Cup tie can put smile on Bradford City fans' faces

City fans celebrate after Valley Parade's largest crowd in over half a century saw the hosts stun Arsenal in the Capital One Cup two seasons ago

City fans celebrate after Valley Parade's largest crowd in over half a century saw the hosts stun Arsenal in the Capital One Cup two seasons ago

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JULIAN Rhodes reckons a "once-in-a-lifetime" win over Leeds tomorrow would even top the great Valley Parade cup nights against Arsenal and Aston Villa.

Excitement is mounting ahead of the Capital One Cup second-round derby – the first time Leeds have visited since the Premier League days.

Joint-chairman Rhodes admits to being caught up in the anticipation over the prospect of beating the old enemy for only the third time in their history.

Only one of those previous wins from 23 attempts came at Valley Parade – the last in 1986 was at Odsal when City relocated after the fire.

City's only Valley Parade victory was way back in March 1932 when Jack Peart's team triumphed 4-1. Rhodes believes it is time to put that record straight.

"This is all about being proud to be a Bradford City supporter," he said.

"In nearly 100 years of playing Leeds, we've beaten them twice – and only once ever at Valley Parade. That was 82 years ago.

"I don't expect anyone who will be here tomorrow was at that game, so we're literally talking about the chance of a lifetime to watch us hopefully win against Leeds United.

"There's only one division between us. I know we played them in the Premier League and got a draw but it's always been a case for Leeds of them turning up knowing they're not going to lose.

"I don't think they'll be feeling like that tomorrow night. I really do think it's a real opportunity for people to finally enjoy the bragging rights the next day at work.

"It's going to mean a lot to the players. It could be a night as good as any we had in the cup run.

"I'm actually looking forward to this one more than the Villa and Arsenal games. Don't get me wrong, they were fantastic nights and ones that people will always remember.

"But this will be at least as good as those – if not better."

City are set to bank up to £250,000 from the televised tie, which will help to balance a significant chunk of the budget, but the cup cash is not the principle concern for Rhodes right now.

He said: "Let's not underestimate this. Bradford City are playing Leeds at Valley Parade – where they have beaten them only once before.

"Forget the money, that's got nothing to do with it. I just think the smile on people's faces if we can pull it off would be priceless.

"We'll worry about the money afterwards – if we get through. This is all about the pride and the occasion."

Valley Parade's largest crowd in over half a century, 23,971, saw City stun Arsenal in the Capital One Cup two seasons ago. The semi-final first leg against Villa was watched by 22,245.

Rhodes predicts tomorrow's attendance could be pushing towards that.

He said: "I would be very disappointed if we get less than 20,000 people coming. We sold 8,000 tickets on day one.

"I know it's on the telly but it's about being here for that once-in-a-lifetime chance.

"I hope it's not a one-off and we can progress and play Leeds again on a regular basis. But until that happens, we now have this opportunity.

"I like to think it's going to be an evenly-matched game and our lads can take them all the way. It's the local derby that we dream about winning."

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8:16am Tue 26 Aug 14

City86 says...

Balance budget,surely any cash raised will be given to PP in January??we've already cut it down by 500k,I thought that was helping us balance the books,not the money generated from tonight's game!
Balance budget,surely any cash raised will be given to PP in January??we've already cut it down by 500k,I thought that was helping us balance the books,not the money generated from tonight's game! City86
  • Score: -9

8:20am Tue 26 Aug 14

silverbantam says...

You forgot City beating Leeds at Elland Road 1-0 on 1st October 1986 in the Full Members Cup. Greg Abbott scored the only goal. I was there !

This was only 11 days after we beat them 2-0 at Odsal.
You forgot City beating Leeds at Elland Road 1-0 on 1st October 1986 in the Full Members Cup. Greg Abbott scored the only goal. I was there ! This was only 11 days after we beat them 2-0 at Odsal. silverbantam
  • Score: 14

9:20am Tue 26 Aug 14

bcfcincheshire says...

I think very few of us have ever seen City beat United. ..28 years then since we last did and it is time to address that...here is our chance...we must see McLean start and deliver! Parkinson's first derby as well..could be a cracker in front of 20, 000 plus...Come on City!!
I think very few of us have ever seen City beat United. ..28 years then since we last did and it is time to address that...here is our chance...we must see McLean start and deliver! Parkinson's first derby as well..could be a cracker in front of 20, 000 plus...Come on City!! bcfcincheshire
  • Score: 3

9:25am Tue 26 Aug 14

BantamMark says...

I'm sorry but this game is not bigger than Arsenal and certainly not bigger than Villa, semi final of a major cup vs round 2? Come on. Don't get me wrong I'm a lifelong city fan and I'm looking forward to it and really hope we beat them but give me Arsenal/Villa in the latter stages any day of the week. I don't care about Leeds apart from sitting back and watching the comedy show that is going on at Elland rd, and has been for a number of years - even talk sport look at them as the laughing stock of football. Bring on tomorrow night, but only so we can use it to progress to the latter stages and play some truly "big" teams.
I'm sorry but this game is not bigger than Arsenal and certainly not bigger than Villa, semi final of a major cup vs round 2? Come on. Don't get me wrong I'm a lifelong city fan and I'm looking forward to it and really hope we beat them but give me Arsenal/Villa in the latter stages any day of the week. I don't care about Leeds apart from sitting back and watching the comedy show that is going on at Elland rd, and has been for a number of years - even talk sport look at them as the laughing stock of football. Bring on tomorrow night, but only so we can use it to progress to the latter stages and play some truly "big" teams. BantamMark
  • Score: 46

9:58am Tue 26 Aug 14

Dennis Mann says...

City86 wrote:
Balance budget,surely any cash raised will be given to PP in January??we've already cut it down by 500k,I thought that was helping us balance the books,not the money generated from tonight's game!
That's puzzling for me too. Since this cup money was largely unexpected and something of a windfall, I'm surprised that the club aren't using it to reinforce what is still a thin squad.

@simonparker. If you still have aspirations to be taken seriously as a journalist, please note that your phrase 'cup cash is not the principle concern for Rhodes' should be 'cup cash is not the principal concern for Rhodes'.
[quote][p][bold]City86[/bold] wrote: Balance budget,surely any cash raised will be given to PP in January??we've already cut it down by 500k,I thought that was helping us balance the books,not the money generated from tonight's game![/p][/quote]That's puzzling for me too. Since this cup money was largely unexpected and something of a windfall, I'm surprised that the club aren't using it to reinforce what is still a thin squad. @simonparker. If you still have aspirations to be taken seriously as a journalist, please note that your phrase 'cup cash is not the principle concern for Rhodes' should be 'cup cash is not the principal concern for Rhodes'. Dennis Mann
  • Score: -17

10:01am Tue 26 Aug 14

bcfc1903 says...

Obviously local pride and bragging rights are riding on this cracker, the closer it gets the more mouthwatering it becomes for me. I can see a big can of 'whup ****' being opened and a 3-0 BCFC win. History, goalkeepers going missing and brown paper envelopes may be against us but with Bradford regenerating fast, a win against the scum would add icing to the great Bradford cake. Bring it on!!!!
Obviously local pride and bragging rights are riding on this cracker, the closer it gets the more mouthwatering it becomes for me. I can see a big can of 'whup ****' being opened and a 3-0 BCFC win. History, goalkeepers going missing and brown paper envelopes may be against us but with Bradford regenerating fast, a win against the scum would add icing to the great Bradford cake. Bring it on!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 14

10:08am Tue 26 Aug 14

Peter300 says...

Dennis Mann wrote:
City86 wrote:
Balance budget,surely any cash raised will be given to PP in January??we've already cut it down by 500k,I thought that was helping us balance the books,not the money generated from tonight's game!
That's puzzling for me too. Since this cup money was largely unexpected and something of a windfall, I'm surprised that the club aren't using it to reinforce what is still a thin squad.

@simonparker. If you still have aspirations to be taken seriously as a journalist, please note that your phrase 'cup cash is not the principle concern for Rhodes' should be 'cup cash is not the principal concern for Rhodes'.
Well spotted! I thought the budget was reduced by approx. £250k.
[quote][p][bold]Dennis Mann[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]City86[/bold] wrote: Balance budget,surely any cash raised will be given to PP in January??we've already cut it down by 500k,I thought that was helping us balance the books,not the money generated from tonight's game![/p][/quote]That's puzzling for me too. Since this cup money was largely unexpected and something of a windfall, I'm surprised that the club aren't using it to reinforce what is still a thin squad. @simonparker. If you still have aspirations to be taken seriously as a journalist, please note that your phrase 'cup cash is not the principle concern for Rhodes' should be 'cup cash is not the principal concern for Rhodes'.[/p][/quote]Well spotted! I thought the budget was reduced by approx. £250k. Peter300
  • Score: 4

10:10am Tue 26 Aug 14

Peter300 says...

BantamMark wrote:
I'm sorry but this game is not bigger than Arsenal and certainly not bigger than Villa, semi final of a major cup vs round 2? Come on. Don't get me wrong I'm a lifelong city fan and I'm looking forward to it and really hope we beat them but give me Arsenal/Villa in the latter stages any day of the week. I don't care about Leeds apart from sitting back and watching the comedy show that is going on at Elland rd, and has been for a number of years - even talk sport look at them as the laughing stock of football. Bring on tomorrow night, but only so we can use it to progress to the latter stages and play some truly "big" teams.
I agree. The rivalry only really exists in Bradford. The other team still think Man Utd, Liverpool and Bayern Munich etc. are their main rivals. Then teams like Sheff Utd. Huddersfield and Millwall etc.
[quote][p][bold]BantamMark[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry but this game is not bigger than Arsenal and certainly not bigger than Villa, semi final of a major cup vs round 2? Come on. Don't get me wrong I'm a lifelong city fan and I'm looking forward to it and really hope we beat them but give me Arsenal/Villa in the latter stages any day of the week. I don't care about Leeds apart from sitting back and watching the comedy show that is going on at Elland rd, and has been for a number of years - even talk sport look at them as the laughing stock of football. Bring on tomorrow night, but only so we can use it to progress to the latter stages and play some truly "big" teams.[/p][/quote]I agree. The rivalry only really exists in Bradford. The other team still think Man Utd, Liverpool and Bayern Munich etc. are their main rivals. Then teams like Sheff Utd. Huddersfield and Millwall etc. Peter300
  • Score: 6

10:11am Tue 26 Aug 14

OLDLAD says...

To win we must improve our shots on target, shoot whenever the opportunity presents itself and go for gold. We have nothing to lose but much to gain. No slow starters please, get at them from the off.
To win we must improve our shots on target, shoot whenever the opportunity presents itself and go for gold. We have nothing to lose but much to gain. No slow starters please, get at them from the off. OLDLAD
  • Score: 8

10:27am Tue 26 Aug 14

OLD BANTAM says...

We will be playing Leeds on a regular basis from next season in the same division .
We will be playing Leeds on a regular basis from next season in the same division . OLD BANTAM
  • Score: 2

10:31am Tue 26 Aug 14

bcfc1903 says...

Valley Parade will be a cauldron, we need to be in their faces for the whole 90 minutes and maybe more. The pressure is all on the bellend roaders, the only time I enjoy any derby games is when the result is in the bag, the BCFC fans have a big role to play, a wall of sound, give it everything and BCFC have a great chance of defeating the scummers because that commitment to the cause will help boost each and every BCFC player which could make the difference and help the team get the result we all want!!!!!!
Valley Parade will be a cauldron, we need to be in their faces for the whole 90 minutes and maybe more. The pressure is all on the bellend roaders, the only time I enjoy any derby games is when the result is in the bag, the BCFC fans have a big role to play, a wall of sound, give it everything and BCFC have a great chance of defeating the scummers because that commitment to the cause will help boost each and every BCFC player which could make the difference and help the team get the result we all want!!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 5

10:31am Tue 26 Aug 14

bcfc1903 says...

Valley Parade will be a cauldron, we need to be in their faces for the whole 90 minutes and maybe more. The pressure is all on the bellend roaders, the only time I enjoy any derby games is when the result is in the bag, the BCFC fans have a big role to play, a wall of sound, give it everything and BCFC have a great chance of defeating the scummers because that commitment to the cause will help boost each and every BCFC player which could make the difference and help the team get the result we all want!!!!!!
Valley Parade will be a cauldron, we need to be in their faces for the whole 90 minutes and maybe more. The pressure is all on the bellend roaders, the only time I enjoy any derby games is when the result is in the bag, the BCFC fans have a big role to play, a wall of sound, give it everything and BCFC have a great chance of defeating the scummers because that commitment to the cause will help boost each and every BCFC player which could make the difference and help the team get the result we all want!!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 1

10:38am Tue 26 Aug 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Peter300 wrote:
Dennis Mann wrote:
City86 wrote: Balance budget,surely any cash raised will be given to PP in January??we've already cut it down by 500k,I thought that was helping us balance the books,not the money generated from tonight's game!
That's puzzling for me too. Since this cup money was largely unexpected and something of a windfall, I'm surprised that the club aren't using it to reinforce what is still a thin squad. @simonparker. If you still have aspirations to be taken seriously as a journalist, please note that your phrase 'cup cash is not the principle concern for Rhodes' should be 'cup cash is not the principal concern for Rhodes'.
Well spotted! I thought the budget was reduced by approx. £250k.
We still had an overspend. As last years budget was a million pound overspend.

If that budget was then cut by £500,000 then we still have an onverspend of £500,000...
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dennis Mann[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]City86[/bold] wrote: Balance budget,surely any cash raised will be given to PP in January??we've already cut it down by 500k,I thought that was helping us balance the books,not the money generated from tonight's game![/p][/quote]That's puzzling for me too. Since this cup money was largely unexpected and something of a windfall, I'm surprised that the club aren't using it to reinforce what is still a thin squad. @simonparker. If you still have aspirations to be taken seriously as a journalist, please note that your phrase 'cup cash is not the principle concern for Rhodes' should be 'cup cash is not the principal concern for Rhodes'.[/p][/quote]Well spotted! I thought the budget was reduced by approx. £250k.[/p][/quote]We still had an overspend. As last years budget was a million pound overspend. If that budget was then cut by £500,000 then we still have an onverspend of £500,000... Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 1

10:48am Tue 26 Aug 14

whisky1 says...

They have already said there would be an over spend this season..the Leeds money will help mitigate this.
They have already said there would be an over spend this season..the Leeds money will help mitigate this. whisky1
  • Score: 2

11:30am Tue 26 Aug 14

Bantamania says...

OLD BANTAM wrote:
We will be playing Leeds on a regular basis from next season in the same division .
So you don't think we have a chance of promotion then Lol
[quote][p][bold]OLD BANTAM[/bold] wrote: We will be playing Leeds on a regular basis from next season in the same division .[/p][/quote]So you don't think we have a chance of promotion then Lol Bantamania
  • Score: 12

11:45am Tue 26 Aug 14

Martyn1357 says...

We need to win to keep momentum going and build confidence. A result against the scum in front of a bumper valley parade crowd can change the rest of the season in a big way.

If McLean starts he really does need to perform. Parky says he's chomping at the bit to play, I really can't see it myself. He has to perform and prove the critics wrong and earn that bumper wage packet.

Other than that come on city :-)
We need to win to keep momentum going and build confidence. A result against the scum in front of a bumper valley parade crowd can change the rest of the season in a big way. If McLean starts he really does need to perform. Parky says he's chomping at the bit to play, I really can't see it myself. He has to perform and prove the critics wrong and earn that bumper wage packet. Other than that come on city :-) Martyn1357
  • Score: 3

12:27pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Olivermac says...

OLD BANTAM wrote:
We will be playing Leeds on a regular basis from next season in the same division .
And not forgetting Huddersfield .
[quote][p][bold]OLD BANTAM[/bold] wrote: We will be playing Leeds on a regular basis from next season in the same division .[/p][/quote]And not forgetting Huddersfield . Olivermac
  • Score: 0

12:28pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Belfast Bantam says...

Bantamania wrote:
OLD BANTAM wrote:
We will be playing Leeds on a regular basis from next season in the same division .
So you don't think we have a chance of promotion then Lol
Nice one :-)
[quote][p][bold]Bantamania[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLD BANTAM[/bold] wrote: We will be playing Leeds on a regular basis from next season in the same division .[/p][/quote]So you don't think we have a chance of promotion then Lol[/p][/quote]Nice one :-) Belfast Bantam
  • Score: 6

1:48pm Tue 26 Aug 14

lawsonio123 says...

City,s net worth is £ 986.026 so some money could be allocated to Parky for a player However I do not think this will happen so we must wait until the next round and see what happens then With regard to the match it is to close to call but hopefully CITY can score enough goals to win but if relying on McLean I would be frightened GOOD LUCK CITY lets hope 20,000 roar you on to victory
City,s net worth is £ 986.026 so some money could be allocated to Parky for a player However I do not think this will happen so we must wait until the next round and see what happens then With regard to the match it is to close to call but hopefully CITY can score enough goals to win but if relying on McLean I would be frightened GOOD LUCK CITY lets hope 20,000 roar you on to victory lawsonio123
  • Score: 4

2:00pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Tinybantam says...

OLD BANTAM wrote:
We will be playing Leeds on a regular basis from next season in the same division .
Well, that could be very true, because the way Leeds are playing at the moment, they look very much like they could be relegated to League One.
[quote][p][bold]OLD BANTAM[/bold] wrote: We will be playing Leeds on a regular basis from next season in the same division .[/p][/quote]Well, that could be very true, because the way Leeds are playing at the moment, they look very much like they could be relegated to League One. Tinybantam
  • Score: -1

2:08pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Martyn1357 wrote:
We need to win to keep momentum going and build confidence. A result against the scum in front of a bumper valley parade crowd can change the rest of the season in a big way. If McLean starts he really does need to perform. Parky says he's chomping at the bit to play, I really can't see it myself. He has to perform and prove the critics wrong and earn that bumper wage packet. Other than that come on city :-)
How do you kow he's on a bumper wage packet!?!?!

He's played about 70 minutes of football all season!! and has scored.. He's hardly had a chance to "Prove" himself!!!
[quote][p][bold]Martyn1357[/bold] wrote: We need to win to keep momentum going and build confidence. A result against the scum in front of a bumper valley parade crowd can change the rest of the season in a big way. If McLean starts he really does need to perform. Parky says he's chomping at the bit to play, I really can't see it myself. He has to perform and prove the critics wrong and earn that bumper wage packet. Other than that come on city :-)[/p][/quote]How do you kow he's on a bumper wage packet!?!?! He's played about 70 minutes of football all season!! and has scored.. He's hardly had a chance to "Prove" himself!!! Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 0

3:03pm Tue 26 Aug 14

lawsonio123 says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
Martyn1357 wrote:
We need to win to keep momentum going and build confidence. A result against the scum in front of a bumper valley parade crowd can change the rest of the season in a big way. If McLean starts he really does need to perform. Parky says he's chomping at the bit to play, I really can't see it myself. He has to perform and prove the critics wrong and earn that bumper wage packet. Other than that come on city :-)
How do you kow he's on a bumper wage packet!?!?!

He's played about 70 minutes of football all season!! and has scored.. He's hardly had a chance to "Prove" himself!!!
McLean and Davis are the highest paid players at City he is correct
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Martyn1357[/bold] wrote: We need to win to keep momentum going and build confidence. A result against the scum in front of a bumper valley parade crowd can change the rest of the season in a big way. If McLean starts he really does need to perform. Parky says he's chomping at the bit to play, I really can't see it myself. He has to perform and prove the critics wrong and earn that bumper wage packet. Other than that come on city :-)[/p][/quote]How do you kow he's on a bumper wage packet!?!?! He's played about 70 minutes of football all season!! and has scored.. He's hardly had a chance to "Prove" himself!!![/p][/quote]McLean and Davis are the highest paid players at City he is correct lawsonio123
  • Score: 4

3:24pm Tue 26 Aug 14

BirchLane-1964 says...

OLD BANTAM wrote:
We will be playing Leeds on a regular basis from next season in the same division .
In league 1 cos city aren't good enough to go up and Leeds are relegation material. Law of averages says city to win, with home advantage and more settled side to boot, plus the experience of 2 years ago. Predicting a 2-0 win to city which will please city fans and have Leeds screaming for hockaday to be sacked, which is inevitable anyway.
[quote][p][bold]OLD BANTAM[/bold] wrote: We will be playing Leeds on a regular basis from next season in the same division .[/p][/quote]In league 1 cos city aren't good enough to go up and Leeds are relegation material. Law of averages says city to win, with home advantage and more settled side to boot, plus the experience of 2 years ago. Predicting a 2-0 win to city which will please city fans and have Leeds screaming for hockaday to be sacked, which is inevitable anyway. BirchLane-1964
  • Score: 4

6:31pm Tue 26 Aug 14

#toerag43479 says...

Totally agree with Julian Rhodes, I'm looking forward to this more than The Arsenal, Villa and the 2 trips to Wembley. If we beat Leeds in a major cup competition we make history again and have bragging rights for life over our nearest neighbours who can be quite loud sometimes.
Totally agree with Julian Rhodes, I'm looking forward to this more than The Arsenal, Villa and the 2 trips to Wembley. If we beat Leeds in a major cup competition we make history again and have bragging rights for life over our nearest neighbours who can be quite loud sometimes. #toerag43479
  • Score: 1

6:55pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Bantam76 says...

OLD BANTAM wrote:
We will be playing Leeds on a regular basis from next season in the same division .
I'm not so sure. Think there could be a good chance if division swapping ;-)
[quote][p][bold]OLD BANTAM[/bold] wrote: We will be playing Leeds on a regular basis from next season in the same division .[/p][/quote]I'm not so sure. Think there could be a good chance if division swapping ;-) Bantam76
  • Score: 3

7:50pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Victor Clayton says...

I hate playing Leeds. Would prefer to have nothing to do with them.
I hate playing Leeds. Would prefer to have nothing to do with them. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 8

7:52pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Pablo says...

bcfcincheshire wrote:
I think very few of us have ever seen City beat United. ..28 years then since we last did and it is time to address that...here is our chance...we must see McLean start and deliver! Parkinson's first derby as well..could be a cracker in front of 20, 000 plus...Come on City!!
On what basis should McLean start? Not from what I've seen. Billy Clarke must come straight back in.
[quote][p][bold]bcfcincheshire[/bold] wrote: I think very few of us have ever seen City beat United. ..28 years then since we last did and it is time to address that...here is our chance...we must see McLean start and deliver! Parkinson's first derby as well..could be a cracker in front of 20, 000 plus...Come on City!![/p][/quote]On what basis should McLean start? Not from what I've seen. Billy Clarke must come straight back in. Pablo
  • Score: 4

9:44pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Nevelhound says...

Guys wake up and smell the coffee, Rhodes has only issued this rallying call to boost ticket sales which have been poor to date. There will be a lot of empty seats tomorrow which will be embarrassing on national tv. And for the record this isn't bigger than arsenal or villa as the attendance tomorrow will demonstrate. Up the ambers and shame on the thousands of stay aways
Guys wake up and smell the coffee, Rhodes has only issued this rallying call to boost ticket sales which have been poor to date. There will be a lot of empty seats tomorrow which will be embarrassing on national tv. And for the record this isn't bigger than arsenal or villa as the attendance tomorrow will demonstrate. Up the ambers and shame on the thousands of stay aways Nevelhound
  • Score: -4

11:45pm Tue 26 Aug 14

claret or green ? says...

Obviously it would be fantastic for City to beat Leeds tomorrow, not just for supporter's bragging rights at work, but for the TV spectacle and exposure and the potential for more revenue from a big cup draw. But City's fiercest and true rivals are Huddersfield Town, who City sadly cannot meet, should they progress, as Nahki Wells' "bigger club" were beaten 2-0 at home to Notts Forest tonight !
Obviously it would be fantastic for City to beat Leeds tomorrow, not just for supporter's bragging rights at work, but for the TV spectacle and exposure and the potential for more revenue from a big cup draw. But City's fiercest and true rivals are Huddersfield Town, who City sadly cannot meet, should they progress, as Nahki Wells' "bigger club" were beaten 2-0 at home to Notts Forest tonight ! claret or green ?
  • Score: 1

12:23am Wed 27 Aug 14

Keighley Exile says...

#toerag43479 wrote:
Totally agree with Julian Rhodes, I'm looking forward to this more than The Arsenal, Villa and the 2 trips to Wembley. If we beat Leeds in a major cup competition we make history again and have bragging rights for life over our nearest neighbours who can be quite loud sometimes.
A major cup competition? Whilst not wishing to belittle Bradford's achievement of a couple of season's ago (because it WAS a grand achievement), the League Cup isn't quite as 'major' as it once was. Bragging rights for life if Bradford win? What, after one win since 1986 (if indeed Bradford do win). The comedy show at Leeds would certainly tend to suggest that this is Bradford's best chance in years to put one over on their rivals. Indeed, I think it will be a shock result if Bradford don't win. In fact, the Bradford goalkeeper could probably afford to take the night off or watch from the stands because he'll most likely not be troubled by Leeds (joint top scorer this season - 'own goal'). I agree with other posters; this will probably be a league fixture next season.
[quote][p][bold]#toerag43479[/bold] wrote: Totally agree with Julian Rhodes, I'm looking forward to this more than The Arsenal, Villa and the 2 trips to Wembley. If we beat Leeds in a major cup competition we make history again and have bragging rights for life over our nearest neighbours who can be quite loud sometimes.[/p][/quote]A major cup competition? Whilst not wishing to belittle Bradford's achievement of a couple of season's ago (because it WAS a grand achievement), the League Cup isn't quite as 'major' as it once was. Bragging rights for life if Bradford win? What, after one win since 1986 (if indeed Bradford do win). The comedy show at Leeds would certainly tend to suggest that this is Bradford's best chance in years to put one over on their rivals. Indeed, I think it will be a shock result if Bradford don't win. In fact, the Bradford goalkeeper could probably afford to take the night off or watch from the stands because he'll most likely not be troubled by Leeds (joint top scorer this season - 'own goal'). I agree with other posters; this will probably be a league fixture next season. Keighley Exile
  • Score: -2

8:10am Wed 27 Aug 14

Michael Clayton says...

silverbantam wrote:
You forgot City beating Leeds at Elland Road 1-0 on 1st October 1986 in the Full Members Cup. Greg Abbott scored the only goal. I was there ! This was only 11 days after we beat them 2-0 at Odsal.
I remember that match like it was yesterday. Only joking! I was there but had forgotten all about it until you reminded us. The match was absolutely dire as I recall.

For those too young to remember, the Full Members Cup was introduced after English teams were banned from Europe and resembled a watered down version of the League Cup. AKA Zenith Data Systems Cup and Simod Cup.

The danger was always the threat of extra time. Enough to bore the punters to tears.
[quote][p][bold]silverbantam[/bold] wrote: You forgot City beating Leeds at Elland Road 1-0 on 1st October 1986 in the Full Members Cup. Greg Abbott scored the only goal. I was there ! This was only 11 days after we beat them 2-0 at Odsal.[/p][/quote]I remember that match like it was yesterday. Only joking! I was there but had forgotten all about it until you reminded us. The match was absolutely dire as I recall. For those too young to remember, the Full Members Cup was introduced after English teams were banned from Europe and resembled a watered down version of the League Cup. AKA Zenith Data Systems Cup and Simod Cup. The danger was always the threat of extra time. Enough to bore the punters to tears. Michael Clayton
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8:21am Wed 27 Aug 14

Michael Clayton says...

BantamMark wrote:
I'm sorry but this game is not bigger than Arsenal and certainly not bigger than Villa, semi final of a major cup vs round 2? Come on. Don't get me wrong I'm a lifelong city fan and I'm looking forward to it and really hope we beat them but give me Arsenal/Villa in the latter stages any day of the week. I don't care about Leeds apart from sitting back and watching the comedy show that is going on at Elland rd, and has been for a number of years - even talk sport look at them as the laughing stock of football. Bring on tomorrow night, but only so we can use it to progress to the latter stages and play some truly "big" teams.
As for not caring (about Leeds) the best indication will be the reaction following tonight's match.

I don't know you, but I bet that by kick off time you will be buzzing !
[quote][p][bold]BantamMark[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry but this game is not bigger than Arsenal and certainly not bigger than Villa, semi final of a major cup vs round 2? Come on. Don't get me wrong I'm a lifelong city fan and I'm looking forward to it and really hope we beat them but give me Arsenal/Villa in the latter stages any day of the week. I don't care about Leeds apart from sitting back and watching the comedy show that is going on at Elland rd, and has been for a number of years - even talk sport look at them as the laughing stock of football. Bring on tomorrow night, but only so we can use it to progress to the latter stages and play some truly "big" teams.[/p][/quote]As for not caring (about Leeds) the best indication will be the reaction following tonight's match. I don't know you, but I bet that by kick off time you will be buzzing ! Michael Clayton
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8:32am Wed 27 Aug 14

#toerag43479 says...

Keighley Exile wrote:
#toerag43479 wrote:
Totally agree with Julian Rhodes, I'm looking forward to this more than The Arsenal, Villa and the 2 trips to Wembley. If we beat Leeds in a major cup competition we make history again and have bragging rights for life over our nearest neighbours who can be quite loud sometimes.
A major cup competition? Whilst not wishing to belittle Bradford's achievement of a couple of season's ago (because it WAS a grand achievement), the League Cup isn't quite as 'major' as it once was. Bragging rights for life if Bradford win? What, after one win since 1986 (if indeed Bradford do win). The comedy show at Leeds would certainly tend to suggest that this is Bradford's best chance in years to put one over on their rivals. Indeed, I think it will be a shock result if Bradford don't win. In fact, the Bradford goalkeeper could probably afford to take the night off or watch from the stands because he'll most likely not be troubled by Leeds (joint top scorer this season - 'own goal'). I agree with other posters; this will probably be a league fixture next season.
You've not done a very good job trying not to belittle City's achievements in this competition. History makers. Fact. Also, fyi the Carling Cup is a major competition as a) the winners qualify for the UEFA Europa League, b) the final is played at Wembley, c) tonight's match is live on Sky, d) VP will bounce with over 20,000 and e) win or lose the club will trouser approx £200k
[quote][p][bold]Keighley Exile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]#toerag43479[/bold] wrote: Totally agree with Julian Rhodes, I'm looking forward to this more than The Arsenal, Villa and the 2 trips to Wembley. If we beat Leeds in a major cup competition we make history again and have bragging rights for life over our nearest neighbours who can be quite loud sometimes.[/p][/quote]A major cup competition? Whilst not wishing to belittle Bradford's achievement of a couple of season's ago (because it WAS a grand achievement), the League Cup isn't quite as 'major' as it once was. Bragging rights for life if Bradford win? What, after one win since 1986 (if indeed Bradford do win). The comedy show at Leeds would certainly tend to suggest that this is Bradford's best chance in years to put one over on their rivals. Indeed, I think it will be a shock result if Bradford don't win. In fact, the Bradford goalkeeper could probably afford to take the night off or watch from the stands because he'll most likely not be troubled by Leeds (joint top scorer this season - 'own goal'). I agree with other posters; this will probably be a league fixture next season.[/p][/quote]You've not done a very good job trying not to belittle City's achievements in this competition. History makers. Fact. Also, fyi the Carling Cup is a major competition as a) the winners qualify for the UEFA Europa League, b) the final is played at Wembley, c) tonight's match is live on Sky, d) VP will bounce with over 20,000 and e) win or lose the club will trouser approx £200k #toerag43479
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9:11am Wed 27 Aug 14

Keighley Exile says...

#toerag43479 wrote:
Keighley Exile wrote:
#toerag43479 wrote:
Totally agree with Julian Rhodes, I'm looking forward to this more than The Arsenal, Villa and the 2 trips to Wembley. If we beat Leeds in a major cup competition we make history again and have bragging rights for life over our nearest neighbours who can be quite loud sometimes.
A major cup competition? Whilst not wishing to belittle Bradford's achievement of a couple of season's ago (because it WAS a grand achievement), the League Cup isn't quite as 'major' as it once was. Bragging rights for life if Bradford win? What, after one win since 1986 (if indeed Bradford do win). The comedy show at Leeds would certainly tend to suggest that this is Bradford's best chance in years to put one over on their rivals. Indeed, I think it will be a shock result if Bradford don't win. In fact, the Bradford goalkeeper could probably afford to take the night off or watch from the stands because he'll most likely not be troubled by Leeds (joint top scorer this season - 'own goal'). I agree with other posters; this will probably be a league fixture next season.
You've not done a very good job trying not to belittle City's achievements in this competition. History makers. Fact. Also, fyi the Carling Cup is a major competition as a) the winners qualify for the UEFA Europa League, b) the final is played at Wembley, c) tonight's match is live on Sky, d) VP will bounce with over 20,000 and e) win or lose the club will trouser approx £200k
I don't disagree with any of your post. It was a fantastic achievement for Bradford to get to that final, especially from the fourth tier of football and by beating Premier League teams on the way. What I mean is that years ago this really was a major competition but in recent times the top teams have shown that they regard it as a bit of a distraction (unless they get near the final rounds) because they have bigger things to aim at, or at least things which they regard as more of a priority. Some of last night's results would tend to back that up. What made Bradford the 'history makers' was the fact that they did it from League 2.
[quote][p][bold]#toerag43479[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keighley Exile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]#toerag43479[/bold] wrote: Totally agree with Julian Rhodes, I'm looking forward to this more than The Arsenal, Villa and the 2 trips to Wembley. If we beat Leeds in a major cup competition we make history again and have bragging rights for life over our nearest neighbours who can be quite loud sometimes.[/p][/quote]A major cup competition? Whilst not wishing to belittle Bradford's achievement of a couple of season's ago (because it WAS a grand achievement), the League Cup isn't quite as 'major' as it once was. Bragging rights for life if Bradford win? What, after one win since 1986 (if indeed Bradford do win). The comedy show at Leeds would certainly tend to suggest that this is Bradford's best chance in years to put one over on their rivals. Indeed, I think it will be a shock result if Bradford don't win. In fact, the Bradford goalkeeper could probably afford to take the night off or watch from the stands because he'll most likely not be troubled by Leeds (joint top scorer this season - 'own goal'). I agree with other posters; this will probably be a league fixture next season.[/p][/quote]You've not done a very good job trying not to belittle City's achievements in this competition. History makers. Fact. Also, fyi the Carling Cup is a major competition as a) the winners qualify for the UEFA Europa League, b) the final is played at Wembley, c) tonight's match is live on Sky, d) VP will bounce with over 20,000 and e) win or lose the club will trouser approx £200k[/p][/quote]I don't disagree with any of your post. It was a fantastic achievement for Bradford to get to that final, especially from the fourth tier of football and by beating Premier League teams on the way. What I mean is that years ago this really was a major competition but in recent times the top teams have shown that they regard it as a bit of a distraction (unless they get near the final rounds) because they have bigger things to aim at, or at least things which they regard as more of a priority. Some of last night's results would tend to back that up. What made Bradford the 'history makers' was the fact that they did it from League 2. Keighley Exile
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1:02pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Michael Clayton says...

Keighley Exile wrote:
#toerag43479 wrote:
Keighley Exile wrote:
#toerag43479 wrote: Totally agree with Julian Rhodes, I'm looking forward to this more than The Arsenal, Villa and the 2 trips to Wembley. If we beat Leeds in a major cup competition we make history again and have bragging rights for life over our nearest neighbours who can be quite loud sometimes.
A major cup competition? Whilst not wishing to belittle Bradford's achievement of a couple of season's ago (because it WAS a grand achievement), the League Cup isn't quite as 'major' as it once was. Bragging rights for life if Bradford win? What, after one win since 1986 (if indeed Bradford do win). The comedy show at Leeds would certainly tend to suggest that this is Bradford's best chance in years to put one over on their rivals. Indeed, I think it will be a shock result if Bradford don't win. In fact, the Bradford goalkeeper could probably afford to take the night off or watch from the stands because he'll most likely not be troubled by Leeds (joint top scorer this season - 'own goal'). I agree with other posters; this will probably be a league fixture next season.
You've not done a very good job trying not to belittle City's achievements in this competition. History makers. Fact. Also, fyi the Carling Cup is a major competition as a) the winners qualify for the UEFA Europa League, b) the final is played at Wembley, c) tonight's match is live on Sky, d) VP will bounce with over 20,000 and e) win or lose the club will trouser approx £200k
I don't disagree with any of your post. It was a fantastic achievement for Bradford to get to that final, especially from the fourth tier of football and by beating Premier League teams on the way. What I mean is that years ago this really was a major competition but in recent times the top teams have shown that they regard it as a bit of a distraction (unless they get near the final rounds) because they have bigger things to aim at, or at least things which they regard as more of a priority. Some of last night's results would tend to back that up. What made Bradford the 'history makers' was the fact that they did it from League 2.
There is no doubt that Bradford helped to rejuvinate interest in this competition. (And I am not stating this because it happened on my own doorstep. Nor because the luck of the draw that has thrown up some classic fixtures).

The top end of the Premier League and the Champions League are saturated with media coverage and I genuinely think that a lot of fans enjoy the excitement of these cup ties played under the lights.
[quote][p][bold]Keighley Exile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]#toerag43479[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keighley Exile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]#toerag43479[/bold] wrote: Totally agree with Julian Rhodes, I'm looking forward to this more than The Arsenal, Villa and the 2 trips to Wembley. If we beat Leeds in a major cup competition we make history again and have bragging rights for life over our nearest neighbours who can be quite loud sometimes.[/p][/quote]A major cup competition? Whilst not wishing to belittle Bradford's achievement of a couple of season's ago (because it WAS a grand achievement), the League Cup isn't quite as 'major' as it once was. Bragging rights for life if Bradford win? What, after one win since 1986 (if indeed Bradford do win). The comedy show at Leeds would certainly tend to suggest that this is Bradford's best chance in years to put one over on their rivals. Indeed, I think it will be a shock result if Bradford don't win. In fact, the Bradford goalkeeper could probably afford to take the night off or watch from the stands because he'll most likely not be troubled by Leeds (joint top scorer this season - 'own goal'). I agree with other posters; this will probably be a league fixture next season.[/p][/quote]You've not done a very good job trying not to belittle City's achievements in this competition. History makers. Fact. Also, fyi the Carling Cup is a major competition as a) the winners qualify for the UEFA Europa League, b) the final is played at Wembley, c) tonight's match is live on Sky, d) VP will bounce with over 20,000 and e) win or lose the club will trouser approx £200k[/p][/quote]I don't disagree with any of your post. It was a fantastic achievement for Bradford to get to that final, especially from the fourth tier of football and by beating Premier League teams on the way. What I mean is that years ago this really was a major competition but in recent times the top teams have shown that they regard it as a bit of a distraction (unless they get near the final rounds) because they have bigger things to aim at, or at least things which they regard as more of a priority. Some of last night's results would tend to back that up. What made Bradford the 'history makers' was the fact that they did it from League 2.[/p][/quote]There is no doubt that Bradford helped to rejuvinate interest in this competition. (And I am not stating this because it happened on my own doorstep. Nor because the luck of the draw that has thrown up some classic fixtures). The top end of the Premier League and the Champions League are saturated with media coverage and I genuinely think that a lot of fans enjoy the excitement of these cup ties played under the lights. Michael Clayton
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9:07am Thu 28 Aug 14

BantamMark says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
BantamMark wrote:
I'm sorry but this game is not bigger than Arsenal and certainly not bigger than Villa, semi final of a major cup vs round 2? Come on. Don't get me wrong I'm a lifelong city fan and I'm looking forward to it and really hope we beat them but give me Arsenal/Villa in the latter stages any day of the week. I don't care about Leeds apart from sitting back and watching the comedy show that is going on at Elland rd, and has been for a number of years - even talk sport look at them as the laughing stock of football. Bring on tomorrow night, but only so we can use it to progress to the latter stages and play some truly "big" teams.
As for not caring (about Leeds) the best indication will be the reaction following tonight's match.

I don't know you, but I bet that by kick off time you will be buzzing !
Yes I was - and no throat this morning, still didn't beat villa/arsenal though :)
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BantamMark[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry but this game is not bigger than Arsenal and certainly not bigger than Villa, semi final of a major cup vs round 2? Come on. Don't get me wrong I'm a lifelong city fan and I'm looking forward to it and really hope we beat them but give me Arsenal/Villa in the latter stages any day of the week. I don't care about Leeds apart from sitting back and watching the comedy show that is going on at Elland rd, and has been for a number of years - even talk sport look at them as the laughing stock of football. Bring on tomorrow night, but only so we can use it to progress to the latter stages and play some truly "big" teams.[/p][/quote]As for not caring (about Leeds) the best indication will be the reaction following tonight's match. I don't know you, but I bet that by kick off time you will be buzzing ![/p][/quote]Yes I was - and no throat this morning, still didn't beat villa/arsenal though :) BantamMark
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