Bye, bye rounds one and two . . . if Bradford City win the Capital One Cup

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford City's goal hero James Hanson celebrates victory at Villa Park with substitute Alan Connell Buy this photo Bradford City's goal hero James Hanson celebrates victory at Villa Park with substitute Alan Connell

City will get a bye to the last 32 next season if they win the Capital One Cup and qualify for Europe.

As with all League Two sides, the Bantams began this amazing campaign in the first round.

But the Football League last night confirmed that, should they lift the trophy on February 24, Phil Parkinson’s side will be exempt until round three next time – because of their involvement in the Europa League.

All European qualifiers enter the competition later and City would be treated no differently, despite being from the basement division.

A league spokesman said: “Any team involved in European competition starts in round three. “It would probably be necessary anyway because in the week of the first-round matches, Bradford would be involved with qualifiers in Europe.”

But City must beat Swansea to win the cup to be eligible. Under UEFA rules, where a country has a second domestic cup competition, only the winners qualify.

The extra spot in the Europa competition would be delegated to the team with the next highest finish in the Premier League.

City would have to apply for an emergency UEFA licence.

But it is not thought to be a problem after Valley Parade successfully passed an inspection as a potential World Cup training camp.

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5:38pm Thu 24 Jan 13

glorious1911 says...

My only gripe about the second leg at Villa was that the team wore that anonymous gold/black away strip. We MUST wear claret and amber in the final but given that Swansea wear all white it looks like some sort of compromise will be necessary. What about the cl/amber hoops with black shorts and socks? The black would give prominence to the 1985 memory and for the historical minded, Manningham FC wore that combination.
My only gripe about the second leg at Villa was that the team wore that anonymous gold/black away strip. We MUST wear claret and amber in the final but given that Swansea wear all white it looks like some sort of compromise will be necessary. What about the cl/amber hoops with black shorts and socks? The black would give prominence to the 1985 memory and for the historical minded, Manningham FC wore that combination. glorious1911
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