Bully for you! Gary Jones and Phil Parkinson salute Bradford City's ace tormentor James Hanson

WELL HAPPY: James Hanson gives strike partner Nahki Wells a hug after the Bermudian’s 11th and 12th goals of the season saw off bottom club Aldershot

WELL HAPPY: James Hanson gives strike partner Nahki Wells a hug after the Bermudian’s 11th and 12th goals of the season saw off bottom club Aldershot

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

James Hanson is under captain’s orders to keep bullying defences into submission after City shot up to fourth.

A double strike from top scorer Nahki Wells fired them to a convincing 2-0 win at Aldershot on Saturday. But it was the contribution of his partner James Hanson which had Gary Jones raving.

Hanson missed most of last week with a virus but climbed off his sick bed to batter the struggling Shots.

Jones said: “James Hanson is awesome when he’s like that. He’s virtually unplayable.

“He didn’t just bully their centre halves; he bullied the whole back four. I thought he was fantastic.

“We missed him the other night (against Chesterfield) and it was great to have him back.

“Nahki benefits from him with the goals and we benefit off his overall play.

“I thought Hanson and Nahki gave them a terrible time and we were just there to fill in the gaps.”

Phil Parkinson revealed that he only made the decision to start Hanson on Saturday lunchtime because he had done so little training.

The City chief said: “He hasn’t been well and has lost a lot of weight but he put himself on the line to play. That’s what we need.

“It was a close call but when I asked James, his positive response told me all I needed to know. He wanted to be out there – and he won every header. He was absolutely immense.

“He was feeling drained after doing a bit of training on Friday and hadn’t been sleeping well. But now he’s got a couple of days to recuperate.”

City’s victory meant they rounded off a hectic spell on the road with only one loss from five away games.

Parkinson added: “Before we first played Northampton, we knew that five of the next six were away from home and we spoke about the mentality required.

“We had a team meeting in the hotel on Friday night and went through those games again to see what we’ve done well and what we haven’t.

“We’d only lost the one at Burton and there were mitigating circumstances for that. So I wanted the players to keep that run going against Aldershot and I think you saw as solid an away performance as you’re going to get.”

Aldershot, who moved off the bottom despite the defeat, have not scored at the EBB Stadium for five games. It was their sixth home loss already.

Jones added: “We were comfortable right through the game. You can’t play fast, flowing football every week but it was a good team performance.

“Sometimes it’s a case of horses for courses and getting the job done.

“Overall it’s going well and we’re up to fourth with two home games coming up. If we can get a good return from them, we’re really flying high.”

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8:52am Mon 12 Nov 12

cityexile says...

An assured, professional performance. Well done to the whole team.
An assured, professional performance. Well done to the whole team. cityexile
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9:06am Mon 12 Nov 12

gspot01 says...

More importantly I had a dream last night that we beat Arsenal!!!.
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2 legged semi against Leeds woo hoo
More importantly I had a dream last night that we beat Arsenal!!!. . 2 legged semi against Leeds woo hoo gspot01
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9:06am Mon 12 Nov 12

spleen ventor says...

As I said elsewhere, Hanson's contribution cannot be underestimated...jus
t ask those who know...the professionals!...Opp
osition managers tell us every week he's the one who causes them all the problems.
As I said elsewhere, Hanson's contribution cannot be underestimated...jus t ask those who know...the professionals!...Opp osition managers tell us every week he's the one who causes them all the problems. spleen ventor
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9:08am Mon 12 Nov 12

tyker2 says...

ad he wasnot fullly trained up having lost weight!!
ad he wasnot fullly trained up having lost weight!! tyker2
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10:46am Mon 12 Nov 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

You can't be praising him managers and professional players alike, certain sections of our support don't rate him and don't see the value he brings to the team, the weight he takes on his shoulders and his all round efforts to make the game easier for the other 10 players on the pitch.

Oh just a minute, who's opinion do I value more? Professional managers and players or the numpties that frequent these pages? You numpties of course, with your depth of knowledge and eye for a player's abilities. You wouldn't know 'invisible' play if it climbed into bed and tickled your fancies.

Let this now be an end to the debate on James Hanson. He's good, the pro game appreciates he's good. Disagree all you like but your opinion will be contemptible at best, laughable at worst. I also will now say no more on the subject but let you fill the rest of this page with 'but he doesn't score enough goals' ' he isn't fast enough' 'his headers are weak' Well apparently people, that doesn't seem to be the be all an end all as I have been trying to tell you for years now.
You can't be praising him managers and professional players alike, certain sections of our support don't rate him and don't see the value he brings to the team, the weight he takes on his shoulders and his all round efforts to make the game easier for the other 10 players on the pitch. Oh just a minute, who's opinion do I value more? Professional managers and players or the numpties that frequent these pages? You numpties of course, with your depth of knowledge and eye for a player's abilities. You wouldn't know 'invisible' play if it climbed into bed and tickled your fancies. Let this now be an end to the debate on James Hanson. He's good, the pro game appreciates he's good. Disagree all you like but your opinion will be contemptible at best, laughable at worst. I also will now say no more on the subject but let you fill the rest of this page with 'but he doesn't score enough goals' ' he isn't fast enough' 'his headers are weak' Well apparently people, that doesn't seem to be the be all an end all as I have been trying to tell you for years now. Prisoner Cell Block A
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11:24am Mon 12 Nov 12

bcfc1903 says...

Always been a big fan of Hanson, it's not just the 15 goals a season he brings to the table it's what he does to the opposition in terms of lack of control of the game...against Chesterfield the opposition closed the midfield down...without a dominant centre forward that is always a possibility....put Hanson into the Chesterfield game mix and it gives the opposition a whole new set of problems to deal with....immediately Chesterfield lose control of the game, they are taken out of their comfort zone. It really isn't rocket science.

**
We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber.
Always been a big fan of Hanson, it's not just the 15 goals a season he brings to the table it's what he does to the opposition in terms of lack of control of the game...against Chesterfield the opposition closed the midfield down...without a dominant centre forward that is always a possibility....put Hanson into the Chesterfield game mix and it gives the opposition a whole new set of problems to deal with....immediately Chesterfield lose control of the game, they are taken out of their comfort zone. It really isn't rocket science. ** We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber. bcfc1903
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12:26pm Mon 12 Nov 12

nowt fresh says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
You can't be praising him managers and professional players alike, certain sections of our support don't rate him and don't see the value he brings to the team, the weight he takes on his shoulders and his all round efforts to make the game easier for the other 10 players on the pitch. Oh just a minute, who's opinion do I value more? Professional managers and players or the numpties that frequent these pages? You numpties of course, with your depth of knowledge and eye for a player's abilities. You wouldn't know 'invisible' play if it climbed into bed and tickled your fancies. Let this now be an end to the debate on James Hanson. He's good, the pro game appreciates he's good. Disagree all you like but your opinion will be contemptible at best, laughable at worst. I also will now say no more on the subject but let you fill the rest of this page with 'but he doesn't score enough goals' ' he isn't fast enough' 'his headers are weak' Well apparently people, that doesn't seem to be the be all an end all as I have been trying to tell you for years now.
Just love that comment PCBA "Let this now be an end to the debate on James Hanson" you know some on here can't !! given your reasons above, I posted Dean Holdsworths after match comments to BBC Surrey " "They are a decent team and played a strategy today and isolated Hanson on our back four and I thought he was the difference."
in another thread but they still have a pop.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: You can't be praising him managers and professional players alike, certain sections of our support don't rate him and don't see the value he brings to the team, the weight he takes on his shoulders and his all round efforts to make the game easier for the other 10 players on the pitch. Oh just a minute, who's opinion do I value more? Professional managers and players or the numpties that frequent these pages? You numpties of course, with your depth of knowledge and eye for a player's abilities. You wouldn't know 'invisible' play if it climbed into bed and tickled your fancies. Let this now be an end to the debate on James Hanson. He's good, the pro game appreciates he's good. Disagree all you like but your opinion will be contemptible at best, laughable at worst. I also will now say no more on the subject but let you fill the rest of this page with 'but he doesn't score enough goals' ' he isn't fast enough' 'his headers are weak' Well apparently people, that doesn't seem to be the be all an end all as I have been trying to tell you for years now.[/p][/quote]Just love that comment PCBA "Let this now be an end to the debate on James Hanson" you know some on here can't !! given your reasons above, I posted Dean Holdsworths after match comments to BBC Surrey " "They are a decent team and played a strategy today and isolated Hanson on our back four and I thought he was the difference." in another thread but they still have a pop. nowt fresh
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12:46pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Onebrianmitchell says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
You can't be praising him managers and professional players alike, certain sections of our support don't rate him and don't see the value he brings to the team, the weight he takes on his shoulders and his all round efforts to make the game easier for the other 10 players on the pitch.

Oh just a minute, who's opinion do I value more? Professional managers and players or the numpties that frequent these pages? You numpties of course, with your depth of knowledge and eye for a player's abilities. You wouldn't know 'invisible' play if it climbed into bed and tickled your fancies.

Let this now be an end to the debate on James Hanson. He's good, the pro game appreciates he's good. Disagree all you like but your opinion will be contemptible at best, laughable at worst. I also will now say no more on the subject but let you fill the rest of this page with 'but he doesn't score enough goals' ' he isn't fast enough' 'his headers are weak' Well apparently people, that doesn't seem to be the be all an end all as I have been trying to tell you for years now.
I think thats fair comment. I bemoan his lack of goals this year but when hes not in the team we look a far different team- for the worst.

This is shaping up to be a big season so lets do as PCBA says and end the debate and enjoy the first season for many which has promise.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: You can't be praising him managers and professional players alike, certain sections of our support don't rate him and don't see the value he brings to the team, the weight he takes on his shoulders and his all round efforts to make the game easier for the other 10 players on the pitch. Oh just a minute, who's opinion do I value more? Professional managers and players or the numpties that frequent these pages? You numpties of course, with your depth of knowledge and eye for a player's abilities. You wouldn't know 'invisible' play if it climbed into bed and tickled your fancies. Let this now be an end to the debate on James Hanson. He's good, the pro game appreciates he's good. Disagree all you like but your opinion will be contemptible at best, laughable at worst. I also will now say no more on the subject but let you fill the rest of this page with 'but he doesn't score enough goals' ' he isn't fast enough' 'his headers are weak' Well apparently people, that doesn't seem to be the be all an end all as I have been trying to tell you for years now.[/p][/quote]I think thats fair comment. I bemoan his lack of goals this year but when hes not in the team we look a far different team- for the worst. This is shaping up to be a big season so lets do as PCBA says and end the debate and enjoy the first season for many which has promise. Onebrianmitchell
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12:48pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Onebrianmitchell says...

Just one more thing!!

I used the online ticket sales site this morning. I have never used before. Brilliant. 4 adult tickets, all next to each other. Bought and done.

Quite what they're stood int cold for I have no idea.
Just one more thing!! I used the online ticket sales site this morning. I have never used before. Brilliant. 4 adult tickets, all next to each other. Bought and done. Quite what they're stood int cold for I have no idea. Onebrianmitchell
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7:11pm Mon 12 Nov 12

balbrigganfc says...

Just as long as we don't soar any higher than 4th place, as I have my heart set on going to Wembley for the playoffs.
Come on you Bantams, CTID
Just as long as we don't soar any higher than 4th place, as I have my heart set on going to Wembley for the playoffs. Come on you Bantams, CTID balbrigganfc
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7:17pm Mon 12 Nov 12

lonniejockstrap says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
You can't be praising him managers and professional players alike, certain sections of our support don't rate him and don't see the value he brings to the team, the weight he takes on his shoulders and his all round efforts to make the game easier for the other 10 players on the pitch.

Oh just a minute, who's opinion do I value more? Professional managers and players or the numpties that frequent these pages? You numpties of course, with your depth of knowledge and eye for a player's abilities. You wouldn't know 'invisible' play if it climbed into bed and tickled your fancies.

Let this now be an end to the debate on James Hanson. He's good, the pro game appreciates he's good. Disagree all you like but your opinion will be contemptible at best, laughable at worst. I also will now say no more on the subject but let you fill the rest of this page with 'but he doesn't score enough goals' ' he isn't fast enough' 'his headers are weak' Well apparently people, that doesn't seem to be the be all an end all as I have been trying to tell you for years now.
Absolutely bang on matey.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: You can't be praising him managers and professional players alike, certain sections of our support don't rate him and don't see the value he brings to the team, the weight he takes on his shoulders and his all round efforts to make the game easier for the other 10 players on the pitch. Oh just a minute, who's opinion do I value more? Professional managers and players or the numpties that frequent these pages? You numpties of course, with your depth of knowledge and eye for a player's abilities. You wouldn't know 'invisible' play if it climbed into bed and tickled your fancies. Let this now be an end to the debate on James Hanson. He's good, the pro game appreciates he's good. Disagree all you like but your opinion will be contemptible at best, laughable at worst. I also will now say no more on the subject but let you fill the rest of this page with 'but he doesn't score enough goals' ' he isn't fast enough' 'his headers are weak' Well apparently people, that doesn't seem to be the be all an end all as I have been trying to tell you for years now.[/p][/quote]Absolutely bang on matey. lonniejockstrap
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10:05pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Bredon Bantam says...

PCBA,
Spot on,could not have put it better myself,lets hope that your assessment above puts the James Hanson debate to bed for good.

When all said and good James Hanson plays for BCFC in League 2 in England,and not Barcelona FC in the Champions League as some folk
on here appear to be comparing him with!
PCBA, Spot on,could not have put it better myself,lets hope that your assessment above puts the James Hanson debate to bed for good. When all said and good James Hanson plays for BCFC in League 2 in England,and not Barcelona FC in the Champions League as some folk on here appear to be comparing him with! Bredon Bantam
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11:00pm Mon 12 Nov 12

KnightMcCall says...

balbrigganfc wrote:
Just as long as we don't soar any higher than 4th place, as I have my heart set on going to Wembley for the playoffs.
Come on you Bantams, CTID
Surely only you know whether we are going up via play-offs....besides
, when we beat Arsenal we are only one more step from Wembley.
[quote][p][bold]balbrigganfc[/bold] wrote: Just as long as we don't soar any higher than 4th place, as I have my heart set on going to Wembley for the playoffs. Come on you Bantams, CTID[/p][/quote]Surely only you know whether we are going up via play-offs....besides , when we beat Arsenal we are only one more step from Wembley. KnightMcCall
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