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The Opposition Guide: Bradford City

3 November 2015

A Look At Tonight's Opponents

Blackpool head to Bradford City this evening for a fixture that was originally scheduled to take place last month.

The game, which both clubs have in hand over 20 other sides in the division, will be an ideal opportunity to climb further up the League One table.

Here we take a look at the opposition.


Having guided Bradford City to promotion from League Two in 2013 and also the League Cup final, Phil Parkinson has achieved plenty of success in his four years with the club.

The former Bury and Reading midfielder is currently the sixth longest-serving manager in English League football and orchestrated FA Cup giant-killings against Chelsea and Sunderland last season. 


Currently 14th in League One, Bradford City go into the game on a five-match unbeaten run in the division, including victories against Rochdale, Doncaster Rovers and Bury.

The Bantams, who have picked up a point from each of their last two outings against Wigan and Millwall, last faced Blackpool in March 2007.   


Former Blackpool captain Tony McMahon joined Bradford City permanently in the summer following a loan spell with the club.

The right-back, who made 33 appearances in tangerine last season, has also been joined at Valley Parade by another ex-Blackpool team-mate Steven Davies. However, the latter is currently sidelined with a knee injury.

Billy Clarke, renowned for scoring a goal for Blackpool against Preston North End after just 23 seconds, moved to Bradford from Crawley Town in the summer of 2014 and has recently returned from injury. 


Now in his seventh season with Bradford City, giant forward James Hanson continues to lead the line for The Bantams and cause plenty of problems for the opposition.

Signed from Unibond Premier League side Guiseley in 2009, the 27-year-old has scored more than 75 goals for Bradford and currently features alongside Devante Cole in the starting line-up.

Crucial to the way Phil Parkinson’s side play, Bradford rejected a bid for his services from Millwall in May.

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