IAN Ormondroyd continues the assessment of his team-mates from the 1995-1996 season who took City to Wembley.


He’ll obviously be remembered for his great goal in the play-off final.

He was fairly quiet in the dressing room but was a really good athlete, quick and strong, who got about the field.

He was exactly what you want from a midfield player and went on to play in the Premier League for Newcastle.

His career stumbled a bit after that, whether it was the injury I don’t know, but it didn’t seem to happen for him with them.

We got him at his best during that promotion season and he was an integral part of the team.

He was another Bradford lad, from Manningham, and he works in a local school now.


He was a typical winger who, while he didn’t play loads of games, always made quite an impact.

He was very quick. Sometimes you’d just have to open the gate and let him go!

Sometimes he’d cross the ball, others he wouldn’t. He was a bit inconsistent but he certainly had a yard of pace.

He made things happen when he came on. He was a quiet lad and liked to keep himself to himself.


Shutty was a fairly quiet lad but got a lot of stick from the lads. I don’t know why, but you learn as time goes by that you’ve got to give a bit more banter than you take, and he struggled with that.

He wouldn’t always come back with stuff and the lads would target him a little bit. But he was a good player.

He was mobile, sharp and very clever. He knew where to be to score goals, and crucial ones, like at Blackpool in that 3-0 win.

But he did get a lot of stick – you look back now and probably think it was a bit out of order the amount we ripped into him!


Stalls was a 16 or 17-year-old apprentice at Derby when I was there and you could tell then that he was going to be a player.

He was just a natural goalscorer. He used to train with the first team even then, but probably didn’t quite go on to what they thought he was going to be.

He was similar to Shutty, quick and sharp and another who came up with crucial goals. He obviously scored the one at Wembley that sealed it for us.

Stalls was very bright and has gone on to do some high-brow job in the legal world.


Tommy was old school, an old-fashioned winger, who wanted to get lime on his boots as they used to say.

He just wanted to stay wide and would be screaming for the ball in that really strong Scottish accent.

He was very much part of the dressing-room culture and the leadership team.

He was quick and had two good feet, he’d go past people and would always try to cross the ball.

You always knew as a centre forward that it was going to come in. With some wingers, you’d never know quite what was happening, but Tommy would always look to get the cross over if he had the chance.

He was fiercely competitive, very feisty and hated losing. He wasn’t afraid to call people out if he wasn’t happy with something.

After Wembley, we went to Magaluf for a week away – and it’s still the best end-of-season trip I’ve ever been on.

It was the Oasis time and we’d be singing along in every bar we went to. Tommy would disappear and then return with a bargain bucket from KFC – he must have done it every single day!


He didn’t play a great deal but was another natural goalscorer. He was a massive mate of Eddie Youds.

You didn’t really see him as a manager at the time but obviously he went on and did a brilliant job at Bradford. He probably had a better career in management than as a player.

Jagger will admit himself he was more of a lower-league player, but he was another good character in the dressing room.


He was a fan favourite and they'd sing about PC Showler (he used to be a police officer). He had a good left foot, was skilful and could go past players for fun. He created a lot of goals.

He lived just down the road from me in East Bierley and we used to come in together in one car. But he was always a bit negative.

You’d be driving in and he’d be moaning, ‘it’s a bit cold today’ or ‘we’ll get beaten because they are a good side’.

I had to sack it off after a while because I tried to be positive before a game and he was saying all this!

Next week: Greg Abbott gives his rundown on the City side that won the Division Three title in 1985.