THEY were the first Bradford City team to play at Wembley.

IAN ORMONDROYD continues our series on City team-mates, as he gives the first part of his own personal assessment of the players from the 1995-1996 promotion season.


I was obviously at Leicester with Gavin and he came in the deal with me and Nicky Mohan. He was a very reliable goalkeeper and a good lad in the dressing room.

But he was also annoyingly fit for a goalkeeper. Usually they were good at what they did, but it was rare you got keepers who were as fit as outfield players.

But Gavin was a proper athlete and really annoyed the other players because he’d always be at the front whenever we did some running.

We used to call him Ken, after Barbie’s boyfriend, because he was a ringer with his short cropped hair!


Gouldy was a steady keeper but not quite as tall as Gavin. He was a funny guy, always there with one-liners.

He played a few games that season but was probably best remembered for when he was going to leave.

When the other players heard he was joining Celtic, they weren’t sure if he meant Farsley Celtic and were surprised it was the team in Glasgow!

Fair play to him, it was a dream move because you only have about one shot a game to save as their keeper.


He was a bit of a strange character and hard to work out. He was one of the quieter ones with Andy K and Des Hamilton.

But on a night out, he’d go a bit mental! He was a very quick lad, a great athlete and got up and down a lot on our right side.

He did a decent job for the team for quite a while and played that ball in the final that I headed on and Stalls scored.


He was my room-mate a lot of the time because we’d come from Leicester together. He was a typical Boro lad from the north east, down to earth and a really old-school type of player.

He was in that group who got everybody at it in the dressing room and up for games.

Nicky had a yard of pace for a centre half and read the game really well – and he loved a night out.

He used to change his car every three or four months. We used to tell him that it was costing him every time but he wasn’t that fussed and just liked to spend his money.


He was our captain, a born leader. As a Scouser, he had that bit of banter about him and loved the craic in the dressing room.

He was a very versatile player and maybe if he’d been a bit quicker, he’d have gone on and played in the top league. He was good on the ball and could play centre half or midfield.

With Kammy, he was one of the first names on the team sheet and a proper inspirational sort of guy.

And any time there was a chance of anybody going out, he was always there, especially with Paul Jewell. Those two were thick as thieves.


People don’t realise but he’d come from a tough background and grew up at Sheffield Wednesday. He’d also been at Hull with Billy Whitehurst and told us some good tales about that.

Billy would make you go out for a few beers when you didn’t want to and would end up getting you into trouble. It was a bit like with Bobby Campbell!

Jakes was a good player and you could tell he was going to go higher. He had a knee injury at Hull and Bradford took a bit of a chance with him, but he paid them back in spades.

He was a great trainer, always out there practising when everyone was finished. He was a top quality pro who always wanted to improve.


He didn’t play loads of games but he was a solid centre half. He wasn’t particularly loud, but had a funny, dry sense of humour.

He wasn’t the quickest but was a good player and always a steady performer when he was in the team.


Another good character in the dressing room who would inspire the lads around him. It was no surprise that he went on to be a coach at Oldham because you could tell that’s what he was like.

He was solid week in, week out and was one of those players who knew his limitations. He wouldn’t try to ping 40-yard balls around, he’d keep it simple and pass short.

He was a box-to-box player and was always in the thick of it. He was always there in the action and didn’t mind putting his foot in.

He’d do anything he could for the team and chipped in with a few goals from midfield.

Don't miss part two of Ormondroyd's take on his City team-mates online tomorrow.