Bradford City chief Julian Rhodes: Come on feel the noise!

FAN-TASTIC: Julian Rhodes has hailed the way City fans have got behind the team – and Phil Parkinson in particular – during the last two home games

FAN-TASTIC: Julian Rhodes has hailed the way City fans have got behind the team – and Phil Parkinson in particular – during the last two home games

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

Julian Rhodes has called for another noisy Valley Parade encore to sing City to a hat-trick of home wins.

Rhodes has been bowled over by the atmosphere generated during the wins of Port Vale and MK Dons that have stabilised their mid-table footing in League One.

The joint-chairman has also praised the crowd’s “rock star” reaction to boss Phil Parkinson despite the recent run of 13 games without a victory.

As City prepare to host bottom club Stevenage tomorrow, Rhodes expressed his gratitude for the part played by the home fans.

He said: “It makes such a difference. The MK Dons keeper’s mistake last week was the kind of thing that happens when you are under pressure from the crowd.

“I thought the atmosphere for the Port Vale game felt more like a cup semi-final. It was that loud.

“The noise when Phil came out was incredible. He was treated like a rock star.”

Rhodes felt that other than for Stuart McCall, such a response for a manager on a bad run of results would have been unheard of.

“I can’t think of any manager at any club, with the exception of Stuart, who would have got a reception like that. But Phil has earned that right for what he has done in the last two years.

“We always talk about honest, hard-working players. That’s exactly what he is as a manager and we all appreciate that.

“He is always completely up front about performances. If they haven’t been good enough he just works even harder to come back with what you expect.

“With a manager like that, people give him time and all the support he needs.

“Here we are in our first season back in League One in 11th place with 14 games to go. I think that’s pretty good going.”

City could make it three home wins on the bounce for the first time since the opening weeks of the season. But before the Port Vale game ten days ago, it had been nearly five months since their previous Valley Parade success against Shrewsbury.

Rhodes added: “The Port Vale game should have been a tension-filled evening because of the situation we were in but the fans didn’t make it like that.

“The players responded to the crowd getting right behind them. It relaxed them and they went for the win from the first minute.

“They were a bit unlucky that it took until injury-time to score but the fans had taken the sting out of the occasion.

“With a different manager, the first mistake that night could have been greeted with a very grumbly reaction and the whole atmosphere would have been very different. But that never happened.

“We identified these home games as absolutely key and it’s so far so good up to now.

“They were two completely contrasting performances. They had to be against two very different teams.

“But for all the possession that MK Dons had, apart from the one cleared off the line, they didn’t really threaten much or carve us open. Whereas I always thought we looked the more likely to score, even if it did come from a mistake.

“You also look at the (Rory) McArdle and (Andrew) Davies partnership at the back. They’ve had four games together since Davies returned from his knee injury and conceded one goal.

“It does make you wonder what might have been.

“But let’s not let ourselves down now. We want to make it three out of three.

“This game is a big one for us because of the fixtures coming up. Going to Brentford next week will be a tough ask and we have a lot of very difficult away trips.

“If we don’t take maximum points, we could be looking over our shoulders again. So it’s important there is no let-up tomorrow.

“For that to happen, we need everybody to do what they’ve done the last two games and get behind Phil and the team.”

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10:09am Fri 28 Feb 14

Edinburgh -bantam says...

All that singing keeps Julian looking so young.

Surprised the T&A hasn't reported that the Stewart decision has been delayed again. The verdict is now due on 14th March allegedly!
All that singing keeps Julian looking so young. Surprised the T&A hasn't reported that the Stewart decision has been delayed again. The verdict is now due on 14th March allegedly! Edinburgh -bantam
  • Score: 8

10:20am Fri 28 Feb 14

Peter300 says...

Well said Mr. Julian. Regretably not all fans were able to support Phil and back their manager. It's noticeable how these people vociferously demand so much of the manager and team, yet they are the first to throw in the towel. A lot of noise with no substance or relevant ideas. Change the man in charge is always their one and only solution.
Well said Mr. Julian. Regretably not all fans were able to support Phil and back their manager. It's noticeable how these people vociferously demand so much of the manager and team, yet they are the first to throw in the towel. A lot of noise with no substance or relevant ideas. Change the man in charge is always their one and only solution. Peter300
  • Score: -5

10:52am Fri 28 Feb 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Has anybody noticed Rhodes doing a lot more interviews recently and Lawn a lot less.. Not judgement or anything. Just know that Rhodes doesn't usually like doing this side of things!
Has anybody noticed Rhodes doing a lot more interviews recently and Lawn a lot less.. Not judgement or anything. Just know that Rhodes doesn't usually like doing this side of things! Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 8

11:13am Fri 28 Feb 14

jamiejoe says...

Peter300 wrote:
Well said Mr. Julian. Regretably not all fans were able to support Phil and back their manager. It's noticeable how these people vociferously demand so much of the manager and team, yet they are the first to throw in the towel. A lot of noise with no substance or relevant ideas. Change the man in charge is always their one and only solution.
Change your tune ... Like a stuck record it wears a bit thin and says nothing new at all.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: Well said Mr. Julian. Regretably not all fans were able to support Phil and back their manager. It's noticeable how these people vociferously demand so much of the manager and team, yet they are the first to throw in the towel. A lot of noise with no substance or relevant ideas. Change the man in charge is always their one and only solution.[/p][/quote]Change your tune ... Like a stuck record it wears a bit thin and says nothing new at all. jamiejoe
  • Score: 9

2:17pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Bantambhoy says...

Peter300 wrote:
Well said Mr. Julian. Regretably not all fans were able to support Phil and back their manager. It's noticeable how these people vociferously demand so much of the manager and team, yet they are the first to throw in the towel. A lot of noise with no substance or relevant ideas. Change the man in charge is always their one and only solution.
You really are a dipstick!
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: Well said Mr. Julian. Regretably not all fans were able to support Phil and back their manager. It's noticeable how these people vociferously demand so much of the manager and team, yet they are the first to throw in the towel. A lot of noise with no substance or relevant ideas. Change the man in charge is always their one and only solution.[/p][/quote]You really are a dipstick! Bantambhoy
  • Score: 6

5:22pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Pablo says...

Peter300 wrote:
Well said Mr. Julian. Regretably not all fans were able to support Phil and back their manager. It's noticeable how these people vociferously demand so much of the manager and team, yet they are the first to throw in the towel. A lot of noise with no substance or relevant ideas. Change the man in charge is always their one and only solution.
What are you talking about? You were banging on about PP getting the sack during the bad run.

You're always criticising Hanson.

...and you never watch City.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: Well said Mr. Julian. Regretably not all fans were able to support Phil and back their manager. It's noticeable how these people vociferously demand so much of the manager and team, yet they are the first to throw in the towel. A lot of noise with no substance or relevant ideas. Change the man in charge is always their one and only solution.[/p][/quote]What are you talking about? You were banging on about PP getting the sack during the bad run. You're always criticising Hanson. ...and you never watch City. Pablo
  • Score: 3

6:03pm Fri 28 Feb 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

Pablo wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
Well said Mr. Julian. Regretably not all fans were able to support Phil and back their manager. It's noticeable how these people vociferously demand so much of the manager and team, yet they are the first to throw in the towel. A lot of noise with no substance or relevant ideas. Change the man in charge is always their one and only solution.
What are you talking about? You were banging on about PP getting the sack during the bad run.

You're always criticising Hanson.

...and you never watch City.
He was one of the few on these pages NOT calling for Parky's head during the bad run, you must be getting him mixed up with SHAUN the DEADBEAT, whinytoonster, mrmuzzy, etc etc who are on here constantly slating the team and everyone to do with the club during a bad run then swiftly vanish again when we get a win or two. He also constantly extols Hansons virtues (quite rightly). You need to stop paying attention to SHAUN and his RAMBLINGS
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: Well said Mr. Julian. Regretably not all fans were able to support Phil and back their manager. It's noticeable how these people vociferously demand so much of the manager and team, yet they are the first to throw in the towel. A lot of noise with no substance or relevant ideas. Change the man in charge is always their one and only solution.[/p][/quote]What are you talking about? You were banging on about PP getting the sack during the bad run. You're always criticising Hanson. ...and you never watch City.[/p][/quote]He was one of the few on these pages NOT calling for Parky's head during the bad run, you must be getting him mixed up with SHAUN the DEADBEAT, whinytoonster, mrmuzzy, etc etc who are on here constantly slating the team and everyone to do with the club during a bad run then swiftly vanish again when we get a win or two. He also constantly extols Hansons virtues (quite rightly). You need to stop paying attention to SHAUN and his RAMBLINGS moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: 5

6:32pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Pablo says...

moanmoanwhingewhinge wrote:
Pablo wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
Well said Mr. Julian. Regretably not all fans were able to support Phil and back their manager. It's noticeable how these people vociferously demand so much of the manager and team, yet they are the first to throw in the towel. A lot of noise with no substance or relevant ideas. Change the man in charge is always their one and only solution.
What are you talking about? You were banging on about PP getting the sack during the bad run.

You're always criticising Hanson.

...and you never watch City.
He was one of the few on these pages NOT calling for Parky's head during the bad run, you must be getting him mixed up with SHAUN the DEADBEAT, whinytoonster, mrmuzzy, etc etc who are on here constantly slating the team and everyone to do with the club during a bad run then swiftly vanish again when we get a win or two. He also constantly extols Hansons virtues (quite rightly). You need to stop paying attention to SHAUN and his RAMBLINGS
Oh dear....please keep up!
[quote][p][bold]moanmoanwhingewhinge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: Well said Mr. Julian. Regretably not all fans were able to support Phil and back their manager. It's noticeable how these people vociferously demand so much of the manager and team, yet they are the first to throw in the towel. A lot of noise with no substance or relevant ideas. Change the man in charge is always their one and only solution.[/p][/quote]What are you talking about? You were banging on about PP getting the sack during the bad run. You're always criticising Hanson. ...and you never watch City.[/p][/quote]He was one of the few on these pages NOT calling for Parky's head during the bad run, you must be getting him mixed up with SHAUN the DEADBEAT, whinytoonster, mrmuzzy, etc etc who are on here constantly slating the team and everyone to do with the club during a bad run then swiftly vanish again when we get a win or two. He also constantly extols Hansons virtues (quite rightly). You need to stop paying attention to SHAUN and his RAMBLINGS[/p][/quote]Oh dear....please keep up! Pablo
  • Score: -2

7:22pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Freddy says...

*
I totally agree with the Chairman. Tomorrow is another very tough match.
Stevenage won their last match--1-0. So the crowd need to encourage the team that plays.
*
I have been very impressed with the kop supporters.
THE " KOP CHOIR " ARE MAGNIFICENT. BRILLIANT. WELL DONE. KEEP UP THE GREAT SOUND.
*
* I totally agree with the Chairman. Tomorrow is another very tough match. Stevenage won their last match--1-0. So the crowd need to encourage the team that plays. * I have been very impressed with the kop supporters. THE " KOP CHOIR " ARE MAGNIFICENT. BRILLIANT. WELL DONE. KEEP UP THE GREAT SOUND. * Freddy
  • Score: 8

8:30pm Fri 28 Feb 14

bcfc1903 says...

The Stevenage game will be one of the hardest games of the season for BCFC, make no mistake about that!!! They are fighting for their lives.

Some very good points made by the chairman, he might not pipe up too often but when he does he usually talks a lot of sense. I'm guessing Lawn has blotted his copybook somewhere down the line earlier in the season and is keeping a low profile, I've an idea what it's about but why trawl it up as I've mentioned it weeks back.

If BCFC go into the Stevenage game with the same attitude they had against Port Vale and MK Dons, we have a great chance of getting a positive result, anything less will not get the job done. The same goes for the fans, do what we've done for most of the season and it will be a big help in getting the lads over the line, anything less and it makes the BCFC players job of getting three points much harder.

We all know what tactics Stevenage will try down at Valley Parade, it'll be frustrate, time waste, try to nick a goal then much more of the same. If BCFC take the lead that throws a massive spanner in Stevenage's 'cynical game plan' works.

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=LvKiObD2p
YU
The Stevenage game will be one of the hardest games of the season for BCFC, make no mistake about that!!! They are fighting for their lives. Some very good points made by the chairman, he might not pipe up too often but when he does he usually talks a lot of sense. I'm guessing Lawn has blotted his copybook somewhere down the line earlier in the season and is keeping a low profile, I've an idea what it's about but why trawl it up as I've mentioned it weeks back. If BCFC go into the Stevenage game with the same attitude they had against Port Vale and MK Dons, we have a great chance of getting a positive result, anything less will not get the job done. The same goes for the fans, do what we've done for most of the season and it will be a big help in getting the lads over the line, anything less and it makes the BCFC players job of getting three points much harder. We all know what tactics Stevenage will try down at Valley Parade, it'll be frustrate, time waste, try to nick a goal then much more of the same. If BCFC take the lead that throws a massive spanner in Stevenage's 'cynical game plan' works. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=LvKiObD2p YU bcfc1903
  • Score: 3

9:23pm Fri 28 Feb 14

torreyman says...

please no banana skin match if we playas well as we did in the last two games we will have the three points in the bag so come on BCFC
please no banana skin match if we playas well as we did in the last two games we will have the three points in the bag so come on BCFC torreyman
  • Score: 0

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