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Best Wishes for the New Season

So as the big kick off approaches, we are all anticipating a step change in City's evolution. Judging by the way in which the team has been set up in pre-season games, it looks as though "Diamonds Are Forever". Time will tell as to whether we will pass teams off the park but Phil Parkinson's recruitment is clearly geared to playing more through midfield and his acquisitions have shown that they have the necessary attributes to make such an approach work.

I'm sure that with JH leading the line, we can still expect to see plenty of the physical stuff in our approach, as would expect for any any team with the players available to play that way. Which makes the point, "It's all about the players". The Board provide the resources, the management and coaching staff fine tune and hone the fitness and skills, deciding the tactics and setting the team up, but when it comes down to it, it's the players who do the business.

David Sharpe Testimonial: Request for Contributions

Professor David Sharpe has retired recently from a long and distinguished career as Director of the Bradford University Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit. His contribution to the foundation and success of the Research Unit, and its close association with Bradford City FC, will be honoured at a ceremony conducted on the pitch at Valley Parade during half time at the last regular home game of the season, versus Crawley Town on Saturday April 26th 2014. The club’s Annual Collection for the Burns Research Unit will take place as usual at the same game. Professor Sharpe’s successor as Director of the Research Unit is Consultant Plastic Surgeon Mr. Ajay Mahajan, who will be present on April 26th to emphasise the passing of the baton to a new leadership of the Research Unit, which remains very much ‘in business’.

News from Supporters Direct – Feb 2014

MPs Committee: Football authorities ‘complacent’. Time for Government to legislate

Time to get tough on football authorities, say MPs

An all-party group of MPs has called on the Government to take urgent action to improve the way that football club owners behave towards supporter groups. APPG Special Hearing of the attitudes the Football Association, Premier League and Football League exhibit towards the ownership of clubs, MPs have called for them to be directed to protect the interests of supporters.

The Group found that:

Contrary to the view of the football authorities, the type of ownership of football clubs makes a difference to how they behave and mutual ownership stakes by football supporters are a positive feature.

The football authorities should immediately drop their mistaken neutrality to club ownership and actively encourage supporter ownership.

National Football Museum in Manchester

We'd just like to let all City Fans know about the fantastic exhibition "Game Changers: 125 Years of the Football League". The exhibition features aspects about Bradford City and specific objects relating to the history of the club.

The National Football Museum in Manchester is the home of football’s greatest stories and the perfect place to catch up with football’s ‘story so far’.

Throughout the 2013/14 season, the museum is home to Game Changers: 125 Years of The Football League. Celebrating the anniversary of the world’s oldest football league, this new exhibition explores the major personalities and events that have defined the game as we know it.

Football Supporters Federation Divisional Meeting

Football Supporters Federation Divisional Meeting

16 February 2014 – Billy's Bar, Leeds United Elland Road

To all Bantams Fans (with apologies about the venue), we'd like to let you know that the next FSF Yorkshire Divisional Meeting is to take place on Sunday 16th February 2014 (12.30pm) at the Billy's Bar at Leeds United's Elland Road, LS11 0ES.

Agenda

1. Safe standing
2. Twenty's Plenty for Away Tickets Campaign
3. Brazil World Cup
4. Other work carried out by FSF since 2014's Supporters Summit/AGM
5. Details on annual conference 2014
6. General discussion on other football matters

If you have an interest in any of these subjects, please feel free to go along. There is a finger buffet to keep you going until you can make it safely back to Bradford.Manny Dominguez will be there on behalf of the Trust and will be reporting on it in due course in City Gent.

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