Bantams over Wembley
By Dave Fletcher - with a foreword by Gary Jones
Thrilling. Historic. Momentous. For the faithful supporters of Bradford City Football Club, the season 2012-13 proved to be all of that and more.
Promotion from League Two was always the number one priority for a team that had not so very long ago flirted with the Football League trapdoor. Yet for much of a topsy-turvy campaign, a crucial end-of-season play-off spot hoved tantalisingly in and out of view.
Wembley, though, was very much on the horizon - and not once, as it turned out, but an unprecedented twice!
City’s first visit came courtesy of some outstanding performances against Premier League opposition in the Capital One Cup. Among the victims, a full-strength Arsenal, Wigan and Aston Villa, over two legs.
And finally there was indeed the League Two play-off final itself, which the Bantams - driven on by inspirational manager Phil Parkinson - scrapped their way into via an amazing late-season run of form.
It was an astonishing backs-to-the-wall story that BBC Leeds commentator and Bantams lucky charm Dave Fletcher was on hand to cover every step of the way. And that in his first year covering the club!
With a foreword by skipper Gary Jones - who twice led City out onto the hallowed turf - Bantams Over Wembley is the perfect keepsake of a perfect football season.