a speaker who talks largely sense and another national pundit with City roots - For goodness sake dont knock!! Bingban
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11:07am Thu 21 Feb 13

Old Peculiar says...

Bingban wrote:
Old Peca you clearly dont have Sky football because Peter has championed our cause in the televised matches - a speaker who talks largely sense and another national pundit with City roots - For goodness sake dont knock!!
Bingban - no, I haven't seen the matches live on sky tv - by shear co-incidence, I've been out of the house on the evenings of all the cup matches.........
[quote][p][bold]Bingban[/bold] wrote: Old Peca you clearly dont have Sky football because Peter has championed our cause in the televised matches - a speaker who talks largely sense and another national pundit with City roots - For goodness sake dont knock!![/p][/quote]Bingban - no, I haven't seen the matches live on sky tv - by shear co-incidence, I've been out of the house on the evenings of all the cup matches......... Old Peculiar
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11:18am Thu 21 Feb 13

allannicho says...

Peter got us promotion then went to
Scunthorpe and gave them a lift up!
Peter got us promotion then went to Scunthorpe and gave them a lift up! allannicho
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11:44am Thu 21 Feb 13

Bingban says...

Old Pec I have a record button on my remote so it lets me go to the match and then watch it all over again, including the comment before and after. Take it from me Peter Beagrie has said enough positive for City to make me listen - if I were you I'd not spout from ignorance
Old Pec I have a record button on my remote so it lets me go to the match and then watch it all over again, including the comment before and after. Take it from me Peter Beagrie has said enough positive for City to make me listen - if I were you I'd not spout from ignorance Bingban
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12:06pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Plastic Bantam says...

Bingban wrote:
Old Pec I have a record button on my remote so it lets me go to the match and then watch it all over again, including the comment before and after. Take it from me Peter Beagrie has said enough positive for City to make me listen - if I were you I'd not spout from ignorance
Ha ha ha ha... get back in your box Old Pec... you have just been put down!!
[quote][p][bold]Bingban[/bold] wrote: Old Pec I have a record button on my remote so it lets me go to the match and then watch it all over again, including the comment before and after. Take it from me Peter Beagrie has said enough positive for City to make me listen - if I were you I'd not spout from ignorance[/p][/quote]Ha ha ha ha... get back in your box Old Pec... you have just been put down!! Plastic Bantam
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12:41pm Thu 21 Feb 13

gentlemanbob says...

Hi Gents


Some just moan for the sake of it,,,

Just ignor ,,,


Yours

Gentlemanbob
Hi Gents Some just moan for the sake of it,,, Just ignor ,,, Yours Gentlemanbob gentlemanbob
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1:03pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Old Peculiar says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
Bingban wrote: Old Pec I have a record button on my remote so it lets me go to the match and then watch it all over again, including the comment before and after. Take it from me Peter Beagrie has said enough positive for City to make me listen - if I were you I'd not spout from ignorance
Ha ha ha ha... get back in your box Old Pec... you have just been put down!!
put down? aye that's right....yawn..... tedious..... boring

My point ; is that there are other contenders, ex players or whatever (such as Ormanroyd, or Yorath), who better represent what City "are". It's not a whinge, or a complaint. I'm sure if it were Scunthorpe or Everton in the final, Beagrie would be singing exactly the same tune, but wearing a different shirt.
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bingban[/bold] wrote: Old Pec I have a record button on my remote so it lets me go to the match and then watch it all over again, including the comment before and after. Take it from me Peter Beagrie has said enough positive for City to make me listen - if I were you I'd not spout from ignorance[/p][/quote]Ha ha ha ha... get back in your box Old Pec... you have just been put down!![/p][/quote]put down? aye that's right....yawn..... tedious..... boring My point ; is that there are other contenders, ex players or whatever (such as Ormanroyd, or Yorath), who better represent what City "are". It's not a whinge, or a complaint. I'm sure if it were Scunthorpe or Everton in the final, Beagrie would be singing exactly the same tune, but wearing a different shirt. Old Peculiar
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1:06pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Plastic Bantam says...

Old Peculiar wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote:
Bingban wrote: Old Pec I have a record button on my remote so it lets me go to the match and then watch it all over again, including the comment before and after. Take it from me Peter Beagrie has said enough positive for City to make me listen - if I were you I'd not spout from ignorance
Ha ha ha ha... get back in your box Old Pec... you have just been put down!!
put down? aye that's right....yawn..... tedious..... boring My point ; is that there are other contenders, ex players or whatever (such as Ormanroyd, or Yorath), who better represent what City "are". It's not a whinge, or a complaint. I'm sure if it were Scunthorpe or Everton in the final, Beagrie would be singing exactly the same tune, but wearing a different shirt.
Well where are they then?! I'm sure if they wanted to do it then they could have easily!!
[quote][p][bold]Old Peculiar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bingban[/bold] wrote: Old Pec I have a record button on my remote so it lets me go to the match and then watch it all over again, including the comment before and after. Take it from me Peter Beagrie has said enough positive for City to make me listen - if I were you I'd not spout from ignorance[/p][/quote]Ha ha ha ha... get back in your box Old Pec... you have just been put down!![/p][/quote]put down? aye that's right....yawn..... tedious..... boring My point ; is that there are other contenders, ex players or whatever (such as Ormanroyd, or Yorath), who better represent what City "are". It's not a whinge, or a complaint. I'm sure if it were Scunthorpe or Everton in the final, Beagrie would be singing exactly the same tune, but wearing a different shirt.[/p][/quote]Well where are they then?! I'm sure if they wanted to do it then they could have easily!! Plastic Bantam
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1:59pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Bingban says...

Old Pec - Just read the article again Peter starts from representing Capital One but admits bias because of his connections. He is a national commentator and speaks from wide experience of playing and watching football at all levels. My point is you didnt understand the article and made a comment which really is nonsense
Old Pec - Just read the article again Peter starts from representing Capital One but admits bias because of his connections. He is a national commentator and speaks from wide experience of playing and watching football at all levels. My point is you didnt understand the article and made a comment which really is nonsense Bingban
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4:39pm Thu 21 Feb 13

nowt fresh says...

It seems to me Capital One may have a say in who represents them and think you will find Peter Beagrie is on there pay roll untill after the final, just a thought :-))
It seems to me Capital One may have a say in who represents them and think you will find Peter Beagrie is on there pay roll untill after the final, just a thought :-)) nowt fresh
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5:15pm Thu 21 Feb 13

GABRIEL.NORDE says...

My, my! old pec. U're a fan alright but, NOT A SUPPORTER. Cos a SUPPORTER finds any-which-way to watch their fave teams, FOOL.
My, my! old pec. U're a fan alright but, NOT A SUPPORTER. Cos a SUPPORTER finds any-which-way to watch their fave teams, FOOL. GABRIEL.NORDE
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6:58pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Dandy Rathtub says...

I;m with OP on this one, Beagrie has joined the bandwaggon with the 23,000 plastics, all telling us what a great day it will be on Sunday. Guess what plastics, its been a good season - not just one match. will Beagrie and the 23,000 be at VP next Wednesday for Dagenham & redbridge ??? i think we all know the answer to that one, work commitments again eh ??
I;m with OP on this one, Beagrie has joined the bandwaggon with the 23,000 plastics, all telling us what a great day it will be on Sunday. Guess what plastics, its been a good season - not just one match. will Beagrie and the 23,000 be at VP next Wednesday for Dagenham & redbridge ??? i think we all know the answer to that one, work commitments again eh ?? Dandy Rathtub
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7:05pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Plastic Bantam says...

Dandy Rathtub wrote:
I;m with OP on this one, Beagrie has joined the bandwaggon with the 23,000 plastics, all telling us what a great day it will be on Sunday. Guess what plastics, its been a good season - not just one match. will Beagrie and the 23,000 be at VP next Wednesday for Dagenham & redbridge ??? i think we all know the answer to that one, work commitments again eh ??
You 2 deserve each other. Can just imagine it not... City win the cup and you & OP are sat sulking as it'll probably mean a sell out at Dagenham!!! and city make £200,000 god for bid!!
[quote][p][bold]Dandy Rathtub[/bold] wrote: I;m with OP on this one, Beagrie has joined the bandwaggon with the 23,000 plastics, all telling us what a great day it will be on Sunday. Guess what plastics, its been a good season - not just one match. will Beagrie and the 23,000 be at VP next Wednesday for Dagenham & redbridge ??? i think we all know the answer to that one, work commitments again eh ??[/p][/quote]You 2 deserve each other. Can just imagine it not... City win the cup and you & OP are sat sulking as it'll probably mean a sell out at Dagenham!!! and city make £200,000 god for bid!! Plastic Bantam
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8:33pm Thu 21 Feb 13

trevorwilkie says...

Who give's a t.... who jumps on the bandwagon, all I know is that myself and 30 odd thousend other Bradfordians's will be heading for Wembley,at what we all hope will be a wnning day out, and if not I hope you will all stay at the end of the game to cheer the lad's till they leave the pitch,that is the least they deserve, so stop fnding somethng moan about and get behind the team. Good luck lads.
Who give's a t.... who jumps on the bandwagon, all I know is that myself and 30 odd thousend other Bradfordians's will be heading for Wembley,at what we all hope will be a wnning day out, and if not I hope you will all stay at the end of the game to cheer the lad's till they leave the pitch,that is the least they deserve, so stop fnding somethng moan about and get behind the team. Good luck lads. trevorwilkie
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9:46am Fri 22 Feb 13

gspot01 says...

The nerves are setting in now!!!!
.
Squeaky bum time for 3 days is too much for any man.
The nerves are setting in now!!!! . Squeaky bum time for 3 days is too much for any man. gspot01
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1:05pm Fri 22 Feb 13

wja1966 says...

My Favourite player ever along with Big Bobby Campbell.

He speaks the most sense off any sky commentator and he loves Bradford with a passion.

Top top bloke
My Favourite player ever along with Big Bobby Campbell. He speaks the most sense off any sky commentator and he loves Bradford with a passion. Top top bloke wja1966
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4:50pm Fri 22 Feb 13

rattusrattus says...

trevorwilkie wrote:
Who give's a t.... who jumps on the bandwagon, all I know is that myself and 30 odd thousend other Bradfordians's will be heading for Wembley,at what we all hope will be a wnning day out, and if not I hope you will all stay at the end of the game to cheer the lad's till they leave the pitch,that is the least they deserve, so stop fnding somethng moan about and get behind the team. Good luck lads.
Well said,Trevor! Too many glass half empty merchants on here! Lets enjoy this as it may never happen again. Beagrie is a City legend in my eyes!
[quote][p][bold]trevorwilkie[/bold] wrote: Who give's a t.... who jumps on the bandwagon, all I know is that myself and 30 odd thousend other Bradfordians's will be heading for Wembley,at what we all hope will be a wnning day out, and if not I hope you will all stay at the end of the game to cheer the lad's till they leave the pitch,that is the least they deserve, so stop fnding somethng moan about and get behind the team. Good luck lads.[/p][/quote]Well said,Trevor! Too many glass half empty merchants on here! Lets enjoy this as it may never happen again. Beagrie is a City legend in my eyes! rattusrattus
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