Connell and Ravenhill leave Bradford City for Northampton

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Alan Connell Alan Connell

Alan Connell and Ricky Ravenhill have left City to join League Two strugglers Northampton.

New Cobblers boss Chris Wilder made the pair his first signings after they both passed medicals at the club this morning.

Striker Connell scored nine goals last season but has hardly featured this time. Of his 59 appearances since arriving at Valley Parade from Swindon, 40 of them came from the bench.

Former club captain Ravenhill was one of Phil Parkinson’s earliest signings but has found opportunities more and more limited behind the Gary Jones and Nathan Doyle partnership. He spent eight games on loan at Northampton before Christmas under previous manager Aidy Boothroyd, who had been keen to make it permanent.

Wilder said: “Players are looking at our league position and wondering if we’re an attractive proposition but if you scratch beneath the surface I feel that we are. “It’s pretty obvious where we need to improve and Alan is certainly a goalscorer.

“He’s had success in this league, he’s had promotions out of it, he’s been in winning sides and he’s scored goals throughout his career.

“Alan played a part last season in what was a fantastic year for Bradford with their cup success and the promotion they won.

“There were a couple more clubs interested in him but we had a chat, he was keen to join and we’re delighted he’s here.

“I’ve known Ricky for a long time, ever since he broke into the Doncaster team early in his career in the Conference.

“He’s a winner and he’s a competitive central midfielder. Ricky had a good loan spell here recently and it helps that he knows the club.”

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2:10pm Thu 30 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

Good luck to both players. Ricky and Alan played their part in BCFC's brilliant double Wembley season. Thought Ravenhill was immense at the end of last season and his reaction when that numpty from Burton got sent off in the last home game of last season say's everything you need to know about RR, 100% player. Connell scored some important league goals and crucial penalties. All the best fellas!!!!
Good luck to both players. Ricky and Alan played their part in BCFC's brilliant double Wembley season. Thought Ravenhill was immense at the end of last season and his reaction when that numpty from Burton got sent off in the last home game of last season say's everything you need to know about RR, 100% player. Connell scored some important league goals and crucial penalties. All the best fellas!!!! bcfc1903

2:43pm Thu 30 Jan 14

linebacker2 says...

Hope they (and of course Matt Duke) help Northampton avoid relegation..
Hope they (and of course Matt Duke) help Northampton avoid relegation.. linebacker2

2:46pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Mr Tii says...

2 players off the wage bill whom never really got a look in .
2 players off the wage bill whom never really got a look in . Mr Tii

3:11pm Thu 30 Jan 14

bahrainbantham says...

Good luck to them both. Hope they (and Dukey) can keep Northampton up
Good luck to them both. Hope they (and Dukey) can keep Northampton up bahrainbantham

3:11pm Thu 30 Jan 14

whisky1 says...

Good luck to em...will rooting to Northants now
Good luck to em...will rooting to Northants now whisky1

3:27pm Thu 30 Jan 14

bcafc1995 says...

Northampton are becoming our second team. Letting us thump them in the play offs and taking our unwanted players off us.
Northampton are becoming our second team. Letting us thump them in the play offs and taking our unwanted players off us. bcafc1995

3:40pm Thu 30 Jan 14

minkiebantam says...

Good luck lads! and thanks for the memories.
CTID!!
Good luck lads! and thanks for the memories. CTID!! minkiebantam

5:28pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Freddy says...

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Good luck to two good players. How Northampton have crashed since the play-off Final. Lets hope the three ex-City players can help them survive relegation.
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* Good luck to two good players. How Northampton have crashed since the play-off Final. Lets hope the three ex-City players can help them survive relegation. * Freddy

5:51pm Thu 30 Jan 14

GenieBantam says...

All the best Alan and Ricky!

You will forever be part of the History Makers team!!!
All the best Alan and Ricky! You will forever be part of the History Makers team!!! GenieBantam

6:05pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Peter300 says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Good luck to both players. Ricky and Alan played their part in BCFC's brilliant double Wembley season. Thought Ravenhill was immense at the end of last season and his reaction when that numpty from Burton got sent off in the last home game of last season say's everything you need to know about RR, 100% player. Connell scored some important league goals and crucial penalties. All the best fellas!!!!
Both players played their part in City's success last season. Ricky and Alan have been good players to have at the club. Like every player, they want first team football. Best wishes to them and Dukey!
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Good luck to both players. Ricky and Alan played their part in BCFC's brilliant double Wembley season. Thought Ravenhill was immense at the end of last season and his reaction when that numpty from Burton got sent off in the last home game of last season say's everything you need to know about RR, 100% player. Connell scored some important league goals and crucial penalties. All the best fellas!!!![/p][/quote]Both players played their part in City's success last season. Ricky and Alan have been good players to have at the club. Like every player, they want first team football. Best wishes to them and Dukey! Peter300

7:18pm Thu 30 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

Peter300 wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Good luck to both players. Ricky and Alan played their part in BCFC's brilliant double Wembley season. Thought Ravenhill was immense at the end of last season and his reaction when that numpty from Burton got sent off in the last home game of last season say's everything you need to know about RR, 100% player. Connell scored some important league goals and crucial penalties. All the best fellas!!!!
Both players played their part in City's success last season. Ricky and Alan have been good players to have at the club. Like every player, they want first team football. Best wishes to them and Dukey!
Well said Peter, totally agree with your sentiments.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Good luck to both players. Ricky and Alan played their part in BCFC's brilliant double Wembley season. Thought Ravenhill was immense at the end of last season and his reaction when that numpty from Burton got sent off in the last home game of last season say's everything you need to know about RR, 100% player. Connell scored some important league goals and crucial penalties. All the best fellas!!!![/p][/quote]Both players played their part in City's success last season. Ricky and Alan have been good players to have at the club. Like every player, they want first team football. Best wishes to them and Dukey![/p][/quote]Well said Peter, totally agree with your sentiments. bcfc1903

12:21am Fri 31 Jan 14

SHOESMAKER24 says...

AS ABOVE ALSO GOOD LOOK LADS TOTALLY AGREE TO FROM A CITY FAN
AS ABOVE ALSO GOOD LOOK LADS TOTALLY AGREE TO FROM A CITY FAN SHOESMAKER24

1:43am Fri 31 Jan 14

Waynus1971 says...

Ricky is s very underrated player and I seriously believe that had he not performed so well at the end of last season, we could now be where Northampton find themselves.

Connell has proved himself as s good goalscorer, especially in the lower leagues. He won't be behind Hanson &Wells, so hopefully he will get to start more games.

Both players = top professionals.

I know we still have plenty of strikers, but I do wish we could bring another in. However, with Kennedy & now RR gone, do we need another midfielder? We now only have Jones, Doyle & Atkinson. Will we see PP promote one of out own youngsters to the bench or is he happy to put Bates in midfield once he brings in a left-back?
Ricky is s very underrated player and I seriously believe that had he not performed so well at the end of last season, we could now be where Northampton find themselves. Connell has proved himself as s good goalscorer, especially in the lower leagues. He won't be behind Hanson &Wells, so hopefully he will get to start more games. Both players = top professionals. I know we still have plenty of strikers, but I do wish we could bring another in. However, with Kennedy & now RR gone, do we need another midfielder? We now only have Jones, Doyle & Atkinson. Will we see PP promote one of out own youngsters to the bench or is he happy to put Bates in midfield once he brings in a left-back? Waynus1971

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