Bradford City focused on completing job

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Phil Parkinson has given his players a couple of days off ahead of their preparation for the League Two play-off final Phil Parkinson has given his players a couple of days off ahead of their preparation for the League Two play-off final

Phil Parkinson insists City are going back to Wembley to “get the job done”.

The players have been given a couple of free days before a full week’s hard work leading into the League Two play-off decider against Northampton on May 18.

After saluting their efforts to topple Burton and make it through, all focus has switched to the Cobblers.

Parkinson said: “We enjoyed the game on Sunday but we were very conscious of the fact that there was no celebration afterwards that night. It was a tremendous day but we know the job needs finishing off.

“The staff had a meeting the next day to start focusing and plan out what we’ve got to do between now and the 18th.

“There was an option of taking the lads away for a couple of days but we decided against that. Any travelling would probably detract from what we wanted to do.

“It was best to give them a bit of time off to spend with their families. They’ve trained for a couple of days and will now have a bit more of a break before we put them through a full week’s training.

“It’s going to be tough. We’ve had some close ones against Northampton and they are a good side. We’ve got to make sure that we bring our best game to the table – and I’m sure we will do.”

Keith Stroud of Hampshire has been named as referee for the final. In 38 games this season, he has booked 155 players and sent off ten – including five in his last four matches. His last City game was at Crawley in September 2011, early in Parkinson’s reign.

It has also been confirmed that the Bantams will wear their gold and black change kit as the away side after finishing lower in the final league table.

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8:23am Thu 9 May 13

Dunn one2 says...

I don't like the sound of this ref,might want to send people off with it being on tv
I don't like the sound of this ref,might want to send people off with it being on tv Dunn one2
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8:29am Thu 9 May 13

tyker2 says...

well the ref may take a hard line against a Northampton team who liked to put about especially at VP
well the ref may take a hard line against a Northampton team who liked to put about especially at VP tyker2
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9:24am Thu 9 May 13

allannicho says...

Not keen on that "Superkings " strip though.
Not keen on that "Superkings " strip though. allannicho
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9:41am Thu 9 May 13

TBS says...

Shame about the ref. I doubt all the "pro" refs are taken up on that day. I bet the Championship final will have a decent ref. Regarding the kit, I thought it was being decided by the toss of a coin? Really excited for another trip down to Wembley!!!
Shame about the ref. I doubt all the "pro" refs are taken up on that day. I bet the Championship final will have a decent ref. Regarding the kit, I thought it was being decided by the toss of a coin? Really excited for another trip down to Wembley!!! TBS
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9:51am Thu 9 May 13

Dancinfeet says...

Really disappointed with the appointment of the ref, hope it doesn't end up being about him and not the game with it being a big day for him as well. Note to t&a, please can you remove the pic of that horrible man Steve Evans I have to see every time I scroll down to the comments section. It's making me sick!
Really disappointed with the appointment of the ref, hope it doesn't end up being about him and not the game with it being a big day for him as well. Note to t&a, please can you remove the pic of that horrible man Steve Evans I have to see every time I scroll down to the comments section. It's making me sick! Dancinfeet
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12:02pm Thu 9 May 13

claret or green ? says...

Don't like the sound of City wearing the fag packet kit. Assuming Northampton have choice of home kit, surely City could still wear their home shirt if they ensure the shorts and socks are opposite colour to Northampton's. I'd sooner City wear the cherry shirts worn Sunday, as it is distinctly lighter than " the Cobblers" claret or maroon.The game should also have been assured a Premier League referee, instead of one who has the potential to ruin and make it a lottery.
Don't like the sound of City wearing the fag packet kit. Assuming Northampton have choice of home kit, surely City could still wear their home shirt if they ensure the shorts and socks are opposite colour to Northampton's. I'd sooner City wear the cherry shirts worn Sunday, as it is distinctly lighter than " the Cobblers" claret or maroon.The game should also have been assured a Premier League referee, instead of one who has the potential to ruin and make it a lottery. claret or green ?
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12:36pm Thu 9 May 13

balbrigganfc says...

Makes no difference what colour jersey City wear, or who is going to ref the game. We are gonna give the gobblers a good auld whoopin.

Nothing and nobody is gonna come between glory for City and my prediction cast at the start of the season.

Come on you Bantams, give these chumps a good whoopin, CTID!
Makes no difference what colour jersey City wear, or who is going to ref the game. We are gonna give the gobblers a good auld whoopin. Nothing and nobody is gonna come between glory for City and my prediction cast at the start of the season. Come on you Bantams, give these chumps a good whoopin, CTID! balbrigganfc
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12:45pm Thu 9 May 13

BigFigure says...

Oh dear, moaning about the ref already.... would you rather have the League One play off final ref.....Andy D'Urso?
Oh dear, moaning about the ref already.... would you rather have the League One play off final ref.....Andy D'Urso? BigFigure
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12:49pm Thu 9 May 13

Rambo says...

BigFigure wrote:
Oh dear, moaning about the ref already.... would you rather have the League One play off final ref.....Andy D'Urso?
Andy D'arshole is regarded by fans of many clubs as one of if not the worst referee around. How on earth can the football authorities blatantly ignore numerous bad performances, such as phantom decisions and mysterious sending offs and give him a game of critical importance?
[quote][p][bold]BigFigure[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, moaning about the ref already.... would you rather have the League One play off final ref.....Andy D'Urso?[/p][/quote]Andy D'arshole is regarded by fans of many clubs as one of if not the worst referee around. How on earth can the football authorities blatantly ignore numerous bad performances, such as phantom decisions and mysterious sending offs and give him a game of critical importance? Rambo
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1:32pm Thu 9 May 13

shoesmaker4 says...

now just one more game to glory witch would cap of one hell of a season come on city
now just one more game to glory witch would cap of one hell of a season come on city shoesmaker4
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1:58pm Thu 9 May 13

Dunn one2 says...

Read this refs record and then tell me you do not think he is trying to make a name for himself ,there are good hard line refs and not so good ,we will carry this on after the final whistle ctid
Read this refs record and then tell me you do not think he is trying to make a name for himself ,there are good hard line refs and not so good ,we will carry this on after the final whistle ctid Dunn one2
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2:01pm Thu 9 May 13

ES says...

Apparently, choice of strip is down to who finished higher in the league.

Anyone any idea how tickets are going?
Apparently, choice of strip is down to who finished higher in the league. Anyone any idea how tickets are going? ES
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2:11pm Thu 9 May 13

Michael Clayton says...

ES wrote:
Apparently, choice of strip is down to who finished higher in the league. Anyone any idea how tickets are going?
Has anyone's tickets showed up yet? I am like that sad faced kid in the old Yellow Pages ad.
[quote][p][bold]ES[/bold] wrote: Apparently, choice of strip is down to who finished higher in the league. Anyone any idea how tickets are going?[/p][/quote]Has anyone's tickets showed up yet? I am like that sad faced [forgotten birthday] kid in the old Yellow Pages ad. Michael Clayton
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2:16pm Thu 9 May 13

ES says...

Think I read somewhere that they were to start posting them out on Friday - recorded, signed for delivery.
Think I read somewhere that they were to start posting them out on Friday - recorded, signed for delivery. ES
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2:17pm Thu 9 May 13

ALEXIMO.56. says...

Stuff the ref, it's written in the stars, that we are going up. In 1996 we got to the play-offs and were beaten at home in the 1st leg by a team beginning with the letter (B) Blackpool. We then scored (3) goals in the 2nd leg and won the tie and went to Wembley. We then played a team in the final beginning with the letter (N) Notts county. we won and got promoted. This time we lost at home to a team beginning with the letter (B) Burton. we then scored (3) goals in the 2nd leg, won the tie and we are at Wembley again. We will now be playing a team beginning with the letter (N) Northampton. We are going up lads. c.t.i.d.
Stuff the ref, it's written in the stars, that we are going up. In 1996 we got to the play-offs and were beaten at home in the 1st leg by a team beginning with the letter (B) Blackpool. We then scored (3) goals in the 2nd leg and won the tie and went to Wembley. We then played a team in the final beginning with the letter (N) Notts county. we won and got promoted. This time we lost at home to a team beginning with the letter (B) Burton. we then scored (3) goals in the 2nd leg, won the tie and we are at Wembley again. We will now be playing a team beginning with the letter (N) Northampton. We are going up lads. c.t.i.d. ALEXIMO.56.
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3:46pm Thu 9 May 13

Whoisevans? says...

ALEXIMO.56. wrote:
Stuff the ref, it's written in the stars, that we are going up. In 1996 we got to the play-offs and were beaten at home in the 1st leg by a team beginning with the letter (B) Blackpool. We then scored (3) goals in the 2nd leg and won the tie and went to Wembley. We then played a team in the final beginning with the letter (N) Notts county. we won and got promoted. This time we lost at home to a team beginning with the letter (B) Burton. we then scored (3) goals in the 2nd leg, won the tie and we are at Wembley again. We will now be playing a team beginning with the letter (N) Northampton. We are going up lads. c.t.i.d.
I predicted that ages ago Aleximo lol.!!! I think the way they choose the strip is fair but the choice of Ref Hampshire, Northampton were playing hardly Neutral is it? Come on City we can do it keep calm. By the way I worked with Des Hamiltons Aunty Bev and she said he predicted 2-0 when we won in 96 wish I had listened now. I would settle for 3-1 now. I don't know if they are allowed to play (Nichols goalkeeper on loan from Wigan) in the final does anyone know if he's allowed?
[quote][p][bold]ALEXIMO.56.[/bold] wrote: Stuff the ref, it's written in the stars, that we are going up. In 1996 we got to the play-offs and were beaten at home in the 1st leg by a team beginning with the letter (B) Blackpool. We then scored (3) goals in the 2nd leg and won the tie and went to Wembley. We then played a team in the final beginning with the letter (N) Notts county. we won and got promoted. This time we lost at home to a team beginning with the letter (B) Burton. we then scored (3) goals in the 2nd leg, won the tie and we are at Wembley again. We will now be playing a team beginning with the letter (N) Northampton. We are going up lads. c.t.i.d.[/p][/quote]I predicted that ages ago Aleximo lol.!!! I think the way they choose the strip is fair but the choice of Ref Hampshire, Northampton were playing hardly Neutral is it? Come on City we can do it keep calm. By the way I worked with Des Hamiltons Aunty Bev and she said he predicted 2-0 when we won in 96 wish I had listened now. I would settle for 3-1 now. I don't know if they are allowed to play (Nichols goalkeeper on loan from Wigan) in the final does anyone know if he's allowed? Whoisevans?
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4:05pm Thu 9 May 13

Michael Clayton says...

Are you joking?

It is over 100 miles from Northampton to Hampshire.

I sometimes wonder how people survive on a day to day basis.
Are you joking? It is over 100 miles from Northampton to Hampshire. I sometimes wonder how people survive on a day to day basis. Michael Clayton
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4:32pm Thu 9 May 13

Farsley XI says...

On City website


As of early Thursday afternoon, the club have currently sold 16,179 tickets for the final.

Just another week to sell the rest? Could be outdone/out-sang by the Cobblers.
On City website As of early Thursday afternoon, the club have currently sold 16,179 tickets for the final. Just another week to sell the rest? Could be outdone/out-sang by the Cobblers. Farsley XI
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4:36pm Thu 9 May 13

audal says...

Here we go again, ready made excuses...bad ref....wrong strip.....unlucky end...erm ! ....linesmen/lasses hate Hockney etc..etc.. etc. just get on with the occasion, because the players have had a taste and should not be overcome again. just do not allow the oppo to get stuck in first because they will be more wary than us.
Here we go again, ready made excuses...bad ref....wrong strip.....unlucky end...erm ! ....linesmen/lasses hate Hockney etc..etc.. etc. just get on with the occasion, because the players have had a taste and should not be overcome again. just do not allow the oppo to get stuck in first because they will be more wary than us. audal
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4:48pm Thu 9 May 13

bettyswollocks says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
Are you joking? It is over 100 miles from Northampton to Hampshire. I sometimes wonder how people survive on a day to day basis.
Just what I thought!
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: Are you joking? It is over 100 miles from Northampton to Hampshire. I sometimes wonder how people survive on a day to day basis.[/p][/quote]Just what I thought! bettyswollocks
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1:38am Fri 10 May 13

doubledigiter says...

It always makes my heart sink when I find out we are playing in that kit as generally we tend to lose whenever wearing that kit . However we have played Northampton wearing that kit twice this season - both away once in the league and once in the cup and remain unbeaten by them - a 1 nil win in the league and a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup - so hopefully we should be ok. I realise that I am just being ridiculously superstitious worrying about which kit we are wearing but I just can't help it - it's the nature of being a Bradford City fan - always pessimistic! Second point I want to make is how shocked and dissapointed I am that we have only sold 16000 tickets so far! Come on people of Bradford! This club had been to Wembley only once in its 110 year history before this calender year and now we have managed to achieve reaching 2 finals there in the same season! It could be another 110 years before this happens again! This squad of players is perhaps the most remarkable squad of players the club has ever had in its history and so I would ask the Bradford public to show their appreciation by buying a ticket and getting along to Wembley to give the team/squad the support it deserves. Come on people of Bradford!
It always makes my heart sink when I find out we are playing in that kit as generally we tend to lose whenever wearing that kit [plus I don't like it anyway]. However we have played Northampton wearing that kit twice this season - both away once in the league and once in the cup and remain unbeaten by them - a 1 nil win in the league and a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup - so hopefully we should be ok. I realise that I am just being ridiculously superstitious worrying about which kit we are wearing but I just can't help it - it's the nature of being a Bradford City fan - always pessimistic! Second point I want to make is how shocked and dissapointed I am that we have only sold 16000 tickets so far! Come on people of Bradford! This club had been to Wembley only once in its 110 year history before this calender year [1996 Play Off Final] and now we have managed to achieve reaching 2 finals there in the same season! It could be another 110 years before this happens again! This squad of players is perhaps the most remarkable squad of players the club has ever had in its history and so I would ask the Bradford public to show their appreciation by buying a ticket and getting along to Wembley to give the team/squad the support it deserves. Come on people of Bradford! doubledigiter
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7:00am Fri 10 May 13

tyker2 says...

get buying those tickets please
get buying those tickets please tyker2
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7:26am Fri 10 May 13

silverbantam says...

Wembley tickets are on general sale tomorrow from 9am
Maximum 9 tickets per person

tel: 08444 77 77 74
or
https://t.co/7xpoMfn
ZKn
Wembley tickets are on general sale tomorrow from 9am Maximum 9 tickets per person tel: 08444 77 77 74 or https://t.co/7xpoMfn ZKn silverbantam
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7:43am Fri 10 May 13

Michael Clayton says...

doubledigiter wrote:
It always makes my heart sink when I find out we are playing in that kit as generally we tend to lose whenever wearing that kit . However we have played Northampton wearing that kit twice this season - both away once in the league and once in the cup and remain unbeaten by them - a 1 nil win in the league and a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup - so hopefully we should be ok. I realise that I am just being ridiculously superstitious worrying about which kit we are wearing but I just can't help it - it's the nature of being a Bradford City fan - always pessimistic! Second point I want to make is how shocked and dissapointed I am that we have only sold 16000 tickets so far! Come on people of Bradford! This club had been to Wembley only once in its 110 year history before this calender year and now we have managed to achieve reaching 2 finals there in the same season! It could be another 110 years before this happens again! This squad of players is perhaps the most remarkable squad of players the club has ever had in its history and so I would ask the Bradford public to show their appreciation by buying a ticket and getting along to Wembley to give the team/squad the support it deserves. Come on people of Bradford!
For some people, pay day might not have fallen until the end of this week (the play-off turnaround is very fast).

Also, knowing there are 39.000 tickets means that people are less inclined to knee-jerk, panic, storm the ticket office etc.

Fingers crossed because these players deserve all the backing.
[quote][p][bold]doubledigiter[/bold] wrote: It always makes my heart sink when I find out we are playing in that kit as generally we tend to lose whenever wearing that kit [plus I don't like it anyway]. However we have played Northampton wearing that kit twice this season - both away once in the league and once in the cup and remain unbeaten by them - a 1 nil win in the league and a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup - so hopefully we should be ok. I realise that I am just being ridiculously superstitious worrying about which kit we are wearing but I just can't help it - it's the nature of being a Bradford City fan - always pessimistic! Second point I want to make is how shocked and dissapointed I am that we have only sold 16000 tickets so far! Come on people of Bradford! This club had been to Wembley only once in its 110 year history before this calender year [1996 Play Off Final] and now we have managed to achieve reaching 2 finals there in the same season! It could be another 110 years before this happens again! This squad of players is perhaps the most remarkable squad of players the club has ever had in its history and so I would ask the Bradford public to show their appreciation by buying a ticket and getting along to Wembley to give the team/squad the support it deserves. Come on people of Bradford![/p][/quote]For some people, pay day might not have fallen until the end of this week (the play-off turnaround is very fast). Also, knowing there are 39.000 tickets means that people are less inclined to knee-jerk, panic, storm the ticket office etc. Fingers crossed because these players deserve all the backing. Michael Clayton
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2:13pm Fri 10 May 13

Whoisevans? says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
Are you joking?

It is over 100 miles from Northampton to Hampshire.

I sometimes wonder how people survive on a day to day basis.
Quite well really apart from the fact that it's well over 200 miles from both Hampshire and Northampton to Bradford!!! Neutral in between?
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: Are you joking? It is over 100 miles from Northampton to Hampshire. I sometimes wonder how people survive on a day to day basis.[/p][/quote]Quite well really apart from the fact that it's well over 200 miles from both Hampshire and Northampton to Bradford!!! Neutral in between? Whoisevans?
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2:35pm Fri 10 May 13

Michael Clayton says...

You are an absolute star!

"It's well over 200 miles from *both* Hampshire and Northampton to Bradford"
No it is not. It is about 160 miles to Northampton.

"Neutral in between?".
Neutral? YES (unless you think that Mr Stroud is a cheat)

"In between?" YES

bettyswollocks. Please can you help me?
You are an absolute star! "It's well over 200 miles from *both* Hampshire and Northampton to Bradford" No it is not. It is about 160 miles to Northampton. "Neutral in between?". Neutral? YES (unless you think that Mr Stroud is a cheat) "In between?" YES bettyswollocks. Please can you help me? Michael Clayton
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