RORY McARDLE continues his rundown on the City team from 2015 that reached the FA Cup quarter-finals.


Andy came on loan from Middlesbrough and wasn’t straight into the team. He was a funny lad and just made sure that everyone was happy and not sulking.

He had energy to get about the pitch and had a good left foot on him.

Everyone knows about his goal against Chelsea – and Andy did like to keep mentioning it. I’m sure all those at Rangers will have heard.

I can still see it now because I was right behind it. It was on his weaker foot as well, which he usually used for standing on.

That bit of composure to slot it in summed him up and hopefully he’s still talking about it now.


It didn’t take long to see the ability that Yeatesy had. He had everything about his game – he could go both ways and just had this knack of gliding past players.

He could come in on his right or his left and had that little bit of quality in the final third. He was a player we’d look to for playing someone in or bend a shot in himself.

His goal against Chelsea speaks for itself with the whole set-up, the ‘round the corner’ pass and Steady knows he’s coming. Yeatesy followed it and showed great calmness to score.

He probably didn’t play as much as he should have but was one who could create things. Get him into an attacking position and he was a joy to watch.


Billy was similar to Yeatesy. He was a bundle of energy but you get him in that final third and he’d always try to make things happen.

You saw that goal against Leeds, of course, and there was another in the league away at Crawley when he scored a great strike from the edge of the box.

On the flip side, he scored a scrappy one against Millwall in the FA Cup when he followed it in the box and was there.

Billy had a very good left foot and if he’d just got his head down and concentrated a bit more, and maybe not got sucked in too much from the outside, he really would have progressed.

He’s publicly said that he had a few issues and credit to him for admitting that. Hopefully that’s something that he’s on the right side of now.


Filipe was a funny guy, quite loud and would say things how it is. He wasn’t scared about upsetting people but I quite like that honesty at times.

It caused a few arguments but Filipe just said it. That’s how it was.

He was so comfortable on the ball, an old-fashioned winger out wide whose first thought was to take on the full back.

If he got half a yard, the ball was coming in the box. It wasn’t a case of, ‘I’m going to take him on again.’

Hans must have loved playing with him because they knew there was always a cross coming. If Filipe was one-against-one with the defender, you’d fancy him more often than not.

He had the tricks, he had the old “flip flop”, and could go either way. He also chipped in with a few goals as well.

It was written in the stars he’d score at Stamford Bridge and to sneak in at the far post like he did showed he had that attacking mindset.


Our direct style at Bradford got a bit of stick at times but I knew what the big man wanted.

I knew where he was going to be, I didn’t even have to look. If I was under pressure and nothing was on, as far as we were away on the pitch I knew how to find him.

Hans knew the ball was coming, he’d just peel off the centre half so that he could come across and absolutely splat people.

I know how horrible that is to play against. When you’re up against someone like Hans, constantly putting you under pressure with his elbows in your face and standing all over you, it’s just a scrap.

He probably got a lot of his goals for being like it his. He always got double figures and never took penalties and he’d chip in with assists by taking defenders away.

Hans is down to earth, a typical Yorkshireman which I always like about people.

We’d have a pint, go and have a game of golf and Hans would have another pint, then another and another! But it didn’t matter to me how he looked after himself because you know what you’d get on a Saturday.


Billy was the complete opposite to Hans. He was cute, clever and would go wherever the ball was.

He’d take it even in a tight area and try to make something happen. He just got in good pockets of space and was hard to pick up.

I got on well with Billy, he was another good character to have. If something needed to be said, he’d come out and say it but you knew full well that he was only trying to help people.

He was quite mischievous, always trying to prank people and was a big part of the cup run. But I don’t know how he could try to claim the goal against Sunderland – his shot was borderline going out for a throw!


Big Jon, the FA Cup goal machine as he kept reminding everyone!

You look at the level Steady had played at but he was great when he came to us. He got involved with the lads and was so down to earth.

I used to travel in with him and he’s good company. He’s funny and dry, again probably because he’s a Yorkshireman!

All the goals he scored in the cup run were different and he put in some big performances.

His goal against Chelsea was such a pivotal moment. It would have been a grind to go in 2-0 at half-time but to score like he did made a massive change to the game.

His all-round game that day had everything, he bullied their centre halves, he scored, he set two goals up.

I’m sure a lot of people were disappointed when the club didn’t manage to keep hold of him at the end of that season.