Bradford have tonight caused one of the biggest cup upsets we are likely to ever see in our life times. When Bradford City beat Notts County 1-0 in the first round back in a sunny August, anyone suggesting that they could go all of the way to the final and play a Premiership team at Wembley would’ve received replies that included tuts/laughs in your face/shrug’s/swore at and called a fool (delete as applicable).
It’s a shame that there will not be fifty six fans at Wembley to watch Bradford City play in the league cup final in February. You cannot think Bradford AFC and not remember the awful disaster that they suffered in 1985. It changed football and spectator safety forever but it changed the lives of fifty six families for ever. At Wembley Bradford should remember each and every one of those victims and carry their memory in their hearts in the final, and then grab that bit of silverware for the city. I hope they do.
As a Wolves fan I have to plant my flag in Bradford for the final simply because of Dean Richards. Deano was the type of player that we wish we still had today no doubt, in his prime with Bradford, Wolves and Spurs he was awesome and his death was very sad for fans and officials and everyone at those clubs. He went back to Bradford to coach, after he’d been forced to retire from ill health. Bradford City was where his heart was for sure. They gave him a chance and he didn’t let them down. We all miss him so much; he was superb, absolutely superb, great defender, great bloke.
Tonight Bradford City has made a piece of footballing history, and not the false, expected, bullshit history like Manchester City buying the Premiership. But a piece of Roy-of-the-Rover, no chance, no hope, under-dog success that we all dream of for our own club. I mean imagine it, if you support a club in league 2; just imagine being in the league cup final. Can you? One of you can. That’s for sure!
I hope Bradford can turn cup form into league form and get into the play offs and then make a second away day at Wembley for the club. That would be the icing on the cake, promotion would be the cherry on the top. Good luck to Bradford for the rest of the season, I for one will keep an eye on them now and wish them all of the best.
In my heart I want to see League Cup trophy and League 2 Play off trophy at Bradford in the 2013-14 team photograph. But my head says they’ve already won. It’s gonna be great to be a league 2 team at a final cus you cannot lose, you’ve already won. Financially and in folklore, every fan will talk about this season for ever.
Congrats Bradford! And in conclusion, here are Bradford’s results, and I have one question only. Is this the most amount of minutes of football and penalties to reach a league cup final ever? And if not, is it second? (Does anyone know how long the penalty shoot outs took?)
Round 1 – Notts County 0-1 Bradford (AET) 120 minutes
Round 2 – Watford 1-2 Bradford 90 minutes
Round 3 – Bradford 3-2 Burton Albion (AET) 120 minutes
Round 4 – Wigan 0-0 Bradford (AET) 120 minutes plus penalties. Bradford won on penalties.
QUARTER FINAL – Bradford 1-1 Arsenal (AET) 120 minutes plus penalties. Bradford won on penalties.
SEMI FINAL LEG 1 – Bradford 3-1 Aston Villa 90 minutes.
SEMI FINAL LEG 2 – Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford 90 minutes.
Two clean sheets, three Premiership scalps, four extra time games, two penalty wins. One crazy ride.
Peace! And Good luck!