Bradford City bin awards night after rubbish season

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Supporters’ Trust chairman Alan Carling supports the club’s decision to cancel the ceremony Supporters’ Trust chairman Alan Carling supports the club’s decision to cancel the ceremony

City have ditched this year’s annual awards ceremony after deciding there was nothing worth celebrating.

The club traditionally hand out trophies to the best-performing players at a glitzy event in the final weeks of the season.

But they have pulled the plug as City potentially face up to their lowest league finish for 35 years.

Director of operations David Baldwin said: “We thought very carefully and discussed it with various supporters’ groups. We have to admit the general consensus is that we haven’t had much to celebrate this year.

“We didn’t feel it would be appropriate to hold an awards ceremony or presentation.”

City have suffered a slide in positions since being relegated to the bottom division in 2007, finishing tenth, 11th and then 14th last season.

They ended up 17th in the old Division Four in 1976, although that was countered by an unlikely run to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

City’s fans’ groups will get together instead to organise their own unofficial bash at the Woodbottom WMC in Baildon Bridge on Wednes-day, May 4.

Supporters’ Trust chairman Alan Carling said: “I fully understand the club’s decision. At the same time, many supporters will want to make their views known about the best-performing individual players over a disappointing season.

“And there is a general feeling that we need to talk about the last few seasons and the way ahead for the club.”

The club will still hold a thank-you dinner for sponsors the night before at Valley Parade, which the players are expected to attend.

Baldwin said: “We want to thank sponsors for their financial support.”

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11:19am Tue 19 Apr 11

Babbsy says...

Here, here.

The most sensible decision the football club have made this season, other than bringing Omar back, although he should never have gone in the first place!!
Here, here. The most sensible decision the football club have made this season, other than bringing Omar back, although he should never have gone in the first place!! Babbsy

11:30am Tue 19 Apr 11

Thee Voice of Reason says...

One of the few things the club have got right this season.
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If anything they should have the team turn up to give the fans an award.
One of the few things the club have got right this season. . If anything they should have the team turn up to give the fans an award. Thee Voice of Reason

12:20pm Tue 19 Apr 11

Botswana Bantam says...

How about an award for the fans?? What about the season ticket holder that's attended most matches and not just been represented by a number. I know it's our "city-duty" (lol, who comes up with these security words??) to support the boys but surely the fans deserve some award for the turgid fare served up this season. At times I've been thoroughly depressed for you who are watching and I live thousands of bloody miles away!
How about an award for the fans?? What about the season ticket holder that's attended most matches and not just been represented by a number. I know it's our "city-duty" (lol, who comes up with these security words??) to support the boys but surely the fans deserve some award for the turgid fare served up this season. At times I've been thoroughly depressed for you who are watching and I live thousands of bloody miles away! Botswana Bantam

12:58pm Tue 19 Apr 11

Old Peculiar says...

Yes, the right thing to do - especially if it meant a free bar for Hanson ; could get messy.
Its a shame that the couple of players who have performed to their potential (Flynn, L O Brien) won't get any recognition.
Yes, the right thing to do - especially if it meant a free bar for Hanson ; could get messy. Its a shame that the couple of players who have performed to their potential (Flynn, L O Brien) won't get any recognition. Old Peculiar

1:04pm Tue 19 Apr 11

shaun from richmond says...

Old Peculiar wrote:
Yes, the right thing to do - especially if it meant a free bar for Hanson ; could get messy.
Its a shame that the couple of players who have performed to their potential (Flynn, L O Brien) won't get any recognition.
FLYNN?????!!!!!!!...
...........NURSE!!
[quote][p][bold]Old Peculiar[/bold] wrote: Yes, the right thing to do - especially if it meant a free bar for Hanson ; could get messy. Its a shame that the couple of players who have performed to their potential (Flynn, L O Brien) won't get any recognition.[/p][/quote]FLYNN?????!!!!!!!... ...........NURSE!! shaun from richmond

2:10pm Tue 19 Apr 11

nowt fresh says...

They can always BIG themselves up before the game in the dressing room
They can always BIG themselves up before the game in the dressing room nowt fresh

2:18pm Tue 19 Apr 11

Back from the dead says...

Perhaps the players could hold their own awards ceremony and hand out tubes of smarties.
Perhaps the players could hold their own awards ceremony and hand out tubes of smarties. Back from the dead

3:31pm Tue 19 Apr 11

Bingley Chicken says...

Old Peculiar wrote:
Yes, the right thing to do - especially if it meant a free bar for Hanson ; could get messy.
Its a shame that the couple of players who have performed to their potential (Flynn, L O Brien) won't get any recognition.
I think you've already been at the free bar Old Peculiar!
[quote][p][bold]Old Peculiar[/bold] wrote: Yes, the right thing to do - especially if it meant a free bar for Hanson ; could get messy. Its a shame that the couple of players who have performed to their potential (Flynn, L O Brien) won't get any recognition.[/p][/quote]I think you've already been at the free bar Old Peculiar! Bingley Chicken

3:33pm Tue 19 Apr 11

tyker says...

the best decision coming out of City all season being an effective statement that none of the players deserve any awards. Thay are as bad as each other and should be ashamed of calling themselves professional.

I have seen more skill in under 10 football this season and i have certainly seen more consistency from players anda fight for their team mates and their club.

i would love to know how mnay of these dud were signed up by taylor for another season. i fear that most of them have another year or more on ntheir contracts.
the best decision coming out of City all season being an effective statement that none of the players deserve any awards. Thay are as bad as each other and should be ashamed of calling themselves professional. I have seen more skill in under 10 football this season and i have certainly seen more consistency from players anda fight for their team mates and their club. i would love to know how mnay of these dud were signed up by taylor for another season. i fear that most of them have another year or more on ntheir contracts. tyker

5:49pm Tue 19 Apr 11

BD16 says...

It might go against what a lot of others have said but what about this: Yes the season has been a disaster but I would like the younger players Syers and O'Brien to have the oppurtunity to be rewarded for a good debut season and a series of steady, consistent performances.
Denying them this might be a confidence blow as the club are effectively telling them they haven't been good enough when they are about the only ones who have.
It might go against what a lot of others have said but what about this: Yes the season has been a disaster but I would like the younger players Syers and O'Brien to have the oppurtunity to be rewarded for a good debut season and a series of steady, consistent performances. Denying them this might be a confidence blow as the club are effectively telling them they haven't been good enough when they are about the only ones who have. BD16

5:50pm Tue 19 Apr 11

clackett.lane says...

Only bankers reward themselves for failure. Then again?
Only bankers reward themselves for failure. Then again? clackett.lane

7:51am Wed 20 Apr 11

Gemzki-Lou says...

the players definately deserve recognition - paying to go watch a bag of sh**e ... being let down.... and still supporting...... the players get enough recognition (a.k.a - salary) .... why be "awarded" for performance - isn't that what they're hired in the team for anyway???? that should be expected anyway!! should be part of the job description - we don't get an award at work for arriving on time do we?
the players definately deserve recognition - paying to go watch a bag of sh**e ... being let down.... and still supporting...... the players get enough recognition (a.k.a - salary) .... why be "awarded" for performance - isn't that what they're hired in the team for anyway???? that should be expected anyway!! should be part of the job description - we don't get an award at work for arriving on time do we? Gemzki-Lou

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