Bradford City: Andy Gray's fresh legs will allow James Hanson welcome breather, says Phil Parkinson

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Andy Gray will be cup-tied for the rematch with Villa but will be pitched straight into the Bantams’ League Two promotion push when Oxford visit Valley Parade on Saturday Andy Gray will be cup-tied for the rematch with Villa but will be pitched straight into the Bantams’ League Two promotion push when Oxford visit Valley Parade on Saturday

Phil Parkinson reckons Andy Gray’s lack of action with Leeds will spell good news for City’s promotion push.

Gray yesterday rejoined the club he left in 2004 and signed a deal tying him to Valley Parade for the next 18 months with an option at the end of it.

The 35-year-old, who previously played under Parkinson at Charlton, chose Leeds over the Bantams last summer following his release from Barnsley.

But he hardly got a sniff at Elland Road, starting just one Capital One Cup tie.

Gray came off the bench eight times in the Championship, scoring once against Hull, and his biggest run-out was for only 18 minutes.

Parkinson reckons that guarantees City a very hungry addition.

He said: “It’s a bonus for us. Andy comes into a squad where we need some fresh legs and he is champing at the bit to get going.

“He has sat on the bench the majority of the season and never really got a chance.

“But it’s very difficult to turn down when a Championship club come in with all their resources. We were talking to Andy among several other players at the time and we’ve always monitored the situation.

“I know what he can do from working with him before. He is a hard-working player both on matchdays and in training and will be a good influence on the younger ones in the squad.”

Gray’s arrival will also take some of the heat off James Hanson and he gives City another option down the middle.

Parkinson added: “It’s a big responsibility on Hans’s shoulders to lead the line week in, week out. Andy can do a similar job to James in terms of being the targetman but he’s a different type of one.

“Andy’s also a consummate professional and that’s one of the key aspects we’re bringing into the club.

“We’re building that ethos of professionalism and want people coming on board who will be singing from the same hymn sheet.”

Gray is cup-tied for the second crack at Aston Villa but he can play in the JPT northern area semi-final at Crewe next week.

Meanwhile, City’s youngsters will finally play their FA Youth Cup third-round tie with Histon at Valley Parade tonight (7.00 kick-off), with the winners earning a home draw against Liverpool.

The game comes too soon for Kyle Harrison and Louie Swain, who have just returned to training from injury. But Steve Thornber has a strong squad to pick from.

He said: “There are going to be a few very unhappy second years but that’s the way it is.

“We’re just glad to be playing at last because we haven’t been able to agree a date.

“Some of the Histon side are also playing in their first team and we’ve bent over backwards to help them. I’m not sure the same thing would be done for us.

“You never know which way it’s going to go but with everything going on at the club we want to ride along with it. There’s no bigger incentive than the thought of playing Liverpool if we win.”

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8:27am Thu 10 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

young legs? mmmm. not sure he will add any pace but will probably drop off more into midfield and wide left or right
young legs? mmmm. not sure he will add any pace but will probably drop off more into midfield and wide left or right tyker2

8:43am Thu 10 Jan 13

dannbradfc says...

i'm still on a high so don't want to be negative here but he wasn't 'my cup of tea' the first time he was here, on the basis he wasn't a natural finisher (good at penalties though) and wasn't aggressive enough for me. However he may have changed his game since then and Hanson needed competition. Gray plays with his back to goal alot and can hold the ball well, but my first choice would still be Hanson......good luck to Gray though and he could prove to be an astute signing. Atkinson is a good example of a player turning things around and despite not been a natural winger offers effort, discipline and calmness on the ball. Gray also doesn't have the pace but has atributes to his game that can help others.....just my humble opnion ;-)
i'm still on a high so don't want to be negative here but he wasn't 'my cup of tea' the first time he was here, on the basis he wasn't a natural finisher (good at penalties though) and wasn't aggressive enough for me. However he may have changed his game since then and Hanson needed competition. Gray plays with his back to goal alot and can hold the ball well, but my first choice would still be Hanson......good luck to Gray though and he could prove to be an astute signing. Atkinson is a good example of a player turning things around and despite not been a natural winger offers effort, discipline and calmness on the ball. Gray also doesn't have the pace but has atributes to his game that can help others.....just my humble opnion ;-) dannbradfc

8:56am Thu 10 Jan 13

shaun from richmond says...

I think Gray is a POOR signing!.
Mind you I thought Parkinson was a POOR Manager!?......SO WHAT DO I KNOW!!!!.
I hear the WELLS rumours are now becoming a reality....PLEASE NOT HUDDERS!!.
I think Gray is a POOR signing!. Mind you I thought Parkinson was a POOR Manager!?......SO WHAT DO I KNOW!!!!. I hear the WELLS rumours are now becoming a reality....PLEASE NOT HUDDERS!!. shaun from richmond

9:46am Thu 10 Jan 13

Old Dave says...

He's shown up well in two televised games in which we've beaten premier league opposition. Of course people will be interested in Wells!

having said that his best two games in the last couple of months have been the two big games, so maybe he's putting himself in the shop window. I cant blame him being ambitious!

It would be nice to keep him until at least the summer, but every player has a price when your a poor fourth division club.

I trust that the combination of Lawn/ Rhodes/ Baldwin and Parkinson will do what they feel is best for our club!
He's shown up well in two televised games in which we've beaten premier league opposition. Of course people will be interested in Wells! having said that his best two games in the last couple of months have been the two big games, so maybe he's putting himself in the shop window. I cant blame him being ambitious! It would be nice to keep him until at least the summer, but every player has a price when your a poor fourth division club. I trust that the combination of Lawn/ Rhodes/ Baldwin and Parkinson will do what they feel is best for our club! Old Dave

9:47am Thu 10 Jan 13

1 bingley bantam says...

Gray cant do any worse than Hanson in front of goal,still a bit soar over the carry on during the summer keeping us in limbo for weeks on end.Yes can understand wanting to try and stay in championship but anyone except L!!ds or Hudderscum!
As for rumours around Wells hope they remain just that rumours! would send a very negative message out if we sold him.Would like the club to make a statement that he is not for sale final.I know people will say every player has his price etc etc but he will still be worth X amount of hundreds of thousand pounds in the summer lets keep it all together this is our best chance for success on incredibly 3 fronts ever.
Gray cant do any worse than Hanson in front of goal,still a bit soar over the carry on during the summer keeping us in limbo for weeks on end.Yes can understand wanting to try and stay in championship but anyone except L!!ds or Hudderscum! As for rumours around Wells hope they remain just that rumours! would send a very negative message out if we sold him.Would like the club to make a statement that he is not for sale final.I know people will say every player has his price etc etc but he will still be worth X amount of hundreds of thousand pounds in the summer lets keep it all together this is our best chance for success on incredibly 3 fronts ever. 1 bingley bantam

10:11am Thu 10 Jan 13

Peter300 says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
I think Gray is a POOR signing!. Mind you I thought Parkinson was a POOR Manager!?......SO WHAT DO I KNOW!!!!. I hear the WELLS rumours are now becoming a reality....PLEASE NOT HUDDERS!!.
You know nothing, but why should you? You do not support Bradford City, but I would like to thank you for donating money to the club I support. THANK you shaun.....the true DEADBEAT. It is so kind of YOU!!!!....How's the GOLF????
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: I think Gray is a POOR signing!. Mind you I thought Parkinson was a POOR Manager!?......SO WHAT DO I KNOW!!!!. I hear the WELLS rumours are now becoming a reality....PLEASE NOT HUDDERS!!.[/p][/quote]You know nothing, but why should you? You do not support Bradford City, but I would like to thank you for donating money to the club I support. THANK you shaun.....the true DEADBEAT. It is so kind of YOU!!!!....How's the GOLF???? Peter300

10:16am Thu 10 Jan 13

Peter300 says...

1 bingley bantam wrote:
Gray cant do any worse than Hanson in front of goal,still a bit soar over the carry on during the summer keeping us in limbo for weeks on end.Yes can understand wanting to try and stay in championship but anyone except L!!ds or Hudderscum! As for rumours around Wells hope they remain just that rumours! would send a very negative message out if we sold him.Would like the club to make a statement that he is not for sale final.I know people will say every player has his price etc etc but he will still be worth X amount of hundreds of thousand pounds in the summer lets keep it all together this is our best chance for success on incredibly 3 fronts ever.
James Hanson showed his value to the side once again on Tuesday. It's a shame people like you do not appreciate what playes like Hanson (and Gray) bring to a team. You will always criticise, because you simply do not understand what the role of a centre-forward like Hanson (and Gray) is. Their efforts are wasted on people like you.
[quote][p][bold]1 bingley bantam[/bold] wrote: Gray cant do any worse than Hanson in front of goal,still a bit soar over the carry on during the summer keeping us in limbo for weeks on end.Yes can understand wanting to try and stay in championship but anyone except L!!ds or Hudderscum! As for rumours around Wells hope they remain just that rumours! would send a very negative message out if we sold him.Would like the club to make a statement that he is not for sale final.I know people will say every player has his price etc etc but he will still be worth X amount of hundreds of thousand pounds in the summer lets keep it all together this is our best chance for success on incredibly 3 fronts ever.[/p][/quote]James Hanson showed his value to the side once again on Tuesday. It's a shame people like you do not appreciate what playes like Hanson (and Gray) bring to a team. You will always criticise, because you simply do not understand what the role of a centre-forward like Hanson (and Gray) is. Their efforts are wasted on people like you. Peter300

10:20am Thu 10 Jan 13

Peter300 says...

dannbradfc wrote:
i'm still on a high so don't want to be negative here but he wasn't 'my cup of tea' the first time he was here, on the basis he wasn't a natural finisher (good at penalties though) and wasn't aggressive enough for me. However he may have changed his game since then and Hanson needed competition. Gray plays with his back to goal alot and can hold the ball well, but my first choice would still be Hanson......good luck to Gray though and he could prove to be an astute signing. Atkinson is a good example of a player turning things around and despite not been a natural winger offers effort, discipline and calmness on the ball. Gray also doesn't have the pace but has atributes to his game that can help others.....just my humble opnion ;-)
Gray's a good finisher. What sort of finisher had you in mind? Got your needle for the haystack? Ba? Van Persie? Rooney?
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: i'm still on a high so don't want to be negative here but he wasn't 'my cup of tea' the first time he was here, on the basis he wasn't a natural finisher (good at penalties though) and wasn't aggressive enough for me. However he may have changed his game since then and Hanson needed competition. Gray plays with his back to goal alot and can hold the ball well, but my first choice would still be Hanson......good luck to Gray though and he could prove to be an astute signing. Atkinson is a good example of a player turning things around and despite not been a natural winger offers effort, discipline and calmness on the ball. Gray also doesn't have the pace but has atributes to his game that can help others.....just my humble opnion ;-)[/p][/quote]Gray's a good finisher. What sort of finisher had you in mind? Got your needle for the haystack? Ba? Van Persie? Rooney? Peter300

10:22am Thu 10 Jan 13

Peter300 says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
I think Gray is a POOR signing!. Mind you I thought Parkinson was a POOR Manager!?......SO WHAT DO I KNOW!!!!. I hear the WELLS rumours are now becoming a reality....PLEASE NOT HUDDERS!!.
I was going to say you are a poor supporter. But then you DON'T support the team or club. PS Thanks for the money to help my team i.e. the club I support Bradford City. It's so kind of you.
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: I think Gray is a POOR signing!. Mind you I thought Parkinson was a POOR Manager!?......SO WHAT DO I KNOW!!!!. I hear the WELLS rumours are now becoming a reality....PLEASE NOT HUDDERS!!.[/p][/quote]I was going to say you are a poor supporter. But then you DON'T support the team or club. PS Thanks for the money to help my team i.e. the club I support Bradford City. It's so kind of you. Peter300

10:54am Thu 10 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

Peter300 wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote:
I think Gray is a POOR signing!. Mind you I thought Parkinson was a POOR Manager!?......SO WHAT DO I KNOW!!!!. I hear the WELLS rumours are now becoming a reality....PLEASE NOT HUDDERS!!.
I was going to say you are a poor supporter. But then you DON'T support the team or club. PS Thanks for the money to help my team i.e. the club I support Bradford City. It's so kind of you.
Peter,an ex city player pparently, why are you so strident in your views. Perhaps if you had been so tenacious as a footballer you wold have made in instead of being a failed footballer and,thereafter, pub landlord.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: I think Gray is a POOR signing!. Mind you I thought Parkinson was a POOR Manager!?......SO WHAT DO I KNOW!!!!. I hear the WELLS rumours are now becoming a reality....PLEASE NOT HUDDERS!!.[/p][/quote]I was going to say you are a poor supporter. But then you DON'T support the team or club. PS Thanks for the money to help my team i.e. the club I support Bradford City. It's so kind of you.[/p][/quote]Peter,an ex city player pparently, why are you so strident in your views. Perhaps if you had been so tenacious as a footballer you wold have made in instead of being a failed footballer and,thereafter, pub landlord. tyker2

10:58am Thu 10 Jan 13

Waynus1971 says...

It's not often I agree with the poster called Peter Vile, but I'm with him on this one. Hanson played a blinder on Tuesday and does do a lot of stuff that doesn't naturally get recognised by the fans. Still don't think he works as hard as he should when attacking the ball, but every player will have areas to work on. Just look what he can do when he really attacks a cross. That effort that cannoned off the cross-bar was excellent but he should be doing it more often.

As for Gray, I'm not sure he is anything remotely similar to Hanson, so will we have to change our style? As I remember him, he was closer to Atkinson but with a better finish.

Still hoping we bag an attacking midfielder so we can change tight games with a different option.

Then, if we can just tie down Turgott & Good on longer loans, I'm sure we won't be far short.
It's not often I agree with the poster called Peter Vile, but I'm with him on this one. Hanson played a blinder on Tuesday and does do a lot of stuff that doesn't naturally get recognised by the fans. Still don't think he works as hard as he should when attacking the ball, but every player will have areas to work on. Just look what he can do when he really attacks a cross. That effort that cannoned off the cross-bar was excellent but he should be doing it more often. As for Gray, I'm not sure he is anything remotely similar to Hanson, so will we have to change our style? As I remember him, he was closer to Atkinson but with a better finish. Still hoping we bag an attacking midfielder so we can change tight games with a different option. Then, if we can just tie down Turgott & Good on longer loans, I'm sure we won't be far short. Waynus1971

11:00am Thu 10 Jan 13

Waynus1971 says...

In fact, isn't Gray more of a similar player to Thompson? Not quite as good as Thompson in the air, but slightly better in front of goal?
In fact, isn't Gray more of a similar player to Thompson? Not quite as good as Thompson in the air, but slightly better in front of goal? Waynus1971

11:03am Thu 10 Jan 13

Waynus1971 says...

Just remembered my post from a couple of days ago. I must remember to stick my lottery numbers on for Friday night;

"Waynus1971 says...
4:22pm Mon 7 Jan 13

I predict a 2-4 loss tomorrow night, but then I did predict a 0-4 defeat against Arsenal. By that logic, we will probably win 3-1"
Just remembered my post from a couple of days ago. I must remember to stick my lottery numbers on for Friday night; "Waynus1971 says... 4:22pm Mon 7 Jan 13 I predict a 2-4 loss tomorrow night, but then I did predict a 0-4 defeat against Arsenal. By that logic, we will probably win 3-1" Waynus1971

11:26am Thu 10 Jan 13

Dancinfeet says...

Wells rumours are very true just been on sky sports news. Wolves Hudders and l$$ds in for him. Was a bit worried the way Saunders was talking about him on tues. surely he won't leave till end of season!??
Wells rumours are very true just been on sky sports news. Wolves Hudders and l$$ds in for him. Was a bit worried the way Saunders was talking about him on tues. surely he won't leave till end of season!?? Dancinfeet

11:31am Thu 10 Jan 13

Citygentleman1968 says...

Excellent Waynus, please share those numbers with me. There really is no logic to this cup run. It beggers belief and puts egg on the face of 95% of so called pundits who continue to 'dis' BCFC's chances. I have heard that should we be fortunate enough to reach Wembley, that it will double what we will earn should we go out at semis stage. Which I believe is in the region on £1.4 million.
The 2nd leg for me IS the biggest game in Bradford's history. I doubt that we will see the likes of this again in the next 25 years, so we must all saviour it and enjoy while it lasts. If we can grab a goal at Villa Park...Dare we start to dream?
Excellent Waynus, please share those numbers with me. There really is no logic to this cup run. It beggers belief and puts egg on the face of 95% of so called pundits who continue to 'dis' BCFC's chances. I have heard that should we be fortunate enough to reach Wembley, that it will double what we will earn should we go out at semis stage. Which I believe is in the region on £1.4 million. The 2nd leg for me IS the biggest game in Bradford's history. I doubt that we will see the likes of this again in the next 25 years, so we must all saviour it and enjoy while it lasts. If we can grab a goal at Villa Park...Dare we start to dream? Citygentleman1968

11:33am Thu 10 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

Dancinfeet wrote:
Wells rumours are very true just been on sky sports news. Wolves Hudders and l$$ds in for him. Was a bit worried the way Saunders was talking about him on tues. surely he won't leave till end of season!??
yes Saunders was really up Wells as the best striker in the division, really up beat about the way he took his goal but no mention how Wells raced out to get the ball from A Jones cross which led to the cross fro McArdle's header.

MAYBE WE CAN KEEP HIM UNTIL AFTER THE SECOND LEG IF NOTHING ELSE
[quote][p][bold]Dancinfeet[/bold] wrote: Wells rumours are very true just been on sky sports news. Wolves Hudders and l$$ds in for him. Was a bit worried the way Saunders was talking about him on tues. surely he won't leave till end of season!??[/p][/quote]yes Saunders was really up Wells as the best striker in the division, really up beat about the way he took his goal but no mention how Wells raced out to get the ball from A Jones cross which led to the cross fro McArdle's header. MAYBE WE CAN KEEP HIM UNTIL AFTER THE SECOND LEG IF NOTHING ELSE tyker2

11:36am Thu 10 Jan 13

Citygentleman1968 says...

On Skysports...

After his Capital One Cup heroics in midweek in Bradford's shock semi-final first leg victory over Aston Villa, Leeds, Huddersfield and Wolves are chasing the £1m-rated Nahki Wells, the same newspaper reports.
On Skysports... After his Capital One Cup heroics in midweek in Bradford's shock semi-final first leg victory over Aston Villa, Leeds, Huddersfield and Wolves are chasing the £1m-rated Nahki Wells, the same newspaper reports. Citygentleman1968

11:38am Thu 10 Jan 13

Citygentleman1968 says...

I did say on a previous article, that if any club comes in for a bid of between £750,000 - £1,000,000 that it would turn the Chairmen's heads. We would take that sort of money. Anything less, screw them, he is under contract for 3 yrs, let them bid against each other.
I did say on a previous article, that if any club comes in for a bid of between £750,000 - £1,000,000 that it would turn the Chairmen's heads. We would take that sort of money. Anything less, screw them, he is under contract for 3 yrs, let them bid against each other. Citygentleman1968

11:39am Thu 10 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

Citygentleman1968 wrote:
I did say on a previous article, that if any club comes in for a bid of between £750,000 - £1,000,000 that it would turn the Chairmen's heads. We would take that sort of money. Anything less, screw them, he is under contract for 3 yrs, let them bid against each other.
ageed
[quote][p][bold]Citygentleman1968[/bold] wrote: I did say on a previous article, that if any club comes in for a bid of between £750,000 - £1,000,000 that it would turn the Chairmen's heads. We would take that sort of money. Anything less, screw them, he is under contract for 3 yrs, let them bid against each other.[/p][/quote]ageed tyker2

11:40am Thu 10 Jan 13

Citygentleman1968 says...

On a further note, I hope that If Wells did go, that BCFC ensure there is a % buy on clause that gives us at least 15-20% of future tranfers.

Personally, I really want him to stay!
On a further note, I hope that If Wells did go, that BCFC ensure there is a % buy on clause that gives us at least 15-20% of future tranfers. Personally, I really want him to stay! Citygentleman1968

11:43am Thu 10 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

I think if all transfer fees are the same his best option would be to go to Wolves where he will be better coached by Saunders than the others
I think if all transfer fees are the same his best option would be to go to Wolves where he will be better coached by Saunders than the others tyker2

11:51am Thu 10 Jan 13

Old Dave says...

£750k pays the rent at VP for a year! that assures the future of the club.

To turn down such an offer would be daft! Nakhi strikes me as ambitious, but some times he lacks a bit of get up and go against the typical fouth division defenders. I dont want to be critical of him, as he's been great for us, but if we start turning down offers from big championship clubs (that would rule out Hudds!) I am sure he would be peeved and his perfomnaces would suffer. There is not a lot to be said for keeping a player against his wishes, even if we did give him a deal when nobody else would! If we sold him to leeds for £1m the he was crap at champ level, and we got him back for next to nowt in a couple of years, that would be perfect!!!
£750k pays the rent at VP for a year! that assures the future of the club. To turn down such an offer would be daft! Nakhi strikes me as ambitious, but some times he lacks a bit of get up and go against the typical fouth division defenders. I dont want to be critical of him, as he's been great for us, but if we start turning down offers from big championship clubs (that would rule out Hudds!) I am sure he would be peeved and his perfomnaces would suffer. There is not a lot to be said for keeping a player against his wishes, even if we did give him a deal when nobody else would! If we sold him to leeds for £1m the he was crap at champ level, and we got him back for next to nowt in a couple of years, that would be perfect!!! Old Dave

12:11pm Thu 10 Jan 13

s.b.c says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
It's not often I agree with the poster called Peter Vile, but I'm with him on this one. Hanson played a blinder on Tuesday and does do a lot of stuff that doesn't naturally get recognised by the fans. Still don't think he works as hard as he should when attacking the ball, but every player will have areas to work on. Just look what he can do when he really attacks a cross. That effort that cannoned off the cross-bar was excellent but he should be doing it more often.

As for Gray, I'm not sure he is anything remotely similar to Hanson, so will we have to change our style? As I remember him, he was closer to Atkinson but with a better finish.

Still hoping we bag an attacking midfielder so we can change tight games with a different option.

Then, if we can just tie down Turgott & Good on longer loans, I'm sure we won't be far short.
Have supported JH on more than one occasion & appreciate his work rate as much as anyone, have also made my feelings known for the extremely poor support he receives up front.

However, on Tuesday he was abysmal with one header from which he should have scored & a second header which was not put away was a very very good half chance.

Won't talk about his virtually none exesistant shooting.

Unfortunately, and i am very sorry to say this, with James you know execactly how he is going to play before the game even starts. He has never added added any variation to his game at all.

Possibly very little better now than when he first came to us three years ago.

Nothing would give me greater pleasure than James Hanson proving me wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: It's not often I agree with the poster called Peter Vile, but I'm with him on this one. Hanson played a blinder on Tuesday and does do a lot of stuff that doesn't naturally get recognised by the fans. Still don't think he works as hard as he should when attacking the ball, but every player will have areas to work on. Just look what he can do when he really attacks a cross. That effort that cannoned off the cross-bar was excellent but he should be doing it more often. As for Gray, I'm not sure he is anything remotely similar to Hanson, so will we have to change our style? As I remember him, he was closer to Atkinson but with a better finish. Still hoping we bag an attacking midfielder so we can change tight games with a different option. Then, if we can just tie down Turgott & Good on longer loans, I'm sure we won't be far short.[/p][/quote]Have supported JH on more than one occasion & appreciate his work rate as much as anyone, have also made my feelings known for the extremely poor support he receives up front. However, on Tuesday he was abysmal with one header from which he should have scored & a second header which was not put away was a very very good half chance. Won't talk about his virtually none exesistant shooting. Unfortunately, and i am very sorry to say this, with James you know execactly how he is going to play before the game even starts. He has never added added any variation to his game at all. Possibly very little better now than when he first came to us three years ago. Nothing would give me greater pleasure than James Hanson proving me wrong. s.b.c

12:30pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Rambo says...

People in the PL who complain about refs should see the horrors we have every week. The officials the other night were excellent. It was almost a joy to see JH not be continually pulled up for fouls when challenging in the air.

Which brings me to my point. JH probably needs to start playing for fouls. Some people have said he needs to be more like Bobby Campbell but that would not work in todays game. JHs problem is he's too honest as player.

I think Windass would be extremely good at coaching that into him...
People in the PL who complain about refs should see the horrors we have every week. The officials the other night were excellent. It was almost a joy to see JH not be continually pulled up for fouls when challenging in the air. Which brings me to my point. JH probably needs to start playing for fouls. Some people have said he needs to be more like Bobby Campbell but that would not work in todays game. JHs problem is he's too honest as player. I think Windass would be extremely good at coaching that into him... Rambo

12:38pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Citygentleman1968 says...

The Bantams have been awarded the F&C Investments Performance of the Week Award for their stunning victory over Aston Villa in their Capital One Cup Semi-Final First Leg.




The League Managers Association five-man Performance of the Week panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, were in agreement that this week, the award should go to Phil Parkinson's men following their excellent 3-1 home win against Villa this Tuesday.

Parkinson will receive a specially engraved crystal football in a presentation to commemorate the award.

The award is the Bantams' first F&C Investments Performance of the Week Award of the season, with a remarkable display to establish a noticeable advantage going into the second leg at Villa Park.
The Bantams have been awarded the F&C Investments Performance of the Week Award for their stunning victory over Aston Villa in their Capital One Cup Semi-Final First Leg. The League Managers Association five-man Performance of the Week panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, were in agreement that this week, the award should go to Phil Parkinson's men following their excellent 3-1 home win against Villa this Tuesday. Parkinson will receive a specially engraved crystal football in a presentation to commemorate the award. The award is the Bantams' first F&C Investments Performance of the Week Award of the season, with a remarkable display to establish a noticeable advantage going into the second leg at Villa Park. Citygentleman1968

12:50pm Thu 10 Jan 13

macca1969 says...

Wells has been superb for us. But a million pounds is a lot of money for a player that is still a relative rookie. Lets be honest he has had a brilliant last twelve months but that is all. I would still prefer to keep him but if we do get a decent bid lets make it cash only not drip by drip, surely the cup cash gives us that power to be able to say cash up front with a sell on fee should he continue to develope. Lets hope pp has a replacement in mind though as we don't have another natural goalscorer at the club and this worries me more
Wells has been superb for us. But a million pounds is a lot of money for a player that is still a relative rookie. Lets be honest he has had a brilliant last twelve months but that is all. I would still prefer to keep him but if we do get a decent bid lets make it cash only not drip by drip, surely the cup cash gives us that power to be able to say cash up front with a sell on fee should he continue to develope. Lets hope pp has a replacement in mind though as we don't have another natural goalscorer at the club and this worries me more macca1969

1:17pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Bingban says...

Reading this lot I'm surprised you all have the gaul to post. Parkinson and Atkinson criticism was shown to be unfounded, Hanson criticism might have some mileage but why - overplay/lost form/lack of support. What he does for the team now is tremendous and he is an honest player and as such will always be in contention for my side. I dont know if Gray will be a success here but he will help Hanson and that can only be great for the TEAM. As far a speculation on Wells, I sincerely hope you lot are wrong again - he is our goal scorer, thorn in the side of all defences, a developing player and in years to come will play in the premier league hopefully with us. Dont underestimate what we have going at VP now, we are moving forward and selling our asset will not help. Woe betide Lawn if he sells out Thats the message supporters should be sending out not bragging about the pathetic predictions that no-one cares about
Reading this lot I'm surprised you all have the gaul to post. Parkinson and Atkinson criticism was shown to be unfounded, Hanson criticism might have some mileage but why - overplay/lost form/lack of support. What he does for the team now is tremendous and he is an honest player and as such will always be in contention for my side. I dont know if Gray will be a success here but he will help Hanson and that can only be great for the TEAM. As far a speculation on Wells, I sincerely hope you lot are wrong again - he is our goal scorer, thorn in the side of all defences, a developing player and in years to come will play in the premier league hopefully with us. Dont underestimate what we have going at VP now, we are moving forward and selling our asset will not help. Woe betide Lawn if he sells out Thats the message supporters should be sending out not bragging about the pathetic predictions that no-one cares about Bingban

1:24pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Rambo says...

"What he does for the team now is tremendous and he is an honest player"
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Like i said, thats partly why he's struggling - he's too honest. If he started learning to wind-up defenders and playing for fouls more maybe he might get a lot more go his way.

In an ideal world, we'd all want honesty and no diving, no time-wasting etc. But thats the game these days, certainly in L2.
"What he does for the team now is tremendous and he is an honest player" . Like i said, thats partly why he's struggling - he's too honest. If he started learning to wind-up defenders and playing for fouls more maybe he might get a lot more go his way. In an ideal world, we'd all want honesty and no diving, no time-wasting etc. But thats the game these days, certainly in L2. Rambo

1:41pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Whoisevans? says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
I think Gray is a POOR signing!.
Mind you I thought Parkinson was a POOR Manager!?......SO WHAT DO I KNOW!!!!.
I hear the WELLS rumours are now becoming a reality....PLEASE NOT HUDDERS!!.
Well said Shaun "What do you Know" lol He aint going to Hudders he's too good Probably a premier league club in the summer.
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: I think Gray is a POOR signing!. Mind you I thought Parkinson was a POOR Manager!?......SO WHAT DO I KNOW!!!!. I hear the WELLS rumours are now becoming a reality....PLEASE NOT HUDDERS!!.[/p][/quote]Well said Shaun "What do you Know" lol He aint going to Hudders he's too good Probably a premier league club in the summer. Whoisevans?

1:43pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Waynus1971 says...

Rambo wrote:
"What he does for the team now is tremendous and he is an honest player" . Like i said, thats partly why he's struggling - he's too honest. If he started learning to wind-up defenders and playing for fouls more maybe he might get a lot more go his way. In an ideal world, we'd all want honesty and no diving, no time-wasting etc. But thats the game these days, certainly in L2.
I have said exactly the same in a previous thread. There are two areas of Hanson's game that he needs to work on;
a) Attacking the ball, like he did on Tuesday night, when he almost put us 3-0 up. He got up and really attacked the ball and was unlucky not to see it go into the top corner. he attacks the ball in our box (when defending set pieces), so why not in the opposition box? Tuesday night proved he has it in his locker.

b) Hanson does get dragged around a lot and yet, as soon as he sticks out an arm to lever against the marker, he gets penalised. It's time Hanson learned how to be more savvy in these situations. Windass was excellent and could really teach Hanson a lot. Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting James goes screaming in the fref's face after a decision goes against him, but he never says anything.
[quote][p][bold]Rambo[/bold] wrote: "What he does for the team now is tremendous and he is an honest player" . Like i said, thats partly why he's struggling - he's too honest. If he started learning to wind-up defenders and playing for fouls more maybe he might get a lot more go his way. In an ideal world, we'd all want honesty and no diving, no time-wasting etc. But thats the game these days, certainly in L2.[/p][/quote]I have said exactly the same in a previous thread. There are two areas of Hanson's game that he needs to work on; a) Attacking the ball, like he did on Tuesday night, when he almost put us 3-0 up. He got up and really attacked the ball and was unlucky not to see it go into the top corner. he attacks the ball in our box (when defending set pieces), so why not in the opposition box? Tuesday night proved he has it in his locker. b) Hanson does get dragged around a lot and yet, as soon as he sticks out an arm to lever against the marker, he gets penalised. It's time Hanson learned how to be more savvy in these situations. Windass was excellent and could really teach Hanson a lot. Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting James goes screaming in the fref's face after a decision goes against him, but he never says anything. Waynus1971

1:48pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Whoisevans? says...

I think the addition of Gray will be like we did in the old division 4 with John Hawley. I know people say he was a bit slow and his goal ratio was not brilliant but I feel his experience will be vital and help the likes of Hanson and Wells.
I think the addition of Gray will be like we did in the old division 4 with John Hawley. I know people say he was a bit slow and his goal ratio was not brilliant but I feel his experience will be vital and help the likes of Hanson and Wells. Whoisevans?

1:52pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Waynus1971 says...

Anyone know if the final 1500 (or so) away tickets sold yet. Apparently a 2hr wait this morning saw loads manage to get their tickets.

Also, any news on transport? I haven't seen anything about coaches etc?

Don't even want to think about losing Wells, but to be fair, it is inevitable. Shame Leicester aren't one of those interested. We could have done a cash plus player (Jamie Vardy) deal. Wells won't want to miss out on a possible final appearance surely. How about signing him now, but loaning him back to us for a month??
Anyone know if the final 1500 (or so) away tickets sold yet. Apparently a 2hr wait this morning saw loads manage to get their tickets. Also, any news on transport? I haven't seen anything about coaches etc? Don't even want to think about losing Wells, but to be fair, it is inevitable. Shame Leicester aren't one of those interested. We could have done a cash plus player (Jamie Vardy) deal. Wells won't want to miss out on a possible final appearance surely. How about signing him now, but loaning him back to us for a month?? Waynus1971

1:57pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Cityman23 says...

I'd like to say a word or two in praise of James Hanson, a player who seems to divide opinion amongst City fans.

James to me is a 'wholehearted' player who offers a lot in terms of the 'threat' perceived by opposition central defenders from his headers/jumps to win/play off the ball/goals. He has his weaknesses-apart from Messi-who doesn't- but I see him as a true asset and am delighted he's in OUR squad.

He DOES deserve a 'rest' an with Andy, Alan and Nahki as well, this allows for some sensible rotation!
I'd like to say a word or two in praise of James Hanson, a player who seems to divide opinion amongst City fans. James to me is a 'wholehearted' player who offers a lot in terms of the 'threat' perceived by opposition central defenders from his headers/jumps to win/play off the ball/goals. He has his weaknesses-apart from Messi-who doesn't- but I see him as a true asset and am delighted he's in OUR squad. He DOES deserve a 'rest' an with Andy, Alan and Nahki as well, this allows for some sensible rotation! Cityman23

2:03pm Thu 10 Jan 13

bigang02 says...

was told 100 tkts left half hour ago n no queues
was told 100 tkts left half hour ago n no queues bigang02

2:24pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Whoisevans? says...

Just heard that Bradford City council are not going to allow a TV screen in the park at the heart. Bradford City could do this like they did with the Newcastle FA cup tie and get the fans in that can't get tickets to go to Villa. So proud of our team well done lads.
Just heard that Bradford City council are not going to allow a TV screen in the park at the heart. Bradford City could do this like they did with the Newcastle FA cup tie and get the fans in that can't get tickets to go to Villa. So proud of our team well done lads. Whoisevans?

2:31pm Thu 10 Jan 13

bcfc1903 says...

Regarding tickets for villa Park...went past the ground at 10-30 this morning and saw a large queue of BCFC fans still trying to get them...would imagine they will be all gone today....cannot see Wells being sold in January under any circumstances with the club being in sucha strong position position both financially and playing wise ....just too much for a player to give up even if BCFC get beat in the semifinal and Villa go through. I can see him departing in the summer if we fail to win promotion. Great to have Andy Gray back home...he's a Championsip class player who hopefully will adapt to this leagues overall style and tactics. BCFC try to play football but that is alien to most clubs in this sh*te league, Andy has enough class to cope and deliver!!!!.

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Regarding tickets for villa Park...went past the ground at 10-30 this morning and saw a large queue of BCFC fans still trying to get them...would imagine they will be all gone today....cannot see Wells being sold in January under any circumstances with the club being in sucha strong position position both financially and playing wise ....just too much for a player to give up even if BCFC get beat in the semifinal and Villa go through. I can see him departing in the summer if we fail to win promotion. Great to have Andy Gray back home...he's a Championsip class player who hopefully will adapt to this leagues overall style and tactics. BCFC try to play football but that is alien to most clubs in this sh*te league, Andy has enough class to cope and deliver!!!!. ** We shout with pride....we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!! bcfc1903

2:31pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Whoisevans? says...

Why would Wells want to leave to go to |Hudders or Luuds he would be better staying at City until the end of this season and play in a cup final and get promotion and then join a top premier league club on better wages than he would get from any also rans.
Why would Wells want to leave to go to |Hudders or Luuds he would be better staying at City until the end of this season and play in a cup final and get promotion and then join a top premier league club on better wages than he would get from any also rans. Whoisevans?

2:37pm Thu 10 Jan 13

macca1969 says...

Bingban wrote:
Reading this lot I'm surprised you all have the gaul to post. Parkinson and Atkinson criticism was shown to be unfounded, Hanson criticism might have some mileage but why - overplay/lost form/lack of support. What he does for the team now is tremendous and he is an honest player and as such will always be in contention for my side. I dont know if Gray will be a success here but he will help Hanson and that can only be great for the TEAM. As far a speculation on Wells, I sincerely hope you lot are wrong again - he is our goal scorer, thorn in the side of all defences, a developing player and in years to come will play in the premier league hopefully with us. Dont underestimate what we have going at VP now, we are moving forward and selling our asset will not help. Woe betide Lawn if he sells out Thats the message supporters should be sending out not bragging about the pathetic predictions that no-one cares about
You are deluding yourself. If a big offer comes in the club don't have a choice if nahki wants to move on. Player power will decide where his future lies not the chairmen. They job will be yo ensure city get the best possible deal that's all. Its a nonsense to say we can force a player to stay against his wishes, he took an age to sign his new contract and I would be very surprised if he hadn't put some sort of clause in there. I don't want him to go but sometimes you have to face up to the reality
[quote][p][bold]Bingban[/bold] wrote: Reading this lot I'm surprised you all have the gaul to post. Parkinson and Atkinson criticism was shown to be unfounded, Hanson criticism might have some mileage but why - overplay/lost form/lack of support. What he does for the team now is tremendous and he is an honest player and as such will always be in contention for my side. I dont know if Gray will be a success here but he will help Hanson and that can only be great for the TEAM. As far a speculation on Wells, I sincerely hope you lot are wrong again - he is our goal scorer, thorn in the side of all defences, a developing player and in years to come will play in the premier league hopefully with us. Dont underestimate what we have going at VP now, we are moving forward and selling our asset will not help. Woe betide Lawn if he sells out Thats the message supporters should be sending out not bragging about the pathetic predictions that no-one cares about[/p][/quote]You are deluding yourself. If a big offer comes in the club don't have a choice if nahki wants to move on. Player power will decide where his future lies not the chairmen. They job will be yo ensure city get the best possible deal that's all. Its a nonsense to say we can force a player to stay against his wishes, he took an age to sign his new contract and I would be very surprised if he hadn't put some sort of clause in there. I don't want him to go but sometimes you have to face up to the reality macca1969

3:30pm Thu 10 Jan 13

lawsonio123 says...

History Proves and the Directors know full well that selling your good players DOES NOT leed to Promotion.City have been down that road many times. When they did not do so the path lead to the PREMIERSHIP. Let this road be taken again and the support will be there. Go down the selling road and we will go Backwards Let us hope the Directors will keep what City have and they will be rewarded with Progress Large Crowds and the Gratitude of all True Supporters Bradford City have the chance now to reach once more for the Top GOOD LUCK.
History Proves and the Directors know full well that selling your good players DOES NOT leed to Promotion.City have been down that road many times. When they did not do so the path lead to the PREMIERSHIP. Let this road be taken again and the support will be there. Go down the selling road and we will go Backwards Let us hope the Directors will keep what City have and they will be rewarded with Progress Large Crowds and the Gratitude of all True Supporters Bradford City have the chance now to reach once more for the Top GOOD LUCK. lawsonio123

3:32pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Bingban says...

No Delusion - just a FAN and I wouldnt want to do business over these pages. The call for getting as much money for our biggest asset from posters (I hesitate to use the word fan) is clearly a matter for the directors - our job is to make the player and the directors feel he is wanted. Right now I dont see cashing in something we supporters should be pursuing. IF the club is considering this then we should be saying we supoport you trying to keep him. IF he is adament to be away then he and you should remember the three year contract unless there is a giveaway clause.
I reiterate there is something special at VP right now dont underestimate the thrill of success.
No Delusion - just a FAN and I wouldnt want to do business over these pages. The call for getting as much money for our biggest asset from posters (I hesitate to use the word fan) is clearly a matter for the directors - our job is to make the player and the directors feel he is wanted. Right now I dont see cashing in something we supporters should be pursuing. IF the club is considering this then we should be saying we supoport you trying to keep him. IF he is adament to be away then he and you should remember the three year contract unless there is a giveaway clause. I reiterate there is something special at VP right now dont underestimate the thrill of success. Bingban

3:34pm Thu 10 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
History Proves and the Directors know full well that selling your good players DOES NOT leed to Promotion.City have been down that road many times. When they did not do so the path lead to the PREMIERSHIP. Let this road be taken again and the support will be there. Go down the selling road and we will go Backwards Let us hope the Directors will keep what City have and they will be rewarded with Progress Large Crowds and the Gratitude of all True Supporters Bradford City have the chance now to reach once more for the Top GOOD LUCK.
you need a lesson in fourth division economics my friend: the cub cannot afford to turn down a large cash offer. And itn this respect it has to b all cash up front. none of this promissory notes (as with Burnley when they bought Blake).

WE NEED CASH UP FRONT AND A REALISTIC SELL ON CLAUSE
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: History Proves and the Directors know full well that selling your good players DOES NOT leed to Promotion.City have been down that road many times. When they did not do so the path lead to the PREMIERSHIP. Let this road be taken again and the support will be there. Go down the selling road and we will go Backwards Let us hope the Directors will keep what City have and they will be rewarded with Progress Large Crowds and the Gratitude of all True Supporters Bradford City have the chance now to reach once more for the Top GOOD LUCK.[/p][/quote]you need a lesson in fourth division economics my friend: the cub cannot afford to turn down a large cash offer. And itn this respect it has to b all cash up front. none of this promissory notes (as with Burnley when they bought Blake). WE NEED CASH UP FRONT AND A REALISTIC SELL ON CLAUSE tyker2

3:36pm Thu 10 Jan 13

340stopper says...

IMO the ABSOLUTE PRIORITY for BCFC and the chairmen should be to sort out PP's contract out NOW.
A business is only as good as it's staff -
Never mind Hanson, Wells, Hannah, Gray, Duke et all at the moment.
Managers are quickly sacked for perceived failure, so equally should be swiftly rewarded for outstanding performance.
Don't talk about it happening soon when all parties concerned have the time.
MAKE the time,BE positive, DO it now !!
PLEASE.
IMO the ABSOLUTE PRIORITY for BCFC and the chairmen should be to sort out PP's contract out NOW. A business is only as good as it's staff - Never mind Hanson, Wells, Hannah, Gray, Duke et all at the moment. Managers are quickly sacked for perceived failure, so equally should be swiftly rewarded for outstanding performance. Don't talk about it happening soon when all parties concerned have the time. MAKE the time,BE positive, DO it now !! PLEASE. 340stopper

3:40pm Thu 10 Jan 13

shaun from richmond says...

tyker2 wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote: I think Gray is a POOR signing!. Mind you I thought Parkinson was a POOR Manager!?......SO WHAT DO I KNOW!!!!. I hear the WELLS rumours are now becoming a reality....PLEASE NOT HUDDERS!!.
I was going to say you are a poor supporter. But then you DON'T support the team or club. PS Thanks for the money to help my team i.e. the club I support Bradford City. It's so kind of you.
Peter,an ex city player pparently, why are you so strident in your views. Perhaps if you had been so tenacious as a footballer you wold have made in instead of being a failed footballer and,thereafter, pub landlord.
Ha Ha....You have made my day Tyker!!.
I never knew "Peter" said he was an Ex City player!!!.
IT JUST GETS BETTER!!....
Ex City player.....Who would have thought it ????. He he..
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: I think Gray is a POOR signing!. Mind you I thought Parkinson was a POOR Manager!?......SO WHAT DO I KNOW!!!!. I hear the WELLS rumours are now becoming a reality....PLEASE NOT HUDDERS!!.[/p][/quote]I was going to say you are a poor supporter. But then you DON'T support the team or club. PS Thanks for the money to help my team i.e. the club I support Bradford City. It's so kind of you.[/p][/quote]Peter,an ex city player pparently, why are you so strident in your views. Perhaps if you had been so tenacious as a footballer you wold have made in instead of being a failed footballer and,thereafter, pub landlord.[/p][/quote]Ha Ha....You have made my day Tyker!!. I never knew "Peter" said he was an Ex City player!!!. IT JUST GETS BETTER!!.... Ex City player.....Who would have thought it ????. He he.. shaun from richmond

3:40pm Thu 10 Jan 13

1 bingley bantam says...

Peter300 wrote:
1 bingley bantam wrote: Gray cant do any worse than Hanson in front of goal,still a bit soar over the carry on during the summer keeping us in limbo for weeks on end.Yes can understand wanting to try and stay in championship but anyone except L!!ds or Hudderscum! As for rumours around Wells hope they remain just that rumours! would send a very negative message out if we sold him.Would like the club to make a statement that he is not for sale final.I know people will say every player has his price etc etc but he will still be worth X amount of hundreds of thousand pounds in the summer lets keep it all together this is our best chance for success on incredibly 3 fronts ever.
James Hanson showed his value to the side once again on Tuesday. It's a shame people like you do not appreciate what playes like Hanson (and Gray) bring to a team. You will always criticise, because you simply do not understand what the role of a centre-forward like Hanson (and Gray) is. Their efforts are wasted on people like you.
Wooooh slow down mate,nobody can doubt Hansons work ethic or certain things he brings to the team i have in previous post complimented him on this.
All i was getting at is his goal ratio for a centre forward is very poor and he does miss a lot of easy chances i dont think many people would disagree with that.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1 bingley bantam[/bold] wrote: Gray cant do any worse than Hanson in front of goal,still a bit soar over the carry on during the summer keeping us in limbo for weeks on end.Yes can understand wanting to try and stay in championship but anyone except L!!ds or Hudderscum! As for rumours around Wells hope they remain just that rumours! would send a very negative message out if we sold him.Would like the club to make a statement that he is not for sale final.I know people will say every player has his price etc etc but he will still be worth X amount of hundreds of thousand pounds in the summer lets keep it all together this is our best chance for success on incredibly 3 fronts ever.[/p][/quote]James Hanson showed his value to the side once again on Tuesday. It's a shame people like you do not appreciate what playes like Hanson (and Gray) bring to a team. You will always criticise, because you simply do not understand what the role of a centre-forward like Hanson (and Gray) is. Their efforts are wasted on people like you.[/p][/quote]Wooooh slow down mate,nobody can doubt Hansons work ethic or certain things he brings to the team i have in previous post complimented him on this. All i was getting at is his goal ratio for a centre forward is very poor and he does miss a lot of easy chances i dont think many people would disagree with that. 1 bingley bantam

4:02pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Bingban says...

It is important that we have opinons an a forum to post. These pages have been dominated by a few and you wind each other up. I often think you have lost sight of being a fan - you know fanatic, a supporter. We have had two marvelous events at VP that have re-awakened the FAN side of supporting City.We CAN live with other teams around the league - especally those mentioned in connection with speculation on Wells. If the boy reads the above posts what impression will he get of our "fans" I do recognise the reality of football economics but there are times to emphasize the positives and keep the negatives quiet. Perhaps you all have gone too far to retract the SELL SELL SELL posts but do ou agree it would be good if he stayed?
It is important that we have opinons an a forum to post. These pages have been dominated by a few and you wind each other up. I often think you have lost sight of being a fan - you know fanatic, a supporter. We have had two marvelous events at VP that have re-awakened the FAN side of supporting City.We CAN live with other teams around the league - especally those mentioned in connection with speculation on Wells. If the boy reads the above posts what impression will he get of our "fans" I do recognise the reality of football economics but there are times to emphasize the positives and keep the negatives quiet. Perhaps you all have gone too far to retract the SELL SELL SELL posts but do ou agree it would be good if he stayed? Bingban

4:17pm Thu 10 Jan 13

macca1969 says...

I already said I would prefer he stayed if you read my post. Any city "fan" would be happy he stayed. I agree something very special is happening at the moment and Tuesday night as the arsenal game will live long in the memory. I'm just being realistic, wells took an age to sign his new deal why? He was the lowest paid player on the books last season so would have surely jumped at the chance of a massive increase. He didn't and so for four or five months continued on poor wages until he finally signed. I would guess this was a clause he wanted allowing him to leave should the club receive an offer from a bigger club. I don't want him to go but fear it will be Nahki's decision not the management or chairmen
I already said I would prefer he stayed if you read my post. Any city "fan" would be happy he stayed. I agree something very special is happening at the moment and Tuesday night as the arsenal game will live long in the memory. I'm just being realistic, wells took an age to sign his new deal why? He was the lowest paid player on the books last season so would have surely jumped at the chance of a massive increase. He didn't and so for four or five months continued on poor wages until he finally signed. I would guess this was a clause he wanted allowing him to leave should the club receive an offer from a bigger club. I don't want him to go but fear it will be Nahki's decision not the management or chairmen macca1969

4:34pm Thu 10 Jan 13

bcfc1903 says...

I repeat...under no circumstances (other than legal) will Wells be sold in this transfer window.....nor would he want to be....yes maybe he'd want to go in the summer if the club fail on all fronts... the idea that we'd let our prize asset go when we are having the best season i can remember is ludicrous. I'm also sure Andy Gray will be become a key player in the run in this season.

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I repeat...under no circumstances (other than legal) will Wells be sold in this transfer window.....nor would he want to be....yes maybe he'd want to go in the summer if the club fail on all fronts... the idea that we'd let our prize asset go when we are having the best season i can remember is ludicrous. I'm also sure Andy Gray will be become a key player in the run in this season. ** We shout with pride....we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!! bcfc1903

4:47pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Citygentleman1968 says...

gulp.....

FOOTBALL
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty on Twitter: "So who would Blackpool go for if Appleton leaves for Blackburn? Bradford boss Phil Parkinson stock high but his dreams may lie at Wembley."
gulp..... FOOTBALL BBC Sport's Phil McNulty on Twitter: "So who would Blackpool go for if Appleton leaves for Blackburn? Bradford boss Phil Parkinson stock high but his dreams may lie at Wembley." Citygentleman1968

4:54pm Thu 10 Jan 13

lonniejockstrap says...

Jeez, some people will NEVER be able to see beyond their basic understanding of professional football. Hanson gets played as 1st choice by every City manager he has been under, praised by practically every opposition manager we play against, every commentator and tv pundit refer to how much of a problem he causes Premier league defences and how this allows space and opportunities for his attacking team mates, and yet we STILL!, STILL! have people on here complaining about not scoring or missing chances.

Premier league players like Benteke and Bent failed to convert far better chances than Hanson had and they probably get paid about 40 times his wage for 'missing'.
Jeez, some people will NEVER be able to see beyond their basic understanding of professional football. Hanson gets played as 1st choice by every City manager he has been under, praised by practically every opposition manager we play against, every commentator and tv pundit refer to how much of a problem he causes Premier league defences and how this allows space and opportunities for his attacking team mates, and yet we STILL!, STILL! have people on here complaining about not scoring or missing chances. Premier league players like Benteke and Bent failed to convert far better chances than Hanson had and they probably get paid about 40 times his wage for 'missing'. lonniejockstrap

4:56pm Thu 10 Jan 13

audal says...

ERR ! SORRY!! could anyone point me in to the direction which states that Wells wants to leave and/or City will sell him ? i am not niave but even i know a contract is not worth the money it is printed on.Stop putting ideas into his head because that what £££'s agents are paid to do. A dozen or so games does not make this lad a world beater and if he could legally wriggle out of his contract keep him out of the squad whilst his agent or indeed himself comes back down to earth, he has enough time to convince interested parties that in two years time he may be good to play in a higher division i.e. championship with City.
ERR ! SORRY!! could anyone point me in to the direction which states that Wells wants to leave and/or City will sell him ? i am not niave but even i know a contract is not worth the money it is printed on.Stop putting ideas into his head because that what £££'s agents are paid to do. A dozen or so games does not make this lad a world beater and if he could legally wriggle out of his contract keep him out of the squad whilst his agent or indeed himself comes back down to earth, he has enough time to convince interested parties that in two years time he may be good to play in a higher division i.e. championship with City. audal

4:58pm Thu 10 Jan 13

mickyoi says...

Old Dave wrote:
£750k pays the rent at VP for a year! that assures the future of the club.

To turn down such an offer would be daft! Nakhi strikes me as ambitious, but some times he lacks a bit of get up and go against the typical fouth division defenders. I dont want to be critical of him, as he's been great for us, but if we start turning down offers from big championship clubs (that would rule out Hudds!) I am sure he would be peeved and his perfomnaces would suffer. There is not a lot to be said for keeping a player against his wishes, even if we did give him a deal when nobody else would! If we sold him to leeds for £1m the he was crap at champ level, and we got him back for next to nowt in a couple of years, that would be perfect!!!
The rent for vp is half that due to the fact we bought the offices. If we go through to the final he would be mad not to stay.
[quote][p][bold]Old Dave[/bold] wrote: £750k pays the rent at VP for a year! that assures the future of the club. To turn down such an offer would be daft! Nakhi strikes me as ambitious, but some times he lacks a bit of get up and go against the typical fouth division defenders. I dont want to be critical of him, as he's been great for us, but if we start turning down offers from big championship clubs (that would rule out Hudds!) I am sure he would be peeved and his perfomnaces would suffer. There is not a lot to be said for keeping a player against his wishes, even if we did give him a deal when nobody else would! If we sold him to leeds for £1m the he was crap at champ level, and we got him back for next to nowt in a couple of years, that would be perfect!!![/p][/quote]The rent for vp is half that due to the fact we bought the offices. If we go through to the final he would be mad not to stay. mickyoi

5:04pm Thu 10 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

audal wrote:
ERR ! SORRY!! could anyone point me in to the direction which states that Wells wants to leave and/or City will sell him ? i am not niave but even i know a contract is not worth the money it is printed on.Stop putting ideas into his head because that what £££'s agents are paid to do. A dozen or so games does not make this lad a world beater and if he could legally wriggle out of his contract keep him out of the squad whilst his agent or indeed himself comes back down to earth, he has enough time to convince interested parties that in two years time he may be good to play in a higher division i.e. championship with City.
no one on here is putting ideas in his head: the newspapers commented today,and oft repeated on Sky,that three championship clubs were very interested and named three clubs in the championship (two local and one in the midlands).
Yes he is contracted but would the club consider holding on to him if there was a sizeable offer on the table.

DO YOU KNOW THE TERMS OF HIS CONTRACT?.IT MAY WELL HAVE A SELL CLAUSE IF AN OFFER OF X POUNDS COME IN. WHAT THEN, MR AUDAL?
[quote][p][bold]audal[/bold] wrote: ERR ! SORRY!! could anyone point me in to the direction which states that Wells wants to leave and/or City will sell him ? i am not niave but even i know a contract is not worth the money it is printed on.Stop putting ideas into his head because that what £££'s agents are paid to do. A dozen or so games does not make this lad a world beater and if he could legally wriggle out of his contract keep him out of the squad whilst his agent or indeed himself comes back down to earth, he has enough time to convince interested parties that in two years time he may be good to play in a higher division i.e. championship with City.[/p][/quote]no one on here is putting ideas in his head: the newspapers commented today,and oft repeated on Sky,that three championship clubs were very interested and named three clubs in the championship (two local and one in the midlands). Yes he is contracted but would the club consider holding on to him if there was a sizeable offer on the table. DO YOU KNOW THE TERMS OF HIS CONTRACT?.IT MAY WELL HAVE A SELL CLAUSE IF AN OFFER OF X POUNDS COME IN. WHAT THEN, MR AUDAL? tyker2

5:09pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Bingban says...

mcca1969 Do you know if there is a release clause - if not then you fall into the trap of suggesting its ok if we cash in on our assets. lawsonio123 has it right The club has sold its assests at various times and has a history in the 4th tier. Thank goodness for the Rhodes family and their investment - at least we are here to discuss. They have the belief along with many more supporters - do you? Of course there will be pressure to sell but IMO it shouldnt come from fans
mcca1969 Do you know if there is a release clause - if not then you fall into the trap of suggesting its ok if we cash in on our assets. lawsonio123 has it right The club has sold its assests at various times and has a history in the 4th tier. Thank goodness for the Rhodes family and their investment - at least we are here to discuss. They have the belief along with many more supporters - do you? Of course there will be pressure to sell but IMO it shouldnt come from fans Bingban

5:14pm Thu 10 Jan 13

lonniejockstrap says...

Everyone who reads these posts regularly will be aware of me always trying to defend the efforts made by all at VP. However, I can not for the life of me understand how they thought up the idea of making people queue for tickets when they have a perfectly good on-line system that could have been used by people who cant take time off work to queue and or live hrs away from the ground.

Does anybody know why?
Everyone who reads these posts regularly will be aware of me always trying to defend the efforts made by all at VP. However, I can not for the life of me understand how they thought up the idea of making people queue for tickets when they have a perfectly good on-line system that could have been used by people who cant take time off work to queue and or live hrs away from the ground. Does anybody know why? lonniejockstrap

5:18pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

lonniejockstrap wrote:
Jeez, some people will NEVER be able to see beyond their basic understanding of professional football. Hanson gets played as 1st choice by every City manager he has been under, praised by practically every opposition manager we play against, every commentator and tv pundit refer to how much of a problem he causes Premier league defences and how this allows space and opportunities for his attacking team mates, and yet we STILL!, STILL! have people on here complaining about not scoring or missing chances.

Premier league players like Benteke and Bent failed to convert far better chances than Hanson had and they probably get paid about 40 times his wage for 'missing'.
I've begun to give this debate up. We can all see he isn't scoring goals and no one will be more concerned about it than himself what lot's fail to see is what you state here and the absolute battering he takes most games yet still shows for every ball knocked into or up to him.

The 'invisible' side of football is rarely appreciated by those, (I'm going to sound like Steve Claridge here) who haven't played the game above a certain level. They see the defence splitting pass but miss the run across a defenders eyeline which takes him and his attention away from the space the pass is threaded through, etc etc
[quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: Jeez, some people will NEVER be able to see beyond their basic understanding of professional football. Hanson gets played as 1st choice by every City manager he has been under, praised by practically every opposition manager we play against, every commentator and tv pundit refer to how much of a problem he causes Premier league defences and how this allows space and opportunities for his attacking team mates, and yet we STILL!, STILL! have people on here complaining about not scoring or missing chances. Premier league players like Benteke and Bent failed to convert far better chances than Hanson had and they probably get paid about 40 times his wage for 'missing'.[/p][/quote]I've begun to give this debate up. We can all see he isn't scoring goals and no one will be more concerned about it than himself what lot's fail to see is what you state here and the absolute battering he takes most games yet still shows for every ball knocked into or up to him. The 'invisible' side of football is rarely appreciated by those, (I'm going to sound like Steve Claridge here) who haven't played the game above a certain level. They see the defence splitting pass but miss the run across a defenders eyeline which takes him and his attention away from the space the pass is threaded through, etc etc Prisoner Cell Block A

5:19pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Waynus1971 says...

Citygentleman1968 wrote:
The Bantams have been awarded the F&C Investments Performance of the Week Award for their stunning victory over Aston Villa in their Capital One Cup Semi-Final First Leg. The League Managers Association five-man Performance of the Week panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, were in agreement that this week, the award should go to Phil Parkinson's men following their excellent 3-1 home win against Villa this Tuesday. Parkinson will receive a specially engraved crystal football in a presentation to commemorate the award. The award is the Bantams' first F&C Investments Performance of the Week Award of the season, with a remarkable display to establish a noticeable advantage going into the second leg at Villa Park.
Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, were in agreement that this week, the award should go to Phil Parkinson's men. And this is in additional to Steve Evans, (who thinks PP is truly magnificent), Well, I'm assuming he does, because every feckin player we have been linked with, that fat knacker has signed or attempted to sign....!

I understand Kearns has moved to them today on loan, just a few days after Frecklington joined them after being linked with us.
[quote][p][bold]Citygentleman1968[/bold] wrote: The Bantams have been awarded the F&C Investments Performance of the Week Award for their stunning victory over Aston Villa in their Capital One Cup Semi-Final First Leg. The League Managers Association five-man Performance of the Week panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, were in agreement that this week, the award should go to Phil Parkinson's men following their excellent 3-1 home win against Villa this Tuesday. Parkinson will receive a specially engraved crystal football in a presentation to commemorate the award. The award is the Bantams' first F&C Investments Performance of the Week Award of the season, with a remarkable display to establish a noticeable advantage going into the second leg at Villa Park.[/p][/quote]Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, were in agreement that this week, the award should go to Phil Parkinson's men. And this is in additional to Steve Evans, (who thinks PP is truly magnificent), Well, I'm assuming he does, because every feckin player we have been linked with, that fat knacker has signed or attempted to sign....! I understand Kearns has moved to them today on loan, just a few days after Frecklington joined them after being linked with us. Waynus1971

5:20pm Thu 10 Jan 13

bcfc1903 says...

lonniejockstrap wrote:
Everyone who reads these posts regularly will be aware of me always trying to defend the efforts made by all at VP. However, I can not for the life of me understand how they thought up the idea of making people queue for tickets when they have a perfectly good on-line system that could have been used by people who cant take time off work to queue and or live hrs away from the ground.

Does anybody know why?
Something to do with Villa owning the tickets...not sure how it works but the club wanted more or less everyone to be at the club ticket office to pick up the tickets in person....tickets going missing in the post i believe is the reason for that lonnie.
[quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: Everyone who reads these posts regularly will be aware of me always trying to defend the efforts made by all at VP. However, I can not for the life of me understand how they thought up the idea of making people queue for tickets when they have a perfectly good on-line system that could have been used by people who cant take time off work to queue and or live hrs away from the ground. Does anybody know why?[/p][/quote]Something to do with Villa owning the tickets...not sure how it works but the club wanted more or less everyone to be at the club ticket office to pick up the tickets in person....tickets going missing in the post i believe is the reason for that lonnie. bcfc1903

5:24pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Fat knacker. Brilliant.
Fat knacker. Brilliant. Prisoner Cell Block A

5:24pm Thu 10 Jan 13

gusbantam says...

Bingban wrote:
Reading this lot I'm surprised you all have the gaul to post. Parkinson and Atkinson criticism was shown to be unfounded, Hanson criticism might have some mileage but why - overplay/lost form/lack of support. What he does for the team now is tremendous and he is an honest player and as such will always be in contention for my side. I dont know if Gray will be a success here but he will help Hanson and that can only be great for the TEAM. As far a speculation on Wells, I sincerely hope you lot are wrong again - he is our goal scorer, thorn in the side of all defences, a developing player and in years to come will play in the premier league hopefully with us. Dont underestimate what we have going at VP now, we are moving forward and selling our asset will not help. Woe betide Lawn if he sells out Thats the message supporters should be sending out not bragging about the pathetic predictions that no-one cares about
While I agree people are too quick to criticise at City, and PP and WA have been very good for us, Hanson is a striker, a target man, and two goals in 26 appearances is shocking. This is league two now serie A. He also never gets subbed, which says to me PP thinks he can do no wrong. He runs like he is in mud, jumps like stix most of the time and gives away tonnes of free kicks.

As for the naivity about Wells staying until we reach the Premier? What decade are you living in? Players don't stay that long like Steve Bull did etc? I do think we should tell him, look , you're contracted, we need you to stay till the end of the season but then you can chose the best club for you (not necessarily highest bidder)- like Arsenal did with Fabregas etc. letting him go now would be typically Bradford City, shortsightedness.

Also think Gray is a poor signing -18month contract?? He's 35 and barely played for a season!
[quote][p][bold]Bingban[/bold] wrote: Reading this lot I'm surprised you all have the gaul to post. Parkinson and Atkinson criticism was shown to be unfounded, Hanson criticism might have some mileage but why - overplay/lost form/lack of support. What he does for the team now is tremendous and he is an honest player and as such will always be in contention for my side. I dont know if Gray will be a success here but he will help Hanson and that can only be great for the TEAM. As far a speculation on Wells, I sincerely hope you lot are wrong again - he is our goal scorer, thorn in the side of all defences, a developing player and in years to come will play in the premier league hopefully with us. Dont underestimate what we have going at VP now, we are moving forward and selling our asset will not help. Woe betide Lawn if he sells out Thats the message supporters should be sending out not bragging about the pathetic predictions that no-one cares about[/p][/quote]While I agree people are too quick to criticise at City, and PP and WA have been very good for us, Hanson is a striker, a target man, and two goals in 26 appearances is shocking. This is league two now serie A. He also never gets subbed, which says to me PP thinks he can do no wrong. He runs like he is in mud, jumps like stix most of the time and gives away tonnes of free kicks. As for the naivity about Wells staying until we reach the Premier? What decade are you living in? Players don't stay that long like Steve Bull did etc? I do think we should tell him, look , you're contracted, we need you to stay till the end of the season but then you can chose the best club for you (not necessarily highest bidder)- like Arsenal did with Fabregas etc. letting him go now would be typically Bradford City, shortsightedness. Also think Gray is a poor signing -18month contract?? He's 35 and barely played for a season! gusbantam

5:29pm Thu 10 Jan 13

bcfc1903 says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Fat knacker. Brilliant.
Iol...i was reading the RUFC wiki page a few months back and some wag had edited that exact description of the fella into the page....really did laugh out loud at that!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Fat knacker. Brilliant.[/p][/quote]Iol...i was reading the RUFC wiki page a few months back and some wag had edited that exact description of the fella into the page....really did laugh out loud at that!!!!! bcfc1903

5:32pm Thu 10 Jan 13

lonniejockstrap says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
lonniejockstrap wrote:
Everyone who reads these posts regularly will be aware of me always trying to defend the efforts made by all at VP. However, I can not for the life of me understand how they thought up the idea of making people queue for tickets when they have a perfectly good on-line system that could have been used by people who cant take time off work to queue and or live hrs away from the ground.

Does anybody know why?
Something to do with Villa owning the tickets...not sure how it works but the club wanted more or less everyone to be at the club ticket office to pick up the tickets in person....tickets going missing in the post i believe is the reason for that lonnie.
Cheers for that pal, but no option existed to order on-line and then pick tickets up at later date. No explanation from Club! Club secretary didn't know why on-line system was not use.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: Everyone who reads these posts regularly will be aware of me always trying to defend the efforts made by all at VP. However, I can not for the life of me understand how they thought up the idea of making people queue for tickets when they have a perfectly good on-line system that could have been used by people who cant take time off work to queue and or live hrs away from the ground. Does anybody know why?[/p][/quote]Something to do with Villa owning the tickets...not sure how it works but the club wanted more or less everyone to be at the club ticket office to pick up the tickets in person....tickets going missing in the post i believe is the reason for that lonnie.[/p][/quote]Cheers for that pal, but no option existed to order on-line and then pick tickets up at later date. No explanation from Club! Club secretary didn't know why on-line system was not use. lonniejockstrap

5:35pm Thu 10 Jan 13

bcfc1903 says...

gusbantam wrote:
Bingban wrote:
Reading this lot I'm surprised you all have the gaul to post. Parkinson and Atkinson criticism was shown to be unfounded, Hanson criticism might have some mileage but why - overplay/lost form/lack of support. What he does for the team now is tremendous and he is an honest player and as such will always be in contention for my side. I dont know if Gray will be a success here but he will help Hanson and that can only be great for the TEAM. As far a speculation on Wells, I sincerely hope you lot are wrong again - he is our goal scorer, thorn in the side of all defences, a developing player and in years to come will play in the premier league hopefully with us. Dont underestimate what we have going at VP now, we are moving forward and selling our asset will not help. Woe betide Lawn if he sells out Thats the message supporters should be sending out not bragging about the pathetic predictions that no-one cares about
While I agree people are too quick to criticise at City, and PP and WA have been very good for us, Hanson is a striker, a target man, and two goals in 26 appearances is shocking. This is league two now serie A. He also never gets subbed, which says to me PP thinks he can do no wrong. He runs like he is in mud, jumps like stix most of the time and gives away tonnes of free kicks.

As for the naivity about Wells staying until we reach the Premier? What decade are you living in? Players don't stay that long like Steve Bull did etc? I do think we should tell him, look , you're contracted, we need you to stay till the end of the season but then you can chose the best club for you (not necessarily highest bidder)- like Arsenal did with Fabregas etc. letting him go now would be typically Bradford City, shortsightedness.

Also think Gray is a poor signing -18month contract?? He's 35 and barely played for a season!
Except we wont be letting him go now will we....we are not in the same position as we were when JJ and Deano were sold...get real...he's going nowhere ...like i said...in the summer IF we fail on all front he may go.... other wise stay calm and carry on.

*
We shout with pride....we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]gusbantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bingban[/bold] wrote: Reading this lot I'm surprised you all have the gaul to post. Parkinson and Atkinson criticism was shown to be unfounded, Hanson criticism might have some mileage but why - overplay/lost form/lack of support. What he does for the team now is tremendous and he is an honest player and as such will always be in contention for my side. I dont know if Gray will be a success here but he will help Hanson and that can only be great for the TEAM. As far a speculation on Wells, I sincerely hope you lot are wrong again - he is our goal scorer, thorn in the side of all defences, a developing player and in years to come will play in the premier league hopefully with us. Dont underestimate what we have going at VP now, we are moving forward and selling our asset will not help. Woe betide Lawn if he sells out Thats the message supporters should be sending out not bragging about the pathetic predictions that no-one cares about[/p][/quote]While I agree people are too quick to criticise at City, and PP and WA have been very good for us, Hanson is a striker, a target man, and two goals in 26 appearances is shocking. This is league two now serie A. He also never gets subbed, which says to me PP thinks he can do no wrong. He runs like he is in mud, jumps like stix most of the time and gives away tonnes of free kicks. As for the naivity about Wells staying until we reach the Premier? What decade are you living in? Players don't stay that long like Steve Bull did etc? I do think we should tell him, look , you're contracted, we need you to stay till the end of the season but then you can chose the best club for you (not necessarily highest bidder)- like Arsenal did with Fabregas etc. letting him go now would be typically Bradford City, shortsightedness. Also think Gray is a poor signing -18month contract?? He's 35 and barely played for a season![/p][/quote]Except we wont be letting him go now will we....we are not in the same position as we were when JJ and Deano were sold...get real...he's going nowhere ...like i said...in the summer IF we fail on all front he may go.... other wise stay calm and carry on. * We shout with pride....we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!! bcfc1903

5:53pm Thu 10 Jan 13

lonniejockstrap says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Fat knacker. Brilliant.
Iol...i was reading the RUFC wiki page a few months back and some wag had edited that exact description of the fella into the page....really did laugh out loud at that!!!!!
Ha haa, was going to say something I thought would raise a laugh about the man we all love to hate -Evans that is, not waynus (onny joking waynus) but I bottled it due to fearing libel action would cost me my Wembley tickets money.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Fat knacker. Brilliant.[/p][/quote]Iol...i was reading the RUFC wiki page a few months back and some wag had edited that exact description of the fella into the page....really did laugh out loud at that!!!!![/p][/quote]Ha haa, was going to say something I thought would raise a laugh about the man we all love to hate -Evans that is, not waynus (onny joking waynus) but I bottled it due to fearing libel action would cost me my Wembley tickets money. lonniejockstrap

6:12pm Thu 10 Jan 13

shaun from richmond says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
tyker2 wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote: I think Gray is a POOR signing!. Mind you I thought Parkinson was a POOR Manager!?......SO WHAT DO I KNOW!!!!. I hear the WELLS rumours are now becoming a reality....PLEASE NOT HUDDERS!!.
I was going to say you are a poor supporter. But then you DON'T support the team or club. PS Thanks for the money to help my team i.e. the club I support Bradford City. It's so kind of you.
Peter,an ex city player pparently, why are you so strident in your views. Perhaps if you had been so tenacious as a footballer you wold have made in instead of being a failed footballer and,thereafter, pub landlord.
Ha Ha....You have made my day Tyker!!. I never knew "Peter" said he was an Ex City player!!!. IT JUST GETS BETTER!!.... Ex City player.....Who would have thought it ????. He he..
COME ON PETER!!....Dont be SHY, now!.
What position did you play for City?.....Just think....I probably helped to pay your wages!!.
OR IS IT JUST A LITTLE FIB??.
I do hope not!!
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: I think Gray is a POOR signing!. Mind you I thought Parkinson was a POOR Manager!?......SO WHAT DO I KNOW!!!!. I hear the WELLS rumours are now becoming a reality....PLEASE NOT HUDDERS!!.[/p][/quote]I was going to say you are a poor supporter. But then you DON'T support the team or club. PS Thanks for the money to help my team i.e. the club I support Bradford City. It's so kind of you.[/p][/quote]Peter,an ex city player pparently, why are you so strident in your views. Perhaps if you had been so tenacious as a footballer you wold have made in instead of being a failed footballer and,thereafter, pub landlord.[/p][/quote]Ha Ha....You have made my day Tyker!!. I never knew "Peter" said he was an Ex City player!!!. IT JUST GETS BETTER!!.... Ex City player.....Who would have thought it ????. He he..[/p][/quote]COME ON PETER!!....Dont be SHY, now!. What position did you play for City?.....Just think....I probably helped to pay your wages!!. OR IS IT JUST A LITTLE FIB??. I do hope not!! shaun from richmond

6:27pm Thu 10 Jan 13

macca1969 says...

Bingban wrote:
mcca1969 Do you know if there is a release clause - if not then you fall into the trap of suggesting its ok if we cash in on our assets. lawsonio123 has it right The club has sold its assests at various times and has a history in the 4th tier. Thank goodness for the Rhodes family and their investment - at least we are here to discuss. They have the belief along with many more supporters - do you? Of course there will be pressure to sell but IMO it shouldnt come from fans
Of course I don't know what's in his contract. All I do know is it took an age to sign it so he obviously wanted something in it that wasn't there to start. If no clause I agree the club should make him stay but then what if he sulks or refuses to play like Robbie savage? An unhappy player can have a negative effect on a team. Hopefully he will want to stay and achieve some of his ambitions here
[quote][p][bold]Bingban[/bold] wrote: mcca1969 Do you know if there is a release clause - if not then you fall into the trap of suggesting its ok if we cash in on our assets. lawsonio123 has it right The club has sold its assests at various times and has a history in the 4th tier. Thank goodness for the Rhodes family and their investment - at least we are here to discuss. They have the belief along with many more supporters - do you? Of course there will be pressure to sell but IMO it shouldnt come from fans[/p][/quote]Of course I don't know what's in his contract. All I do know is it took an age to sign it so he obviously wanted something in it that wasn't there to start. If no clause I agree the club should make him stay but then what if he sulks or refuses to play like Robbie savage? An unhappy player can have a negative effect on a team. Hopefully he will want to stay and achieve some of his ambitions here macca1969

6:34pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Bingban says...

gusbantam you assume too much. I have had 55 years at VP and I still have ambition - do you? You are too eager to sell - of course I have my feet on the ground but there are too few people here saying the same and all trying to be realists - Woa fella if we all were realists VP would be a mosque site and the Rhodes family would be much wealthier Cant you see that if we give up on our man so might those whose decisions count
There are speculator deal makers out there and you are fodder for them. ML made it clear we dont need to and dont want to sell. Thank goodness hes a fan!! And without players like Nahki we will not make Championship - double promotion with the Burmudan flyer and the shelf stacker!! CTID
gusbantam you assume too much. I have had 55 years at VP and I still have ambition - do you? You are too eager to sell - of course I have my feet on the ground but there are too few people here saying the same and all trying to be realists - Woa fella if we all were realists VP would be a mosque site and the Rhodes family would be much wealthier Cant you see that if we give up on our man so might those whose decisions count There are speculator deal makers out there and you are fodder for them. ML made it clear we dont need to and dont want to sell. Thank goodness hes a fan!! And without players like Nahki we will not make Championship - double promotion with the Burmudan flyer and the shelf stacker!! CTID Bingban

6:40pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Bingban says...

(No disrespect ment)
(No disrespect ment) Bingban

8:35pm Thu 10 Jan 13

lawsonio123 says...

tyker2 wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote:
History Proves and the Directors know full well that selling your good players DOES NOT leed to Promotion.City have been down that road many times. When they did not do so the path lead to the PREMIERSHIP. Let this road be taken again and the support will be there. Go down the selling road and we will go Backwards Let us hope the Directors will keep what City have and they will be rewarded with Progress Large Crowds and the Gratitude of all True Supporters Bradford City have the chance now to reach once more for the Top GOOD LUCK.
you need a lesson in fourth division economics my friend: the cub cannot afford to turn down a large cash offer. And itn this respect it has to b all cash up front. none of this promissory notes (as with Burnley when they bought Blake).

WE NEED CASH UP FRONT AND A REALISTIC SELL ON CLAUSE
City have enough money to go forward they do not have to sell.Do you wish us to sell our players and go into the conference.Fourth Division economics what knowledge do you have of such things perhapes you would kindly tell me. I repeat City do not have to sell they wish to go forward not backward.
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: History Proves and the Directors know full well that selling your good players DOES NOT leed to Promotion.City have been down that road many times. When they did not do so the path lead to the PREMIERSHIP. Let this road be taken again and the support will be there. Go down the selling road and we will go Backwards Let us hope the Directors will keep what City have and they will be rewarded with Progress Large Crowds and the Gratitude of all True Supporters Bradford City have the chance now to reach once more for the Top GOOD LUCK.[/p][/quote]you need a lesson in fourth division economics my friend: the cub cannot afford to turn down a large cash offer. And itn this respect it has to b all cash up front. none of this promissory notes (as with Burnley when they bought Blake). WE NEED CASH UP FRONT AND A REALISTIC SELL ON CLAUSE[/p][/quote]City have enough money to go forward they do not have to sell.Do you wish us to sell our players and go into the conference.Fourth Division economics what knowledge do you have of such things perhapes you would kindly tell me. I repeat City do not have to sell they wish to go forward not backward. lawsonio123

9:36pm Thu 10 Jan 13

tingleyb says...

interesting purchase and sale . . . not the 20 goal striker I was hoping the club would invest in. In Parky I trust but if we don't make it into the top 3 or at least play offs there will a massive loss of faith from the hitherto faithful fans - lets get the 10 game unbeaten run started with a proper performance against Oxford CTID
interesting purchase and sale . . . not the 20 goal striker I was hoping the club would invest in. In Parky I trust but if we don't make it into the top 3 or at least play offs there will a massive loss of faith from the hitherto faithful fans - lets get the 10 game unbeaten run started with a proper performance against Oxford CTID tingleyb

9:55pm Thu 10 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote:
tyker2 wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote: I think Gray is a POOR signing!. Mind you I thought Parkinson was a POOR Manager!?......SO WHAT DO I KNOW!!!!. I hear the WELLS rumours are now becoming a reality....PLEASE NOT HUDDERS!!.
I was going to say you are a poor supporter. But then you DON'T support the team or club. PS Thanks for the money to help my team i.e. the club I support Bradford City. It's so kind of you.
Peter,an ex city player pparently, why are you so strident in your views. Perhaps if you had been so tenacious as a footballer you wold have made in instead of being a failed footballer and,thereafter, pub landlord.
Ha Ha....You have made my day Tyker!!. I never knew "Peter" said he was an Ex City player!!!. IT JUST GETS BETTER!!.... Ex City player.....Who would have thought it ????. He he..
COME ON PETER!!....Dont be SHY, now!.
What position did you play for City?.....Just think....I probably helped to pay your wages!!.
OR IS IT JUST A LITTLE FIB??.
I do hope not!!
yes it is all true:

Peter,an ex city player apparently, why are you so strident in your views. Perhaps if you had been so tenacious as a footballer you would have made it. In instead of being a failed footballer and,thereafter, pub landlord.

SEEMS AS THOUGH HE HAS GONE MISSING JUST AS HE DID WHEN HE WAS RELEASED BY CITY--or was that something to do with Wayne Jacobs?
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: I think Gray is a POOR signing!. Mind you I thought Parkinson was a POOR Manager!?......SO WHAT DO I KNOW!!!!. I hear the WELLS rumours are now becoming a reality....PLEASE NOT HUDDERS!!.[/p][/quote]I was going to say you are a poor supporter. But then you DON'T support the team or club. PS Thanks for the money to help my team i.e. the club I support Bradford City. It's so kind of you.[/p][/quote]Peter,an ex city player pparently, why are you so strident in your views. Perhaps if you had been so tenacious as a footballer you wold have made in instead of being a failed footballer and,thereafter, pub landlord.[/p][/quote]Ha Ha....You have made my day Tyker!!. I never knew "Peter" said he was an Ex City player!!!. IT JUST GETS BETTER!!.... Ex City player.....Who would have thought it ????. He he..[/p][/quote]COME ON PETER!!....Dont be SHY, now!. What position did you play for City?.....Just think....I probably helped to pay your wages!!. OR IS IT JUST A LITTLE FIB??. I do hope not!![/p][/quote]yes it is all true: Peter,an ex city player apparently, why are you so strident in your views. Perhaps if you had been so tenacious as a footballer you would have made it. In instead of being a failed footballer and,thereafter, pub landlord. SEEMS AS THOUGH HE HAS GONE MISSING JUST AS HE DID WHEN HE WAS RELEASED BY CITY--or was that something to do with Wayne Jacobs? tyker2

9:57pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Victor Clayton says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
lonniejockstrap wrote:
Jeez, some people will NEVER be able to see beyond their basic understanding of professional football. Hanson gets played as 1st choice by every City manager he has been under, praised by practically every opposition manager we play against, every commentator and tv pundit refer to how much of a problem he causes Premier league defences and how this allows space and opportunities for his attacking team mates, and yet we STILL!, STILL! have people on here complaining about not scoring or missing chances.

Premier league players like Benteke and Bent failed to convert far better chances than Hanson had and they probably get paid about 40 times his wage for 'missing'.
I've begun to give this debate up. We can all see he isn't scoring goals and no one will be more concerned about it than himself what lot's fail to see is what you state here and the absolute battering he takes most games yet still shows for every ball knocked into or up to him.

The 'invisible' side of football is rarely appreciated by those, (I'm going to sound like Steve Claridge here) who haven't played the game above a certain level. They see the defence splitting pass but miss the run across a defenders eyeline which takes him and his attention away from the space the pass is threaded through, etc etc
your right prisoner . I for one, have been missing JHs runs across a defenders eye line .
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: Jeez, some people will NEVER be able to see beyond their basic understanding of professional football. Hanson gets played as 1st choice by every City manager he has been under, praised by practically every opposition manager we play against, every commentator and tv pundit refer to how much of a problem he causes Premier league defences and how this allows space and opportunities for his attacking team mates, and yet we STILL!, STILL! have people on here complaining about not scoring or missing chances. Premier league players like Benteke and Bent failed to convert far better chances than Hanson had and they probably get paid about 40 times his wage for 'missing'.[/p][/quote]I've begun to give this debate up. We can all see he isn't scoring goals and no one will be more concerned about it than himself what lot's fail to see is what you state here and the absolute battering he takes most games yet still shows for every ball knocked into or up to him. The 'invisible' side of football is rarely appreciated by those, (I'm going to sound like Steve Claridge here) who haven't played the game above a certain level. They see the defence splitting pass but miss the run across a defenders eyeline which takes him and his attention away from the space the pass is threaded through, etc etc[/p][/quote]your right prisoner . I for one, have been missing JHs runs across a defenders eye line . Victor Clayton

10:43pm Thu 10 Jan 13

GABRIEL.NORDE says...

Peter300 wrote:
1 bingley bantam wrote:
Gray cant do any worse than Hanson in front of goal,still a bit soar over the carry on during the summer keeping us in limbo for weeks on end.Yes can understand wanting to try and stay in championship but anyone except L!!ds or Hudderscum! As for rumours around Wells hope they remain just that rumours! would send a very negative message out if we sold him.Would like the club to make a statement that he is not for sale final.I know people will say every player has his price etc etc but he will still be worth X amount of hundreds of thousand pounds in the summer lets keep it all together this is our best chance for success on incredibly 3 fronts ever.
James Hanson showed his value to the side once again on Tuesday. It's a shame people like you do not appreciate what playes like Hanson (and Gray) bring to a team. You will always criticise, because you simply do not understand what the role of a centre-forward like Hanson (and Gray) is. Their efforts are wasted on people like you.
Hear, hear my friend. People like those WILL always criticise, for that IS their make-up! They can NEVER appreciate the different "individual attributes" and team ethics of each player. Indeed, these traits, "supposed" supporters LIKE Peter300, fail to see.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1 bingley bantam[/bold] wrote: Gray cant do any worse than Hanson in front of goal,still a bit soar over the carry on during the summer keeping us in limbo for weeks on end.Yes can understand wanting to try and stay in championship but anyone except L!!ds or Hudderscum! As for rumours around Wells hope they remain just that rumours! would send a very negative message out if we sold him.Would like the club to make a statement that he is not for sale final.I know people will say every player has his price etc etc but he will still be worth X amount of hundreds of thousand pounds in the summer lets keep it all together this is our best chance for success on incredibly 3 fronts ever.[/p][/quote]James Hanson showed his value to the side once again on Tuesday. It's a shame people like you do not appreciate what playes like Hanson (and Gray) bring to a team. You will always criticise, because you simply do not understand what the role of a centre-forward like Hanson (and Gray) is. Their efforts are wasted on people like you.[/p][/quote]Hear, hear my friend. People like those WILL always criticise, for that IS their make-up! They can NEVER appreciate the different "individual attributes" and team ethics of each player. Indeed, these traits, "supposed" supporters LIKE Peter300, fail to see. GABRIEL.NORDE

8:37am Fri 11 Jan 13

shaun from richmond says...

GABRIEL.NORDE wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
1 bingley bantam wrote: Gray cant do any worse than Hanson in front of goal,still a bit soar over the carry on during the summer keeping us in limbo for weeks on end.Yes can understand wanting to try and stay in championship but anyone except L!!ds or Hudderscum! As for rumours around Wells hope they remain just that rumours! would send a very negative message out if we sold him.Would like the club to make a statement that he is not for sale final.I know people will say every player has his price etc etc but he will still be worth X amount of hundreds of thousand pounds in the summer lets keep it all together this is our best chance for success on incredibly 3 fronts ever.
James Hanson showed his value to the side once again on Tuesday. It's a shame people like you do not appreciate what playes like Hanson (and Gray) bring to a team. You will always criticise, because you simply do not understand what the role of a centre-forward like Hanson (and Gray) is. Their efforts are wasted on people like you.
Hear, hear my friend. People like those WILL always criticise, for that IS their make-up! They can NEVER appreciate the different "individual attributes" and team ethics of each player. Indeed, these traits, "supposed" supporters LIKE Peter300, fail to see.
ERM....Thats COS Peter used to be an EX PLAYER!!
DIDNT YOU KNOW!!
[quote][p][bold]GABRIEL.NORDE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1 bingley bantam[/bold] wrote: Gray cant do any worse than Hanson in front of goal,still a bit soar over the carry on during the summer keeping us in limbo for weeks on end.Yes can understand wanting to try and stay in championship but anyone except L!!ds or Hudderscum! As for rumours around Wells hope they remain just that rumours! would send a very negative message out if we sold him.Would like the club to make a statement that he is not for sale final.I know people will say every player has his price etc etc but he will still be worth X amount of hundreds of thousand pounds in the summer lets keep it all together this is our best chance for success on incredibly 3 fronts ever.[/p][/quote]James Hanson showed his value to the side once again on Tuesday. It's a shame people like you do not appreciate what playes like Hanson (and Gray) bring to a team. You will always criticise, because you simply do not understand what the role of a centre-forward like Hanson (and Gray) is. Their efforts are wasted on people like you.[/p][/quote]Hear, hear my friend. People like those WILL always criticise, for that IS their make-up! They can NEVER appreciate the different "individual attributes" and team ethics of each player. Indeed, these traits, "supposed" supporters LIKE Peter300, fail to see.[/p][/quote]ERM....Thats COS Peter used to be an EX PLAYER!! DIDNT YOU KNOW!! shaun from richmond

8:47am Fri 11 Jan 13

dannbradfc says...

lonniejockstrap wrote:
Jeez, some people will NEVER be able to see beyond their basic understanding of professional football. Hanson gets played as 1st choice by every City manager he has been under, praised by practically every opposition manager we play against, every commentator and tv pundit refer to how much of a problem he causes Premier league defences and how this allows space and opportunities for his attacking team mates, and yet we STILL!, STILL! have people on here complaining about not scoring or missing chances. Premier league players like Benteke and Bent failed to convert far better chances than Hanson had and they probably get paid about 40 times his wage for 'missing'.
Exactly. Anyone with a basic grasp of football should be able to see what he offers the TEAM. He suits the way we play. When he wasn't in the team recently we looked light-weight and their defence had an easy ride.

All those praising Wells and speculating about big money moves should also be praising Hanson....i bet Nakhi does......
[quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: Jeez, some people will NEVER be able to see beyond their basic understanding of professional football. Hanson gets played as 1st choice by every City manager he has been under, praised by practically every opposition manager we play against, every commentator and tv pundit refer to how much of a problem he causes Premier league defences and how this allows space and opportunities for his attacking team mates, and yet we STILL!, STILL! have people on here complaining about not scoring or missing chances. Premier league players like Benteke and Bent failed to convert far better chances than Hanson had and they probably get paid about 40 times his wage for 'missing'.[/p][/quote]Exactly. Anyone with a basic grasp of football should be able to see what he offers the TEAM. He suits the way we play. When he wasn't in the team recently we looked light-weight and their defence had an easy ride. All those praising Wells and speculating about big money moves should also be praising Hanson....i bet Nakhi does...... dannbradfc

9:00am Fri 11 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
GABRIEL.NORDE wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
1 bingley bantam wrote: Gray cant do any worse than Hanson in front of goal,still a bit soar over the carry on during the summer keeping us in limbo for weeks on end.Yes can understand wanting to try and stay in championship but anyone except L!!ds or Hudderscum! As for rumours around Wells hope they remain just that rumours! would send a very negative message out if we sold him.Would like the club to make a statement that he is not for sale final.I know people will say every player has his price etc etc but he will still be worth X amount of hundreds of thousand pounds in the summer lets keep it all together this is our best chance for success on incredibly 3 fronts ever.
James Hanson showed his value to the side once again on Tuesday. It's a shame people like you do not appreciate what playes like Hanson (and Gray) bring to a team. You will always criticise, because you simply do not understand what the role of a centre-forward like Hanson (and Gray) is. Their efforts are wasted on people like you.
Hear, hear my friend. People like those WILL always criticise, for that IS their make-up! They can NEVER appreciate the different "individual attributes" and team ethics of each player. Indeed, these traits, "supposed" supporters LIKE Peter300, fail to see.
ERM....Thats COS Peter used to be an EX PLAYER!!
DIDNT YOU KNOW!!
he's gone very quiet: perhaps he failed to pay for his broadband just as he failed as a city player and failed as a pub landlord. His favourite player you know was Wayne Jacobs you know
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GABRIEL.NORDE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1 bingley bantam[/bold] wrote: Gray cant do any worse than Hanson in front of goal,still a bit soar over the carry on during the summer keeping us in limbo for weeks on end.Yes can understand wanting to try and stay in championship but anyone except L!!ds or Hudderscum! As for rumours around Wells hope they remain just that rumours! would send a very negative message out if we sold him.Would like the club to make a statement that he is not for sale final.I know people will say every player has his price etc etc but he will still be worth X amount of hundreds of thousand pounds in the summer lets keep it all together this is our best chance for success on incredibly 3 fronts ever.[/p][/quote]James Hanson showed his value to the side once again on Tuesday. It's a shame people like you do not appreciate what playes like Hanson (and Gray) bring to a team. You will always criticise, because you simply do not understand what the role of a centre-forward like Hanson (and Gray) is. Their efforts are wasted on people like you.[/p][/quote]Hear, hear my friend. People like those WILL always criticise, for that IS their make-up! They can NEVER appreciate the different "individual attributes" and team ethics of each player. Indeed, these traits, "supposed" supporters LIKE Peter300, fail to see.[/p][/quote]ERM....Thats COS Peter used to be an EX PLAYER!! DIDNT YOU KNOW!![/p][/quote]he's gone very quiet: perhaps he failed to pay for his broadband just as he failed as a city player and failed as a pub landlord. His favourite player you know was Wayne Jacobs you know tyker2

9:25am Fri 11 Jan 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
lonniejockstrap wrote:
Jeez, some people will NEVER be able to see beyond their basic understanding of professional football. Hanson gets played as 1st choice by every City manager he has been under, praised by practically every opposition manager we play against, every commentator and tv pundit refer to how much of a problem he causes Premier league defences and how this allows space and opportunities for his attacking team mates, and yet we STILL!, STILL! have people on here complaining about not scoring or missing chances.

Premier league players like Benteke and Bent failed to convert far better chances than Hanson had and they probably get paid about 40 times his wage for 'missing'.
I've begun to give this debate up. We can all see he isn't scoring goals and no one will be more concerned about it than himself what lot's fail to see is what you state here and the absolute battering he takes most games yet still shows for every ball knocked into or up to him.

The 'invisible' side of football is rarely appreciated by those, (I'm going to sound like Steve Claridge here) who haven't played the game above a certain level. They see the defence splitting pass but miss the run across a defenders eyeline which takes him and his attention away from the space the pass is threaded through, etc etc
your right prisoner . I for one, have been missing JHs runs across a defenders eye line .
I wasn't meaning Hanson making those runs, I was talking in general you naughty chap.
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: Jeez, some people will NEVER be able to see beyond their basic understanding of professional football. Hanson gets played as 1st choice by every City manager he has been under, praised by practically every opposition manager we play against, every commentator and tv pundit refer to how much of a problem he causes Premier league defences and how this allows space and opportunities for his attacking team mates, and yet we STILL!, STILL! have people on here complaining about not scoring or missing chances. Premier league players like Benteke and Bent failed to convert far better chances than Hanson had and they probably get paid about 40 times his wage for 'missing'.[/p][/quote]I've begun to give this debate up. We can all see he isn't scoring goals and no one will be more concerned about it than himself what lot's fail to see is what you state here and the absolute battering he takes most games yet still shows for every ball knocked into or up to him. The 'invisible' side of football is rarely appreciated by those, (I'm going to sound like Steve Claridge here) who haven't played the game above a certain level. They see the defence splitting pass but miss the run across a defenders eyeline which takes him and his attention away from the space the pass is threaded through, etc etc[/p][/quote]your right prisoner . I for one, have been missing JHs runs across a defenders eye line .[/p][/quote]I wasn't meaning Hanson making those runs, I was talking in general you naughty chap. Prisoner Cell Block A

1:09pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Victor Clayton says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
lonniejockstrap wrote: Jeez, some people will NEVER be able to see beyond their basic understanding of professional football. Hanson gets played as 1st choice by every City manager he has been under, praised by practically every opposition manager we play against, every commentator and tv pundit refer to how much of a problem he causes Premier league defences and how this allows space and opportunities for his attacking team mates, and yet we STILL!, STILL! have people on here complaining about not scoring or missing chances. Premier league players like Benteke and Bent failed to convert far better chances than Hanson had and they probably get paid about 40 times his wage for 'missing'.
I've begun to give this debate up. We can all see he isn't scoring goals and no one will be more concerned about it than himself what lot's fail to see is what you state here and the absolute battering he takes most games yet still shows for every ball knocked into or up to him. The 'invisible' side of football is rarely appreciated by those, (I'm going to sound like Steve Claridge here) who haven't played the game above a certain level. They see the defence splitting pass but miss the run across a defenders eyeline which takes him and his attention away from the space the pass is threaded through, etc etc
your right prisoner . I for one, have been missing JHs runs across a defenders eye line .
I wasn't meaning Hanson making those runs, I was talking in general you naughty chap.
fair enough.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: Jeez, some people will NEVER be able to see beyond their basic understanding of professional football. Hanson gets played as 1st choice by every City manager he has been under, praised by practically every opposition manager we play against, every commentator and tv pundit refer to how much of a problem he causes Premier league defences and how this allows space and opportunities for his attacking team mates, and yet we STILL!, STILL! have people on here complaining about not scoring or missing chances. Premier league players like Benteke and Bent failed to convert far better chances than Hanson had and they probably get paid about 40 times his wage for 'missing'.[/p][/quote]I've begun to give this debate up. We can all see he isn't scoring goals and no one will be more concerned about it than himself what lot's fail to see is what you state here and the absolute battering he takes most games yet still shows for every ball knocked into or up to him. The 'invisible' side of football is rarely appreciated by those, (I'm going to sound like Steve Claridge here) who haven't played the game above a certain level. They see the defence splitting pass but miss the run across a defenders eyeline which takes him and his attention away from the space the pass is threaded through, etc etc[/p][/quote]your right prisoner . I for one, have been missing JHs runs across a defenders eye line .[/p][/quote]I wasn't meaning Hanson making those runs, I was talking in general you naughty chap.[/p][/quote]fair enough. Victor Clayton

1:26pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Victor Clayton says...

dannbradfc wrote:
lonniejockstrap wrote: Jeez, some people will NEVER be able to see beyond their basic understanding of professional football. Hanson gets played as 1st choice by every City manager he has been under, praised by practically every opposition manager we play against, every commentator and tv pundit refer to how much of a problem he causes Premier league defences and how this allows space and opportunities for his attacking team mates, and yet we STILL!, STILL! have people on here complaining about not scoring or missing chances. Premier league players like Benteke and Bent failed to convert far better chances than Hanson had and they probably get paid about 40 times his wage for 'missing'.
Exactly. Anyone with a basic grasp of football should be able to see what he offers the TEAM. He suits the way we play. When he wasn't in the team recently we looked light-weight and their defence had an easy ride. All those praising Wells and speculating about big money moves should also be praising Hanson....i bet Nakhi does......
Against Villa i thought Hansons contribution was brilliant and a pity one of his efforts didn't go in. He does contribute in many ways and If the team was winning and Hanson was not scoring I don’t think many fans would be criticising him. However we aren’t and IMO we have not really been playing well in the league for a few week’s. It would be unfair to blame our drop in form on him alone. We have had player out etc. but in my opinion PP has to have a rethink and a goal shy striker might be the place to start.
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: Jeez, some people will NEVER be able to see beyond their basic understanding of professional football. Hanson gets played as 1st choice by every City manager he has been under, praised by practically every opposition manager we play against, every commentator and tv pundit refer to how much of a problem he causes Premier league defences and how this allows space and opportunities for his attacking team mates, and yet we STILL!, STILL! have people on here complaining about not scoring or missing chances. Premier league players like Benteke and Bent failed to convert far better chances than Hanson had and they probably get paid about 40 times his wage for 'missing'.[/p][/quote]Exactly. Anyone with a basic grasp of football should be able to see what he offers the TEAM. He suits the way we play. When he wasn't in the team recently we looked light-weight and their defence had an easy ride. All those praising Wells and speculating about big money moves should also be praising Hanson....i bet Nakhi does......[/p][/quote]Against Villa i thought Hansons contribution was brilliant and a pity one of his efforts didn't go in. He does contribute in many ways and If the team was winning and Hanson was not scoring I don’t think many fans would be criticising him. However we aren’t and IMO we have not really been playing well in the league for a few week’s. It would be unfair to blame our drop in form on him alone. We have had player out etc. but in my opinion PP has to have a rethink and a goal shy striker might be the place to start. Victor Clayton

4:39pm Fri 11 Jan 13

lonniejockstrap says...

macca1969 wrote:
Bingban wrote:
Reading this lot I'm surprised you all have the gaul to post. Parkinson and Atkinson criticism was shown to be unfounded, Hanson criticism might have some mileage but why - overplay/lost form/lack of support. What he does for the team now is tremendous and he is an honest player and as such will always be in contention for my side. I dont know if Gray will be a success here but he will help Hanson and that can only be great for the TEAM. As far a speculation on Wells, I sincerely hope you lot are wrong again - he is our goal scorer, thorn in the side of all defences, a developing player and in years to come will play in the premier league hopefully with us. Dont underestimate what we have going at VP now, we are moving forward and selling our asset will not help. Woe betide Lawn if he sells out Thats the message supporters should be sending out not bragging about the pathetic predictions that no-one cares about
You are deluding yourself. If a big offer comes in the club don't have a choice if nahki wants to move on. Player power will decide where his future lies not the chairmen. They job will be yo ensure city get the best possible deal that's all. Its a nonsense to say we can force a player to stay against his wishes, he took an age to sign his new contract and I would be very surprised if he hadn't put some sort of clause in there. I don't want him to go but sometimes you have to face up to the reality
I think your right about it being almost impossible to keep a player if he wants to go macca -and would we want to?. Maybe the advantage of having a transfer window -in this case- puts pressure on the buying Club to meet or get very close to the asking price before that window is closed. If the deal isn't done by then, there may be little point in a player in a team going for promotion and in two semi-finals to have a rest-of-the-season sulk.

However, having said all that, I would be very surprised if Nahki hasn't agreed a contract with City with some sort of release clause in it. If this is the case then -depending on the details of any release clause of course- everything I have said above may be irrelevant.

We'll just have to wait and see whether any serious interest in him being bought exists. I think if any of our Chairmen publicly announce a bid has been made then Nahki is going. Even if the offer is turned down.
[quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bingban[/bold] wrote: Reading this lot I'm surprised you all have the gaul to post. Parkinson and Atkinson criticism was shown to be unfounded, Hanson criticism might have some mileage but why - overplay/lost form/lack of support. What he does for the team now is tremendous and he is an honest player and as such will always be in contention for my side. I dont know if Gray will be a success here but he will help Hanson and that can only be great for the TEAM. As far a speculation on Wells, I sincerely hope you lot are wrong again - he is our goal scorer, thorn in the side of all defences, a developing player and in years to come will play in the premier league hopefully with us. Dont underestimate what we have going at VP now, we are moving forward and selling our asset will not help. Woe betide Lawn if he sells out Thats the message supporters should be sending out not bragging about the pathetic predictions that no-one cares about[/p][/quote]You are deluding yourself. If a big offer comes in the club don't have a choice if nahki wants to move on. Player power will decide where his future lies not the chairmen. They job will be yo ensure city get the best possible deal that's all. Its a nonsense to say we can force a player to stay against his wishes, he took an age to sign his new contract and I would be very surprised if he hadn't put some sort of clause in there. I don't want him to go but sometimes you have to face up to the reality[/p][/quote]I think your right about it being almost impossible to keep a player if he wants to go macca -and would we want to?. Maybe the advantage of having a transfer window -in this case- puts pressure on the buying Club to meet or get very close to the asking price before that window is closed. If the deal isn't done by then, there may be little point in a player in a team going for promotion and in two semi-finals to have a rest-of-the-season sulk. However, having said all that, I would be very surprised if Nahki hasn't agreed a contract with City with some sort of release clause in it. If this is the case then -depending on the details of any release clause of course- everything I have said above may be irrelevant. We'll just have to wait and see whether any serious interest in him being bought exists. I think if any of our Chairmen publicly announce a bid has been made then Nahki is going. Even if the offer is turned down. lonniejockstrap

5:59pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Whoisevans? says...

dannbradfc wrote:
i'm still on a high so don't want to be negative here but he wasn't 'my cup of tea' the first time he was here, on the basis he wasn't a natural finisher (good at penalties though) and wasn't aggressive enough for me. However he may have changed his game since then and Hanson needed competition. Gray plays with his back to goal alot and can hold the ball well, but my first choice would still be Hanson......good luck to Gray though and he could prove to be an astute signing. Atkinson is a good example of a player turning things around and despite not been a natural winger offers effort, discipline and calmness on the ball. Gray also doesn't have the pace but has atributes to his game that can help others.....just my humble opnion ;-)
I agree Atkinson is beyond recognition from what he was at the back end of last season and at the begining of this season. I was amazed at the way he has progressed. It just goes to show that fans should be more patient and allow players to develop then we can reap the rewards. I think Gray will have that bit more class for this level and it will help other players.
Atkinson reminded me of Leigh Palin but he was tackling players too.
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: i'm still on a high so don't want to be negative here but he wasn't 'my cup of tea' the first time he was here, on the basis he wasn't a natural finisher (good at penalties though) and wasn't aggressive enough for me. However he may have changed his game since then and Hanson needed competition. Gray plays with his back to goal alot and can hold the ball well, but my first choice would still be Hanson......good luck to Gray though and he could prove to be an astute signing. Atkinson is a good example of a player turning things around and despite not been a natural winger offers effort, discipline and calmness on the ball. Gray also doesn't have the pace but has atributes to his game that can help others.....just my humble opnion ;-)[/p][/quote]I agree Atkinson is beyond recognition from what he was at the back end of last season and at the begining of this season. I was amazed at the way he has progressed. It just goes to show that fans should be more patient and allow players to develop then we can reap the rewards. I think Gray will have that bit more class for this level and it will help other players. Atkinson reminded me of Leigh Palin but he was tackling players too. Whoisevans?

6:28pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Whoisevans? says...

I don't blame Hanson for his lack of goals I think it's more to do with team tactics we need players to run and try draw the markers from Hanson so Hanson will have a better chance to attack the ball and not be crowded out by defenders. We have been too predictable at times and in particular the Port Vale game at home we allowed them to put 2 men on Hanson for all the game without using players to draw them away in set piece situations and vary the set pieces delivery.
I don't blame Hanson for his lack of goals I think it's more to do with team tactics we need players to run and try draw the markers from Hanson so Hanson will have a better chance to attack the ball and not be crowded out by defenders. We have been too predictable at times and in particular the Port Vale game at home we allowed them to put 2 men on Hanson for all the game without using players to draw them away in set piece situations and vary the set pieces delivery. Whoisevans?

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