Friends of Bradford City still smiling after latest poor season tests everyone at club

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: City players applaud the fans after Saturday’s home win over Macclesfield. A group of youngsters were given a tour of Valley Parade ahead of the game as part of the restoration of the Junior Bantams City players applaud the fans after Saturday’s home win over Macclesfield. A group of youngsters were given a tour of Valley Parade ahead of the game as part of the restoration of the Junior Bantams

The Friends of Bradford City were formed under the banner “Positive in our support”. It is a motto that has been tested to the full in a challenging 13 months.

The Friends have resurrected the Player of the Year awards tonight after it was scrapped last season because of poor results. Not that the current campaign has been much to celebrate either.

They also oversaw a “cursed” calendar capturing the players with the fans in quirky match-day poses.

It was a novel attempt to get away from the standard action shots, with pictures taken in the bar, the car – even the Valley Parade toilets!

Unfortunately those featured so far have either been loaned out, gone altogether, injured or, in the case of this month’s poster boy Jon McLaughlin, suspended for a very public brawl.

The calendar, which just about broke even, may not be repeated. If it is, the players might need quite a bit of persuading to get involved.

It was a fresh approach and one of the most pleasing things is that everybody has really gelled

Mark Neale

Yet despite the teething troubles, the fans group believe they are already making an impact. The £10,000 raised to buy a new minibus for the City youth team is proof of that.

Chairman Mark Neale said: “We’ve used this year as a learning curve and we now know what we don’t want to do next season.

“But we feel we can really go for it. We’ll probably organise less events but be able to put more resources into them.

“When we first started, the group largely didn’t know each other. The two Julies (Neale and Stainthorpe) and myself had experience from the old supporters’ club but most had not been involved in something like this.

“It was a fresh approach and one of the most pleasing things is that everybody has really gelled.

“People like Mick Shackleton, who I didn’t really know, has become a good friend of mine.

“There’s a lot of negativity about but we try to put a positive feel around the club. We hope we’ve made a difference already.”

The Friends have also restored the Junior Bantams after a ten-year absence. A group of 20 youngsters were given a tour of the ground and the dressing rooms before the Macclesfield game.

And they have created a general focal point for the various separate supporters’ organisations that follow City.

“We’re trying to get that community spirit going again because there’s been nothing really,” said Neale.

Shipley Bantams exist primarily as a travel club and the Supporters Trust are a very different entity. There has been nobody fund-raising.

“We’ve already developed relationships with the Shipley and Shelf Bantams and the City Gent (fanzine). Terry Dickinson and Steve Gorringe have been very helpful.

“When I was on the Trust board, we wanted all the various groups to come under our umbrella but they were too independent. Now, for the first time in ages, everyone is beginning to come together.

“The club are happy with the way it has gone. My involvement with them probably goes back to just after the fire but this is the first time when I’ve really felt they want to be part of it.

“They really want it to work. Two of the directors, Roger Owen and Graham Jones, sit in on our meetings and give their input.

“Some people have said we’re in the pocket of the club but when I spoke to City about starting this, I wanted them to be involved.

“In the past, the supporters club would do something and then ask the club about it. At least with Roger and Graham there, they can tell us what they think straight away.

“David Baldwin, the director of operations, has also been fantastic with us.”

Neale stressed that the whole point of the Friends is to be supportive and be there as a positive help. He insists they are not trying to antagonise the club in any way.

He said: “When we spoke to them initially, it wasn’t about raising £200,000. We saw our role as taking a little weight off the budgets the club have.

“If we can provide something like a new minibus that they need, then we can make that difference.

“We’re giving them more money at the end of the season for refurbishing the medical room and there will probably be another cheque. It’s anything we can do to help.”

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8:13am Tue 24 Apr 12

mark_s says...

I am proud to be associated with FoBCFC. Let's grow the feeling of positivity and lift the spirits next season.
The only way is up!
I am proud to be associated with FoBCFC. Let's grow the feeling of positivity and lift the spirits next season. The only way is up! mark_s
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8:22am Tue 24 Apr 12

ID498 says...

Seconded Mark! Although don't hold your breath as the usual suspects will be airing their pearls of wisdom when they get out of their pits
Seconded Mark! Although don't hold your breath as the usual suspects will be airing their pearls of wisdom when they get out of their pits ID498
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8:32am Tue 24 Apr 12

lonniejockstrap says...

Excellent positive stuff. And I think that it is right to be the focal point and , hopefully, eventually, try and bring as many of the different groups together under one umbrella to combine resources. I wonder how many of the compulsive wingers will join the friends and contribute something positive for once? Most of us give money to the Club in various ways, But peoples time and positivity is far more valuable. Thanks again to Mark Neale and all the FoBCFC.
Excellent positive stuff. And I think that it is right to be the focal point and , hopefully, eventually, try and bring as many of the different groups together under one umbrella to combine resources. I wonder how many of the compulsive wingers will join the friends and contribute something positive for once? Most of us give money to the Club in various ways, But peoples time and positivity is far more valuable. Thanks again to Mark Neale and all the FoBCFC. lonniejockstrap
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8:54am Tue 24 Apr 12

prince35 says...

I paid £10 at the start of season.
To be a member.
It's not the money but I would have sooner just give the money towards the mini bus.

It would have been nice to at least get a reduced tkt for player of year awards etc.
I paid £10 at the start of season. To be a member. It's not the money but I would have sooner just give the money towards the mini bus. It would have been nice to at least get a reduced tkt for player of year awards etc. prince35
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9:08am Tue 24 Apr 12

shaun from richmond says...

I thought the calendar was a great "Idea"!!.
BUT....as the article says it is rather doomed under "Deadbeat"......Its difficult when hes bringing in Umpteen loan signings!!.
As for the "Player Awards"..........YOU HAVE TO BE JOKING!!.
I thought the calendar was a great "Idea"!!. BUT....as the article says it is rather doomed under "Deadbeat"......Its difficult when hes bringing in Umpteen loan signings!!. As for the "Player Awards"..........YOU HAVE TO BE JOKING!!. shaun from richmond
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10:34am Tue 24 Apr 12

Peter300 says...

You can rely on SHAUN to whinge and whine about everything at CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!....
..Why doesn't this wretched individual clear-off to DUBAI........!!!!!!!
!!!!!!.........or go and play golf with.........PAUL JEWELL!!!!!!!!.....M
iserable.....MEAN...
..a true.......DEADBEAT.
.....that's SHAUN......Go AWAY and find another CLUB to smother in your irrational bile.... SHAUN the real DEADBEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!
You can rely on SHAUN to whinge and whine about everything at CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!.... ..Why doesn't this wretched individual clear-off to DUBAI........!!!!!!! !!!!!!.........or go and play golf with.........PAUL JEWELL!!!!!!!!.....M iserable.....MEAN... ..a true.......DEADBEAT. .....that's SHAUN......Go AWAY and find another CLUB to smother in your irrational bile.... SHAUN the real DEADBEAT!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!! Peter300
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10:39am Tue 24 Apr 12

Peter300 says...

And remember, SHAUN attacks ALL City managers. Plus players, plus directors......IN FACT anyone connected with the club. This person appears to be unintelligent to say THE LEAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!..
..........SHAUN....h
e plays GOLF you know!!!!
And remember, SHAUN attacks ALL City managers. Plus players, plus directors......IN FACT anyone connected with the club. This person appears to be unintelligent to say THE LEAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!.. ..........SHAUN....h e plays GOLF you know!!!! Peter300
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11:10am Tue 24 Apr 12

KnightMcCall says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
I thought the calendar was a great "Idea"!!. BUT....as the article says it is rather doomed under "Deadbeat"......Its difficult when hes bringing in Umpteen loan signings!!. As for the "Player Awards"..........YOU HAVE TO BE JOKING!!.
Well I'm pretty sure that you woudn't be getting much of a mention for the Fan of the Year awards either...except from Pablo maybe.
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: I thought the calendar was a great "Idea"!!. BUT....as the article says it is rather doomed under "Deadbeat"......Its difficult when hes bringing in Umpteen loan signings!!. As for the "Player Awards"..........YOU HAVE TO BE JOKING!!.[/p][/quote]Well I'm pretty sure that you woudn't be getting much of a mention for the Fan of the Year awards either...except from Pablo maybe. KnightMcCall
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12:10pm Tue 24 Apr 12

shaun from richmond says...

Peter300 wrote:
You can rely on SHAUN to whinge and whine about everything at CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!.... ..Why doesn't this wretched individual clear-off to DUBAI........!!!!!!! !!!!!!.........or go and play golf with.........PAUL JEWELL!!!!!!!!.....M iserable.....MEAN... ..a true.......DEADBEAT. .....that's SHAUN......Go AWAY and find another CLUB to smother in your irrational bile.... SHAUN the real DEADBEAT!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!
CALM DOWN DEAR!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: You can rely on SHAUN to whinge and whine about everything at CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!.... ..Why doesn't this wretched individual clear-off to DUBAI........!!!!!!! !!!!!!.........or go and play golf with.........PAUL JEWELL!!!!!!!!.....M iserable.....MEAN... ..a true.......DEADBEAT. .....that's SHAUN......Go AWAY and find another CLUB to smother in your irrational bile.... SHAUN the real DEADBEAT!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!![/p][/quote]CALM DOWN DEAR!!!! shaun from richmond
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12:16pm Tue 24 Apr 12

shaun from richmond says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote: I thought the calendar was a great "Idea"!!. BUT....as the article says it is rather doomed under "Deadbeat"......Its difficult when hes bringing in Umpteen loan signings!!. As for the "Player Awards"..........YOU HAVE TO BE JOKING!!.
Well I'm pretty sure that you woudn't be getting much of a mention for the Fan of the Year awards either...except from Pablo maybe.
Actually.....Thats a really good idea!! (a first for you!!).
I went to the Plymouth away game!.......Beat that for distance MR KNIGHT??.
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: I thought the calendar was a great "Idea"!!. BUT....as the article says it is rather doomed under "Deadbeat"......Its difficult when hes bringing in Umpteen loan signings!!. As for the "Player Awards"..........YOU HAVE TO BE JOKING!!.[/p][/quote]Well I'm pretty sure that you woudn't be getting much of a mention for the Fan of the Year awards either...except from Pablo maybe.[/p][/quote]Actually.....Thats a really good idea!! (a first for you!!). I went to the Plymouth away game!.......Beat that for distance MR KNIGHT??. shaun from richmond
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4:05pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Cityman23 says...

Doing a calendar with current players is always risky because there always a fair chance a player or four will have moved clubs before 'their month' comes up!


Other ideas for a City calendar could include:

a) pictures of 'legends of the past'

b) different views of 'VP'

c) a different strip from the past for each month

d) City memorabilia from the past

etc etc
Doing a calendar with current players is always risky because there always a fair chance a player or four will have moved clubs before 'their month' comes up! Other ideas for a City calendar could include: a) pictures of 'legends of the past' b) different views of 'VP' c) a different strip from the past for each month d) City memorabilia from the past etc etc Cityman23
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4:40pm Tue 24 Apr 12

lonniejockstrap says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
KnightMcCall wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote: I thought the calendar was a great "Idea"!!. BUT....as the article says it is rather doomed under "Deadbeat"......Its difficult when hes bringing in Umpteen loan signings!!. As for the "Player Awards"..........YOU HAVE TO BE JOKING!!.
Well I'm pretty sure that you woudn't be getting much of a mention for the Fan of the Year awards either...except from Pablo maybe.
Actually.....Thats a really good idea!! (a first for you!!).
I went to the Plymouth away game!.......Beat that for distance MR KNIGHT??.
Unfortunately Shaun, you lose marks for staying at home doing your Tax return instead of going to VP -even though that was last season. I once went all the way to Swansea when we were in the old 4th Div getting there just before kick-off and we got beat 4-0. Then we had to set off straight after the game and home without a beer. I think I almost moaned as much as you that day Shaun...almost! Then there was a trip to Newport County, ah, but I'll save that for another day.
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: I thought the calendar was a great "Idea"!!. BUT....as the article says it is rather doomed under "Deadbeat"......Its difficult when hes bringing in Umpteen loan signings!!. As for the "Player Awards"..........YOU HAVE TO BE JOKING!!.[/p][/quote]Well I'm pretty sure that you woudn't be getting much of a mention for the Fan of the Year awards either...except from Pablo maybe.[/p][/quote]Actually.....Thats a really good idea!! (a first for you!!). I went to the Plymouth away game!.......Beat that for distance MR KNIGHT??.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately Shaun, you lose marks for staying at home doing your Tax return instead of going to VP -even though that was last season. I once went all the way to Swansea when we were in the old 4th Div getting there just before kick-off and we got beat 4-0. Then we had to set off straight after the game and home without a beer. I think I almost moaned as much as you that day Shaun...almost! Then there was a trip to Newport County, ah, but I'll save that for another day. lonniejockstrap
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4:46pm Tue 24 Apr 12

shaun from richmond says...

lonniejockstrap wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote:
KnightMcCall wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote: I thought the calendar was a great "Idea"!!. BUT....as the article says it is rather doomed under "Deadbeat"......Its difficult when hes bringing in Umpteen loan signings!!. As for the "Player Awards"..........YOU HAVE TO BE JOKING!!.
Well I'm pretty sure that you woudn't be getting much of a mention for the Fan of the Year awards either...except from Pablo maybe.
Actually.....Thats a really good idea!! (a first for you!!). I went to the Plymouth away game!.......Beat that for distance MR KNIGHT??.
Unfortunately Shaun, you lose marks for staying at home doing your Tax return instead of going to VP -even though that was last season. I once went all the way to Swansea when we were in the old 4th Div getting there just before kick-off and we got beat 4-0. Then we had to set off straight after the game and home without a beer. I think I almost moaned as much as you that day Shaun...almost! Then there was a trip to Newport County, ah, but I'll save that for another day.
You have to do your Tax return "Lonnie"!!.
Im keeping the "Russia" trip up my sleeve just in case!!......Yeadon Airport a bit of a blur......due to plane delay......Happy days!!.
[quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: I thought the calendar was a great "Idea"!!. BUT....as the article says it is rather doomed under "Deadbeat"......Its difficult when hes bringing in Umpteen loan signings!!. As for the "Player Awards"..........YOU HAVE TO BE JOKING!!.[/p][/quote]Well I'm pretty sure that you woudn't be getting much of a mention for the Fan of the Year awards either...except from Pablo maybe.[/p][/quote]Actually.....Thats a really good idea!! (a first for you!!). I went to the Plymouth away game!.......Beat that for distance MR KNIGHT??.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately Shaun, you lose marks for staying at home doing your Tax return instead of going to VP -even though that was last season. I once went all the way to Swansea when we were in the old 4th Div getting there just before kick-off and we got beat 4-0. Then we had to set off straight after the game and home without a beer. I think I almost moaned as much as you that day Shaun...almost! Then there was a trip to Newport County, ah, but I'll save that for another day.[/p][/quote]You have to do your Tax return "Lonnie"!!. Im keeping the "Russia" trip up my sleeve just in case!!......Yeadon Airport a bit of a blur......due to plane delay......Happy days!!. shaun from richmond
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6:28pm Tue 24 Apr 12

lonniejockstrap says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
lonniejockstrap wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote:
KnightMcCall wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote: I thought the calendar was a great "Idea"!!. BUT....as the article says it is rather doomed under "Deadbeat"......Its difficult when hes bringing in Umpteen loan signings!!. As for the "Player Awards"..........YOU HAVE TO BE JOKING!!.
Well I'm pretty sure that you woudn't be getting much of a mention for the Fan of the Year awards either...except from Pablo maybe.
Actually.....Thats a really good idea!! (a first for you!!). I went to the Plymouth away game!.......Beat that for distance MR KNIGHT??.
Unfortunately Shaun, you lose marks for staying at home doing your Tax return instead of going to VP -even though that was last season. I once went all the way to Swansea when we were in the old 4th Div getting there just before kick-off and we got beat 4-0. Then we had to set off straight after the game and home without a beer. I think I almost moaned as much as you that day Shaun...almost! Then there was a trip to Newport County, ah, but I'll save that for another day.
You have to do your Tax return "Lonnie"!!.
Im keeping the "Russia" trip up my sleeve just in case!!......Yeadon Airport a bit of a blur......due to plane delay......Happy days!!.
You've topped me there Shaun. Furthest for me was Holland via Dover in the same Cup comp, -I think- great trip and atmosphere plus a bit of food poisoning -or could have been due to just being totally knackered. Yep, happy days!
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lonniejockstrap[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: I thought the calendar was a great "Idea"!!. BUT....as the article says it is rather doomed under "Deadbeat"......Its difficult when hes bringing in Umpteen loan signings!!. As for the "Player Awards"..........YOU HAVE TO BE JOKING!!.[/p][/quote]Well I'm pretty sure that you woudn't be getting much of a mention for the Fan of the Year awards either...except from Pablo maybe.[/p][/quote]Actually.....Thats a really good idea!! (a first for you!!). I went to the Plymouth away game!.......Beat that for distance MR KNIGHT??.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately Shaun, you lose marks for staying at home doing your Tax return instead of going to VP -even though that was last season. I once went all the way to Swansea when we were in the old 4th Div getting there just before kick-off and we got beat 4-0. Then we had to set off straight after the game and home without a beer. I think I almost moaned as much as you that day Shaun...almost! Then there was a trip to Newport County, ah, but I'll save that for another day.[/p][/quote]You have to do your Tax return "Lonnie"!!. Im keeping the "Russia" trip up my sleeve just in case!!......Yeadon Airport a bit of a blur......due to plane delay......Happy days!!.[/p][/quote]You've topped me there Shaun. Furthest for me was Holland via Dover in the same Cup comp, -I think- great trip and atmosphere plus a bit of food poisoning -or could have been due to just being totally knackered. Yep, happy days! lonniejockstrap
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