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2015/16 preview - introducing Bradford City FC

28 May 2015

Meet Millwall's League One opponents

BRADFORD CITY

Founded: 1903

Stadium: Coral Windows Stadium (Valley Parade)

Nickname: Bantams, Paraders, Citizens

Position last year: Seventh in League One

Manager: In Phil Parkinson, Bradford City have the first ever manager to take an English fourth-tier League club to the final of a major Cup competition, where The Bantams finished runners-up to Swansea City in the 2013 Capital One Cup.

Parkinson kicked off his career as a player at Southampton, making his Football League debut in 1988 with Bury before joining Reading for £50,000 in July 1992.

An 11-year stay with the Berkshire club proved productive for the tidy midfielder and Parkinson quickly settled in so well that he was voted Player of the Season during his first two years as a Royal.

His subsequent move into management at Colchester United was seamless - steering the club to safety in his first season and within two years he had taken the U's to the lofty heights of the Championship, despite having the lowest average attendance in the division at that time.

A brief spell managing Hull City (2007) was followed by a stint down the road at neighbours Charlton Athletic (2007-2010), before Bradford appointed Parkinson as boss in January 2011. 

He is currently the sixth longest serving manager in English League football.

Key player: All good teams need a strong backbone and central defender Rory McArdle certainly played a crucial role for Bradford during the 2014/15 campaign.

Previously with Rochdale (2007-10) and Abderdeen (2010-12), Northern Ireland international McArdle joined The Bantams in June 2012.

He started out as a right-back but successfully made the switch to the heart of defence where his outstandingly consistent displays last season provided a great platform on which his team-mates were able to build.

During the 2014/15 campaign he made 55 appearances as The Bantams embarked on a memorable run to the FA Cup Quarter Finals, claiming the scalps of Millwall, Sunderland and Chelsea along the way to the the last eight of the competition. The team also pushed up to seventh in the League One table before finally running out of steam in the season's finale, finishing four points adrift of sixth spot.

Top scorer: Billy Clarke (14 goals)

Head-to-head: Overall the two teams have met on 39 occasions and Millwall are ahead stats-wise, with 16 victories to Bradford's nine. The remaining 14 fixtures have finished all-square.

Of those 16 wins for The Lions, 14 have come in the League and you have to go back as far as 6th February 1988 to find the last time that The Bantams took maximum points in a meeting between the sides.

Last time we met: Bradford City recorded an FA Cup shock with a thumping 4-0 win over 10-man Millwall in a Third Round replay on Wednesday 14th January 2015.

City, League Cup finalists in 2013, dominated their Championship visitors and scored three first-half goals after defender Mark Beevers was sent off in the opening six minutes.

James Hanson headed in the opener before Jon Stead poked in and Andy Halliday tapped home before half-time.

Millwall rarely threatened, with Martyn Woolford shooting wide before Billy Knott lashed in a fourth to set up a Fourth Round tie at Chelsea.

Bradford City: Williams, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Morais, Liddle, Halliday, Knott (Yeates, 73mins), Hanson (Routis, 80mins ), Stead (Zoko, 69mins) Subs not used: Sheehan, Kennedy, Routis, Urwin, Webb-Foster.
Scorers: Hanson (8mins), Stead (17mins), Halliday (39mins), Knott (57mins)

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Beevers (s/o), Martin (Gueye, 62mins), Abdou, Chaplow, Upson (Webster, 46mins), Briggs, Gregory, Fuller (Woolford, 23mins). Subs not used: Powell, McDonald, Nelson. King.

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