Bradford City: Stuart McCall nearly scored an own goal!

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Stuart McCall was a bit premature with his congratulatory text to Julian Rhodes Stuart McCall was a bit premature with his congratulatory text to Julian Rhodes

Superstitious Stuart McCall feared he had jinxed City’s Wembley dream.

McCall was proud as punch as he watched Tuesday’s drama at Villa Park unfold on telly.

But just as he prepared to send Julian Rhodes an early message of congratulations, Aston Villa netted their late second to set up a tense finish.

McCall admitted: “I hate tempting fate but it got to 88 minutes and I was doing this text for Julian. I was just about to press send and then the goal went in – I was kicking myself!

“But what a fantastic performance it was. I don’t even think Villa deserved to win the game because they’d run out of ideas.

“That was down to the organisation of the team by the manager and the players themselves, who followed his instructions down to a tee.

“Once we scored and they threw on all their subs up front, I felt it was quite comfortable.”

McCall, who is determined to make it down to Wembley for next month’s final, was yesterday named Scotland’s No 3 by new national boss Gordon Strachan.

It is a part-time role which he will combine with his Motherwell management duties. But McCall still couldn’t resist the opportunity to hold up City’s cup exploits as the example for Scotland to follow.

He said: “I was telling the press that you’ve only got to look at Bradford City getting to Wembley and how they’ve done it.

“They’ve got past Watford away, Wigan away, Arsenal and Aston Villa – that’s five really tough games but they’ve done it.

“Look at it from Scotland’s perspective and we’re in the same position in (World Cup) qualifying. But Bradford have shown what can be achieved.

“It’s a real honour to be appointed by Gordon. There were a lot of names being bandies about and I never thought for a minute that he would ask me.”

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6:46pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Freddy says...

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Congratulations Stuart on your No. 3 Appt.--Well done!.
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Delighted to see your still following City.
Keep in touch with Parky. Any useful loans/signings???.
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Will be looking out for you at Wembley!
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* Congratulations Stuart on your No. 3 Appt.--Well done!. * Delighted to see your still following City. Keep in touch with Parky. Any useful loans/signings???. * Will be looking out for you at Wembley! * Freddy

7:39pm Thu 24 Jan 13

nowt fresh says...

Stuart "Mr Bradford City" McCall does not surprise anyone you still hold the club near to your heart classic comment "“Once we scored and they threw on all their subs up front, I felt it was quite comfortable.” quality Stuart all the best in your new part time position you will be made more than welcome if we catch you in the pub around Wembley Stadium on the 24th true legend.
Stuart "Mr Bradford City" McCall does not surprise anyone you still hold the club near to your heart classic comment "“Once we scored and they threw on all their subs up front, I felt it was quite comfortable.” quality Stuart all the best in your new part time position you will be made more than welcome if we catch you in the pub around Wembley Stadium on the 24th true legend. nowt fresh

7:49pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Dandy Rathtub says...

The term "Legend" is used far too casually these days, but this bloke is, without a shadow of doubt, a true BRADFORD CITY LEGEND.
Good luck with the Scotland job, I still hope that one day, you will come and finish off your job at VP.
The term "Legend" is used far too casually these days, but this bloke is, without a shadow of doubt, a true BRADFORD CITY LEGEND. Good luck with the Scotland job, I still hope that one day, you will come and finish off your job at VP. Dandy Rathtub

8:46pm Thu 24 Jan 13

oddshapedballs says...

the legend they sacked
the legend they sacked oddshapedballs

9:24pm Thu 24 Jan 13

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

oddshapedballs wrote:
the legend they sacked
Nob. Stick to watching (and commenting) on your team of penniless losers. Not everyone likes watching bouncers clobbering each other and feeling each other up in a derelict stadium. Sad man, sad sport
[quote][p][bold]oddshapedballs[/bold] wrote: the legend they sacked[/p][/quote]Nob. Stick to watching (and commenting) on your team of penniless losers. Not everyone likes watching bouncers clobbering each other and feeling each other up in a derelict stadium. Sad man, sad sport moanmoanwhingewhinge

9:24pm Thu 24 Jan 13

MARTINI HENRY says...

Congatulations Stuart , true BCFC legend, Come ave a pint with all the lads on the 24th
Congatulations Stuart , true BCFC legend, Come ave a pint with all the lads on the 24th MARTINI HENRY

9:28pm Thu 24 Jan 13

bcfc1903 says...

oddshapedballs wrote:
the legend they sacked
Stuart McCall...forever a Bradford City Football Club legend!!!!!! Good luck in your new appointment with Scotland Stuart....and also good luck for the rest of the season with Motherwell FC.

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We shout with pride...we'll never hide....Claret and Amber!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]oddshapedballs[/bold] wrote: the legend they sacked[/p][/quote]Stuart McCall...forever a Bradford City Football Club legend!!!!!! Good luck in your new appointment with Scotland Stuart....and also good luck for the rest of the season with Motherwell FC. ** We shout with pride...we'll never hide....Claret and Amber!!!!!! bcfc1903

9:56pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Bantam76 says...

nowt fresh wrote:
Stuart "Mr Bradford City" McCall does not surprise anyone you still hold the club near to your heart classic comment "“Once we scored and they threw on all their subs up front, I felt it was quite comfortable.” quality Stuart all the best in your new part time position you will be made more than welcome if we catch you in the pub around Wembley Stadium on the 24th true legend.
Never mind the pub - I want to see a repeat performance of his car climbing skills whilst under the influence!! haha

True legend Stuart, really pleased for your new appointment too. Best of luck! CTID
[quote][p][bold]nowt fresh[/bold] wrote: Stuart "Mr Bradford City" McCall does not surprise anyone you still hold the club near to your heart classic comment "“Once we scored and they threw on all their subs up front, I felt it was quite comfortable.” quality Stuart all the best in your new part time position you will be made more than welcome if we catch you in the pub around Wembley Stadium on the 24th true legend.[/p][/quote]Never mind the pub - I want to see a repeat performance of his car climbing skills whilst under the influence!! haha True legend Stuart, really pleased for your new appointment too. Best of luck! CTID Bantam76

10:17pm Thu 24 Jan 13

nowt fresh says...

oddshapedballs wrote:
the legend they sacked
Of course your entitled to your opinion oddshapedballs,just don't get your opinon mixed up with fact Stuart walked as he said at the time "he thought he had taken Bradford City as far as he could" hence he resigned..!!
[quote][p][bold]oddshapedballs[/bold] wrote: the legend they sacked[/p][/quote]Of course your entitled to your opinion oddshapedballs,just don't get your opinon mixed up with fact Stuart walked as he said at the time "he thought he had taken Bradford City as far as he could" hence he resigned..!! nowt fresh

7:02am Fri 25 Jan 13

Harrogate Bantam says...

Stuart/Mr Bradford a true Legend. Good luck in his new Scotland job. Yes must agree with Bantam 76 the Car Climbing was top stuff, and Stuart never spilt a drop. Sure there will be room on our coach on the 24th Feb. Remember he didn't make it 26th May 1996 to the Twin Towers he must do this time. Instead of chanting "Yorkshire, Yorkshire" @ Wemberley wil we have to chant "Engerland, Engerland"

C'mon City!

Where's Swansea's Ball Boy Gone?
Row Z if would have been Deano.

C.T.I.D.
Stuart/Mr Bradford a true Legend. Good luck in his new Scotland job. Yes must agree with Bantam 76 the Car Climbing was top stuff, and Stuart never spilt a drop. Sure there will be room on our coach on the 24th Feb. Remember he didn't make it 26th May 1996 to the Twin Towers he must do this time. Instead of chanting "Yorkshire, Yorkshire" @ Wemberley wil we have to chant "Engerland, Engerland" C'mon City! Where's Swansea's Ball Boy Gone? Row Z if would have been Deano. C.T.I.D. Harrogate Bantam

8:18am Fri 25 Jan 13

gordon ramsay says...

moanmoanwhingewhinge wrote:
oddshapedballs wrote:
the legend they sacked
Nob. Stick to watching (and commenting) on your team of penniless losers. Not everyone likes watching bouncers clobbering each other and feeling each other up in a derelict stadium. Sad man, sad sport
i am a passionate bulls AND city fan. odd shaped balls you are a numpty moanmoanwingewinge some people dont like "big girls rolling around on the floor playing a girls game".

both teams have been on their knees.

inbred idiots like yourselves contiue to amuse those who have half a brain!!!

onwards and upwards at odsal AND city. 2 shining lights in the toilet that is bradford
[quote][p][bold]moanmoanwhingewhinge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oddshapedballs[/bold] wrote: the legend they sacked[/p][/quote]Nob. Stick to watching (and commenting) on your team of penniless losers. Not everyone likes watching bouncers clobbering each other and feeling each other up in a derelict stadium. Sad man, sad sport[/p][/quote]i am a passionate bulls AND city fan. odd shaped balls you are a numpty moanmoanwingewinge some people dont like "big girls rolling around on the floor playing a girls game". both teams have been on their knees. inbred idiots like yourselves contiue to amuse those who have half a brain!!! onwards and upwards at odsal AND city. 2 shining lights in the toilet that is bradford gordon ramsay

8:34am Fri 25 Jan 13

Meat Pie says...

oddshapedballs wrote:
the legend they sacked
Goon
[quote][p][bold]oddshapedballs[/bold] wrote: the legend they sacked[/p][/quote]Goon Meat Pie

11:22am Fri 25 Jan 13

lawsonio123 says...

Well done Stuart Mccall.I remember him coming to valley Parade as a boy and becoming a very fine footballer He as always had City at heart and maybe he will return one day, At present however Mr Parkinson is doing a Great Job and long may he remain in charge at Valley Parade Pay him more give him a new contract now before it is to late he has earned it.
Well done Stuart Mccall.I remember him coming to valley Parade as a boy and becoming a very fine footballer He as always had City at heart and maybe he will return one day, At present however Mr Parkinson is doing a Great Job and long may he remain in charge at Valley Parade Pay him more give him a new contract now before it is to late he has earned it. lawsonio123

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