Phil Parkinson wins backing from unexpected source for Bradford City promotion push

City old boy Guy Branston is set to line up for Aldershot against his former club this weekend

City old boy Guy Branston is set to line up for Aldershot against his former club this weekend

First published in Bantams Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

Guy Branston would love to see Phil Parkinson lead City to promotion this season – even though he bombed him out.

The pair will come face to face for the first time since the outspoken centre half’s exit when the Bantams face Branston’s Aldershot tomorrow.

Branston was one of the casualties of the major revamp that Parkinson has undertaken at Valley Parade. But despite feeling he never got a proper chance, the well-travelled veteran believes the City boss is well on course to get it right.

Branston said: “Hopefully Parky can get the club up and I personally believe he will.

“Phil’s changed the core of the team wholesale and that needed to happen. He has brought in good players but he’s also changed the ethos of the place.

“I’m a big believer in psychology and the mental side of football is massive. It does drag you down if there’s a negative environment.

“You’d hear it every day, people moaning about the training ground being too wet and things like that. That’s what Phil has done well to sort out.

“He has been given a budget and has got to deliver on that. But that’s a good pressure to have – that’s what gets you out of bed in the morning.”

Branston found himself out of favour under Parkinson and was loaned out to former club Rotherham. But he returned from the cold at the end of the season after the Crawley fracas left City short of defenders.

He said: “I couldn’t fulfil what I wanted to do there but I wasn’t given the opportunity. I was a Peter Jackson signing and my face didn’t fit.

“It was unfortunate for me but I think the gaffer made up his mind before he came in. That was annoying but I didn’t sink into that mentality of sulking.

“I dealt with the situation and like to think that I helped to keep his job when I came back in the team because a club like Bradford dropping into non-league would have been a financial nightmare.”

Branston, who played 19 times for City, praised the club for the way they dealt with him at the end of the season - especially director of operations David Baldwin - when they agreed to cancel his contract a year early.

But he still feels frustrated that the vision he was sold to leave Torquay never took off. He blames former head of player development Archie Christie for that, not Jackson.

Branston said: “I was bouncing off the walls when I signed. I’d had a great season the one before and was so excited about joining a club as big as Bradford.

“But from day one, Archie was getting involved with the contracts and signing everybody. We had player after player coming into the dressing room while the lads already there were down in the dumps because they didn’t know if they were staying or going.

“Poor Peter was saying which players he wanted but realistically Archie had already done the budget. Peter wasn’t allowed to do much. That wasn’t down to the chairmen and the board, that was down to Archie Christie.”

Branston is keen to get into management himself and has been involved in the coaching side with Shots chief Dean Holdsworth. But niggly injuries early on have restricted his on-field appearances and he has played only five games.

In the meantime, he is the brains behind an ambitious new website where players can upload video clips and show off their talent to scouts and prospective clubs.

AllAboutBallerz.co.uk, set up with Leeds-based web firm Pixel Vector UK, is open to any footballer – professional, amateur or Sunday league – and aims to give them the chance of being spotted by a wider audience.

Branston explained: “I dropped into non-league two and a half years ago with Kettering and realised there were some really good players in the likes of Conference North. But nobody sees them.

“This is a way players can showcase themselves for coaches and managers to have a look. Clubs don’t have to rely on the old man in his flat cap going to a game to spot someone.

“Now you can watch the clips of these players and then decide whether they are worth following up. It just gives people exposure that they’ve not had before.

“I’m at the beginning of something and really feel it’s going to take off. There are so many directions it can go. I can see it one day being the centralised database for players; all players of all ages at all levels.”

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8:48am Fri 9 Nov 12

bettyswollocks says...

Thoroughly decent lad who never got a decent chance. He didn't let anyone down when he came it at the end of the season either.

I was sorry to see him go but with the defenders we've got in the house now he was never going to get much of a look in.

I hope whatever he does turns out well because he's a hard worker with a faultless attitude.
Thoroughly decent lad who never got a decent chance. He didn't let anyone down when he came it at the end of the season either. I was sorry to see him go but with the defenders we've got in the house now he was never going to get much of a look in. I hope whatever he does turns out well because he's a hard worker with a faultless attitude. bettyswollocks
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9:42am Fri 9 Nov 12

Oliver's shinpad says...

Good concept but dreadful business name Branno! Suggest it would need to have a rebrand if you have ambitions of it being the central database for all players.
Good concept but dreadful business name Branno! Suggest it would need to have a rebrand if you have ambitions of it being the central database for all players. Oliver's shinpad
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9:54am Fri 9 Nov 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Apart from the fact that the pros know themselves as ballers. So to have a site dedicated to showcasing young and hidden talent named allaboutballerz isn't actually a bad brand name. It is also starting to take off so maybe he actually has some idea of what he is doing.
Apart from the fact that the pros know themselves as ballers. So to have a site dedicated to showcasing young and hidden talent named allaboutballerz isn't actually a bad brand name. It is also starting to take off so maybe he actually has some idea of what he is doing. Prisoner Cell Block A
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10:48am Fri 9 Nov 12

bcfc1903 says...

Good luck to Branno with this online venture. The lad played a large part in saving our club from probable relegation with some storming displays at the business end of last season ... we all know that relegation would have finnished Bradford City Football Club. I'm a big big fan of Parkinson but thought Branno could have been been given an opportunity to see out his contract, his treatment after the Cheltenham game wasn't the best. All the best Branno and good luck for the future fella, maybe you'll manage our great club at some point in the future.


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We shout with pride...we never hide....Claret and Amber.
Good luck to Branno with this online venture. The lad played a large part in saving our club from probable relegation with some storming displays at the business end of last season ... we all know that relegation would have finnished Bradford City Football Club. I'm a big big fan of Parkinson but thought Branno could have been been given an opportunity to see out his contract, his treatment after the Cheltenham game wasn't the best. All the best Branno and good luck for the future fella, maybe you'll manage our great club at some point in the future. ** We shout with pride...we never hide....Claret and Amber. bcfc1903
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3:06pm Fri 9 Nov 12

bradfordranger says...

A Carthorse of a player. If Nakhi doesnt turn him inside and out, I will shoot myself!! Feed the Nak and he will score !!
A Carthorse of a player. If Nakhi doesnt turn him inside and out, I will shoot myself!! Feed the Nak and he will score !! bradfordranger
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4:27pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Dave2610 says...

Jimmy & Naki will have him in a pickle, he will wish he never got out of the jar!!
Jimmy & Naki will have him in a pickle, he will wish he never got out of the jar!! Dave2610
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4:39pm Fri 9 Nov 12

nowt fresh says...

Dave2610 wrote:
Jimmy & Naki will have him in a pickle, he will wish he never got out of the jar!!
Jimmy's not playing according to T&A so it's all down to Naki and Connell ?.
[quote][p][bold]Dave2610[/bold] wrote: Jimmy & Naki will have him in a pickle, he will wish he never got out of the jar!![/p][/quote]Jimmy's not playing according to T&A so it's all down to Naki and Connell ?. nowt fresh
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4:43pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Dave2610 says...

Jimmy trained on his own yesterday afternoon and he has gone to Aldershot!
So he wouldnt be traveling all that way not to be played surely!!!!!!!!
Jimmy trained on his own yesterday afternoon and he has gone to Aldershot! So he wouldnt be traveling all that way not to be played surely!!!!!!!! Dave2610
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5:00pm Fri 9 Nov 12

nowt fresh says...

Dave2610 wrote:
Jimmy trained on his own yesterday afternoon and he has gone to Aldershot! So he wouldnt be traveling all that way not to be played surely!!!!!!!!
Don't know where youv'e read that see "Bradford City aim to inflict more home heartache on Shot-shy hosts" in T&A " Parkinson, who is again set to be without James Hanson ?.
[quote][p][bold]Dave2610[/bold] wrote: Jimmy trained on his own yesterday afternoon and he has gone to Aldershot! So he wouldnt be traveling all that way not to be played surely!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Don't know where youv'e read that see "Bradford City aim to inflict more home heartache on Shot-shy hosts" in T&A " Parkinson, who is again set to be without James Hanson ?. nowt fresh
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5:03pm Fri 9 Nov 12

audal says...

All those posters who think they are better than others because they went to Wigan and should be first in line for the Arsenal game should feel pity for the likes of myself and 4,760 wet and windy fans just to watch the first league cup game in nov. 1960. but i am still here.
All those posters who think they are better than others because they went to Wigan and should be first in line for the Arsenal game should feel pity for the likes of myself and 4,760 wet and windy fans just to watch the first league cup game in nov. 1960. but i am still here. audal
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5:05pm Fri 9 Nov 12

nowt fresh says...

audal wrote:
All those posters who think they are better than others because they went to Wigan and should be first in line for the Arsenal game should feel pity for the likes of myself and 4,760 wet and windy fans just to watch the first league cup game in nov. 1960. but i am still here.
Which was ????
[quote][p][bold]audal[/bold] wrote: All those posters who think they are better than others because they went to Wigan and should be first in line for the Arsenal game should feel pity for the likes of myself and 4,760 wet and windy fans just to watch the first league cup game in nov. 1960. but i am still here.[/p][/quote]Which was ???? nowt fresh
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5:22pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Dave2610 says...

I havent read it anywhere I am in the know!!!!!!!!!!
I havent read it anywhere I am in the know!!!!!!!!!! Dave2610
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5:22pm Fri 9 Nov 12

nowt fresh says...

Was this the Man U game played in the afternoon when we beat them 2 - 1 if it was that was one of the times I"slammed school" to see City ? happy days :-)).
Was this the Man U game played in the afternoon when we beat them 2 - 1 if it was that was one of the times I"slammed school" to see City ? happy days :-)). nowt fresh
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5:26pm Fri 9 Nov 12

nowt fresh says...

Dave2610 wrote:
I havent read it anywhere I am in the know!!!!!!!!!!
If your so much in the know what about the "euro lotto" numbers for tonight !!hope your right though Jimmy was badly missed Tuesday night IMO.
[quote][p][bold]Dave2610[/bold] wrote: I havent read it anywhere I am in the know!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]If your so much in the know what about the "euro lotto" numbers for tonight !!hope your right though Jimmy was badly missed Tuesday night IMO. nowt fresh
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5:29pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Dave2610 says...

Nowt fresh

he lives with my daughter and I sponsor him so I know!!!!!!
Nowt fresh he lives with my daughter and I sponsor him so I know!!!!!! Dave2610
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5:42pm Fri 9 Nov 12

nowt fresh says...

Dave2610 wrote:
Nowt fresh he lives with my daughter and I sponsor him so I know!!!!!!
O/K so what about the lotto numbers ??.
[quote][p][bold]Dave2610[/bold] wrote: Nowt fresh he lives with my daughter and I sponsor him so I know!!!!!![/p][/quote]O/K so what about the lotto numbers ??. nowt fresh
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5:47pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Dave2610 says...

You will have to take a chance with a lucky dip like me pal sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!
You will have to take a chance with a lucky dip like me pal sorry!!!!!!!!!!!! Dave2610
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6:48pm Fri 9 Nov 12

bcfc1903 says...

bradfordranger wrote:
A Carthorse of a player. If Nakhi doesnt turn him inside and out, I will shoot myself!! Feed the Nak and he will score !!
Branno did a great job in the games he played at the end of last season being a major factor in keeping Bradford City Football Club up....total respect for the fella.
[quote][p][bold]bradfordranger[/bold] wrote: A Carthorse of a player. If Nakhi doesnt turn him inside and out, I will shoot myself!! Feed the Nak and he will score !![/p][/quote]Branno did a great job in the games he played at the end of last season being a major factor in keeping Bradford City Football Club up....total respect for the fella. bcfc1903
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6:50pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Whoisevans? says...

I liked Branno he was a solid defender in the air if he had been a bit nimbler on the deck he would have been a great asset, could never knock him for commitment. It just goes to show that outside interference can affect how the team perform. Glad Archie got the marchie orders.
I liked Branno he was a solid defender in the air if he had been a bit nimbler on the deck he would have been a great asset, could never knock him for commitment. It just goes to show that outside interference can affect how the team perform. Glad Archie got the marchie orders. Whoisevans?
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6:54pm Fri 9 Nov 12

nowt fresh says...

Whoisevans? wrote:
I liked Branno he was a solid defender in the air if he had been a bit nimbler on the deck he would have been a great asset, could never knock him for commitment. It just goes to show that outside interference can affect how the team perform. Glad Archie got the marchie orders.
Yes may be Branston's insight into the Archie Christie situation throws a little more light on why Jacko walked out ??.
[quote][p][bold]Whoisevans?[/bold] wrote: I liked Branno he was a solid defender in the air if he had been a bit nimbler on the deck he would have been a great asset, could never knock him for commitment. It just goes to show that outside interference can affect how the team perform. Glad Archie got the marchie orders.[/p][/quote]Yes may be Branston's insight into the Archie Christie situation throws a little more light on why Jacko walked out ??. nowt fresh
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7:02pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Whoisevans? says...

nowt fresh wrote:
Whoisevans? wrote:
I liked Branno he was a solid defender in the air if he had been a bit nimbler on the deck he would have been a great asset, could never knock him for commitment. It just goes to show that outside interference can affect how the team perform. Glad Archie got the marchie orders.
Yes may be Branston's insight into the Archie Christie situation throws a little more light on why Jacko walked out ??.
I used to go watch them train at Rawdon and Colin Cooper used to do all the coaching and Jacko just stood on the touch line with his arms folded. I thought then this was a strange situation never saw that with the other managers.
[quote][p][bold]nowt fresh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Whoisevans?[/bold] wrote: I liked Branno he was a solid defender in the air if he had been a bit nimbler on the deck he would have been a great asset, could never knock him for commitment. It just goes to show that outside interference can affect how the team perform. Glad Archie got the marchie orders.[/p][/quote]Yes may be Branston's insight into the Archie Christie situation throws a little more light on why Jacko walked out ??.[/p][/quote]I used to go watch them train at Rawdon and Colin Cooper used to do all the coaching and Jacko just stood on the touch line with his arms folded. I thought then this was a strange situation never saw that with the other managers. Whoisevans?
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8:34pm Fri 9 Nov 12

tyker2 says...

Dave2610 wrote:
Jimmy & Naki will have him in a pickle, he will wish he never got out of the jar!!
doubt branston will be playing as he has been named and an an unused sub most of the season to date
[quote][p][bold]Dave2610[/bold] wrote: Jimmy & Naki will have him in a pickle, he will wish he never got out of the jar!![/p][/quote]doubt branston will be playing as he has been named and an an unused sub most of the season to date tyker2
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8:57pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Birky Neil says...

Always rated you guy. Especially when you came back like a true Prost end of last season. Just a shame your mrs was not bouncing off the walls when you signed for city. Instead she hated the fact you joined city and decided to stay down south west! Not happy with the Kyle reid situation as think his mrs is still down south and it's not the best ideal situation!
Always rated you guy. Especially when you came back like a true Prost end of last season. Just a shame your mrs was not bouncing off the walls when you signed for city. Instead she hated the fact you joined city and decided to stay down south west! Not happy with the Kyle reid situation as think his mrs is still down south and it's not the best ideal situation! Birky Neil
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9:01pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Birky Neil says...

Sorry Prost meant pro lol!
Sorry Prost meant pro lol! Birky Neil
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10:04pm Fri 9 Nov 12

sergioleone says...

Dave2610 wrote:
I havent read it anywhere I am in the know!!!!!!!!!!
dave2610 how do you know the gaffa doesnt want it to be kept quiet! bit daft to give the opposition our team news aint it??
[quote][p][bold]Dave2610[/bold] wrote: I havent read it anywhere I am in the know!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]dave2610 how do you know the gaffa doesnt want it to be kept quiet! bit daft to give the opposition our team news aint it?? sergioleone
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