Bradford City has enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence in the last five years. The Bantams have risen like a phoenix from the doldrums of the Football League’s basement division to being within 90 minutes of the Championship.
The resurrection of Bradford City began when Phil Parkinson took over the club when it languished at the bottom of League Two. Parkinson brought immediate success, initially securing Bradford’s safety in League Two. The following season, he took the Bantams back into League One with the small matter of a League Cup final appearance along the way.
Additionally, the Bantams have enjoyed an amazing FA Cup run reaching the F.A Cup quarter-finals and beating the champions-in-waiting Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in THAT game.
In the last two seasons, Bradford City have reached the play-offs and came so close last year under the guidance of Bantams legend Stuart McCall. Unfortunately, Millwall crushed the Bantams’ hopes of returning to England’s second division on both occasions.
This being said, the club is moving in the right direction. Its fan base has grown dramatically. in the 2012/13 season, 8,417 people purchased season tickets in an ‘offer period’ the club created for the fans to offer cheap season tickets. This year, with the 2017/18 season on the horizon five years later, the Bantams have sold 18,648 season tickets in their ‘offer period’ a very impressive increase of 10,231 people.
Jake Verity looks into how the club has grown not only in terms of its active fan base but in terms of the boardroom. Under Edin Rahic and Stefan Rupp’s tenure as Bradford City’s owners, transfer business has been different and this article evaluates this Summer’s transfer business.