NICKY Law wants to prove to himself there is life in the FA Cup beyond Christmas.

The Bantams midfielder has a Scottish Cup semi-final penalty winner on his CV for Rangers against Celtic.

But his record in the granddaddy of all club knock-out competitions is atrocious.

In eight FA Cup ties, Law has finished on the winning side only twice – the last in 2009 when Rotherham beat non-League Wealdstone.

He admitted: “It’s a terrible record. I’ve not even got to the third round before.

“We won at MK Dons and then got beaten the next round under the manager here. Then I had a terrible run at Rotherham and obviously lost in the first round last year.”

At least his nose won’t be rubbed in it by the Chelsea conquerors in the dressing room. None of City’s quarter-finalists from 2015 remain.

Law laughed: “Rozza (Rory McArdle), Mezza (James Meredith) and Darbs (Stephen Darby) were living off those cup runs. It was all they ever talked about.

“But that’s what our club have become known for of late. It’s unbelievable what it’s done for us. Hopefully we could create some new memories.

“We’d love a proper run in the FA Cup, rather than going out in the first round. The FA Cup has got that little bit of magic and playing in those big games would be great to look back on when you’ve finished.

“It’s a good tie for us being at home, you can’t ask for more than that. Now to get past the first round would be nice.”

Law’s family are closely linked with tomorrow’s first-round opponents Chesterfield and they still live in the area.

Nicky senior played over 100 games for the Spireites and then steered them to promotion in 2001 as manager before leaving for Valley Parade.

Law said: “That was probably my dad’s best spell as a manager and he still gets a really good reception there.

“You’d probably put Bradford and Chesterfield as the two clubs that have played the biggest part in our lives footballing-wise.

“They’ve had a couple of decent results since the new manager went in but I’m shocked to see where they are in League Two.

“I know they yo-yo between the divisions quite a bit but usually they are one of the front-runners.

“We played them in the Checkatrade (Trophy) at the start of the season and could see they were trying to play. I don’t know if that style is quite difficult to implement in League Two.

“It is a shame to see because they are a great family club. But I’m confident Jack Lester will turn things round and get them away from the bottom half.”