'You can't ask much more from first month', says delighted Bantams No 2 Steve Parkin

GAME OVER: James Hanson celebrates in front of the jubilant army of City fans after scoring the second

GAME OVER: James Hanson celebrates in front of the jubilant army of City fans after scoring the second

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

CITY are “hungry” enough to maintain their pace after bursting out of the blocks in the first month of the season.

That’s the view of assistant boss Steve Parkin after Saturday’s 2-0 win at Rochdale rounded off an impressive August for the new-look team.

City sit fourth in League One, two points off the top, and are through to the third round of the Capital One Cup after a month that saw three away wins – and a historical triumph over rivals Leeds.

Parkin said: “We have to be delighted with the way it’s gone up to now.

“I think it was important financially that we stayed in the cup. We had the good fortune of getting a big draw which enabled us to have a big crowd and be on the television.

“To then win that and then win the game after that, having already won away from home twice in the cup and at Crawley, you can’t ask much more than that. But the players are a hungry bunch and I’m sure their drive will continue.”

James Hanson headed his fifth goal of the season at Spotland after Jason Kennedy had stung his old club with the opener. Both scored in the second half as City showed no hangover from the midweek drama against Leeds.

Parkin added: “We knew how much a win against Leeds meant to our fans and the people of Bradford. It was impossible to get away from the fact.

“It’s testament to the boys because they got stronger as the Rochdale game went on.

“They are really together as a unit at the moment. There is a good feel about it and everyone is pulling for each other, even the lads off the bench are coming on and doing the business.”

Parkin repeated his call for City to bolster their options as they consider any late moves before tonight’s transfer-window deadline.

Clubs outside the Premier League can still dip into the loan market again in a week’s time but the Bantams have pressing concerns with their short-term players.

Keeper Ben Williams is one that the club will want to retain after impressing in both cup ties. But the 31-year-old as well as Filipe Morais, who started on Saturday, Matt Urwin and Mo Shariff technically become free agents after 11pm unless new deals are in place.

Parkin said: “We need to strengthen, there’s no doubt in my mind.

“But they’ve got to be right to fit in the way we want to play and they’ve also got to be prepared to fight for a place.

“It’s no good coming in and just expecting to play – it won’t work like that.

“They’ve got to be able to take it on the chin if they are on the bench and come on and do their best when they’re expected to do so.

“We’ve already seen how important it is with the new players that they learn how we work in terms of rest and recuperation, fitness strength and conditioning – all the things that Nick Allamby does.

“I think they’ve bought into that completely and that’s why they were able to turn in a performance like that on Saturday after the rigours of Wednesday night.”

City still need to cover a predicted £600,000 shortfall in the budget over the season.

But the sell-on clause from the expected departure of former Valley Parade youngster Tom Cleverley from Manchester United, thought to be ten per cent, would provide the necessary leeway.

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7:54am Mon 1 Sep 14

shaun from richmond says...

First League game I have been to this season (Hols etc) but got to say...VERY IMPRESSED with this team!!.
Leeds were so bad midweek it was hard to gudge......but if we play like that we will take a lot of scalps this season.
Hats off to Parky.....he has made some wise additions!.
VERY HAPPY!
First League game I have been to this season (Hols etc) but got to say...VERY IMPRESSED with this team!!. Leeds were so bad midweek it was hard to gudge......but if we play like that we will take a lot of scalps this season. Hats off to Parky.....he has made some wise additions!. VERY HAPPY! shaun from richmond
  • Score: 14

8:23am Mon 1 Sep 14

Freddy says...

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I am hoping there will be ' Breaking News ' later on today, with a couple of signings.
*
I hope Nick Allamby is working the players hard, who missed his 'Pre-Season Training '. In particular Aaron McClean. Whose fitness is under par, because of his injury.
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I am delighted with the way this New Squad are gelling together. It was obvious why Peterborough got their goal, after Andrew Davies left the match. Andy would have prevented that free shot at the Target.
So, I feel City can ignore that fortunate loss.
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Congratulations to The Bradford Army, who turned up in great force, at Rochdale. Perhaps, a similar force for the Oldham match, could be the twelfth man ?.
*
* I am hoping there will be ' Breaking News ' later on today, with a couple of signings. * I hope Nick Allamby is working the players hard, who missed his 'Pre-Season Training '. In particular Aaron McClean. Whose fitness is under par, because of his injury. * I am delighted with the way this New Squad are gelling together. It was obvious why Peterborough got their goal, after Andrew Davies left the match. Andy would have prevented that free shot at the Target. So, I feel City can ignore that fortunate loss. * Congratulations to The Bradford Army, who turned up in great force, at Rochdale. Perhaps, a similar force for the Oldham match, could be the twelfth man ?. * Freddy
  • Score: 10

9:06am Mon 1 Sep 14

Freddy says...

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I can not find the Johnson's Paint Trophy fixture date ?. It is not shown on the T & A Fixture List. The City Home page on Fixtures- is not running properly. Just got friendly fixtures.
Can any Supporter bring me up to date please ?. I thought it was to be played this Month.
*
* I can not find the Johnson's Paint Trophy fixture date ?. It is not shown on the T & A Fixture List. The City Home page on Fixtures- is not running properly. Just got friendly fixtures. Can any Supporter bring me up to date please ?. I thought it was to be played this Month. * Freddy
  • Score: 1

9:26am Mon 1 Sep 14

Halifax Bantam says...

Can anyone actually confirm the percentage of Cleverleys deal, 10 seems very low for a player Man Utd thought had great potential, i thought it was vloser to 20 and some suggest it was higher than that.
Can anyone actually confirm the percentage of Cleverleys deal, 10 seems very low for a player Man Utd thought had great potential, i thought it was vloser to 20 and some suggest it was higher than that. Halifax Bantam
  • Score: -6

9:56am Mon 1 Sep 14

Bantamania says...

Freddy wrote:
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I can not find the Johnson's Paint Trophy fixture date ?. It is not shown on the T & A Fixture List. The City Home page on Fixtures- is not running properly. Just got friendly fixtures.
Can any Supporter bring me up to date please ?. I thought it was to be played this Month.
*
It's tomorrow night!
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * I can not find the Johnson's Paint Trophy fixture date ?. It is not shown on the T & A Fixture List. The City Home page on Fixtures- is not running properly. Just got friendly fixtures. Can any Supporter bring me up to date please ?. I thought it was to be played this Month. *[/p][/quote]It's tomorrow night! Bantamania
  • Score: 2

10:15am Mon 1 Sep 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Halifax Bantam wrote:
Can anyone actually confirm the percentage of Cleverleys deal, 10 seems very low for a player Man Utd thought had great potential, i thought it was vloser to 20 and some suggest it was higher than that.
I have from a very credible source that we receive 89% of the transfer proceeds.
[quote][p][bold]Halifax Bantam[/bold] wrote: Can anyone actually confirm the percentage of Cleverleys deal, 10 seems very low for a player Man Utd thought had great potential, i thought it was vloser to 20 and some suggest it was higher than that.[/p][/quote]I have from a very credible source that we receive 89% of the transfer proceeds. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 0

10:15am Mon 1 Sep 14

Peter300 says...

Freddy wrote:
*
I am hoping there will be ' Breaking News ' later on today, with a couple of signings.
*
I hope Nick Allamby is working the players hard, who missed his 'Pre-Season Training '. In particular Aaron McClean. Whose fitness is under par, because of his injury.
*
I am delighted with the way this New Squad are gelling together. It was obvious why Peterborough got their goal, after Andrew Davies left the match. Andy would have prevented that free shot at the Target.
So, I feel City can ignore that fortunate loss.
*
Congratulations to The Bradford Army, who turned up in great force, at Rochdale. Perhaps, a similar force for the Oldham match, could be the twelfth man ?.
*
At last Freddy! You've finally ditched that 'fitness' imposter who was giving you so much trouble last season. Now you have to learn which players are at the club.
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * I am hoping there will be ' Breaking News ' later on today, with a couple of signings. * I hope Nick Allamby is working the players hard, who missed his 'Pre-Season Training '. In particular Aaron McClean. Whose fitness is under par, because of his injury. * I am delighted with the way this New Squad are gelling together. It was obvious why Peterborough got their goal, after Andrew Davies left the match. Andy would have prevented that free shot at the Target. So, I feel City can ignore that fortunate loss. * Congratulations to The Bradford Army, who turned up in great force, at Rochdale. Perhaps, a similar force for the Oldham match, could be the twelfth man ?. *[/p][/quote]At last Freddy! You've finally ditched that 'fitness' imposter who was giving you so much trouble last season. Now you have to learn which players are at the club. Peter300
  • Score: -9

10:18am Mon 1 Sep 14

BigFigure says...

Halifax Bantam wrote:
Can anyone actually confirm the percentage of Cleverleys deal, 10 seems very low for a player Man Utd thought had great potential, i thought it was vloser to 20 and some suggest it was higher than that.
Simon Parker recently confirmed on Twitter that the sell on is 10%
[quote][p][bold]Halifax Bantam[/bold] wrote: Can anyone actually confirm the percentage of Cleverleys deal, 10 seems very low for a player Man Utd thought had great potential, i thought it was vloser to 20 and some suggest it was higher than that.[/p][/quote]Simon Parker recently confirmed on Twitter that the sell on is 10% BigFigure
  • Score: 2

10:32am Mon 1 Sep 14

Plastic Bantam says...

BigFigure wrote:
Halifax Bantam wrote: Can anyone actually confirm the percentage of Cleverleys deal, 10 seems very low for a player Man Utd thought had great potential, i thought it was vloser to 20 and some suggest it was higher than that.
Simon Parker recently confirmed on Twitter that the sell on is 10%
Doesn't look like it's going to happen anyway as he wants too much money.. he's keen to go but his agent is holding it up!! If I was him I'd tell his agent to feck off!!!!
[quote][p][bold]BigFigure[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Halifax Bantam[/bold] wrote: Can anyone actually confirm the percentage of Cleverleys deal, 10 seems very low for a player Man Utd thought had great potential, i thought it was vloser to 20 and some suggest it was higher than that.[/p][/quote]Simon Parker recently confirmed on Twitter that the sell on is 10%[/p][/quote]Doesn't look like it's going to happen anyway as he wants too much money.. he's keen to go but his agent is holding it up!! If I was him I'd tell his agent to feck off!!!! Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 3

10:32am Mon 1 Sep 14

Halifax Bantam says...

Villa just transfered a midfielder to feyenord, hope this frees up the space for cleverley move!
Villa just transfered a midfielder to feyenord, hope this frees up the space for cleverley move! Halifax Bantam
  • Score: 3

11:00am Mon 1 Sep 14

Cityman23 says...

It has been an excellent opening month with the only troubling performance, the one v Peterborough. I say, 'performance' because, though it's certainly no disgrace to lose to the present Posh team, even at home, the showing of the players in that game was pretty abject.

Still, it's over with, hopefully we've learned some lessons from it and we can certainly be optimistic-not bullish mind you- about the future. There seem to be more 'answers' than 'questions' and 'problems' just now and that's good to know.
It has been an excellent opening month with the only troubling performance, the one v Peterborough. I say, 'performance' because, though it's certainly no disgrace to lose to the present Posh team, even at home, the showing of the players in that game was pretty abject. Still, it's over with, hopefully we've learned some lessons from it and we can certainly be optimistic-not bullish mind you- about the future. There seem to be more 'answers' than 'questions' and 'problems' just now and that's good to know. Cityman23
  • Score: 2

11:55am Mon 1 Sep 14

lawsonio123 says...

Hello Shaun It is great to see you have now grown up and your praise for City and Parky is most welcome i am happy for you lawsonio
Hello Shaun It is great to see you have now grown up and your praise for City and Parky is most welcome i am happy for you lawsonio lawsonio123
  • Score: -1

1:28pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Michael Clayton says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
Halifax Bantam wrote: Can anyone actually confirm the percentage of Cleverleys deal, 10 seems very low for a player Man Utd thought had great potential, i thought it was vloser to 20 and some suggest it was higher than that.
I have from a very credible source that we receive 89% of the transfer proceeds.
Ha Ha. I heard from an equally disreputable source (Talk Sport) that the figure is 10% of the net from any sale fee.

I don't know how the net is derived from the gross. At one time, the player took a percentage (i.e. a signing on fee) but I thought that the concept of an initial sum had long since gone.
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Halifax Bantam[/bold] wrote: Can anyone actually confirm the percentage of Cleverleys deal, 10 seems very low for a player Man Utd thought had great potential, i thought it was vloser to 20 and some suggest it was higher than that.[/p][/quote]I have from a very credible source that we receive 89% of the transfer proceeds.[/p][/quote]Ha Ha. I heard from an equally disreputable source (Talk Sport) that the figure is 10% of the net from any sale fee. I don't know how the net is derived from the gross. At one time, the player took a percentage (i.e. a signing on fee) but I thought that the concept of an initial sum had long since gone. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 0

1:43pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Freddy says...

Bantamania wrote:
Freddy wrote:
*

I can not find the Johnson's Paint Trophy fixture date ?. It is not shown on the T & A Fixture List. The City Home page on Fixtures- is not running properly. Just got friendly fixtures.
Can any Supporter bring me up to date please ?. I thought it was to be played this Month.
*
It's tomorrow night!
*
Many thanks ' Bantamania '. I could not find it on the Web-Sites Fixture Lists.
*
But since seen it in today's paper.
*
[quote][p][bold]Bantamania[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * I can not find the Johnson's Paint Trophy fixture date ?. It is not shown on the T & A Fixture List. The City Home page on Fixtures- is not running properly. Just got friendly fixtures. Can any Supporter bring me up to date please ?. I thought it was to be played this Month. *[/p][/quote]It's tomorrow night![/p][/quote]* Many thanks ' Bantamania '. I could not find it on the Web-Sites Fixture Lists. * But since seen it in today's paper. * Freddy
  • Score: 0

7:45pm Mon 1 Sep 14

bcfc1903 says...

Don't know if we are doing any transfer business today but either way I'm more than pleased with the players we've got. Great start and they look like a group who have the backbone and skill to carry this form on. We have acquired some really quality in the summer to go with what we already have.. If we can get the best out of Hanson, Clarke and McLean we really do have the firepower to keep us in or around a top six position to go with a top quality midfield and back five. We don't have the biggest squad so a couple of quality signings would just add to what is looking a very capable squad.
Don't know if we are doing any transfer business today but either way I'm more than pleased with the players we've got. Great start and they look like a group who have the backbone and skill to carry this form on. We have acquired some really quality in the summer to go with what we already have.. If we can get the best out of Hanson, Clarke and McLean we really do have the firepower to keep us in or around a top six position to go with a top quality midfield and back five. We don't have the biggest squad so a couple of quality signings would just add to what is looking a very capable squad. bcfc1903
  • Score: 4

9:17pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Victor Clayton says...

Well done to all.
Well done to all. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 2

4:30am Tue 2 Sep 14

eccleshilllad says...

Just because we have some money coming always signals the start of storys about what we owe or deficits ,Its a way of justifying not spending anything .We hav
Just because we have some money coming always signals the start of storys about what we owe or deficits ,Its a way of justifying not spending anything .We hav eccleshilllad
  • Score: 1

4:33am Tue 2 Sep 14

eccleshilllad says...

we have an excellent first choice squad but we are short in squad numbers so i would think we are more likely to use the loan market than transfer window
we have an excellent first choice squad but we are short in squad numbers so i would think we are more likely to use the loan market than transfer window eccleshilllad
  • Score: 1

7:08am Tue 2 Sep 14

Michael Clayton says...

eccleshilllad wrote:
we have an excellent first choice squad but we are short in squad numbers so i would think we are more likely to use the loan market than transfer window
Absolutely spot on. No need to repair something that is not broken.
[quote][p][bold]eccleshilllad[/bold] wrote: we have an excellent first choice squad but we are short in squad numbers so i would think we are more likely to use the loan market than transfer window[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on. No need to repair something that is not broken. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 0

4:54pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Tinybantam says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
Farsley Bantam wrote:
Halifax Bantam wrote: Can anyone actually confirm the percentage of Cleverleys deal, 10 seems very low for a player Man Utd thought had great potential, i thought it was vloser to 20 and some suggest it was higher than that.
I have from a very credible source that we receive 89% of the transfer proceeds.
Ha Ha. I heard from an equally disreputable source (Talk Sport) that the figure is 10% of the net from any sale fee.

I don't know how the net is derived from the gross. At one time, the player took a percentage (i.e. a signing on fee) but I thought that the concept of an initial sum had long since gone.
Unfortunately it appears that we will not get anything for Cleverley now. He signed for Villa on a season long loan, and at the end of it he becomes available on a free. That is pretty sickening news if it is correct.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Halifax Bantam[/bold] wrote: Can anyone actually confirm the percentage of Cleverleys deal, 10 seems very low for a player Man Utd thought had great potential, i thought it was vloser to 20 and some suggest it was higher than that.[/p][/quote]I have from a very credible source that we receive 89% of the transfer proceeds.[/p][/quote]Ha Ha. I heard from an equally disreputable source (Talk Sport) that the figure is 10% of the net from any sale fee. I don't know how the net is derived from the gross. At one time, the player took a percentage (i.e. a signing on fee) but I thought that the concept of an initial sum had long since gone.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately it appears that we will not get anything for Cleverley now. He signed for Villa on a season long loan, and at the end of it he becomes available on a free. That is pretty sickening news if it is correct. Tinybantam
  • Score: 0
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