Garry Thompson trim and ready for Bradford City return

Garry Thompson in action against Rochdale earlier this season

Garry Thompson in action against Rochdale earlier this season

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

Garry Thompson is leaner and meaner for his first City action in 2013.

The winger is ready to return to the squad after recovering from the knee injury which has ruled him out of all four games so far this month.

Phil Parkinson cannot wait to have a fit-again Thompson back in the reckoning after the 32-year-old was beginning to reveal his true form.

Thompson became an instant Valley Parade hero when he scored against Arsenal and followed it up with another volley past Accrington on Boxing Day – City’s last league win.

After an indifferent start to his Bantams career, Thompson is justifying his summer capture – and Parkinson puts that down to an improved fitness regime.

The City chief said: “I’m really pleased with Garry. He’s really worked hard on his fitness throughout the season.

“He’s trimmed up in terms of his weight and his body fat and everything we’ve asked him to do he’s done.

“He maybe found it a bit difficult when he came in at first after having a disjointed season last year. But he’s a very good professional and I think he’s been tremendous – he’s a very good professional.”

Thompson’s goal against Accrington was his third – and first in the league after scoring twice in City’s incredible Capital One Cup run. He had opened his account with the stoppage-time winner at Watford in the second round in August.

Parkinson said: “Garry’s been a big loss for us because he was playing really well and looked like scoring.

“He’s a great finisher and a clean striker of the ball with both feet. His heading ability is also very good and I’m sure there’s more to come from him.

“He’s really found that confidence in front of goal and he’ll pick that up again no problem.”

City’s trip to leaders Port Vale on Saturday is under threat because of the current freezing weather.

Vale’s FA Youth Cup tie with Everton was called off because of a frozen pitch and, with temperatures set to drop well below freezing, they face a battle to make the surface playable.

Assistant boss Mark Grew said: “The groundsman is doing everything he can but the covers that are on there were frozen and we couldn’t get them off.

“Once you get frost into the ground, the covers will keep it in there. We’re hoping for the best.”

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9:56am Thu 17 Jan 13

Citygentleman1968 says...

Latest transfer gossip....

HUDDERSFIELD are on the trail of Nahki Wells – but don’t expect neighbours Bradford City to part with the Bermudan strike star until this summer at the earliest.

The 22-year-old has hit the headlines during the Bantams Capital One Cup run, and aims to help them make the Wembley final by toppling Aston Villa next week.

Wells scored the opener as City, who have already seen off Wigan and Arsenal, beat Villa 3-1 in the semi-final first leg at Valley Parade.

The former Carlisle man followed up with a 17th goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Oxford in League II.


Bradford, currently ninth, are desperate to get back into League I, and the money generated by their cup run means they could resist the temptation to cash in on Wells this month.

Signed during the 2011 close-season after his release by Carlisle, he is under contract until 2015, but that hasn’t stopped a string of clubs showing a keen interest.

Town’s Championship rivals Leeds and Wolves are also said to be hot on the trail of the man who has netted 29 times in total for Bradford.

Sources within the club suggest Town are keen, and it’s been claimed Lee Novak could form part of a bid to bring Wells in immediately.

Because the Geordie frontman, who has four goals this season and 40 in total for Town, is out of contract this summer, he would be able to leave for free in the close-season.

Doing business on Novak this month would leave Town needing to bring in another frontman to supplement loan duo James Vaughan and Jermaine Beckford and veteran Alan Lee.

Read more: Examiner http://www.examiner.
co.uk/huddersfield-t
own-fc/huddersfield-
town-news/2013/01/17
/86081-32617698/#ixz
z2IE1js6ek
Latest transfer gossip.... HUDDERSFIELD are on the trail of Nahki Wells – but don’t expect neighbours Bradford City to part with the Bermudan strike star until this summer at the earliest. The 22-year-old has hit the headlines during the Bantams Capital One Cup run, and aims to help them make the Wembley final by toppling Aston Villa next week. Wells scored the opener as City, who have already seen off Wigan and Arsenal, beat Villa 3-1 in the semi-final first leg at Valley Parade. The former Carlisle man followed up with a 17th goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Oxford in League II. Bradford, currently ninth, are desperate to get back into League I, and the money generated by their cup run means they could resist the temptation to cash in on Wells this month. Signed during the 2011 close-season after his release by Carlisle, he is under contract until 2015, but that hasn’t stopped a string of clubs showing a keen interest. Town’s Championship rivals Leeds and Wolves are also said to be hot on the trail of the man who has netted 29 times in total for Bradford. Sources within the club suggest Town are keen, and it’s been claimed Lee Novak could form part of a bid to bring Wells in immediately. Because the Geordie frontman, who has four goals this season and 40 in total for Town, is out of contract this summer, he would be able to leave for free in the close-season. Doing business on Novak this month would leave Town needing to bring in another frontman to supplement loan duo James Vaughan and Jermaine Beckford and veteran Alan Lee. Read more: Examiner http://www.examiner. co.uk/huddersfield-t own-fc/huddersfield- town-news/2013/01/17 /86081-32617698/#ixz z2IE1js6ek Citygentleman1968
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10:22am Thu 17 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

Why would we want Novak;not wanted by Town otherwise they would have already made him an offer to stay
Why would we want Novak;not wanted by Town otherwise they would have already made him an offer to stay tyker2
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11:58am Thu 17 Jan 13

radiobantam1 says...

The Do-Botherers story has no quotes from the Club ; sounds like the sports writer was short of a story - so looked at web rumours and made a tale up!
The Do-Botherers story has no quotes from the Club ; sounds like the sports writer was short of a story - so looked at web rumours and made a tale up! radiobantam1
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12:23pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Citygentleman1968 says...

Further gossip

FOOTBALL
League One side Swindon Town are considering administration to reduce their debts, which are thought to be around £13m.

BBC Wiltshire has learned that Andrew Black, Swindon's owner, is unwilling to put in further funds, and is actively seeking fresh investment.

Could this mean we could go back in for Flint and get him on the cheap?

Just a thought....
Further gossip FOOTBALL League One side Swindon Town are considering administration to reduce their debts, which are thought to be around £13m. BBC Wiltshire has learned that Andrew Black, Swindon's owner, is unwilling to put in further funds, and is actively seeking fresh investment. Could this mean we could go back in for Flint and get him on the cheap? Just a thought.... Citygentleman1968
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12:26pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Citygentleman1968 says...

BBC confirming earlier Nakhi Wells interest...

LATEST GOSSIP
Huddersfield Town are chasing Bradford's Capital One Cup hero Nahki Wells, according to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.

Striker Wells, 22, has scored 17 goals this season, and got the opener as Aston Villa were beaten 3-1 in the semi-final first leg last week
BBC confirming earlier Nakhi Wells interest... LATEST GOSSIP Huddersfield Town are chasing Bradford's Capital One Cup hero Nahki Wells, according to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Striker Wells, 22, has scored 17 goals this season, and got the opener as Aston Villa were beaten 3-1 in the semi-final first leg last week Citygentleman1968
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12:57pm Thu 17 Jan 13

nowt fresh says...

Citygentleman1968 wrote:
Further gossip FOOTBALL League One side Swindon Town are considering administration to reduce their debts, which are thought to be around £13m. BBC Wiltshire has learned that Andrew Black, Swindon's owner, is unwilling to put in further funds, and is actively seeking fresh investment. Could this mean we could go back in for Flint and get him on the cheap? Just a thought....
Why not been done to us in the past..!!
[quote][p][bold]Citygentleman1968[/bold] wrote: Further gossip FOOTBALL League One side Swindon Town are considering administration to reduce their debts, which are thought to be around £13m. BBC Wiltshire has learned that Andrew Black, Swindon's owner, is unwilling to put in further funds, and is actively seeking fresh investment. Could this mean we could go back in for Flint and get him on the cheap? Just a thought....[/p][/quote]Why not been done to us in the past..!! nowt fresh
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12:58pm Thu 17 Jan 13

derrie-t- says...

transfers around nahki are rampant, heres a another i have heard, from my sisters friend who is friends with a city physio, he has told them nahki is going to wolves and also parky only turned down blackpool because city said they'd match the 200k a year contract, nahki to wolves doesnt seem crazy but the parky bit is mental. just to note i dont believe either just interesting rumours aha.
transfers around nahki are rampant, heres a another i have heard, from my sisters friend who is friends with a city physio, he has told them nahki is going to wolves and also parky only turned down blackpool because city said they'd match the 200k a year contract, nahki to wolves doesnt seem crazy but the parky bit is mental. just to note i dont believe either just interesting rumours aha. derrie-t-
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1:22pm Thu 17 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

derrie-t- wrote:
transfers around nahki are rampant, heres a another i have heard, from my sisters friend who is friends with a city physio, he has told them nahki is going to wolves and also parky only turned down blackpool because city said they'd match the 200k a year contract, nahki to wolves doesnt seem crazy but the parky bit is mental. just to note i dont believe either just interesting rumours aha.
As I understand it Parky is already on that sort of money as was Taylor before him. Martin Allen turned us down when he learned the wages were less than 10K per week.

Swindon going into administration seems about right especially as, just last recently, they have had a transfer embargo due to overspend on wages.
Perhaps an Italian manager has as much financial skill as the Italian government LOL
[quote][p][bold]derrie-t-[/bold] wrote: transfers around nahki are rampant, heres a another i have heard, from my sisters friend who is friends with a city physio, he has told them nahki is going to wolves and also parky only turned down blackpool because city said they'd match the 200k a year contract, nahki to wolves doesnt seem crazy but the parky bit is mental. just to note i dont believe either just interesting rumours aha.[/p][/quote]As I understand it Parky is already on that sort of money as was Taylor before him. Martin Allen turned us down when he learned the wages were less than 10K per week. Swindon going into administration seems about right especially as, just last recently, they have had a transfer embargo due to overspend on wages. Perhaps an Italian manager has as much financial skill as the Italian government LOL tyker2
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2:09pm Thu 17 Jan 13

bcfc1903 says...

Good to see Thommo back ...missed his physical presence especially in the air...even with Hanson on the pitch Thommo gives us another option with a diagonal ball being headed by him across the box. He's also scored a couple of crucial goals for us.


**
We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!
Good to see Thommo back ...missed his physical presence especially in the air...even with Hanson on the pitch Thommo gives us another option with a diagonal ball being headed by him across the box. He's also scored a couple of crucial goals for us. ** We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!! bcfc1903
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3:49pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Good to see Thommo back ...missed his physical presence especially in the air...even with Hanson on the pitch Thommo gives us another option with a diagonal ball being headed by him across the box. He's also scored a couple of crucial goals for us.


**
We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!
He had just started to come into form when his injury struck.

You are spot on re the diagonal ball to him as well as to Jimmy, this gave us two vital outlets and the option to keep possession longer and then knock a more dangerous ball to either. Even though I believe Reid and Hines/Turgott to be better 'wingers' than Thommo they do not have his physical presence which has started to make up for his lack of pace.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Good to see Thommo back ...missed his physical presence especially in the air...even with Hanson on the pitch Thommo gives us another option with a diagonal ball being headed by him across the box. He's also scored a couple of crucial goals for us. ** We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!![/p][/quote]He had just started to come into form when his injury struck. You are spot on re the diagonal ball to him as well as to Jimmy, this gave us two vital outlets and the option to keep possession longer and then knock a more dangerous ball to either. Even though I believe Reid and Hines/Turgott to be better 'wingers' than Thommo they do not have his physical presence which has started to make up for his lack of pace. Prisoner Cell Block A
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3:52pm Thu 17 Jan 13

theviking62 says...

We've been knocked back on this one,

http://www1.skysport
s.com/football/news/
12691/8403015/Walsal
l-have-rejected-a-bi
d-from-Bradford-for-
captain-Andy-Butler
We've been knocked back on this one, http://www1.skysport s.com/football/news/ 12691/8403015/Walsal l-have-rejected-a-bi d-from-Bradford-for- captain-Andy-Butler theviking62
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5:23pm Thu 17 Jan 13

mickyoi says...

theviking62 wrote:
We've been knocked back on this one,

http://www1.skysport

s.com/football/news/
Looks like we are upping our offer for him though. He'd be class at this level.
[quote][p][bold]theviking62[/bold] wrote: We've been knocked back on this one, http://www1.skysport s.com/football/news/ Looks like we are upping our offer for him though. He'd be class at this level. mickyoi
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5:25pm Thu 17 Jan 13

mickyoi says...

Looks like we are upping our offer for him though. He'd be class at this level.
Looks like we are upping our offer for him though. He'd be class at this level. mickyoi
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5:41pm Thu 17 Jan 13

nowt fresh says...

mickyoi wrote:
Looks like we are upping our offer for him though. He'd be class at this level.
Rather up the offer for the lad from Swindon Aiden Flint is it ?.
[quote][p][bold]mickyoi[/bold] wrote: Looks like we are upping our offer for him though. He'd be class at this level.[/p][/quote]Rather up the offer for the lad from Swindon Aiden Flint is it ?. nowt fresh
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8:46pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Whoisevans? says...

Citygentleman1968 wrote:
Latest transfer gossip....

HUDDERSFIELD are on the trail of Nahki Wells – but don’t expect neighbours Bradford City to part with the Bermudan strike star until this summer at the earliest.

The 22-year-old has hit the headlines during the Bantams Capital One Cup run, and aims to help them make the Wembley final by toppling Aston Villa next week.

Wells scored the opener as City, who have already seen off Wigan and Arsenal, beat Villa 3-1 in the semi-final first leg at Valley Parade.

The former Carlisle man followed up with a 17th goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Oxford in League II.


Bradford, currently ninth, are desperate to get back into League I, and the money generated by their cup run means they could resist the temptation to cash in on Wells this month.

Signed during the 2011 close-season after his release by Carlisle, he is under contract until 2015, but that hasn’t stopped a string of clubs showing a keen interest.

Town’s Championship rivals Leeds and Wolves are also said to be hot on the trail of the man who has netted 29 times in total for Bradford.

Sources within the club suggest Town are keen, and it’s been claimed Lee Novak could form part of a bid to bring Wells in immediately.

Because the Geordie frontman, who has four goals this season and 40 in total for Town, is out of contract this summer, he would be able to leave for free in the close-season.

Doing business on Novak this month would leave Town needing to bring in another frontman to supplement loan duo James Vaughan and Jermaine Beckford and veteran Alan Lee.

Read more: Examiner http://www.examiner.

co.uk/huddersfield-t

own-fc/huddersfield-

town-news/2013/01/17

/86081-32617698/#ixz

z2IE1js6ek
Don't want Novak just because it would make us a joke in west yorkshire think about it Novak and good say it fast to yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Citygentleman1968[/bold] wrote: Latest transfer gossip.... HUDDERSFIELD are on the trail of Nahki Wells – but don’t expect neighbours Bradford City to part with the Bermudan strike star until this summer at the earliest. The 22-year-old has hit the headlines during the Bantams Capital One Cup run, and aims to help them make the Wembley final by toppling Aston Villa next week. Wells scored the opener as City, who have already seen off Wigan and Arsenal, beat Villa 3-1 in the semi-final first leg at Valley Parade. The former Carlisle man followed up with a 17th goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Oxford in League II. Bradford, currently ninth, are desperate to get back into League I, and the money generated by their cup run means they could resist the temptation to cash in on Wells this month. Signed during the 2011 close-season after his release by Carlisle, he is under contract until 2015, but that hasn’t stopped a string of clubs showing a keen interest. Town’s Championship rivals Leeds and Wolves are also said to be hot on the trail of the man who has netted 29 times in total for Bradford. Sources within the club suggest Town are keen, and it’s been claimed Lee Novak could form part of a bid to bring Wells in immediately. Because the Geordie frontman, who has four goals this season and 40 in total for Town, is out of contract this summer, he would be able to leave for free in the close-season. Doing business on Novak this month would leave Town needing to bring in another frontman to supplement loan duo James Vaughan and Jermaine Beckford and veteran Alan Lee. Read more: Examiner http://www.examiner. co.uk/huddersfield-t own-fc/huddersfield- town-news/2013/01/17 /86081-32617698/#ixz z2IE1js6ek[/p][/quote]Don't want Novak just because it would make us a joke in west yorkshire think about it Novak and good say it fast to yourself. Whoisevans?
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9:24pm Thu 17 Jan 13

bcfc1903 says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Good to see Thommo back ...missed his physical presence especially in the air...even with Hanson on the pitch Thommo gives us another option with a diagonal ball being headed by him across the box. He's also scored a couple of crucial goals for us.


**
We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!
He had just started to come into form when his injury struck.

You are spot on re the diagonal ball to him as well as to Jimmy, this gave us two vital outlets and the option to keep possession longer and then knock a more dangerous ball to either. Even though I believe Reid and Hines/Turgott to be better 'wingers' than Thommo they do not have his physical presence which has started to make up for his lack of pace.
Yeah exactly PCBA.... i know we were knackered against Oxford but we also looked physically lightweight without Hanson...maybe Thompson would have given BCFC the outlet lacking throughout the game and maybe got us a point. With Hanson or Thompson or both in that game the players you mentioned would possibly have made more of a difference.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Good to see Thommo back ...missed his physical presence especially in the air...even with Hanson on the pitch Thommo gives us another option with a diagonal ball being headed by him across the box. He's also scored a couple of crucial goals for us. ** We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!![/p][/quote]He had just started to come into form when his injury struck. You are spot on re the diagonal ball to him as well as to Jimmy, this gave us two vital outlets and the option to keep possession longer and then knock a more dangerous ball to either. Even though I believe Reid and Hines/Turgott to be better 'wingers' than Thommo they do not have his physical presence which has started to make up for his lack of pace.[/p][/quote]Yeah exactly PCBA.... i know we were knackered against Oxford but we also looked physically lightweight without Hanson...maybe Thompson would have given BCFC the outlet lacking throughout the game and maybe got us a point. With Hanson or Thompson or both in that game the players you mentioned would possibly have made more of a difference. bcfc1903
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7:37am Fri 18 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

Walsall have turned down an offer for soon to be out of contract striker Andy Butler. I do not know the extent of the offer. he is 29 years of age
Walsall have turned down an offer for soon to be out of contract striker Andy Butler. I do not know the extent of the offer. he is 29 years of age tyker2
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2:50pm Fri 18 Jan 13

nowt fresh says...

tyker2 wrote:
Walsall have turned down an offer for soon to be out of contract striker Andy Butler. I do not know the extent of the offer. he is 29 years of age
Don't know the lad tyker2 but wiki has him down as a defender ??
http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Andy_Butler
,
and to be honest his goal scoring record is poor if he is a striker..!!
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: Walsall have turned down an offer for soon to be out of contract striker Andy Butler. I do not know the extent of the offer. he is 29 years of age[/p][/quote]Don't know the lad tyker2 but wiki has him down as a defender ?? http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Andy_Butler , and to be honest his goal scoring record is poor if he is a striker..!! nowt fresh
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