Bradford City fans getting value for money

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Fans pack in to Valley Parade for the visit of Sheffield United last season Fans pack in to Valley Parade for the visit of Sheffield United last season

Julian Rhodes reckons that rival clubs are envious of the depth of City’s support.

The club are currently totting up the numbers after the early-bird season-ticket deadline finished on Saturday. But they seem happy with the results.

While an official figure is expected imminently, estimates within Valley Parade suggest that the take-up could be close to the 12,000 mark.

Only champions Wolves and Sheffield United were watched by more home fans in League One. City’s average attendance of 14,120 also beat six clubs in the Championship.

For Rhodes, that backing is justification to persist with the cut-price tickets into an eighth season.

And he feels the Valley Parade faithful should willingly take the plaudits for their consistent backing.

The City joint-chairman said: “I think people should be proud of the football club they support. You talk about players wearing the shirt with pride – I think the fans should be doing that.

“We need to reflect on what I pride myself on; that other clubs look on us as the example of a good football club.

“The fans are immaculate. Look at how many we took to Tranmere on the last day of the season for a game that really didn’t mean anything to us.

“People know we take big support away. We’ve got fantastic support at home. The atmosphere at Valley Parade has been phenomenal all season.

“There were a few home games towards the end when we didn’t play very well and the (flatter) atmosphere reflected that; Walsall for example.

“But we want to get back to what it was like, certainly, in the first half of the season and I’m sure we will do that.”

As expected, there was a late surge ahead of the cut-off point when the frozen ticket prices jumped by £100.

The announcement that Billy Knott had signed certainly helped with its convenient timing.

Rhodes is also convinced that Bantams punters are rarely short-changed by the action on offer. He said: “People want entertaining and I think they get that. I bumped into a supporter a while back who said ‘you know what, there’s very rarely a dull game at Valley Parade’.

“He’s right. The performances have been good for the fans, other than one or two at the back end (of last season).

“But we found ourselves getting dragged into a relegation fight and sometimes you just have to grind out what you can in that situation.

“I would like to think that those who’ve bought a season ticket for the last season enjoyed it and will want to come again. They are still great value for money.”

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7:05am Tue 3 Jun 14

jamiejoe says...

No extension of the season ticket offer this year then ....

let’s hope we get some more attacking football from the team to support!
No extension of the season ticket offer this year then .... let’s hope we get some more attacking football from the team to support! jamiejoe
  • Score: -18

7:16am Tue 3 Jun 14

eccleshilllad says...

jamiejoe wrote:
No extension of the season ticket offer this year then ....

let’s hope we get some more attacking football from the team to support!
The team did well estblishing themselves last season especially with the injurys ,time to move to the next level now ,i am sure they will we have a great set of palyers and a great management team to back it up ,cant wait for august
[quote][p][bold]jamiejoe[/bold] wrote: No extension of the season ticket offer this year then .... let’s hope we get some more attacking football from the team to support![/p][/quote]The team did well estblishing themselves last season especially with the injurys ,time to move to the next level now ,i am sure they will we have a great set of palyers and a great management team to back it up ,cant wait for august eccleshilllad
  • Score: 15

7:38am Tue 3 Jun 14

bingleybantam says...

Why extend the deal? The tickets have been on sale since March at the lower rates. More than enough time to renew/purchase a new one.
Why extend the deal? The tickets have been on sale since March at the lower rates. More than enough time to renew/purchase a new one. bingleybantam
  • Score: 27

8:49am Tue 3 Jun 14

Plastic Bantam says...

jamiejoe wrote:
No extension of the season ticket offer this year then ....

let’s hope we get some more attacking football from the team to support!
Why should they extend.. People had bloody long enough to get one.
[quote][p][bold]jamiejoe[/bold] wrote: No extension of the season ticket offer this year then .... let’s hope we get some more attacking football from the team to support![/p][/quote]Why should they extend.. People had bloody long enough to get one. Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 10

9:09am Tue 3 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

If the 12,000 figure is correct, that is indeed impressive, well done to all BCFC fans who renewed their season tickets and those that couldn't for whatever reason, hopefully they will attend frequently to support our great club.
If the 12,000 figure is correct, that is indeed impressive, well done to all BCFC fans who renewed their season tickets and those that couldn't for whatever reason, hopefully they will attend frequently to support our great club. bcfc1903
  • Score: 13

10:02am Tue 3 Jun 14

whisky1 says...

Nice sentiment from JR which you expect from someone who is a fan at heart. Personally I would prefer to support a club which succeeds on a sustainable basis and is driven by its own support and the endeavour of those who run it. We are all in it together and we should alus remember the benefit of being positive about the club as a whole and Enjoy the journey
Nice sentiment from JR which you expect from someone who is a fan at heart. Personally I would prefer to support a club which succeeds on a sustainable basis and is driven by its own support and the endeavour of those who run it. We are all in it together and we should alus remember the benefit of being positive about the club as a whole and Enjoy the journey whisky1
  • Score: 10

10:26am Tue 3 Jun 14

Peter300 says...

jamiejoe wrote:
No extension of the season ticket offer this year then ....

let’s hope we get some more attacking football from the team to support!
Yet it is a great myth that City play defensive, negative football. Not true! In most of the games last season City played with two forwards and two wingers. Hardly a negative outlook. I guess Mr. Julian will be back with some announcement if City start leaking loads of goals.
[quote][p][bold]jamiejoe[/bold] wrote: No extension of the season ticket offer this year then .... let’s hope we get some more attacking football from the team to support![/p][/quote]Yet it is a great myth that City play defensive, negative football. Not true! In most of the games last season City played with two forwards and two wingers. Hardly a negative outlook. I guess Mr. Julian will be back with some announcement if City start leaking loads of goals. Peter300
  • Score: 8

10:32am Tue 3 Jun 14

Peter300 says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
jamiejoe wrote:
No extension of the season ticket offer this year then ....

let’s hope we get some more attacking football from the team to support!
Why should they extend.. People had bloody long enough to get one.
The ticket office did say that flexi tickets would be available again for next season. That is what they told me. I want to buy additional seats in the area of the ground where I sit, but where there is very limited choice at the moment. With some people not renewing, more seats will be available in the better parts of the ground. Call back in July was the message from the ticket office.
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jamiejoe[/bold] wrote: No extension of the season ticket offer this year then .... let’s hope we get some more attacking football from the team to support![/p][/quote]Why should they extend.. People had bloody long enough to get one.[/p][/quote]The ticket office did say that flexi tickets would be available again for next season. That is what they told me. I want to buy additional seats in the area of the ground where I sit, but where there is very limited choice at the moment. With some people not renewing, more seats will be available in the better parts of the ground. Call back in July was the message from the ticket office. Peter300
  • Score: 2

11:09am Tue 3 Jun 14

Michael Clayton says...

Peter300 wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote:
jamiejoe wrote:
No extension of the season ticket offer this year then ....

let’s hope we get some more attacking football from the team to support!
Why should they extend.. People had bloody long enough to get one.
The ticket office did say that flexi tickets would be available again for next season. That is what they told me. I want to buy additional seats in the area of the ground where I sit, but where there is very limited choice at the moment. With some people not renewing, more seats will be available in the better parts of the ground. Call back in July was the message from the ticket office.
I am in a similar situation.

I want to buy a flexi-card somewhere near to the area in which I have renewed our three season tickets.

I will have to wait to see what becoems available.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jamiejoe[/bold] wrote: No extension of the season ticket offer this year then .... let’s hope we get some more attacking football from the team to support![/p][/quote]Why should they extend.. People had bloody long enough to get one.[/p][/quote]The ticket office did say that flexi tickets would be available again for next season. That is what they told me. I want to buy additional seats in the area of the ground where I sit, but where there is very limited choice at the moment. With some people not renewing, more seats will be available in the better parts of the ground. Call back in July was the message from the ticket office.[/p][/quote]I am in a similar situation. I want to buy a flexi-card somewhere near to the area in which I have renewed our three season tickets. I will have to wait to see what becoems available. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 0

11:58am Tue 3 Jun 14

jamiejoe says...

Peter300 wrote:
jamiejoe wrote: No extension of the season ticket offer this year then .... let’s hope we get some more attacking football from the team to support!
Yet it is a great myth that City play defensive, negative football. Not true! In most of the games last season City played with two forwards and two wingers. Hardly a negative outlook. I guess Mr. Julian will be back with some announcement if City start leaking loads of goals.
To be fair Peter I did not say we played negative or were negative.

I simply said that i hoped for more attacking football for the fans to support - and I hope that is what we get.

For the record I also did not say that the cheap early deal should be extended either. I just know that it has been in the past which may have created an element of doubt for some in the timing of their season ticket renewal.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jamiejoe[/bold] wrote: No extension of the season ticket offer this year then .... let’s hope we get some more attacking football from the team to support![/p][/quote]Yet it is a great myth that City play defensive, negative football. Not true! In most of the games last season City played with two forwards and two wingers. Hardly a negative outlook. I guess Mr. Julian will be back with some announcement if City start leaking loads of goals.[/p][/quote]To be fair Peter I did not say we played negative or were negative. I simply said that i hoped for more attacking football for the fans to support - and I hope that is what we get. For the record I also did not say that the cheap early deal should be extended either. I just know that it has been in the past which may have created an element of doubt for some in the timing of their season ticket renewal. jamiejoe
  • Score: -1

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