An Amazing Achievement! Our appraisal of the Bantam's in-form success
By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Mar 8 2021 03:36PM
What an amazing come back to level the score against Bolton Wonderers on Saturday at Valley Parade with dramatic goal from Danny Rowe in injury time, gaining a vital point. It felt a lot like a victory!
It is a shame however our unbeaten run came to an end on Tuesday night after a valiant display, being one up for most of the match against Newport County. Frustrating though it is to lose deep into injury time to a penalty, we are sure that City can maintain their zest against their next opposition, Carlisle United when the travel to Brunton Park and come back with a result.
Whilst it is not pretty to watch, the in-form City side look revitalised, and attentive in battle against their opponents, and prior to the Bolton game, they had gone on a remarkable run of 5 wins on the trot, not seen since October 2004.
We welcome the fact that Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars now have been awarded permanent contracts as Joint Managers until the end of next season.
Before signing, the pair had made the best start by a new City manager since Chris Kamara, 25 years ago. Trueman and Sellars had an instant impression on the then struggling team back in December of last year, which seems an age ago now, when the Bantams scrapped and fought for a 1 - 1 draw against Crawley, and since then, went on an unbeaten run of seven games, winning 5 of those matches.
Of course we can't end these notes without mentioning the introduction Lee Turnbull as Recruitment Director at the Club at the end of December, who began his playing career at Middlesborough. He had been at the Club 'for a number of weeks, as the Bantams look to further strengthen their off-field structure', accoring to the Club website (see here). He has been invaluable in the recent January transfer market, being involved in identifying new players brought to the Club, such as Rumarn Burrell, Jordan Stevens, Niall Canavan, Andy Cook, Charles Vernam, Oliver Crankshaw and Danny Rowe.
It makes a change to be writing about a winning team at the right end of the table as opposed to one that until recently has being really struggling in the lower reaches, and we are certain there is a real buzz around Valley Parade, which is difficult to see as we as fans cannot return yet.
It is such a shame that Stuart McCall could not turn things around. It would be a real fairy tale come true if he could, but alas, the conditions were not ripe enough for him at the time, but his missed opportunity should not detract from the fact that we still all think he is a real, genuine, Bradford City legend, as his commitment for the Club and the memories over the years he has given us have truly been magic.
We are sure he will be raising a glass to the success Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars managing the team. And long may the success continue!
With best wishes and stay safe.
From all of us on the Bantams Supporters Trust Board