CONTINUING our City Favourites series with part two of the CLAUS JORGENSEN interview.


“Jim Jefferies was the manager who signed me but I was not really involved for him.

“Nicky Law then came in and gave me a new lease of life. I played in his first league game against Portsmouth.

“I remember Gareth Grant and Lee Sharpe scoring that day and even Gunnar Halle got one – and that didn’t happen very often.

“Obviously it was at a time when the manager had to get rid of players on high wages. I wasn’t one of them so I was given a chance.

“In that respect, it was good although I didn’t really nail down a starting position for the following season.

“I think they tried to move me on during that summer because they had other plans. But I was happy to stay at the club and just managed to work my way back in.

“I rarely got injured, which helped, and I was a hard worker.

"I like to think I was one of those players that a manager could always rely on – and I could play in different positions which helped because it wasn't a big squad.

“I was playing right back under Jim Jefferies but then I came in on the wing and then in the centre for Nicky Law.

“He wasn’t that strict with you in terms of telling you exactly what you had to do in that position. He did allow me a bit of freedom in the way I played and trusted me like that.

“He was the manager when we went into administration for the first time so he was up against it on and off the pitch. It was difficult at times.

“Nicky had done well at Chesterfield before so you could see why the club gave him a chance and appointed him after Jim was sacked.

“I enjoyed working with him but then you tend to when you’re playing.”


“I got on really well with Gunnar Halle. He was a really nice guy off the pitch but on it and in training he got absolutely mental!

“You would not believe the difference in him but he was a real winner. It’s funny how people’s personalities can just change like that.

“He was usually so laidback and quiet and made you feel comfortable to be around. He always led by example and everyone respected him in the dressing room because he had so much experience.

“Gunnar was the fittest one in the squad. He was about 36 at the time and coming towards the end of his career but you wouldn’t know it.

“I met up with him again when he was under-17s manager for Norway when the European Championships were played in England two or three years ago. It was great to see him.

“After I signed for Bradford, we were the Scandinavian corner in the dressing room for a little bit.

“When I started playing for Nicky Law, he played me in right midfield in front of Gunnar.

“I thought that was brilliant because I knew I could rely on Gunnar to do a lot of the defensive work and talk to me with his experience.

“But once we were safe, he got loaned straight out to Wolves and I had to play right back a few times so that was my chance gone of scoring goals in my first season.

“David Wetherall was a real leader and someone you could always rely on and then there were the characters like Andy Myers, Jamie Lawrence and Aidan Davison.

“Pete Atherton was another good guy who I did my A licence with as well. He was another player who had been in the Premiership a long time and knew the game very well.

“We had a lot of experience and I don’t know why it didn’t really happen for us as a team. We did win the first couple of games of the season in Division One but then it fell away.

“Jim Jefferies was old school and whether his way may have upset a few people. That could have been a factor.

"Once you’ve been round the block a few times, it’s hard to affect players in certain ways and I think that was an issue.

“But one player I did get on really well with was Juanjo Carricondo. I’m still in touch with him now over Facebook.

“He’s in Spain as a coach with CF Gava in the third division there, I think, after playing on for quite a few years. He finished his playing career in Cyprus.

“But he’s a great lad – I remember his Bradford debut when he scored and did one of these flip-over celebrations. I was thinking, ‘what a nightmare he is!’

“Juanjo wasn’t used much under Nicky Law but then again I don’t think he was a back-flip type of manager!”