Playing at Wembley just once in any given season is usually seen as a major achievement of which any football club can be justifiably proud. To visit twice in a season is usually a privilege reserved for those clubs at the very pinnacle of the game.

So for Bradford City to play at football’s capital twice this year is little short of magnificent; for them to play there and win promotion after six long, hard years in League Two is, quite frankly, incredible.

Getting to the final of a major national cup competition was, in itself, so special that it would not have taken much to wipe away the disappointment of losing against a team from the top flight. Winning promotion to League One in such emphatic style on Saturday has eliminated all trace.

This was the one that really mattered. This is the one that says City are at last on the way back.

The fact that they are is a tribute to the hard work, dedication, skill and determination of Phil Parkinson and every member of his squad. It’s also a tribute to those like Julian Rhodes and Mark Lawn whose sheer commitment to seeing the club through to better days, with all that’s happened to it since the tumble from the heights of the Premiership, is the reason we can celebrate today.

And it’s also a testament to the never-say-die attitude of City’s legions of good-natured and passionate fans who have shared the agony all the way.

Now is their time to enjoy the ecstasy – and the sooner a commemorative parade and civic reception can be organised, the sooner the fans can have their chance to say a proper – and much deserved – Thank You to their heroes.