Bradford City players show great fortytude!

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson has applauded his tireless players

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson has applauded his tireless players

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

Phil Parkinson cannot believe how City’s marathon men can keep going after an “unprecedented” schedule.

The weekend freeze allowed a much-needed breather after the trip to Port Vale was an early victim of the winter blast.

City still trained on Saturday as they build up for tomorrow’s potential date with destiny in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Aston Villa.

But the postponement – their second this season – was welcome news for the club who have played more games than anyone else.

Last week’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Crewe was their 40th game of the season – it is usually the middle of March by the time they have played that many.

There have been only three times in the previous 25 years when City hit the 40 mark in February – the last in 2006 when Colin Todd’s side drew 1-1 at Swansea. So to reach that landmark by mid-January is unheard of.

Parkinson admitted: “It’s an unprecedented season with the amount of games we’ve played. That’s why the lads deserve so much credit to keep going week in, week out.

"It’s difficult mentally as much as physically. Don’t forget three of those games will have been the biggest ones many of these players have played in their lives.

“You look at some of the youngsters like Carl McHugh, Stephen Darby and Nahki Wells and the way they have conducted themselves through this period has been outstanding.

"We haven’t won every week and we’ve dropped down the league a little bit but we’ll get back there.

“They’ve given us everything and that’s why we’ve brought a couple of new players in and are trying to get one or two more just to help the existing ones we’ve got.

“They need a boost and we’ll certainly do everything we can to give them it.”

It has been just as relentless for Parkinson and his coaching staff. But he would not swap the excitement and insists there is plenty more to come yet.

Parkinson added: “Some times as a manager you need time to go away and reflect and I’ve not had that, apart from on the motorway!

“But it’s been great. You look at this time last year and where we are now. We’re in the semi-final of a major cup competition and still in a challenging position in the league. There’s so much to play for, no matter what happens against Villa tomorrow.

“We want to really push on and the lads we’re bringing in, Andy Gray, Ryan Dickson and Michael Nelson, are buying in to what we want to do.”

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8:14am Mon 21 Jan 13

Freddy says...

*

Out of UK this week. Will the weather affect Villa Match?.
Coaching staff --brilliant!!
* Out of UK this week. Will the weather affect Villa Match?. Coaching staff --brilliant!! Freddy
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8:41am Mon 21 Jan 13

Dancinfeet says...

Seriously cannot see this game going ahead. Anyone know if it would be a straight turnaround next week?
Seriously cannot see this game going ahead. Anyone know if it would be a straight turnaround next week? Dancinfeet
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9:31am Mon 21 Jan 13

CasualBantam says...

Freddy wrote:
* Out of UK this week. Will the weather affect Villa Match?. Coaching staff --brilliant!!
I can't see there being any issues with tomorrow's game. Their game with WBA went ahead on Saturday teatime and The Hawthorns is only a few miles from Villa Park. They've had no more snow down there since, nor is any more forecasted before tomorrow night. As long as the areas around the ground are gritted (which I'm sure won't be overlooked), this game will definitely be ON!
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * Out of UK this week. Will the weather affect Villa Match?. Coaching staff --brilliant!![/p][/quote]I can't see there being any issues with tomorrow's game. Their game with WBA went ahead on Saturday teatime and The Hawthorns is only a few miles from Villa Park. They've had no more snow down there since, nor is any more forecasted before tomorrow night. As long as the areas around the ground are gritted (which I'm sure won't be overlooked), this game will definitely be ON! CasualBantam
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9:32am Mon 21 Jan 13

CasualBantam says...

Sorry Freddie. Quoted wrong post. Meant to quote Dancinfeet's! Apologies!
Sorry Freddie. Quoted wrong post. Meant to quote Dancinfeet's! Apologies! CasualBantam
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9:35am Mon 21 Jan 13

macca1969 says...

The snow is forecast for today only. Freezing conditions won't affect them as villa park has undersoil heating. With the game on sky as well and 24 hours or more to treat surrounding areas I would expect the game to go ahead. The only problem will be away fans trying to get there but sky won't care about that only they tv schedule
The snow is forecast for today only. Freezing conditions won't affect them as villa park has undersoil heating. With the game on sky as well and 24 hours or more to treat surrounding areas I would expect the game to go ahead. The only problem will be away fans trying to get there but sky won't care about that only they tv schedule macca1969
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9:41am Mon 21 Jan 13

Dancinfeet says...

That's what I was thinking, the snow in bradford is bad and I take it the coaches are setting off from the ground so I was thinking more our end than theirs. Hope I'm wrong.
That's what I was thinking, the snow in bradford is bad and I take it the coaches are setting off from the ground so I was thinking more our end than theirs. Hope I'm wrong. Dancinfeet
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10:05am Mon 21 Jan 13

basil fawlty says...

I see villa are giving every villa fan a free flag. They can wave them as hard as they like but our lads will give 100% because they care more.
I see villa are giving every villa fan a free flag. They can wave them as hard as they like but our lads will give 100% because they care more. basil fawlty
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10:36am Mon 21 Jan 13

Citygentleman1968 says...

Tomorrow evening for me, is the most defining moment of BCFC's history. Whether we make it to the final or not, or whether we get promotion or not, this cup run has defined our season. So lads, 19:45pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013, is your moment of fate. It's in your hands. Chests out, heads held high and the battle cry from 6000 BCFC fans. Leave it all on the pitch, don't come off thinking you could have done more. Whatever the outcome, Bradford are proud of you all. Dare we dream?
Tomorrow evening for me, is the most defining moment of BCFC's history. Whether we make it to the final or not, or whether we get promotion or not, this cup run has defined our season. So lads, 19:45pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013, is your moment of fate. It's in your hands. Chests out, heads held high and the battle cry from 6000 BCFC fans. Leave it all on the pitch, don't come off thinking you could have done more. Whatever the outcome, Bradford are proud of you all. Dare we dream? Citygentleman1968
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10:42am Mon 21 Jan 13

Citygentleman1968 says...

Latest on Semi- Final

Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann is available after illness for the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Bradford at Villa Park tomorrow.

But defender Nathan Baker (hamstring) has been ruled out, midfielder Ashley Westwood is cup-tied, while Villa manager Paul Lambert will make late fitness checks on goalkeeper Shay Given (hamstring) and midfielder Fabian Delph (ankle).
Latest on Semi- Final Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann is available after illness for the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Bradford at Villa Park tomorrow. But defender Nathan Baker (hamstring) has been ruled out, midfielder Ashley Westwood is cup-tied, while Villa manager Paul Lambert will make late fitness checks on goalkeeper Shay Given (hamstring) and midfielder Fabian Delph (ankle). Citygentleman1968
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11:01am Mon 21 Jan 13

shaun from richmond says...

I do wish "Parky" would stop telling the players how tired they should be!!.
For goodness sake, 2 GAMES A WEEK is not much to ask!.
ANYWAY.......Having a big night in Brum tonight.....LETS HOPE its a MUCH BIGGER NIGHT, tomorow!!.
CANT WAIT!!.
I do wish "Parky" would stop telling the players how tired they should be!!. For goodness sake, 2 GAMES A WEEK is not much to ask!. ANYWAY.......Having a big night in Brum tonight.....LETS HOPE its a MUCH BIGGER NIGHT, tomorow!!. CANT WAIT!!. shaun from richmond
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11:19am Mon 21 Jan 13

lawsonio123 says...

Oh Dear I have to agree with you on the 2 games a week.They are fit young men. Now if these young men get to the Final tomorrow night will you Publicly call Mr Parkinson a Good Manager and humbly withdraw your past utterings of Dead Beat.keep Smiling GOOD LUCK CITY
Oh Dear I have to agree with you on the 2 games a week.They are fit young men. Now if these young men get to the Final tomorrow night will you Publicly call Mr Parkinson a Good Manager and humbly withdraw your past utterings of Dead Beat.keep Smiling GOOD LUCK CITY lawsonio123
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11:40am Mon 21 Jan 13

irish bantam says...

Citygentleman1968 wrote:
Tomorrow evening for me, is the most defining moment of BCFC's history. Whether we make it to the final or not, or whether we get promotion or not, this cup run has defined our season. So lads, 19:45pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013, is your moment of fate. It's in your hands. Chests out, heads held high and the battle cry from 6000 BCFC fans. Leave it all on the pitch, don't come off thinking you could have done more. Whatever the outcome, Bradford are proud of you all. Dare we dream?
Lets get it right.........6500 city fans...lol
sing your hearts out guys and gals!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Citygentleman1968[/bold] wrote: Tomorrow evening for me, is the most defining moment of BCFC's history. Whether we make it to the final or not, or whether we get promotion or not, this cup run has defined our season. So lads, 19:45pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013, is your moment of fate. It's in your hands. Chests out, heads held high and the battle cry from 6000 BCFC fans. Leave it all on the pitch, don't come off thinking you could have done more. Whatever the outcome, Bradford are proud of you all. Dare we dream?[/p][/quote]Lets get it right.........6500 city fans...lol sing your hearts out guys and gals!!!! irish bantam
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11:54am Mon 21 Jan 13

macca1969 says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
Oh Dear I have to agree with you on the 2 games a week.They are fit young men. Now if these young men get to the Final tomorrow night will you Publicly call Mr Parkinson a Good Manager and humbly withdraw your past utterings of Dead Beat.keep Smiling GOOD LUCK CITY
Of course two games a week is not a big ask and our players have proved it consistently. The problem is the huge mental effort in getting up for these big games. Adrenaline pumping gets these players through the big games but when things go wrong or it becomes a normal league game as with Oxford the players can become mentally shattered rather than physically tired.
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: Oh Dear I have to agree with you on the 2 games a week.They are fit young men. Now if these young men get to the Final tomorrow night will you Publicly call Mr Parkinson a Good Manager and humbly withdraw your past utterings of Dead Beat.keep Smiling GOOD LUCK CITY[/p][/quote]Of course two games a week is not a big ask and our players have proved it consistently. The problem is the huge mental effort in getting up for these big games. Adrenaline pumping gets these players through the big games but when things go wrong or it becomes a normal league game as with Oxford the players can become mentally shattered rather than physically tired. macca1969
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11:54am Mon 21 Jan 13

macca1969 says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
Oh Dear I have to agree with you on the 2 games a week.They are fit young men. Now if these young men get to the Final tomorrow night will you Publicly call Mr Parkinson a Good Manager and humbly withdraw your past utterings of Dead Beat.keep Smiling GOOD LUCK CITY
Of course two games a week is not a big ask and our players have proved it consistently. The problem is the huge mental effort in getting up for these big games. Adrenaline pumping gets these players through the big games but when things go wrong or it becomes a normal league game as with Oxford the players can become mentally shattered rather than physically tired.
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: Oh Dear I have to agree with you on the 2 games a week.They are fit young men. Now if these young men get to the Final tomorrow night will you Publicly call Mr Parkinson a Good Manager and humbly withdraw your past utterings of Dead Beat.keep Smiling GOOD LUCK CITY[/p][/quote]Of course two games a week is not a big ask and our players have proved it consistently. The problem is the huge mental effort in getting up for these big games. Adrenaline pumping gets these players through the big games but when things go wrong or it becomes a normal league game as with Oxford the players can become mentally shattered rather than physically tired. macca1969
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12:50pm Mon 21 Jan 13

gspot01 says...

Dancinfeet wrote:
Seriously cannot see this game going ahead. Anyone know if it would be a straight turnaround next week?
I've been speaking to a customer of mine in Aston and the area is very bad apparently so i'm not holding out much hope.
[quote][p][bold]Dancinfeet[/bold] wrote: Seriously cannot see this game going ahead. Anyone know if it would be a straight turnaround next week?[/p][/quote]I've been speaking to a customer of mine in Aston and the area is very bad apparently so i'm not holding out much hope. gspot01
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12:54pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
Oh Dear I have to agree with you on the 2 games a week.They are fit young men. Now if these young men get to the Final tomorrow night will you Publicly call Mr Parkinson a Good Manager and humbly withdraw your past utterings of Dead Beat.keep Smiling GOOD LUCK CITY
That's as maybe but no-one else is doing this so therefore the extra games put us at a disadvantage. All players should be able to play twice a week minimum but if one team plays once per week at full pelt then rests or trains and the other plays twice a week full pelt then trains as no time for rest who has the advantage??
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: Oh Dear I have to agree with you on the 2 games a week.They are fit young men. Now if these young men get to the Final tomorrow night will you Publicly call Mr Parkinson a Good Manager and humbly withdraw your past utterings of Dead Beat.keep Smiling GOOD LUCK CITY[/p][/quote]That's as maybe but no-one else is doing this so therefore the extra games put us at a disadvantage. All players should be able to play twice a week minimum but if one team plays once per week at full pelt then rests or trains and the other plays twice a week full pelt then trains as no time for rest who has the advantage?? Prisoner Cell Block A
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12:56pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Rambo says...

Villa website says everything should be okay. http://www.avfc.co.u
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Villa website says everything should be okay. http://www.avfc.co.u k/page/NewsDetail/0, ,10265~3048292,00.ht ml Rambo
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1:40pm Mon 21 Jan 13

basil fawlty says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote: Oh Dear I have to agree with you on the 2 games a week.They are fit young men. Now if these young men get to the Final tomorrow night will you Publicly call Mr Parkinson a Good Manager and humbly withdraw your past utterings of Dead Beat.keep Smiling GOOD LUCK CITY
That's as maybe but no-one else is doing this so therefore the extra games put us at a disadvantage. All players should be able to play twice a week minimum but if one team plays once per week at full pelt then rests or trains and the other plays twice a week full pelt then trains as no time for rest who has the advantage??
I think you shouldnt overlook the fact that many players will get knocks and strains etc and need recovery time to be 100% fit.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: Oh Dear I have to agree with you on the 2 games a week.They are fit young men. Now if these young men get to the Final tomorrow night will you Publicly call Mr Parkinson a Good Manager and humbly withdraw your past utterings of Dead Beat.keep Smiling GOOD LUCK CITY[/p][/quote]That's as maybe but no-one else is doing this so therefore the extra games put us at a disadvantage. All players should be able to play twice a week minimum but if one team plays once per week at full pelt then rests or trains and the other plays twice a week full pelt then trains as no time for rest who has the advantage??[/p][/quote]I think you shouldnt overlook the fact that many players will get knocks and strains etc and need recovery time to be 100% fit. basil fawlty
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2:02pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Peter300 says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
I do wish "Parky" would stop telling the players how tired they should be!!. For goodness sake, 2 GAMES A WEEK is not much to ask!. ANYWAY.......Having a big night in Brum tonight.....LETS HOPE its a MUCH BIGGER NIGHT, tomorow!!. CANT WAIT!!.
How silly, but then shaun has no real interest in the team I SUPPORT!!!.......but thanks for donating money to BRADFORD CITY......... it is so very kind of you..... you are a very GENEROUS DEADBEAT shaun!!!!!....Thanks once again....!!!!
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: I do wish "Parky" would stop telling the players how tired they should be!!. For goodness sake, 2 GAMES A WEEK is not much to ask!. ANYWAY.......Having a big night in Brum tonight.....LETS HOPE its a MUCH BIGGER NIGHT, tomorow!!. CANT WAIT!!.[/p][/quote]How silly, but then shaun has no real interest in the team I SUPPORT!!!.......but thanks for donating money to BRADFORD CITY......... it is so very kind of you..... you are a very GENEROUS DEADBEAT shaun!!!!!....Thanks once again....!!!! Peter300
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6:39pm Mon 21 Jan 13

shaun from richmond says...

Peter300 wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote: I do wish "Parky" would stop telling the players how tired they should be!!. For goodness sake, 2 GAMES A WEEK is not much to ask!. ANYWAY.......Having a big night in Brum tonight.....LETS HOPE its a MUCH BIGGER NIGHT, tomorow!!. CANT WAIT!!.
How silly, but then shaun has no real interest in the team I SUPPORT!!!.......but thanks for donating money to BRADFORD CITY......... it is so very kind of you..... you are a very GENEROUS DEADBEAT shaun!!!!!....Thanks once again....!!!!
CHEERS!!.....PETER( I USED TO PLAY FOR CITY, I DID!)300.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: I do wish "Parky" would stop telling the players how tired they should be!!. For goodness sake, 2 GAMES A WEEK is not much to ask!. ANYWAY.......Having a big night in Brum tonight.....LETS HOPE its a MUCH BIGGER NIGHT, tomorow!!. CANT WAIT!!.[/p][/quote]How silly, but then shaun has no real interest in the team I SUPPORT!!!.......but thanks for donating money to BRADFORD CITY......... it is so very kind of you..... you are a very GENEROUS DEADBEAT shaun!!!!!....Thanks once again....!!!![/p][/quote]CHEERS!!.....PETER( I USED TO PLAY FOR CITY, I DID!)300. shaun from richmond
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6:46pm Mon 21 Jan 13

shoesmaker4 says...

just to say well done to phill and the lads , stay focast totally determined to cary out your jobs to the end it wont be easy at villa thay will have to stay blinkerd from the crowd to and also remember thay can not winn this game if thay dont score three also if we could get another at villa thay will realey be in trouble to this is the stuff of ledgends its a level playing feild im rooting for a great winn me and two freands will be watching it on sky and thay are rooting for you to come on city
just to say well done to phill and the lads , stay focast totally determined to cary out your jobs to the end it wont be easy at villa thay will have to stay blinkerd from the crowd to and also remember thay can not winn this game if thay dont score three also if we could get another at villa thay will realey be in trouble to this is the stuff of ledgends its a level playing feild im rooting for a great winn me and two freands will be watching it on sky and thay are rooting for you to come on city shoesmaker4
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7:25pm Mon 21 Jan 13

bcfc1903 says...

Good luck to the players management and supporters who are makng the trip to Villa Park tomorrow.....Don't die wondering lads, give 100% for all of the game and we may be playing in a major cup final for the first time since 1911. To the fans who make the trip...give it everything ...every ounce of vocal support you can muster..then shout louder...of course it may all end in glorious failure.. but if you cheer til your combined throats hurt and then shout louder...then BCFC may be playing it's first major cup final at Wembley EVER...history beckons.....BRING IT ON!!!!!!

**
We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!!
Good luck to the players management and supporters who are makng the trip to Villa Park tomorrow.....Don't die wondering lads, give 100% for all of the game and we may be playing in a major cup final for the first time since 1911. To the fans who make the trip...give it everything ...every ounce of vocal support you can muster..then shout louder...of course it may all end in glorious failure.. but if you cheer til your combined throats hurt and then shout louder...then BCFC may be playing it's first major cup final at Wembley EVER...history beckons.....BRING IT ON!!!!!! ** We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!! bcfc1903
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10:14pm Mon 21 Jan 13

KnightMcCall says...

This time tomorrow...history will be made. Anyone still believe that its only a cup? I havent been this nervous/excited since 1998 v Wolves...please let it be City's night.
This time tomorrow...history will be made. Anyone still believe that its only a cup? I havent been this nervous/excited since 1998 v Wolves...please let it be City's night. KnightMcCall
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9:27am Tue 22 Jan 13

Whoisevans? says...

shoesmaker4 wrote:
just to say well done to phill and the lads , stay focast totally determined to cary out your jobs to the end it wont be easy at villa thay will have to stay blinkerd from the crowd to and also remember thay can not winn this game if thay dont score three also if we could get another at villa thay will realey be in trouble to this is the stuff of ledgends its a level playing feild im rooting for a great winn me and two freands will be watching it on sky and thay are rooting for you to come on city
Terrible spelling agree with you about the advantage is in our favour players need to keep calm and treat the game as any other we can get through. THE MATCH IS ON just given it out on Sky. City didn't train this morning. Roads should be no problem as most of the travel is by major roads.
[quote][p][bold]shoesmaker4[/bold] wrote: just to say well done to phill and the lads , stay focast totally determined to cary out your jobs to the end it wont be easy at villa thay will have to stay blinkerd from the crowd to and also remember thay can not winn this game if thay dont score three also if we could get another at villa thay will realey be in trouble to this is the stuff of ledgends its a level playing feild im rooting for a great winn me and two freands will be watching it on sky and thay are rooting for you to come on city[/p][/quote]Terrible spelling agree with you about the advantage is in our favour players need to keep calm and treat the game as any other we can get through. THE MATCH IS ON just given it out on Sky. City didn't train this morning. Roads should be no problem as most of the travel is by major roads. Whoisevans?
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