Gary Jones will not be getting a new contract at Valley Parade

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Gary Jones signs autographs for fans at City's last home game of the season against Crawley Gary Jones signs autographs for fans at City's last home game of the season against Crawley

Gary Jones is leaving Bradford City.

The veteran skipper, who is 37 next month, has today been told that he will not be offered a new contract.

Jones played exactly 100 games in his two-year spell with the club, scoring eight goals, and led them out at Wembley twice.

Phil Parkinson said: "I can't speak highly enough of him as a person and as a player.

"I wish him all the very best for the future and I'm sure the fans will be quick to do likewise."

City have already released Garry Thompson and Matthew Bates. Andy Gray also left the club after agreeing to cancel his contract early.

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2:36pm Fri 9 May 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

That's a shame, thought he may have got another year. If only we'd got him a few years earlier in his career.... Thanks for everything, Gary, you've been magic
That's a shame, thought he may have got another year. If only we'd got him a few years earlier in his career.... Thanks for everything, Gary, you've been magic moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: 44

2:36pm Fri 9 May 14

Amber_Claret says...

A true pro..... kind of gutted, but at the same time excited on what will follow. Thanks Gary for the best couple of years as a city fan in the last 13!
Will always have a special place in all City fans hearts!
A true pro..... kind of gutted, but at the same time excited on what will follow. Thanks Gary for the best couple of years as a city fan in the last 13! Will always have a special place in all City fans hearts! Amber_Claret
  • Score: 34

2:42pm Fri 9 May 14

BD16 says...

Genuinely surprised at this. He's been one of the better players this year and although he might not have started every game I would have liked him to be around the squad for next season.

We don't know everything that's happened though. Perhaps he himself has decided that a move away will get him more games next year.

All the best Gary. Thanks for all you've done for the club.
Genuinely surprised at this. He's been one of the better players this year and although he might not have started every game I would have liked him to be around the squad for next season. We don't know everything that's happened though. Perhaps he himself has decided that a move away will get him more games next year. All the best Gary. Thanks for all you've done for the club. BD16
  • Score: 31

2:46pm Fri 9 May 14

Simply the truth!!! says...

So sad to see him leaving. He's given us his all over the last couple of years. Surprised we couldn't find a spot for him in the squad. All the best captain.
So sad to see him leaving. He's given us his all over the last couple of years. Surprised we couldn't find a spot for him in the squad. All the best captain. Simply the truth!!!
  • Score: 35

2:46pm Fri 9 May 14

Avenger78 says...

Thanks gary enjoyed watching you last season..Hopefully we get a good attacking intelligent midfielder in your place someone who can turn matches with there killer pass's
Thanks gary enjoyed watching you last season..Hopefully we get a good attacking intelligent midfielder in your place someone who can turn matches with there killer pass's Avenger78
  • Score: 14

2:49pm Fri 9 May 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Right move for me.. Did great things for this club and I wouldn't want that to be diminished if next season he couldn't keep up to his own high standards. Also giving him a coaching role would have taken a chunk out of playing budget.
Right move for me.. Did great things for this club and I wouldn't want that to be diminished if next season he couldn't keep up to his own high standards. Also giving him a coaching role would have taken a chunk out of playing budget. Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 9

2:54pm Fri 9 May 14

birstallbantam56 says...

Good luck Gary - thanks for the memories! A true gent who will forever be very well remembered at Valley Parade.
Good luck Gary - thanks for the memories! A true gent who will forever be very well remembered at Valley Parade. birstallbantam56
  • Score: 30

2:56pm Fri 9 May 14

doneBD4 says...

Gary Jones, Thank you.
Gary Jones, Thank you. doneBD4
  • Score: 19

2:59pm Fri 9 May 14

RobsterUK says...

Cheery Gary Jones, superb Captain, great servant to the club. This isn't fantasy football though, the club moves onwards and upwards. We'll have other great players coming in the near future so someone has to make way.
Cheery Gary Jones, superb Captain, great servant to the club. This isn't fantasy football though, the club moves onwards and upwards. We'll have other great players coming in the near future so someone has to make way. RobsterUK
  • Score: 11

3:10pm Fri 9 May 14

Peter300 says...

BD16 wrote:
Genuinely surprised at this. He's been one of the better players this year and although he might not have started every game I would have liked him to be around the squad for next season.

We don't know everything that's happened though. Perhaps he himself has decided that a move away will get him more games next year.

All the best Gary. Thanks for all you've done for the club.
Maybe Gary wants to still try and start every game, which he might be able to do elsewhere.
[quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: Genuinely surprised at this. He's been one of the better players this year and although he might not have started every game I would have liked him to be around the squad for next season. We don't know everything that's happened though. Perhaps he himself has decided that a move away will get him more games next year. All the best Gary. Thanks for all you've done for the club.[/p][/quote]Maybe Gary wants to still try and start every game, which he might be able to do elsewhere. Peter300
  • Score: 1

3:14pm Fri 9 May 14

Peter300 says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
Right move for me.. Did great things for this club and I wouldn't want that to be diminished if next season he couldn't keep up to his own high standards. Also giving him a coaching role would have taken a chunk out of playing budget.
No doubt a difficult decision for the manager to release both Gary and Tommo. However, Parky has to try and plan for the future and there is not an endless supply of money. Managers up and down the country are making similar tough decisions. Gary has been a great player for City and it is sad to see him go. However, as they say, in football the only certainty is change.
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: Right move for me.. Did great things for this club and I wouldn't want that to be diminished if next season he couldn't keep up to his own high standards. Also giving him a coaching role would have taken a chunk out of playing budget.[/p][/quote]No doubt a difficult decision for the manager to release both Gary and Tommo. However, Parky has to try and plan for the future and there is not an endless supply of money. Managers up and down the country are making similar tough decisions. Gary has been a great player for City and it is sad to see him go. However, as they say, in football the only certainty is change. Peter300
  • Score: 3

3:19pm Fri 9 May 14

Peter300 says...

Simply the truth!!! wrote:
So sad to see him leaving. He's given us his all over the last couple of years. Surprised we couldn't find a spot for him in the squad. All the best captain.
I'm sure Gary will be thinking that he might be able to play another full season. If that is the case, then I hope he finds a good club that he can lead in the same way as he led City. He will be great signing for a manager who sees him leading the team for another season out on the pitch.
[quote][p][bold]Simply the truth!!![/bold] wrote: So sad to see him leaving. He's given us his all over the last couple of years. Surprised we couldn't find a spot for him in the squad. All the best captain.[/p][/quote]I'm sure Gary will be thinking that he might be able to play another full season. If that is the case, then I hope he finds a good club that he can lead in the same way as he led City. He will be great signing for a manager who sees him leading the team for another season out on the pitch. Peter300
  • Score: 6

3:21pm Fri 9 May 14

Joshuatoothill says...

What a true legend he's been for us always give his all never left anything on that pitch and that's what we need now will never forget the part he played in the cup run and play offs and the goals he scored this season two against Crewe and two against sheff united away he's been phenomenal for us every game I'll gladly see him back as a coach here he's magic you know you'll never get past Gary jones!
What a true legend he's been for us always give his all never left anything on that pitch and that's what we need now will never forget the part he played in the cup run and play offs and the goals he scored this season two against Crewe and two against sheff united away he's been phenomenal for us every game I'll gladly see him back as a coach here he's magic you know you'll never get past Gary jones! Joshuatoothill
  • Score: 14

3:30pm Fri 9 May 14

Old Peculiar says...

Unfortunate to see Jones leaving, a player who epitomised everything that a supporter could want from any player pulling on the Claret n Amber.

It's a shame that these stalwart players won't get the send off that they deserve, in front of the City faithful, rather than via media forum sites.

But we put our trust in Parky - Onwards n Upwards !!
Unfortunate to see Jones leaving, a player who epitomised everything that a supporter could want from any player pulling on the Claret n Amber. It's a shame that these stalwart players won't get the send off that they deserve, in front of the City faithful, rather than via media forum sites. But we put our trust in Parky - Onwards n Upwards !! Old Peculiar
  • Score: 14

3:45pm Fri 9 May 14

Big_Biscuit says...

An outstanding professional and fine player. Thanks for all the wonderful memories and all the best for the future.
An outstanding professional and fine player. Thanks for all the wonderful memories and all the best for the future. Big_Biscuit
  • Score: 16

4:00pm Fri 9 May 14

Waynus1971 says...

Thank you GaryJones. You led by example and, although only here for 2seasons, you will go down in the history books for what the club did last season.

I appreciate the club have to move on and try to build a younger squad, but I am surprised that won't include you. How many "young and energetic" midfielders have we signed in the last 12 years and how many if them were better than Jonesy????

I just hope PP has a quality replacement lined up (NOT Dolan)!!
Thank you GaryJones. You led by example and, although only here for 2seasons, you will go down in the history books for what the club did last season. I appreciate the club have to move on and try to build a younger squad, but I am surprised that won't include you. How many "young and energetic" midfielders have we signed in the last 12 years and how many if them were better than Jonesy???? I just hope PP has a quality replacement lined up (NOT Dolan)!! Waynus1971
  • Score: -8

4:02pm Fri 9 May 14

Skiptonbantam says...

Thank you CAPTAIN for the many great memories packed into those 100 games. It would be great if City and Rochdale could do something to honour a true professional. Maybe a pre season friendly.
Thank you CAPTAIN for the many great memories packed into those 100 games. It would be great if City and Rochdale could do something to honour a true professional. Maybe a pre season friendly. Skiptonbantam
  • Score: 12

4:03pm Fri 9 May 14

Lynchie says...

Wha a great servant to this club-an inspiration and superb role model both on and off the pitch-his enthusiasm and effort will be sorely missed-a true legend-good luck Gary you deserve it
Wha a great servant to this club-an inspiration and superb role model both on and off the pitch-his enthusiasm and effort will be sorely missed-a true legend-good luck Gary you deserve it Lynchie
  • Score: 12

4:06pm Fri 9 May 14

Waynus1971 says...

Still keeping my fingers crossed that de Vita joins the exodus. Can't see a place here for him next season! Do we expect Doyle to go too- after all, PP dropped him more often than any other player and he won't be cheap.

What about Reidy? PP indicated that he could still be here at the end of pre-season, so does that mean we will offer him a new deal? That then just leaves a question mark over McArdle & McHugh. With Davo and Taylor already signed up, surely PP will only re-sign one of them. If he does, my money's on Rory
Still keeping my fingers crossed that de Vita joins the exodus. Can't see a place here for him next season! Do we expect Doyle to go too- after all, PP dropped him more often than any other player and he won't be cheap. What about Reidy? PP indicated that he could still be here at the end of pre-season, so does that mean we will offer him a new deal? That then just leaves a question mark over McArdle & McHugh. With Davo and Taylor already signed up, surely PP will only re-sign one of them. If he does, my money's on Rory Waynus1971
  • Score: -8

4:23pm Fri 9 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

It is apparent that Parky's cull started with the easiest call (ie Gray). However, each successive decision appears to affect the player perceived as the next weakest link (whether it be age, ability etc).

The approach appears to be methodical and a sign of the evolution that is taking place. To rip everything up and start again is not the solution.

I can't imagine that those released are feeling to good right now. That is life though and things have to move on.

What I think would be a good idea would be to re-unite the 2012-3 team for a charity match to co-incide with next year's anniversary. That would give us all a chance to acknowledge their efforts.
It is apparent that Parky's cull started with the easiest call (ie Gray). However, each successive decision appears to affect the player perceived as the next weakest link (whether it be age, ability etc). The approach appears to be methodical and a sign of the evolution that is taking place. To rip everything up and start again is not the solution. I can't imagine that those released are feeling to good right now. That is life though and things have to move on. What I think would be a good idea would be to re-unite the 2012-3 team for a charity match to co-incide with next year's anniversary. That would give us all a chance to acknowledge their efforts. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 7

4:27pm Fri 9 May 14

Mr Tii says...

Gutted ! True he getting on a bit but the guy put in a shift week in week out !
Gutted ! True he getting on a bit but the guy put in a shift week in week out ! Mr Tii
  • Score: 10

4:29pm Fri 9 May 14

Lynchie says...

Great idea Michael Clayton-hope someone from club reading these messages
Great idea Michael Clayton-hope someone from club reading these messages Lynchie
  • Score: 3

4:32pm Fri 9 May 14

dannbradfc says...

Very very surprised by this. Thought he'd have been offered some sort of deal and it may come to light that he was. I want us to progress like everyone else but admit to being nervous in ripping the entire side up based on parkys last season's transfer deals. This needs to be improved. I also really hope that we go down the loan route again as this was one of the factors that kept us down for so long
Very very surprised by this. Thought he'd have been offered some sort of deal and it may come to light that he was. I want us to progress like everyone else but admit to being nervous in ripping the entire side up based on parkys last season's transfer deals. This needs to be improved. I also really hope that we go down the loan route again as this was one of the factors that kept us down for so long dannbradfc
  • Score: 0

4:35pm Fri 9 May 14

dannbradfc says...

Thank you Gary Jones for your tremendous efforts. I can only hope that every player that wears the shirt wears it with such pride and 100% effort the way you did. ....Thanks again
Thank you Gary Jones for your tremendous efforts. I can only hope that every player that wears the shirt wears it with such pride and 100% effort the way you did. ....Thanks again dannbradfc
  • Score: 11

4:40pm Fri 9 May 14

Olivermac says...

Well done Gary I hope you had a part to play in the decision to leave as I would have thought another year would have been the right decision for the team. My guess is Northampton FC will snap up a couple of the City players leaving maybe Jones and Thomo.
Well done Gary I hope you had a part to play in the decision to leave as I would have thought another year would have been the right decision for the team. My guess is Northampton FC will snap up a couple of the City players leaving maybe Jones and Thomo. Olivermac
  • Score: 3

4:47pm Fri 9 May 14

lawsonio123 says...

dannbradfc wrote:
Very very surprised by this. Thought he'd have been offered some sort of deal and it may come to light that he was. I want us to progress like everyone else but admit to being nervous in ripping the entire side up based on parkys last season's transfer deals. This needs to be improved. I also really hope that we go down the loan route again as this was one of the factors that kept us down for so long
No The side is not being ripped up certain changes are being made in a effort to make the team stronger. This is what is needed and what Parky is now trying to do if he succeeds you will see a team next season who will press for promotion The Manager is very experienced and knows full well what he is about so my advice to you is buy a season ticket Now
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Very very surprised by this. Thought he'd have been offered some sort of deal and it may come to light that he was. I want us to progress like everyone else but admit to being nervous in ripping the entire side up based on parkys last season's transfer deals. This needs to be improved. I also really hope that we go down the loan route again as this was one of the factors that kept us down for so long[/p][/quote]No The side is not being ripped up certain changes are being made in a effort to make the team stronger. This is what is needed and what Parky is now trying to do if he succeeds you will see a team next season who will press for promotion The Manager is very experienced and knows full well what he is about so my advice to you is buy a season ticket Now lawsonio123
  • Score: 16

5:07pm Fri 9 May 14

Bantams4ever says...

He has been the best midfielder we have had since Stuart McCall, these kind of players are not two a penny, they are special and never give up when the chips are down.
These are two big boots to be filled by Matty Dolan, but when I've seen them both in the team together, it doesn't work, neither did Jones and Kennedy.
It must be the way forward if we want to go up this league, but thank you Gary for what you have given Bradford City, good luck in the future.
In Parky we trust. CTID
He has been the best midfielder we have had since Stuart McCall, these kind of players are not two a penny, they are special and never give up when the chips are down. These are two big boots to be filled by Matty Dolan, but when I've seen them both in the team together, it doesn't work, neither did Jones and Kennedy. It must be the way forward if we want to go up this league, but thank you Gary for what you have given Bradford City, good luck in the future. In Parky we trust. CTID Bantams4ever
  • Score: 7

5:12pm Fri 9 May 14

blowinfree says...

A great leader and player lead by example going to be a hard act to follow,another good one to wear the number 4 shirt.
Darby for the armband for me.
A great leader and player lead by example going to be a hard act to follow,another good one to wear the number 4 shirt. Darby for the armband for me. blowinfree
  • Score: 5

5:19pm Fri 9 May 14

i miss stallard & murray says...

Thank you Gary and I hope that city will remain close to your heart. I hope you have left on good terms as you deserved to be shown a great deal of respect. Iwould have wwanted u to remain as a squad player nx season as the club needs to progress and build a younger spine I wish you were 25 and we cud build the team around u. He is magic u no u ll neva get passed gary jones lets hope another set of fans get to sing this for u nx season. Top bloke and a real shame we only had u for two seasons but wat a great two seasons.
Really hope we replace ur attitude commitment and leadership.
Parky must have a replacement lined up.
Thank you Gary and I hope that city will remain close to your heart. I hope you have left on good terms as you deserved to be shown a great deal of respect. Iwould have wwanted u to remain as a squad player nx season as the club needs to progress and build a younger spine I wish you were 25 and we cud build the team around u. He is magic u no u ll neva get passed gary jones lets hope another set of fans get to sing this for u nx season. Top bloke and a real shame we only had u for two seasons but wat a great two seasons. Really hope we replace ur attitude commitment and leadership. Parky must have a replacement lined up. i miss stallard & murray
  • Score: 6

5:20pm Fri 9 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

dannbradfc wrote:
Thank you Gary Jones for your tremendous efforts. I can only hope that every player that wears the shirt wears it with such pride and 100% effort the way you did. ....Thanks again
Magnificent off the pitch as well. Saw him in the club shop signing an autograph and posing for a photo with a disabled guy. Nothing was too much trouble. The fan, in his own words, was "made up"; and so was everyone else fortunate enough to have been there.
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Thank you Gary Jones for your tremendous efforts. I can only hope that every player that wears the shirt wears it with such pride and 100% effort the way you did. ....Thanks again[/p][/quote]Magnificent off the pitch as well. Saw him in the club shop signing an autograph and posing for a photo with a disabled guy. Nothing was too much trouble. The fan, in his own words, was "made up"; and so was everyone else fortunate enough to have been there. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 3

5:33pm Fri 9 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

dannbradfc wrote:
Very very surprised by this. Thought he'd have been offered some sort of deal and it may come to light that he was. I want us to progress like everyone else but admit to being nervous in ripping the entire side up based on parkys last season's transfer deals. This needs to be improved. I also really hope that we go down the loan route again as this was one of the factors that kept us down for so long
As I mentioned earlier, it is reasonable to assume that each successive decision (to release) is increasingly marginal. You have only got to look at the chronological order to realise this. Gray (the first to go) was perhaps the easiest call whilst Jones (the most recent) was the most difficult (I would suspect).

Again, you go back to last summer. Parky had 11 weeks to get ready. Other clubs were doing their business, had not experienced the roller-coaster and were not obliged to contracted League Two players.

You describe factors that "kept us down" (ie loanees). These players were entirely necessary and the fact that we have seen nothing other than an 'up' (11th place on League One) leaves me to wonder why you are being so negative at every opportunity.
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Very very surprised by this. Thought he'd have been offered some sort of deal and it may come to light that he was. I want us to progress like everyone else but admit to being nervous in ripping the entire side up based on parkys last season's transfer deals. This needs to be improved. I also really hope that we go down the loan route again as this was one of the factors that kept us down for so long[/p][/quote]As I mentioned earlier, it is reasonable to assume that each successive decision (to release) is increasingly marginal. You have only got to look at the chronological order to realise this. Gray (the first to go) was perhaps the easiest call whilst Jones (the most recent) was the most difficult (I would suspect). Again, you go back to last summer. Parky had 11 weeks to get ready. Other clubs were doing their business, had not experienced the roller-coaster and were not obliged to contracted League Two players. You describe factors that "kept us down" (ie loanees). These players were entirely necessary and the fact that we have seen nothing other than an 'up' (11th place on League One) leaves me to wonder why you are being so negative at every opportunity. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 0

5:45pm Fri 9 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

Olivermac wrote:
Well done Gary I hope you had a part to play in the decision to leave as I would have thought another year would have been the right decision for the team. My guess is Northampton FC will snap up a couple of the City players leaving maybe Jones and Thomo.
Shame that Halifax missed out in the play-offs. That would have been the ideal fit for Jones.

Knowing that Jones and Thompson are both north-west based, I think that a move to Northampton would be unlikely; but who knows?

Having seen Northampton (this season) they do need all the help they can get!

I would suspect Bury, Fleetwood, Morecambe or Carlisle for those two.
[quote][p][bold]Olivermac[/bold] wrote: Well done Gary I hope you had a part to play in the decision to leave as I would have thought another year would have been the right decision for the team. My guess is Northampton FC will snap up a couple of the City players leaving maybe Jones and Thomo.[/p][/quote]Shame that Halifax missed out in the play-offs. That would have been the ideal fit for Jones. Knowing that Jones and Thompson are both north-west based, I think that a move to Northampton would be unlikely; but who knows? Having seen Northampton (this season) they do need all the help they can get! I would suspect Bury, Fleetwood, Morecambe or Carlisle for those two. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -1

6:08pm Fri 9 May 14

bcfcincheshire says...

Gary Jones legend...many thanks Jonah for all the memories. ..maybe Tranmere should look no further than their own locality in order to secure a special player that could reinvigorate the club!!
Gary Jones legend...many thanks Jonah for all the memories. ..maybe Tranmere should look no further than their own locality in order to secure a special player that could reinvigorate the club!! bcfcincheshire
  • Score: 6

6:11pm Fri 9 May 14

Csut74 says...

A bit of a surprise, but from parky's comments seems Jonah wants to play on and we wud only offer a dual play/coaching deal wud no surprise if goes back to Rochdale. Big thanks to Jonah hes been magnificent for the bantams and helped get us back to where we are, fabulous captain for us !
A bit of a surprise, but from parky's comments seems Jonah wants to play on and we wud only offer a dual play/coaching deal wud no surprise if goes back to Rochdale. Big thanks to Jonah hes been magnificent for the bantams and helped get us back to where we are, fabulous captain for us ! Csut74
  • Score: 5

6:12pm Fri 9 May 14

bahamianbantam says...

A star, a gentleman, a legend. Thank you for putting the smile back on all of us BCFC fans. A true great - hope whatever you want to do in future will come to pass!
A star, a gentleman, a legend. Thank you for putting the smile back on all of us BCFC fans. A true great - hope whatever you want to do in future will come to pass! bahamianbantam
  • Score: 10

6:24pm Fri 9 May 14

shoesmaker26 says...

sad to hear gary is going , top player , good look to him where ever he goes next as all above
sad to hear gary is going , top player , good look to him where ever he goes next as all above shoesmaker26
  • Score: 6

6:31pm Fri 9 May 14

GenieBantam says...

Thanks for the memories Gary Jones. I wish you the best of luck. A true pro!!!!!
Thanks for the memories Gary Jones. I wish you the best of luck. A true pro!!!!! GenieBantam
  • Score: 6

6:31pm Fri 9 May 14

Cowboy Song says...

Can only add to what has ben put above, all the best Gary, and hope that whatever you go on to do, it's as successful as your last 2 seasons here.
Can only add to what has ben put above, all the best Gary, and hope that whatever you go on to do, it's as successful as your last 2 seasons here. Cowboy Song
  • Score: 6

6:33pm Fri 9 May 14

huggy b says...

Sad to see him go but that's football I suppose. Best captain since Stuart and will for evermore be a City legend. Good luck in the future Jonah. You're magic, you know!
Sad to see him go but that's football I suppose. Best captain since Stuart and will for evermore be a City legend. Good luck in the future Jonah. You're magic, you know! huggy b
  • Score: 8

6:46pm Fri 9 May 14

bcfc1903 says...

You'll never get past Gary Jones, He's magic you know!!!!

Thanks for the brilliant memories Gary, sorry to see you go fella, all the best for the future to you and your family from the Gaffey, Carroll and Myers families!!!
You'll never get past Gary Jones, He's magic you know!!!! Thanks for the brilliant memories Gary, sorry to see you go fella, all the best for the future to you and your family from the Gaffey, Carroll and Myers families!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 9

6:54pm Fri 9 May 14

tyker7745 says...

yes absolute shame he had to go but maybe he will end up at Rochdale again to try guide them on the field next season.

I think Park wants a younger squad
yes absolute shame he had to go but maybe he will end up at Rochdale again to try guide them on the field next season. I think Park wants a younger squad tyker7745
  • Score: 2

7:06pm Fri 9 May 14

Pablo says...

It must have been difficult for PP to tell Jonah that he wouldn't be offered a new contract.

A true professional who lead by example and epitomised the spirit and never-say-die attitude that brought so much success during our "Super Season".

Best of luck, Gary. I'm sure that when your playing career is over, a new opportunity will present itself on the coaching side.

Never before have I seen a topic on this forum, result in so much unity.
It must have been difficult for PP to tell Jonah that he wouldn't be offered a new contract. A true professional who lead by example and epitomised the spirit and never-say-die attitude that brought so much success during our "Super Season". Best of luck, Gary. I'm sure that when your playing career is over, a new opportunity will present itself on the coaching side. Never before have I seen a topic on this forum, result in so much unity. Pablo
  • Score: 18

7:18pm Fri 9 May 14

thenorth says...

A true City Gent on and off the field, he led by example and I hope his influence on the remaining team will be felt for many years.
I consider it an honour to have been able to watch him play in claret and amber for the last two seasons.
A true City Gent on and off the field, he led by example and I hope his influence on the remaining team will be felt for many years. I consider it an honour to have been able to watch him play in claret and amber for the last two seasons. thenorth
  • Score: 8

7:49pm Fri 9 May 14

Citygent1960 says...

Shame to see you go Jonah, what you achieved in two seasons as captain will never be beaten and never be forgotten. Ctid
Shame to see you go Jonah, what you achieved in two seasons as captain will never be beaten and never be forgotten. Ctid Citygent1960
  • Score: 11

7:56pm Fri 9 May 14

silverbantam says...

Speaking about Jones and his successful time at City, Parkinson was quick to heap praise on his departing skipper.

He said: "I had a meeting with Gaz (Gary Jones) today (Friday) and I told him that he wasn't going to be offered a new contract.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gaz for his enormous contribution to the club over the last two seasons.

"Two years ago, we went out in search for players who had the right mentality and character to get the club going again. Gary Jones typified absolutely everything we were looking for.

"He has been a superb role model for our younger players and he has put his heart and soul into the club every single day for the last two years. I cannot speak highly enough of him both as a person and as a football player.

"I wish him all the very best for the future, and I am sure the fans will be quick to do likewise.

"I am confident that there are still many more games left in Gary before he finally decides to hang up his boots."
Read more at http://www.bradfordc
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Speaking about Jones and his successful time at City, Parkinson was quick to heap praise on his departing skipper. He said: "I had a meeting with Gaz (Gary Jones) today (Friday) and I told him that he wasn't going to be offered a new contract. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gaz for his enormous contribution to the club over the last two seasons. "Two years ago, we went out in search for players who had the right mentality and character to get the club going again. Gary Jones typified absolutely everything we were looking for. "He has been a superb role model for our younger players and he has put his heart and soul into the club every single day for the last two years. I cannot speak highly enough of him both as a person and as a football player. "I wish him all the very best for the future, and I am sure the fans will be quick to do likewise. "I am confident that there are still many more games left in Gary before he finally decides to hang up his boots." Read more at http://www.bradfordc ityfc.co.uk/news/art icle/jones-to-leave- city-1544365.aspx#Gt HJKZ6QYhQyf6Ck.99 silverbantam
  • Score: 2

8:30pm Fri 9 May 14

Bigkeith25 says...

Absolutely gutted to see him go , must have been a hard decision for pp , thanks for the memories Jonah and thanks for the best 2 years
At VPThat I can remember IPWT
Absolutely gutted to see him go , must have been a hard decision for pp , thanks for the memories Jonah and thanks for the best 2 years At VPThat I can remember IPWT Bigkeith25
  • Score: 4

8:48pm Fri 9 May 14

Victor Clayton says...

Thanks for everything Gary.
Thanks for everything Gary. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 4

9:20pm Fri 9 May 14

bantam101 says...

hes magic yknow well never forget gary jones hes magic yknow

thanks for all you have done for Bradford city,and I hope you get a club soon
hes magic yknow well never forget gary jones hes magic yknow thanks for all you have done for Bradford city,and I hope you get a club soon bantam101
  • Score: 8

9:20pm Fri 9 May 14

shaun from richmond says...

GUTTED!!...A Superb Player!..Gave his all every game. GOOD LUCK FOR THE FUTURE, GARY!!
GUTTED!!...A Superb Player!..Gave his all every game. GOOD LUCK FOR THE FUTURE, GARY!! shaun from richmond
  • Score: 5

9:31pm Fri 9 May 14

torreyman says...

Sad to see Gary go a great servant to BCFC and a true Gent all the best my friend what ever you do
Sad to see Gary go a great servant to BCFC and a true Gent all the best my friend what ever you do torreyman
  • Score: 5

9:52pm Fri 9 May 14

Plastic Bantam says...

well I've read he's a Tranmere fan and still living in that area that move would make sense. Unless he thinks he can still play lge 1
well I've read he's a Tranmere fan and still living in that area that move would make sense. Unless he thinks he can still play lge 1 Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 3

10:16pm Fri 9 May 14

ricki says...

The one unforgettable memory for me was the way Gary searched out the child at Villa Park who had been the mascot at the home game both inspirational characters in different ways .Best wishes Gary to both you and your family you made us proud to say we come from Bradford.
The one unforgettable memory for me was the way Gary searched out the child at Villa Park who had been the mascot at the home game both inspirational characters in different ways .Best wishes Gary to both you and your family you made us proud to say we come from Bradford. ricki
  • Score: 10

11:23pm Fri 9 May 14

KnightMcCall says...

Funny how much love there is but no-one is suggesting that this isn't the right decision for us.

An inspirational player. Hope he goes back to Rochdale so he plays at VP again next season. Unlike some, he will be very welcome if he ever comes back to VP as an opposition player.
Funny how much love there is but no-one is suggesting that this isn't the right decision for us. An inspirational player. Hope he goes back to Rochdale so he plays at VP again next season. Unlike some, he will be very welcome if he ever comes back to VP as an opposition player. KnightMcCall
  • Score: 1

12:16am Sat 10 May 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
Thank you GaryJones. You led by example and, although only here for 2seasons, you will go down in the history books for what the club did last season.

I appreciate the club have to move on and try to build a younger squad, but I am surprised that won't include you. How many "young and energetic" midfielders have we signed in the last 12 years and how many if them were better than Jonesy????

I just hope PP has a quality replacement lined up (NOT Dolan)!!
Dolan us already our player
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: Thank you GaryJones. You led by example and, although only here for 2seasons, you will go down in the history books for what the club did last season. I appreciate the club have to move on and try to build a younger squad, but I am surprised that won't include you. How many "young and energetic" midfielders have we signed in the last 12 years and how many if them were better than Jonesy???? I just hope PP has a quality replacement lined up (NOT Dolan)!![/p][/quote]Dolan us already our player Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 0

2:48am Sat 10 May 14

Bradford1903 says...

Must admit I am both surprised and saddened by the news; I thought he might have got another year, but it would've been as a squad player, and at his age he doesn't want to be sitting on the bench.

He will obviously be sorely missed on the pitch, but just as much in the dressing room.

It will be interesting to see if he does hang up his boots, as you feel he has all the attributes to be a top manager.

If as a fan you could outline what you want from a City player everytime they pull on the shirt, you just have to utter the words "Gary Jones".

I really hope he comes back to Valley Parade one day, whether it be an opposition player or manager, so that we can show him the appreciation he deserves.

In 30 years of supporting the club, I am struggling to remember anyone who was held in such high esteem by the fans, despite only playing for us a couple of seasons. I think it says it all about the player and man; good luck for the future Gary, and thanks.
Must admit I am both surprised and saddened by the news; I thought he might have got another year, but it would've been as a squad player, and at his age he doesn't want to be sitting on the bench. He will obviously be sorely missed on the pitch, but just as much in the dressing room. It will be interesting to see if he does hang up his boots, as you feel he has all the attributes to be a top manager. If as a fan you could outline what you want from a City player everytime they pull on the shirt, you just have to utter the words "Gary Jones". I really hope he comes back to Valley Parade one day, whether it be an opposition player or manager, so that we can show him the appreciation he deserves. In 30 years of supporting the club, I am struggling to remember anyone who was held in such high esteem by the fans, despite only playing for us a couple of seasons. I think it says it all about the player and man; good luck for the future Gary, and thanks. Bradford1903
  • Score: 9

9:56am Sat 10 May 14

dannbradfc says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
dannbradfc wrote:
Very very surprised by this. Thought he'd have been offered some sort of deal and it may come to light that he was. I want us to progress like everyone else but admit to being nervous in ripping the entire side up based on parkys last season's transfer deals. This needs to be improved. I also really hope that we go down the loan route again as this was one of the factors that kept us down for so long
No The side is not being ripped up certain changes are being made in a effort to make the team stronger. This is what is needed and what Parky is now trying to do if he succeeds you will see a team next season who will press for promotion The Manager is very experienced and knows full well what he is about so my advice to you is buy a season ticket Now
Don't need you advising me to purchase a season ticket I've already got. Hopefully you've done likewise. If you had one this season you would have noticed that most of the incoming players have been ineffectual and or poor. This is the concern. A team of Bates Kennedy etc could very well see us in a real relegation scrap. Parky needs to improve in this area. I'm all for changing the side especially if it means changing our approach to games which I don't particularly like but recognise its allowed stability fe the club. I feel Parky too recognises this. However our defence as been in the main okay and it would be dangerous do you not think to change too much?
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Very very surprised by this. Thought he'd have been offered some sort of deal and it may come to light that he was. I want us to progress like everyone else but admit to being nervous in ripping the entire side up based on parkys last season's transfer deals. This needs to be improved. I also really hope that we go down the loan route again as this was one of the factors that kept us down for so long[/p][/quote]No The side is not being ripped up certain changes are being made in a effort to make the team stronger. This is what is needed and what Parky is now trying to do if he succeeds you will see a team next season who will press for promotion The Manager is very experienced and knows full well what he is about so my advice to you is buy a season ticket Now[/p][/quote]Don't need you advising me to purchase a season ticket I've already got. Hopefully you've done likewise. If you had one this season you would have noticed that most of the incoming players have been ineffectual and or poor. This is the concern. A team of Bates Kennedy etc could very well see us in a real relegation scrap. Parky needs to improve in this area. I'm all for changing the side especially if it means changing our approach to games which I don't particularly like but recognise its allowed stability fe the club. I feel Parky too recognises this. However our defence as been in the main okay and it would be dangerous do you not think to change too much? dannbradfc
  • Score: 2

10:05am Sat 10 May 14

dannbradfc says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
dannbradfc wrote:
Very very surprised by this. Thought he'd have been offered some sort of deal and it may come to light that he was. I want us to progress like everyone else but admit to being nervous in ripping the entire side up based on parkys last season's transfer deals. This needs to be improved. I also really hope that we go down the loan route again as this was one of the factors that kept us down for so long
As I mentioned earlier, it is reasonable to assume that each successive decision (to release) is increasingly marginal. You have only got to look at the chronological order to realise this. Gray (the first to go) was perhaps the easiest call whilst Jones (the most recent) was the most difficult (I would suspect).

Again, you go back to last summer. Parky had 11 weeks to get ready. Other clubs were doing their business, had not experienced the roller-coaster and were not obliged to contracted League Two players.

You describe factors that "kept us down" (ie loanees). These players were entirely necessary and the fact that we have seen nothing other than an 'up' (11th place on League One) leaves me to wonder why you are being so negative at every opportunity.
It's not negative in the slightest. We stayed 6 years in division 4. Do you not think that playing over 40 players a season was a factor in thi? Furthermore loans play for themselves not the club by and large. No coincidence then that less loans and better team spirit enabled us to gain promotion. Thus its very positive ti not want to return to a strategy that failed year on year. ......read more clearly next time please. .......ps I also have concerns about some of the psdt season incoming players who barely featured. If that record continued we would be moving backwards not forwards. Again another relevant and positive desire based on fact
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Very very surprised by this. Thought he'd have been offered some sort of deal and it may come to light that he was. I want us to progress like everyone else but admit to being nervous in ripping the entire side up based on parkys last season's transfer deals. This needs to be improved. I also really hope that we go down the loan route again as this was one of the factors that kept us down for so long[/p][/quote]As I mentioned earlier, it is reasonable to assume that each successive decision (to release) is increasingly marginal. You have only got to look at the chronological order to realise this. Gray (the first to go) was perhaps the easiest call whilst Jones (the most recent) was the most difficult (I would suspect). Again, you go back to last summer. Parky had 11 weeks to get ready. Other clubs were doing their business, had not experienced the roller-coaster and were not obliged to contracted League Two players. You describe factors that "kept us down" (ie loanees). These players were entirely necessary and the fact that we have seen nothing other than an 'up' (11th place on League One) leaves me to wonder why you are being so negative at every opportunity.[/p][/quote]It's not negative in the slightest. We stayed 6 years in division 4. Do you not think that playing over 40 players a season was a factor in thi? Furthermore loans play for themselves not the club by and large. No coincidence then that less loans and better team spirit enabled us to gain promotion. Thus its very positive ti not want to return to a strategy that failed year on year. ......read more clearly next time please. .......ps I also have concerns about some of the psdt season incoming players who barely featured. If that record continued we would be moving backwards not forwards. Again another relevant and positive desire based on fact dannbradfc
  • Score: 3

1:09pm Sat 10 May 14

garyh1 says...

Gutted , can we change our mind ?
Gutted , can we change our mind ? garyh1
  • Score: 3

4:45pm Sat 10 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

dannbradfc wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
dannbradfc wrote:
Very very surprised by this. Thought he'd have been offered some sort of deal and it may come to light that he was. I want us to progress like everyone else but admit to being nervous in ripping the entire side up based on parkys last season's transfer deals. This needs to be improved. I also really hope that we go down the loan route again as this was one of the factors that kept us down for so long
As I mentioned earlier, it is reasonable to assume that each successive decision (to release) is increasingly marginal. You have only got to look at the chronological order to realise this. Gray (the first to go) was perhaps the easiest call whilst Jones (the most recent) was the most difficult (I would suspect).

Again, you go back to last summer. Parky had 11 weeks to get ready. Other clubs were doing their business, had not experienced the roller-coaster and were not obliged to contracted League Two players.

You describe factors that "kept us down" (ie loanees). These players were entirely necessary and the fact that we have seen nothing other than an 'up' (11th place on League One) leaves me to wonder why you are being so negative at every opportunity.
It's not negative in the slightest. We stayed 6 years in division 4. Do you not think that playing over 40 players a season was a factor in thi? Furthermore loans play for themselves not the club by and large. No coincidence then that less loans and better team spirit enabled us to gain promotion. Thus its very positive ti not want to return to a strategy that failed year on year. ......read more clearly next time please. .......ps I also have concerns about some of the psdt season incoming players who barely featured. If that record continued we would be moving backwards not forwards. Again another relevant and positive desire based on fact
We will have to agree to disagree on this one. The loan market is not the ideal situation but it was a means to an end as far as last season was concerned. Without the loanees, I have no doubt that relegation would have followed.

I think you are making unfavourable comparisons with an era that no longer exists. I do think that playing over 40 players was a factor in disappointing seasons but the circumstances were different then.

As I maintain, the hangover from 2012/3 was always going to make the 2013/4 season a testing campaign.
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Very very surprised by this. Thought he'd have been offered some sort of deal and it may come to light that he was. I want us to progress like everyone else but admit to being nervous in ripping the entire side up based on parkys last season's transfer deals. This needs to be improved. I also really hope that we go down the loan route again as this was one of the factors that kept us down for so long[/p][/quote]As I mentioned earlier, it is reasonable to assume that each successive decision (to release) is increasingly marginal. You have only got to look at the chronological order to realise this. Gray (the first to go) was perhaps the easiest call whilst Jones (the most recent) was the most difficult (I would suspect). Again, you go back to last summer. Parky had 11 weeks to get ready. Other clubs were doing their business, had not experienced the roller-coaster and were not obliged to contracted League Two players. You describe factors that "kept us down" (ie loanees). These players were entirely necessary and the fact that we have seen nothing other than an 'up' (11th place on League One) leaves me to wonder why you are being so negative at every opportunity.[/p][/quote]It's not negative in the slightest. We stayed 6 years in division 4. Do you not think that playing over 40 players a season was a factor in thi? Furthermore loans play for themselves not the club by and large. No coincidence then that less loans and better team spirit enabled us to gain promotion. Thus its very positive ti not want to return to a strategy that failed year on year. ......read more clearly next time please. .......ps I also have concerns about some of the psdt season incoming players who barely featured. If that record continued we would be moving backwards not forwards. Again another relevant and positive desire based on fact[/p][/quote]We will have to agree to disagree on this one. The loan market is not the ideal situation but it was a means to an end as far as last season was concerned. Without the loanees, I have no doubt that relegation would have followed. I think you are making unfavourable comparisons with an era that no longer exists. I do think that playing over 40 players was a factor in disappointing seasons but the circumstances were different then. As I maintain, the hangover from 2012/3 was always going to make the 2013/4 season a testing campaign. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -2

1:34am Mon 12 May 14

Arhmen Noleg says...

What a man.100 per cent commenters/posters agree.
Gentleman,leader,som
e player.

Inspirational.
Thank You for two special years.
Not a negative word in the entire list of comments
What a man.100 per cent commenters/posters agree. Gentleman,leader,som e player. Inspirational. Thank You for two special years. Not a negative word in the entire list of comments Arhmen Noleg
  • Score: 2

7:41am Mon 12 May 14

julie1963 says...

would like to wish gary al the best inspired me will be a big miss in our squad
next season
would like to wish gary al the best inspired me will be a big miss in our squad next season julie1963
  • Score: 0

8:42am Mon 12 May 14

wakefieldbantam says...

To be a football legend at club you need to have the following attributes longevity, loyalty, ability, character and success so Gary was only with us for 2 seasons so normally you would say he could not be classed as a legend.
However, there are exemptions to every rule and Gary is one, I've followed City since 1971 and cannot think of any other player that has only played 2 seasons for us and done so much.
Well done Gary and thanks hope PP knows what he's doing here I think Gary should have been here next season.
To be a football legend at club you need to have the following attributes longevity, loyalty, ability, character and success so Gary was only with us for 2 seasons so normally you would say he could not be classed as a legend. However, there are exemptions to every rule and Gary is one, I've followed City since 1971 and cannot think of any other player that has only played 2 seasons for us and done so much. Well done Gary and thanks hope PP knows what he's doing here I think Gary should have been here next season. wakefieldbantam
  • Score: 1

10:38am Mon 12 May 14

dannbradfc says...

Michael clayton

My original point is i don't want us to use the loan market this summer as we have done in the past.

Even last year whilst the likes of Reach and Bennett were arguably necessary (despite yeates and Thompson been available)

Why did we get Taylor and Bates in when we had Mchugh and Oliver at that time?

What did Atkinson contribute????

Drury was the perfect example of how and why the loan system should be used. Although parky should have had better cover from the beginning in this area and it definately cost us points whilst meredith was out. I understand left backs are more difficult to get but still cover was needed.

This is the point. If we get in season long loans it can be hit and miss. Worked in past for the likes of Watford but then ultimately you are left with a decimated squad.

Again my original point is/was i don't want to see this strategy employed next season. theres no evidence yet that this will be the case but lets as a club not go down this route and use the loan system to cover injury only......
Michael clayton My original point is i don't want us to use the loan market this summer as we have done in the past. Even last year whilst the likes of Reach and Bennett were arguably necessary (despite yeates and Thompson been available) Why did we get Taylor and Bates in when we had Mchugh and Oliver at that time? What did Atkinson contribute???? Drury was the perfect example of how and why the loan system should be used. Although parky should have had better cover from the beginning in this area and it definately cost us points whilst meredith was out. I understand left backs are more difficult to get but still cover was needed. This is the point. If we get in season long loans it can be hit and miss. Worked in past for the likes of Watford but then ultimately you are left with a decimated squad. Again my original point is/was i don't want to see this strategy employed next season. theres no evidence yet that this will be the case but lets as a club not go down this route and use the loan system to cover injury only...... dannbradfc
  • Score: 2

6:35pm Mon 12 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

dannbradfc wrote:
Michael clayton

My original point is i don't want us to use the loan market this summer as we have done in the past.

Even last year whilst the likes of Reach and Bennett were arguably necessary (despite yeates and Thompson been available)

Why did we get Taylor and Bates in when we had Mchugh and Oliver at that time?

What did Atkinson contribute????

Drury was the perfect example of how and why the loan system should be used. Although parky should have had better cover from the beginning in this area and it definately cost us points whilst meredith was out. I understand left backs are more difficult to get but still cover was needed.

This is the point. If we get in season long loans it can be hit and miss. Worked in past for the likes of Watford but then ultimately you are left with a decimated squad.

Again my original point is/was i don't want to see this strategy employed next season. theres no evidence yet that this will be the case but lets as a club not go down this route and use the loan system to cover injury only......
Sorry but you points are not clear. In your opening post you actually said that you hoped the club would use the loan market (have a look if you don't believe me). Whilst this was obviously a mistake, it sets the pattern.

I gather you would rather avoid the loan market, but then refer to last summer's recruitment and then mention a whole host of names.

Please slow down a bit and separate your remarks. What might be clear in your head does not come across. That is a pity. It might be that a lot of what you are thinking is sensible and valid.
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Michael clayton My original point is i don't want us to use the loan market this summer as we have done in the past. Even last year whilst the likes of Reach and Bennett were arguably necessary (despite yeates and Thompson been available) Why did we get Taylor and Bates in when we had Mchugh and Oliver at that time? What did Atkinson contribute???? Drury was the perfect example of how and why the loan system should be used. Although parky should have had better cover from the beginning in this area and it definately cost us points whilst meredith was out. I understand left backs are more difficult to get but still cover was needed. This is the point. If we get in season long loans it can be hit and miss. Worked in past for the likes of Watford but then ultimately you are left with a decimated squad. Again my original point is/was i don't want to see this strategy employed next season. theres no evidence yet that this will be the case but lets as a club not go down this route and use the loan system to cover injury only......[/p][/quote]Sorry but you points are not clear. In your opening post you actually said that you hoped the club would use the loan market (have a look if you don't believe me). Whilst this was obviously a mistake, it sets the pattern. I gather you would rather avoid the loan market, but then refer to last summer's recruitment and then mention a whole host of names. Please slow down a bit and separate your remarks. What might be clear in your head does not come across. That is a pity. It might be that a lot of what you are thinking is sensible and valid. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -2

9:04pm Mon 12 May 14

garyh1 says...

wakefieldbantam wrote:
To be a football legend at club you need to have the following attributes longevity, loyalty, ability, character and success so Gary was only with us for 2 seasons so normally you would say he could not be classed as a legend.
However, there are exemptions to every rule and Gary is one, I've followed City since 1971 and cannot think of any other player that has only played 2 seasons for us and done so much.
Well done Gary and thanks hope PP knows what he's doing here I think Gary should have been here next season.
Agreed , I think we messed up on this one , name another player who does not hide in games ? Gary never did
[quote][p][bold]wakefieldbantam[/bold] wrote: To be a football legend at club you need to have the following attributes longevity, loyalty, ability, character and success so Gary was only with us for 2 seasons so normally you would say he could not be classed as a legend. However, there are exemptions to every rule and Gary is one, I've followed City since 1971 and cannot think of any other player that has only played 2 seasons for us and done so much. Well done Gary and thanks hope PP knows what he's doing here I think Gary should have been here next season.[/p][/quote]Agreed , I think we messed up on this one , name another player who does not hide in games ? Gary never did garyh1
  • Score: 0

8:23am Tue 13 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

garyh1 wrote:
wakefieldbantam wrote:
To be a football legend at club you need to have the following attributes longevity, loyalty, ability, character and success so Gary was only with us for 2 seasons so normally you would say he could not be classed as a legend.
However, there are exemptions to every rule and Gary is one, I've followed City since 1971 and cannot think of any other player that has only played 2 seasons for us and done so much.
Well done Gary and thanks hope PP knows what he's doing here I think Gary should have been here next season.
Agreed , I think we messed up on this one , name another player who does not hide in games ? Gary never did
There is no denying that he is a living legend. His two years have been magnificent. It is hard to see him go.

However, keeping Jones would be like treading water. If the club wants to move forwards, difficult decisions have got to be made.

The reality is the club cannot afford to offer a contract on sentimental reasons alone. Either he was considered 'all in' or surplus to requirements. The notion of a hybrid bit-part squad player and bib distributor is not an option.

Obviously, you have stated what you feel i.e. that the club has messed up. Surely, it would be better to see what happens first?

I would suggest the club has done a pretty good job these last three years and so they deserve the benefit of any doubt. If you are proved right, then fair enough but only time will tell.
[quote][p][bold]garyh1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wakefieldbantam[/bold] wrote: To be a football legend at club you need to have the following attributes longevity, loyalty, ability, character and success so Gary was only with us for 2 seasons so normally you would say he could not be classed as a legend. However, there are exemptions to every rule and Gary is one, I've followed City since 1971 and cannot think of any other player that has only played 2 seasons for us and done so much. Well done Gary and thanks hope PP knows what he's doing here I think Gary should have been here next season.[/p][/quote]Agreed , I think we messed up on this one , name another player who does not hide in games ? Gary never did[/p][/quote]There is no denying that he is a living legend. His two years have been magnificent. It is hard to see him go. However, keeping Jones would be like treading water. If the club wants to move forwards, difficult decisions have got to be made. The reality is the club cannot afford to offer a contract on sentimental reasons alone. Either he was considered 'all in' or surplus to requirements. The notion of a hybrid bit-part squad player and bib distributor is not an option. Obviously, you have stated what you feel i.e. that the club has messed up. Surely, it would be better to see what happens first? I would suggest the club has done a pretty good job these last three years and so they deserve the benefit of any doubt. If you are proved right, then fair enough but only time will tell. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -2

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