Bradford City backed to book Leeds United derby date

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Autoelectro managing director Tony Bhogal with City player Garry Thompson Autoelectro managing director Tony Bhogal with City player Garry Thompson

City’s newest shirt sponsor wants to see his company’s name sharing the pitch in a West Yorkshire derby with Leeds.

Eagle-eyed away fans will have spotted the Autoelectro logo above the numbers on the jerseys in Tuesday’s goalless draw with Coventry.

The Leeds Road-based firm, who sell automotive components, are the first to feature on the back of the club’s shirt – something that most of the Football League does now.

Their deal runs for the next two seasons and managing director Tony Bhogal has not ruled out watching their logo at Valley Parade in Championship action.

“That would be fantastic,” said Bhogal, who runs the company with his two brothers. “It would certainly be great to play Leeds again at some stage – a good local derby would be special.

“It’s our home team and we’ve been following them on and off for years, through thick and thin. We just want to support our local club and I’m really looking forward to next season now.”

Autoelectro already have a box at the City ground and Bhogal is full of praise for the way Phil Parkinson has established the club in their first season back in League One.

A point against Oldham this afternoon would take them to 50 – universally regarded as the safety mark against relegation.

“We started off this season really well and everybody thought we might be able to jump another league,” said Bhogal.

“But the important thing is to consolidate our position and then we’ve got a good solid foundation for next year.

“It would have been difficult in some respects if we had gone up. You can go too far too soon. Football is a very expensive business these days and you need to have the funds behind you.

“We’ve seen that, unfortunately, with the problems we had after the Premier League and we’ve taken a long time to recover.

“I think the current management team have really given Bradford a solid base. Phil has done a brilliant job with the team. He’s not gone out there and spent loads of money.

“You’ve got to get that balance between finances and success on the pitch. We’ve got a good sensible management team and we’re really pleased to be involved.”

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7:57am Sat 5 Apr 14

bradford321 says...

Could of at least found the right shirt for Thommo poor lad!
Could of at least found the right shirt for Thommo poor lad! bradford321
  • Score: 10

8:04am Sat 5 Apr 14

BD16 says...

Thanks for the commitment Tony.

You never know, you might get your dream sooner rather than later if Leeds don't get there finances sorted......
Thanks for the commitment Tony. You never know, you might get your dream sooner rather than later if Leeds don't get there finances sorted...... BD16
  • Score: 3

8:07am Sat 5 Apr 14

menzies13 says...

Followed them on and off but through thick and thin?? Oh dear.
Followed them on and off but through thick and thin?? Oh dear. menzies13
  • Score: -9

8:11am Sat 5 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

I guess it all adds to the budget for next season, good to have Tony and his firm onboard. Think the club is in a pretty strong position financially compared with the great majority of clubs in the football league and beyond.

Good luck for today, 2-0 Reach, Bennett. att 14,567
I guess it all adds to the budget for next season, good to have Tony and his firm onboard. Think the club is in a pretty strong position financially compared with the great majority of clubs in the football league and beyond. Good luck for today, 2-0 Reach, Bennett. att 14,567 bcfc1903
  • Score: 6

8:52am Sat 5 Apr 14

rengar61 says...

Great to see a local company come in and sponsor us, lets not forget the Youth Team on Tue, 29th 7pm ko in the Cup Final.
CTID
Great to see a local company come in and sponsor us, lets not forget the Youth Team on Tue, 29th 7pm ko in the Cup Final. CTID rengar61
  • Score: 13

9:09am Sat 5 Apr 14

Waynus1971 says...

It's good that a local company has joined us, but let's hope that the club don't get too greedy. The last 'local business' to sponsor our shirts were quickly binned when Jack come back...! I just hope Autos don't go the same way as Map did.

As for the new sponsors, why doesn't he get a box down at VP too; afterall, what's his connections to Nottingham Forest LOL
It's good that a local company has joined us, but let's hope that the club don't get too greedy. The last 'local business' to sponsor our shirts were quickly binned when Jack come back...! I just hope Autos don't go the same way as Map did. As for the new sponsors, why doesn't he get a box down at VP too; afterall, what's his connections to Nottingham Forest LOL Waynus1971
  • Score: -2

9:20am Sat 5 Apr 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Never liked the look of a shirt with sponsorship above the players name. I just hope these aren't added by default to the replica shirt in the coming years.
Never liked the look of a shirt with sponsorship above the players name. I just hope these aren't added by default to the replica shirt in the coming years. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 2

9:24am Sat 5 Apr 14

silverbantam says...

I think there's a good chance City will be playing Leeds next season after they are deducted 10 points for entering administration.
I think there's a good chance City will be playing Leeds next season after they are deducted 10 points for entering administration. silverbantam
  • Score: 0

9:34am Sat 5 Apr 14

Baby Bantam says...

Just my opinion but they could have changed the colour of the logo abit to go with the shirt like map changed theirs from Blue to Amber, claret then white. I'd of out it at the bottom too but hey oh more money for the club so I can't complain.
Let's just hope we grap those last 3 points that should make us safe today, fingers crossed
Just my opinion but they could have changed the colour of the logo abit to go with the shirt like map changed theirs from Blue to Amber, claret then white. I'd of out it at the bottom too but hey oh more money for the club so I can't complain. Let's just hope we grap those last 3 points that should make us safe today, fingers crossed Baby Bantam
  • Score: 1

10:06am Sat 5 Apr 14

Baby Bantam says...

silverbantam wrote:
I think there's a good chance City will be playing Leeds next season after they are deducted 10 points for entering administration.
It will be deducted from them next season, it's past the deadline now, but look at it this way, they ain't safe and how many games can you see them winning how they're playing right now??
[quote][p][bold]silverbantam[/bold] wrote: I think there's a good chance City will be playing Leeds next season after they are deducted 10 points for entering administration.[/p][/quote]It will be deducted from them next season, it's past the deadline now, but look at it this way, they ain't safe and how many games can you see them winning how they're playing right now?? Baby Bantam
  • Score: 1

10:06am Sat 5 Apr 14

ivegate says...

Thanks Tony and brothers for sponsoring our wonderful football club.
Thanks Tony and brothers for sponsoring our wonderful football club. ivegate
  • Score: 8

11:43pm Sat 5 Apr 14

eldwick person says...

Always good to have additional sponsors add investment. Hope it works out well for both the club and Tony.
Always good to have additional sponsors add investment. Hope it works out well for both the club and Tony. eldwick person
  • Score: 4

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